The Common Good

God's Politics

Christmas is Supposed to Be Crusty

It's time to haul out the Christmas lights and stockings, Advent calendars, and odd-shaped Santa pillows from grandparents. Every year I sort of dread dragging all the chaos out of the basement.
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Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 6

This clip gave an Aussie kid like me who grew up on Midnight Oil goose bumps (embarrassingly I cried despite the cringe factor) and was very popular with students in our workshops because of the big name stars. ...


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Advent, Mary, and Sudan

The season of Advent always invites me to contemplate many facets of Christianity: the contrast between what God extols versus the world's values, the power of patience, and the strength of hope. While important in all times and places, each of these themes can especially speak this year to the current situation in Sudan.
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Three Ways to Remind Hospitals Why They Exist

What to do as a Christian when presented with an injustice? I missed.
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We Needed a New Approach in Afghanistan -- and This Isn't It

The decision by President Obama to send additional troops to Afghanistan saddens me. I believe it is a mistake, it is the wrong direction for U.S.
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World AIDS Day and Rosa Parks' Civil Disobedience

December 1 is World AIDS Day. December 1 is also the day that Rosa Parks refused to yield her seat on a bus in Montgomery.
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The U.S. Shouldn't Bless Honduras's Flawed Elections

Elections took place Sunday, Nov. 29 in Honduras with National Party leader Porfirio Lobo declared the winner.
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Beyond 'Diversity': New Creation and a Mestizo Vision

"Integration" and "diversity" do not express God's purpose for reconciliation deeply enough. What we need is a fresh paradigm that declares our new culture in Christ.
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Death on the Border: Who's the Criminal Here?

As a community of faith and conscience in Southern Arizona, we have seen more than a decade of deadly border enforcement, free trade, and immigration policies destroying habitat and home for many.
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