The Common Good

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Cover Story

Several nations have recently banned non-Muslims from using Arabic words, including "Allah" for God. Does it matter?


In the face of ecocide, the choice before us is stark: discipleship or denial.
If we seek to follow Jesus in context, nothing is more contextual than a watershed.
We have a responsibility to use the Earth's wealth relationally, not exploitatively.
It's important for me to think about water as belonging to God.
I got on a bus to help someone else's justice movement—and discovered it was my own.
The Moral Mondays model seems to be spreading.
In a death-denying culture, how do we learn to accompany the dying and the grieving?
Extended Format: Death and Dying Resources


How an agreement on nuclear weapons can build a bridge to peace.
A growing number of conservative Christians have joined the movement to abolish capital punishment.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership would grant new powers to multinational corporations.
Advice to New Communities


As a Christian, I grieve over the unspeakable violence wrongly done in the name of faith.

These desperately poor children are sacrificed to the sex trade's insatiable hunger.

There are thousands of ways for a church to serve its watershed and all life within it.

This may be a field whose time has come.

Another test of biblical authority by unscrupulous scientists.

Culture Watch

Public memorials, both ad hoc and formal, speak to what divides us—and what brings us together.
The glory of the FAME studio had its roots in the deep shame of rural Southern poverty.
James Patterson has pioneered something beautiful in the world of books and will be remembered for it.
Pacifists in Chains: The Persecution of Hutterites During the Great War. Johns Hopkins University Press
The Cross and Gendercide: A Theological Response to Global Violence Against Women and GIrls, by Elizabeth Gerhardt
Denise Levertov: A Poet's Life. University of Illinois Press.A Poet's Revolution: The Life of Denise Levertov. University of California Press.
St. Peter's B List: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints by Ave Maria Press / Making Neighborhoods Whole: A Handbook for Christian Community Development by IVP Books / Noah's Flood: Ancient Stories of Natural Cataclysm by Ingrid Esther Lilly / iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Personal Lives by Brazos Press
Tyrone Parker works with urban youth and families in the nation's capital.


So that for a short moment there is no death.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A