American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), an organization founded by Quakers, works on issues of economic justice, peace building, social justice, and youth in the US, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. AFSC works in prisons, on environmental justice, on building healing relationships between races, on issues confronting sexual minorities, youth, Native Americans, and impoverished peoples. AFSC was founded in 1917 to provide conscientious objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian victims during World War I.
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Bread for the Journey is a national network of local nonprofit charities serving the poor and underprivileged. The organization supports local people in bringing health, education and community-based projects to their communities. The organization is also responsible for the Institute for Engaged Spirituality, which examines how spiritual practices take fruit as loving kindness, sympathetic joy, and compassion.
1219 Luisa Street, Suite 7
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF) addresses issues of human rights, systemic violence, economic justice, and environmental sustainability through serving the homeless, teaching meditation in jails, working in community gardens with at-risk youth, and sitting in meditation at vigils for peace and justice. Think Sangha, a socially engaged Buddhist think tank affiliated with the fellowship, works on critiques of social structures and alternative social models. Turning Wheel is the BPF quarterly.
PO Box 4650
Berkeley, CA 94704
Center for the Advancement of Nonviolence is sponsor of the Season for Nonviolence in LA, an international commemoration of M. K. Gandhi and M. L. King that demonstrates how nonviolence can heal, transform, and empower our lives and communities.
1223 Wilshire Blvd. #472
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors since 1948 has helped people resist being inducted into the military and those already in the military who want to get out.
630 20th Street, Suite 302
Oakland, CA 94702
The Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest and oldest interfaith peace organization in the US, holds a vision of a “beloved community” in which differences are respected, conflicts are addressed nonviolently, oppressive structures are dismantled, and people live in harmony with the Earth. FOR offers a resource packet for responding to 9/11, hate crimes, and the US military campaign. Ongoing projects include a campaign against the Iraqi sanctions, for the abolition of nuclear weapons, for a death penalty moratorium. FOR also sends delegations to Israel/Palestine, works for economic justice, and honors those working for social change through nonviolent means with the Pfeffer Peace Prize and the MLK Award.
PO Box 271, Nyack, NY 10960
The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) is an association of 275 Protestant, Roman Catholic and Jewish institutional investors—including national denominations, religious communities, pension funds, and endowments—which press companies to be socially and environmentally responsible. Each year ICCR members sponsor over 100 shareholder resolutions on major social and environmental issues. They also meet with management, screen their investments, divest stock, conduct public hearings and investigations, publish special reports, and sponsor prayer vigils, letter writing campaigns, and consumer boycotts. ICCR-member community development investments surpass $900 million.
475 Riverside Drive, Room 550
New York, NY 10115
Jubilee USA Network is continuing the work of the Jubilee 2000 to get Third World debt canceled.
222 East Capitol Street
Washington DC 20003
Metta Center for Nonviolent Education provides links to writings relevant to the September 11th attack and a documentary collection of incidences where nonviolence has proven successful. Michael Nagler (see “Is there No Other Way,” below) is president.
2398 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Naropa University's Center For Engaged Spirituality is a vehicle for the practical application of spirituality in local communities and across the planet. Housed at the Naropa University, the Center extends the frontiers of engaged spirituality in prison settings, AIDS work, elder communities, medical settings, legal and ethical arenas.
2130 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO 80302
Nevada Desert Experience believes that nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction are immoral as well as physically, emotionally, and spiritually devastating to all of creation. They mobilize people of faith to work toward nuclear abolition with particular focus on ending nuclear testing in the Nevada desert.
PO Box 46645
Las Vegas, NV 89111
Pace e Bene Franciscan Nonviolence Center, an agency of Franciscan Friars of California, aims to counteract society's epidemic violence by practicing active nonviolence as a way of life and as a methodology for cultural transformation. The center does training in nonviolence, trains trainers, and spreads information on the success of active nonviolence.
1420 West Bartlett Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Prison Dharma Network is a Buddhist support network for prisoners, prison volunteers, and correctional workers founded in 1989 by Fleet Maull, then a federal prisoner. PDN is an affiliate of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. The organization supports prisoners in the practice of contemplative disciplines through their publications, email listserv, correspondence and trainings.
PO Box 4623
Boulder CO 80306
Season for Non-Violence
A Season for Nonviolence, January 30 - April 4, is a national 64-day educational, media, and grassroots campaign dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives and our communities. Inspired by the 50th and 30th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this international event honors their vision for an empowered, nonviolent world. The Association for Global New Thought is the convening organization.
