(cross posted on American Values Network)   Twas a week before Christmas, and all through my city Politicians were scrambl’n, it wasn’t very pretty. Health care and climate were up in the air, But try as Reid might, the votes just weren’t there.   The pols were all dug in, snug in their stances, Yet…

In the typical fashion that have made Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins into heroes among those who hate (sometimes for good reasons, sometimes not) the religions of the world, we get below Hitchens’ distortions endorsed by Dawkins. The approach is typical: a religious view is mis-described and distorted, then ridiculed–all made possible by quoting out…

Emily Dickinson, the poet of exquisite doubt, was born today in 1830. Progressive faith makes room for doubt.  In many ways, Dickinson should be considered the patron saint of ambiguous Christianity.  She grew up in revivalist New England, where she several times flirted with her peers’ evangelical religion and attempted to have a conversion experience. …

On December 7, Faith in Public Life released a statement condemning the anti-gay bill in the Ugandan Parliament that submits homosexuals to draconian punishments for their “crimes.”  Sadly, many prominent Christians have refused to speak out against the human rights abuses enshrined in the legislation.  Faith in Public Life, however, produced an eloquent statement on…

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Michael Lerner

Rabbi Michael Lerner was a student and disciple of Abraham Joshua Heschel when Lerner studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He earned a ph.d in philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley and a second ph.d in clinical psychology at the Wright Institute. He subsequently formed the Institute for Labor and Mental Health where he did research on the psychodynamics of American politics, and discovered the immense hunger for "meaning and transcendent purpose for life and work" that became the hallmark of what he calls "a poltiics of meaning." Lerner founded and is Editor of Tikkun Magazine and Chair of The Network of Spriitual Progressives.

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