The Common Good
September/October 2005
  • School Work. Seminarians teamed up with security guards in five U.S. cities over the summer to work on issues of low wages and lack of benefits in security work. The 10-week program was sponsored by Interfaith Worker Justice and the AFL-CIO.
  • Seeing Black. In May, a broad coalition of African-American leaders launched the Millions More Movement and announced a three-day mobilization to be held in Washington, D.C., Oct. 14 to 16. The event will commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Million Man March.
  • 70 x 7. Forgiveness-defined by doctors as letting go of anger or resentment-reduces stress, improves heart health, strengthens relationships, reduces pain, and increases happiness, according to Harvard Women's Health Watch.
  • Sacred Censor? The U.S. Jesuit Conference forced the resignation of employee Erik Meder over "Strangers No Longer: Who is the Other Among Us?" an article for the National Jesuit News. According to the National Catholic Reporter, the article called for "an open dialogue with homosexuals about homosexuality."
  • Fake Food. The United Church of Canada is urging the Canadian government to immediately stop approving new genetically modified food until a more rigorous and independent system of "approving, regulating, monitoring, and labeling GM foods has been fully implemented," according to a press release.
  • Direct Line. As part of British Telecom's "wireless city concept," St. John Rectory Church in downtown Cardiff, Wales, installed a wireless network inside the church for congregants and visitors to link to the Internet.
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