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Honoring MLK: Young leaders work to end suffering and promote nonviolence

Over the past few months, I’ve had the privilege of working with many outstanding young activists who represent the next generation of global nonviolence leaders. We’ve stood together in cities near and far — from Greensboro to Berlin, from Washington, DC to Pointe-Noir, Congo — strengthening each other’s skills and courage to engage our common struggles for human dignity and freedom.

Fasting: Ancient practice, modern relevance

In the context of the ongoing international solidarity fast for Syria, we continue a series of spiritual reflections on fasting with this Christian commentary, with particular resonance toward the coming liturgical season of Lent.

How Will We End Mass Incarceration?

Everyone who took part in last month’s 21st Century Freedom Ride has been impacted by what Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, describes as an elaborate system of racial control.

Coming Home

What does this mean for me and for all of us? Coming home, being at home, finding home – these are universal themes of human experience, found In ancient poems and current novels. I feel this is an urgent issue of our time, as our familiar world is being turned upside down and inside out, taking away our feeling at home, in our personal lives, society, and bigger world.

Remembering Arik Sharon: Bitterness and blood

Ariel Sharon is dead and his memory will not be a blessing. He embittered thousands of lives with his reign of brutality.

62 Organizations Warn Senate Against New Iran Sanctions

The Fellowship of Reconciliation along with 61 other organizations delivered a joint letter to the U.S. Senate today urging the Senate to oppose new Iran sanctions legislation, S.1881, that they say would “critically endanger the possibility of a diplomatic resolution to the nuclear standoff with Iran, increasing the likelihood of a nuclear-armed Iran and an unnecessary and costly war.”

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Nothing Has Changed/ Everything Is Different

Bethlehem, Jan. 13, 2014: So many things look familiar when I return to Palestine and Israel.

Break the starvation siege in Syria: Fast and Act

Right now I am standing outside the U.N. headquarters in New York City, helping launch the International Solidarity Hunger Strike for Syria.

Bread, Freedom, and Justice: A Christian commentary on fasting

Fasting as a symbolic activity has a wide ranging history and a breadth of meaning. For Christians, fasting as a spiritual practice reminds us of the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness without food.