The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

With political integrity drowning in big money, it's too late for small tweaks. The whole system needs a reboot.

Features

If we want a democracy that represents the public interest, we'll need a system where politicians are no longer bought and paid for by the highest bidders.
Want some economic good news? Credit unions, employee-owned business, public banks—the "new economy" is breaking out all over.
Preaching for social transformation requires an abundance of courage, moral credibility, and the virtue of precision.
Near the end of his life, Howard Thurman was called "one of the greatest spiritual resources of this nation." He was also a pioneer in environmental theology.
The Lakota people of South Dakota are building bonds with the Taizé brothers from France. The result? Spirituality that spans the ages, and a promise of reconciliation.

Commentary

Will Congress cut food stamps, conservation, and the farmer safety net—or fail to pass a Farm Bill at all?
State voter-suppression measures go beyond ID laws.
Faith leaders and others protest a planned military base on a South Korean island.

Columns

Our call from God is to offer hope where nobody else does.

What explains our moral leaders' mealy-mouthed silence on climate change?

The spiritual connection between the slow rhythm of August and the Sabbath.

Hey Pres. Obama: The Nobel Peace Prize committee is calling. They want their medal back.

Remind me again what lawyers do. I forget.

Culture Watch

What vampires can teach us about consumer capitalism and human desire.
We are HyperGiants by Gowe / Dreaming by Barbara A. Holmes / Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey / Greening Spaces for Worship and Ministry: Congregations, Their Buildings, and Creation Care by Mark A. Torgerson
Tom Morello's approach to politics is as unique and incisive as his best guitar solos.
The Dictator, amid its crudity and over-the-top stereotypes, asks us to reimagine democracy.
99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It by Chuck Collins
Concrete, Steel, and Paint, directed by Cindy Burstein and Tony Heriza
Forged in the Fiery Furnace: African American Spirituality by Diana L. Hayes

Departments

Four Questions for Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change
Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle B