The Common Good
June 2009

New and Noteworthy

by Molly Marsh | June 2009

Money & Faith: The Search for Enough, by Michael Schut; After Gandhi: 100 Years of Nonviolent Resistance, by Anne and Perry O'Brien; Beyond Our Differences, by Peter Bisanz; and Kids + ...

Economic Interest
Money might be the last thing you want to read about these days, but Michael Schut’s Money & Faith: The Search for Enough is worth checking out. Essays by writers such as Walter Brueggemann and Leonardo Boff delve into the thorny issues of equity, abundance, and sustainability with clarity and grace. Includes a study guide with plans for up to 12 meetings. Morehouse Publishing

Catalysts for Change
Young readers will get a good introduction to the lives of 15 nonviolence activists in After Gandhi: 100 Years of Nonviolent Resistance, by Anne Sibley O’Brien and Perry Edmond O’Brien. Inter­esting and easy-to-read profiles cover the years 1908 to 2003 and include Wangari Maathai, Vaclav Havel, Charles Perkins, Mairead Corrigan, and Aung San Suu Kyi. Charlesbridge

Praying Together
Beyond Our Differences, a video directed by Peter Bisanz, showcases a broad range of musicians, artists, activists, and authors such as Karen Armstrong, Peter Gabriel, and Desmond Tutu on how people of different faiths can work together to solve critical global problems. What inspires them to work for change? (72 minutes) Entropy Films

The Green Stuff
In Kids + Money, documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield trains her camera on Los Angeles teens from economically diverse families and asks them how money affects their lives. The cinematic portraits tell a compelling—and scary—story about the power of our consumer culture. The 33-minute DVD includes a study guide by the founder of Share Save Spend. Bullfrog Films

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