The Common Good
March-April 2002

New and Noteworthy

by Bethany Spicher Schonberg, Molly March | March-April 2002

‘You Must Sing'

‘You Must Sing'

Poems to Live By in Uncertain Times, edited by Joan Murray. A National Poetry Series Winner, Murray has compiled and arranged 60 poems from an international group of poets—including Gwendolyn Brooks, W.H. Auden, and poet laureate Billy Collins—into six categories: death and remembrance, fear and suffering, affirmations and rejoicing, warnings and instructions, war and rumors of war, and meditations and conversations. A perfect little volume for solace and understanding. Beacon Press.

Kingly Style

"I am the son of a Baptist preacher, the grandson of a Baptist preacher, and the great grandson of a Baptist preacher. The church is my life and I have given my life to the church." Clearly Martin Luther King Jr. saw himself not as an activist who happened to preach, but as a preacher with a tradition to serve and a charge to keep. In King Came Preaching: The Pulpit Power of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Mervyn Warren finds King's biography in his sermons and unpacks the rhetoric and rhythm that made King's sermons so effective and eternal. InterVarsity Press.

Reconciliation Through Song and Story

It all started when old pals and pioneers in conflict resolution John Paul Lederach and Herm Weaver spoke to Mennonite high-school students post-Sept. 11. What might happen, they asked the grieving teens, if you invited speakers from the Middle East? What if you all learned Arabic? What if your peace club contacted a high school in Iran, Syria, or Palestine? Dream the Light is a low-budget CD: Lederach reads a home-spun story and Weaver sings a three-chord song, but it's a joyful, wise answer to "What can one person, one church, one school do?" Visit

A Message of Radical Love

Filmmaker and author Gerard Thomas Straub's short film When Did I See You Hungry? is a beautiful—and wrenching—photographic meditation on the poor. Straub spent more than a year living with Franciscan friars working in impoverished areas all over the world, including India, Jamaica, and the United States. The result is this 30-minute reflection, comprised of Straub's 250 striking and very intimate black-and-white photographs and his compelling words. Box 1794, Burbank, CA 91507.

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