The Common Good

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Evangelicals are gearing up to be makers of peace. Are they ready for the serious responsibilities that entails?


Death threats haven't stopped Rev. James Byensi, a Congolese pastor, from seeking peace in his homeland.
Many young adults are leaving the church these days. Two 20-somethings reflect on what keeps them in the pews.
The U.S. and Mexican governments have tried to battle drug violence with more violence. It hasn't worked. Gandhian groups in Mexico offer another way.


Want to learn how fracking affects groundwater? Good luck with that.
Feb. 14 "One Billion Rising" events aim to end violence against women.
Nonviolent Peaceforce and other civilian groups are playing a key role in monitoring the new peace accord in the Philippines.


There are more gun dealers in America than McDonald's restaurants.

The stories we tell today are simply the next chapter in an overarching narrative of hope, justice, and pluralism.

Wherever I go in the world, I want to be quick to listen to differing perspectives and slow to pick sides.

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The Beloved Community is not a utopian ideal.

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Let the healing begin (maybe next week).

Culture Watch

For Life of Pi screenwriter David Magee, stories help light the way through chaos and despair.
Landing on a Hundred by Cody ChesnuTT / After Kony: Staging Hope by First Run Feature / Kind of Kin by Rilla Askew / The Last Segregated Hour: The Memphis Kneel-ins and the Campaign for Southern Church Desegregation by Stephen R. Haynes
Here's my list of the best films released in 2012.
ReFocus: Living a Life that Reflects God's Heart. Zondervan. / Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious. Beacon Press.
Unto Us the Sun by Aimee Wilson. Self-released.
Sacred Acts: How Churches are Working to Protect Earth's Climate. New Society.
The "hope and dreams" in Springsteen's song are those of the immigrant, the refugee, and the runaway slave.


Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C