The Common Good

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After World Cup, Violence Persists in South Africa

The World Cup eclipsed our lives in South Africa as we witnessed four weeks of unbelievable soccer and celebration. Instead of basking in the glory of the tournament and reflecting on a way forward, xenophobic violence has once again reared its head.
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Yesterday, like most mornings, I spent 33 minutes on the elliptical trainer in my apartment exercise room. As a way to distract myself and multi-task, I watched the morning news.
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Why Bad Boundaries Don't Work

Some authorities in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, are upset that they didn't get a permit to build rock dykes between barrier islands to keep the BP oil spill out of fragile estuaries.
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Voices from the Gulf: We Arise to the Putrid Scent of Oil

Editor's note: "Voices From the Gulf" is a series of posts from people experiencing first-hand the devastating effects of the worst oil spill in American history. Check back often for more stories each week.
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A Martyr's Death Puts Faith Into Perspective

Fatu was 25 years old when her father and his two sons burned her to death. Her crime was converting to Christianity in a Muslim land.
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A Salvation Army for the Earth

This video from "Just Salvos Live" is a great initiative from the Salvation Army in Australia that intros young peeps to some of the issues that surround how climate change affects the poorest of p
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Oil Spill: We've Exchanged Beauty, Hope, and Wonder for Profit

A heart has been pierced, four miles of seabed violated, and the aorta is gushing unabated.
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Tupac Shakur: Liberation Theologian for Our Times

Many music critics have said that a truly special artist comes around only once every generation.
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Mark Twain's Radical Pacifism

Mark Twain's antiwar leanings are already common knowledge (or should be), perhaps best of all through his haunting short story "The War Prayer." But now, as his complete autobiography is being published fo
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11 Women Writers You Should Be Reading

Here are some of my favorite women writers of spirituality and theology in no particular order with short comments on why I recommend them.
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