The Common Good

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Cover Story

An advocate for public education argues that trying to make schools "race to the top" while ignoring the role of poverty and school inequality can't bring the systematic change children need.
Extended Format: 'We Have a Long Way to Go'


How the out-of-control emphasis on high-stakes testing jeopardizes school reform.
Four traits of successful public school reform.
Faith for Change seeks to support public education—without crossing the church-state divide.
The Street Psalms community pursues theology from below—and that changes everything about how "missionary" work is done.
Paul Wellstone showed us that politics "by the people, for the people" is actually possible.
Revelations abound when refugees study the Bible's last book.


A California measure would fight crime—and deficits—by repealing capital punishment.
Faith groups celebrate the Supreme Court's health-care decision—and then get back to work.
Just because you can set something on fire doesn't mean you should.
Extended Format: What Not to Burn


No, that isn’t a typo. Sojourners stood side by side with Focus on the Family to draw attention to the plight of millions who have been caught up in a broken system.

"We've been caught up in conflict and violence for so long." —Congolese pastor

Sometimes I fly through my schedule so fast that I zoom past the craft.

Women still are forced to operate as second-class citizens in the church.

Please Vatican, censor me. I deserve it.

Culture Watch

Kentucky theater company founder Cathy Rawlings lifts up black culture.
My Neighbor’s Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth, and Transformation —  Half the Sky — Between God & Green: How Evangelicals Are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change — America and Its Guns: A Theological Exposé
Solidarity may be all but dead in our politics, but it still lives around the edges of our culture.
The wonderful thing about Pixar’s Brave is how it negates the historic disempowerment of female fairy tale protagonists.
Ashamed No More: A Pastor's Journey Through Sex Addiction. IVP Books
Stanford anthropologist T.M. Luhrmann discusses the social science behind the evangelical relationship with God.


About love she was all wrong, / the old capitalist, patron saint / of the self-made rich. How well / she misunderstood the paradox deep / as mothers’ grief:
Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle B