The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

Public attitudes about mass incarceration are changing. But it will take a much deeper transformation to overturn this 21st century caste system.

Features

Three steps for building a transformative movement for justice.
From Orange City, Iowa, to York, Nebraska, and across the Midwest, young organizers are cultivating hope in rural places.
You may not recognize Robert Lentz's name, but you probably know the work of his hands.
Pope Francis is bringing renewed attention to Catholic social teaching—and not only for Catholics.
A testament of irrational fath and quiet, gracious miracles.

Commentary

When the economic floor drops for everyone, it drops even lower for women.
The term "anti-Semitism" hides an ugly history of racialized animus.
Can a vote outlaw equal protection under the law? The Court seems to think so.

Columns

In everything he did, Glen sought to bring Christian ethics to public life.

I wish I could end the war ravaging your country.

A lot of problems stem from people lacking the courage to follow their moral core.

And they're using it for themselves.

Culture Watch

A conversation with writer and performer Daniel Beaty.
"See," we tell ourselves, "we were so good once. How bad could we really be?"
At film festivals, because we're all living together for a few days, people let their guard down.
Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart. IVP Books.
The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World. HarperOne.
From the Psalms to the Cloud: Connecting to the Digital Age. Pilgrim Press.
Visions of Vocation by Steven Garber / Anicent Sufi Invocations and Forgotten Songs from Aleppo by NAWA / Invisible Hands by Corinne Goria / Jacob's Choice by Ervin R. Stutzman  

Departments

I consider the moonflower: / how the big spent blooms look like / three linen tea towels rinsed and wrung out
Katerina Friesen, a seminary student, knows the labor of love of land-based ministry.
Reflections from the Common Lectionary, Cycle A