The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

Jubilee 2000 has surprised people with its phenomenal success. A look at how and why it caught fire - and what's around the bend.
The Jubilee 2000/USA campaign
Church leaders came together to declare widespread poverty 'morally unacceptable.' And they promised to do something about it.

Features

But does it have to COST SO MUCH!?
Steps to getting the funeral you want and can afford.
The power of ministering to the bereaved.
Together Palestinian and Israeli activists fight 'functional apartheid' in the West Bank.
Pocket Canons are the most radical approach to the Bible since Gutenberg. Or at least Ginsberg.
Honorable work and restful renewal are both aspects of responsibility.
Adapted from the Free Time/Free People Campaign statement.

Commentary

China is the current battleground---as Seattle was last fall---over the rules of global trade.
The battle over who owns the Net rages on.
Benetton's ads open eyes. Can they say lives?
Family farms---and farmers---are looking different these days.
Missile defense: the wrong path to security.
You can't be laid off for bad genes. Can you?

Columns

The Covenant to Overcome Poverty is as simple as it is potentially life-changing.

Youthful idealism can grow into life-long commitment to justice.

Wherever self-censorship rules, a real debate is not taking place.

There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to begin a sentence with a
really bad cliche. This is one of those times. You see, words are not coming easy to me
these days.

Culture Watch

Vassar Miller is the Emily Dickinson of the 20th century.
E-commerce guerrillas are the direct descendants of Abbie Hoffman.
Breaking our deadly addiction to advertising.
Sorting out justice in South Africa.
Native struggles for environmental justice.
Ambivalence as a religious virtue?
Scripted hope in The West Wing.
A prophetic voice in the Christian pop wilderness.

Departments

Very soon now the light shall die. The Great World will be rent— ashes, sobbing seraphim, calves born with crabbed feet. Rain
I didn’t follow the holy man around I never sat down to a meal with him Loving him began this way: water poured into emptiness the bowl filling
Coming together to say no to poverty.
Bringing people together.
A rag-tag movement of churches, development organizations, and trade unions, sprinkled with the fairy dust of celebrities like U2's Bono and Muhammed Ali, got Jubilee 2000 off the ground and running.