What kind of country and world do we want to create for our children and grandchildren? We are at a trajectory moment in history – actually, a tipping point in civilization – when we must accept our responsibility as citizens and learn the truth about our history, face today’s reality head on, make choices about the future and take action . Our increasingly fragile democracy — and our world — is at stake.
We need to talk about our values and ideas. We need to talk about how our human family continues to live together on Planet Earth. Since people have been talking about the BIG issues since the dawn of civilization it’s not too likely we’ll reach full agreement on everything. But, it’s possible we’ll find enough consensus about essential policies among a majority of Americans to move this country forward toward liberty and justice for all.
Starter topic — Worldview — the way we see the world and our place in it, our personal philosophy of life
FAITH and VALUES influence how we feel about everything, our moral truth. REASON is how we think, our intellectual truth. Emotions trump facts every time.
America is the most religiously pluralistic country in the world with “spiritual but not religious” being the most rapidly growing category. The Republican Party is currently controlled by religious extremists who insist America is a “Christian nation.” This faction led the insurgence that shut down the government. Democrats avoid talking about religion but often refer to the “separation of church and state.” What is America’s moral authority? the Constitution? the Bible? the wisdom of the ages?
Mainstream media is mostly ignorant and mute about the powerful impact of religion in today’s politics. Right wing media reaches a small, but highly vocal, part of the population. Social media and independent web-based journalism (see resources below) provide a forum for citizen dialogue. The progressive movement is becoming more powerful by the day, We need to include worldview — faith and reason — in the conversation. Public intellectuals, clergy, academics, facilitators and ordinary citizens (my category) need to make this happen.
Searching America’s Soul October 24, 2013
The battle for America’s soul October 4, 2013
Status quo or change? September 19, 2013
Transforming the world: work in progress June 12. 2013
Harry Belafonte: Unleash radical thought May 29, 2013
Sources of material about American democracy posted at www.ProgressiveValues.org include Alternet.org, AmericanProgress.org, Billmoyers.com, Commondreams.org, Democracynow.org, Enlightennext.org, Esquire.com, GeorgeLakoff.com, Huffingtonpost.com, Krugman.blogs.nytimes.com, Minpost.com, motherjones.com, Onbeing.org, Pfaw.org, Philosophynow.org, Politico.com, Religiondispatches.org, Robertreich.com, Rollingstone.com, Salon.com, Sojo.net, Thedailybeast.com, TheNation.com, Thinkprogress.org, Tikkun.org, Tomdispatch.com, Truth-out.org, Uuworld.org, Yesmagazine.org and more
Welcome to Progressive Values
This web site is about the big picture, creating a vision of how everything is interconnected. It’s more about how we think and what we believe, than facts and figures. It’s to open hearts and minds to new possibilities, about igniting a powerful public dialogue for the common good, about unleashing radical thought to transform America.
I think of this as participating in a national conversation with thinkers and writers reflecting diverse voices. I’ve selected and posted highlights of information and opinion from others and added my own voice. The posted material generated by others is their intellectual property. The framework, concept and compilations are mine. This work-in-progress is being put out into the creative commons to help accelerate change.
I’ve been doing this citizen education project on my own for ten years and will appreciate financial support so am enabling the website to accept contributions from those who appreciate this body of knowledge. I welcome inquiries from organizations that are interested in exploring ways we can collaborate. Contact me at Phyllis@progressivevalues.org.
With audacious faith, Phyllis Stenerson
We must move forward in the days ahead with audacious faith. The moral arc of the universe is long but it bends toward justice. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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