The Common Good

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Cover Story

Some churches calling themselves Christian continue to act as if women are second-class citizens in the kingdom of God—despite what the Bible says.


Her pastor told her it was 'against scripture' for females to preach.
As the country marks Martin Luther King Jr.'s 85th birthday, a veteran activist explains why it would be a mistake to remember King as only a great civil rights leader.
Joshua Casteel was an interrogator at Abu Ghraib prison and later staffed open-air burn pits in Iraq. The experience changed his life—even as it cut it short.
A school garden project helps kids learn about plants—and Catholic social teaching about caring for the environment.


How liberation theology can inform public health.
The long war has made clear the fantasty of firepower "solutions" to complex political problems.
Christians step up for modern-day "orphans in their distress."


When racism is tolerated, the reconciling work of Christ on the cross is contradicted.

For years, Charlene's face haunted me and compelled me to action.

Just like that, the pope had gotten to the heart of Islam, my religion.

Don't make promises you can't keep.

Culture Watch

The rabbi recognized poetry as November's calling and inveighed against his betrayal of it.
Sister Churches: American Congregations and Their Partners Abroad by Janel Kragt Bakker / The State of Arizona by Catherine Tambini and Carlos Sandoval / Walking the Disciple's Path: Eight Steps That Will Change Your Life and the World by Linda Perrone Rooney / Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family by Susan Katz Miller
Will corporations and the courts turn our free and untidy marketplace of ideas into yet another exclusive gated community?
Fifty years ago, a kind of innocence was taken, and a kind of brokenness remains unrepaired.
Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry: Conversations on Creation, Land Justice, and Life Together. Herald Press
No Ordinary Men: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, Resisters Against Hitler in Church and State. New York Review Books.
Embracing Israel/Palestine: A Strategy to Heal and Transform the Middle East. North Atlantic Books.


Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A.
The voices are singing, “All will be well, All will be well.”
Sr. Jean Lait, an Anglican Franciscan sister based in San Francisco, protests drones and their effects on children