The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

Banking used to be an agreement between neighbors, not a transaction between chairmen of the board. It's time for a new set of rules—banking policies for the 99 percent.

Features

There are many reasons to abolish the death penalty. Innocents on death row may be the most compelling.
Forests throughout North America would not be the same today without the trailblazing work of a small Mohawk Catholic community in Quebec.
A Bible study on water, God, and redemption.

Commentary

How U.S. and Israeli threats are undermining the democracy movement in Iran.
The U.S. government continues to claim the authority to detain and kill without trial.
The Supreme Court decision on the ministerial exception deserves a "hosanna" — and prayerful consideration.

Columns

More than 5 million voters could be affected by new Voter-ID laws and (coincidentally?) a disproportionate number of them are people of color.

Corporations want to store up treasure on earth — that's their whole, entire, complete, and utter point.

The lesson for me, as the parent of a middle school child, was to pay closer attention.

We need to build understanding as well as skills to break the cycle of poverty, because our obligation as Christians is not just help, it’s love.

What does God's "settlement" look like?

In fact, my knowledge of Brazil is limited to that tall Jesus statue overlooking a city, and the fact people can be naked on the beaches while speaking Portuguese.

Culture Watch

What The Hunger Games and the gospels have in common.
Gandhi and the Unspeakable: His Final Experiment with Truth, by James W. Douglass.
Worship Across the Racial Divide: Religious Music and the Multiracial Congregation, by Gerardo Marti; The Forgotten Bomb; Let It Burn; Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis.
Along with the silent film The Artist, Haywire, and War Horse, the smartest wide-release recent movie is Chronicle, a kinetic fusion of Breakfast Club-style teenage angst with post-9/11 violence-as-a-way-of-life (or at least way-to-be-noticed).
The painter Makoto Fujimura imagines what God might say to the church about its frequent rejection of the artists.
Pariah, written and directed by Dee Rees. Focus Features.
Piano-playing cats or union organizing drives—Google and Facebook don’t care. They just keep a sieve in the flow to collect information that can be sold to advertisers.

Departments

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.                                                                 —Wordsworth         
Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle B