The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

A promising new movement leaves the bumper-sticker platitudes behind and offers the potential to actually reduce abortion.
The right supports can reduce abortion rates.


How the out-of-control buying and selling of money led to our current crisis.
Hint: The gray area is holy ground.
A new wave of Native American evangelical theologians rejects the false choice between following Jesus or embracing their traditions.


New models are transforming juvenile justice.
Pentecostalism holds promise for a new intersection of faith and politics.
Should the government get out of the marriage business?


On ominous red-on-black lettering, a recent Newsweek cover carried the headline, “The Decline and Fall of Christian America.” The magazine’s cover story by editor Jon Mea

Francis Perkins was the consience behind the New Deal.

As I sit at my desk thinking up innovative ideas for the coming decade—MacArthur Mediocrity Grants, AIG offices relocating to Guan­tanamo, AIDS awareness seminars for the pope (“I d

Culture Watch

Can a government-subsidized press save democracy?
The blues live in this world -- yet long for the next. An interview with Steve Nichols.
Sin Nombre, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Focus Films.
Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion, and the Truth in the Immigration Debate, by Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang. InterVarsity Press.
Come Home, America: The Rise and Fall (and Redeeming Promise) of Our Country, by William Greider. Rodale Books.
Money & Faith: The Search for Enough, by Michael Schut; After Gandhi: 100 Years of Nonviolent Resistance, by Anne and Perry O'Brien; Beyond Our Differences, by Peter Bisanz; and Kids + Money, by Lauren Greenfield.


A grace of green, the underleaf of olive, the birdsong’s cradling. It’s as though
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary for June.