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Manuel Serrano

Manuel Serrano is Junior Editor at DemocraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

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.

Daesh and other psychopathic cultures

Cleansing every system of pathological tendencies is the only route to peace.

Inside the Texas megachurch where 90 percent of worshipers are LGBT

There are hundreds of LGBT-friendly churches in the USA—and many are in conservative cities where you'd least expect them. 

Fear and discomfort dressed up as love? The new anti-gay Mormon policy on marriage.

Change often comes through conflict, and looking back through history these changes are overwhelmingly positive: a response to Jacob Hess.

Are Mormons villains, or just people with a different story about their identity?

The Church has declined to accept same-sex couples and their children as full members. What’s going on? Mette Ivie Harrison responds here.

Why does religion turn from beauty into beast?

Trauma and abuse are common in faiths supposedly built on love. What's going on? 

Is Pope Francis an ecofeminist?

Integrating ecology with feminism is the only way to implement the Vatican’s newfound enthusiasm for environmental concerns. 

I take my orders from 23-year-old queer women

A leading activist pastor speaks about the emerging face of civil rights leadership in 21st century America. 

Is it ok to criticise Islam?

At what point does mocking someone’s beliefs become an attack on those who hold them? 

Where are the missing mystics of the revolution?

Mysticism can undermine the social and political order in fundamental ways.

Partners in prayer: women's rights and religion in Morocco

Pundits say that religion and human rights are opposing forces in Morocco, especially around women’s rights. Our Human Rights Perception Polls suggest a more nuanced picture. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debates, Public Opinion and Human Rights and Religion and Human Rights.  Françaisالعربية

Will the left ever get religion?

Can there ever be a truly successful, secular revolution? 

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