The Common Good

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Cover Story

Christian Peacemakers on captivity in Iraq.
I have always been uncomfortable with the designation “peacemaker.” “Makers” usually have an intimate relationship with their craft.
The faces of our Iraqi partners showed pain and worry in April 2006 when we asked them whether Christian Peacemaker Teams should continue to work in Iraq after Jim, Harmeet, Norman, and Tom had bee
Tom Fox was profoundly affected by the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.


John Perkins' pioneering ministry has shown that true racial reconciliation can only come with economic and political empowerment.
In battered Liberia, a woman catches a glimpse of the reconciliation that only the bread and wine might bring.
Thomas Keating talks about how the ancient church tradition of contemplation can transform Christians today.


A new perspective on faith has emerged.
Is military intervention the only way?
(and why you should be too.)


Political manipulation of religion only compounded the crime of political neglect of the poor.

What habits do you have that generate hope?

It was a year to remember. (Do we have to?)

Culture Watch

The war on the war on Christmas
Appalachian-influenced music with a modern twist: Zoe Speaks.
How would Mahatma Gandhi confront terrorism today? And what action would the apostle of nonviolence take in response to the wars waged in the name of anti-terrorism?
There may be no more basic lesson in persuasive writing than the futility of creating a straw man: Sketch a loose summary of an opponent’s argument in order to dismiss it with ease.
Jesus was a political revolutionary—not the meek figure he is commonly portrayed as—whose teachings have been diluted, if not corrupted, by those in positions of power, writes Obery Hen


She left with her sack of stones and one dying rose, fragrant as Pinot Noir.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C.
While Advent is the particular season of the church year in which we anticipate the coming of Jesus, the word can also mean "a coming into being," an opportunity for old ways of thinking and being