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Planning a Cross-Cultural Thanksgiving

JAINA | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
JAINA

The first issue is the Thanksgiving prayer. How is it possible for a Jain and a Christian to pray together? Jains do not believe in a creator god, and Christians do.

Another Way of Viewing Strength

Sharon Salzberg | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Sharon Salzberg

It is time to get over the notion that not being lost in hatred is a sign of weakness or giving in. We are ready for another way of viewing strength and a fresh approach to improving life on this planet.

Nonkilling or 9mm Tacos for Breakfast

Joam Evans Pim | Posted 11.12.2013 | World
Joam Evans Pim

As we try to measure and place a price on every single aspect of our existence, can we dare to place a dollar tag on our necks? Beyond the per capita amount of state-funded education and health care, how much would the thousands of hours of parental and kin dedication be worth?

Here's Why I Love the Che Guevara Jesus Poster

Paul N. Alexander | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Paul N. Alexander

I love this picture. I've been showing it in my classes for more than a decade. But why in the world would I -- an activist committed to consistent nonviolence -- appreciate a portrayal of Jesus that is blended with Che Guevara?

The Most Important Revolution We Forgot

Ellen Snortland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Ellen Snortland

If I had a magic wand and could bonk you with it, I'd spirit you to a screening of a documentary I wish were mandatory viewing in schools: It's called Feminist: Stories of Women's Liberation.

Hind Swaraj: Mahatma Gandhi's Timeless Manifesto for "Self-Rule"

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

For all the Gandhi-reverence we learned in our schools and culture, it seems to me an incredible loss that I did not ever get a chance to read his book Hind Swaraj anywhere in the course of my school or college education. Now that I teach it in some of my classes.

A New Movement Begins: Join 'Campaign Nonviolence'

John Dear | Posted 11.29.2013 | Politics
John Dear

My hope is that it will help more and more people to adopt Jesus' way of nonviolence; build a stronger global grassroots movement of nonviolence for the end of war, poverty, and environmental destruction; and hasten the realization of Gandhi's dream.

If We Are the Government, Who Dares to Shut Us Down? Why We Should Care

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 11.29.2013 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

October 1 state exchanges for the Affordable Care Act open, but most Americans do not understand them. Scientists release a report with overwhelming evidence that human beings are causing Global Warming, but it's a beautiful day outside.

Building Real Peace

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The aim of peacebuilding is peace, not strategic advantage. It's not an "international chess game" or any other sort of game. It's basic humanity.

International voluntarism in Palestine

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 11.18.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Palestinian cause continues to attract supporters from around the world. Volunteers wishing to give some of their time and expertise in solidarity...

Prayer for a Nonviolent Life

John Dear | Posted 10.31.2013 | Religion
John Dear

Help me to be nonviolent to myself. Give me the grace to let go of violence, to love and accept myself, to treat myself nonviolently, to cultivate inner peace, and to dwell in your peace.

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Dream in Progress

Lauri Lyons | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
Lauri Lyons

MLK's most daring acts of faith were his strategical acts of nonviolence. His stance to fight physical power with soul power, was and still is, a radical choice of weapons.

Live at Lincoln: RFK, JFK, MLK's Nonviolent Message at 50th MoW

Michael Shank | Posted 10.24.2013 | DC
Michael Shank

"That is a dangerous, defeatist belief," said the President. Dr. King called America the "greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." He was right. And it is still today.

She Didn't Have a Gun... She Had MLK's Dream

Lisa Schirch | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Lisa Schirch

School staff Antoinette Tuff drew out compassion, courage, and love instead of a handgun when faced with someone armed with 500 rounds of ammunition intent on hurting chidren this week in Atlanta.

This Time It Was Different: Antoinette Tuff and the Use of Non-Violence

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 10.22.2013 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

For those who follow the Christian faith, as Ms. Tuff does, she anchored her faith not in a violent response, but remembering her pastor's teachings (you hear that pastors!) she empathized with Mr. Hill and related to him by reflecting on her own life and the lives of her children.

March on Washington: Greatest Purveyor of Violence Is Still America

Michael Shank | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

While Dr. King's progressive dreaming of a world where racial and economic equality is commonplace may have been radical then, his most radical thinking -- and what would still get him in trouble with federal authorities to this day -- is his messaging on nonviolence.

Follow the Dream(ers) to Humane Immigration Reform

Victor Narro | Posted 10.08.2013 | Latino Voices
Victor Narro

While Congress continues to exhibit extreme inaction in immigration policy, these young peoples' escalating nonviolent actions, and rising stakes reflect the growing urgency in immigrant communities to survive every day.

Animal Rights and Plant Based Diets: Short-Lived Fad or Longstanding Tradition?

JAINA | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
JAINA

While the majority of westerners believe vegetarianism to be a mostly recent phenomenon, Jains know this is not the case.

All Is Not Lost: 12 Theses on the Way Forward

Michael Goldstein | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Michael Goldstein

Circumstances demand that we come forward with a long-term vision for becoming masters of our collective fate and a strategy for achieving that vision, rather than reactively lurching from election to election, war to war, crisis to crisis.

Come Home, Sweetness Awaits

Yogi Cameron Alborzian | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Yogi Cameron Alborzian

We don't create peace because we've forced everyone to no longer perpetrate violence, we create peace when we experience a state of supreme joy within ourselves and reflect that joy onto others. As a result, the other person feels this joy within themselves and peace becomes contagious.

Palestinians should invest in a plan B even while negotiating

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.23.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

One of the most important lessons any negotiator needs to know is that the ability to conduct effective negotiations requires one to have a credible a...

Denying Church Rights To Women And Gays Is Just Like Race-Based Discrimination, Right?

Stephen R. Haynes | Posted 07.21.2013 | Religion
Stephen R. Haynes

Biblical passages to which conservative Christians appeal on these issues can be interpreted differently. But even those convinced that conservatives do not interpret the Bible correctly in these cases must concede that they do so consistently.

Dr. King's Sword: Responding To Boston

Scott Perlo | Posted 06.19.2013 | Religion
Scott Perlo

Every weapon has a recoil: when used, it kicks back at the one who used it. Among the reasons that Dr. King was a great man was that he knew how to choose his weapon.

Ahimsa In The Small Things: A Jain College Student's Approach To Nonviolent Living

JAINA | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
JAINA

My path to spirituality is to hardwire the right choices into my life -- on purpose. And the right choice is the one which causes the least violence in the world.

Non-Violence Revisited

Philip Goldberg | Posted 06.04.2013 | Impact
Philip Goldberg

It seems that the philosophy of non-violence is very much with us, and its application extends beyond its historic use as a tactic for social movements, a la Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.