There is a thread uniting each of these events: tragedy in Boston, reconciliation in Alabama, cowardice in Washington on guns, and possible movement on immigration reform. They each show us the true and real attacks we face — attacks against what holds us together as a people. But they are also opportunities to show love.
Fundsasurza is a nonprofit in the Dominican Republic that focuses holistically on the community. Through recycling programs, it funds services for senior citizens, who in turn, pass on cultural traditions to a younger generation. The organization asks "Who is my neighbor," to address the real needs of the community.
Sneak Peek: 'On God's Side'
New York Times Bestselling Author Jim Wallis takes us behind the scenes of his latest book, On God's Side with a deeper look at the common good theme.
Jeremy Courtney is cofounder of the Preemptive Love Coalition, an organization that provides heart surgeries for Iraqi children and facilitates training for local Iraqi doctors. He sits down with Sojourners to tell his story.
The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world — about 1.6 million people in 2010. Mass incarceration in our country is a problem, one that too often serves to line the pockets of for-profit prisons while tearing families apart and targeting people of color disproportionately.
This week marked six months since Superstorm Sandy left entire communities devastated. But in the midst of this natural disaster, many banded together. Here, a New York filmmaker shows us how tragedy can turn into a joint effort to acheive the common good.
I like Wallis’s three rules, but I think there is an important one missing when it comes to the common good. If the common good is for everyone, then how do we treat the team that loses? And if we happen to lose, then how do we treat the team that beats us?
I wonder if one of the things that we can think about in terms of the common good is learning to practice neighborliness in the inconsequential moments so that when we face the bigger political difficulties of our shared life — when we start talking about the common good in the larger sense around some of the other issues like violence, and fear, and money — that maybe if we've already built up habits we can have these larger conversations with greater ease.
Answer Our Question of the Week
Is it possible to find common ground on issues that bitterly divide us (gun control, abortion, same-sex marriage)? And if so, as Christians, where do we find that common ground without demonizing others?