The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

An interview by Joanie Eppinga with Rebecca Barrett-Fox, a scholar who finds the appalling, the unexpected, and the human inside Westboro Baptist Church.

Features

Angela Glover Blackwell believes in Detroit's future, and she has a vision for how to get there. Failure is not an option.
Michigan's "Emergency Manager" law and Detroit's future.
Detroiters often use the phoenix rising from the ashes as a metaphor for the city's resilience. Worms might be just as apt a symbol this time around.
The apostle's attack on elitism in Corinthian church and society speaks a clear message about inequality today.
In Guatemala, 44,000 people were "disappeared" during decades of war. Now workers there seek to resurrect a buried history and human dignity.
The Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case didn't actually make corporations into people, but it did undercut the role of actual, live human beings in elections.

Commentary

Seeing corporations as people, are we making ourselves over in their image?
History shows engagement, not attack, dissuades countries from developing nuclear weapons.
Lawsuits help corporations run roughshod over governments and the environment.

Columns

Fairness matters, especially for people on society’s margins—and that conviction goes far beyond tax equity to every aspect of public policy. For people of the Book, it’s much more important than politics; it’s a matter of faith.

Few people I know believe peace in the Holy Land is really possible—unless it begins with Israeli and Palestinian Christians.

Scripture teaches that the Spirit of God was in that still, small voice. But every now and again the Spirit arrives with flapping wings and honking, too. Like that old gray goose.

Even al Qaeda can use rebranding.

Culture Watch

We've come a long way, baby. Or have we? Is it too much to ask legislators to speak cogently about women's health?
Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me about Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption — Corporations Are Not People: Why They Have More Rights Than You Do and What You Can Do About It — When the Drum is Beating — Everyday Missions: How Ordinary People Can Change the World
Springsteen sings what politicians won't say: We were robbed and the thieves have escaped justice.
The best parts of the Disney worldview look like the eschatological images in a Martin Luther King Jr. speech; the worst merely bolster a culture of privilege and exclusion.
Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the country in Between by Jeff Sharlet.
Stream of Conscience, by 2/3 Goat
Missional Preaching: Engage, Embrace, Transform, by Al Tizon.

Departments

You can’t desire to catch the sacred fish / as much as he desires to be caught / & yet / he darts through the dim depths / with tail swerve & swish
Rev. Gerald L. Durley, Pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, Gerogia.
Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle B