Network of Spiritual Progressives

To visit the Network of Spiritual Progressives website, CLICK HERE. The Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) is our activist arm, and membership also provides a way for people to join and support us in our vision. The NSP has its own website, where its vision and campaigns are presented. On this page you will find articles from the magazine that are connected to the NSP in some way, often as transcripts of speeches or workshops at our conferences.

Most Recent Articles

Tikkun Wins 2015 Magazine of the Year Award​
by Adam Morris
Tikkun is the winner of the prestigious 2014 "Magazine of the Year: Overall Excellence in Religion Coverage" award from the Religion Newswriters Association!


Consciousness Studies and a Transformation of the Western Worldview
by Christopher Holvenstot
Adventurers have come to the field of consciousness studies bringing a variety of skills, ideologies, and intelligence types, and they have come for many reasons. To enter the field is to step into an explanatory turf-war between science and spirituality.


Healing the World Through Consciousness Exploration
by Phil Wolfson
An exploration of consciousness confirms that no matter how different the trappings of culture, language, costume, or beliefs, we are the same sort of beings, we want the same things, and we are subject to the same disappointments and joys. In short, an exploration of consciousness has great power to illuminate and inform efforts at tikkun olam.


Is Addiction Really a Disease? A Challenge to Twelve-Step Programs
by Nicholas Grant Boeving
For most of America, having a disease means having a foreign body assume residence in the biological tissue, multiplying itself and attacking the surrounding healthy tissue. This idea is a direct result of the discovery of microscopy and the bacterial origin of many afflictions. The metaphor here is war, and all good doctors are on the front lines, battling leukemia, eradicating AIDS and other serious illnesses. Sometimes we cause the war ourselves and sometimes we are simply invaded. But where is the infection in addiction? To what can we actually point?


Recognize Palestine! Recognize Israel!
by Michael Lerner
The Network of Spiritual Progressives, Tikkun’s political action arm, is both pro-Israel and pro-Palestine. We are hopeful that UN recognition of Palestine would persuade Israel to freeze its expansion of settlements in the areas that were part of pre-1967 Palestine. We also hope that UN recognition would lead Israel to negotiate in good faith to create a Palestinian state and reach a just settlement of all remaining issues, ensuring security for Israel and Palestine.


We Are Staying In Print
by Michael Lerner
Great news: we’ve negotiated an arrangement for Tikkun to join the family of academically and intellectually serious journals published by Duke University Press.

Spiritual Progressive Analysis

Nine Qualities of the Spiritual Activist
by Kabir Helminski
The most effective activism is from the soul to the outer world, so each of us must also do the work of creating spiritual coherence within our own souls


Tikkun at 25
by Michael Lerner
Those of us who founded and shaped Tikkun for the past twenty-five years have been solidly committed to supporting the manifestation of the Spirit of God in this world. In our view that means advancing the possibilities of a world …

Spiritual Politics

Suicidal vs. Life-Giving Religious Narratives
by Brian McLaren
I was invited to reflect here on the topic of "spiritual visions for social healing," under the general heading of "creating a caring society," but first, I'd like to turn the topic upside-down to look at religious visions for social suicide.

Environmental Activism

Yankee Doodle Faced Big Oil
by Arthur Waskow
The human race -- not for the first time in our history -- has lost the sacred sense of self-restraint. We don't restrain ourselves. And what's the result? The earth will give forth thorns and thistles, not abundance, and you will have to work with the sweat pouring down your faces to get just barely enough to eat.

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