Spirituality and Politics

A recent study by The Fetzer Institute found that more than 80 percent of Americans consider themselves spiritual to some degree, and that those same people are also more likely to engage in politics than those who consider themselves non-spiritual. Spiritual practices often focus on values that are intimately connected to ethical issues and to political systems that may or may not uphold those values. Many honor their spiritual practices by moving those in power to uphold similar values in the public sphere, which can have far-reaching beneficial or harmful effects. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.

Love Everyone: A Guide for Spiritual Activists

Real political change must be spiritual. Real spiritual practice has to be political. Buddhist teachers Sharon Salzberg and Rev. angel Kyodo williams on how we can bring the two worlds together to build a more just and compassionate society.

Reverend Resistance

Rev. William Barber II . . . is now the face of a progressive Christian protest movement that's taking its fight from North Carolina to the White House.

‘What I Know’: A Black Woman’s Words

“Being Black overrides everything for me. Nothing is as thunderous in my life as racism. It seems to eclipse everything. It’s the repetitiveness of it. And the fact that it comes from every corner and nook.”

Outfront: Lesbian Rabbi Fights Intolerance with Love

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum is spreading light this Hanukkah, not with a menorah, but with love.

Rev. angel Kyodo williams on Why She’s Hopeful About This Moment in US Politics

Rev. angel Kyodo williams shares why the incoming US administration provides a great opportunity for activists to come together, take action, and create a new vision for a more inclusive country.

Q&A with the Rev. William Barber, Building "Fusion Coalition" That Unites People Against Poverty

Barber makes clear his belief that the role of Christians is to call for social justice and allow the "rejected stones" of American society—the poor, people of color, women, LGBTQIA people, immigrants, religious minorities—to lead the way.

'There Is Not Some Separation Between Jesus and Justice.' How Rev. William J. Barber II Uses His Faith to Fight for the Poor

Barber’s newsmaking actions were founded on the idea that being a person of faith means fighting for justice.

Meet the Preacher Behind Moral Mondays

The Reverend William Barber is charting a new path for protesting Republican overreach in the South—and maybe beyond.

Moral Minority: Whither the U.S. Protestant Left?

Barber spreads a gospel of witness and resistance in the tradition of civil rights and anti-war leaders Martin Luther King, Jr. and William Sloane Coffin. . .

Learning to See in the Dark Amid Catastrophe: An Interview with Deep Ecologist Joanna Macy

Joanna Macy discusses politics, the media, activism, and the importance of waking up.


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