The Common Good

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Christians step out against the war.
No one person, and yet seemingly every person in on the planning of this event, was in charge.
It's about the journey. As the cathedral dean, Rev.
I am Celeste Zappala, of the First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia, of Military Families Speak Out, and, sadly, of Gold Star Families Speak Out, because I am the mother of a f
From my seat in the balcony in the National Cathedral, I realized that the crowd I saw numbered nearly the same as the number of American soldiers who had fallen in the last four years.
Whenever there are billions of dollars and then billions more available to bomb Baghdad, but never enough to rebuild New Orleans, an American city, parts of which still look like a Third World coun
There were dozens of people in a bleak group. It's a very specific look, one you will find only outside the Baghdad morgue.
The depth of my sorrow for the loss of life on all sides seems beyond expression.
As a Jewish person in this Christian peace witness, I felt affirmed and welcomed by the other participants.
Ambassadors. I'm a sometimes preacher, these days a Methodist holding forth among an Episcopal congregation in Detroit.
As we stepped out of the cathedral, wind blew snow from the rooftops, past the lit windows of the Cotswold-like cottage beside the cathedral.
Walking beside me was our 15-year-old son, David, and Odess Monsanje, from Zambia, who is living with us for a year.
I was born just before the United States entered World War II, and I've been participating in peace walks and vigils since the war in Vietnam. This was one of the best organized and deeply felt.
Rollercoaster feelings all around began with the storming weather that day. While it kept many away, for those gathered in the National Cathedral it seemed to enhance the energy of the evening.
I WATCHED FOR MONTHS as many of my coworkers devoted themselves to preparation for the Christian Peace Witness, including weeks of negotiation for the civil disobedience.
Though I have stood weekly at a vigil for the last five years, been in several marches, and even participated in civil disobedience, I have never had the opportunity to do direct action in an inten


Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Alice Walker talks about Katrina, bubble baths, and the art of remembering.
When it comes to defending the vote, democracy is in the details.
Do military recruiters disproportionately target communities of color and the poor?


The horror of death does not have the last word.
Do shows like 24 help make torture acceptable?
The better half of peacemaking.


This war is morally wrong, and it was from the very start.

Our children are coming home from the front lines- and they have questions.

3,000 coffees to go please. And one decaf.

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In mid-March, our staffers were busily putting the final touches on plans for the Christian Peace Witness, an event organized by 39 Christian organizations (including Sojourners/Call to Renewal) to