The Common Good

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Seeking Peace and Dignity in Jordan

When I announced my plans to go to Jordan several weeks ago for a press trip, my son replied, "You are the only person wanting to go to the Middle East right now." That was several weeks ago when people were fleeing from Egypt and Tunisia. And he was right, my plane to Jordan was less than half full.
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Wisconsin Strengthens Ties Between Labor and Environment

Corporations have long used the false rhetoric of "jobs versus the environment" to pit what would be natural allies -- environmentalists and labor activists -- against one another.
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One World: Of Earthquakes and Interdependence

As Americans were complaining about all the snow this winter, arguing about the
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Who Goes to Hell is Not the Most Important Question

"Reality check: Gandhi's in hell." "Really? Gandhi's in hell? And we have confirmation of this?"
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In the Wake of Japan Disaster, Must We Accept Nuclear Power?

The U.S. Navy reported today that it had detected low levels of airborne radiation at the Yokosuka and Atsugi bases, about 200 miles to the north of the Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactors.
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Rediscovering Values for Lent: Seeing Signs of Sickness

[Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be posting excerpts from the Rediscovering Values Lenten Study Guide. We invite you to study God's word with us through these posts.]
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What Does Rob Bell Really Say? (A Review of the Actual Book Itself)

Whether it was a brilliant marketing strategy or just a sad reflection of the charged atmosphere of Christian dialogue these days, one cannot deny that Rob Bell's latest book
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Finding the Way Out: Why It's Time to End the War in Afghanistan

The clock is ticking toward a July decision by President Obama to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, as he has promised.
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Flood of Refugees from Libya Pose New Opportunities for Welcoming the Stranger

As the world is watching Libya, I am keeping close watch and prayers over the sea.
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A Revelation on Community During Jury Duty

Last winter, in the flurry of Christmas parties and potlucks, I was called in for jury duty.
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