All monopolies—religious, social, political and
economic—spring from the desire for power and domination.
Since democracy is a form of dependency on the will of others, we need to work a lot harder to overcome our narcissism and belief that we know best.
Olambiwonnu hopes his new film on the killing of Michael Brown will bring
healing, dignity, and investment to Black communities affected by police
By refusing to recognize that the Earth is alive we implicitly endorse
the worldview that enables our destruction of the planet (3k words).
Living well together helps everyone to be connected, and it’s connection that makes us thrive as human beings. Español
Books about peace are rare when compared to books about war, but a raft
of new work expands our understanding enormously (3k words).
From specialized clinics for African Americans to
social media events that take the shame out of sharing, there's a growing movement
to heal the psychological scars of racism.
How the Zuni Tribe are strengthening communities through culture and sacred spaces.
Expanding the meaning of marriage beyond heterosexual relations captures
the spirit of the times but misses the pulse of the future.
These books on faith and feminism will force you to
reevaluate your stereotypes of Muslims.
Economies have no essential nature. Once this is
recognized, many more opportunities for change present themselves.
Both inner and outer change are essential for political transformation.
As fewer women enter convents, what will become of their
rich tradition of social and environmental engagement?
Faith is neither a poison
pill nor a silver bullet, but understanding its significance is crucial.
I'm leaving after three years at openDemocracy. Here are some of my favourite, must-read articles from writers to watch out for.
A new book by best-selling atheist Sam Harris and Islamist-turned-reformist Maajid Nawaz fails to convince.
new wave of activism is rooted in a different spiritual tradition to the civil
rights movement of the 1960s.
Animal rights campaigns like PETA care more for animals than they do for the lives of marginalized people.
Do you belong to one of these five groups of people who are changing politics through spirituality?
As people explore new forms of agency online, where is the
politics that can serve their growing sense of possibility?
Far from being
detached from reality, visionary alternatives to neo-liberalism are the product
of deeper and deeper engagement.
A policy that parcels out money to people may maintain, or even exacerbate, levels of loneliness and individualism.
Neoliberalism encourages us to treat every aspect of our lives as if it were on sale in a marketplace: is it an anti-spiritual project?
Progressive renewal lies in a deep recognition that we are not choosing our current lives. An introduction to this week's guest-edited series: spirituality and visionary politics.
The 'they' prounoun carries emotional weight, affirms others, and challenges our assumptions about gender.
Celebrating the remarkable life of a
renowned peace activist and writer who died on April 30 2016.
After VE Day, a look at how trauma can transcend generations, and the need for peacebuilding work to overcome the consequences of conflict.
True wealth and power are found in collectives of people working
together to radiate out justice and equality.
Is the Catholic Church ready to
abandon ‘just war’ theory and recommit to pacifism?
By building an alternative
culture from within, workers at one of the world’s most exploitative
corporations are planting the seeds of social transformation.
story of a pioneering naturalist stands as one of the best examples of an individual’s
spiritual awakening becoming a catalyst for social change.
There is always a choice. If we have the strength to survive oppression, we have the strength to choose not to abuse each other.
Indonesia has the largest Muslim community in the world, but now, ancient Jewish communities wiped out in the Second World War are coming back to life.
"Once you break down a huge fucking binary like gender, no other binaries seem to make sense": an interview with the much-loved trans author and artist.
We're never going to get anywhere as long as our economies of attraction resemble the economies of attraction of white supremacy.
What is Transformation
The Love that Does Justice
NGOs, Social Change and the Transformation of Human Relationships
The Tree of Contemplative Practices
Thick Problems and Thin Solutions
The Hidden Leaf Foundation's useful reading list on transformation
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