The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

In missionary hands, the gospel was too often a bludgeon used to divide and conquer Native communities. Today, Indigenous theologians are finding redemptive power in that very same gospel.

Features

Does our theology have anything to say to African-American gang girls? It should.
Gold and silver mines in Guatemala are wreaking havoc on local communities. But the people, using nonviolent Christian action, are fighting back.
Today, Canadian companies account for 75 percent of mining worldwide, and their practices are rife with abuse.
The peacemaking bomber pilot (and son of the evangelical church) offers a model political vision for young Christians today.
Early Pentecostal denominations, including the Assemblies of God, opposed war and supported peacemaking. What happened to this peace legacy?

Commentary

Amid the political bombast, it’s easy to forget why we needed health-care reform in the first place.
The movement for a fair minimum wage is bubbling up all over.
What works, what doesn’t, and how best to frame the conversation.

Columns

We are all neighbors now, whether we like it or not.

What will happen to U.S. civil society as the pews empty out?

Pope Francis wants deputies, not darlings.

Okay, so maybe not actually die. Just change. And quickly.

Culture Watch

U.S. cinema has been an enforcer of our racialized imagination—but that’s changing.
City of God: Faith in the Streets. Jericho Books.
Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Epic Challenge to the Church. IVP Books.
The Coens realize that sometimes, of course, comedy is bleak. But the point of gargoyles is to remind us that sacred and profane coexist.
Marking the centennial of pacifist poet William Stafford
Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life by Nancy Koester / Blood Brother by Steve Hoover / The Nonviolent Life by John Dear / Introduction to First Nations Ministry by Cheryl Bear-Barnetson
The e-book, the next big thing that was supposed to kill off the local bookstore, may have peaked.
Carol Roth, a staff leader with Native Mennonite Ministries, connects Native Mennonites with the broader Mennonite church.

Departments

Sometimes even we— / pierced with arrow-words, with brassy / cacophonies of slurs—stand in calm.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A