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Come to the Tikkun Magazine 30th Anniversary Celebration:
What Now for Progressives After the Election? A Strategy Conference plus Honoring the Activists and Celebrating Tikkun Magazine 30th Anniversary – and giving of the Tikkun awards.

For more information please click on this link. We hope to see you there!

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Did you hear Rabbi Michael Lerner speak at Muhammad Ali’s memorial?

Click here to watch his eulogy and to learn more about our work.

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What is the Network of Spiritual Progressives?


The Network of Spiritual Progressives — the interfaith advocacy arm of Tikkun magazine — seeks to transform our materialist and corporate-dominated society into a caring society through consciousness raising, advocacy, and public awareness campaigns that promote a “New Bottom Line” based on generosity, peace, and social transformation. The NSP shifts mass consciousness by challenging status-quo ideas about what is possible.

Founded in 2005 by Tikkun Editor Michael Lerner, Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister, and Princeton University Professor Cornel West (author of Race Matters), the NSP has current campaigns for a Global Marshall Plan and for an Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The NSP is not only for members of religious communities but also for people who do not believe in God or do not associate with any religion but do realize the need for a New Bottom Line in our world today. Listen to a Q&A with with NSP co-chair, Rabbi Michael Lerner, and the NSP’s executive director, Cat Zavis, to learn more about the NSP. Become a Member and Join Our Movement!

Want to learn more about how you can get involved? Read our Starter Guide and begin your involvement today!


What is Spiritual?


Here’s what is spiritual: Ethics, aesthetics, love, compassion, creativity, music, altruism, generosity, forgiveness, spontaneity, emergent phenomena, consciousness itself, and any other aspect of reality not subject to empirical verification or measurement.

Many scientists are also spiritual: They understand that the scientific method is appropriate for describing regularities in the natural world, but not for understanding all of reality. Those aspects of reality that cannot be reduced to publicly observable and verifiable behavior we call spiritual.

What Is A Spiritual Progressive? (Hint:  You don’t have to believe in God or Be Part of a Religion).

YOU are a spiritual progressive if you endorse the New Bottom Line: A New Bottom Line is one that judges the efficiency, rationality, and productivity of our institutions (education, healthcare, legal, etc.), government (and its policies), corporations and even our personal behavior based not on the old bottom line of whether they maximize money and power, but instead assessing them on the extent that they maximize love and caring, kindness and generosity, empathy and compassion, social and economic justice, peace and nonviolence, and environmental sustainability, as well as encourage us to transcend a narrow utilitarian approach to nature and other human beings.
You don’t have to believe in God, deny science, or be part of a religion to be a spiritual progressive.

Spiritual progressives use the New Bottom Line to assess the value of our economic, political, and social arrangements and seek to do tikkun (heal and transform the world), using tactics and strategies which themselves manifest that new bottom line (e.g. nonviolence and nonviolent communication). Or to put it in a short sound byte: we support The Caring Society—Caring for Each Other and Caring for the Earth.

Learn More About the NSP




Order New Book

Embracing Israel/Palestine is now available. Click here to order your copy right now!

Embracing Israel/Palestine is a must-read for those who care about peace in the Middle East. It is provocative, radical, persuasive, and, if given the attention it deserves, could make a major contribution to reconciliation. Please read this book! Archbishop Desmond Tutu



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Recognize Palestine / Recognize Israel

The NSP encourages you to sign this petition. Click here to read more and to add your name.

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American World of Frustration by Tom EngelhardtEditor’s note: As Jews enter the High Holiday season (Rosh HaShanah, Oct 2nd eve,  the beginning of ten days of reflection on our lives and how far we may have strayed from our own highest values), it …
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Latest Spiritual Progressives Reflections

Poems by Martin Bidney interpreting Muslim Verses in Sura 2Poems by Martin Bidney 11. Lyrical Response to a Verse in Sura 2 “The Cow” 138. (We take our) colour from Allah, and who is better than Allah at colouring. We are his worshippers. Rumi pictured God as …
Inequality and Poverty WagesInequality and Poverty Wages Of Biblical Proportions: Inequality and Poverty Wages By Rev. Jim Conn February 14, 2013 Frying Pan News Despite the rising indicators of economic recovery, too many worki …

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