The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

Corporations are trying to buy up our water supply—and sell it back to us at a premium. Why it matters, and how consumer groups and faith communities are fighting back.


One minister's effort to keep the Anacostia River "baptizable."
Water in the New Testament
Extended Format: 10 Bible Verses about Water
A pastor's journey of trust in the face of doubt.


John Howard Yoder's history as an abuser clouds his legacy.
Is the NRA preventing the U.S. from regulating the international arms trade?
These manufactured crises show how much our politics could use a dose of moral sanity.


The words of Jesus are either authoritative for us or they are not.

I watched the police toss Steve, age 70, into the crowd behind me.

"The alternative—not having negotiations—is guaranteed to fail."

Domestic space flight is an idea whose time has come.

How did a skinny, shy, middle-class Indian come to lead one of history's great liberation struggles?

Culture Watch

Why are blockbuster movies so bad at imagining life after the end of the world?
Breaking the Line by Simon & Schuster / Moved by the Spirit by USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture / The Adventists 2 by Journey Films / A Maryknoll Liturgical Year by Judy Coode and Kathy McNeely
JFK's assasination provides us with lessons about the dangers of secret wars and unaccountable power.
The makers of The Butler have told a kind of truth about the struggle for "beloved community" that has rarely been seen so clearly on multiplex screens.
Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and its Relevance Today. Strategic Book Publishing.
Baseball as a Road to God. Gotham Books.
Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith. Simon & Schuster.


Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C
Be the pulse driven from a broken shell.