The Common Good

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Cover Story

Is faith healing a sign that the Spirit is moving—or a response to economic pressure and a broken health-care system?
Memphis' Congregational Health Network has become a model for how hospitals and faith communities can work together.


To confront climate change, we may need to first deal with our grief.
After more than two decades of defiant work for peace, Kathy Kelly continues to move others to love and action.
As demographics shift and migration brings global Christianity to the church down the street, how will U.S. congregations respond?
In Matthew's gospel, the "littlest ones" are key to the upside-down kingdom.


Guantanamo reminds us of the fragility of constitutional democracy.
What Catholic social teaching says about those who make our clothes.
Mandatory minimum sentences are both irrational and unjust.


"Control is an illusion that we all pursue."

I felt the horror of a kid caught in a grade school coolness competition.

We need to hear more about the people committed to peace.

Laments engage "the most unbearable questions of faith."

Sorry. Disasters aren't budgeted this year.

Culture Watch

Reimagining the geographies of the city—a place where the story of our salvation is played out.
Extended Format: SLIDESHOW: City Beautiful
Bobby McFerrin's "don't worry" optimism sets up some serious cognitive dissonance with the spirituals.
If beauty heals the world, and the best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better, who's up for demanding a better cinema experience?
The Evangelicals You Don't Know: Introducing the Next Generation of Christians. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Beyond the Possible: 50 Years of Creating Radical Change at a Community Called Glide. HarperOne
Conversations in Transition: Leading South African Voices. David Philip Publishers
Live Simply by Franciscan Media / Who is Dayani Crystal? by Pulse Films / Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice by Christine Valers / Sober Mercies: How Love Caught Up with a Christian Drunk by Heather Kopp


Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C.