If we can't find joy in our work for peace and
social justice, what's the point?
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.
I didn’t learn how to cross lines of difference when I was younger. Maybe
you didn’t either, but we can all learn it now.
Despite the influence of capitalism on its practice, yoga can strengthen
resistance and movement-building.
burned out in your work for peace and social justice? A new book provides
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can break down or reinforce power structures in surprising ways.
things that are seen as a problem in society are not: the house where locals
and refugees live and work together.
This moment in American history calls me to enter
spaces where my people’s shame can arrive with me, charging in on white horses.
Does Trump’s election represent a victory for reactionary
religion or a prelude to faith-based opposition?
A unique synthesis of mysticism,
activism and feminism which still resonates in a world that’s filled with both beauty
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.
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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