Category: Society & Politics

Women’s History Spotlight: Sister Abegail Ntleko

Sister Abegail Ntleko—later “Gogo” (grandma) to hundreds of children orphaned by AIDS, and honored by His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award—started working at the age of six. Apartheid was yet to happen, and Abe was living in a rural village in South Africa. Her five older siblings had all …continue

New Release: Land

In Land: A New Paradigm for a Thriving World, social innovator, entrepreneur, and community organizer Martin Adams presents an inspired and innovative economic solution to poverty, inequality, and environmental destruction. Touted as a “brilliant contribution” by New York Times bestselling author and political commentator Thom Hartmann, Land will give you cause to reexamine economics in the …continue

Early American Literary Visionaries on Same-Sex Marriage

Guest Post by Steven Herrmann   The symbol of same-sex marriage Herman Melville portrays for us began to take shape when the 21-year-old writer and his friend, Tobias Greene, jumped from the whale ship Auschnet and swam together to the Island of Nukeheva, in the Marquesas. The action of Melville’s first novel, Typee, centers around …continue

New Release: May I Be Frank

Wheatgrass looked like the bright green slush left behind in the lawnmower bag after cutting a damp yard. But if consuming stuff from the back of a lawnmower was the answer to all my problems, maybe I needed to give this medicine a chance.                       …continue

Walt Whitman and Sexuality

In Spiritual Democracy: The Wisdom of Early American Visionaries for the Journey Forward, Steven Herrmann writes: Whitman’s acute awareness of the inherent relationship between sexuality and spirituality shows clearly how his understandings of the poet-shaman’s function as a preserver of the psychic integrity of the community relates to the “All,” and is aligned with the …continue

Occupy Spirituality: Addressing Fear, Hope, and Generosity (Excerpt)

In this excerpt from Occupy Spirituality, Matthew Fox, a theologian, and Adam Bucko, a spiritual activist and mentor to homeless youth, share their thoughts on the Occupy Movement, the Tea Party, and how courage and generosity in the face of anger and outrage can change the world. ADAM BUCKO: I love it when Chris Hedges says …continue