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WATCH: Palestinian And Israeli Youth Make Music Together To Promote Peace: This Week's Faith Inspires

Posted 04.26.2012 | Religion

Palestinian and Israeli youth making happy, hopeful music together? When pigs fly! Seriously though. "Bukra Fi Mishmish" (When Pigs Fly) is a song ...

Tough Passover Questions: How Can We Accept Killing Innocent Lives To Attain Freedom?

David Kersh | Posted 06.12.2012 | Religion
David Kersh

For 44 years I have read, pretended to read, heard, slept through or spaced out through the reading of the Haggadah. For some reason, this time around, I seemed to focus on how screwy and shocking it was that the final action to attain freedom involved a low blow.

'The Hunger Games': Reality TV

Rev. Steven D. Martin | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
Rev. Steven D. Martin

I tend to approach these cultural phenomena with a concern that my comfort level will be jolted. What I should be concerned about is what these phenomena say about our culture.

Spirituality in India: Countering the Roots of Corruption

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar | Posted 05.30.2012 | World
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Spirituality and practices offer a counterweight to corruption and bring ethics and fair practice to government, business, and daily life.

The Surprising Progress Of The Charter For Compassion

Karen Armstrong | Posted 05.27.2012 | Religion
Karen Armstrong

When the Charter for Compassion was launched in November 2009, I didn't know that by 2012 more than 85,000 people would have affirmed it online or that we would have 150 active partners around the world.

Three Moments Of Horror Woven In The Fabric Of Humanity

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 05.23.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Let us not turn our rage, our fear and our violence against those "others" who have bloody streaks amid their wisdom, while pretending there are no such streaks amid our own. Shalom, salaam, solh -- Peace!

Why Doesn't the News Media Give Peace a Chance?

Richard Schiffman | Posted 05.19.2012 | Media
Richard Schiffman

Could this certainty -- where there is none in fact -- once more lead us down the path to war? By oversimplifying complex narratives, bad journalism cheerleads for simplistic solutions.

The Justice Conference Speaks In A Universal Language

Cornelia Seigneur | Posted 05.15.2012 | Religion
Cornelia Seigneur

Why did 4,000 people from 41 states and 20 countries come to this, a clearly Christian-faith-based conference on justice?

Free Fadi -- And the Rest of Palestine

Shadi Bushra | Posted 04.29.2012 | World
Shadi Bushra

Fadi would not want there to be an international outcry over his detention if there were not a similar -- in fact, greater -- outcry over the detention of the 4,800 other Palestinians languishing in Israeli prisons after being denied trials in civilian courts.

My Jewish Grandfather

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 04.28.2012 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

I grew up in the America of the '30s and '40s that often was as anti-Semitic as it was racist. The cultural and political climate of my youth was a shadowy and often sinister terrain.

Occupy Nonviolence

Shane Claiborne | Posted 04.18.2012 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

t's easy to forget that we are up against something bigger than flesh and blood people. And it's particularly easy to forget that people are not the enemy when people are shooting pepper spray in your face.

Mouse in the House: What a Rodent Problem Can Reveal

Colleen Morton Busch | Posted 04.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Colleen Morton Busch

I don't have to hate or shove away what I want to remove from the premises. In fact, I can even love it and wish it well while letting it go.

Anyone for Proactive Nonviolence Against Terror?

Kemal Argon | Posted 02.26.2012 | Religion
Kemal Argon

If I listen to ordinary Americans talking candidly about their views of Muslims, I too often hear deep grief, anger, bitterness and resentment. But I believe that most of these folks are actually not Islamophobic and don't want to be.

Best of TEDTalks 2011, #11: Pay Attention to Nonviolence

Julia Bacha | Posted 12.12.2011 | Technology
Julia Bacha

2011-12-11-chabachacgaccc.jpgWe should all take notice of the scores of Palestinians and Israelis currently working at the grassroots to resolve the conflict and end the occupation.

Julia Bacha: Pay Attention To Nonviolence

Posted 12.12.2011 | Technology

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If You Want to Be a Rebel, Be Kind

Nipun Mehta | Posted 02.04.2012 | Impact
Nipun Mehta

Spirituality often sees activism as unnecessarily binding, while activism often sees spirituality as a navel-gazing escape. For Pancho, though, the two paths merge into one. Meditation is internal service, while service is external meditation.

Elders Meet Occupiers: 20th And 21st-Century Movements Connect

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.31.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

A delegation from the Council of Elders (veteran leaders of the freedom and peace movements of the mid-20th century) recently led an interfaith service at Zuccotti Park. Hundreds of OWS activists took part.

How Jacob Was Prepared To Risk His Soul In Confronting Esau’s Evil

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 01.31.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Our forefather Jacob taught us that only by challenging evil and standing up for what is good, can peace be brought to the world. If we can learn from these achievements of the past, then we are likely to repeat them.

Peace On Earth, Good Will To All?

Rosemarie Pace | Posted 01.29.2012 | Religion
Rosemarie Pace

How wonderful it would be if we could give our children the gift of peace! Too many toys promote violence instead. It doesn't have to be that way.

Jain Dharma Goes Beyond Religion

Pankaj Jain, Ph.D. | Posted 01.28.2012 | Religion
Pankaj Jain, Ph.D.

A focus on the book and God makes a religion conclusive, exclusionary and separative. In these three ways, the Indic notion of dharma is very different from the notion of religion.

Tangled Up in Blue: Can There Be Solidarity Between Activists and Police?

Randall Amster | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Randall Amster

The police, as a class, are generally in the 99 percent -- and while they often do their bidding for the 1 percent, many of them have cultural and economic roots that are more closely aligned with those against whom they are being asked to use force.

Power to the Peaceful: Holding Space as OWS Camps Come Under Assault

Randall Amster | Posted 01.17.2012 | San Francisco
Randall Amster

Tents can be dismantled and people can be imprisoned, but ideals and values are indelible. Holding on, holding fast, holding space -- all transcend mere physical location and the impetus of control.

When Soldiers Become Saints

Shane Claiborne | Posted 01.11.2012 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

Today, as the United States celebrates Veteran's Day, the Church celebrates Martin of Tours, a conscientious objector to war. Let us follow this subversive centurion in the way of Jesus, our ultimate Commander.

Who Leads Occupy Wall Street, Everyone or No One?

Paul Schmitz | Posted 01.09.2012 | Impact
Paul Schmitz

The Occupy protesters share with the Tea Party an aversion to institutional leaders and political process. But to achieve change, the two must eventually work side by side. And it is easier to mobilize than to organize.

War Redefined: Women, War & Peace

Abigail E. Disney | Posted 01.08.2012 | Impact
Abigail E. Disney

We have spent too many centuries tolerating a limited and limiting narrative of war. The desire for a new dialogue on war and peace is not limited by one's personal politics -- peace doesn't have a side, or a color or a race.