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Spiritualizing Politics without Politicizing Religion

How can we bridge the forces that increasingly divide us?  In Spiritualizing Politics without Politicizing Religion, James R. Price and Kenneth R. Melchin argue that the answer lies in re-infusing our civic life with deeper spiritual values.

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Peace Corps

Sargent Shriver was the person President Kennedy turned to to make his grand vision of the Peace Corps a reality.

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Shriver Meets with LBJ

War on Poverty

Lyndon Johnson asked Sargent Shriver to lead the War on Poverty. Sarge created a series of programs that continue to serve Americans today.

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Ambassador to France

In 1968, Sargent Shriver was appointed US Ambassador to France. 

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Poverty Law

At attorney by trade, Sargent Shriver made legal services a priority in his work. He created and inspired programs to aid those with few legal resources gain justice.

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Civil Rights

Sargent Shriver believed that all men and women are created equal. He therefore fought for civil rights throughout his career.

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Peace, justice and interracial reconciliation cannot be created by police and guns, no matter whose hand holds the gun.


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Jun 28

Towards a Nonviolent Society

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is a radical expression of nonviolence. No matter our positions on race, law enforcement, or weapons, It would benefit all of us to imagine a world without violence, one that gives space for past aggressions and injustices to heal, and that allows us to come together as one,...

Jun 21

Crime as a Failure "in the Opportunity Structure"

Our Quote of the Week reframes the notion of crime as a lack of opportunity. The “opportunity structure” to which Sargent Shriver refers includes necessities – adequate education, housing, health care, work – that are out of reach for far too many of us.Sargent Shriver spoke these words in his...

Jun 14

Some Reflections Ahead of Juneteenth

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week recognizes the ongoing effects of systemic racism and oppression on African American communities, which have been disproportionally affected by poverty for generations. As we prepare to celebrate Juneteenth this coming weekend, we must also remember the...

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In this intimate portrait of an extraordinary father-son relationship, Mark K. Shriver discovers the moral principles that guided his legendary father, and applies them to his own life.

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This exhaustively researched, authorized biography depicts Shriver’s connection to the historical events of the 20th century—the Great Depression, World War II, JFK’s assassination, the Cold War, and more. Sarge gives us a complete account of Shriver’s life, as well as thoughtful commentary on the Kennedy family, the Peace Corps, and US and world history.

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Spiritualizing Politics without Politicizing Religion: The Example of Sargent Shriver

The clash of religion and politics has been a persistent source of polarization in North America. In order to think wisely and constructively about the spiritual dimension of our political life, there is need for an approach that can both maintain the diversity of belief and foster values founded on the principles of religion.

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