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De.mys.ti.fying Meditation

Kamlesh D. Patel | Posted 09.19.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Kamlesh D. Patel

Meditation is a process to create a meditative state within us that manifests our heart's intrinsic goodness. This expression of goodness makes peace ...

We're Talking About The Wrong Kaepernick Issue

Christian Piatt | Posted 09.13.2016 | Religion
Christian Piatt

If we're more troubled by Kaepernick sitting in quiet protest than we are about police brutality against African-Americans, it's high time for some personal reflection of our own.

Shifting The Lens: Just Peace And Nonviolence

Eli S. McCarthy | Posted 08.02.2016 | World
Eli S. McCarthy

Drawing on the recent Vatican conference I humbly suggest that the Catholic Church should embody Gospel nonviolence by articulating an explicit Just Peace approach with specific criteria, virtues, and practices to be more faithful to Jesus and better build just peace.

Humanization is the solution

Living Room Conversations | Posted 07.21.2016 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

by Katie Page I am angry. The events of past weeks, months and yes, years angers me. It is centuries of violence and hate. I hear stories, I watch v...

The Civil Rights Movement's Lesson For Today's Politics

Harry Boyte | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Harry Boyte

To counter despair, we would do well to recall the forgotten "second voice" from the civil-rights movement of the 1950s and '60s.

Now, More Than Ever, We Need Pluralism

Nikhil Bumb | Posted 06.14.2016 | Religion
Nikhil Bumb

This past Sunday I attended a baby shower for my expecting sister and brother-in-law, who will soon welcome their first child into the world. Earlier ...

Interfaith Leaders Gather To Promote Peace In The Heart Of The Christian South

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.06.2016 | Religion

Renowned spiritual leaders and activists will convene in Louisville, Kentucky for the 21st annual Festival of Faiths later this month to address strat...

Dear Faith Leaders: Teaching Nonviolence Must Be Your Main Role

Brandon Kneefel | Posted 04.19.2016 | Religion
Brandon Kneefel

Your legacy has to be reconciliation, in which you see unity as the highest spiritual principle for humankind; that you see no other way out of the mess we've made of society and this planet other than to align with a transcendent principle that calls us to come together as a collective species.

Peacemaking in a Violent World. Needed: A New Narrative

John Graham | Posted 04.12.2016 | World
John Graham

The answers to violence can't be limited to security forces and stable institutions although those are important. The problem is just too deep for that.

How to Convert a Terrorist in Three Grades or Less

Jeffrey E. Stern | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Jeffrey E. Stern

There was a child we will call Meena. She lived in Pakistan. She was a child of energy and initiative. She was six years old when she attempted her first terrorist attack.

Reflections on Dr. King's Legacy for Today's Politics of Intolerance

Eric Kingson | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Eric Kingson

With the rhetoric of intolerance and the drumbeat of war dominating the Republican Party's presidential spectacle, this is an important time to reflect on how Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and the movement he embodied changed our nation and our lives for the better.

Honor Dr. King By Rejecting Violence in All Its Forms

Mike Weisser | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Mike Weisser

Not only is violence sanctioned in the American legal fabric, but when efforts are made to curb violence through lawful means, the gun lobby and its sycophants in and out of the media resist such efforts on a continuous and usually successful basis.

MLK Knew That Words Are More Powerful Than Violence

Myrlie Evers | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Myrlie Evers

Today, as we are celebrating Dr. King, let's take a minute and reflect on his life, but also rededicate ourselves to stopping the cycle of violence. We can disagree with one another, but rather than pulling the trigger we should have a conversation.

The State of Our Union Is Strong (in Oregon)

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 01.16.2016 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

The state of Oregon has offered us nearly two weeks of a 21st century governing challenge. One that has demonstrated a durable, resilient democracy among American citizens.

Why Fight Like A Man When You Can Talk Like A Woman

Anthony Conwright | Posted 01.11.2016 | Women
Anthony Conwright

This post was originally published on BlackandWordy.com Son, You have not been born or conceived. As of now, you are still an idea that exists some...

Spiritual Nonviolence: From the Center of the Battlefield to the Center of Bliss

Swami B.V. Tripurari | Posted 01.08.2016 | Religion
Swami B.V. Tripurari

After all our worldly effort, we want to enjoy the fruits of our work. We are attached to enjoying the results of our activities, and this attachment motivates how we walk in the world. Unfortunately, action motivated by this attachment is not conducive to sitting in meditation.

Christmas, Violence and the Economy

Kutter Callaway | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Kutter Callaway

Today I want to highlight my colleague's trenchant analysis of the film Of Gods and Men, in part because we are in the midst of the Christmas season, but also because of the ways in which this movie invites us all to reconsider our approach to violence, terrorism, and the economy in light of Christmas.

Aung San Suu Kyi and Katniss Everdeen

Susanne Dumbleton | Posted 12.11.2015 | World
Susanne Dumbleton

Two worldviews taunt me these days. As a writer covering Aung San Suu Kyi's campaign for democracy in Burma/Myanmar, I'm mesmerized by the election in...

It Is Time for a Rededication

Rev. Dan Schatz | Posted 12.07.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dan Schatz

There is something sacred in the act of lighting a flame. This time of year brings many such rituals -- the Yule log, the Christmas candle and the Chanukah menorah, among others. Each, in its own way, reminds us that our lives need never be engulfed by darkness so long as we remember to kindle a light.

An Open Letter To Jerry Falwell Jr, Students And Faculty Of Liberty University

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 12.07.2015 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

Your message faithfully represents a longstanding (and ugly) stream of American culture and politics. You could spiritually form a generation of people who think of themselves as "Champions for Christ" but who actually become a mirror image of the violent religious warriors you fear and reject.

Since When Did Scapegoating And Taking Revenge Become American And Christian Principles?

David Mochel | Posted 11.27.2015 | Religion
David Mochel

I am tired of letting the loudest among us be those who call for un-American behavior in the name of patriotism. I am tired of letting the dialogue be monopolized by those who pass off prejudice as faith. Compassion matters. Dignity matters. Standing for something worthwhile is rarely easy.

The Compromised Road to Peace in the Middle East: Having Our Cake and Not Eating It Too

Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D. | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D.

This is another our-interference-in-the-Middle-East-got-us-into-this-mess piece. For this, I'm not ashamed.

China at a Tipping Point: Ecological and Spiritual Awakening

Zilong Wang | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Zilong Wang

There is the China we hear about in the news: largest economy in the world; lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty and into urban areas; largest CO2 emitter; entrenched corruption; toxic air; poisoned food and water; growing disparity; political uncertainties; global expansion and entanglement...

Non-Violence: Our Generation's Call to Duty?

Johann Berlin | Posted 12.04.2015 | World
Johann Berlin

While the correct path forward against this enemy remains uncertain, what is clear to me is that we cannot fight injustice with more unjust actions, like blaming the very people who are trying to flee this enemy.

Becoming Human

Yara Zgheib | Posted 10.30.2015 | Religion
Yara Zgheib

There was once a man who lived in Dadri, an Indian town in Northwest Uttar Pradesh. Most people in Dadri are Hindu, but Mohammad Akhlaq was Muslim. One night, after he had gone to bed, one hundred men stormed his house, dragged him into the street, and stoned him to death.