The Common Good

Results for Consistent Life Ethic

Consultants Help Churches with the Business of Growth
Originally Posted: 10/03/2013 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

Each weekend, 18,000 people gather at one of Eagle ... on avoiding excuses and learning to forgive. Each weekend, 18,000 people gather ... beyond fundraising. “It was more like a psychology makeover,’’ she said. Pence spent 18 months ...

Let's Talk About Food: Hospitality for Shy People
Originally Posted: 10/03/2013 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

I thank my mother — a tall, reserved, possibly distant woman — for keeping me ignorant of such heartless behavior. And I thank her for giving me a lesson in hospitality by treating her hurting friends with suc ...

Gun Victims, Erased from Our Memory
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

The best impulses of major religions condemn this kind of hateful violence. Yet in America their arguments go nowhere, beaten back by gun lobbyists whose only answer is more guns. Apparently they think nothing ...

Is Immortality Talk Just 'Fear of the Dark?'
Originally Posted: 09/27/2013 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

And although great thinkers like Hawking may shrug their shoulders when confronted with the problem of mortality, they also tend to demonstrate an equal degree of indifference with regard to the moral implicat ...

‘Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion’ Exhibit Probes the Spirituality of Everyday Chaos
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

Meet “Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion,” a saint everyone probably can relate to. Meet “Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion,” a saint everyone probably can relate to. The chaos of ...

Stepping in When Politicians Step Aside
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

A straggle of kids came up for children’s time at Poland Presbyterian Church, a 211-year-old congregation established on Lot One, in Township One, in Range One of what was once known as the Connecticut Western ...

From Burlap Sack to Digital File, Church Records Get Makeover
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

Six years ago, the people of First Congregational Church of Rowley in Massachusetts were convinced they’d lost their treasure. A 17th-century minister’s 664-page diary, and its rare detailed account of communi ...

Remarriage Rates Plunge, Divorced Americans Doubt
Originally Posted: 09/16/2013 - 5:34pm | Type: Blog

married again,” said Guccione, whose two sons are 18 and 21. “We decided to live together and the boys ... between them, ages 7 to 18, were an integral part of the courtship. “We dated the kids, too,” she said. ...

Bans on Abortion by Telemedicine Growing
Originally Posted: 08/12/2013 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

Missouri last month joined six other states that have enacted bans on abortion by telemedicine this year. That’s a process in which women take pregnancy-ending medication that a doctor remotely administers dur ...

August 2013 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 5:14pm | Type: Product

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Opponents to Boy Scouts Policy to Launch Alternative
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

A fledgling organization that opposed the Boys Scouts of America’s decision to accept openly gay Scouts announced Tuesday it will launch an alternative group with a Christian worldview. ...

White House Denies Contraception Exemption to Private Businesses
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

The Obama administration on Friday issued final rules for religious groups for its controversial contraception mandate, maintaining its position on who qualifies for religious exemption and allowing no carve-o ...

Abortion Bill Reopens Tricky Terrain for Republicans
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

As the House debates a bill to limit abortion, Republicans are reopening a subject that cost them dearly in 2012 and continues to present perils for the party’s attempt to appeal to women voters. ...

Activists Rally to Bury the Bodies from Gosnell Abortion Trial
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

Now that the trial for abortion provider Kermit Gosnell has ended with a conviction, many are asking what public officials in Philadelphia plan to do with the 47 bodies from the case. ...

Why Do Condolence Notes Never Get Easier to Write?
Originally Posted: 06/07/2013 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

As we go through life, most of us manage to acquire some small measure of expertise about daily living. In general, the more times we’ve had to undertake a task, the better we get at it. ...

Feisty Civil Rights Activist Will Campbell Dies at 88
Originally Posted: 06/06/2013 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

The Rev. Will D. Campbell, a Baptist minister and early white civil rights activist, as well as best-selling writer and folksy raconteur, died Monday in Nashville, Tenn. He was 88. ...

June 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Product

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June 2013 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 11:48am | Type: Product

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10 Myths of Abuse in the Church
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

and Christian organizations often cite Matthew 18:15-17, stating they must give the perpetrator a chance to stop ... and perpetrator resulting in continued abuse.  Matthew 18 is an important framework for dealing with relational ...

What If 'Sex Week' Came to First Baptist Church?
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

With apologies to Campfield’s ever-vigilant protection of Christian sensibilities, the real problem here is not that mandatory student fees are being used to promote sexual education and awareness. The problem ...

Human Cloning Breakthrough Prompts Religious Objections
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

News that scientists had for the first time recovered stem cells from cloned human embryos prompted dire warnings from religious leaders who say the research crosses a moral red line and could lead to designer ...

Kermitt Gosnell Spared the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

A Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies will not face the death penalty. A Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of first- ...

What Angelina Jolie’s Mastectomy Teaches Us About the Stigma of Mental Illness
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

To shift the stigma of mental illness the way White did for HIV/AIDS and begin a public conversation the way Jolie has for preventative mastectomy, the mental health movement needs an everyday champion. ...

Will the Kermit Gosnell Verdict Change the Abortion Debate?
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

Even before rogue abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted in Philadelphia on Monday of delivering and then killing late-term infants, abortion opponents were convinced they had a case that could reshape an ab ...

