The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

Politicians have given the president a military blank check. The church, however, cannot write a moral blank check.
For 20 years I have worked as a mediator in violent situations, from Northern Ireland to Somalia, from Colombia to Nicaragua...
War was so much easier before the world's borders began to seep like a sieve.
The bin Laden organization and other terrorist networks are obviously fired by an intense hatred of the United States.
A religious response to terrorism
The United States will never be the same again; these are watershed days of irreversible change.
Many of us feel a deep desire for revenge and violent retribution. We know how natural that is. We want to strike back at the perpetrators.
Our broken hearts are indeed the proper place to begin theological reflection. Wounded hearts, the tears of suffering and death, however, can lead divergent ways.
A few weeks ago, the Jewish community celebrated the harvest festival by building "sukkot." What is a "sukkah"?
A September 11 sermon
When the Visigoths sacked Rome, the Eternal City, in 410 C.E., the attackers used the city's own mighty transportation system-the Appian Way-as the weapon of its downfall.


Friends of Sojourners embraced, sang, laughed, and prayed for four days last July in celebration of our first 30 years.
Ever since I gave Jesus a ride, my car smells like urine.
While Britain's church attendance plummets, the remaining core is engaged in a nationwide tapestry of social altruism. And now the government's getting involved.
It's about truth. And listening. An interview with musician David Wilcox.


We can't sacrifice our deepest convictions for the sake of a false unity.
A little political honesty here, please.
With friends like these, the tobacco industry is on the rebound.
What's wrong with a one-size-fits-all energy policy?


This edition of Sojourners went to press just as the U.S. military strikes in Afghanistan began, which makes this special issue even more critical. 

This is to all who serve on the human front, wearing any mask that will get you home. A word: While we are all dying to get out, there is one who died to get in.

This has been a year of major milestones for our family, not the least
of which was the realization that I might finally be allowed to use our bathroom.

Culture Watch

Hallowed Halls
‘‘The [Harry Potter computer] game will feature a series of challenges, all inspired by the original book's storyline..."
Besides watching baseball (especially Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners), here are a few other favorites of poet and writer E. Ethelbert Miller:
Although a "show about nothing" may seem to offer us little to ponder theologically, we need only look at the Jewish tradition of seeking wisdom to see connections to Seinfeld.
It is the late 1970s in El Salvador, when peasants read the Bible and discover that they are God's hands, feet, and voice; if El Salvador is to be a savior, for which it is name
Birminghamians live with their history more than most Americans, and Birmingham's story is linked to the nation's history more than most cities.
For more than 20 years, Elie Wiesel has been America's official bearer of memory, keeper of accounts, and arbiter of propriety regarding the Holocaust.
Christopher Hitchens, in this illuminating assessment of Henry Kissinger's war crimes, reports on a filmed 1998 interview with Michael Korda, senior editor of Simon and Schuster. 


The sky is gorged with snow. 
"How do you want to spend your life? We all know you can ruin it.
A year of voluntary service has become a rite of passage for thousands of socially conscious young Christians.
Employment Opportunities
Like the rest of America, we were dazed and shattered by the events of Tuesday morning, Sept. 11.