The Common Good
September/October 2005

New and Noteworthy

by Molly Marsh | September/October 2005

Spiritual Nourishment

Spiritual Nourishment

If you’re missing the crew at Betty’s Diner, sketched lovingly by Carrie Newcomer in her CD of that name, you get a chance to find out what they—and some newcomers—have been up to. Regulars and Refugees tells the stories of a single mother, a recovering addict, a worn-out angel, and others in a place where light falls "like forgiveness, from unexpected sources." A heaping bowl of community, compassion, and hope. Rounder Records.

History’s Warning

In his hour-long documentary Theologians Under Hitler, producer-director (and pastor) Steven Martin chronicles the horrifying tale of Gerhard Kittel, Emanuel Hirsch, and Paul Althaus, three German Protestant theology professors who supported Hitler during the Third Reich. Part of the "German Christian" movement, they championed a radical nationalism and saw Hitler as a unique blessing from God. The DVD includes an interview with an elderly pastor of the Confessing Church.

Class Diversity

Groups working for social change often split along class lines, which limits their reach and effectiveness. Economic justice activist Betsy Leondar-Wright set out to change that reality, interviewing 40 "activists and thinkers" for insights into breaking the lines. Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists is stuffed with interesting perspectives, graphics, resources, inspiring stories, and suggestions for collaborating more effectively. Above all, it’s practical. New Society Publishers.

If I Had a...Song

The 12 tracks on American Folk, put out by Putumayo, cover a range of styles, everything from folk-rock to "folkabilly" to a spare acoustic guitar. Nanci Griffith covers Bob Dylan’s "Boots of Spanish Leather," Eric Bibb sings "Judge Not Your Brother," Lucy Kaplansky offers a reflection on parenthood in "I Had Something," and Natalie Merchant’s "Owensboro" tells the story of low-income folks in a small Southern town. A portion of the album’s sales will be donated to the anti-poverty group Mercy Corps.

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