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Apply Now! Block, Build, Be Retreat 2017

Apply Now! Block, Build, Be Retreat 2017

Go deeper into BPF's unique ecology of spirituality and social justice, in our 2nd annual Block, Build, Be leadership retreat: blocking harm and oppression, building new worlds, an ...

Make Meetings a Refuge

Make Meetings a Refuge

"Those might be the nicest things people have ever said to me," a BPF board member reflected sincerely as we closed our yearly board and staff retreat with a circle of appreciation ...

Refuge in the Truth of Change: Session 2 of Refuge & Resistance

Refuge in the Truth of Change: Session 2 of Refuge & Resistance

How can we find a sense of refuge in a world that keeps on changing? What does it mean to both accept the truth of change, and contribute to shaping change? And how can refuge supp ...

When MLK Jr. Rejected “Obnoxious Peace”

When MLK Jr. Rejected “Obnoxious Peace”

As an organization with "Peace" in our name, we are often misunderstood. On MLK Day, let's clarify some things. ...

Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge: Session 1 of Refuge & Resistance

Safety, Sanctuary, Refuge: Session 1 of Refuge & Resistance

What do the Three Jewels of refuge look like in today's political world, as people become more desperate for safety? ...

Start the New Year with Refuge & Resistance

Start the New Year with Refuge & Resistance

All beings deserve refuge, but oppression requires resistance. Can we do both? Welcome to our January 2017 series, brand-new from BPF. ...

Surviving Auschwitz, Resisting Trump, Staying Open

Surviving Auschwitz, Resisting Trump, Staying Open

This week visiting home, I'm pulled to revisit some family papers. Today, under Trump's ascendancy, I am the exact same age as my grandfather was in Austria, when Hitler rose to po ...

The Sword that Heals

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power ...

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Beautiful Trouble: On the difference between Gandhian, Strategic, and Revolutionary Nonviolence

By now, you've probably seen this viral video, where young Pakistani Malala Yousufzai professes a radical commitment to nonviolence when considering the possibility that the Taliban would again try to kill her for daring to demand education for girls. [youtube=http://youtu.be/YT6xWX1uZx8] I used to think that the Talib would come, and he would just kill me. But then I said, ‘If he comes, what would you do M ...

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Thus Have I Seen: Beauty and Busy-ness

Seeing things as they are, mindfully, critically, and compassionately. Thus Have I Seen A contemplative photography series by Christian Zen practitioner Kyeongil Jung.   4. Beauty and Busy-ness The Rotunda, Union Theological Seminary, New York.   "However busy we are, we can always find a moment to notice and sit with the beauty of life."   [divide style="3"] Kyeongil Jung is a Christian Zen ...

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Dispatch from the Front Lines: Resisting Keystone XL and Tar Sands

Dispatch from the Front Lines BPFer Stephanie Thomas tells us what it's like to get arrested for the first time in Houston while resisting the Keystone XL Pipeline On September 16th, I was arrested while participating in a peaceful demonstration against TransCanada Corporation. This was an event planned by Credo Action for their Pledge of Resistance: the goal of the action was to send a message to President ...

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“Policing in the United States of America Today Represents a Profound Failure”

(This is the third of 5 short selections from an interview with Waging Nonviolence co-founder Nathan Schneider. You can read the first installment of the interview series here and here.) Nathan will be the featured guest for BPF's monthly phone call on October 27th.) We can't talk about nonviolence without talking about police — partly because many nonviolent movements choose to push or break laws in some w ...

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Compassionate Appeals to Our “Leaders” Won’t Transform Society

In the comments section of the first clip in our interview series with Waging Non-Violence editor Nathan Schneider, BFP Co-director Katie Loncke offered the following: the folks over at Buddha On Strike (who share a lot of super interesting analysis on compassion in economics), summarize their practice of meditating at the Goldman Sachs offices in this way: “So we go to Goldman every day and meditate and ex ...

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What is Non-Violence?

We want to "get real" about nonviolence, so let's jump right in.  There's some disagreement about what counts as violence and nonviolence.  How do you define nonviolence? For you, is it a holistic mentality, or mainly a practical and tactical choice? How would you characterize actions like, for example, breaking locks or windows, trespassing, or blockading a freeway? From the outset we should recognize that ...

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Blocking The Bulldozer: When Direct Action Works (VIDEO)

When lobbying fails, the opposition outspends us 50 to 1, and appeals to CEOs' humanity are met with the odious rumblings of business as usual, sometimes we decide to put our bodies on the line. "Blocking the bulldozer." (Or excavator, in this case!) Facing the development of the first tar sands extraction site on U.S. soil, members of Peaceful Uprising (PeaceUp) decided to take that risk: blockading and lo ...

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Thus Have I Seen: Friends

Seeing things as they are, mindfully, critically, and compassionately. Thus Have I Seen A contemplative photography series by Christian Zen practitioner Kyeongil Jung. 3. Friends   "The light and dark are not foes but friends." - Anseong, Korea, 2002.   [divide style="3"] Kyeongil Jung is a Christian Zen practitioner and currently serves as the Director for the Saegil Christian Institute for Socie ...

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“The Tradition of Nonviolence is Inseparable from Power”

(This is the first of 5 short selections from an interview with Waging Nonviolence co-founder Nathan Schneider.) At times I've encountered people who are drawn to talk of nonviolence but anxious about talk of power. Perhaps they equate power with violence. I tend to think this anxiety is most of all the result of not wanting to acknowledge the way in which they themselves benefit from coercive power being w ...

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