The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

Rediscovering rites of passage for our time
A sample North American initiation pattern
Healing rites for youth at risk.


David Halberstam credits the youth in the civil rights movement.
The biblical vision of Sabbath economics.
The worldwide movement for debt relief is rooted in Jubilee.
An interactive CD-ROM brings home the effects of the debt crisis.


As the United States drew close to launching bombing attacks on Iraq in February, American church leaders across the theological spectrum spoke out in opposition.
Real change may come through the courts.
Muslims and the way of peace.
Who profits from the Asia bailouts?
Parenting is key--but so is good day care.
The pope's visit has inspired Cuban believers.


Will the good news become old news?

Our cover feature points out the importance of rituals that young men need to prepare
them for responsible adulthood, not including the time your mother made you wear a bow tie
for Dress-Up Day a

Religious persecution. It’s becoming a hot topic, with a protest against it
gathering strong momentum around the world. It’s about time.

"What do you do?" It's taken me about nine months to come up with a short answer for that question.

Once in a while you get to see people assimilate a value from a different culture.
It’s an enriching experience for everyone concerned.

Culture Watch

The stories and words of Frederick Buechner
Thirty-five years ago, on June 12, 1963, Medgar Evers was assassinated in front of his home on the west side of Jackson, Mississippi.
Bringing mind and faith to the story.
Fiction and the search for God.
The vocation of a prophet, by a prophet
Renewed interest in Julian of Norwich.
Prayers for the journey.
In 1977, the Church of England set out to modernize the Lord’s Prayer.


An effort to protect churches' public ministries.
Communities pitch in to help people out of poverty.
Resisting the Death Penalty
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ) seeks volunteers to live in community and work for social justice.
Genuine faith is never a private matter, something hidden away in one’s mind and spirit.
I am a needle sewing...
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