Removing Our Barriers to Love: A Muslim Prayer on the Anniversary of 9/11

Sarah Sayeed   Prayer Shared at Middle Collegiate Church, New York City, 9/10/17 Greetings of peace. Assalamu’alaikum. I begin with the name of God, most Gracious, most Merciful. One of the greatest poets, mystics, jurist-philosophers of all time, a man by the name of Jalal ad Din Muhammad Rumi, who lived in the 1200s taught … Continue reading Removing Our Barriers to Love: A Muslim Prayer on the Anniversary of 9/11

Undomesticated Buddha

    Santikaro Upasaka When we enter into a Buddhist path of life, whatever the entryway – meditation, study of the teachings, serving community, ritual – we learn to bring the Buddha home. The more at home Buddha is in us, the more vibrant and profound our spiritual life will be. In my own life … Continue reading Undomesticated Buddha

A Rabbi’s Plea: We Need Slavery Reparations In Order to Move Forward

Shmuly Yanklowitz It’s clear that the trauma of slavery continues to impact the contemporary American psyche. Hanging in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is an indelible, haunting painting. It’s a maritime scene: a yellow sun setting above a blood-red sky while hurtling, unruly waves carry an 18th century ship. These elements don’t stir … Continue reading A Rabbi’s Plea: We Need Slavery Reparations In Order to Move Forward

Solstice

Tracy K. Smith   They’re gassing geese outside of JFK. Tehran will likely fill up soon with blood. The Times is getting smaller day by day.   We’ve learned to back away from all we say And, more or less, agree with what we should. Whole flocks are being gassed near JFK.   So much … Continue reading Solstice

Acting Out of Love and Listening: A Radical Response for Our Troubling Times

By Sister Simone Campbell, SSS   I have been challenged by the new Trump Administration to find the right place for NETWORK in our effort to create an economy of inclusion. Part of me wants to resist every move, every nomination, every tweet, every lie, and every outrageous utterance. But I know that such absolute … Continue reading Acting Out of Love and Listening: A Radical Response for Our Troubling Times