Editorials & Actions

Education

Educated Hope and the Promise of Democracy

Educated Hope and the Promise of Democracy[i] by Henry A. Giroux Commencement Speech at Chapman University May 24, 2015—Final Revision   I am very moved and humbled to accept an honorary degree on this important occasion today, and to be …
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Judaism

Shavuot reflections plus Arthur Waskow on Commemorating Memorial Day

Shavuot wisdom from Arthur Waskow: read, Sinai, & Speaking in Tongues:   Ten Notes on Celebrating Shavuot Dear friends, Shavuot, the “Festival of Weeks,” comes this year from Saturday night May 23 through Monday eveningMay 25. Its name refers to the “super-week” of seven weeks after Passover plus one …
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Christianity

Christian reflections on Pentecost

There is much for Jews and people of other faith traditions to admire in Christian spiritual consciousness, once we get past the justifiable pain of how the official versions of Christianity treated us in the past. With Pope Francis embracing …
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Israel/Palestine

Giving Roses to Palestinians in the Old City on Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)

Dateline: Jerusalem, 2015 Giving Roses to Palestinians in the Old City  on “Jerusalem Day” (Yom Yerushalayim) By Jeremy D. Sher I found out about the rose giveaway on Facebook.  We were to meet at Safra Square by Jerusalem City Hall, …
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Spirituality

The Global Spiritual Transformation Already Happening

WORLDWIDE SPIRITUAL RESURRECTION HAPPENING  by allen j. roland, ph.d.     Art design  by Cameron Gray   As Teilhard de Chardin once correctly wrote ~ We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a …
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US Politics

Psychology and the Prevention of War Trauma

Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, 2015 ( in press) Psychology and the Prevention of War Trauma: An Article Rejected by American Psychologist by                                       Marc Pilisuk and Ines-Lena Mahr [i] Author Note   Marc …
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Israel/Palestine

Congratulate the Pope for Recognizing Palestine

Jewish liberals and progressives reacted with enthusiasm to the announcement May 13, 2015, that the Vatican will recognize the Palestinian State. Truth is, we have rejoiced in the many steps that Pope Francis has taken to take seriously the biblical …
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Global Capitalism

Theologian Leonardo Boff on How the Culture of Capital is Perpetuated

How the culture of capital is perpetuated Leonardo Boff       Theologian-Philosopher       Earthcharter Commission   In the previous article –The capitalist culture is contrary to life and happiness– we attempted to show theoretically that the strength of its perpetuation and reproduction lies in …
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery on Israel’s new Ultra-right Wing Government–will it survive?

Uri Avnery May 9, 2015                                       A Day and Night-mare:  Israel’s New Ultra-Right Wing Government   BINYAMIN NETANYAHU seems to be detested now by everyone. Almost as much as his meddling wife, Sarah’le. Six weeks ago, Netanyahu …
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Israel/Palestine

The New Israeli Government: It’s Worse Than You Think

The new Israeli government is a total victory for the most extreme elements in the extreme Right in Israel. The overtly racist party HaBayit HaYehudi, the party of the West Bank settlers, will control the Justice Dept. , the Education …
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Israel/Palestine

“Fire at Every Person You See”–an order to Israeli soldiers in Gaza last summer

“Fire at every person you see” :  Israeli soldiers reveal they were ordered to shoot to kill in Gaza – even if the targets may have been civilians Israeli campaign group Breaking the Silence interviews more than 60 members of …
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Baltimore Riots Against Police Violence –Tikkun and the Baptist Response

The anger underlying the violence in Baltimore is understandable. Living in neighborhoods where there are no jobs, no quality education, no livable wage, and the resurgence of racism all leads to a sense of hopelessness and despair. “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
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Yearning for a World of Love and Justice–the worldview of Tikkun and our NSP–Network of Spiritual Progressives

Yearning for a World of Love and Justice January 30, 2015 an introduction to the ideas of Tikkun and the NSP–Network of Spiritual Progressives by Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor, Tikkun Magazine and co-chair of the NSP with Vandana Shiva We …
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Judaism

Spend a weekend with Rabbi Lerner and Cat Zavis at ESALEN in Big Sur, California

Come spend a weekend with me (Rabbi Michael Lerner) and Cat Zavis June 12-14 (with a very small group of people).  Cat and I will have just gotten married and will be celebrating our honeymoon at Esalen, in part by …
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Global Capitalism

TPP: Is it possible Obama Doesn’t Realize he is Undermining Democracy?

OBAMA’S DRONE ASSASSINATIONS AND TPP = TOUGH PATOOTIES, PEOPLE       by Allen Roland  Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown have recently sent a letter to President Obama confronting the White House bluntly on the secrecy surrounding the TPP (Trans-Pacific …
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