The Common Good

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Cover Story

Our jails overflow with nonviolent drug offenders. Have we reached the point where the drug war causes more harm than the drugs themselves?
A conservative Republican asks: What would happen if there were no profit in drugs?
Drugs, race, and some pretty skewed numbers.
Over the years, churches have had a lot to say about alcohol and drug policy. Some of it has been helpful.


Beyond community service, colleges educate for social change.
Exploring social change on the stage, street, and classroom.
Local culture meets global issues.
Preparing Christian agents of urban change.
Integrating justice in all fields of study.
Building international and cross-cultural knowledge.
The Gallery at the American Bible Society in New York City recently presented "Reflections on Glass: 20th Century Stained Glass in American Art and Architecture."
Sometimes the best art isn't at all beautiful.
The persecuted peacemakers of the Colombian churches


A powerful new tool for strengthening the mission of the church.
Is there anti-Semitism in the anti-war movement?
Why the penal system isn't colorblind.
Will the AIDS initiative make a difference?


The American-led war against Iraq has begun.

Working Assets colors outside the lines.

Into the formless void comes the "night of the spirit."

What would Jesus do? Turn the police horses into bunnies.

Culture Watch

The movement needs a good mix tape.
What to Bring?
The Mekons: Part of the chain of holy warriors.
Be careful when you opt to wander off the beaten path; what you come across might change your direction altogether.
Nine polite, well-dressed men and women walked into the Catonsville, Maryland, draft board office May 17, 1968, tussled briefly with staff members there...
Jonathan Schell, author of such highly acclaimed books as The Fate of the Earth and The Gift of Time, has now written perhaps his most important work
The ability to laugh, we know, is vital. To do so in the midst of terror and anxiety is even more important.
On Feb. 9, 2003, Orion magazine took out a full-page advertisement on page five of The New York Times.
It's hard to imagine a noteworthy book about the civil rights movement that doesn't include the powerful ingredients of religion and faith. 


Despite Jesus' greeting to the disciples, the weeks following his resurrection are anything but peaceful for the struggling community.
It's a partnership that reads like a parable: Invest some talents around springtime, trust the farmer to sow good seed, then bring home the harvest all summer long.
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By the time you read this, the snow in Washington, D.C., will have melted, we think.