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BY Yolanda Pierce November 22, 2016

An African-American professor who has spent her life building bridges across racial divides questions whether she can continue knowing that four out of five white Evangelical Christians voted for Donald Trump.

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BY Mohammed Fairouz July 18, 2016

Our public discourse has been infiltrated by ego and self-interest. Mohammed Fairouz challenges convictions of correctness on all sides, and calls for a humbler, more generous political spirit.

BY Sarah Smarsh July 16, 2016

In the age of “hashtag activism,” standing in place together remains a powerful symbol of collective strength. Sarah Smarsh reflects on the gravity of steadfast presence in bringing about change.

BY Courtney E. Martin July 15, 2016

The tension we feel at this moment in our history can be an opening for catharsis. Courtney Martin engages with perspectives in the dialogue that provide opportunities for greater understanding.

BY Omid Safi July 14, 2016

In the wake of the violence in Falcon Heights, Baton Rouge, and Dallas, Omid Safi puts forth an impassioned call for the revolutionary work of love.

BY Parker J. Palmer July 13, 2016

When the weight of the world is heavy, music can be a balm. A musical offering for this uncertain moment, for mercy and the courage to walk together toward the beloved community.

BY Trent Gilliss July 12, 2016

We find ourselves in a time of deep reckoning, and we must turn to each other for companionship and wisdom. Collected guidance on claiming the whole of our identities, and finding compassion for experiences that are not our own.

BY Trent Gilliss July 12, 2016

After arriving in the U.S. in the 1930s, Albert Einstein witnessed the inequities and injustices done to black Americans. Read his little-known essay from 1946 about the "deeply entrenched evil" as he saw it then, and that pervades this country today.

BY Lily Percy July 11, 2016

“I began to notice that my running life and my meditating life were beginning to merge.” Roger Joslin is an Episcopal priest and the author of "Running the Spiritual Path," a how-to guide on running as meditation and prayer.

BY Krista Tippett July 11, 2016

Scholar and activist Frances Kissling speaks of good will and understanding, rather than agreement or victory, as bridges between difference.

BY Sharon Salzberg July 11, 2016

Independence is seen as a hallmark of success, but is it wise to deny our connection to one another? Sharon Salzberg on how unity and compassion can bolster individual strength.

BY Angie Thurston & Casper ter Kuile July 09, 2016

For many, the cycling class-phenom SoulCycle is more than a way to burn calories. It fosters the experiences we used to find only within the walls of a church: collective identity, safety, and spiritual catharsis.

BY Krista Tippett July 09, 2016

In light of the recent shootings, Krista offers a playlist for shedding light and wisdom on belonging to one another.

BY Krista Tippett July 08, 2016

Elie Wiesel, the beloved writer known for his profound memoir of the Holocaust, Night, speaks of the power of prayer and forgiveness in the wake of profound suffering.

BY Courtney E. Martin July 07, 2016

Reckoning with the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling by the police, Courtney Martin pens an impassioned missive to her white children: to understand their privilege, redistribute power, ask questions, and always to hold each other accountable.

BY Trent Gilliss July 07, 2016

How do we enrich, rather than enforce, our historical perspective? These collected writings give a new lens on which stories serve us and where we encounter them.

BY Omid Safi July 07, 2016

Omid Safi laments the violence and loss of life in the holy city of Medina, and calls on our true capacity for love and mercy to heal the rifts that divide us.

BY Parker J. Palmer July 06, 2016

Learning from our mistakes doesn't mean we have to obsess over our failures. Parker Palmer and Mary Oliver on the space nature provides for catharsis, so that we can move on to self-forgiveness.

BY Marie Sambilay July 05, 2016

A gift of verse as we reach the close of the season of Ramadan — testaments to the comfort of faith across a lifetime, from the safety of home to the surprising kinship of a stranger.

BY Krista Tippett July 04, 2016

In our latest Becoming Wise podcast, wanderer and writer Pico Iyer tells of a lifetime of discovering outer stillness as an essential catalyst to a rich inner life.

BY Lily Percy July 02, 2016

“My love for running started with me running towards my mom.” Mallary Tenore's mother introduced her to one of the defining practices in her life: running — which has been equal parts destructive, spiritual, and healing.

BY Courtney E. Martin July 01, 2016

In journalism and in life, a generous understanding of people's stories is crucial. Courtney Martin with more questions and counsel for imagining each other in all our complexity.

BY Omid Safi June 30, 2016

The Sufi tradition is infused with the beauty of art and song. Honoring singer Amjad Sabri, Omid Safi celebrates and gives thanks for the spiritual gift of the qawwali devotional.

BY Parker J. Palmer June 29, 2016

The enduring beauty of nature can be a comfort, but sometimes our pain needs a more empathetic salve. Parker Palmer turns to the unique, healing power of language in times of darkness and hardship.

BY Trent Gilliss June 28, 2016

Do we need others to see ourselves clearly? Curated reads on our need for empathy, and its power to unearth and reconcile what's hidden within.

BY Marty Kaplan June 27, 2016

In the aftermath of Brexit, a man remembers that we have a limitless capacity for amazement even when we should be more fearful. When those times come, remember rain.

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