The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

Can libertarianism be reconciled with Christian faith?
For three decades, Washington, D.C.'s 'Family Place' has helped -- and welcomed -- the sojourners among us.
Lessons of solidarity and hope from the movement against AIDS.


Writers who want to let both their faith and their creativity run free are finding a home in the Christian literary underground
Books on nonviolence, in theory and in practice.
Extended Format: More Books on Nonviolence
7 Books for Bible geeks and other interested readers.
When it comes to God and country, who are we? And who might we become?


This summer's financial reform victory shows that money doesn't always win.
To prevent future food-price bubbles, the world must stop gambling on hunger.


The summer's weather can safely be described as biblical, in the sense that newspaper writers generally use the word -- that is, loud, scary, and dangerous.

For more than 15 years, I didn't go to church (except for lots of visits in my professional capacity). When I was in my early 20s, the Episcopal church I attended regularly split.

"For God so loved the world ..." Lately John 3:16 won't leave me alone. It hovers above my shoulder as I read The Washington Post. Really, God? You love this world?

My 5-year-old granddaughter lost her battle with cancer. We returned from a family vacation, where Ava was her usual playful, exuberant self, and the next day she complained of a headache.

After more than 200 years of constitutional democracy, it may be time to try something completely different.

President Obama announced at the end of August that "the American combat mission in Iraq has ended." Watching the speech and listening to the commentary, I was gripped by a deep sadness.

Culture Watch

It happens every summer. Newsmakers go on vacation, real news gets slow, and novelty stories rush in to fill the vacuum. One summer it's child abductions; the next it's shark attacks.


His friend Martha's making soup, because you still / have to eat. Meanwhile, back in the Garden /
During November we reach the conclusion of the church year. We remember our dead and ponder the God of life. We begin Advent and the season of alert waiting for the newness that God will give.