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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. 

Desmond Tutu was right

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

We protest by creating beauty

Meet the artists and activists writing love letters on the streets.

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.

Love, anger and social transformation

The politics of the future must embrace all that makes us human: our anger, our pain, our joy and our love.

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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What does it mean to love the world? Hannah Arendt and Amor Mundi

Sentiment is dangerous in politics, but solidarity and critical thinking are essential.

The book of fragments

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

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.

Profits first, love later: why western love stories need subverting

What alternative possibilities are opened up when dominant representations of love are questioned?

Trying to save the world should be fun

If we can't find joy in our work for peace and social justice, what's the point?

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.

Why mindfulness matters now

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.  

What’s so feminist about yoga?

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

Work: it’s time for a new year’s revolution

Feeling burned out in your work for peace and social justice? A new book provides essential guidance.

Welcome to another year of transformation

We need your help to expand our coverage of deep-rooted personal and political change.

Can prayer also be action?

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

Building community in Berlin’s Sharehaus

Often, things that are seen as a problem in society are not: the house where locals and refugees live and work together. 

Wrestling with my white fragility

This moment in American history calls me to enter spaces where my people’s shame can arrive with me, charging in on white horses.

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.

Why we should embrace the good, the bad and the ugly

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.

Ferguson Rises: a documentary on love, hope and beauty

Mobolaji Olambiwonnu hopes his new film on the killing of Michael Brown will bring healing, dignity, and investment to Black communities affected by police violence.

Fear of a living planet

By refusing to recognize that the Earth is alive we implicitly endorse the worldview that enables our destruction of the planet (3k words).

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