The Common Good

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Athletes have long flexed their muscles against racism, sexism, and other forms of injustice.
Black athletes have shown the way for sports activism. An interview with Harry Edwards.


At age 29, Don McClanen founded the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Five ministries later, McClanen -- now 83 -- continues his remarkable journey.
The rich history of evangelical feminism.
A conversation with PBS host Tavis Smiley.


Despite the rhetoric, science and faith get along just fine.
We can overcome obstetric fistula.
Attack drones take a heavy civilian toll.
Troubled assets on Main Street.


Baseball has changed our family's life.

My life has taken me from a childhood in the burning Bronx to the Arctic Circle, through ghettos large and small, and to places I didn’t even know existed until I was well into my adulthood.<

In the Quran, it is written, “And anyone who saves a life, it shall be as if he saved the lives of all the people.”

It’s summer here in the northern climes—and summer means the swimming pool.

’Tis the gift to be simple,
’tis the gift to be free,
’Tis the gift to come down
where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves

With all the mixed signals we’ve been getting these days about the use of torture, it’s hard to know what to believe.

Culture Watch

Two multimedia projects see Africa as the planet's musical heart and soul.
Review: Boundless Faith: The Global Outreach of American Churches, by Robert Wuthnow. University of California Press.
Israeli filmmaker Simone Bitton on Rachel Corrie.
Smart people concocted a fantasy empire based on investing in other people’s debt.
THE UNITED STATES as envisaged in cinema is often a fight club, a place where there are three kinds of people—the thieves who milk the system, the cops who try to catch them, and the rest of
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that light kept me a year in its grip first my feet caught fire then my blood we moved at the edge of endlessness headless handless mouthless mind-
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary for August.