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Rev. William J. Barber II on peace and justice

The Rev. William J. Barber II is pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, N.C., president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and leader of a non-violent social justice movement called Historic Thousands on Jones Street. 53 more words


Basic Stances -- Building Communities

We articulated three central tenets of the Low Technology Institute. These are simple concepts but they have profound implications for our everyday lives. Naessi… 876 more words


A pro-life journey: "you know what changed my mind?..."

Originally published on Leaven for the Loaf.

This is why I don’t want anything to do with bloody-baby pictures outside abortion facilities or on billboards or anywhere else. 301 more words


Would You Open the Door?

Like many adjunct professors, Jessamine Irwin spends a lot of time commuting. The other day she way on her way to New York University after teaching a class at Fordham. 456 more words


Nonviolence: A Response #4

Last week we briefly identified three tactics which in-groups use against out-groups, tactics which do harm.  Today, we look at two more.

Defensiveness emerges as the in-group establishes a “fortress mentality”–a further distancing from those whom the in-group has identified as dangerous.  418 more words


"Learning to Lament"

(This also appeared in the Faith column of the Sentinel-News in Shelbyville, KY on October 14, 2016)

Answer me when I call to you,
my righteous God.
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Social Justice

Nonviolence: A Response #3

In-groups do harm (violence) through identifiable tactics. This week and next, I will briefly identity some of them.

The first tactic is distortion. Out-groups are caricatured and stereotyped in ways that treat them as categories–as problems to be solved rather than people to be known. 399 more words