The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story


Blocking the Prayers of the Church
The Haymarket Square rebellion of 1886 was a watershed moment in the history of U.S. radicalism.


Something new, real, and potentially very important is happening among several groups of white evangelicals.
Churches take a stand against sweatshops.
Serbia's surprising explosion of protest.
Churches and the environmental movement.
Churches plan nationwide Pentecost actions.


From welfare reform to overcoming poverty. A strategy for action.

If I had to choose one word to describe my friend Buddy
Gray, it would be relentless. He was an advocate on behalf of
homeless people in Cincinnati.

I live encircled by an eruv—though for weeks
it was invisible to my eyes. I would not have known what I
was seeing, had I noticed it.

The many communities that Father Jim Healy served during
35 years as a Catholic priest came together recently at his
memorial service.

Yesterday I learned that a friend will be moving far away.
And my thoughts have turned to planning a good-bye party,

I saw God the other day at the supermarket.

Culture Watch

Father John Giuliani's Native American icon paintings.
Not many meaningful public rituals in America remain. (Those that do are usually connected to sports.) But when Bill Clinton was inaugurated for a second term the nation took not
An opportunity for more inclusive expressions in the church.
Overcoming death and the power of empire.
Faith, interpretation, and The Good Book.
The international movement to ban landmines.
The power of live recordings.
Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips build a bridge to the future.
Well known and respected folk singer U. Utah Phillips announced his retirement well over a year ago in a letter to friends.
David Helfgott's search for meaning.
Working on the new Sojourners environmental resource, Holy Ground, I have examined a large body of works on environmental theology.


From below, it looks like a young woman, hair pulled over to the side like the tail of a horse swishing over her shoulder
Building relationship between people of faith and the workers' rights movement.
A moral and political agenda for 1997.
Volunteer Opportunities
Reflections on the revised common lectionary, cycle B.
Following President Clinton's signing of the federal "welfare reform" legislation last August, three top administration officials resigned in protest.