The Common Good

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How these anxious and ambiguous days might offer up the most holy of gifts.
Apocalypse grabs us by the shoulders and says, 'Look at what matters in life.'
Theologians of nonviolence wrestle with how to resist terrorism.
Some people think that if you have a position of Christian nonviolence, you don’t have anything to say because you’re excluded from making discriminating political judgments.
The most significant ways—both short and long term—to deal with the sources of terrorism will emerge more from within the circles that are close to it rather than from sources that depend upon it from outside. 
There’s a trap that I’d call the Bonhoeffer assumption. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was studying at Union Seminary in New York.


Responding with kindness and solidarity.
Shrimp feasts, rifle training, and jail time: The peaks and perils of growing up with activist parents.
"Whenever people discover that they have rights, they have the responsibility to claim them."—John XXIII, "Pacem in Terris"


Too often, farm bill dollars land in the wrong hands.
Does it stand for nationalistic militarism or grief-humbled unity?
As the economy heads south, it's the poor--as usual--who bear the brunt.
Getting supplies there was the easy part.


I just returned from Ground Zero in New York City.

It’s a scary thing to find yourself in bed with Orrin Hatch.

Are we cannon fodder in a cosmic war of good and evil?

Those of you in the hinterlands—when you’re not taking care of your hinter—are probably wondering what life is like now in Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital...

Culture Watch

Artists speak the language of the heart.
The song has again become a vital statement of hope and even a resource for resistance.
She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse, by Elizabeth Johnson (Crossroad/Herder & Herder).
Definitional books come around about once a decade.
Friends, this song is called "I Heard an Owl," and it was written two days after the Sept. 11 tragedy.
When people think of Jean Vanier, certain impressions come to mind
Understanding Islam, by Thomas W. Lippman, is a thorough history of Islam and its adherents from a geopolitical perspective.
The term reconciliation carries such a chord of optimism; it conjures images of issues resolved and friendships re-established. But it’s usually wrenching work.
At first, listening to A Time to Sing!


Along the Volga River, Russia 1993
The journey from Epiphany to Lent brings us from the brightness of our dawning to the bleakness of our sinfulness.
A tribute to LISTEN founder Lisa Sullivan
Employment Opportunities
The times are strange and uncertain. So we are responding the same way we would at any other time: By searching our souls, with the assistance of Kathleen Norris and Richard Rohr, OFM.