The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

Social, political, and economic forces can either undermine the institution of marriage–or foster a society where it thrives.


Five principles for a lasting marriage.
Extended Format: Marital Wisdom
The stats say that women in the workplace – from seminaries to the boardroom – have become the norm, but being a stay-at-home dad is still considered a countercultural act (even in Portland).
When Mexican emigration and U.S. slavery intertwine.
"I never imagined humanity could be stripped from a person like that."
8 ways to stand against human trafficking.
The roles that Jesus plays in John's gospel echo those of women in first-century Palestine.
Cincinnati's faith leaders cross denominational lines to standup to a corporate bully.


Where the U.S. meets Mexico, rhetoric often gets in the way of the facts.
Local governments push for Pentagon spending cuts.
Extended Format: Waste Not, Want Not
How do we sustain our climate activism? It can't be about fear.


Thanks be to God for the life of Gordon Cosby.

How small my world gets when I'm not paying attention.

Bridges don't fall from the sky; people build them.

To have the "poor one" at the center of the Catholic faith is right and just.

When wedding bells ring, don't forget the jello.

Culture Watch

Who knew the Amish would become such a center of pop-cultural attention?
A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher by Sue Halpern / Kinship Across Borders: A Christian Ethic of Immigration by Kristin E. Heyer / Skipping Stones / In the Footprints of Francis and the Sultan: A Model for Peacemaking
Trethewey focuses her keen verbal gifts on the most sensitive nerve in American life.
The beginning of wisdom proposed in the best documentaries is simply this: telling the truth, to ourselves and others, as best as we can.
When "Spiritual but Not Religious" Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Suprising Places, Even the Church. Jericho Books
Laughter is Sacred Space: The Not-So-Typical Journey of a Mennonite Actor. Herald Press
Then Sings My Soul: The Culture of Southern Gospel Music. University of Illinois Press
Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church's Mission by Amy Simpson


Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C
Mass in Las Choapas, Mexico