More progressive individuals refuse to advertise evil, and so do two of my favorite secular magazines: Ode, "the magazine to change(y)our world," and Yes!, "a journal of positive futures." Thepublishers and writers of these two magazines are very aware of themany problems in our world, and they address them in balance withacknowledging and honoring individuals and organizations that arecontributing to solving problems, thus bringing hope and inspiration tothose of us who read their pages.
I havealways loved reading and reflecting upon a section in The URANTIABook called "The Positive Nature of Jesus' Religion."1Before I go any further, I would like to point out that the word religionas used in this context has nothing to do with all of the negativeconnotations of dogmatism, fundamentalism, narrow-mindedness, blindobedience, fanaticism, superstition, and so on that religioncan stir up in us. Jesus' religion is not Christianity or any otherinstitutionalized religion, though some of Him can be found in manyreligions, including those outside of Christianity. Jesus' religion,based on personal spiritual experience in cooperating with theThreefold Spirit within each person, results in dynamic, positivesocial action. The spirituality of Jesus emphasizes positive action,doing good instead of evil, and returning good for evil.
In itsmission statement, the one-year-old international news magazine, Ode2claims to have no "strings" attached "to the world of commerce andpower" and states that by publishing their "stories that bridge the gapbetween thinking and doing, between rage and hope, and the painful gapbetween the rich and the poor" the magazine contributes to buildingpeace and sustainability. In a yearly competition, last year theeditors of Utne magazine nominated Ode for the "BestNew Title" and has now nominated Ode for "Best Design."
The focusof the Winter 2005 issue of Yes!3 is "healingand resistance" with articles that consider the wounds fracturing oursocial and political landscape as well as the sources of healing. Thetitles of some of this issue's material reflect the richness of havinga positive approach to dealing with life situations and problems,whether personal or societal—"To Heal is to Live in the Truth," "APhoenix From the Ashes," "Love and Resistance in Wartime," "Finding aWay Home," "The Warriors Who Turned to Peace," and "A Life LivedWhole."
Odeand Yes! are guiding lights in a maze of media madness andmaterialism, showing the way home to compassionate and wiseproblem-solving. "The positive always has the advantage over thenegative, truth over error, experience over theory, spiritual realitiesover the isolated facts of time and space."4
1 The URANTIABook, pp. 1769-1771
2 Ode, published monthly by Ode USA, LLC, 375 SouthEnd Ave., #14P, New York, NY 10280. Toll-free 1-866-218-0400 (US orCanada) or 1-212-741-2365 (other countries) between 9 A.M.-5 P.M. EST.Fax 1-212-366-6585, email firstname.lastname@example.org, websitewww.odemagazine.com.
3 Yes! A Journal of Positive Futures, publishedquarterly by Positive Futures Network, 284 Madrona Way NE, Suite 116,Bainbridge Island, WA 98110-2870. Toll-free 1-800-937-4451 Mon.-Fri. 9A.M.-5 P.M. Website www.yesmagazine.org or email email@example.com
4 The URANTIA Book, p. 1125