A Simple Civic and Spiritual Faith for the 21st Century

Practical educational and civic transformation.

“The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” – Martin Luther King

“We can build a society grounded on friendship and our common humanity – a society founded on tolerance. That is the only road open to us.” – Nelson Mandela

“One needs something to believe in, something for which one can have whole-hearted enthusiasm. One needs to feel that one’s life has meaning, that one is needed in this world.” – Hannah Senesh

A simple civic and spiritual faith underlies our work:

We are all deeply connected to one another and to something beyond ourselves. This is the essence of most religious faiths and the essence of the humanist and civic faiths of great leaders from Lincoln to King and Mandela.

Each of us needs to trust these intuitions of an “oceanic feeling,” of being part of a spiritual or “moral universe” beyond oneself; of having a purpose in life beyond oneself; and of our deep interconnectedness.

And we each need to take time to understand with head and heart how to act wisely on these intuitions.

These small changes in our mindset can lead to changes in how we organize our lives and in the decisions we make, both small and large. Those in turn can lead to transformative change in the larger world if substantially more people can feel, think, and act from this faith.

We must trust that progress down this path toward greater individual and collective wisdom, compassion, courage, energy, and perseverance is possible. And we must work actively to make it a reality because, as Dr. King said, “We must all learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or we will all perish together as fools.”

– Jan., 2019

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