Together for the Common Good

Author: Nicholas Sagovsky
Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 0334053242
Format: PDF, ePub
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How can we work together for the common good today? Thirteen contributors – Christian, Jewish, Muslim, non-religious – discuss the common good from a wide range of viewpoints. How have thinkers like Aristotle and Edmund Burke talked about the common good in the past? Catholic Social Teaching has a lot to say about the common good: what does the common good mean for the world’s great religious traditions today? How can we usefully talk about the common good in a plural society? What responsibility has the state for the common good? Can the market serve the common good? If we care about the common good, what should we think – and do - about immigration, education, the NHS, inequality, and freedom? This book starts from the example of David Sheppard and Derek Worlock, the Anglican Bishop and Roman Catholic Archbishop, who famously worked together for the good of the city of Liverpool in the 1980s. The contributors call for a national conversation about how, despite our differences, we can work together – locally, nationally, internationally – for the common good.

Journey to the Common Good

Author: Walter Brueggemann
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 9781611640083
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Respected author and theologian Walter Brueggemann turns his discerning eye to the most critical yet basic needs of a world adapting to a new era, an era defined in large part by America's efforts to rebuild from an age of terror even as it navigates its way through an economic collapse. Yet in spite of these great challenges, Brueggemann calls us to journey together to the common good through neighborliness, covenanting, and reconstruction. Such a concept may seem overwhelming, but writing with his usual theological acumen and social awareness Brueggemann distills this challenge to its most basic issues: where is the church going? What is its role in contemporary society? What lessons does it have to offer a world enmeshed in such turbulent times? The answer is the same answer God gave to the Israelites thousands of years ago: love your neighbor and work for the common good. Brueggemann considers biblical texts as examples of the journey now required of the faithful if they wish to move from isolation and distrust to a practice of neighborliness, as an invitation to a radical choice for life or for death, and as a reliable script for overcoming contemporary problems of loss and restoration in a failed urban economy.

In the Spirit of St Francis the Sultan

Author: George Dardess
Publisher: Orbis Books
ISBN: 1570759073
Format: PDF, ePub
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Here, two practitioners of interfaith dialogue provide readers with a guide for Catholics and Muslims to reach greater mutual understanding and work for social justice.

Reading for the Common Good

Author: C. Christopher Smith
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830899677
Format: PDF
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We have been created to live and work in community. But all too often we see ourselves primarily as individuals and run the risk of working at cross-purposes with the organizations we serve. Living faithfully in a neighborhood involves two interwoven threads: learning and action. In this book C. Christopher Smith, coauthor of Slow Church, looks at the local church as an organization in which both learning and action lie at the heart of its identity. He explores the practice of reading and, in his words, "how we can read together as churches in ways that drive us deeper into action." Smith continues, "Church can no longer simply be an experience to be passively consumed; rather, we are called into the participatory life of a community. Reading is a vital practice for helping our churches navigate this shift." Discover how books can help your churches and neighborhoods bring flourishing to the world.

The Common Good

Author: Robert B. Reich
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 052552049X
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"...Clear-eyed manifesto for re-centering our economics and politics on the idea of the common good. Robert B. Reich...demonstrates that a common good not only exists but in fact constitutes the very essence of any society or nation...We must weigh the moral obligations of citizenship and carefully consider how we as a country should relate to honor, shame, patriotism, truth, and the meaning of leadership...A fundamental statement about the purpose of society and a cri de coeur to save American soul."--Dust jacket flap.

Christians and the Common Good

Author: Charles Gutenson
Publisher: Brazos Press
ISBN: 144121447X
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Christians across the spectrum have soured on religious involvement in politics, tempted either to withdraw or to secularize their public engagement. Yet the kingdom of God is clearly concerned with justice and communal well-being. How can Christians be active in public life without getting mired down in political polarization and controversy? For too long, the question of faith in public life has centered on what the Bible says about government. Charles Gutenson, a theologian respected by both evangelical and mainline Christians, argues that we should first ask how God intends for us to live together before considering the public policies and institutions that would best empower living together in that way. By concentrating on the nature of God, we can move past presuppositions regarding the role of government and engage in healthy discussions about how best to serve the common good. This lucidly written book includes a foreword by bestselling author Jim Wallis.

Social Virtue and the Common Good Leader s Manual

Author: Together!
ISBN: 9781933463131
Format: PDF, Mobi
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What is the principle of social organization by which men of differing classes might live in harmony? Why is it that the economic system cannot be viewed outside of the context of a social and political system that honors human dignity? Is the social message of the Gospel only a theory, or is it a basis and motivation for action? See why Catholic social teaching demands that we create a new category in our thinking. The Leader's Manual, companion resource for study group leaders, lays out and simplifies the process of beginning a study group and leading it to its completion. It contains not only the questions but also answers for document study and catechesis and gives the leader both direction and practical tips in facilitating discussion for each of the fifteen sessions. Each leader also requires Social Virtue and the Common Good - Study Guide for the complete document text.

Common Interest Common Good

Author: Shirley Sagawa
Publisher: Harvard Business Press
ISBN: 9780875848488
Format: PDF
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This volume chronicles the broad range of potential relationships between businesses and non-profit organizations. It argues that forward-looking corporations and community organizations (both non-profit and government) can solve many of their problems by working together. The authors explore innovative alliances between for-profit and not-for-profit industries, from corporate sponsorships and cause-related marketing to school-to-work initiatives and employee volunteer programmes.