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Gay Rights Activist, MLK Mentor To Be Honored In LGBT Celebration

Religion News Service | Renee K. Gadoua | Posted 07.04.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Years before the gay rights movement gained momentum, an openly gay black activist named Bayard Rustin advised Martin Luther King Jr. on nonviol...

Educating for Democracy: David Brooks' 'Magical Thinking'

Joel Shatzky | Posted 07.03.2015 | Religion
Joel Shatzky

In a recent op ed in the New York Times, David Brooks made a plea to social conservatives; those who vowed to "fight on" against the Supreme Court decision sanctioning same sex marriages.

President Obama at the Prayer Breakfast

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 04.11.2015 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

The President reminded his listeners about some uncomfortable truths. Great crimes have also been committed in the name of Christ. There were the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition. These were the great offenses of medieval Christendom.

Conflict Resolution and German Reunification

John Feffer | Posted 03.19.2015 | World
John Feffer

When I met Jamie Walker in 1990, she was a specialist in mediation and conflict resolution. She worked in this capacity from her home in West Berlin, becoming involved in the peace movement, doing violence-prevention work in the school system, and eventually pioneering efforts in mediating cross-border family conflicts.

Gay 'Agenda' Not Even Close When It Comes to Religious Persecution

James Peron | Posted 02.22.2015 | Gay Voices
James Peron

It might be useful to remember what other threats to religious liberty have actually existed in the "history of our existence as a nation."

Voices for Diplomacy With Iran Flood Capitol Hill

Maiya Zwerling | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Maiya Zwerling

On the eve of the deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, 430 citizen advocates descended on Capitol Hill to urge their elected representatives to support the ongoing negotiations.

Acting Locally and Globally at the People's Climate March

Eileen Flanagan | Posted 11.22.2014 | Green
Eileen Flanagan

On Saturday, September 20, one day before the People's Climate March, over 90 members of Earth Quaker Action Team, or EQAT, conducted theatrical "climate disruption investigations" at two Manhattan branches of PNC Bank.

American Quakers Create 'Underground Railroad' For Ugandans Fleeing Anti-Gay Laws

Buzzfeed | J. Lester Feder | Posted 07.11.2014 | Religion

A group of American Quakers say they are offering a way out for some desperate Ugandans fleeing the country’s new Anti-Homosexuality Act. This gr...

Two Unstoppable Sisters Fought For 'Greater Light' In Nantucket

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 06.29.2014 | Religion

NANTUCKET, Mass. (RNS) It is an old family story that has become part of the island’s lore. In 1929, two bohemian sisters visiting this island ab...

4 Things We Can All Learn From One Of America's Oldest Religious Communities

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 08.17.2015 | Religion

Sunlight pours into the plain, open room through its many windows. Men and women of all ages gather in rows of simple wooden benches all aligned to f...

Daily Meditation: Walk Softly

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.15.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Daily Meditation: Worshipping In Nature

Posted 03.26.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Being Quaker in East Germany

John Feffer | Posted 03.04.2014 | World
John Feffer

Ulrich Tschirner is a scientist who also stepped forward in the 1990s, somewhat reluctantly, to serve as a local politician. Tschirner described some of the environmental victories that the Greens and civic movements achieved after 1989. Progress on peace issues, however, has been somewhat more elusive.

Quakers Find Brilliant Way To Explain Their Religion

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

The Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, were founded by a man named George Fox-- and what better way to explain his teachings than wi...

Earth Quakers Model Rapid-fire Escalation at PowerShift

Eileen Flanagan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Eileen Flanagan

Spirits were high on Monday, October 21 as seven representatives of Earth Quaker Action Team were lead away by Pittsburgh police for refusing to sto...

Roma and the Civil Rights Movement

John Feffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

Although some Roma have achieved social, economic, or political success, the community as a whole remains on the margins.

Iran Leak Reveals Senate Push for Regime Change

Kate Gould | Posted 07.10.2013 | World
Kate Gould

The legislation would not only signal U.S. regime change policy to the Iranian government -- it would also signal to the Iranian people as a whole that the U.S. is determined to pursue regime change by making ordinary Iranians suffer.

Senators Open Back Door for War With Iran

Kate Gould | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Kate Gould

Nearly half of the Senate has signed on to what is nicknamed the "Back Door to War" resolution, which calls for the U.S. to pledge military support for a potential Israeli attack on Iran. This resolution could be a precursor to a full-on authorization of military force.

When Politics Gets Trumped by Religion

David Macaray | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
David Macaray

Our history is filled with paradoxes. Although we regularly hear people refer with pride to our Founding Fathers, it's unclear whether they're familiar with the relevant dates.

Bonnie Raitt Lights Up the World

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 11.13.2012 | Entertainment
Harvey Wasserman

Now on the second leg of an epic U.S. tour -- to be followed in Asia and Europe -- Bonnie Raitt has taken it to a new level. Reading through the show-by-show reviews of her performances is like being witness to an ecstatic coronation.

Moving the Green Movement Forward (Literally)

Eileen Flanagan | Posted 06.25.2012 | Green
Eileen Flanagan

Although environmental awareness sometimes seems to drop off the day after Earth Day, this spring there are a number of eco-justice groups taking their message on the road, making connections, and building broader coalitions in the process.

Redenhall Church And A Quiet Revolution

Katharine Quarmby | Posted 06.18.2012 | Religion
Katharine Quarmby

I somehow think that God, whatever and whoever God is, would have liked the bareness of the service that evening -- just 10 people feeling their way through a kind of service with battered old hymn books and a CD player.

Earth-Conscious Quakers Against Mountaintop Removal

Eileen Flanagan | Posted 04.29.2012 | Religion
Eileen Flanagan

In that tradition of non-cooperation with injustice, the Earth Quaker Action Team is launching a new program to encourage people of conscience to stop financing mountaintop removal coal mining.

Occupy Boston Deadline Passes Without Eviction

AP | By STEVE LeBLANC and LAURA CRIMALDI | Posted 12.09.2011 | Business

BOSTON -- A diminished Occupy Boston encampment held its ground early Friday after police decided not to immediately enforce a midnight deadline that ...

Credo: Community Without Conformity

Elizabeth Cunningham | Posted 10.24.2011 | Religion
Elizabeth Cunningham

I still believe in the communion of potluck meals... in the importance of a community's witness and support when you celebrate or mourn. But I question whether we must have uniformity of belief in order to minister to each other.