The Common Good
January 2010

New and Noteworthy

by Molly Marsh | January 2010

Power of the Word

Power of the Word

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Circle of Protection for a Moral Budget

A pledge by church leaders from diverse theological and political beliefs who have come together to form a Circle of Protection around programs that serve the most vulnerable in our nation and around the world.

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Like any life-sustaining resource, language can also become depleted and polluted, Marilyn Chandler McEntyre writes in Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies. She reflects on what it means to be good stewards of language, focusing on 12 practices that can revive and restore it. Eerdmans


For writer Nora Gallagher, Holy Communion illustrates a web of people being continually stitched together. In The Sacred Meal, she reflects on her own experiences of Communion, includes a brief history of the practice, and presents various Christian perspectives on it. Thomas Nelson

Made for Relationship

For Living L’Arche: Stories of Compassion, Love and Disability, Azusa Pacific University psychology professor Kevin Reimer studied U.S. L’Arche communities for two years, asking questions about humanity and security, “downward mobility,” and “disability.” The result is a collection of stories that illustrate the transformative effects of compassionate love. Liturgical Press

Spiritual Awareness

Why do most of us feel spiritually imprisoned within ourselves? Why do our egos resist change? In The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See, author and spiritual adviser Richard Rohr takes up these questions with love and directness—teaching us the difference between believing in God and experiencing God. Crossroad Publishing Company

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