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Nonviolence

Jesus and American Sniper: A Call to Resist

Michael G. Long | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion
Michael G. Long

That's what Hollywood would have you believe as it entices you to leave your home on Christmas Day so you catch the release of its new blockbuster about a Navy SEAL sniper who kills so-called bad people.

In the Face of Systemic Racism, South Asians Must Not Keep Silent

John Thatamanil | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
John Thatamanil

The Civil Rights Movement was itself the fruit of the shared spiritual yearnings of blacks and Indians. Therefore, South Asian immigrants are under historical, moral and spiritual obligations to refuse offers of white privilege and join in solidarity with African-Americans.

Revisiting My Father's Nobel Acceptance Speech, 50 Years Later

Bernice A. King | Posted 12.11.2014 | Black Voices
Bernice A. King

A half-century later, my father's words are still powerful, still relevant. Justice, racial equality, and the Beloved Community that he often described are still, to paraphrase Victor Hugo, ideas whose time has come. In fact, their time is long overdue.

How Malcolm X Taught Me to Listen

Aspen Baker | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Aspen Baker

Racism -- the insidious disease, the implicit bias, the unwritten rules that govern our lives -- won't be fixed by a grand jury alone. We have to take responsibility for the cultural practices that let racism thrive.

One Leader in Ferguson: What Does Success Look Like?

David Dye | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
David Dye

Following the announcement of the grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, protesters have continued calling for change. I had the opportunity to talk with community pastor and social activist Anthony Grimes while he was in Ferguson.

What Would Mister Rogers Eat? Thanksgiving in the Neighborhood

Michael G. Long | Posted 11.21.2014 | Religion
Michael G. Long

Fred Rogers practiced a spiritual vegetarianism grounded in gratitude to God, and in his own subtle and quiet way, he modeled this radical spirituality for his millions of viewers.

Progress and Education: This week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with 40 other daily givers, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. All o...

Four Ways the Pacific Climate Warrior Coal Blockade Reshaped the Future

Aaron Packard | Posted 11.06.2014 | Green
Aaron Packard

30 Pacific Climate Warriors from 12 different nations paddled out in hand carved traditional canoes, followed by hundreds of Australians in kayaks to confront the gigantic coal ships that pass through the channel.

Can Faith and Football Still Mix?

John Backman | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion
John Backman

Football isn't the only culprit in this category. The same dynamic takes place in crime shows, action movies, and other media. Most of us have seen the statistics around this.

Why Hong Kong's #OccupyCentral Used Nonviolent Action as Tactic

Michael Shank | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

The Occupy Movement has returned and is resurrecting itself in Hong Kong. But in this case, the "occupying" is not associating itself with the Occupy Wall Street of recent years.

Guns and the Southern Freedom Struggle: What's Missing When We Teach About Nonviolence

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 11.23.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

Pieces of history that could help us think more clearly about today's movements for social change are often ignored or distorted in popular media or commercial textbooks. This is especially true in the treatment of "nonviolent" resistance in the Civil Rights Movement.

Of Monsters and Mars: How Brian Zahnd Is Saving Evangelical Faith (A Review)

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 11.22.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

It would be a mistake to call Brian Zahnd's new book, A Farewell to Mars, "a book about pacifism." It would be an even bigger mistake to call it "a book about Christian pacifism."

Religious Leaders Urge a JustPeace Response to ISIS

Eli S. McCarthy | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion
Eli S. McCarthy

I understand and deeply share the desire to protect people. But, there are better, more effective, more healthy, and more humanizing ways to protect people and to engage this conflict.

In Chicago, Hoops Tournament Helps Heal, Provides Hope

Isiah Thomas | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Isiah Thomas

Things will not get fixed overnight in Chicago. But it is heartening to see the impact that athletes can have working with community leaders. It is even more moving to see young men and women take a stand against the violence in their communities and work toward a better future.

A Future That Values Everyone

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"I think if we had a gun we would have been shot immediately." This is as good a place to start as any, at the logical limits of violent self-defense. The speaker is Andres Gutierrez of Nonviolent Peaceforce, a nonprofit organization that has engaged in peacekeeping work in troubled regions of the world for the last decade.

The Courage to Disarm

Robert Koehler | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

One of the deeper, darker questions concealed in the maelstrom of rage and grief of Ferguson is this one: What if Officer Darren Wilson had not been armed when he told the two teenagers to get out of the street?

"My Dad's Legacy Is On The Line"

Religion News Service | ELISA CROUCH | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion

BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS, Mo. (RNS) The youngest child of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. leaned toward the 30 students facing her inside the library a...

Ferguson and America's Love Affair With Violence

Derek Flood | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Derek Flood

It can be comforting to think that the police protect us from the "bad guys," unless of course you are profiled as that "bad guy." Violence is most dangerous when it masquerades as good.

Is There a Nonviolent Response to ISIS?

Derek Flood | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Derek Flood

In the case of the Islamic State, the question we need to ask is: What can we do to make things right? What can we do to protect the vulnerable? What can we do to stop the violence?

Hatred in the Nuclear Era

Robert Koehler | Posted 10.07.2014 | World
Robert Koehler

Despite the ability we now possess to destroy ourselves and most life on this planet, we have barely begun to question our reflexive violence. Doing so requires looking courageously inward.

WATCH: Israeli Refusenik, Udi Segal, Sent to Jail for Refusing to Enlist in the Israeli Military

Moriel Rothman-Zecher | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Moriel Rothman-Zecher

As much of Israeli society -- our society -- is swept up in the fever of the most recent war on Gaza, there are those voices that refuse to accept a present or future of war, hostility, occupation and violence. One of those voices belong to Udi Segal, a 19-year-old Israeli from Kibbutz Tuval.

The Vulnerability that Makes Peace Possible: An Interview with Stanley Hauerwas

Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D. | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D.

I was privileged enough to chat with Stanley Hauerwas on how our theology impacts our perception of the Other, our political allegiances, and our desired response to our enemies.

Another Modest Proposal

Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.

We hear it after every mass shooting: "Guns don't kill, people kill," as though actually holding a pistol was in any way the emotional equal to cranking up the nerve to club someone to death. There's a reason we call those little actuators "triggers."

Imagine a Violent World Where You Have No Military Option: What Would You Do?

Marc Gopin | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

When all else fails, consider the power and value of nonviolent resistance methodologies of the variety that Gandhi and Martin Luther King practiced.

Does War Have a Future?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Perhaps the rulers of nations, learning nothing since the time of Alexander the Great, will continue to mobilize their citizens for war until only small bands of miserable survivors roam a barren, charred, radioactive wasteland.