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? Email the NSP’s Executive Director, Cat Zavis, 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



UN Petition

Recognize Palestine / Recognize Israel

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

News from the Tikkun Daily Blog

Reina Gattuso: Pro-Choice for ChristAmericans' stances on abortion are more complicated than the political rhetoric may lead us to believe. Our understanding of religion and reproductive rights should follow suit.
David Harris-Gershon: Foreign leader to address US citizens hoping they’ll oppose their President’s foreign policyTomorrow, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamim Netanyahu will stream a live, interactive address to millions of U.S. citizens in the American Jewish community. The goal? Convince U.S. Jews to reject Presid …
Warren Blumenfeld: Attacks against Bernie Sanders Have Reached New DepthsBy acknowledging Sanders’ Jewish background, and in deploying McCarthy-style propaganda scare tactics, Kevin Williamson, taps into a longstanding anti-Semitic trope.

View all articles...

Editorials and Actions from Tikkun Magazine

Readers Respond to Our Conference Call with ObamaOn July 30th, the Tikkun and Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) community, along with a variety of other groups, was invited to a conference call with President Obama. During the call he spoke ab …
The Pope’s Anti-Capitalist MessageWill Pope Francis’ strong message meet resistance in US? People wait for Pope Francis’ arrival to Bañado Norte, a poor neighborhood in Asunción, Paraguay, July 12. (CNS/Paul Haring) Michael Sean Winte …
Death by Debt: Germany’s Treatment of Greece  Death by Debt – My Response to The German Finance Ministry Guest contribution by Jeffrey Sachs Dr. Ludger Schuknecht, senior economist at the Germany Finance Ministry, explains his ministry’s viewpo …
We too, like Pope Francis, must be zealous guardians of the Common HomePope Francis: zealous guardian of the Common Home Leonardo Boff       Theologian-Philosopher       Earthcharter Commission   Given the patron saint who inspired his name –Saint Francis of Assisi–, Pop …
The New Brutalism & America’s Racist Killing Fields by Henry GirouxThe New Brutalism and the Racist Killing Fields in America: The Death of Sandra Bland   by      Henry A. Giroux   On July 9, soon after Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African-American woman, moved to Tex …

View all articles...

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 …

View all articles...