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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.

Gandhiji: The Father Of My Nation

KidSpirit | Posted 12.03.2012 | Religion
KidSpirit

To this man patriotism was religion. This man spoke of love and truth. He is the father of my country. His name is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the man who surpassed Superman in his bravery and determination.

Happy Birthday to A Real Super Hero: Mahatma Gandhi

MC Yogi | Posted 12.03.2012 | Impact
MC Yogi

When I stop and consider Gandhi's timeless message, I am refreshed. He said the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. So here I am, offering to you my service. Celebrating his life, his message in a new video I made for my song "Be The Change."

How To Prevent Violence And Increase Interfaith Dialogue

Pamay Bassey | Posted 11.13.2012 | Religion
Pamay Bassey

If you make a decision, in your own life, to reach out across the sometimes wide chasm of religious beliefs and practices, you can make a difference.

The Work Of Memory

John Thatamanil | Posted 11.11.2012 | Religion
John Thatamanil

Many, especially in New York, remember 9/11 because they cannot forget; the traumatic grip of memory is severe and unrelenting. What can "Never forget!" mean for those who have no choice in the matter?

Radical Catholics: Remembering The Catonsville Nine

Shawn Francis Peters | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Shawn Francis Peters

The Catonsville Nine still are worth remembering. Their protest and trial provided a singularly sweeping and sharp critique of the failings of American society in the 1960s. But it's probably a mistake to remember them merely as one-dimensional religious icons.

Oneness, Firefighting And Social Change

Michael Goldstein | Posted 10.29.2012 | Religion
Michael Goldstein

Our world is full of enemies, and we tend to fight them, not meet them. What Occupy hasn't seen is how we can work to become so united as a people.

When Amish Mennonites Vote Republican, What Would Jesus Think?

Michael Shank | Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion
Michael Shank

Mennonites around the world are very involved in responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. How in the world, then, can war, prejudice, hate-filled media, income inequality and poverty fit into this paradigm?

The Dark Knight's Delusion

Kevin Miller | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion
Kevin Miller

We think we really can win this precarious game of one-upmanship against our enemies. At what point do the violent acts done in the name of "civilization" cause us to ask whether a civilization whose existence demands such bloodshed is worth protecting?

Faith, Freedom And Guns

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

We continue to defend the absurdity of assault rifles and thousands of bullets on hand because we've given up a sense of faith. It's become a sort of idolatry of power.

A Fertile Summer For Violence

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 10.08.2012 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

If we want to stop shootings in theaters and houses of worship, we'd better start paying attention to the seeds of hostility we're sowing in our theaters, houses of worship and even around our dinner tables.

Batman, Neo-Nazis And The Good News Of Jesus

Lee C. Camp | Posted 10.08.2012 | Religion
Lee C. Camp

Neo-Nazi violence divides the world into the good guys and the bad guys, and then employs violence against turban-wearing people of color who threaten "our way of life." The nonviolent, suffering love of Jesus was a direct challenge to this myth.