The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

An Alternative to the Religious Right.
The lost meaning of "evangelical."
The Religious Right has hijacked American evangelicalism and made it an aberration in the global evangelical community.
God's unchanging call to heal and to care.
The game we must refuse to play
Catholic bishops evaluate welfare reform.
Serpents, doves, and the Religious Right


Barrios Unidos' spiritual movement against gang violence.
Volunteer programs cultivate community, service, and simplicity.


When Newt Gingrich talks these days about his concern for the poor, I wonder if something new and good might happen-or something terrible.
How people responded to the December 30 murders of abortion clinic workers in Massachusetts depended in large part on the ideological position of the responder.
A friend and collaborator says that rural America is experiencing a "tremendous dying." I take it that also means that she expects an ensuing resurrection.
When is a fuselage not just a fuselage? To many World War II veterans, the Enola Gay-the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima-is an icon of their deliverance.


Well, it finally happened.

There are many callings. Some people teach. Some people write.
Some people sing operas, and some train dogs.

I cut my political teeth on United Farm Worker grape boycotts
in California's San Joaquin Valley.

It takes love to bake a cake. Cakes cannot be baked indifferently
or in a hurry.

I am a welfare queen. There, I've said it.

Recently, some spots on my face were diagnosed not as the distinctive
markings of a rare intellect-which I had assumed them to be-but
as a precancerous skin malady.

Culture Watch

Madeleine L'Engle's search for God
It was inevitable that our de facto federal ministry of culture (public broadcasting and the endowments for the arts and humanities) would be among the first and most visible targets wh
The surprise of Pauline praxis.
There's no place like home.
The making of a community
Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction
Michael Been's new offering.
Liberation theology, in its Catholic variant, encouraged communities of faith to find themselves in the scripture-to identify with the people of God in a different time and place, thus knowing


What do you do when viciously expressed political views begin to drown out the good news?
after watching heston part the red sea for the first time my brother ran to his room and pulled the blanket from his bed he stood in the doorway
Reflections on the revised common lectionary (February 19 - April 30, 1995)
Countering the idol of self
Working for human rights and human needs in Latin America
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Consider spending time living simply in community with others and working for social justice.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES School Sisters of Notre Dame Lay Volunteers, ministering in Baltimore, seeks adults called to make the concerns of the poor their own.
What do you do when viciously expressed political views begin to drown out the good news?

Between the Lines