A collaboration of The Center for Spirituality & Practice and the Fetzer Institute

March 22, 2019

Content Update

Dear Colleagues,
What comes to mind when you think of community? Our new Community topic covers many of the themes that might first occur to you -- interdependence, inclusion, a remedy for loneliness -- and a few surprises, too, like the way that community depends on both work and fun, or its increasingly virtual nature.  Author and activist Frances Moore Lappe has community in mind when she writes that this is an extraordinary time to be alive:

"We're the first people on our planet to have real choice: We can continue killing each other, wiping out other species, spoiling our nest. Yet on every continent a revolution in human dignity is emerging. It is re-knitting community and our ties to the earth. So we do have a choice. We can choose death; or we can choose life."

In the Community topic you will find articles, blog posts, books, book excerpts, discussion guides, e-courses, films, personal explorations, poetry, prayers, program plans, quotes, rituals, spiritual practices, and more. These resources draw you into a concentric circle of connections that's full of untapped resources and capable of transforming the world for the better.

Speaking of community, we are happy to add to our Practicing Democracy Project team three new Fellows. Sheryl Johnson, Ada Renee Williams, and Aizaiah Yong will be working with us through October. We warmly welcome them and look forward to their contributions to the project.

Salaam, Shalom, Shanti, Peace,

The Practicing Democracy Project Team

Practicing Democracy Guides
By Mary Ann Brussat and Kristin Ritzau

Democracy can be strengthened through spiritual practices -- both those considered to be "inner work" and those that encourage active engagement with our neighbors and communities. Our newest guides give you specific ways to practice democracy at work and online

New in Democracy Mentors 
Abraham Lincoln served as 16th president of the United States and courageously navigated through the terrible trials of the Civil War.
Gloria Steinem, the activist founder of Ms. magazine, has spent a lifetime undoing prejudice against women.  
Bob Marley was the prophetic witness and spiritual power behind reggae music.    
Ralph Nader -- a political activist, author, and attorney -- has spent his life challenging corporate and governmental organizations to be more accountable to the public. 
New in Flashpoints in American History

Remembering the My Lai Massacre draws contemporary connections to a slaughter of the innocents during the Vietnam War.

The Anniversary of the Exxon-Valdez Oil Spill reminds us of an ecological disaster so that we can take steps not to repeat it. 
Dred Scott's Case for Freedom reverberates through the centuries. 

Books on Practicing Democracy 
The Time Is Now
By Joan Chittister
A committed activist for the rights of women and poor people writes from her concerns about the power plays, narcissism, violence, lies, and prejudice of those taking America on what they perceive to be a path of glory. 

Children's Books on Practicing Democracy
By Rob Sanders
From the inside perspective of the Stonewall Inn itself, this book tells of a place "where being different was welcome and accepted" and where response to a police raid ignited the LGBTQ+ rights movement.     

Films on Practicing Democracy
Apollo 11
Directed by Todd Douglas Miller
This documentary focuses on the U.S. space mission that made astronaut Neil Armstrong the first human on the moon.  
And Breathe Normally
Directed by Isold Uggadottir
This moving story showcases the need for openness and hospitality in our increasingly constricted world.

Saint Judy
Directed by Sean Hanish
Here is an ethically rich drama about a highly respected activist who has been practicing immigration law for more than 30 years.
What Is Democracy
Directed by Astra Taylor
This thought-provoking documentary presents the challenges and flaws of democracy from ancient Greece to modern times.
Woman at War
Directed by Benedikt Erlingsson
This watershed Icelandic film will speak to all committed women who are working toward the creation of an ecological world.

DVDs on Practicing Democracy
These films about democratic values are now available on DVD:
First Man
Directed by Damien Chazelle
This exciting feature film recreates NASA's quest to land a man on the moon by focusing on the reluctant hero who took that first historic step.
Directed by Peter Farrelly
Winner of the "Best Picture" Oscar, this road movie turned buddy movie follows the development of a friendship between two very different men.
On Her Shoulders
Directed by Alexandria Bombach
This documentary recounts the inspiring spiritual odyssey of a young Yazidi woman who has brought hope to her people.
A Private War
Directed by Matthew Heineman
This feature is based on the true story of the life and work of an award-winning female war correspondent whose zeal for the truth made her fearless.

Discover more at PracticingDemocracy.net