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The Best Quotations (and Key Themes) From the Pope's Environmental Manifesto (Part 2)

Andrew Winston | Posted 07.09.2015 | Green
Andrew Winston

The pope provides a moving and profound view on the deep connection between environmental and social issues, between humans and animals, and between spiritual and practical. He also hits head-on the contentious issue of man's "dominion" over nature: Many have interpreted the Bible to indicate that man should conquer nature, but the pope explains how wrong that reading is.

Pope Francis on Care for Our Common Home

Thomas Worcester | Posted 07.07.2015 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

Even before Pope Francis published an encyclical on environmental degradation negative reactions were already multiplying. Certain US commentators did not remain silent and attentive long enough to actually read and digest and reflect upon what the bishop of Rome had to say.

Being Stewards - Not Owners - of Our Environment

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Catholic Relief Services

Pope Francis asks us a very simple question in his encyclical: "What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?"

Pope Francis, the Common Good and Global Climate Change

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 06.13.2015 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

It is a line repeated with tiresome regularity in right-wing circles: Pope Francis has no business proposing solutions to the crisis of global climate change. He is not a scientist, they say. He should stick to morals and to matters of faith and doctrine.

Where We Are

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 03.01.2015 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

Our work is being scaled in local communities. There, we are developing a critical mass of public innovators and boundary-spanning groups that can collectively address local challenges and shift the civic culture of those communities.

An Open Letter to the President: A Legacy the World Needs

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Granoff

Initiating and committing the full weight of the United States executive behind such a process would not only constitute the crowning foreign policy jewel in your legacy crown, but it just might also save ourselves from ourselves, too.

Election 2014: Here's What You Missed

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The campaigns and the media coverage were all about polls, attacks, and sound bites. The Republican campaign message was simply: vote against President Obama. Here's what we should be talking about.

Social Enterprise and the Privilege Economy

Kevin Lynch | Posted 10.04.2014 | Impact
Kevin Lynch

I am an unapprehended felon. From age 18 to 38, I spent some part of virtually every day in the illegal drug culture. Buying, selling, using and/or driving under the influence of highly illegal substances.

'All Eggs Shall Be Cooked' -- Rules That Treat Workers Like Morons

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Lenore Skenazy

If you happen to pick up a copy of the Kansas legal code for the construction and administration of nursing homes -- which, admittedly, you probably w...

Individualism or the Common Good? We Need Both

Brian Gallagher | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Brian Gallagher

Individualism is clearly important. Achieving the American dream has always been rooted in hard work and individual attainment. Upward mobility and long-term prosperity requires each of us to take ownership of our success.

Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

Lisa Longo | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Some insurance companies are canceling policies, so therefore our president must have lied. Nope. Not true. It is a handy talking point for the opposition, but it is in fact, just another logical fallacy. Once you start listening for them, you'll find them everywhere.

The Differences Among Socially Responsible, Impact, and Common Good Investing: The Latter Is the Future of All Investing

Terry Mollner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Terry Mollner

The only thing that sustains the consistent feeling of pure joy is doing in this moment whatever we can uniquely do for the common good. It is the only priority that provides the consistent experience of happiness, our birthright.

Philadelphia Shares Prosperity

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

Philadelphia is thinking positive about the program's future. It hopes to stimulate 25,000 more jobs by 2015. Doesn't this seem like a plan that ought to be adopted in cities across the country?

The Power of One

Susan Rhea | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Susan Rhea

My audience is small, my contacts miniscule, my influence apparently negligible. If these accomplished and influential people can't change the world fast enough, why do I think I can make a difference?

6 Evangelicals You Don't Know... But Might Want To

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

In the words of Jim Daly, the man who replaced Dobson as head of Focus on the Family, a new evangelical leadership is emerging. And while they share much of the old guard's theology, they scarcely resemble the evangelicals we have gotten to know over decades of culture war.

10 Decisions You Can Make to Change the World

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The common good and the quality of our life together will finally be determined by the personal decisions we all make. Here are ten personal decisions you can make to help foster the common good.

We Interrupt This Family for Baseball Season

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.31.2013 | Sports
Jim Wallis

On Memorial Day weekend, our family of four participated in six baseball games! It was such a refreshing change from discussing our nation's politics. Here is a great baseball story that explains why I love Little League Baseball.

Creating A Culture of Unity Through Interfaith Cooperation

Rachael McNeal | Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion
Rachael McNeal

Personal relationships across religious difference creates religious literacy and interpersonal understanding; such understanding fosters compassion while cultivating a more peaceful and united society.

I Share a Dream for the Common Good

Donna Jean Freberg | Posted 06.11.2013 | Fifty
Donna Jean Freberg

Perfection is a hologram of a goal, but healthy change for the better -- a far better pursuit -- is much more likely when pursued as a community project: as a hands-joined, hearts united, common goal.

The Story of the Common Good (Video)

Jim Wallis | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

We would take the time to sound out each syllable, word, and sentence until they got it right, "With malice toward none, with charity for all ..." While they were learning to read, I wanted them to absorb the words of Lincoln.

A Caution In Pursuing The Common Good

Onleilove Alston | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion
Onleilove Alston

The common good is not about coming together under the guise of false unity where everyone downplays their difference, but it's about creating safe spaces where difference can exist while we work towards a society that is just for all.

God, Cellphones, Quarterly Earnings and the Search for the Common Good

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Arianna Huffington

"Our life together can be better." That's the opening sentence of an important new book by Jim Wallis called On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About Serving the Common Good. Wallis wrote it while taking a three-month sabbatical last year, in the midst of the 2012 election -- a break that allowed him to get a broader perspective on what was going on in American public life. The book draws inspiration from Abraham Lincoln's famous line: "[M]y concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side..." For Wallis, the key to being on God's side is a focus on the common good. But, as Wallis saw vividly during his sabbatical, that doesn't seem to be the direction things are currently headed in our country. Instead of strengthening our commitment to equality, social justice, and our sense of unity as a nation, our public and political discourse is breaking us apart.

Useful Innovation: The Next Great Challenge for Liberal Arts Colleges

D. Michael Lindsay | Posted 05.31.2013 | College
D. Michael Lindsay

An entrepreneurial spirit is thriving among the next generation. Yet in order to turn their ambition into action, today's students will need a solid foundation that prepares them for the unique challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship.

On God's Side: For the Common Good

Jim Wallis | Posted 03.28.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

When did we trade the idea of public servants for the false idols of power and privilege? When did we trade governing for campaigning? And when did we trade valuing those with the best ideas for rewarding those with the most money?

Pastors: It's Time to Speak Out for the Common Good

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Pastors are not lobbyists, and they shouldn't be. But when 11 million children of God are trapped in a broken immigration system -- or when special interests are dominating the future of the poor and most vulnerable -- there are clear moral issues at stake.