The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

You wouldn't know it from media reports, but there's a hopeful movement being born in the Middle East
On the front lines with Christian Peacemaker Teams
Rabbis for Human Rights
American Jews in Israel
Jewish Unity for a Just Peace
Why 'Holy Land Tours' miss the real story
Following Jesus in occupied territory.
An interview with Palestinian Christian Jonathan Kuttab.


What do you get for the magazine that has little and wants everything?
And how did he become the 'most influential Christian' in the country?
When Jesus met the Samaritan woman, he was talking to us.
2001 marked the 150th anniversary of Sojourner Truth's famous "Arn't I A Woman?" speech. What does this preacher, agitator, theologian, and ex-slave have to say to us today?
How Isabella Baumfree became Sojourner Truth.


What does standardized testing have to do with education?
The consequence for war crimes? It depends.
Are in-your-face visits to prison the best we can do for 'troubled' teens?
Don't know much about history. Obviously.


My wife, Joy, my son, Luke, and I had dinner recently with our friend Michael Lerner
and his wife, Debora, in their Berkeley, California home.

Millionaire space tourist Dennis Tito's joy ride was sheer hubris; talk about placing yourself at the center of the universe!

We killed McVeigh to make it clear that he was not like us.

It's not a matter of who's wrong or right, unless Santa somehow gets involved.

Culture Watch

The Simpsons' love-hate relationship with religion.
Rock has done the most to break down social conventions and cultural norms. So where are the gay rock stars?
An author, biblical scholar, and itinerant teacher tells what sounds, sights, and words he's enjoying these days.
The first thing one notices about the handsome young man in the jacket photo is his two full sleeves of tattoos.
How does one approach the task of writing about a continent as diverse as Africa, filled with extremes of poverty and beauty, suffering and hope?
Bread and Roses, the latest from British director Ken Loach, portrays with incredible precision the reality of the modern immigrant experience in industrialized nations.
Cornel West is nothing if not prolific.
Jews and Christians is a great example of how magnificent television can be.
Do you remember what Dr. Arroway (Jodie Foster) said, in the movie Contact, when she was launched by The Pod into humanity's first meeting with non-Earthlings? 


I keep track of the comings and goings of people.
We are reminded that the commitment to the gospel is an absolute one. Reflections on the revised common lectionary, Cycle C.
Are we doomed to descend ever-deeper into rage on the road, revenge in the workplace, and ruin in the home?
Employment Opportunities
This issue of Sojourners marks our 30th anniversary (yes, Sojourners is older than some of our staff-it's even older than some of the leftovers in our office refrigerator).