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After Attack on Rabbi Lerner’s Home: What you Can do to Help?

posted by Michael Lerner

The media once again has failed to cover attacks on the Left from the Right. This time it came in the form of an assault on the home of Tikkun Magazine’s editor Rabbi Michael Lerner. Lerner had announced that Tikkun […]


The On-Going Call for Justice in Vieques

posted by Eric Sapp

Following CNN’s evocative 2-part primetime series on the health crisis in Vieques last month, there has been an on-going buzz in the media and blog community about the issue.  Over 60 participants recently joined a press call with scientists and the […]


World’s Religious Leaders Mourn the Obama Escalation in Afghanistan

posted by Michael Lerner

Many of the world’s religious leaders in attendance at the Parliament of World Religions taking place in Melbourne, Australia,  are in partial mourning for the dream of a new world that President Obama promised, and decisively torpedoed in his announcement […]


Close Guantanamo Bay – One Step Closer

posted by Paul Raushenbush

One of the President Obama’s first promises was that he would close Guantanamo Bay.  Closing Gitmo, which has been become a worldwide symbol of American abuse and intertwined with the horrors of Abu Ghraib, has been supported by military leaders and […]

Dear President Obama: Stop the War in Afghanistan

posted by Brian McLaren

I am a loyal supporter of your presidency. I worked hard in the campaign and have never been as proud of my country as I was when we elected you.  I’m writing to ask you to find another way ahead […]

Praying for Peace (is not as easy as it sounds)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Praying for peace is not as easy as it sounds.  Praying for peace requires two separate but related beliefs.  The first belief is that prayer ‘works’ and that our meditations and/or petitions to God can affect the material world and can change […]

A Memorial Day Salute to my Partner’s Father

posted by Paul Raushenbush

John Glenn Gooch’s military stone had only recently been placed in the cemetery when we arrived to plant flowers to honor him this Memorial Day weekend.  Glenn died this winter and is now buried near the town where he arrived […]

Obama’s Mistaken Middle East Peace Strategy or No More Negotiations to Nowhere!

posted by Michael Lerner

While doves in the American Jewish community are lining up to support President Obama in his supposed confrontation with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, the hard-nosed supporters of the Occupation can sigh with relief. Nothing proposed by Obama is likely to […]

Ahmadinejad Gives Another Victory to the Israeli Right: It’s time for Muslims and Arabs to Join Us in Denouncing His Racism and Holocaust Denial

posted by Michael Lerner

When representatives of many Arab and Muslim nations publicly applaud Ahmadinejad’s racist rant, the real losers are the Palestinians. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech at the Durban II conference on racism turned into a racist rant against Israel and the […]

The Religious Control of the Israeli Army

posted by Paul Raushenbush

This seriously upsetting article in the New York Times Sunday paper chronicles the increasing influence of the religious right in Israeli’s armed forces and its affect on the execution of the war on Gaza.  Especially chilling is the quote from […]

Six Years of Iraq War: Was it Worth It?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I remember coming out from my New York City apartment the day after 9/11.  In those days immediately after the attack, New Yorkers talked to random people in the street and a passerby turned to me and said – I’m […]

Sharia Law in Pakistan: The Despair of Religious Totalitarianism

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Pakistan has instituted Sharia law in the Swat Valley.  As this BBC article explains, the move has serious implications for the religious and personal freedom:   “The head of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Afrasiab Khattak, says the move […]

12 Steps to Economic Recovery

posted by Brian McLaren

I watched President Obama’s Indiana speech and town hall meeting from my hotel room in San Diego. I was watching on MSNBC, with Chris Matthews hosting and Pat Buchanan commenting. Pat (predictably) panned the speech, saying that people in Elkhart […]

Pushing Obama Towards Justice and Peace (by Mark Johnson)

posted by guestblogger

Mark Johnson is the Executive Director of The Fellowship of Reconciliation These are difficult times in which to discern the truth, to know what to believe. The language has shifted, the rhetoric softened; but behavior, actions are still troubling. President Obama and Secretary […]

A Letter to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (by Marian Wright Edelman)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Marian Wright Edelman is the Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund. The following is an excerpt from Ms. Edelman’s book: The Sea is So Wide and My Boat is So Small.  This is a long post for Progressive Revival but on […]

Cease Fire Now in Gaza – Full Page Ad in the New York Times

posted by Michael Lerner

On Wednesday Jan. 1st the Tikkun Community and the Network of Spiritual Progressives purchased an full page Ad in The New York Times (it appears on page A17 of Wednesday’s issue).  It was signed by about 3000 people and funded […]

Will Israel Split America’s Religious Left?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Steve Waldman asks the question whether the current crisis will split the religious left.  He predicts: “Most likely what will happen next is that an over-reaction from the Protestant left will prompt American Jews into an uncomfortable (but familiar) defensive […]

