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The Project for Integrating Spirituality, Law and Politics (PISLAP) introduces a new membership and dues structure.

Become one of PISLAP’s early members!

The Project for Integrating Spirituality, Law, and Politics (PISLAP) is an international network of lawyers, law professors, law students, legal workers, and others who are seeking to develop a new spiritually informed approach to law and social change.

Recently, PISLAP has revised its core mission, vision, principles and goals. Read these in full here.

The Network has also, for the first time, introduced a membership and dues structure, offering the opportunity for members to both support its great work, and to be supported in return (a list of the possible membership benefits are included below). Apply to become a member here.

The Network has an established history having emerged from a gathering of 1,800 social activists who attended the first “Politics of Meaning” conference in Washington, D.C. in the spring of 1996.

That conference grew out of the work of Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun magazine, and Peter Gabel, law professor and PISLAP co-chair, and was based on the idea that progressive social change required a new vision of human beings—one based not only on people’s material economic needs but also on our common spiritual longing to live in a loving and socially connected society in which we could fully recognize and affirm one another’s humanity.

At that conference, fifty lawyers, law professors, law students and legal workers, first came together to form what initially became the “Law Task Force” of the new Politics of Meaning movement to seek to bring this new spiritually-informed vision of social and legal activism into existence. Read more about PISLAP’s history on their website here.

PISLAP VISION

In a radically inspiring vision for those of us committed to a more conscious practice of law:

“The Project for Integrating Spirituality, Law and Politics (PISLAP) is founded on the belief that all human beings yearn for a world of love and real human connection, where we can live meaningful lives and fully recognize each other’s humanity. We believe that there exists a universal spiritual bond that transcends any religious, cultural, or social differences.

To make manifest this spiritual bond that unites us, we envision the creation of a legal culture which:

1. Fosters empathy, compassion, and mutual understanding;

2. Sees the resolution of conflict as an opportunity to awaken us to a deeper understanding of the dignity and value of all peoples; and

3. Affirms the integrity of the individual as well as the importance of fostering social responsibility, environmental awareness, and the creation of a loving, just, and sustainable world.”

This is a wonderful time to become an early member of the PISLAP Network to help support its work, and the work of its members. Provided sufficient funds are raised, the following member benefits will be available:

*Discounts on future conferences
*Discounts on members’ publications
*Name on website, link to member’s website (if any)
*Placement of topical articles/publications on website
*Posting of jobs/openings/employment/volunteer opportunities on website
*Access to online membership directory with member’s contact information for networking, opportunities for consulting, mentoring and technical assistance with developing the spiritual dimension of a legal practice.
*Publication of relevant articles/news stories in newsletter
*Committee membership opportunity for involvement in shaping new policy
*Strength and support that comes from being part of a larger spirit, law & politics network/national organization
*Opportunities for leadership

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