RESOURCES

FREE programs and resources reviewed by AGNT are listed as educational aids, and tools for engaging your spiritual community in thoughtful, inclusive, compassionate, transpartisan, values-based social activism.

Five Habits to Heal the Heart of Democracy by Parker Palmer

Parker Palmer drew the ideas for this article from his book, "Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit."

The human heart is the first home of democracy. It is where we embrace our questions. Can we be equitable? Can we be generous? Can we listen with our whole beings, not just our minds, and offer our attention rather than our opinions? And do we have enough resolve in our hearts to act courageously, relentlessly, without giving up—ever—trusting our fellow citizens to join with us in our determined pursuit of a living democracy?

                                                                                                               —Terry Tempest Williams

The Third Side

Friend and colleague of AGNT, William Ury, developed an expert philosophy and program tools for transforming conflict from the standpoint of an inclusive community of guidance.

The Third Side is a way of looking at the conflicts around us not just from one side or the other but from the larger perspective of the surrounding community. You can have natural sympathies for one side or the other and still choose to take the Third Side. Taking the Third Side means:

  • Seeking to understand both sides of the conflict

  • Encouraging a process of cooperative negotiation

  • Supporting a wise solution – one that fairly meets the essential needs of both sides and the community

Speaking Justice in the Language of Our Faith by Kathleen McTigue

Ministers of all faith traditions are exploring new ways by which to bring awareness to their congregations of the issues defining social justice in our world today. Here are some insights provided by Kathleen McTigue, Director of the College of Social Justice in Boston, who gave the sermon at the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara in February, 2017. See more at www.uucsj.org

Awakened World Interfaith Study Course

AGNT offers a FREE 9-Week self-study and dialogue course based on recordings of conversations with respected leaders from the word's religions. The series is co-hosted by Dr. Barbara Fields of AGNT and Jim Kenney, former Global Director of the Parliament of the World’s Religions and an expert in world religion and culture. The course is designed for weekly individual study followed by a local group dialogue. Any leader can facilitate the course with materials provided here.

ServiceSpace Programs for Kindness & Community

ServiceSpace, founded by AGNT's good friend and colleague Nipun Mehta, is an organization run entirely by volunteers. We leverage technology to encourage everyday people around the world to do small acts of service. Our aim is to ignite the fundamental generosity in ourselves and others, creating both inner and outer transformation. Over the past dozen years, the organization has become an umbrella for many generosity-driven projects encouraging everyday people to contribute in meaningful ways to the world around them. Below are our projects in-a-nutshell. Kindness - Conversation - Daily Good - Awakin Circles - Moved By Love and more. To learn or to get involved, go to the website listed below click on the Project Name.

See recent story on Karma Kitchen at NBC News.

AVP - Alternatives to Violence Project in Prisons & Communities

Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) began in 1975 as a collaboration between inmates in Green Haven Prison and Quakers interested in working with youth gangs and teens at risk. This successful, ongoing program quickly spread throughout New York State prisons and then to other states as a prison program and as a community program for people from all walks of life. AVP is active internationally in countries on all inhabited continents. Through an international network of local chapters, AVP facilitators — all trained volunteers — offer workshops in prisons as well as in the community for all who would like to reduce the level of unresolved conflict in their lives and the lives of those around them. AVP offers 20-hour Basic, Advanced, and Training-for-Facilitator Workshops. Workshops are fast-paced, weaving together interactive exercises, facilitated discussions, role plays, humor and games.

Prevention Institute: Here's What We Can Do to Prevent Gun Deaths

We are all struggling to make sense of an unspeakable tragedy and to find our own way to comfort the families and community that were shattered by this incomprehensible violence. As Las Vegas comes together to heal, so must the nation. Part of our healing must be the conviction that we will do everything in our power to keep tragedies like this from happening again. We must also remember that it's not just the high-profile mass shootings that we must strive to prevent, but the daily drumbeat of death-by-gun that claims 30,000 lives every year. READ (or click on image at left)

Homelessness in the US & Shelter Directory by State

Nearly 550,000 people are homeless on any given night in the United States.

  • Two-thirds stay in emergency shelters or transitional housing, while one-third sleep in an unsheltered location on the street.

  • 35% of the homeless population are families with children.

  • 22% of the homeless are children under the age of 18.

  • 10% of the homeless are veterans.

  • Senior homelessness is on the rise, with the amount of homeless seniors expected to increase to 95,000 by 2050.

  • Just five states account for half of the homeless population: California (22%), New York (16%), Florida (6%), Texas (4%), and Washington (4%).

  • The city with the highest population of homeless people is New York City.

Hunger & Food Insecurity

Most of the time when we think of people going hungry, images of third world countries pop into our mind. But did you know that one in six Americans, many of them children, are not getting enough to eat?

You can click to AGNT's Program on "Hunger in Your Community," to find out how you can help with this issue.

Or... click on image at left to download FREE e-book by the Outreach Program to learn much more about hunger on the local, national, and international levels.
 

Peace Science Digest

The Peace Science Digest provides access to and useful analysis of the top research in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies.

Published bi-monthly, the Digest aims to provide a mutually beneficial link between the field’s academic community and its practitioners, the media, activists, public policy-makers, and other possible beneficiaries.

The Peace Science Digest is formulated to enhance awareness of scholarship addressing key questions on war and peace by making available an organized, condensed and comprehensible analysis–creating a resource for the practical application of the field’s academic knowledge.

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