Hope ignites our brains toward solutions

By Frances Moore Lappé on Common Dreams, 17 Sept 2018 Yeah, I know. “Hope” gets shoved into a corner called “nice” where weaklings huddle who can’t face hard realities. In fact, hope and power don’t often show up in the same sentence. Truth is, though, hope is a tap root of power. First, note that the word power derives from the …

A Way to Talk About Race, 6 Words at a Time

The Race Card Project eases people into conversations around the uneasy topic of race and racism. Zenobia Jeffries posted Sep 13, 2018 If you were asked to sum up your thoughts about race in six words, could you do it? Eight years ago, Michele Norris, former host of NPR’s All Things Considered, asked people attending the book tour for her 2010 …

9 build-your-own dinners to please picky eaters

Melissa Breyer  September 12, 2018  Or, a lesson in peaceful family meals and minimizing food waste. There was a time in my household when we had one vegan, one vegetarian, one pescatarian, and one omnivore; one of them stayed away from gluten, another had stomach issues with nuts and tomatoes, a frequently visiting relative had a severe soy allergy. Needless to …

Reduce Your Stress in Two Minutes a Day

Harvard Business Review  By Greg McKeown November 25, 2013  Bill Rielly had it all: a degree from West Point, an executive position at Microsoft, strong faith, a great family life, and plenty of money. He even got along well with his in-laws! So why did he have so much stress and anxiety that he could barely sleep at night? I have worked with …

The only lesson violence ever teaches is a fundamentally authoritarian lesson. It teaches that human relationships are hierarchical and that those above have a right to dominate those below

If there is one thing we know best about violence, it’s that it feeds on itself. To someone locked in a cycle of violence, more violence always looks like the logical and inevitable next step. (That’s why they call it a cycle.) Breaking out is difficult, especially when it can feel like unilateral disarmament.  The most important task before us, collectively …

“I’ve started viewing both optimism and pessimism as spectator sports, as forms of disengagement masquerading as involvement”

Look for positive possibilities and ways to partner them into greater probability — excerpt from a letter from a climate activist and organizer Meg Wheatley and David Spangler taught me about living in a world of possibilities. We could say, inspired by the poet Muriel Rukeyser, that the universe is made of possibilities, not atoms. They are everywhere. They are …

Roots of Liberation

Reflection from Richard Rohr, Roots of Liberation, Sunday, June 24, 2018  One of the great themes of the Bible, beginning with the Hebrew Scriptures and continued by Jesus and Paul, is “the preferential option for the poor.” I call it “the bias toward the bottom.” The Hebrew people’s exodus out of slavery, and YHWH’s complete identification with them, is the pattern of …

I can’t create positive change without recognizing and naming my own participation in the oppressive systems that I’m trying to undo.

  1. The Revolution Is a Relationship Something that worries me about social justice communities is that we tend to conceptualize “revolution” as a product, as a place and time that we expend all of our energy and anger to create – often without regard to the toll this takes on individuals and our relationships. In this way, “The Revolution” …

Our shared vulnerability and imperfection nurtures and sustains our capacity for compassion. There is no wholeness outside of our reciprocal humanity

Bryan Stevenson (b. 1959) is a lawyer, social justice activist, and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. [1] In his book Just Mercy, Stevenson describes how being in touch with our own humanity and need for mercy helps give us the compassion needed for restorative justice. He is a …

On Contact: Age of Anger with Pankaj Mishra

November 2017 interview We are looking at the expression of this re-sentiment/resentment that can assume many different forms, but we have to look at the underlying sources of that, which are enormous processes of disposition, dislocation, and psychological and spiritual disorientation.  People now desperate for meaning, bonding together in these forms of negative solidarity, invoking a sense of community by excluding …