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July 22, 2005
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About 1,200 people gathered in Berkeley, Calif. at a four-day interfaith conference on spiritual progressive activism. The gathering, which began Wednesday, is intended to inject spiritual energy into the political left and “take back God” from the religious right. “The right is correct: There is a huge spiritual crisis out there,” said the conference organizer, Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun magazine. “And the left doesn’t get it.” The conference is the first step in creating a “network of spiritual progressives,” Lerner said.

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