The Common Good

God's Politics

Christian Hospitality in Phnom Penh

A handful of Christians living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, are making use of the age-old nonviolent practice of hospitality to 60 community representatives who suffer constant threats and intimidation as they work to protect land, fisheries, forests, and waterways from development projects (see
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Put Down the Bottle

I'm not a complete locavore purist, at least not yet. I do eat things shipped from the other side of the world, such as ginger, or (fair trade) chocolate. But water?
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Health-Care Reform: Check the Facts

If you have paid attention to the health-care reform debate at all, you know that there is a lot of bad information out there.
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A 'Truth-telling' Ministry for People of Faith

Every so often, the issues at stake in the public debate become so clear and compelling, so alarming and disconcerting -- or both at the same time -- that I feel a need to speak out in a more perso
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More Than Beer-Bottle Diplomacy

It has now been a couple of weeks since President Obama convened what was infamously dubbed the "Beer Summit." You know the story by n
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With the Health-Care Debate, Let's Begin with Honesty

"Has he been pre-authorized? Because if the test hasn't been, it may not be covered and you may be caught with the bill as my husband and I learned." Her jagged words hit me like a political ad.
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We Must Act on Health Care

As a nation, we are engaged in making decisions about our health care that will impact our families and communities for generations to come.
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Weaving Networks from Iowa to Zimbabwe

There is an African proverb from Ethiopia that says, "When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion." What a graphic illustration of power that emerges as an outcome of networking, partnership, and
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To Whom Much is Given

We learned the story in Sunday school:
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My Experience of U.S. Health Care as a Recent Immigrant (Part II)

I have friends in the UK who are doctors, men and women who work in intense, busy careers. Like many salaried positions, things get exponentially better the longer you're in the system.
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