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Bridging Divides

Listening, learning, and discovering shared purpose.

The Third Side of Conflict is Peace The Third Side of Conflict is Peace
The secret to peace—within your family or the Middle East—could be as simple as taking a walk.
We're Still Writing “For Colored Girls” We're Still Writing “For Colored Girls”
by Jamilah King
Why Tyler Perry's adaptation of the classic play matters.
Animals and Us: Help Us Hatch Our Next Issue Animals and Us: Help Us Hatch Our Next Issue
by Sarah van Gelder
The YES! editorial team is hard at work on our spring issue about animals. Here’s an advance look at what we're planning—and a chance to share your ideas.
Rocking The Cynical World Rocking The Cynical World
by Madeline Ostrander
Why iconic political singer-songwriter Billy Bragg confronts fascists, Tea Parties, Glenn Beck–and his own fans.
Billy Bragg Live Billy Bragg Live
Video: Billy Bragg performs “Waiting for the Great Leap Forward” and “A Reckoning.”
Becoming an Empathic Civilization Becoming an Empathic Civilization
Video: Economist Jeremy Rifkin believes we can do it, and now he’s got cartoons to show why.
Making Peace with the Sword Verse Making Peace with the Sword Verse
by Sheikh Jamal Rahman
Sheikh Jamal Rahman on dealing with some of the Quran’s most troubling text.
The Capacity for Tolerance The Capacity for Tolerance
by Pastor Don Mackenzie
What can Christians do about the religious intolerance made visible during the last month?
Envisioning MLK’s Dream in Today's World Envisioning MLK’s Dream in Today's World
by Grace Lee Boggs
Grace Boggs: We must begin the radical revolution of values that King called for, against the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism.
Interfaith Amigos: On 9/11, Getting Beyond Religious Hatred Interfaith Amigos: On 9/11, Getting Beyond Religious Hatred
by Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don Mackenzie, Sheikh Jamal Rahman
Brought together by the events of 9/11, three friends from different faiths reflect on what it will take to reach the other side of hatred.
Quotes from the Quran and from Rumi
by Sarah Van Gelder
Interested in what Muslim sacred texts actually say? Here's a short selection of quotes recommend by Jamal Rahman.
Eight Ways to Confront Extremism on 9/11 Eight Ways to Confront Extremism on 9/11
by Sarah van Gelder
How to further tolerance and healing on this September 11th, an especially important time to speak up.
The Little Mosque in Medina The Little Mosque in Medina
by Jamal Rahman
The current flap over the proposed Islamic center-cum-mosque in New York City offers a good opportunity to reflect on the nature and purpose of places of worship.
A Crisis of Democracy: Real Solutions to the BP Oil Spill A Crisis of Democracy: Real Solutions to the BP Oil Spill
by Brooke Jarvis
For Gulf residents, the BP oil spill has made the problem of unchecked corporate power painfully clear. Exxon Valdez survivor Riki Ott on why this may be the moment to overcome our political divides and take back our democracy.
Waging Peace from Afar: Divestment and Israeli Occupation Waging Peace from Afar: Divestment and Israeli Occupation
by Phyllis Bennis
A growing grassroots movement is using the techniques of the anti-apartheid movement to challenge U.S. support for Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.
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