Public Life Archives
Is Creativity or Obedience More Important?
Probing and honest conversation is key to fostering real understanding between people.
Reproductive Justice, Religious Liberty, and Pluralistic Democracy
Sally Steenland talks with Rabbi Dennis Ross, a religious advocate and congregational rabbi, in the third interview in a podcast series discussing the current state of the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement.
The Dark Side of ‘Bright Young Things’
Progressives should speak out about the commercial targeting of youth instead of shying away from a fight about deregulation and the “nanny state.”
Faith Leaders Calling for an End to Gun Violence
Voices in faith communities across America are loudly speaking out about how gun violence affects them and why we need a real solution now.
‘Girls’ Needs to Glance Away from the Mirror
Even the created reality of a television show can benefit from a diverse worldview.
Selection of New Pope Underscores a Shortcoming of Church Rules
A leadership devoid of women seriously undermines the Catholic Church’s mission and future.
13 Progressive Faith Leaders to Watch in 2013
These faith leaders can be expected to continue leading the progressive charge for economic, social, and environmental justice in 2013 and beyond.
Misusing Religious Freedom to Cloak Intolerance
Opposing gay and transgender equality under the guise of religious freedom has deep roots stretching back more than 50 years.
The Rise of ‘New Values Voters’
Issue Brief The election results in November were a sign that faith aligned with progressive values is alive and well in the public square. Likewise, the results underscore the rejection of religious and political extremism.
Searching for Answers After the Sandy Hook Tragedy
The senseless shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, has forced all of us to confront unspeakable tragedy and unanswerable questions.
Muslim Americans Bridging Communities Through Art and Music
A number of Muslim Americans are using art as a point of connection, not discord, between Muslims and non-Muslims in the United States.
The Political and Cultural Embrace of Marriage Equality Is Growing
Voters young and old are supporting marriage equality for gay and transgender Americans, and many religious institutions are supportive too.
Universities Welcome Muslim Students Through Interfaith Efforts
Many universities—both religious and secular—are making extensive interfaith efforts to help a diverse group of religious students, especially Muslims, feel welcome on their campuses.
This Liberty Mutual Commercial Mixes Theology and Politics
A recent insurance company commercial demonstrates the values of compassion and community, which support the Affordable Care Act.