NETWORK OF SPIRITUAL PROGRESSIVES - Background & Resources

The Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) is an interfaith project of The Tikkun Community.  The Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) is an association of people interested in:

1. Changing the Bottom Line in America. Today, institutions and social practices are judged efficient, rational and productive to the extent that they maximize money and power.That’s the Old Bottom Line. Now Here is the NEW BOTTOM LINE for which we advocate:  We believe that they should be judged rational, efficient and productive not only to the extent that they maximize money and power, but also to the extent that they maximize love and caring, ethical and ecological sensitivity and behavior, kindness and generosity, non-violence and peace, and to the extent that they enhance our capacities to respond to other human beings in a way that honors them as embodiments of the sacred, and enhances our capacities to respond to the earth and the universe with awe, wonder and radical amazement.

2. Challenging the misuse of religion, God and spirit by the Religious Right, and educating people of faith to the understanding that a serious commitment to God, religion and spirit should manifest in social activism aimed at peace, universal disarmament, social justice with a preferential option for the needs of the poor and the oppressed, a commitment to end poverty, hunger, homelessness, inadequate education and inadequate health care all around the world, and a commitment to nuclear non-proliferation, environmental protection and repair of the damage done to the planet by 150 years of envrionmentally irresponsible approaches to industrialization, investment, trade, energy and transportation.

3. Challenging the many anti-religious and anti-spiritual assumptions and behaviors that have increasingly become part of the liberal culture, and challenging as well the extreme individualism and me-firstism that permeate all parts of the global market culture. We will educate people in social change movements to carefully distinguish between their legitimate critiques of the Religious Right and their illegitimate generalizing of those criticisms to all religious or spiritual beliefs and practices. We will help social change activists and others in the liberal and progressive culture become more conscious of and less afraid to affirm their own inner spiritual yearnings and to reconstitute a visionary progressive social movement that incorporates the spiritual dimension, of which the loving, spiritually elevating and connecting aspects of religion has been one expression (but so has the group-in-fusion experience of the movements of the 30’s and the 60’s and the communitarian aspirations of many other efforts—social healing and health care, progressive summer camps, the wide appeal of service and service learning, the women’s spirituality movement etc).

The Network is a project of The Tikkun Community, so when you join you automatically receive the option of free membership in The Tikkun Commnunity. You will also receive a one year subscription to Tikkun magazine.

Our perspective is more fully articulated in the Core Vision of The Tikkun Community which you can find at www.tikkun.org,and the article there entitled Why America Needs A Spiritual Politics. If you feel uncomfortable with the perspective articulated there, you should not join the Network of Spiritual Progressives which is an organization formed around those ideas.

... for more information go to Tikkun’s website

The Network of Spiritual Progressives website

Spiritual Activism Conference Coming in Spring 2006

Rabbi Lerner invites American Muslims to join with him in creating the Network of Spiritual Progressives, an organization which seeks to challenge the misuse of God and the Bible by the Christian Right, the hostility toward religion and spirituality by some sections of the liberal and progressive culture of the Left, and the materialism and selfishness of consumer culture in America. 1,200 people attended the first of two founding conferences, and Rabbi Lerner wishes to increase the percentage of Muslim participation in the founding of this enterprise. For more information, please read the Core Vision and the plans for this organization at www.tikkun.org

SOME ORGANIZATIONS WORKING ALONG THE SAME LINES

The Cordoba Initiative

The Tent of Abraham founded by Rev. Bob Edgar of NCC, Dr Sayid M. Syeed, Sr. Joan Chittister, R. Arthur Waskow

see also our ACTION topic


SOME RECOMMENDED READING

Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths, Bruce Feiler

And God Knows the Soldiers: The Authoritative and Authoritarian in Islamic Discourses, Khaled Abou El Fadl

Ancient Beliefs and Modern Superstitions, Martin Lings,

After Empire: The Art and Ethos of Enduring PeaceSharon Welch

Battle for God, Karen Armstrong

The Body Never Lies: the Lingering Effects of Cruel Parenting, Alice Miller

Clash of Fundamentalisms, Tariq Ali

Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism, Cornel West

Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

The Dignity of Man: An Islamic Perspective, Mohammed Hashim Kamali

The Eleventh Hour: The Spiritual Crisis of the Modern World in the Light of Tradition and Prophecy,  Martin Lings

