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This Is What Compassion Looks Like: A Buddhist View Of Occupy Wall Street

Roshi Joan Halifax | Posted 12.14.2011 | Religion
Roshi Joan Halifax

Thich Nhat Hanh offers this precept: "Do not accumulate wealth whilst millions are hungry. ... Live simply and share time, energy and material resources with those who are in need."

After 9/11 And War, Building Paths For Co-Existence

Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D. | Posted 12.13.2011 | Religion
Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D.

As an American, and as a Muslim, I have found an antidote in strategies and programs that presents an alternative to vilification, a third way toward peace-building and reconciliation.

Anwar al-Awlaki: Eye For An Eye Or A Third Way?

Christian Piatt | Posted 12.11.2011 | Religion
Christian Piatt

If we believe that one life - perhaps even our own - is worth giving up for a change that brings hope to thousands or millions of others, then this third way begins to look like a path worth exploring.

What I Learned At My Arrest At Troy Davis' Execution

Stephen Dear | Posted 12.03.2011 | Religion
Stephen Dear

Stand with me and say, "I am here to stop the execution of the next Troy Davis -- and every single person living on death row."

Gandhi's Lessons for Today

Kathy Kelly | Posted 12.01.2011 | Impact
Kathy Kelly

Consider the contrast between Gandhi's precarious, defenseless efforts to reach his fellow humans, traveling alone and armed only with truth, and, in contrast, weigh U.S. reliance on a massive arsenal of weapons and armed warriors.

Troy Davis And The Biblical Case(s) For Violence

Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D. | Posted 11.21.2011 | Religion
Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D.

Attitudes in biblical texts regarding violence are complex and, at times, irreconcilable. But what, if anything, can these texts teach us today?

The More I Follow Jesus, The Less I Like His Teaching

Derek Flood | Posted 11.21.2011 | Religion
Derek Flood

Now what makes this even more complicated is the fact that most of the statements about Hell found in the Bible are said by Jesus. The one who is leading me to question Hell, seems to be the very one who teaches it.

Global Voices of Nonviolence

Lynne Hybels | Posted 11.21.2011 | Religion
Lynne Hybels

We've recently seen the tragedy of brutal violence in parts of the Middle East, but also the impact of "people power" grounded in nonviolent resistance.

What One Palestinian Learned From Gandhi

Sami Awad | Posted 11.19.2011 | Religion
Sami Awad

This is the greatest lesson I have learned as a Palestinian: to be the change that I want to see take place, not only in Palestine and Israel but in the world.

Giving 1 Percent Of Jesus To Somalia

Sami Awad | Posted 11.12.2011 | Religion
Sami Awad

Those who commit their lives to following Jesus are asked to follow in His steps. Many will argue that these are challenging tasks. If Jesus was here today, He would not do anything we cannot do ourselves.

The War on Error

Simon Cohen | Posted 11.10.2011 | Media
Simon Cohen

As the search for General Terror continues, Citizens begin to question the decision to wage war against him ten years ago.

Jesus, Bombs And Ice Cream

Shane Claiborne | Posted 10.13.2011 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

I am teaming up with Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, and an all-star cast to create a little event to provoke the imagination on the eve of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.

Equal and Opposite Lunacy

Robert Koehler | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

As crashing economies and austerity measures slap ever more ferociously at the lives of the vulnerable and disenfranchised, the Western world, with all its hidden poverty and institutional racism, may continue to convulse.

What Is Really Going on in Norway?

Nathan Schneider | Posted 10.05.2011 | World
Nathan Schneider

When a country is shaken by violence, most people expect it to react in kind with force. So what about the most recent act of terrorism in the news -- Anders Behring Breivik's rampage in Norway?

Palestinian Nonviolence: Muslims, Not Christians, Are The Leaders

Sami Awad | Posted 09.25.2011 | World
Sami Awad

Even though we never look at it through a religious lens, the reality on the ground is that when it comes to nonviolence in Palestine, it is Muslims who are engaging in this tremendous work.

Is a Revolution in China Around the Corner?

Nathan Schneider | Posted 09.17.2011 | World
Nathan Schneider

Unfolding this month at the Boston Review is "China's Other Revolution" -- an essay by MIT political scientist Edward S. Steinfeld and a series of responses, all on the subject of whether and when real democratic reform will happen, in authoritarian, oligarchic China.

Nonviolent Revolution Clarified: Five Myths and Realities Behind Egypt's Uprising

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 09.13.2011 | World
Cynthia Boaz

At the end of the day, the Egyptian uprising was one of history's most significant nonviolent struggles and that is how history will remember it.

Reviving Resistance in Palestine

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.07.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

At the Cinema Cafe in Nablus, hiply dressed youth sip coffee drinks, surrounded by a flashy mall and blaring pop music. It's an odd place to have an e...

Frederick Douglass' July Fourth

Nathan Schneider | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics
Nathan Schneider

Frederick Douglass didn't celebrate Independence Day. Of course. How could he? Douglass was born a slave. This country's independence was not his own, or his people's.

Efforts for Non-Violence Help Achieve Security Pull Back in Syria

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

How the U.S. and the international community -- including the media -- assess the crisis in Syria will affect whether Syria experiences a transformation to democracy, or whether it becomes the flash point for a new war in the Middle East.

Occupying Political Space for Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.28.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

There is a new political moment in Palestine and the Arab world, which allows a different discussion than in the past, and rehashing old shibboleths isn't likely to help the Palestinian people win their freedom.

The Dirty Tricks Dictators Play

John Jackson | Posted 08.11.2011 | World
John Jackson

It is clearer than ever, that movements that are disciplined, non-violent, unified, and politically cunning, pose powerful threats to the autocrats they challenge.

Fatah, Hamas and the Future of Palestine

Marc Gopin | Posted 08.06.2011 | World
Marc Gopin

Considering the sweeping changes across the Middle East and the rising din of the popular voice of nonviolent resistance, the United States may be forced to confront the Israeli government with a stark choice.

Denver Mayor's Race Spawns a Business Solution

Robert Schwab | Posted 07.31.2011 | Denver
Robert Schwab

Mayoral CEOs across the country are paid considerably less than private-sector CEOs and yet often perform at a much higher level since they face electoral accountability on a regular basis.

Does Peace Come From Within? The Dalai Lama and Other Nobel Peace Prize Winners (Gently) Disagree

Posted 07.17.2011 | Religion

By David Giambusso Religion News Service NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) The Dalai Lama says peace in the world begins with peace in oneself. Some of his fellow N...