U.S. Anti-Abortion Leaders Join Rome’s March for Life
Originally Posted: 05/09/2013 - 9:20am | Type: Blog

American anti-abortion leaders will be in Rome on Sunday to participate in Italy’s third March for Life and lend their expertise to the nation’s small anti-abortion movement as it tries to learn from its Ameri ...

Wide Majorities of Most U.K. Faiths Support Assisted Suicide
Originally Posted: 05/03/2013 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

percent of the country’s 1.8 million Muslims opposed changes to current  law, with 67 percent of Muslim ...

The Demonization of 'Terrorism'
Originally Posted: 04/26/2013 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

The recent explosions at the Boston Marathon and subsequent media coverage exposed yet again a dangerous trend in U.S. culture: rushing to judgment in labeling and prosecuting crimes, and throwing away long-he ...

Boy Scouts Proposal Displeases Religious Leaders on Both Sides
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

Conservative and liberal religious leaders may not agree on much, but both are expressing displeasure with the Boy Scouts’ proposal to accept gay members but reject gay leaders. ...

Vatican Gets Behind Adult Stem Cell Research
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

Wading into one of the most controversial fields of modern medicine, the Vatican is pushing adult stem cell research as ethical and scientifically more promising than embryonic stem cell research. ...

Irish Abortion Debate Reflects Growing Church-State Tensions
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

Most European countries allow abortion on demand during the first trimester, but in Ireland, where there is still a palpable struggle between Catholic influence and an increasingly secular state. In many ways, ...

Across the Board, Peace
Originally Posted: 03/22/2013 - 4:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg Jim Balmer Jim Balmer is an antiwar activist whose commitment to no ...

Real-World Solutions
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:53am | Type: Magazine Article

while 33 percent say it should be legal; 84 percent of evangelicals ages 18 to 30 say they would ...

Abortion Foes Debate Best PR Approach
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

When thousands of abortion opponents gather Friday on the National Mall for their annual protest march, they will be united in their fierce passion for ending a procedure that the Supreme Court legalized 40 ye ...

Poll Shows A Double Standard on Religious Liberty
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

Half of Americans worry that religious freedom in the U.S. is at risk, and many say activist groups — particularly gays and lesbians — are trying to remove “traditional Christian values” from the public square ...

40 Years After Roe v. Wade, How Do Americans Really Feel About Abortion?
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 11:31am | Type: Blog

In the past four decades, American attitudes have changed markedly on gay marriage, smoking, bullying, and a host of other cultural issues. In the past four decades, American atti ...

The Abortion Debate: We’re All in This Together
Originally Posted: 01/22/2013 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

This is a memorable week: on Monday the inauguration of President Obama on the holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., and today, the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court. Some p ...

40 Years After Roe v. Wade, Abortion Roes Are Winning — And Losing
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 6:00pm | Type: Blog

Four decades after Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion, many opponents of the decision are in a celebratory mood while those backing abortion rights are glum, feeling that mo ...

New Generation Takes up March for Life as Roe v. Wade Turns 40
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

After Nellie Gray’s death in August at age 88, a woman less than half her age will take up the cause to lead marchers from the National Mall to the Supreme Court on Jan. 25 to protest the 40th anniversary of R ...

10 Incredible Submissions to #26Acts of Kindness
Originally Posted: 12/20/2012 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

Over the past few days on Twitter, NBC’s Ann Curry has almost single handedly popularized #26Acts, an initiative asking people to do 26 acts of kindness in honor of the 26 victims of the Newtown, Conn. shootin ...

A Call to Arms
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

Sadly, this country left the crossroads some time ago. We have passed the tipping point, and are rapidly descending into the abyss of chaos when it comes to respect for human life. ...

‘Are You My Mother?’ Sometimes, There’s No Easy Answer
Originally Posted: 12/11/2012 - 8:16pm | Type: Blog

In a classic 1960 children's book, a baby bird toddles up to one critter after another asking, "Are you my mother?" For some babies today, there's no simple answer — biologically or legally ...

PHOTO ESSAY: 'Pro-Life' Redefined
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 1:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey People of all stripes are redefining what it means to be “pro-life” by upholding a consistent ethic of life—from womb to tomb. Take conservative luminary Richard Vigu ...

Four Reasons to Rethink the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Across the political and religious spectrum, Americans are rethinking the death penalty. Here are some reasons why: Mistakes. In January 2012, Joe D'Ambrosi ...

Gandalf, Gollum, and the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright Theological considerations should frame the Christian response to capital punishment. EARLY I ...

Trials and Errors
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:04pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Among democratic nations, the United States has the highest death penalty rate in the world. As the only G8 country to regularly use capital punishment, the United St ...

Who Would Jesus Execute?
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Richard Viguerie Jim Wallis interviews Richard Viguerie, a law-and-order co ...

It's Time to End the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:34am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Attitudes toward capital punishment are changing, including among conservatives. I AM AGAINST the ...

Discerning Justice: Yes on 34
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

Hundreds of faith community’s have endorsed Proposition 34 because we believe the best way to do justice in California is to replace the death penalty with life in prison with no possibility of parole. ...

DNA Experiment Yields Great Promise, High Ethical Risks
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

PORTLAND, Ore. – Future generations could be stripped of mutations such as hereditary blindness or maternal diabetes, after a breakthrough study at Oregon Health & Science University. ...

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Eric and Ruth Brown believe nothing about daughter Pearl Joy's life is a mistake. They say God gave Pearl her bright red hair and wide blue eyes, as well as the genetic disorder that c ...