Spring 2015 Table of Contents
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Evil must be understood as the inability to see the humanity of others. Americans often justify our violence toward others by emphasizing their evil while ignoring our own.
POLITICS & SOCIETY
Coexistence, Equality, and Universal Principles in Israel/Palestine: Regrouping in the Absence of a Two-State Solution
The most urgent focus must be on the worsening conditions faced by Palestinians, not on theoretical arguments about one state vs. two.
Working-Class Power and Spirituality: Reflections on SeaTac’s Minimum Wage Campaign
The push for $15 per hour at SeaTac was about more than just paychecks—it was an interfaith, values-based struggle against power inequality.
Grounded in the Movement: Developing a Mindful Orientation Toward Social Justice Work
Movement work can leave us angry, exhausted, and traumatized. Here are seven mindfulness practices that can help to sustain our activist work.
SPECIAL SECTION: THE PLACE OF HOPE IN AN AGE OF CLIMATE DISASTER
The Place of Hope in an Age of Climate Disaster
As the earth heats up, sea levels rise, and thousands of species face extinction, it’s easy to boomerang between denial and despair.
It’s Time to Get Serious About Saving the Planet from Destruction
We can replace the ethos of endless growth and conspicuous consumption with an approach to nature based on awe and wonder at the preciousness of the earth, love of all beings, and celebration of life.
Facing the Death of Nature: Environmental Memorials to Counter Despair
WHITNEY A. BAUMAN
We must find ways to mourn lost species and care for dying ecosystems—doing so will enable us to face climate change with humility and hope.
Hope Requires Fighting the Hope Industry
Corporations are feeding our denial. Climate change cannot be averted without also overhauling the global economy.
Disaster and Disability: Social Inequality and the Uneven Effects of Climate Change
JULIA WATTS BELSER
Environmental harm intensifies structural violence, so acting for justice in an age of climate change means fighting all forms of oppression.
Limiting Corporate Power and Cultivating Interdependence: A Strategic Plan for the Environment
The environmental movement is too fragmented. It’s time to integrate our struggles and recognize the spiritual dimension of our political work.
The Banality of Environmental Destruction
The things we will need to change to keep the earth safe are the very things closest to us, dearest to us, and most rooted in our traditions.
Reducing Auto Dependency and Sprawl: An Ecological Imperative
To reduce emissions, we must stop driving so much. One source of hope is the movement to transform dead suburban malls into walkable city centers.
Prayer as if the Earth Really Matters
Climate prayer is powerful. Here’s how synagogues can breathe earth awareness into services and activists can make their actions prayerful.
A Bodhisattva’s Approach to Climate Activism
DAVID R. LOY
Bodhisattvas commit daily to an impossible task: the liberation of all living beings. What can climate activists learn from their active nonattachment?
Looking to the Qur’an in an Age of Climate Disaster
RIANNE C. TEN VEEN
The Qur’an instructs us to live lightly on this earth. From Zanzibar to Indonesia, Islamic ethics are guiding new conservation efforts.
Dharma and Ahimsa: A Hindu Take on Environmental Stewardship
The dharmic concept of ahimsa (“not to injure”) demands that we take personal and political action to protect the environment.
Love Is Stronger Than Stewardship: A Cosmic Christ Path to Planetary Survival
“Stewardship” is a tired old idea. Let’s stop talking about duty and start talking about the sacredness of creation! The light of Christ is in all beings.
Climate Change and the Right to Hope
To what extent is a lack of hope to blame for our inaction on the climate?
Visit our online exclusives page to read the powerful web exclusives associated with this issue, including contributions from Michael Carolan, Mijin Cha, Kate Davies, Ron Feldman, Chris Fici, and Sumeet Kaur.
Why I Preach from the Hebrew Bible
STEPHEN H. PHELPS
Jesus was a Jew, so Jesus’s Bible was the Hebrew Bible. Churchgoers are missing out if they never encounter more than the Psalms.
Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire by Brenda Hillman | Review by Michael Morse
Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst by Adam Phillips and Franz Kafka: The Poet of Shame and Guilt by Saul Friedländer | Review by Howard Cooper
Influenza Ode (From a Very Tall Building) by Alan Michael Parker
Challenging the Foundations of Religion
Life After Faith by Philip Kitcher
Sensible Religion Edited by Christopher Lewis and Dan Cohn-Sherbok
Joan Chittister: Essential Writings Edited by Mary Lou Kownacki and Mary Hembrow Snyder
With Heart in Mind by Alan Morinis
Embracing the Divine Feminine: The Song of Songs by Translated and annotated by Rami Shapiro
A New Buddhist Path by David R. Loy
God’s Message to the World by Neale Donald Walsch
The Religion of the Future by Roberto Mangabeira Unger
Where Do We Stand Now? Two LGBTQ Perspectives
Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus by Rachelle Lee Smith, Graeme Taylor, and Candace Gingrich
Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion Edited by Ryan Conrad