The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

When it comes to our health-care crisis, some argue for market-based solutions, saying that "consumer-directed care" will give us more freedom to choose the plan that's right for us. But what they really mean is "you're on your own."


A Kenyan peacemaker talks about the power of listening in the midst of violence.
A three-day event features prayer, worship, and a call to put faith into action.
Every 500 years or so, the church—and the world—experience huge social, political, economic, and cultural shifts. What does this revolutionary evolution mean for the church?
Phyllis Tickle talks with Becky Garrison, senior contributing writer for The Wittenburg Door and author of Rising from the Ashes: Rethinking Church, about how to deal with the seismic shifts occurring in Christ­ianity.
Six myths about single-payer health care


Health care for all is a moral imperative.
Churches and ex-prisoners help each other find the way.
In Ohio, a victory over predatory lending.


Unequal access to medical care has made death a social disease.

Why do we bear the fractured order of love?

Putting stickers on cars is a different kind of superpower.

Culture Watch

Christian conservatives aim for—and hit—the mainstream sweet spot.
Do it yourself—and also with others.
An excerpt from Gary Haugen's new book, Just Courage.
Film review: Take, directed by Charles Oliver.
Book review: From Stone to Living Word: Letting the Bible Live Again, by Debbie Blue.
Book review: The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day, edited by Robert Ellsberg.
It’s My Life! A Guide to Alternatives After High School, by Janine Schwab and the AFSC; Women in Church History, by Joanne Turpin; Johnny Cash and the Great American Contradiction, by Rodney Clapp; Chant: Music for Paradise.


I expect the whitest dove, purity as the Spirit breaks apart firm blue of our ceilinged sky, a tapered shape, an elegance. But Picasso was right.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A.
With the party conventions approaching, the presidential campaign officially heads toward the homestretch, and many of us are evaluating the proposals that the candidates and their parties believe