The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

AIDS, orphans, and the future of Africa.
Why a low-cost anti-AIDS tool remains out of reach.
'The solution will come from the community.'


A half-century from now, will the churches finally learn to get along? We look into our crystal ball to see…
Feared by some, welcomed by others, charitable choice might transform social services in this country. So why have so few people even heard of it?
Artist Barry Moser's new illustrated Bible shows that the people of scripture---and books themselves---are very much alive.
My heart began to beat wildly; my mouth was as dry as the desert around me. Should I take time to go change my shirt?
People in the ancient world were very careful about how they approached their gods.


U.S. churches can provide a driving moral force on the crisis of AIDS in Africa.
Saying no to the Disneyfication of America.
The IMF/World Bank protests raised long-neglected issues.
How many colleges does it take to change a community?
Can we canonize Dorothy Day and serve the poor too?
The liberation movement for the disabled is just beginning.


The last city on my recent Faith Works book tour was Milwaukee.

Josh and I made some important decisions on the day that we got engaged. First, we
decided to retain our sanity amidst the barrage of impending wedding chaos.

In just a few short months you'll wake up on a crisp Tuesday after the first Monday in November and do your part to dramatically affect the course of history.

Culture Watch

Family and community at the Bruce Springsteen show.
For the past 25 years, executions have taken place somewhere in America almost every week. They happened in the dead of night.
What is the proper role of the filmmaker?
The complexities of 'simple living.'
Jim Hightower skewers 'corporatocracy.'
It does a body good.
Resisting the pull of McWorld
New books worthy of note


You can imagine why they call this ship a tender
Can one person make a difference?
The Covenant to Overcome Poverty needs you!
Resources for study and action.
Bringing people together.
Millions of people died in the slave trade. African AIDS deaths will soon exceed those horrendous numbers. The future of the continent isn't all that's at stake.