Freedom, Equality and Justice In Islam, Mohammed Hashim Kamali

The God of Peace, John Dear

God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It, Jim Wallis

To Heal a Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Heart of Flesh: A Feminist Spirituality for Women and Men, Sister Joan Chittister

Human Rights and Responsibility in the World Religions (ed. Joseph Runzo)

Is Religion Killing Us?, Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer

Speaking My Mind : The Radical Evangelical Prophet Tackles the Tough Issues Christians Are Afraid to FaceRev. Tony Compolo

Rediscovery of Awe: Splendor, Mystery and the Fluid Center of LifeKirk Schneider

The Resurgence of the Real , Charlene Spretnak

Sacred Longings: The Ecological Spirit and Global Culture, Mary C. Grey

The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World, Michael Nagler and Arun Ghandi

Speaking My Mind : The Radical Evangelical Prophet Tackles the Tough Issues Christians Are Afraid to Face, Rev. Tony Campolo

Subversive Orthodoxies, Robert Inchausti

The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the PeopleJonathan Schell

 

ARTICLES ABOUT (OR RELATED TO) THE NETWORK OF SPIRITUAL PROGRESSIVES

A Declaration of Interdependence, Byron Williams

The Abraham Federation: A New Framework for Peace in the Middle East, Norman G. Kurland

Activists Start Working on Liberal Spirituality, Joe Garafoli

Alienation and Faith: The Postmodern Situation, Sheikh Kabir Helminski

Apocalypse Soon? A Catastrophist Polytheism, Dr. Robert D. Crane

Building a Spiritual Left, Bob Condor

Conference Unites Spiritual Activists, Wendy Qi

Conscious Citizenship, Marianne Williamson

Dance of God in Our Theology & Action, Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Economic Justice: A Cure for Terrorism, Dr. Robert D. Crane

Individuals Can Change the World, Len & Libby Traubman

Islamic Spirituality: the Forgotten Revolution, Abdal Hakim Murad

It’s Time to Put Our Bodies on the Line to Stop the Killing in the Middle East, Rabbi Michael Lerner

Justice: The Origin, Framework, and Purpose of Representative Government in Islam, Dr. Robert Dickson Crane

Justice Platform for Global Development, Foreign Policy in Focus

Knowledge, Unity, and Tolerance: The Sufism of Mahmud Shabistari, David Fideler

The Language of Values in Politics, George Lakoff

Left to Right, Sandi Dolbee

Leftists Work to Take Back God and the White House, Sue Fishkoff

Optimism, Realism, and the Invisible Hand of God (colloquium)

Progressives of Spirit Moving Toward Working Together, Doug King

The Religious Left Fights Back, Van Jones

Remarks At the 40th Anniversary Gathering to RETURN, REPAIR, RENEW, 1963-2003—in recommitment to the vision of the Great March for Jobs and Freedom of August 1963, Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Rev. Jim Wallace Mobilizes the Religious Left, Bob Burnett

Spiritual Progressives Need to Listen to Various Sides, Byron Williams

Spiritual Progressives Rally in Berkeley, Mark Tooley

Spirituality, Rabbi Michael Lerner

Things Israeli’s and Palestinians Share, Ray Hanania

The Times They Are A-Changin’: A Muslim Quest for Justice, Gender Equality, and Pluralism - Part I, Part II, Omid Safi

Values of Peacebuilding and Nonviolence in Islam: Ideals and Reality, Mohammed Abu-Nimer

What Is a Truly Universal Spirituality?, Shaikh Kabir Helminski

What Is the Contribution of Religions Towards Peace, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

When the Right Breaks the Barrier, How Should a Spiritual Left Respond?, Rabbi Michael Lerner

Why America Needs a Spiritual Left, Rabbi Michael Lerner

Why Muslim Causes Need to Be Universal Causes, Dr. Farish A. Noor

 

 


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