The Common Good
November 2004

New and Noteworthy

by The Editors | November 2004

A Peace Diary

A Peace Diary

Longtime peace advocate Peggy Gish traveled to Iraq, along with others in the Christian Peacemaker Teams, to do what she does best: get in the way. Iraq: A Journey of Hope and Peace is her story of their work before, during, and after the U.S. invasion. Told in the first-person, Gish recounts her efforts to create relationships with Iraqis, fight for justice, and seek peace. Herald Press.

Competing Visions

Striking the right balance between constitutional issues and religious freedoms is a never-ending, sticky business. God in Government is an hour-long documentary that looks at the tricky mix of religion and politics—primarily in the United States, but also in India, Iran, and Israel, where the combination is sometimes lethal. Airs on PBS; check local listings. www.godingovernment.org.

Heavy (Spiritual) Hitters

Harper San Francisco has birthed a new series of spiritual classics—four modest, accessible books that contain selected writings from John and Charles Wesley, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, and the anonymous monastic writer of The Cloud of Unknowing. Modern voices introduce each work—Peter Gomes, Patricia Hampl, Ron Hansen, and Tim Farrington, respectively—in lively, personal essays. A great way to dive into the classics. Each book has fewer than 150 pages.

Stolen Youth

About 50,000 women and girls are trafficked and held in sexual slavery—and that’s just in the United States. The number of females affected worldwide is astronomical. The Day My God Died is a feature-length documentary that examines this horrific practice, particularly in the brothels of Bombay, but also shows some of the strong-willed souls who are trying to combat it, including the Washington, D.C.-based International Justice Mission. Airs on PBS; check local listings. www.thedaymygoddied.com.

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