Association for Global New Thought
1514 Main St. #2 Evanston, IL 60202-6502
tel 847-866-9525 fax 847-866-9545
United Religions Initiative supports people of diverse faiths in exploring how interfaith cooperation can make a positive difference in their local communities. Local efforts, ranging from ending religious violence in conflict zones to creating new models of religious education for children, gain strength by being part of a global community.
PO Box 29242
San Francisco, CA 94129
A Theory of Everything: An Integral Vision for Business, Politics, Science, and Spirituality, by Ken Wilber (Shambhala Publications, 2000). A concise overview of Ken Wilber's model integrating the realms of body, mind, soul, and spirit. Wilber applies his model to the fields of business, politics, medicine, and education, and suggests daily practices to integrate it into your life.
The Rhythm of Compassion: Caring for Self, Connecting with Society, by Gail Straub (Charles E Tuttle Co, 2001). Using the primal rhythm of breath-in and breath-out, renowned author and teacher Gail Straub shows readers how they can serve the spirit and the planet simultaneously and offers numerous activities and exercises to make this remarkable book even more tangible.
The Wheel of Engaged Buddhism: A New Map of the Path, by Kenneth Kraft (Weatherhill, 1999). This short introduction to engaged Buddhism highlights the activities and challenges of socially conscious Buddhism. A defender of rainforests, imprisoned Burmese president Aung San Suu Kyi, poet and environmentalist Gary Snyder, and a woman who led an effort to comfort victims of the Bosnian war are some of those cited.
Thomas Merton and Thich Nhat Hanh: Engaged Spirituality in an Age of Globalization, by Robert King (Continuum Publication Group, October 2001). Thomas Merton and Thich Nhat Hanh met briefly at the Gethsemani Trappist monastery in Kentucky in 1966, and though they admired each other, they had no further significant contact. This book explores the convergence of their viewpoints and their impact on current thinking regarding spirituality and social action.
Bearing Witness: A Zen Master's Lessons in Making Peace, by Bernard Glassman (Random House, July 1999). Zen practitioner and nonprofit community developer Bernie Glassman offers teaching stories that illustrate ways of making peace one moment at a time. Each chapter focuses on an event or person and demonstrates how a particular peacemaker vow is put into practice.
Loved By Love: The Memoirs of Vinoba Bhave, edited by Kalindi (Chelsea Green Publishing, March 1996). Inspired by his teacher, Gandhi, Vinoba spent 20 years walking from village to village throughout India, persuading wealthy landowners to give literally millions of acres to the landless poor. These memoirs reveal both the inner and outer life of this great man who had an unwavering commitment to the practice of nonviolence, to an engaged spirituality, and to the power of love.
Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time, by Paul Rogat Loeb (St. Martin's Press, 1999). Paul Loeb presents an alternative vision of hope and courage in this book based on 30 years studying the psychology of social involvement. Loeb describes how ordinary citizens can make their voices heard and their actions count. The book explores what leads some to get involved in larger community issues while others feel overwhelmed or uncertain. He also looks at how to maintain commitment and how involvement can give us a sense of connection and purpose rare in purely personal life. www.soulofacitizen.org
Take This Job and Love It: How to Find Fulfillment in Any Job You Do, by Matthew Gilbert (St. Martin's Press, 1998). How to turn any job into an opportunity for spiritual growth and understanding. This book is an invitation to anyone who has ever found work unfulfilling to discover that in even the simplest and humblest acts there is potential for blessings.
Is There No Other Way? The Search for a Nonviolent Future, by Michael Nagler (Berkeley Hills Books, 2000). Beginning with the achievements of Gandhi and the legacy of nonviolence in the struggles against Nazism in Europe, racism in America, oppression in China and Latin America, and ethnic conflicts in Africa and Bosnia, the author proposes that nonviolence has proven its power against arms and social injustice wherever it has been correctly understood and applied. (See the author's article on this in YES! #7.)
Healing the Soul of America, Reclaiming Our Voices as Spiritual Citizens, by Marianne Williamson (Simon and Schuster, 2000). Spirituality is not just self-awareness; it involves transforming spiritual principles into social activism, says the author. Williamson defines politics as “caring for the public good” and—citing the Constitution, Pennsylvania Quakers, Lincoln, King, and others—notes how people's hearts have inspired them to repudiate injustice. She suggests that, rather than trying to fight what is wrong, we love what might be and make the commitment to bring it forth.