The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

What can be done about the growing nuclear threat?
End the Nuclear Danger
Religious statements on nuclear weapons.


Why do so many more women than men enter voluntary service?
'The work isn't over until we close our eyes and die.'
The ceramic arsenal of Charles Krafft.
Churches are helping many with mental illness find medical, psychological, and spiritual aid.


Advent is the time in our church calendar that redirects us toward our source of sustenance, the hope that God will come, and the promise that God is with us now and forever.
What's the real purpose of 'mission trips'?
Nonviolence may be the untold story in Colombia's war.
Sustainable development is impossible without the grassroots.


Saddam Hussein is an evil ruler, no doubt about it.

'Lean and mean' is the shapely figure to which companies are called to conform these days. It's worrisome that the mantra implies a clever business strategy.

Is breaking the silence always a good thing?

Why can't really scary diseases have really scary and obvious symptoms?

Culture Watch

Bruce Springsteen dives straight into the pain…and the ambiguity.
A propensity toward evil within religious communities always provides warning signs, says Charles Kimball, professor, Baptist minister, and expert analyst on the Middle East.
Alcatraz is Not an Island is a powerful documentary (which airs Nov. 7 on PBS)
The Gathering of Spirits, by Carrie Newcomer.
When this book was published, the Committee to Protect Journalists had just named the West Bank as "the worst place to be a journalist." 
I don't usually read memoirs. There are just so many of them out there, and the whole genre seems to have become self-indulgent or uninspired.
Mohandas K. Gandhi, political liberator of India and Hindu spiritual master, sought to translate Jesus' Sermon on the Mount into a practical political philosophy.
Since Sept. 11, country music stations have blared songs like Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A." and Aaron Tippin's "Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly"


For Chiune and Yukiko Sugihara
In the spring of 2000, a sold-out crowd of volunteers and union organizers, parents and students, hourly wage earners and salaried policy wonks, mohawks and buzz cuts, Latino and black...
Saddam Hussein with nuclear weapons would be a real threat.