The Common Good

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Cover Story

Understanding the true presence of Christ helps us become elders, not just elderly.
Whenever I read Luke’s account of the presentation of the infant Jesus in the temple (Luke 2:25-38), I always picture a late afternoon in winter. Nature has slowed down. The day is dying.


The prophetic voice of abolitionist Maria W. Stewart.
Taking a regional approach, "equitable development" aims to lift people out of poverty - and into opportunity.
The passage below first appeared in print only two months after the bloody slave rebellion led by Nat Turner, in a time of great tension and fear among slave-owners.


Learning something new by buying nothing new.
The difficulty - and necessity - of finding a middle ground on stem cells.
Predatory credit hurts homeowners - and the world economy.


It is time to work for common ground between evangelicals and progressives.

Someone foolishly suggested I should actually play in public.

Culture Watch

Ideology, without love, is worse than nothing.
'Citizen architects' meet real-world challenges.
One of the opening scenes in Angels in the Dust shows waking children, some two to a bed, others with cats curled up beside them, greeting what looks like a chilly day in South Africa.
Peace, Justice, and Jews: Reclaiming Our Tradition is part of a growing body of literature written by progressive Jews, Christians, and Muslims seeking to articulate alternative visions to
Barrios Unidos isn’t what most people would think of when they hear the phrase “faith-based organization.” Even though it’s not aligned with any church or traditional religi


My breath pluming white into December could, to God, be incense rising out of the puffing thurible of my body. Up here, it’s impossible to tell for the fog
December 1 is World AIDS Day. Worldwide, 15 million children have lost one or both parents to the AIDS pandemic; in Zimbabwe, one in five children are orphans.