The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

Marian Wright Edelman's ethic of service.

Features

A meditation on Mark's Easter story.
The committee for Northampton

Commentary

Who directed the following words to the Indian population of southern Mexico?
An interview with Bishop Samuel Ruiz
As I was driving home from work recently, I heard a new song on the radio. Encouraged by the driving beat and engaging tune, I turned up the volume, only to be sorely disappointed.
The last day of the year is, somehow, a good day to settle things. And so it was for us on December 31, 1993.
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Columns

Not in polite company. That’s where you were not supposed to talk about either
politics or religion. Remember?

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We got off the 11th Street bus in downtown Washington and headed toward the people
gathering on the 10th Street overpass. A man in his early 40s fell into step with us.

If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come. —Chinese
Proverb

Aaaaaah. It’s nice to stretch out in all this extra space.

Culture Watch

Carrie Newcomer on faith, folk and fun.
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Bob Dylan's bid to introduce past and present.
A history of organizing against militarism and sexism.
Sankofa's truth will set you free.
Good movies are often not easy to watch for progressive Christian-types. In films of lesser quality, the action and violence is an end in itself rather than a vehicle to drive the drama.

Departments

There is no more brilliant literary surprise, I think, in all of scripture than the shocking cliffhanger abruptness of Mark’s resurrection account.
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The rituals of welcome and mission
Seattle's Gleanings Food Bank
We've done some early spring cleaning with this issue of Sojourners, going for a cleaner, more contemporary look.