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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.

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Rabbi Sharon Brous Speaks Out Against Islamophobia at L.A. City Hall

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Marianne Williamson on Reparations and Conscious Candidacy in Her Run for President in 2020

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Rev. William Barber on Poor People's Campaign, Public Mourning, Changing Policies for Justice + More

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America, America, What's Going On? | a Moral Critique by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II

October 25th, 2018 - Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II lectures at St. John's University in New York.

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Pope Francis Compares Catholic Radicals Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day to Lincoln and MLK

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Rev.Angel Kyodo Williams - Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation

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James Baldwin on Racism & American Character - Dec. 10, 1986

Novelist James Baldwin in a Dec. 10, 1986 National Press Club talk. In this clip he argues that simplicity and immaturity are considered virtues in America.

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