The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

Christianity is a call to a relationship that changes all our other relationships.


King's "living letter" from Birmingham jail still speaks to us all.
Church leaders respond, 50 years later, to King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail."
In today's environment, there's little difference between farm labor organizing and immigration reform.
Farm labor organizer Baldemar Velasquez on making it real in the here and now.
It's time to reframe the church's conversation around same-sex relationships.
Bible, Gender, Sexuality calls us to a more honest dialogue about scripture's meaning for us today.
Steven Kim won't let anything - not even imprisonment - stop him from his mission to care for the people of North Korea.


A prayer for the new pope to fulfill, in fresh ways, the promise of Vatican II.
Austerity budgets in hard economic times are bad economics - and questionable theology.
Hurricane Sandy vividly demonstrated the relationship between climate change, poverty, and immigration.


The need for the common good has never seemed so timely.

We're seeing a slow but sustainable transformation of cultural attitudes toward gender and sex.

An inaugural prayer should connect the particularities of one's own faith tradition with the pluralism of the nation.

Baptism means we are imprinted on Christ.

I felt the same way. When I was 9.

Culture Watch

Haiti's once and future cathedral is a place of healing and memory.
Refuse to Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery by Shayne Moore and Kimberly McOwen Yim / Thank You, Sisters: Stories of Women Religious and How They Enrich Our Lives edited by John Feister / Shadows then Light by Steve Pavey / Liberty to the Captives: Our Call to Minister in a Captive World by Raymond Rivera
Not everything that's fun is a consitutionally protected right.
There is an overwhelming need for publicly compelling conversation about violence, guns, and the role of entertainment media.
The Economy for Desire: Christianity and Capitalism in a Postmodern World. Baker Academic
Making Friends Among the Taliban: A Peacemaker's Journey in Afghanistan. Herald Press
From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart: Rekindling My Love for Catholicism. Ave Maria Press


Blindfolded and gagged, tossed in the back / of a car -- it's how they gather up young men /
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C