The Common Good

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Cover Story

Through farming, veterans across the country tend to the soil—and the wounds of war.


Fracking for oil and gas has toxic consequences for surrounding communities. Even worse: It's fueling climate change.
A unique faith-based training program in Memphis gives new teachers the skills and community they need to survive and thrive.
As military recruiters gain a foothold in Christian schools, grassroots activists are sounding the alarm.
Four ways to organize around military testing and student privacy.


U.S. intervention has been the problem in Iraq, not the solution.
Where is the resolve among us to make lasting change for all children?
Are new EPA rules and a U.N. Climate Summit enough to turn the tide on climate change?


"When I claim to be a Christian, it should be a radical statement."

The Za'atari refugee camp is the fourth largest city in Jordan.

We can work with others even while disagreeing on significant issues.

America should be like a box of crayons, but with fewer colors.

Culture Watch

Following a musician's journey through the rough and the redeemed.
Accidental Theologians by Elizabeth A. Dreyer / Extending the Table by Mennonite Central Committee / Overrated by Eugene Cho / Burning Down the House by Nell Bernstein
Maybe young black men with transformed intellects isn't what the educational-industrial complex wants.
Calvary is a rare and beautiful film, one that tells the truth, or at least asks for it honestly.
The Kennan Diaries. W. W. Norton & Company.
Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus. IVP Books.
Excerpt from Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance, by Reggie L. Williams


Peter and Kelly Shenk Koontz know the difficulties and joys of peacebuilding in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A