In November, Rabbi Michael Lerner’s erudite rejoinder to the
religious right released Tikkun Reader: Twentieth
Anniversary (Rowman & Littlefield) to showcase memorable
essays from the bimonthly magazine’s all-star cast of contributors:
Naomi Wolf on ‘Starting on My Spiritual Path.’ Jim Wallis facing
down fear, post 9/11. Lama Surya Das ruminating on the timeless
value of nonviolence. Peter Gabel on ‘Spiritualizing Foreign
Revisiting these intellectually rigorous, often deeply moving
works concerning our society’s collective soul (or lack thereof),
we were reminded why Tikkun routinely makes our short list
of nominees (eight times since 1989, when it won top honors).
Besides challenging people of all faiths to use their bully pulpits
‘to mend, repair, and transform the world,’ the magazine has made
it a mission to stay in the face of what Lerner calls the ‘values
neutral’ secular left.
Both messages are invaluable. The executive branch is still
beholden to fundamentalists, the globe is once again a battleground
of rigid religious belief systems, and progressives still don’t
know how to keep the faith. Over the past year, Tikkun has
not only adeptly analyzed this reality, it has also articulated a
pragmatic vision for change.
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