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Rosemary Bechler

Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy's mainsite editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

What should we teach our children about religion?

Learning about different worldviews is a critical component of education for democracy. 

Love and hunger in breadline Britain

We need a moral and spiritual revolution to replace the culture of shame with a politics of love and solidarity.

Why Boris is wrong about the burka

What is more offensive—concealing your face or misleading the public?

Women of faith and the Northern Ireland peace process: breaking the silence

“This business of loving enemies mattered to me. That was a command I had to obey.”

Meet the Glasscos: lesbian foster parents in America’s Bible Belt

In Alabama, religiously-affiliated private adoption agencies can legally discriminate against same-sex couples, but the law may be having the opposite effect.

Transforming the powers: the continuing relevance of Walter Wink

Any attempt to transform a social system without addressing both its spirituality and its outer forms is doomed to failure.

Embracing holy envy: 'Allahu Akbar'

We should not allow terrorists and bigots to hijack language in order to sow fear, ignorance and division.

Is Christianity finished as a source of inspiration for progressive social change?

Whatever the emerging world becomes, it will need a new consciousness to guide it, especially if we want that world to be a good one. 

The death and life of liberation theology

A generation of radical theologians from Latin America is passing away. What does their legacy mean for the rest of the world? Español Português

Did the Great War leave God “hanging on the old barbed wire”?

The patriarchal deity died in the trenches of the Somme, but the churches will not let him go.

Face to faith

It is better to be united in our ignorance than divided in our certainties.

Desmond Tutu was right

As the UK General Election campaign heats up, who says politics and religion don’t mix?

The mysticism of wide open eyes

How does spirituality connect to social change?

When meditation isn’t enough

For someone with a traumatized nervous system, sitting in silence isn’t always the right response.

How I faced misogyny in Hinduism—and found peace with my faith

Religion can be a crutch for patriarchy—and a tool to dismantle it.

Minnesota churches face tough questions in offering sanctuary to immigrants

Protecting immigrants is vital work, but what happens when the police arrive at your door?

Don’t mention Jesus! Why excluding beliefs from the public sphere is mistaken

Should we hide our deepest values in the public sphere or shout them from the rooftops?

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The book of fragments

As shown by Christianity itself, America is not united by any one faith. 

Arab world’s first ordained female pastor is historic

Rola Sleiman made history. She now carries the title of ‘Reverend’ of the Presbyterian Church, the first woman to be ordained in a Middle Eastern Church on February 26, 2017 in Tripoli, Lebanon.

Love in action: the life, work and death of Sister Maura Clarke

Celebrating a stellar example of how to say no to the warmongers and yes to life itself.

America is not the Promised Land

Wrapping Jesus in the Stars and Stripes so that we can wage wars, claim exceptionalism, and justify the expansion of US business interests is not Christianity.

What’s so feminist about yoga?

Despite the influence of capitalism on its practice, yoga can strengthen resistance and movement-building.

Can prayer also be action?

Prayer can break down or reinforce power structures in surprising ways. 

President Trump and the Christian right

Does Trump’s election represent a victory for reactionary religion or a prelude to faith-based opposition?

God is justice: the social spirituality of Dorothee Soelle

A unique synthesis of mysticism, activism and feminism which still resonates in a world that’s filled with both beauty and injustice.

Spirituality and the insurrection of seeds

All monopolies—religious, social, political and economic—spring from the desire for power and domination.

Teaching values of collective prosperity

How the Zuni Tribe are strengthening communities through culture and sacred spaces.

Six books Muslim (and non-Muslim) women should add to their reading list

These books on faith and feminism will force you to reevaluate your stereotypes of Muslims. 

Buddhism and economic transformation

Economies have no essential nature. Once this is recognized, many more opportunities for change present themselves.

Fierce contemplation: meet the nature-loving nuns who helped to stop a pipeline

As fewer women enter convents, what will become of their rich tradition of social and environmental engagement?

Can religion be a positive force for social change?

Faith is neither a poison pill nor a silver bullet, but understanding its significance is crucial. 

#BlackLivesMatter makes some people angry. Isn’t that good?

A new wave of activism is rooted in a different spiritual tradition to the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

The life and death of Daniel Berrigan

Celebrating the remarkable life of a renowned peace activist and writer who died on April 30 2016.

Rediscovering nonviolence in the Vatican

Is the Catholic Church ready to abandon ‘just war’ theory and recommit to pacifism?

The sex scandal following the Whole Foods’ guru

A cautionary tale where New Age spirituality meets American capitalism amid accusations of abuse.

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