The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

Somewhere between demonization of sex and the "sexual revolution," there is a middle way - a higher way.
What I wish I learned in church about sex.


Churches Supporting Churches gets congregations into partnership -- and policy.
A program that educates Iraqi students in the U.S. is helping to rebuild Iraq, one student at a time.
Retooling seminaries for the world of today -- and tomorrow.
Because there are so many different facets of social justice, there’s no one formula for picking a school that values it.


Why 'voting with your fork' doesn't cut it -- Big Food will not slink away just because you shop at the farmers market.
What the protest movement is -- and isn't -- about.
Students mobilize against the humanitarian crisis.


On a personal, national, and global level, the physical well-being of all God’s children is close to God’s heart and should be close to ours as well.

I am writing these words on the train from Zurich to Geneva, looking up from my keyboard to see snowcapped mountains hanging over the lake.

Never let a problem to be solved become more important than the person to be loved. —Barbara Johnson

In July, Pope Benedict wrote you a love letter. Like all love letters, it’s worth savoring.

“No pleasure, no rapture, no exquisite sin greater than central air.” — The demon Azrael in Kevin Smith’s film Dogma

This month’s cover story is about sex, and there is nothing I can add to the topic that would not violate the rules of my parole, except to mention that a Nevada senator—who single-hand

Culture Watch

A theological variety show mixes humor, music, and cultural analysis.
The Stoning of Soraya M., written and directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh. Mpower Pictures.
The Bridge at the End of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability, by James Gustave Speth. Yale University Press.
Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of Our Daily Choices, by Julie Clawson; The Fray, by The Fray; Learning to Sing in a Strange Land, by Wesley Stevens; and Grace Notes: Daily Readings with a Fellow Pilgrim, by Philip Yancey.
WE’RE IN A national emergency, and it’s not swine flu.
Vacation Bible Schools isn't nearly as bad as, say, the Inquisition.


The ram’s horn bellowed. Fused with snapped spears and hatchet heads nicked shields covered the field,
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary for September and October.