The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

As individuals, we have to slow down to find our spiritual center. But that doesn't make a very good business plan.


Why it's time for a conversation about Slow Church.
Ex-offenders confront the for-profit prison industry.
Putting Americans behind bars is becoming an increasingly lucrative business.
In New York City, an activist group of homeless and formerly homeless people challenges the powers that be.


Canadian churches repent for running Indian Residential Schools.
Advent marinates us as we prepare to taste Christ's arrival.
We know how policymakers can fight unemployment. They're just not doing it.


Take heart! A new generation is ready to lead.

It's frustrating to be constantly represented by violent thugs and to be asked to explain their actions.

With a warm hen under my arm, I remembered Jesus' plea over another empire-ridden city.

Get used to the idea of a married Jesus.

Culture Watch

Caroline Herring makes truth-telling a mission in her music.
Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron / Silver and Gold by Sufjan Stevens / Star of Wonder by Mary Lee Wile / The Food and Feasts of Jesus: Inside the World of First-Century Fare, with Menus and Recipes by Douglas E. Neel and Joel A. Pugh
Should America reconsider our open market in bigoted ideas?
It's a mark of the moral complexity of The Master that it can critique the damage done by demonic religion while honoring the best hopes of its angelic shades.
Excerpt from A Thicker Jesus: Incarnational Discipleship in a Secular Age, by Glen H. Stassen
Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives on the New Paradigm of Peace and War. Palgrave Macmillan.