Category Spirituality

Small Acts Transform the World

To transform: to change in nature, disposition, heart, character… change greatly the appearance or form of

Spiritual Practice in the Time of the Mad King

Self-care, activism, and community in the time of the mad king.

David Swanson | Talking About Forgiveness

A U.S. Air Force officer recently said that a tool that would allow dropping food accurately to starving people in Syria would not be used for such a purely humanitarian operation because it costs $60,000. Yet the U.S. military is blowing through tens of billions of dollars on killing people there, and hundreds of billions of dollars every year on maintaining the ability to do the same all over the world.

Ending Human Violence is a Task for Each of Us

War- The great unmentionable in the 2016 US elections

Bob Thurman: The Pope Hits a Triple

Thurman; It is further unfortunate that discussion of the encyclical will apparently survive only a few news cycles. At this writing, it has already disappeared from the mainstream media. Instead, every interviewer should be regularly pushing it in the face of every presidential and congressional candidate.

ATOMIC HUBRIS: Are There Some Things That Won’t Be Forgiven?

“What will it take for our community to work for nuclear disarmament as if we really knew it’s up to us to save the world?” By Joe Scarry  Scarry Thoughts  May 8, 2015 A FUTURE: Can we construct one? Marc Chagall, Noah lets go the dove through  the window of the Ark (Genesis VIII, 6 9) I think it is important […]

▶ Democracy Now! Remembering Eduardo Galeano, Champion of Social Justice & Chronicler of Latin America’s Open Veins

We have a memory cut in pieces. And I write trying to recover our real memory, the memory of humankind, what I call the human rainbow, which is much more colorful and beautiful than the other one, the other rainbow. But the human rainbow had been mutilated by machismo, racism, militarism and a lot of […]

Taking Notes 44 | Participatory Spirituality: Fostering Peace, Inside and Out

While the endeavor to achieve peace may often be frustrating, we should remember that nothing truly worthy can be achieved without effort. Peace and justice may be slow to arrive, but we will never obtain them without a struggle. By Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi  PhilosophersforChange.org  January 27, 2015 At the beginning of a new year it is […]

Kathy Kelly: Sing Another Song

Kelly: Saturday is the anniversary of our loss of Dr. King, who, on an April 4th exactly one year before his death, told us that “we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway.”

▶ John Denver – Rhymes and Reasons

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Film and Discussion, Indigenous Rights: Disavowing the Doctrine of Discovery

“Disavowing the Doctrine of Discovery” “The Doctrine of Discovery” created by filmmaker Sheldon Wolfchild is part two of a three-part documentary. Part two focuses on a little known subject traced back to Christopher Columbus’s so-called “discovery” of the lands now commonly known as “the Americas.” SPIN is sponsoring several showings of the film around the […]

▶ The Guest House (poem by Rumi) – music Frederic Delarue (Inspiration)

Rumi – Guest House This being human is a guest house: Every morning a new arrival.  joy, sorrow, a meanness,  a pinch of conscience fleeting, all appearing Like an unexpected guest. Greet them and enjoy everyone! Even if you are a group of regret,  what your house shakes violently emptied of furniture. however, treat each […]

Giroux and Evans: Disposable Futures

As more and more individuals and groups are now considered excess, consigned to zones of abandonment, surveillance and incarceration, dystopian politics has become mainstream politics and the practice of disposability has intensified. There are alternatives.   By Henry A Giroux and Brad Evans, Truthout.org | Op-Ed  01 June 2014    (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout) Also see: Henry A. Giroux | Disposable […]

Chris Hedges: The Power of Imagination

Reason makes possible the calculations, science and technological advances of industrial civilization. But reason does not lift us upward to the heavens. It does not bring us into contact with the sacred. It does not permit us to curb our self-destructive urges.  By Chris Hedges  truthdig.com  May 11, 2014 John William Waterhouse’s painting “Miranda—The Tempest.” Those in the […]

Kathy Kelly’s Challenge: Witness, Courage, Compassion, Becoming

Nobody who reads this book could ever accuse Kathy Kelly of being “too big for her britches.” Time and time again, she confronts “unspeakable evil,” and manages to maintain her quiet dignity and never loses sight of the humanity that may be touched–even in the tormentors who confront her and others. “What does the Lord […]

Pete Seeger/Arlo Guthrie – You gotta walk that lonesome valley

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Pete Seeger – I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag

Pete’s 0 Recruitment Song.  Still applies. Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and more! “Like” our page today. Find us on Twitter at Rise Up Times (@touchpeace). Rise Up Times is also on  Pinterest, Google+ and Tumblr.  Vietnam War Song Project

▶ Sunday Song: “Some People Do What Must Be Done,” Pat Wictor, Joe Jencks, and Greg Greenway:

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Werner de Gruijter, Truthout: The Zombification of the West

On the need for inner tranquility in order to avoid authoritarianism  By Werner de Gruijter, Truthout | Opinion  15 March 2014 (Photo: Anne Roberts / Flickr) The preamble of the US Constitution contains this prodigious message: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for […]

Americans Who Tell the Truth: Robert Jensen

Robert Jensen Professor, Author: b. 1958 “This is the simple discovery which we must confront. We were given a place in the creation, with a beauty beyond telling, and we have failed to care for it. And as our collective contempt for the non-human world has intensified, so has our contempt for each other. We have […]