Common Good

Christmas Trees: a Symbol for the Common Good?

by David Clayton on October 28, 2010

A Christmas tree farmer working for the common good The Fall is a beautiful season in New England, as every tourist brochure will tell you, and so I am out and about  a lot at the moment. I was delighted on a recent walk near Henniker in New Hampshire to come across Forster’s Christmas Tree […]


Business Culture and Creativity

by David Clayton on September 6, 2010

Business decisions are driven by aesthetics When I was living in Oxford, I met an American called Michael Black, who is a former MD of the American Stock Exchange. He is now based at Blackfriars, the Dominican house at the University, where he specialises in the study of the theology of business. In conversation with […]

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Serving the Common Good in Rural New Hampshire

by David Clayton on August 20, 2010

Thomas More College students clear an 18th century cart track Following on from last week’s article, here is an example in New Hampshire of a landowner who is putting his land in the service of the common good. He is Fr Roger Boucher, a chaplain at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. Fr Boucher lives on […]


I am a keen walker and when I moved to the United States 18 months ago to take up my position as Artist-in-Residence at Thomas More College, I immediately started to investigate the local country walks. I live Nashua, a town in New Hampshire, very close to its southern border with Massachussetts. Both are beautiful […]


Vocation and the Common Good

by David Clayton on June 30, 2010

How doing what I want to do helps others to do what they want I have just returned from vacation in California staying with my brother who lives in the Bay Area of San Francisco. While I was there, I attended a short lecture series offered by Fr Michael Sweeney, who is president of the […]


Discerning My Vocation as an Artist

by David Clayton on May 21, 2010

How I came to be doing what I always dreamed of I have had e-mails from people asking how they can become an artist. One response to this is to describe the training I would recommend for those who are in a position to go out and get it. I have done this here. However, this […]