The Common Good

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Cover Story

Real interior silence, not just the absence of noise, is a foundational spiritual discipline. So why are we so resistant to enter into it?


Jim Balmer is an antiwar activist whose commitment to nonviolence has made him an advocate for a consistent ethic of life. Interview by Elizabeth Palmberg.
Extended Format: Mind and Body
If we read 1 Peter's message to immigrants, exiles, and foreigners only as a metaphor, we risk missing the point.
Today many people identify as "spiritual but not religious." Before it was trendy, Oswald Chambers, the man behind My Utmost for His Highest, did too.
This pledge, which draws on one used by Mahatma Gandhi's independence campaign in India, was used in the U.S. civil rights movement in the 1950s and '60s.


Anti-labor laws undermine unions in the Midwest. Will faith communities rise to the challenge?
Abortion rates have dropped, and many people of faith are very interested in the reasons why.
A young immigration activist goes behind bars--on purpose--to shed light on Obama's deportation policies.


It's more human to deny the evidence, attack the messengers, and try to delay any response.

Who speaks for God? Must be this guy...

"You shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt."

You should expect some side effects.

The way to stop is to stop.

Extended Format: Say 'No' to Nukes

Culture Watch

Leonard Cohen as irreverent master of prayer.
Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live & Die for Bigger Things by Ken Wytsma / Girl Rising / Summoned from the Margin: Homecoming of an African by Lamin Sanneh / Old Monk by Mary Lou Kownacki
The best evidence against Murdoch is the existence of Fox News.
Extended Format: TRIVIA: Media Monopoly
We shouldn't really expect the Oscars to grasp the point of history, though this year the films nominated for Best Picture are a fascinating snapshot of what ails—and could heal—us.
The Cry of Tamar: Violence Against Women and the Church's Response. Fortress Press.
Restless Fires: Young John Muir's Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867-68. Mercer University Press.
Chasing Gideon. The New Press.
Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I've Crossed: Walking with the Unknown God. Jericho Books.
Frank Mugisha, executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda


Hemorrhaging from the concertina / crown, brass knuckles, scourging, cigarette burns, / lurching the last meter of Golgotha
Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle C