The Common Good

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Cover Story

Jesus' teaching about hell flipped popular imagery of the afterlife upside down—and offered a radical, transformative vision of God.


Where do our ideas about hell come from?
Cynthia Bourgeault explains how we can both seek social justice and do justice to our souls.
An Israeli-American resister on the spiritual links between violence and nonviolence.
Why some of us love Jesus and don't like Paul.


"Stop and frisk" is unconstitutional race-based harassment—and it must end.
What does it take to reintegrate combatants into society?
Just because racism is "tradition" doesn't make it right.
The Dividing Wall in America


We give thanks for how he turned righteous anger into the power of reconciliation.

We didn't eat for 22 days, but we did feast.

Extended Format: For Love and Family

The president has sought to placate the rich, powerful fossil fuel industry.

"When someone is faced with a gun and chooses to respond with respect and love, that's hope."

No animals were tested in the study. Just me.

Culture Watch

A hopeful encounter with real-life "God's Gardeners."
Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling, and Community by Leah Kostamo
Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk by Delores S. Williams / Social Music by Jon Batiste and Stay Human / What Do We Tell the Children: Talking to Kids About Death and Dying by Joseph M. Primo / The Age of the Spirit: How the Ghost of an Ancient Controversy is Shaping the Church by Phyllis Tickle and John M. Sweeney
At peak usage, Netflix alone now accounts for one-third of all internet traffic in the U.S.
The 10 best U.S. films of 2013.
Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith. White Cloud Press
Crossing the Line: Nonviolent Resisters Speak Out for Peace. Cascade Books


If my belief were a hickory nut / I'd keep it safe in my pocket
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A