The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

How the Bible, a newspaper article, and simple biblical ethics put a Southern law professor at the cutting edge of a tax reform movement.


Bush's tax policy is aimed at drastically reducing government services and moving the tax burden to poorer wage-earners. The result: a case of "trickle-down injustice."
When global meets local, who wins?
A broad grassroots movement seeks land, equity, and dignity in Brazil.


The difference that fair trade makes.
Why are churches silent about family violence?
The Bush Doctrine strikes again.


In the recently published collection of excerpts from William Sloane Coffin's speeches and sermons -Credo- appears this gem: "When the rich take from the poor, it's called an economic plan."

Online dating brings out what's awry with romance and relationship.

'His grave is out past the cedar tree," says the woman in the abbey gift
shop. It is an icy Monday morning on the back roads of Kentucky's bluegrass country.

As we enter the heart of the political season and brace ourselves for the spectacle of two grown men competing for the favor of a nation...

Culture Watch

Musician Bruce Cockburn describes the real and the surreal in Baghdad.
If we get the heroes we deserve, then Pete Rose may just be the man for America today.
The distinctive sound of Ladysmith Black Mambazo is one of the finest expressions of African music.
I came to the capital for a one-year internship, like so many Washingtonians, believing I'd get my fill of city life and move on to greener pastures, literally.
Paul Farmer is a humble force of nature, if that's possible.


And shall I rise up
"Only in our doing can we grasp you, only with our hands can we illumine you....
Our interns keep us going at Sojourners. This is not just idle praise; it is gospel truth.