Magazine article Tikkun

The Goals of the Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP)

Magazine article Tikkun

The Goals of the Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP)

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1 Changing the Bottom Line in America. Today, institutions and social practices are judged efficient, rational, and productive to the extent that they maximize money and power. That's the Old Bottom Line. Here is the New Bottom Line that we advocate: We believe that institutions and social practices should be judged rational, efficient, and productive not only to the extent that they maximize money and power, but also to the extent that they maximize love and caring, ethical and ecological sensitivity and behavior, kindness and generosity, non-violence and peace, and enhance our capacities to respond to other human beings in a way that honors them as embodiments of the sacred, and nurtures our capacities to respond to the earth and the universe with awe, wonder, and radical amazement.

2 Challenging the misuse of religion, God, and spirit by the Religious Right, and educating people of faith to the understanding that a serious commitment to God, religion, and spirit should manifest itself in social activism aimed at peace, universal disarmament, and social justice, with a preferential option for the needs of the poor and the oppressed. We affirm our interconnection with all people on the planet-and insist that faith should translate itself into a commitment to ending poverty, hunger, homelessness, inadequate education, and inadequate health care around the world, and to repairing the damage done to the environment by 150 years of environmentally irresponsible approaches to industrialization, investment, trade, energy, and transportation. …

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