Tag Archives: Nonviolence

Prophets: Part Two: Weekly Summary

Prophets: Part Two Summary, Sunday, July 7—Friday, July 12, 2019 The biblical notion of justice, beginning in the Hebrew Scriptures with the Jewish prophets—especially Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Hosea—is quite different than retributive justice. If we read carefully and honestly, we will see that God’s justice is restorative. (Sunday) A prophet is one who keeps… Continue Reading Prophets: Part Two: Weekly Summary

Jesus’ Passion

Jesus’ Death Jesus’ Passion Friday, April 19, 2019 Good Friday Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan continue reflecting on the meaning of Jesus’ death: Jesus was not simply an unfortunate victim of a domination system’s brutality. He was also a protagonist filled with passion. His passion, his message, was about the kingdom of God. He… Continue Reading Jesus’ Passion

Holy, Nonviolent Struggle

Islam Holy, Nonviolent Struggle Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Karen Armstrong continues exploring the origins of Islam: In [the] early days, Muslims did not see Islam as a new, exclusive religion but as a continuation of the primordial faith of the “People of the Book,” the Jews and Christians. In one remarkable passage, God insists that… Continue Reading Holy, Nonviolent Struggle

Cultivating Justice

Justice: Week 1 Cultivating Justice Thursday, June 14, 2018 Jack Jezreel describes three additional essential aspects of following Jesus and creating a world of justice and peace. [1] Take Time to Pray . . . Prayer is a way of connecting with our source. It is about being centered, grounded, mindful of the holy, the… Continue Reading Cultivating Justice

An Alternative Community

Community An Alternative Community Friday, May 11, 2018 One of the core principles at the Center for Action and Contemplation is “The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better.” [1] Nonviolent activist and author John Dear shares the story of a woman and her family who are doing just that. A… Continue Reading An Alternative Community

Living Peacefully on Earth

The Natural World: Week 1 Living Peacefully on Earth Friday, March 9, 2018 To live nonviolently—both toward humans and nature—requires that we recognize God’s image in each living thing. We cannot be violent toward someone or something when we see the divine in them. My friend and nonviolent activist John Dear recently published a new… Continue Reading Living Peacefully on Earth

Children of God

Sermon on the Mount: Week 2 Children of God Wednesday, February 7, 2018 We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. . . . Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than… Continue Reading Children of God

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Sermon on the Mount: Week 2 Blessed Are the Peacemakers Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Blessed are the peacemakers: they shall be recognized as children of God. —Matthew 5:9 In Jesus’ teaching and in his life, we see modeled nonviolent, peaceful action. He encourages us to likewise “turn the other cheek” and not return vengeance with… Continue Reading Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Nonviolence: Weekly Summary

Nonviolence Summary: Sunday, September 17-Friday, September 22, 2017 I sense the urgency of the Holy Spirit, with 7.5 billion humans now on the planet at the same time. Our future is either nonviolent or there is no future at all. (Sunday) The root of violence is the illusion of separation—from God, from Being itself, from… Continue Reading Nonviolence: Weekly Summary

Healing Our Social Wounds

Nonviolence Healing Our Social Wounds Friday, September 22, 2017 Today’s meditation is longer than usual, but important. Many people associate the word “justice” with the penal system and retributive justice. Yet the prophets and Jesus clearly practiced what we now call “restorative justice.” Jesus never punished anybody. He undercut the basis for all violent, exclusionary,… Continue Reading Healing Our Social Wounds

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