Issue Discussion Guides


Looking for a way to discuss Commonweal articles in your classroom, parish, reading group, or Commonweal Local Community? With every monthly issue, we’ll provide a free discussion guide to use for one or more of our feature articles. You can find the most recent one below, and for even more discussion materials, check out our 2020-2021 Conversation Starter Series.


April 2024: "What Comes Next," by Anthony Annett (click here for PDF)

March 2024: "Another Kind of Vision," by Marilynne Robinson (click here for PDF)

February 2024: "Meeting the Moment," by Vincent Miller and Edward Tverdek, OFM (click here for PDF)

January 2024: "Putting Security First," James Chappel (click here for PDF)

December 2023: “Responding to the War in Gaza,” Andrew J. Bacevich, Santiago Ramos, Jordan Denari Duffner (click here for PDF)

November 2023: “Better Off Without Us?,” Gilbert Meilaender, John F. Haught, Nolen Gertz, and Frank Pasquale (click here for PDF)

October 2023: “Synodality & Catholic Amnesia,” Shaun Blanchard (click for PDF)

September 2023: “Dancing Around Death,” Xiao Situ (click for PDF)

July/August 2023: “Serious Play,” Matthew Rose (click for PDF)

June 2023: “Let Them Eat TVs,” Regina Munch (click for PDF)

May 2023: “Reckoning With Birth,” Jennifer Banks (click for PDF)

April 2023: “Coming Apart?,” James T. Kloppenberg (click for PDF)

March 2023: “Assisted Suicide & the Cure of Souls,” Cole Hartin (click for PDF)

February 2023: “The Limits of ‘Longtermism,’” Meghan Sullivan (click for PDF)

January 2023: “What Were We Thinking?,” George Scialabba (click for PDF)

December 2022: “Are We Protagonists Yet?,” Susan Bigelow Reynolds (click for PDF)

November 2022: “The Storm Cloud of the Twenty-First Century,” Eugene McCarraher (click for PDF)

October 2022: “Who Should We Trust? Who Can We Forgive?,” Bernard G. Prusak, Adam A. J. DeVille (click for PDF)

September 2022: Abortion after Dobbs (click for PDF)

July/August 2022: “American Idols,” David Albertson (click for PDF)

June 2022: “Human Fundamentals,” Zena Hitz (click for PDF)

May 2022: “A Whip of Cords,” Phil Klay (click for PDF)

April 2022: The War in Ukraine: John Connelly, James J. Sheehan, Piotr H. Kosicki, and Andrew Bacevich (click for PDF)

March 2022: “The Limits of Dialogue,” Austen Ivereigh; “Unity Without Reduction,” Gregory Hillis (click for PDF)

February 2022: “Images of the Invisible God,” Jeff Reimer (click for PDF)

January 2022: “The Fallen Idol,” Anthony Annett (click for PDF)

December 2021: “Struggling to Listen,” Mollie Wilson O’Reilly (click for PDF)

November 2021: The Varieties of Religious Community Today (click for PDF)

October 2021: “Sops to Humanity,” Phil Klay (click for PDF)

September 2021: “Separate Challenges,” Peter Steinfels (click for PDF)

July/August 2021: “There Ought to Be a Law,” Matthew Boudway (click for PDF)

June 2021: “From Here to Utopia,” David Albertson and Jason Blakely (click for PDF)

May 2021: “Gender, Sex, and Other Nonsense,” Daniel Walden; and replies from Paul J. Griffiths (“Gender & Identity,”) and Daniel Walden (“Understanding, Not Ultimatums”) (click for PDF)

April 2021: “A Providentialism Without God,” Eugene McCarraher (click for PDF)

March 2021: “When Texts Become Idols,” Sarah Ruden (click for PDF)

February 2021: “A Dangerous Confusion,” David Cloutier (click for PDF)

January 2021: “An Ambrose of Our Own,” Nicholas P. Cafardi (click for PDF)

December 2020: “Many and One,” Vinson Cunningham (click for PDF)

November 2020: “The New Integralists,” Timothy Troutner (click for PDF)

October 2020: “Baptizing White Supremacy,” Regina Munch (click for PDF)

September 2020: “Tell Them I’m a Christian,” Kenneth L. Woodward (click for PDF)

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