When It’s Time to Speak Out as a People of Faith

Last week one of the largest Zen Centers in the U.S. published an open letter urging California governor Jerry Brown to ban hydraulic fracking in the state. I was thrilled, but not all Zen folks will be, even if they agree on this particular issue. Speaking out as people of faith can be powerful, but it [Read More…]
Source: My Journey of Conscience

Three Ways Activists Alienate People – and What They Can Do about It

If, like me, you want to be an effective activist, it’s good to keep in mind how you’re liable to alienate people instead of getting them on your side. Activist are people who are actively trying to bring about change in the world. Ideally they also try to be responsible and considerate people, but they go beyond [Read More…]
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We’ve Got to Passionately Love Life Itself

I’ve heard folks speak in placid tones about suffering and destruction due to climate change, widespread poverty and inequality, and the mass extinctions of species. It’s as if they have passed judgment on humankind and decided the degeneration of our societies and the degradation of our environment are fair punishments for our misdeeds. They seem to think we [Read More…]
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