The Common Good
November 2005 Sojourners

November 2005 Sojourners


What the Waters Revealed
Hurricane Katrina opened the eyes of many to the reality of poverty in America. Will we take responsibility for the poor in our land of plenty?
by Jim Wallis


Tilling Word and Land
The author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry, and essays muses on farming as a writer and writing as a farmer.
by Wendell Berry

Replacing Songs with Silence
Censorship, banning, blacklists: What's lost when governments stifle musical expression?
by Julie Polter

So Much to Sing About
A trip to Africa produces a holy shake-up, and a new tune, for Jars of Clay.
by Kate Bowman Johnston

Aliens and Angels
Themes of faith, justice, and fantasy mark the world of teen reads.
by Richard Vernon


Tapping the Groundwaters
Finding the Other in word and song.
by Molly Marsh


Hearts & Minds: It's the Message, Not the Messaging
The Democrats can't even muster the gumption to oppose a government of the wealthy, by the wealthy, and for the wealthy.
by Jim Wallis

Eyes & Ears: America's Holy City
The suffering and salvation of New Orleans.
by Danny Duncan Collum

H'rumphs: An Epic Experience
Ever notice how the great novels tend to be really long?
by Ed Spivey Jr.


Living the Word: A People's Identity
Whenever you helped the needy - or ignored the poor - Jesus said, "you did it to me."
by Robert Roth


Road Tunes: Music for the journey
Drunkard's Prayer by Over the Rhine
(Come On Feel the) Illinoise by Sufjan Stevens
Lifeline by Iris DeMent
Raise Your Voice by Sweet Honey In The Rock
There Will Be a Light by Ben Harper and Blind Boys of Alabama
My Better Self by Dar Williams
Sin Sick by Minton Sparks
Blues and Lamentations by Kate Campbell
Headphones by Pedro the Lion

Good Words: Books to stir your mind, heart, and soul
Where God Happens: Discovering Christ in One Another by Archbishop of Cantebury Rowan Williams
Prayer Is a Place: America's Religious Landscape Observed by Phillis Tickle
A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
The Gospel According to America: A Meditation on a God-blessed, Christ-haunted Idea by David Dark
Renewing the City by Robert Lupton
The Way We Were by Joan Chittister
War and Faith in Sudan by Gabriel Meyer, photographs by James Nicholls
Resin by Geri Doran
Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology by Eugene H. Peterson
Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road by Don Miller
On the Heels of Freedom: The American Missionary Association's Bold Campaign to Educate Minds, Open Hearts, And Heal the Soul of a Divided Nation by Joyce Hollyday.