The Common Good

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What will it take to push back climate change? A Spirit-driven 'power shift' might be a key.


More than just another green house, 'Woodhaven' builds community.
Extended Format: PHOTOS: Natural Beauty
Those who study together can also change together. Here are our recommendations for good books, videos, and online resources for stepping forward to reverse climate change.
Victor Mughogho works with local churches in southeast Africa to address the effects of climate change. But is it enough?
Can getting to know people on the "other side" help tear down the walls between us? It already has.
Villages in Senegal put an end to female genital cutting—and show the power of communities learning together to change.
Climate change leads to far more consequences than just destructive weather patterns.
Fiction with a climate change theme.


The heart of our faith calls us to attack poverty, the "cruel thief of dreams."
Extended Format: Wealth Inequality in America
A recent agreement between U.S. churches marks important ecumenical progress.
A new generation of Cuban Americans encourages broader dialogue.


"This is not merely a philosophical enterprise; it is an urgent matter that requires moral courage."

We can see in our mind's eye all the generations to come, and so we know why we fight.

Extended Format: Keystone XL: The Dirty Facts

"Given the option of paying more for dirty power or paying less for clean power, what would you take?"

"Richard Twiss was willing to step out for what he believed in."

Who said it was a good idea to mimic the human brain?

Culture Watch

Everyone can use guidelines—and repair manuals—for living in Christian community.
Just Lead! A No Whining, No Complaining, No Nonsense Practical Guide for Women Leaders in the Church by Sherry Surratt and Jenni Catron / 99 Blessings: An Invitation to Life by David Steindl-Rast / The World is Not Ours to Save: Finding the Freedom to Do Good by Tyler Wigg-Stevenson / Life after Death: Practical Help for the Widowed by Elizabeth Bookser Barkley
"It's time to declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture."
The new Criterion BluRay edition of On the Waterfront not only offers the crispest representation of the 1954 New Jersey dockyard visuals any of us have ever seen, it also illustrates the sociopolitical and creative context in a manner richer than any previously released.
The Woman Who Died A Lot. Viking Adult
Novels to stretch the mind and heart.
Truth Speaks to Power: The Countercultural Nature of Scripture. Westminster John Knox
Whether you're preaching the Bible, teaching it, or reading it on your own, there are always new facets to be revealed. Here are a few books that may refresh your perspective.
Sophoan Rath, survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime


Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C