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Don’t be Realistic!

Rabbi Michael Lerner admonishes us in this YouTube video: Don’t be Realistic! “We know that people want a world that is based on love and justice and yet many people do not believe such a world is possible so they give up their dream and hopes and strive to succeed in our capitalist society. This […]

World Interfaith Harmony Week

World Interfaith Harmony Week

World Interfaith Harmony Week is February 1-7. Every year the first week of February has been designated by the United Nations since 2010 as a week to showcase and celebrate the ongoing work of interreligious harmony and peacemaking. With President Trump’s January 27, 2017, thinly-veiled, anti-muslim executive order of extreme vetting…

#Be The Balm

This past year, we’ve seen political leaders use fear and anger to divide communities and undermine our shared values, both of people of faith and those who do not claim any faith community. Shared values are not beliefs, dogmas, doctrines, theology, traditions, customs or religious practices. I believe almost all of us share basic human […]

Nation of Change

Nation of Change

“Progressive Journalism for Positive Action” is the byline of non-profit NationofChange. The mission of NationofChange is “to help people create a more compassionate, responsible, and value-driven world, powered by communities that focus on positive solutions to social and economic problems.” They “strive to accomplish this mission through unbiased, independent journalism…

Strict Father versus Nurturant Family

George Lakoff makes an important point about the power of two opposing moral postures, frames, world-views or value systems – strict-father (conservative) versus nurturant-family (progressive). He argues, in the strict-father worldview, “the father is the ultimate authority, he knows right from wrong, his job is to protect the family and so he’s…

Two Views of The Great Society

Two Views of The Great Society

It’s been 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson promoted the Great Society. Some think we have come a long way since the 1960’s; some think we still have a long way to go to achieve those goals; others think America has moved in the wrong direction. Are we still…

We Need Fair Elections

Campaign money distorts the market, that distorts food production, that distorts our kids. We socialize the risks and privatize the benefits. The formers of the progressive movement were not liberals. We may or may not have common goals, but we have a common need (democracy) and a common enemy – the corruption of government by […]