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Adopting a child is a revolutionary act

Both policy reforms and face-to-face caring are fundamental components of a just society.

Can politics ever be compassionate?

To turn towards suffering and make that the centerpiece of your decisions takes guts and determination. Español

What should we teach our children about religion?

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

Bringing love, compassion and humanity back into healthcare

Disability isn’t a deficit within a person, it’s a deficit in a culture that doesn’t accept or enable a person for who they are.

How to help inmates heal after the trauma of prison

Half of all prisoners in American jails suffer from some sort of psychiatric disorder. Can prayer and meditation support them?

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?

Depression and the healing desert

Nature offers solace for a man living with depression—and a lesson in acceptance for his anxious partner.

I love you just the way you are

Why kindness matters, personally and politically.

What we can really learn from Gandhi?

Social struggle calls for true transformation, a trading in of old lives for new.

How to win the Brexit Civil War. An open letter to my fellow Remainers

Brexit has already begun. Any attempt to deny this and merely ‘stop Brexit’ will fail. To succeed we must overthrow the Brexit project with another, positive one.

Are we losing our love of life? ‘It must be the money’

Healing our relationship to finance is a pre-condition for building a grassroots-led investment fund that’s focused on wellbeing.

Sacred activism: a movement for global healing

Our natural sense of interdependence has been replaced by an addictive focus on personal short-term profit.

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.”

Decolonizing birth

Indigenous women are taking back their power as life-givers.

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.

Why positive thinking isn’t neoliberal

By discouraging the use of powerful self-healing and self-development tools we may weaken those who are already disempowered.

Walking the path of love

Small acts of love have the potential to join together to create a more compassionate society.

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.

Living prayer at Standing Rock

We are more powerful when we live together as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us.

“The power of Fannie Lou Hamer compels you!” Resisting Donald Trump

To deal with Trump we must first face the Trump inside ourselves.

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. 

I’m a Muslim—ask me anything

Hearing Muslims being ignorantly targeted is like waking up to see a cross burning on the communal front lawn. I want to help put out that fire.

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

Lessons from the front lines of anti-colonial pipeline resistance

Ceremony, mindfulness and healing practices play a key role in radical social movements.

Findhorn: inner listening, outer action

When we turn within, we find life far kinder than it seemed before, and the possibilities far more open.

They rode on horseback to deliver babies: a century later, midwives are still crucial

“I grew up with mares foaling and cows calving. I knew critters could do better than that; kinda figured women could too if given the chance.”

Does kindness matter?

Like spraying water on a spider’s web, research reveals the taken for granted infrastructure of human relationships.

Sacred activism: the story of Tamera

‘We all were indigenous once. We have been waiting for you. Welcome back.’

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.

Slow science, slow food, slow down

When we rush, we make decisions that lack information, lack proper reflection, and ultimately make the problems of humanity worse.

Face to faith

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

Why the moral argument for nonviolence matters

Nonviolence is a way of life, not just a strategy for organizing resistance.

Through the dark night

Inside ourselves and in the world at large, more darkness brings more light rising in response. 

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