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By Omid Safi September 12, 2015

The image of a small boy's body washed onto the beach awakened the world to the largest refugee crisis in decades. Omid Safi shares his heartbreak, reminding us that love and compassion must lead toward action and must reach across geographical boundaries and borders of faith.

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By Heather McRae-Woolf October 03, 2015

In an increasingly frenetic world, emptying the mind in intentional silence can feel impossible. By returning to the Quaker tradition, one mother rediscovers the solace of communal stillness and embracing the busyness of her thoughts.

By Courtney E. Martin October 02, 2015

The once thick, black line between personal and professional connections appears to be fading. Its replacement is a new kind of network rooted in our relatedness and built on the generosity authentic friendships.

By Omid Safi October 01, 2015

When teaching about 9/11 and the dignity of all lives, a profssor encounters a student in class who lost her father in the World Trade Center attacks. Her kind response is a reminder that we must sometimes reconcile our advocacy for, and anger towards, others with compassion for our fellow human beings.

By Parker J. Palmer September 30, 2015

Politics can divide more often than unite. But, deep involvement in the civic sphere doesn't mean we have to sacrifice empathy and civility.

By Trent Gilliss September 29, 2015

A medley for the mind with words from F. Scott Fitzgerald, Teju Cole​, Adam Gopnik​, and other thoughtful writers on embracing change around and within us, and the enduring power of hope and love.

By Janie Brown September 29, 2015

For the end of Suicide Awareness Month, an elegy for a vibrant but fragile life unraveled by mental health — and one woman's challenge to recognize love in the presence of desperation.

By Sharon Salzberg September 28, 2015

If kindness, especially towards ourselves, is not our habit, where will it come from? Sharon Salzberg tells of her first encounter with lovingkindness and how we use can this practice to look upon ourselves differently — and with those we most want to ignore.

By Annie Parsons September 28, 2015

The joyous festival of Sukkot calls to mind a song by the Wailin' Jennys, a melodic demonstration of unity in the midst of diversity, not to mention a transportive listen.

By Paul Anderson September 27, 2015

Hand-scribed illuminations with superb calligraphy and embossed with gold leaf adorn the The Saint John's Bible, the first one of its kind to be commissioned in half a millennia. Drawing on key parables from the gospel of Luke, a theologian reflects on the enduring, prophetic message of mercy, forgiveness and reconciliation, and being a good neighbor.

By Andréana E. Lefton September 26, 2015

Like Nature herself, our untamed “inscape” may be fearsome and sublime, but it is also playful. A writer experiences the world, vivid and vibrant — and laced with a sacred vitality.

By Courtney E. Martin September 25, 2015

What if we stopped focusing on scale so much, stopped equating size with success? Courtney Martin looks to a new better off where we invest in people and businesses within walking distance for a more stable economy and community.

By Omid Safi September 24, 2015

"In their love, their tenderness, and their hope, there is hope for all of us." Inspired by a moving photo of a pair of Syrian refugees, Omid contemplates how love can motivate us to take a treacherous path in hopes of reaching a brighter future.

By Parker J. Palmer September 23, 2015

Summer's passing and earth's decay can elicit a deepening melancholy for some. A pondering on the "paradoxical dance" of darkness and light and giving oneself over to its endless interplay — with lyrical assists from Rainier Marie Rilke and Thomas Merton.

By Dave Joseph September 22, 2015

Atoning for one's shortcomings can be a challenge, especially as a child. A conflict mediator tells his story of moving from feelings of self-castigation to an opportunity for healing confession on this solemn Day of Atonement.

By Trent Gilliss September 22, 2015

From allowing ourselves to move on from the ephemeral to refreshing our relationships with our loved ones, colleagues, and ourselves, writings on embracing change and allowing ourselves to grow.

By Mohammed Fairouz September 21, 2015

Two sacred celebrations coincide this year. Through the ancient story of Joseph, Mohammed Fairouz reimagines a world bound together in a common family and a common future.

By Annie Parsons September 21, 2015

As the days grow shorter and the sun sinks lower, for some the internal darkness can become all too real. An Austin-based singer-songwriter shares a song of hope only gained from struggle.

By Sharon Salzberg September 21, 2015

Sometimes we lose sight of the the beauty and connectedness of all things. Missing her shot of a Santa Fe rainbow, Sharon Salzberg invites us to find the beauty of paradox and the changing role of presence and impermanence in all things.

By Lenna Liu September 20, 2015

A physician takes refuge in the wavelike nature of the inbreath and outbreath, and the soft beauty of a newborn child.

By Rumni Saha September 19, 2015

One woman's journey to a L'Arche community in Kolkata inspires these portraits of caregiving and tenderness in spite of extreme hardship and poverty.

By Courtney E. Martin September 18, 2015

Studies show that increasingly fewer people are friends with our colleagues at work. Longing for more authentic work lives, a new wave of workers are shedding their corporate personas, turning to freelance work, and curating their own working communities in refreshing new ways.

By Omid Safi September 17, 2015

"We live in a state of constant scatteredness," writes Omid Safi. Through the lens of the Hajj, he turns our gaze to the true focus of the journey: to seek, to find, and to be found.

By Parker J. Palmer September 16, 2015

With the words of Rilke, an encouragement to ask life-giving questions and create new pathways.

By Talha Jalal September 15, 2015

Our digital selves are becoming an integral part of our real-life identities. A think-piece grappling with the shifting nature of how our digital world is redefining our sense of belonging and its potential to foresee the projected forms of our shared future.

By Trent Gilliss September 15, 2015

Stories of chaos and turmoil can cause us to lose hope. This week, a few heartening encouragements to help us find the light in the face of despair and appreciate the true worth of those who are undervalued.