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Emergence: The Relaunch Issue is Here

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“Reaching for the stars is ambitious. Reaching for hearts is wise.” ~ Maya Angelou As the editor and creative director of Emergence, Metta Center’s bi-annual review of nonviolence movements and culture, I’m in a very lucky position: I collaborate with writers and artists whose work reaches for our hearts. How grateful I am for their… read more

Pope Francis: Encyclical & the Media


In his first—and much talked-about—encyclical, Pope Francis calls on humans to cherish the Earth, “our common home”: The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. [from point 13]… read more

Russell Brand & Alay Dangal: Love the Police

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In the video below, British comedian and activist Russell Brand talks about attending the Anti-Austerity march in London, which he saw as a “display” of people creating positive culture together. Then, most interestingly, Brand calls for people to protest on behalf of the police, noting how police are caught up in the same repressive system… read more

Charleston: We’re in it Together!

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The following post was contributed by Jessica Boylston-Fagonde, a resident of Charleston, SC. Jessica—a speaker, teacher, and mentor of professional development—reflects on the tragedy as a motivator to heal and engage. Learn more about her on her website. Photos are courtesy of Jessica Boylston-Fagonde. In November 2014, I met a man who made a profound… read more

Sandra Says: Find Your Super Power


As the founding director of The Global Media Center for Social Impact (GMI) at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, Sandra de Castro Buffington passionately analyzes where mass media and positive social change meet. I was curious about Sandra’s take on how mass media might play a role in creating nonviolent culture, so I interviewed… read more

Community and Restorative Justice

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The following post was contributed by Annabelle Berrios, JD, MA.   There are people who walk towards conflict wanting to know peace. This encapsulates the sense I had of the practitioners and panelists I met at the 5th National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (May 31 to June 3). But… read more

The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

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The following post was submitted by Lorin Peters, an honorary member of our board. Lorin reflects on his dad’s work during WWII and mentions his own career in teaching peace. Learn more about Lorin in the bio that follows his post. While going through my Dad’s estate last year, I came across a strange artifact… read more

Recap: Politics of Love & Justice

Politics of Love Justice

Toward the end of last month, Stephanie Van Hook and Michael Nagler participated in The Shift Network‘s Politics of Love & Justice Summit, which was a free online event integrating spirituality and activism. Over the course of a few days, 25 of the world’s most visionary spiritual leaders convened online and shared their wisdom, offering… read more