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Religious Activism

Ms. Clinton -- Awake! -- The Times they Are A 'changing!

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.22.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Dear friends, News reports this week said that Ms. Clinton is assessing vice-presidential candidates with two litmus test: that they must be able on a moment's notice to become President; and therefore that they must be experts on foreign policy.

Thank You, Bobby Jindal!

Steven Conn | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

At one level, Jindal's essay is almost bizarre -- a sloppy combination of faulty reasoning, self-promotion and aggrieved whining. But Jindal has also inadvertently clarified what's really at stake in this recent flare-up over "religious freedom."

Avi Weiss, The Rabble-Rouser Rabbi, Takes Stock After An Activist Career

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 01.30.2015 | Religion

BRONX, N.Y. (RNS) As other Jewish leaders worked diplomatic channels and wrote letters to the editor protesting the establishment of a convent at the ...

Jaweed Kaleem

Clergy Prepare Their Sanctuaries And Prayers Ahead Of The Ferguson Grand Jury Decision | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 12.04.2014 | Religion

All week, people have bringing donations to Rev. Tommie Pierson's church in Ferguson, Missouri. They've provided hot dogs, hamburger patties, condimen...

Religious Groups Mobilize at People's Climate March

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion
Marcia G. Yerman

Religious groups of all denominations will be represented by a large segment of marchers. This will include Unitarian Universalists, Protestant/Evangelicals, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Humanists, and Indigenous peoples. What they have in common is a shared belief in a moral responsibility for "stewardship of the earth."

100 Religious Groups Doing Good In The World Today

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg & Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.20.2014 | Religion

Religion has made its way into many global conflicts, and there is no doubt that religion can be divisive and cause harm. That said, countless religio...

Arrogance or Love? The Biblical Story of Joseph

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Two years ago, my life-partner, co-author, and often co-teacher Rabbi Phyllis Berman and I wrote and Jewish Lights published a reinterpretation of the...

We Were All Immigrants

Abby Levine | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Abby Levine

No matter how we choose to raise the topic of immigration at this year's Passover seder, it is essential that we recognize the identity of the stranger as inextricably tied to our own individual identity as Jews and as Americans.

You Can't Be An Activist And Claim Your Faith As Personal

Scott Manley | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Scott Manley

If someone claims to be a spiritual person, and that is indeed the most important thing in their life, because it has changed their life for the better, and they know it could do the same thing for others, why would they be such misers that they don't share that with others?

Progressive Spirit: Occupy Finds Its Soul

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

That the Occupy movement would embrace the jubilee, a biblical concept, suggests something new and intriguing about the progressive movement, which has in recent decades been more likely to show contempt than respect when it comes to religion.

After Newtown, A Call For Spiritual Activism Around Gun Violence: Fasting for Peace

Charles Howard | Posted 02.15.2013 | Religion
Charles Howard

My spirit was unusually burdened. Being burdened is different than being saddened or concerned. A burden calls for action and movement.

Obama's America: A Spiritual Wake Up Call

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

I believe a highly significant part of my being an American is my freedom to protest actively and nonviolently when I completely honestlly disagree with the momentary course of events. In this spirit, I watched President Obama accept the mantle of leadership for another four years.

Occupying Consciousness: Spiritual Activism 2.0

Jonathan Talat Phillips | Posted 08.07.2012 | Religion
Jonathan Talat Phillips

The Evolver Social Movement has just released a free e-book anthology examining the unprecedented spiritual activism of the Occupy Movement.

Light From Above From The People Below

Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. | Posted 08.03.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr.

Stand beside her, and guide her, through the night with the light from above. For all who sang that song from the heart after Sept. 11, the Occupy Movement was part of God's answer to that prayer.

Religious Activism: A Concrete Example Of 'Occupy' Ideals

Lauren Pond | Posted 04.17.2012 | Religion
Lauren Pond

Much of the criticism directed at the Occupy Movement has focused on protesters' lack of clear objectives. However, as I've witnessed ... these goals are as bright as day: social and economic justice.

The Sound of Silence: Resolving To Speak Out In 2012

Evie M. Salomon | Posted 03.04.2012 | Religion
Evie M. Salomon

Each day we have the ability to transform lives, to speak out against injustice, to be "upstanders" for positive change. Why do we remain silent?

Protest 101: What Happens When A Seminary Is Occupied?

Serene Jones | Posted 01.16.2012 | Religion
Serene Jones

At Union Theological Seminary, we stand in full solidarity with the protestors. That's clear to us. As President, however, I'll admit the prospect of my seminarians being in today's events makes me a bit worried and anxious.

A 21st Century Faith

Rob Sobhani | Posted 11.06.2011 | Religion
Rob Sobhani

What brought these and others from across the globe to Israel this sunny day in October was their firm belief in a certain set of principles. Foremost among them was a belief in the oneness of man.

Prayer In Religious Activism

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 01.03.2012 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

What is prayer? It isn't basically asking God for something. It's being with God. We don't need silence surrounding us. There is not an "ideal" place to pray.

Arrested In U.S. Capitol Rotunda For Defending Jobs, The Poor, The Sick, The Earth

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 10.01.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

We gathered under the Rotunda in a tight circle to pray, to sing hymns, to speak our truths and to tell each other our stories about the visit, about encountering Congress, about getting arrested.