Rabbi Michael Lerner is editor of Tikkun magazine (tikkun.org), chair of the interfaith and secular-humanist-welcoming Network of Spiritual Progressives (spiritualprogressives.org), and author of 11 books including the 2006 national best-seller The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious RightEmbracing Israel/Palestine: A Strategy for Middle East Peace, and Spirit Matters.

Rabbi Lerner will be receiving the INPM’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his lifetime of dedication and scholarship to the ideals of meaning and ethics in advancing social justice and progressive politics during the Awards Banquet.

Rabbi Lerner will be giving the following keynote lecture as well as participating in the panel on Terrorism & Heroism for the 9th Biennial International Meaning Conference, July 28-31, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.

Keynote Title

The Politics of Meaning: How a Psycho-Spiritual Progressive Movement Could Transform Politics in the Western World Before It Is Too Late

Scheduled for Sunday, July 31, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM


Having interviewed thousands of middle income working people whose economic interests are with the Left but who nevertheless have been attracted to the Right, Rabbi Lerner’s NIMH-sponsored research led him to formulate a strategy for how to transform the politics in the Western world by putting the hunger for meaning and the strategy of generosity (to replace the current strategy of domination as the path to homeland security) at the center of a movement that could be launched by those who want to prevent a decisive turn toward fascism in North America and Europe.

Learning Objectives

  1. Rethinking the role of psychologists, educators, and social change activists in building a culture of peace, mutual respect, and caring for the Earth and caring for each other.
  2. Understanding how stress at work leads to stress in family life, and how both are products of a competitive market society’s ethos of “looking out for number one.”
  3. Learning how to recognize the fundamental human needs that are systematically frustrated in our North American societies that lead people to anger and rebellion against government and whatever status quo they can find to oppose.

Panel Title

Terrorism & Heroism

Scheduled for Sunday, July 31, 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM