The Common Good

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Cover Story

The faith agenda in an election year? Start with "the least of these."


Faith communities work to stem the flow of guns to criminals.
For Rev. Deborah Little, giving it all away is a sign you're doing something right.
What would our faith look like if we really put it on the line?
Author Eugene Peterson has a lot to say about being and doing. And about facing life in our forties and beyond.


We'll never reach reconciliation between Christians and Muslims until we address root causes—and take on the haters.
Gangs in El Salvador call a truce from behind prison walls.
Extended Format: REPORT : 'A Window of Hope'
Our food system is a cause as well as a victim of climate change.


It is contrary to Christian values to use attacks on welfare to win white votes.

The constraints on political engagement by nonprofits can be frustrating for those committed to social change.

You can have a healthy fossil-fuel industry or a healthy planet, but you can't have both.

Is it global warming or an alien invasion?

Culture Watch

What in heaven's name does "biblical womanhood" mean? Rachel Held Evans embarked on a yearlong journey to find out.
As Arizona seeks to ban Mexican American Studies, a group of Latino artists and friends promises it won't be that easy.
Books are removed from classrooms to avoid discussion of race, ethnicity, or Mexican American history.
Books for traveling the hard and worthy path of nonviolence.
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Average Americans, the supposed winners of the global rat race, are overworked and overstressed—and still falling behind economically.


Leila Sansour, Catholic Palestinian film director and founder of the nonprofit Open Bethlehem
Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle B