The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

Behind every 'undocumented immigrant' or 'illegal alien' is a real human story. This is one of them.
Myth: Immigrants don’t pay taxes. Immigrants pay taxes, in the form of income tax, property tax, sales tax, and other taxes at the federal and state level.
'Jesus himself was a child immigrant.'


Healing Waters quenches thirst and builds bridges in the Dominican Republic.
He seems relatively amused when people quote lines from the most famous song he’s ever recorded, but this day he was pretty serious.
To wade in the water is to be immersed in our Lord's perverse ethic of gain through loss.
Ten years after the formal dismantling of apartheid, economic injustice, HIV/AIDS, and poverty stand in the way of real reconciliation - and present daunting challenges for the South African church.


'Remember you were once foreigners...'
The tragic cost of child marriage.
The growing threat from nuclear power.


'That's war,' he said, 'and that's why I hate it.'

The archbishop is making global warming a personal challenge.

Soon the first stars will move tentatively into the field of sky.

Anyone in this country illegally should leave. But first...

Culture Watch

As newspapers die a slow death, can cable, radio, and the Web really provide serious, independent news?
Hollywood's humanitarian helpers direct more attention to global hot spots. But does it help?
I was visiting a church at which pentecostal practices were gaining traction, bringing no small controversy with them.
Bob Ekblad has been reading the Bible with people who live on the margins—Chicano gang members, prison inmates, and undocumented Mexican immigrants in the United States, among others
Members and associates of Holy Family Catholic Church in Natchez, the first African-American parish in Mississippi, played an integral role in the civil rights movement.
A Basis for Peace


These five weeks of passages extol the depth, breadth, and living power of shalom—the biblical peace for humanity and all that lives.
Your letter through the slot slid to the floor and lay quite still all day, until returning home from work I seized and tore it open.
As with most of our articles, the words in this issue developed out of relationships - connections that are decades-long as well as some more recently established.