Humanism and Spirituality

04.05.2013

Humanists celebrate the 4th of May around the world. First Park of Study and Reflection inaugurated in Africa.

Humanists celebrate the 4th of May around the world. First Park of Study and Reflection inaugurated in Africa.

In a special day for adherents of New Humanism – the doctrine of peace and nonviolence elaborated by the Argentine author, philosopher and spiritual guide, Silo [Mario Rodriguez Cobos] – celebrations were held around the world to remember the 4th of May 1969.  On that date Silo stood in the… »

14.04.2013

Religious violence and experience of contact with the Sacred

Religious violence and experience of contact with the Sacred

In a world that is characterized by all sorts of violence (physical, economical, racial, psychological, sexual, etc.), a fanatic and intolerant aspect manifests itself with preoccupying intensity in the three monotheistic religions (Christianism, Judaism and Islam). Apart from constituting a dramatic reality, violence inspired, exercised or justified by religion is… »

28.03.2013

Religious leadership takes to the streets with urgent anti-violence call

Religious leadership takes to the streets with urgent anti-violence call

By Ken Butigan. This past Monday hundreds of Episcopalian bishops, clergy and lay people challenged the U.S. culture of violence by prayerfully enacting the Stations of the Cross in the streets of Washington, D.C. Drawing on what for Christians is a solemn ritual depicting Jesus’ journey to his crucifixion, a … »

26.03.2013

Turning the Tables: Can us men really understand sexual violence against women?

Turning the Tables: Can us men really understand sexual violence against women?

In the early 1980s, as a student in New Zealand with no income, I could not afford inter-city travel and so spent a lot of time hitch-hiking between my home-town of Tauranga and my university town Hamilton. Once I was picked up by a fairly muscular guy who quickly turned… »

22.03.2013

The other man and the other message

The other man and the other message

The Catholic Church has a mottled history, this is well known. Now, we have this fine message from its spiritual leader, the Pope, an Argentinian. What does a humanist see in this message? Certainly, it is a timely message. It is hoped that everyone addressed responds in kind to its… »

14.03.2013

A Pope for all Reasons

A Pope for all Reasons

Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, aged 76, was elected in a surprise choice to be the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Wednesday 13 March, 2013. He will take the name Francis I. He was proclaimed as the first non-European pontiff in nearly 1,300 years, but clearly… »

05.03.2013

Ideology and pragmatism

Ideology and pragmatism

“I’m not saying this for ideological reasons… I’m not trying to give an ideological speech… Ideologies are dead…”  Precisions and declarations such as these are increasingly frequent and accepted and even valued as a sign of modernity and distancing oneself from an old, nostalgic and surpassed mentality. This rejection of… »

03.03.2013

What Is Ethical?

What Is Ethical?

By Rick Wayman, Director of Programs & Operations, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. During the lunch hour on the final day of the ICAN Civil Society Forum in Oslo, around 150 people attended a panel discussion on “Ethics in International Politics.” At the end of the panel discussion, Fr. John Dear… »

28.02.2013

Tomas Hirsch: People can’t survive by eating macroeconomics

Tomas Hirsch: People can’t survive by eating macroeconomics

Chilean Humanist, Tomas Hirsch, gave a talk this morning at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik to members of the Spanish faculty, local humanists and members of the general public.  The theme that Hirsch was invited to develop was the process of development taking place in Latin America and especially… »

12.02.2013

Change of Pope must bring change of policies

Change of Pope must bring change of policies

Opportunity to reform Catholic doctrine on human rights issues By Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation Pope Benedict XVI was notorious for his opposition to equality, especially for women and LGBT people. Will his successor be more sympathetic to gender and sexual orientation human rights?… »

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