Help us work with you to manifest the positive transformation that we believe our society so desperately needs. We need your commitment to join us in making this vision a reality. Despite what the Right might want us to believe, this vision is not utopic, it’s possible as long as we join forces together, to uplift one another in our shared goal. You donations truly allow Tikkun and the NSP to serve as the connector between ourselves and our perception for a better future. Please support us in reaching our collective goal.
We believe that our society needs a New Bottom Line! Replace materialism and selfishness with A Caring Society, caring for each other and our planet. In light of the surge of power by Right wing forces that prioritize serving the interests of the 1% of most wealthy and powerful, and multinational corporations that exploit working people around the world and/or engage in environmentally destructive behavior, it is urgent that people who share an ethos of caring for each other and caring for the planet acknowledge that we have not been successful and open ourselves up to new strategies and approaches even as we continue to do the work we’ve been doing.
One part of this must be to focus on the need for a New Bottom Line. We must replace the old bottom line, which measures efficiency, productivity, and even rationality based on how much money or power is produced. Instead, our New Bottom Line will judge governmental policies, corporations, and our medical, legal, and cultural systems as efficient, rational, or productive to the extent that they create or nurture our capacities to be loving and caring, kind and generous, ethically sensitive and to pursue environmentally sustainable behavior, empathy and genuine caring for the well-being of everyone on the planet, while responding to the universe with awe, wonder and radical amazement rather than just reducing the earth to a “resource” and treating other human beings as objects who are only valuable if they can be used instrumentally to serve our own personal needs.
Progressive religious communities have been advocating for this way of thinking for thousands of years, but they get drowned out by the combination of right-wing religious communities, who tend to identify with the powerful, and by the religiophobia that prevails in many progressive circles. Secular progressives often share these values – but too often they dismiss talk about love and caring as sounding too new-agey, rather than understanding this discourse as reflecting a major strand in virtually all religious traditions.
We invite liberals and progressives of every possible stripe to come together and strategize about how these kinds of values can reshape public life in the US. Help us get leaders, activists, and members of progressive movements – for social and economic justice, peace, environmental sanity, civil rights, feminism, lgbtq rights, immigrant rights, liberal and progressive political parties and elected officials – to come meet and strategize together. We need therapists, physicians, lawyers, Silicon Valley techies, philanthropists, scientists, engineers, high school and college students, teachers, researchers, seniors, millennials, boomers, and everyone in between who can fully commit to nonviolence and empathy as strict guidelines approaching those with whom we disagree. We cannot afford to stay in our separate silos working on single-issue politics, or immersing ourselves in cynicism and despair about the possibility of making significant change. At the very least, we need to articulate a shared vision of the world we want–not just the world we are against, so that even as each of us continues in our focused activities on specific ways that the world and its people are hurting, we simultaneously articulate a positive vision that we all share. We need a new unity and a new psychological and spiritual sophistication to heal and repair our very broken society. So please, join our meeting to help:
A Town Hall Meeting & Strategy Discussion
Sunday December 14, 1 p.m.
At the University of San Francisco McLaren Hall
(Golden Gate Ave near Roselyn Terrace)
Among the presenters at our strategy conference:
George Lakoff Prof of Cognitive Science and Linguistics, author of Don’t Think of an Elephant and Moral Politics
Rabbi Michael Lerner Editor of Tikkun, rabbi of Beyt Tikkun Synagogue, Author: The Left Hand of God: Taking Back our Country from the Religious Right and Spirit Matters
Marianne Williamson Author: Healing the Soul of America, A Return to Love, and Imagine What America Could Be in the 21st Century
Matthew Fox Liberation Theologian, Author ofOriginal Blessing, and The Coming of the Cosmic Christ
Cat Zavis Attorney, Executive Director, the Network of Spiritual Progressives, and teacher of Empathic Communication
Other speakers that day include: Reginald W. Lyles (from Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland former advisor to Assemblyman Sandre Swanson), liberation theologian Jorge Aquino (of the Theology and Religious Studies Dept. of USF), Oakland city council chair Rebecca Kaplan and more.
But the most important person there will be you— and the strategy ideas you bring to this event.
Pre-registration necessary at: spiritualprogressives.org/reclaimAmerica
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