The Common Good

Table of Contents

Features

Are churches helping to stop domestic violence—or enabling it?
What your church can do to address abusive behaviors.
A pastor's experiment in unmasking white privilege.
In India, a church initiative helps promote sustainability and connect farmers with the dignity of their vocation.
A movement is underway to free people of faith from the yoke of Christmas consumerism.

Commentary

Diplomatic talks with Iran could end the nuclear standoff—and more.
More and more African-American women are called to ministry—yet still excluded from the pulpit.
Decades ago, Christians and Muslims mingled at Youth for Christ events in Peshawar. What happened?

Columns

To feel the pain of the world is to participate in the very heart of God.

The people of a land are given spiritual authority and responsibility to steward the land.

This kind of neutrality is like defending the right of poor and rich alike to sleep beneath bridges.

Sorry, kids, but Santa has some bad news.

Culture Watch

Bury the Dead: Stories of Death and Dying, Resistance and Discipleship, edited by Laurel Dykstra
A blog by David Hilfiker / Sing to the Moon by Laure Mvula / High Rise Stories:Voices from Chicago Public Houses by Audrey Petty / Walk with Me by Tanisha Christie and Ellie Walton   
The Post's credible voice for corporate centrism is a large part of what Bezos wants for his $250 million.
About Time is funny, beguiling, and even profound.
Where Justice and Mercy Meet: Catholic Opposition to the Death Penalty. Liturgical Press.
The Fatherless series (book one and two). FaithWords.
Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic. Knopf.
Books that can be interesting, grounding, and inspiring companions for a complicated time of year.

Departments

If Advent is a time / of waiting, of joyful anticipation, why are we / so often troubled?
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A