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Nonviolence

The Tamils in Sri Lanka: From Tigers Into Lambs

Jack Healey | Posted 05.04.2013 | World
Jack Healey

This article is a call to recognize and appreciate and acknowledge that the Tigers have become Lambs. This is a revolution that has transformed an armed group into an exemplar of civil society participation and with a commitment to nonviolence.

This Year In Palestine

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 04.21.2013 | World
Gail Vida Hamburg

In the face of international media indifference, the Palestinian people decided to start telling their own stories of living under occupation. One of those stories, 5 Broken Cameras, is an astonishing film by a Palestinian farmer from Bilin, a village in the West Bank.

Buddhists and Christians Talking Nonviolence

John Dear | Posted 04.21.2013 | Religion
John Dear

We spent some time defining nonviolence, then I spoke about its three dimensions: being nonviolent toward ourselves; being nonviolent toward everyone we meet and know; and being part of the global grassroots movement of nonviolence.

The Culture Of Violence And The Beloved Community

Tom F. Driver | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Tom F. Driver

The Beloved Community is not a place. It is people marching without guns. The memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., should serve to enlist us in that nonviolent army to which God has been calling us since the beginning of the world.

What Will Happen in Palestine Friday Morning?

Robert Naiman | Posted 03.26.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

Sometimes Western pundits have asked: Where are the Palestinian Gandhis? But when Palestinians have engaged in nonviolent protest and have been suppressed by Israeli occupation forces, Western pundits have been largely silent.

A Worthy Conversation

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 03.13.2013 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

The only hope for us is to stop in our tracks and turn our intention to finding the path leading to the healing of our national addiction to violence and its glorification.

King, Clowns And The Third Way

Mark Sandlin | Posted 03.20.2013 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

Dr. King was a living example of the kind of person who encourages the moral arc of history to bend toward justice. He is also an example of the only effective way to bend that arc: nonviolently.

My Liberal Life Among Guns

Rev. Peter Baldwin Panagore | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter Baldwin Panagore

Like many responsible gun owners, I live in the dynamic tension between danger and necessity.

Will the Third Palestinian Intifada Replicate the First?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.19.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

This week's creative and disciplined actions by young and unaffiliated Palestinian men and women resemble very much the creativity and experimentation that had been the hallmark of the first Intifada.

Leadership Movie of the Month

Anthony Silard | Posted 03.18.2013 | Business
Anthony Silard

If you believe that the answer to this question is yes, an ancillary question is at what point is violence acceptable when you are being continually subjected to physical abuse by another person?

The Most Extreme Form of Nonviolence

Yogi Cameron Alborzian | Posted 03.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Yogi Cameron Alborzian

The yogic path labels nonviolence as "ahimsa." According to this tradition, violence is any act that inflicts harm onto not just other people, but onto oneself.

Cultivating Nonviolence In A New Era

JAINA | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
JAINA

If values like ahimsa (non-violence) are taught in creative ways that deepen tradition, the positive impact on children's actions and interactions can only multiply.

Democracy And Reconciliation In South Africa: An Interview With Ela Gandhi

Varun Soni | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Varun Soni

Mahatma Gandhi's granddaughter has spent her life as the custodian of his legacy in South Africa as well as the caretaker of Phoenix Settlement. I recently had the opportunity to meet with her.

Conscience And Endless War

Kabir Helminski | Posted 03.13.2013 | Religion
Kabir Helminski

As the debate on government spending continues, our military expenditures are a cancer that eats away at our society, economically and morally. Where are the voices of faith who question the militarization of our society and the state of endless war we now take for granted?

NRA Response to New Jersey Shooting of 3 Police Officers: More Guns?

Michael Shank | Posted 12.28.2012 | Crime
Michael Shank

How would the NRA, who suggested after the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut that we provide armed guards in every school across America, at a cost of nearly $8 billion per year, respond to New Jersey's shooting?

Gun Control Laws and Race And Class: Let's Talk About It

Janet Mason | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Janet Mason

We can start with gun control legislation. President Obama is in his second term and now is in a position to take action. Public opinion is on his side. Let's put pressure on our legislators to make sure this happens.

Jesus Hates Guns. So What?

Kate Blanchard | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

If we are being honest with ourselves, we must admit that our national histories, our ethnic histories, our religious histories, our family histories, our personal histories, all take precedence over the Bible.

A Call for Prayer -- and Action -- Against Violence in America

Bernice A. King | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Bernice A. King

In the name of "national security,' our government spends billions every week on military weapons and action in other nations. But we must face the painful reality that violence in our schools and communities is also a very legitimate concern with respect to national security.

What MLK Still Has To Say

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 02.17.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Today, it is apparently easier to place King back in history than to live with what he still has to say. But when it comes to peace and justice, MLK is as unyielding in death as he was in life.

The Christian Pacifist Response To The Newtown Tragedy

Jonathan D. Fitzgerald | Posted 02.17.2013 | Religion
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

The voice of the Christian pacifist is a quiet one, a patient one. Rather than make grand pronouncements, it sets itself to the work at hand. It speaks love, mercy and hope, and, when all else fails, it makes the ultimate sacrifice.

Will Your New Year's Resolutions Include Nonviolence?

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 02.17.2013 | Religion
Deborah J. Levine

We have more power than we realize to reinforce the seasonal themes of peace, goodwill and renewal. Make those good works part of your New Year's resolutions. Make them publicly, soon and often.

Manning Up

Randall Amster | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics
Randall Amster

Being accused of revealing the "Emperor's New Clothes" is likely to land one in hot water, but Bradley Manning's treatment has crossed all bounds of fairness, decency, and legality.

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.

Jesus' Nonviolent Resistance For The Marginalized

Craig S. Keener | Posted 12.19.2012 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

If Jesus' preaching of an imminent kingdom sounded too political, it would arouse Roman concern. Jesus probably did not simply predict his death: He provoked it.

Palestine in 2013 Without Abbas or Meshaal

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 12.04.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

It is very likely that Palestine in 2013 will witness the absence of two major leaders that have shaped the Palestinian struggle for the past decades.