The Urgency of Now – Obama Must Act on Gaza

posted by Omid Safi

The death toll from Gaza keeps rising like a morbid nightmare, from 150 to 300, to at last count 702 victims.     702 Palestinians killed by the Israeli military through massive bombings that have inflicted unimaginable violence upon some of the […]

Jon Stewart Speaks on Gaza

posted by Paul Raushenbush

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A Strategy to End the Israel/Palestine Struggle Once and For All

posted by Michael Lerner

The leadership of the State of Israel has rejected the latest calls for a cease fire. Only President-Elect Obama has the moral authority to make a call for a cease fire that could be listened to seriously by the Israelis. […]

Israel in Gaza

posted by Michael Lerner

Israel is still using a strategy of domination in its struggle with Hamas, trying to use force to gain security. But this is a recipe for endless war. Gaza, December 31, 2008Israel’s attempt to wipe out Hamas is understandable, but […]

And There Lie the Bodies (by Gideon Levy)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Gideon Levy offers this powerful parable in Haaretz.  He laments that there are no voices speaking up within Israel now about the war in Gaza but he proves himself wrong though this impassioned essay: “The legend, lest it be a […]

The future of Catholic politics? (Again)

posted by David Gibson

I, among others, have posed the question (here and here) of what the future of Catholic politics might look like–if it has any future–in light of the great splits between and among Catholic voters and leaders during the recent presidential […]


posted by David Gibson

Or, pro-choice voters as Muslim invaders? I don’t know if Bishop Robert Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph wanted to go there, but he did, in his latest column in the diocesan newspaper: “Our Catholic moral principles teach […]

International Religious Freedom: The orphan issue of 2008

posted by David Gibson

Amid the final campaign push, the 10th anniversary of the nation’s landmark covenant on international religious freedom passed largely unnoticed on Monday. That is more than a shame. The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (IRFA) was passed by a […]


posted by Alexia Kelley

Catholics are the quintessential swing voters in this presidential election. Whoever wins the Catholic vote in key battleground states is likely to be sworn in as our 44th president in January.     Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good is challenging […]

Jesus Christ: Do you REALLY know him?

posted by David Gibson

Seriously. His entire track record is hearsay. The four accounts we have of his life contradict each other and they’re probably not historically reliable. Besides, he was born in Palestine, for crying out loud. You all have to ask these hard questions. The MSM […]

High Noon: The campaign as a Western movie

posted by David Gibson

But who are the Good Guys? John McCain and Sarah Palin think they are, and in this piece in the current issue of The Tablet of London, I try to explain the campaign through the lens of the Old West: […]

Obama Takes Debate at Ole Miss

posted by Burns Strider

Senator Obama had a good night at Ole Miss. He dominated the opening discussion on the economy and held his own during the discussion on foreign affairs. Translation: signficant night for Senator Obama. I appreciate the fact that Senator McCain […]

Abortion? Gay marriage? It’s the (stupid) economy–again!

posted by David Gibson

Do the hot-button culture war issues like abortion and gay marriage matter? If you read only blogs or the news coverage (such as this NYTimes story, “Abortion Issue Again Dividing Catholics”) you might get the impression that these are the […]

Reflections on September 12, 2001 (by Eric Sapp)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Much will be written today–and rightfully so–about 9/11 and what that day meant to our country.  As with many Americans, it was a day that had a deep and emotional effect on me, but in the years since, I have […]

From 9/11 to 9/12…and beyond.

posted by David Gibson

Thursday is the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the crashed airliner in Shanksville, Pa., an observance that will bring renewed focus on relations between Islam and the West. But […]

Something to be thankful for: McCain & Obama to appear together Thursday at Ground Zero

posted by David Gibson

From the NYT “Caucus” blog: The two campaigns issued a rare joint statement on Saturday announcing the plans of the Republican and Democratic rivals. They also will appear together at a forum later that day at Columbia University. “All of […]

Voices Crying in the Wilderness

posted by Paul Raushenbush

    You are (you are) not aloneYou dont have to do this on your ownOne Love Agape One Love Agape Solo(w) it can feel like were coming apartTogether were much more than the sum of our partsOne Love Agape […]

Joe Biden and the Catholic Challenge

posted by David Gibson

By choosing the longtime senator insider and foreign policy expert, Joe Biden, as his running mate, Barack Obama got a well-respected congressional insider to help his prospective legislative agenda as well as sharp-spoken (too much, at times–but good for a veep) campaigner […]

Dear Rick: Would you ask Barack and John about…

posted by David Gibson

This weekend’s main event, outside of the Beijing Olympics, will be the Saturday sit-down between superpastor Rick Warren of the Saddleback megachurch and Barack Obama and John McCain–and event being called “the Saddleback Civil Forum.” Rick will have an hour […]

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