Resources on Spirituality

“My Life is My Message”- Gandhi

 Sacred Activism: Mindfulness and Racial Justice

Peace_Is_the_Way_01The author, from the embattled city of Baltimore, describes her transformation from angry Afro-Latina to mindful activist. She helps us understand Martin Luther King Jr.’s “beloved community” and Thich Nhat Hanh’s philosophy that “the impetus for our confrontation must come from a place of understanding and compassion.”

A Religious Wake-Up Call in the Matter of Drones

Drones_01Is there really such a thing as a “Just War”? And even if there is, do drone attacks initiated from lounge chairs in the U.S. qualify? Reverend Paul Zahl wonders about the weak opposition to drones from the Christian community. He maintains that the “use of drones is not humane, because it totally objectifies the enemy by making them into a picture on a screen.”

Faith Communities Weigh in on Climate Change

Climate_Change_Faith_01“One of the most pervasive social challenges besetting communities around the world is the marginalization of girls and women – a condition further exacerbated by the impacts of climate change. Around the world, women are largely responsible for securing food, water and energy for cooking and heating. Scarcity of resources arising from climate change intensifies the woman’s burden and leaves less time to earn an income, attend school or care for the family.” This statement from the Baha’i, along with statements from Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and other faith groups is found on the Interfaith Power and Light website.

Gandhi, Spirituality and Social Action

Gandhi_01Gandhi believed that the way out to effect change without violence was to use “Satyagraha” or “soul force”. In the movements he led, he wanted to “mobilize the enormous latent energy of the soul, and thus bring to bear spiritual power to the issue”. He believed that “ a sense of common and indivisible humanity was necessary as an article of belief; as well as the feeling that degrading another degraded oneself.” Read more about Gandhi’s life and philosophy here:

Martin Luther King’s Speech Against the Vietnam War

MLK_Vietnam_01“This I believe to be the privilege and the burden of all of us who deem ourselves bound by allegiances and loyalties which are broader and deeper than nationalism and which go beyond our nation’s self-defined goals and positions. We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation and for those it calls “enemy,” for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Justice is Love, Embodied

Justice_Is_Love_01This short inspirational piece is by Duke University’s Islamic Studies Director, Omid Safi. Like many of us, he weaves together his spirituality and activism. Along with the author, we are called to honor those who’ve walked the same path, such as Malcolm X, Cornell West and Desmond Tutu. See if you resonate with Safi’s eloquent statement: “when I wander into spiritual oceans next to my own — realizing that all oceans are connected — it is usually figures who connect together love and justice that most deeply touch my soul”.

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