Rethinking Religion

There is a ferment in the world’s religions. We have all heard about conservative and fundamentalist religion. But we hear much less about religion that is deeply spiritual and nondogmatic, that builds empathic communities and inspires people to activism to create a caring, democratic, egalitarian, and environmentally sane society. Learn about such religion and spirituality here, in articles by experts and lay members of many religions, by “spiritual but not religious” people, and by atheists and agnostics who appreciate much of what, beliefs aside, religion or spirituality does for people’s lives. Click here to read Michael Lerner's essay on God.

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Judaism

Hanukah is NOT Hypocrisy–Despite What the NY Times Published on Sunday, Dec. 2nd
by Rabbi Michael Lerner
Rabbi Michael Lerner refutes a recent NY Times article by reminding us of the meaning of Chanukah: to reject the dominant sociopolitical systems.
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Judaism

The Dreidel-a-gram, or the 4 Laws of Money and Who We Are and Can Be at Any Moment – As the Spinning Stops
by Phil Wolfson
Phil Wolfson argues that the Dreidel is "a compass to locate your self in this domain of the material."
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Judaism

A Prayer of Boundless Love: Extending the Shema to Include All Beings
by Charles Burack
Charles Burack meditates on the importance of expanding shema to include all beings––friend and enemy, self and other, human and non-human.
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Environment

Theologies of Genocide and Earth Day Ethics
by Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt
While waiting to speak at an environmental event earlier this year, another speaker told me a fascinating story. As part of his work for a university program dedicated to energy research, he invited a prominent fossil fuel executive to a …
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Environment

Animals Endowed With Rights by eco-theologian Leonardo Boff
by Tikkun
                    Animals: endowed with rights                                            Leonardo Boff         …
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Remembering the teaching of Abraham Joshua Heschel
by Susannah Heschel
( Abraham Joshua Heschel, who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma to protest segregation, and chaired the Clergy and Laity Opposed to the War in Vietnam, mentored Michael Lener in the years he studied at the Jewish Theological …
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Interfaith

Christian Theologian Gregory Baum 1923-2017 z’l –a great friend of the Jewish people
by Michael Lerner
Tikkun author Gregory Baum was a powerful Catholic force for reconciliation and care between Catholics and Jews. We at Tikkun mourn his death. When the rabbis of the Mishnah wrote that the righteous of all people and all religions have …
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Spirituality

Beyond McMindfulness
by David Loy
Rather than applying mindfulness as a means to awaken individuals and organizations from the unwholesome roots of greed, ill will and delusion, it is usually being refashioned into a banal, therapeutic, self-help technique that can actually reinforce those roots.
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Islam

Which Version of Islam Should Muslims Follow?
by Michael Lerner
SHOULD MUSLIMS FOLLOW THE QUR’AN EPISODICALLY OR CHRONOLOGICALLY? AND HOW DOES THIS IMPACTS RELATIONS WITH JEWS AND CHRISTIANS[1] Saleem Ahmed, Ph.D[2] Summary       Many more Qur’anic verses promote violence than peace. Thus, non-Muslims cannot be faulted for concluding that Islam …
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Religion and Culture

Exploring the Crack in Liberalism in Israel/Palestine: Reading Atalia Omer’s When Peace is Not Enough After Bernie Sanders
by Shaul Magid
Progressive American Jews are very much in favor of these peace movements. And yet many of these movements, committed to liberal ideologies, become victims to liberalism’s Achilles heel.
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