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The Decision of Decolonization

Considering the Nubian people’s dilemma after the Egyptian revolution of 2011, Hatem Hassan reflects on the obstacles of decolonization: “Moments of political rupture and state transition […] require groups to reconsider decolonization as a set of strategic decisions.”

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Tale of the Modern Refugee

Lipika Pelham considers modern refugees’ defiance in the face of their host societies’ norms and expectations: “What individual and group identities mean to the migrants must be decided by them only.”

Beyond Patriarchy: An Unexpected Encounter

Jihan McDonald shares a story of an unexpected encounter with strangers in a store that forces the author and all of us to look beyond patriarchy, its binary categories, and the way it keeps us separate from the stranger/other and the Earth itself. “I must get away from HISstory and HERstory and get into THISstory: this story that the Earth is telling itself through us, this story that the Earth is telling the Universe through us, and vice versa.”

Animal Allies: Healing and Empowering Children

Brenda Peterson shares a personal interaction she has with young students in which a tribal method of storytelling surprisingly becomes a method for healing and empowering the children. “When children claim another species as not only their imaginary friends, but also as the animal within them—an ally—doesn’t that change the outer world?”

Beyond Patriarchy: What to Do with the Legacy of Trauma and Fear

Rabbi Tirzah Firestone delves deeply into the legacy of fear and trauma that is left in the wake of patriarchy, and argues that, if we are to heal from this trauma, we must reclaim the connections between body-knowing and cerebral understanding, individual and community, and personal and collective memory. Her analysis provides an opportunity for both personal and societal healing that can move us to a more loving future.

A Purposive Evolution?

David Loy revisits the debate of Darwinism vs. creationism and wonders whether we can understand evolution as a process by which the cosmos is becoming self-aware. In other words, “[a]re humans a way that the cosmos is coming to know itself?”

Violence, Morality and Religion

In an attempt to prevent violence, we have created institutions, namely, morality and religion––but, paradoxically enough, the most deadly violence has always been done in the name of these institutions. In this article, James Gilligan and James Vrettos ask why this is and what we can do about it.

Prophetic Empathy

Cat Zavis writes about the importance of seeing the humanity of those whose political views differ from ours and challenging views we disagree with in a respectful and yet powerful way,

Frozen Out

A web series about gentrification and climate change doesn’t just shed light on an important intersection of issues, it is a shining example of how communities can take control over public narratives.