Creating Common Good
In today’s increasingly polarized economic and political climate, the effects of inequality on the
fabric of society and the lives of individuals are the topic of lively national and international
debate. How can we rediscover the value of working for the common good? What role might the
church play in bringing theological wisdom to bear on the pressing economic and social
questions of our time?
The Winter 2016 issue, guest edited by Sathianathan Clarke, Ian T. Douglas, and Kathryn
Tanner, includes addresses from the 2015 Trinity Institute “Creating Common Good” by
Archbishop Justin Welby, Barbara Ehrenreich, Juliet B. Schor, and Bishop Julio E. Murray. It
also features articles on questions of economic injustice, debt, race, human dignity, and
collaborative mission by Willis Jenkins, Amaryah Jones-Armstrong, Scott Bader-Saye, Luke
Bretherton, Beverly Eileen Mitchell, and Bishop Ian T. Douglas.
The timely essays included in this issue are especially appropriate for study and discussion in
parish forums, small groups, and academic seminars. A discussion guide has been developed by
Bishop Eugene Sutton and Professor Scott MacDougall, and is available for free download below.