The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

The dramatic rise in world food prices has pushed millions into poverty. Here's a look at 10 factors--from agrofuel production to rising meat and dairy consumption--that have contributed to this preventable crisis.
Addressing the food crisis is a matter of political and spiritual will.
Progress on food security issues will only come when we begin to ask the right question and challenge the myths that trap us.
Some of the steps toward creating sane food policies and a living democracy will include:
All politics is local--food politics even more so.

Features

An innovative program helps prison inmates make a fresh start--and they're not the only ones who benefit. The Prison Entrepreneurship Program also helps churches rethink the way they view justice, prisoners, and redemption.
In the 1880s, Russian Mennonites trekked to Uzbekistan, where they believed Jesus would inaugurate his kingdom. As modern-day researchers look for traces of this apocalyptic group, they find signs of coexistence with Muslims that are healing and hopeful.
A Franciscan priest pens a lament from the Imperial County Jail, where he served time for challenging the "terrible frontier" our country has entered: the use of torture.

Commentary

The pope challenges U.S. individualism and materialism.
Real conservation is sidelined by carbon trading's bad math.
Is it time for a Palestinian Ministry of Nonviolence?

Columns

"Being disciples of Jesus means serving him in public as well as private."

It's Ordinary Days, the Miller Time of the liturgical year.

Culture Watch

The Drive-By Truckers capture "the cruel radiance of what is."
Members of a prominent slave-trading family confront the wounds of the past and present.
Filmmaker Katrina Browne talks about the impetus behind Traces of the Trade.
Ron Hansen’s Exiles delicately displays the conjoining of the literary with the historical, biographical, philosophical, and even the theological.
An excerpt from Finding Our Way Again.
Politics in the United States, especially in an election year, often seems to be a contest of competing special interests.
Crazy Talk: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Theological Terms, by Rolf Jacobson; Renewal: Stories from America's Religious-Environmental Movement; Being Consumed, by William Cavanaugh; and Dare Not Walk Alone, by Jeremy Dean.

Departments

She spoke softly, calmly recounting her pain through a furnace of litanies that helped her hold on to the unbelief
“That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach.
News and images of the world food crisis have been hard to bear these last few months—skyrocketing food prices have provoked desperate rioting in many countries, including Haiti, Kenya, Mexic