The Common Good

Culture Watch

The Mosque in Morgantown: Finding Our Religion within American Pluralism

In March, I had lunch with Asra Nomani at Sticky Fingers, the vegan bakery across from the Sojourners office.
+Continue Reading

Listen to it Loud

"Listen to it loud!" That was the advice that came with a disc of the new film, I Bring What I Love, about Youssou N'Dour, a Senegalese singer who has worked for social justice in Africa.
+Continue Reading

Free Music Monday: The Welcome Wagon

About a month ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Rev.
+Continue Reading

In the Footsteps of Jesus?

Angels and Demons, the movie inspired by Dan Brown's novel by the same title, has raked in nearly $190 million worldwide (with approximately $90 million in the U.S.) in only its second wee
+Continue Reading

Eschatology or Bigotry?

A couple of weeks ago on Glenn Beck's talk radio show, a woman called in to suggest that because President Obama appears to be raising the tax rate to around the same as what it was under President
+Continue Reading

The Hole in Our Gospel: Interview with World Vision's Richard Stearns

As the pastor of a church with a deep desire to love others as Christ would, I've recently been telling folks, "If you only read one book this year, then you must read
+Continue Reading

Poem: Through the Eyes of the Beholder

This piece was written as a personal testimony as to how we can use scripture to liberate us from mental and physical bondage. Through the Eyes of the Beholder is dedicated to all of us who struggle with insecurities; that we may know how to alter our perceptions to see ourselves and others through God's eyes.

+Continue Reading

Travels with Bruce Cockburn: Into the Soul of this World of Wonders

There's roads and there's roads And they call, can't you hear it? Roads of the earth And roads of the spirit . . . - Bruce Cockburn's "Child of the Wind" Mali. Mozambique. Central America. The Himalayas. Kosovo.
+Continue Reading

Made in L.A.: Putting a Human Face on the Immigrant Experience

Seven years ago, I set out to make a little film that would put a human face on the struggles of immigrant workers in L.A.
+Continue Reading

American Violet and the Idolatry of Law

NPR's Wade Goodwyn has been working on this story ever since he attended the premier of the film American Violet at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hearne, Texas, three weeks ago.
+Continue Reading