The Common Good

Articles By The Editors

Thousands of immigrants and their supporters have attended rallies throughout the United States in the past year, calling attention to the broken system in which many undocumented immigrants langui
"You have a glowing future." That nice sentiment becomes a little ominous when you think of it in terms of nuclear technology.
Say "suburbs" and most people picture sprawling neighborhoods of identical homes filled with upwardly mobile status-seekers.
Christians step out against the war.
Instruments of Peace
The rightward drift of both Catholic and Protestant churches during the past 40 years has left an enormous number of Americans with the feeling that their church doesn't speak for them.
In mid-March, our staffers were busily putting the final touches on plans for the Christian Peace Witness, an event organized by 39 Christian organizations (including Sojourners/Call to Renewal) to
When we think of trade, most of us consider it the fiefdom of governments and multinational corporations -it seems a horribly complicated topic that's impossible to understand, let alone do anythin
When it comes to figuring out the appropriate role of the government in addressing our most pressing social ills, opinions among people of faith cross the spectrum: Some say government should play a c
More Peas, Please
The problem of modern slavery is staggering.
Why is it that so many jobs in America don't pay the bills?
Spiritual Witnesses Women Saints: 365 Daily Readings, by Madonna Sophia Compton, with Maria Compton Hernandez and Patricia Campbell, provides reflections on holy women
As of this writing, we're fresh off the midterm elections and glad to see the end of divisive campaigning for a while (though we're not naive enough to think the shouting is all over).
While Advent is the particular season of the church year in which we anticipate the coming of Jesus, the word can also mean "a coming into being," an opportunity for old ways of thinking and being
New and Noteworthy books.
Films to watch out for.
The fall months tend to be busy-no doubt you can relate-and the pace around  our office has been brisk.
What makes a Christian college Christian? Fear of the Lord. Prudence. Righteousness. Justice.
This summer's tango between the Bush administration and Iran over the Iranian nuclear program provided an object lesson in how not to do diplomacy.
As with most of our articles, the words in this issue developed out of relationships - connections that are decades-long as well as some more recently established.
Is there such a thing as the "Catholic vote"? Commonweal writer Maurice Timothy Reidy and Washington Post columnist E.J.
Useful links to go deeper with the special issue on Food.
Our move to a new building last fall brought us many gifts: a more efficient space, working heat and air conditioning (most of the time)--and a giant sparkling supermarket one floor below.
'I was a stranger and you welcomed me.' Jesus' words in Matthew are disarmingly simple, yet they encapsulate a core tenet of Christianity: radical inclusion.
Many of us attend worship communities that struggle to hit the right note between traditional hymn-and-organ music and the praise choruses of a (usually loud and) youthful rock band.
With all the bad news of late, it's heartening to read some hopeful news, especially about poverty. Stephen C.
Parents often feel like theyre swimming upstream when it comes to raising their kids and protecting their family life.
For many of us, Nelson Good the subject of our incarnation focus in this issue was a fellow parishioner and community member, an indefatigable scheduler of retreats at Rolling Ridge Retreat Center in
Music for the journey
Books to stir your mind, heart, and soul.
The t's were crossed and i's dotted for this issue with our special focus on books and music when Hurricane Katrina roared into the Gulf Coast stringing houses, cars, and boats together like so ma
After more than a dozen years at the corner of Chapin and 15th Streets NW, Sojourners is moving to another location in Washington, D.C.
When it comes to faith, politics, and culture (three of our favorite topics here at Sojourners), the public discussion too often seems to shrink down big ideas and complex life to simple, narrow
Our culture here in the United States has definite bipolar tendencies: On one hand we're encouraged to want--and to purchase--more, more, more. More food, more entertainment, more stuff.
Sometimes the most important stories are hidden in plain view.
West Virginia activist Julia Bonds has been interviewed many times, especially after winning the 2003 Goldman Environmental Prize.
Our life around the Sojourners office has changed in the past several months.
In this issue Rich Preheim profiles Christian Peacemaker Teams and the organization's recently retired first director, Gene Stoltzfus.
Words can provide rest, create change, and bring new life to our inner and outer worlds. Developing this special issue has given us a wonderful reminder of that.
The upcoming presidential election still looms large in our work.
As we wrapped up this issue, summer was taking its final stroll into autumn. But like many people, we've been focusing for some time on the fall and the very important Election Day we're facing.
Our travel fund for editorial staff is fairly modest.
Our cover feature by veteran journalist Bill Moyers is an adaptation of the keynote speech he delivered to a standing-room-only crowd at Call to Renewal's Pentecost 2004 event.
Thousands of teens are learning directly from Nobel Peace laureates about working for peace through PeaceJam, an eight-year-old education-and-action program.
For many years we've talked about interviewing environmental and culture essayist Wendell Berry.