The Common Good

Articles By Aaron McCarroll Gallegos

Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry: Conversations on Creation, Land Justice, and Life Together. Herald Press
Gangs in El Salvador call a truce from behind prison walls.
Tattoos on the Heart, by Gregory Boyle. Free Press.
Against the gray of concrete and stone buildings, the vibrant colors of the Paint Your Faith mural on a wall of Metropolitan United Church in downtown Toronto can be seen from blocks away.
Six myths about single-payer health care
Pentecostals may be the least known and most unpredictable group on the landscape.
Latino believers don't fit a single mold, and they have expressed their faith in the world in a variety of ways.
Barrios Unidos isn’t what most people would think of when they hear the phrase “faith-based organization.” Even though it’s not aligned with any church or traditional religi
Book Review: American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare (Viking: 2004).
Leaving out my all-time favorites Carlos Santana and John Coltrane, whom I've written about for Sojourners, here are a few cultural artifacts I'm currently excited about.
TV's first all-Latino drama broadens the cultural picture.
How does one approach the task of writing about a continent as diverse as Africa, filled with extremes of poverty and beauty, suffering and hope?
Like many North American Christians, I had my spiritual journey upended in the 1980s by an encounter with poor believers from Latin America.
Honky, by Yale sociologist Dalton Conley, is a memoir of growing up during the 1970s and 1980s in the projects of New York's Lower East Side.
The infectious spirit of Tito Puente
Native struggles for environmental justice.
Notes from a new generation
John Coltrane's quest for freedom.
With hoots and hollers, the pentecostal 'Toronto Blessing' invites us to celebrate a love affair of faith. But what's missing from this party?
Luis Rodriguez grapples with the helter skelter
The brutal and tragic killing of Matthew Shepard last fall makes it clear that Christians need a more mature response to the issue of homosexuality in general, and gay-bashing in particular.
Spencer Perkins' long road to reconciliation.
Sadly, kids killing kids isn't anything new.
Just as the long legacy of violence in Guatemala was changing, that country lost another voice for truth.
A group of Native Americans appeared before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to argue that "Redskins," the name of Washington, D.C.’s football team, is racist and not deserving of federa
Robert Duvall's The Apostle.
In a remote part of India, the world’s largest democracy, the democratic process came to a grinding halt recently.
The Clinton administration’s aggressive promotion of U.S. arms sales around the world tops Project Censored’s list of censored or underreported news stories for 1997.
During the stand-off between the United States and Iraq over that country’s suspected possession of chemical and biological weapons...
While it may be too soon to tell if the 1996 Welfare Reform Act has succeeded in its goal of moving people from welfare to work, there are early signs from the streets that the attempts to make thi
While some might question Promise Keepers' stated intention of "taking back America's cities," few can criticize the volunteer labor the group has offered to the urban areas...
Longtime peacemakers Daniel and Philip Berrigan were nominated for the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize by Mairead Maguire. Maguire won the prize in 1976 for working for peace in Northern Ireland.
Germantown Mennonite Church, the oldest continuous Mennonite congregation in North America, has been ousted from its regional conference because of its stand on covenanted gay and lesbian couples in membership.
On October 27, longtime activist Philip Berrigan was sentenced to two years in jail for his role in a Plowshares peacemaking action in Maine.
Cardinal John O’Connor of New York announced that he is preparing to propose sainthood for Dorothy Day.
"...and Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; and Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias...."
People of faith generally applauded the Republican leadership's backing of the Freedom From Religious Persecution Act.
The debate about the place of religion in the public sphere continues to be played out in all aspects of our society, even on the fields of America's national pastime, baseball.
Starbucks workers in Vancouver, British Columbia, became the first employees in the 1,300-store coffee chain to unionize...
Michael Kelly, the editor of The New Republic, was fired by Martin Peretz, the owner of the magazine.
Cuban music beats the embargo.
They say that politics makes strange bedfellows, and apparently so does the media business.
Under pressure from conservative Christian organizations, the International Bible Society has scrapped its plans to publish a gender-neutral version of its popular NIV bible.
At Iliff School of Theology in Denver, a seminary considered to be one of the country's more liberal, a group of students protesting in the chapel were surprised when the Denver Police Department arrived, handcuffed them, and hauled them to jail.
Violence continues in the aftermath of the recent coup in Sierra Leone.
In awarding McDonald's $98,000 in a libel case against two vegetarian activists, a British judge found that some of the charges the activists made were true.
Who's evangelizing whom in Latin America?
In what has been called the "Top Censored Story of 1996," NASA has plans to launch 72.3 pounds of deadly plutonium-238 aboard its Cassini probe to Saturn on October 6, 1997.