Tim Kaine’s Jesuit spirituality just might appeal to ‘nones’

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    Jul 26, 2016 12:30 AM GMT
    http://religionnews.com/2016/07/25/tim-kaines-jesuit-spirituality-just-might-appeal-to-nones/ Tim Kaine, who describes himself as “boring,” may not be the running mate choice for Hillary Clinton that Democrats on the far left wanted. But his Jesuit spirituality may make him an ideal candidate for one crucial progressive Democratic constituency: the ‘nones.’

    ‘Nones’ are people who tell pollsters they have no institutional religious affiliation. Since they emerged in the election of Barack Obama as an important voting bloc, politicos have been struggling to figure out how to mobilize them. They comprise some 20 percent of registered voters and more than 25 percent of registered voters who favor Democrats. The Pew Research Center recently reported that nearly 70 percent of nones support Hillary Clinton....

    ...the Jesuit values that shape Tim Kaine’s politics correspond in many ways to the spirituality of nones.

    Nones tend to take relationships with family, friends, and, for many, pets or other animals as the starting point for experiencing the spiritual. Their spirituality unfolds in appreciation of the sacred within the ordinary. Care for others, rather than any strict moral code, grounds their ethics.

    For their part, Jesuits are challenged to be “men and women for others,” which means striving for greater achievement not for oneself, but in order to do more (magis, in Jesuit terminology) with your life so that the lives of others are improved. Greatness, that is, comes not from personal accomplishment per se but in helping ordinary people through the hardships and tragedies of life. We see Kaine’s embrace of magis in his representation of victims of housing discrimination as well as his equanimity, despite his personal religious convictions, in voting for women’s reproductive choice. This relational, service-oriented Jesuit spirituality is likely to be appealing to nones...

    ...In choosing Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton has shifted the religious narrative of the election away from the false equation of “religion” and “Christianity” with radical, conservative, evangelicalism. She’s found a way to speak spirituality to nones and also to lift up the moderate-to-progressive Christian faith of millions of religiously affiliated American voters.

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    Jul 26, 2016 8:30 PM GMT
    But yet he wishes to hold the second highest office in the land. Mmmmhmmmm.
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    Jul 26, 2016 11:44 PM GMT
    Badwolfxxx saidBut yet he wishes to hold the second highest office in the land. Mmmmhmmmm.

    Besides that he has found a way internally to compartmentalize some of the spirituality with the practicality of living ie his feelings about abortion that make him anti-abortion inside but that he's only voted pro-choice I presume because he knows her body is not his to rule over, I don't know that one (the spiritual) precludes the other (the tasks of living).

    Recently died another Jesuit very politically involved in his day, this guy:

    http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2016-04-30/jesuit-priest-peace-activist-daniel-berrigan-dies-at-94The Rev. Daniel Berrigan, a Roman Catholic priest and peace activist who was imprisoned for burning draft files in a protest against the Vietnam War, died Saturday. He was 94....

    ...Berrigan and his younger brother, the Rev. Philip Berrigan, emerged as leaders of the radical anti-war movement in the 1960s.

    And then to think of a religion based very much in subduing ego, in compassion and in understanding, wouldn't that be Buddhism, yet, here, again, we find engaged Buddhists, such as, speaking of Vietnam and of a spiritual guy being political, this monk: Thích Quảng Đức