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Time For 'Good Trouble' Inside And Outside Congress

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The time for silence and patience is long gone. Congressmen Lewis and his colleagues have vowed to keep going with their fight as soon as the House returns from its July 4th recess. We must stand with them as they continue to get into "good trouble."

Healing the Evil of Religious Dogma and Returning to Love

Steve Robertson | Posted 05.24.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Steve Robertson

I was born in California and began to question the reality of religion at the early of about seven. My father, a Physicist and Aerospace engineer, wou...

This Is What Spiritually-Guided Politics Could Look Like

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.29.2016 | Religion

Presidential debates tend to bring out some of the worst aspects of American politics. Already, this election year has witnessed its fair share of vit...

Freedom of Religion, the New Economies, and the Golden Rule

Blair Forlaw | Posted 01.14.2016 | Religion
Blair Forlaw

These "economies" of people coming together to create, share, give, and add value are spreading organically around the globe as more and more members of all generations strive to create a world where everyone can participate and all can thrive.

Nature Mystic on a Philosophical Quest

Laura Rediehs | Posted 01.14.2016 | Religion
Laura Rediehs

I am delighted to have been asked to blog on religion and science. For my first essay, I thought I would introduce myself and explain a bit why I am interested in this topic.

Setting Patterns: Default to justice

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 10.23.2015 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

"You know why we drill?" the Lt. Colonel said; "to establish a pattern." That brief story was told recently by Dr. Rodger Nishioka, keynote speaker at a conference that was all about establishing patterns.

The Remarkable Thing That Happened At the Old Quaker Meeting House

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 10.13.2015 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

The building was both empty and full at the same time, inviting all seekers to come and sit and listen. Surely, if God spoke, God spoke within these walls.

Bipartisan Attacks Against Anti-occupation Divestment Campaigns

Stephen Zunes | Posted 09.14.2016 | College
Stephen Zunes

At root, these anti-BDS efforts are about defending corporate profits, regardless of the moral and legal implications.

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 07.03.2016 | 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 stop ...

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.