The Common Good

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Cover Story

We may be tempted to quarantine our children from the scary world out there—but it's better to nurture an incurable, chronic, and healing passion for justice.


The goal of social justice parenting is not to produce the "right" kind of child—it is to create an environment in which love flourishes.
Nurturing the life of children, from stage to stage.
Resources to help you raise happy and engaged kids.
Is surveillance of churches and peace groups on the rise again?
Between 2003 and 2006, the Pentagon database TALON kept tabs on thousands of “potential threats.”
A new, more civil conversation is emerging with gays and lesbians on evangelical campuses.
Chicago's North Park offers a model for honest conversation.
Should we stay or should we go? Being rooted in one place is a good thing, but faithfulness doesn't end where the road begins.


The Vatican attacks on Catholic sisters will sap the church's impact in the world.
The Bank's new head has community-level anti-poverty expertise—and many challenges to face.
What happens when a church tries to recognize the real cost of fossil fuels?


The lion helped inspire my hope to write a biblical and theological defense of the common good, something that has been almost lost in our age of selfishness.

If the forces of pluralism don’t write the next chapter in the American story, the forces of prejudice will.

"That's just like my mom, to send me a message through a Jewish woman!"

Like Jesus, I'm saving a lot of money on gas.

Culture Watch

A tribute to artist Elizabeth Catlett
God and the Godforsaken — Searching Harmonies — In Shadows and Hope — Bible Culture 101
Microsoft was an extortionist, but Google is a pickpocket.
Three highlights from Full Frame are films that mingle mature cinematic craft with ethical depth.
The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism, by Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson. Oxford University Press. Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America's Soul, by Gary Weiss. St. Martin's Press.
Author and advice columnist Cheryl Strayed on writing and walking her way out of grief.
Excerpt from Song of a Scientist: The Harmony of a God-Soaked Creation, by Calvin B. DeWitt
Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices, by The Welcome Wagon. Asthmatic Kitty Records.


"There is nothing casual / about casualties of war."
Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle B