On the Blog
On the Blog
When we encounter the stranger, a deepening exchange takes place. Through the metaphor of marriage and her own personal vows, an Episcopal priest calls for a return to unity and the remembrance of the shared history and values that bind Christians and Muslims together.
What if instead of asking “How do you identify yourself?” we asked “What’s your story?” A cartoonist with a penchant for cosplay tells the sometimes embattled, often joyful story of finding belonging as a Sikh man in America.
The uproar over the Academy Awards failure to nominate any actors of color this year is surfacing questions of the value of “diversity.” But, as our columnist points out, in trying to adjust our aperture of belonging, we must describe the fullness of one’s identity.
What do the Triune God and jazz music have in common? A South African musician explores jazz through three theological metaphors.
If there’s one thing winter teaches its humbled residents, it’s that gratitude begins before the snow falls and happiness finds new heart in the thaw.
The voyage of discovery comes from seeing the world with grateful eyes. A poetic contemplation of aging, attention, and gratitude.
What are the last things you want to cherish? The last things you want to give up? Parker Palmer on treasuring those things that anchor one to the blessings of life.
In a culture that prizes youth and vigor, our elders often get excluded from the workplace and our media diets. Our columnist highlights Norman Lear’s frustrations with ageism and the difficulty of being recognized — and recognizing oneself — in the third act of life.
The catharsis of living up to challenge, in all walks of life — essays on powering through the hardest miles in a marathon to facing a crowd of unfamiliar strangers, to reckoning with one’s best and worst selves while reflecting in the solitude of the woods.
In the height of winter, perhaps what we need to chase away the cold and gray is a bit of the January blues. Music legend Buddy Guy provides some heartening perspective about life being more than flesh and bone.
How do we reckon with different parts of our lives seemingly in opposition? Neighborliness and fear, togetherness and silence, embracing uncomfortable truths — examinations of finding growth and hope in life’s tensions.
It can be easy to fall into distorted channels of self-doubt and self-criticism. But, rather than trying to suppress those feelings, personal empowerment may come from acknowledging, relating, and directing them may lead to a more spacious life.
The most romantic relationships just may be our platonic friendships. But, as we age, it gets more difficult to establish new friendships with those of the same sex. Our columnist celebrates the inimitable joy of platonic courtship and female attachment.
After an act of animal generosity by the imam of an Istanbul mosque, Omid Safi meditates on the meaning of true human kindness. A celebration of love extended beyond the borders of kinship, community, and species.
On a retreat at a cabin in the northern woods of Wisconsin, Parker Palmer strings together pearls of contemplation on silence and solitude. With the help of Merton and Rumi, he finds the catharsis of being forced to reckon with one’s angels and demons.
Yes, there are bad questions. Survey questions about science and religion often foster “Internet hot-takes” rather than deeper public discourse, reducing an already narrowed view of public perceptions and missing the fine-grained details necessary for understanding.
Being around people can be an anxious experience, if not draining experience, for many. But, how can we manage that trepidation and move forward? Alexandra Elle reflects on having the courage to show up and interact when it feels next to impossible.
The act of running reveals. An avid marathoner realizes that her physical training is also a spiritual exercise — a place to meditate on the move and find God in unexpected, sacred places.
Though she’s the example many turn to for guidance on mindfulness practice, Sharon Salzberg didn’t always find meditation so easy. She reflects on an early retreat in India, and what it can teach us about letting go of ideals, and having faith in what is.
What if we were to apply the art of exegesis to our daily lives: the things we read and the ways we move. A thought piece on bringing a critical examination of one’s life into those worlds not reserved for the sacred or the scriptural.
Courtney Martin delivers a host of solutions focusing on how you can make our government and our politics better again.
Pride for our identities and communities can be a source of strength. Pride can also lead us to forget empathy for those unlike us. A generous reminder that the reach of our compassion must stretch beyond the familiar.
In poesy and paint, artistic praise for holy birth in Jerusalem and beyond.
It’s when we sit with our silence that the world opens before us, in ways large and small. Parker Palmer reflects on Gunilla Norris’ poetic words and the regrounding silence brings.
What happens when we open ourselves to the gift of vulnerability? Profound voices on public displays of emotion in politics, the making of identity, the inspiration of wilderness, and advice from a classical pianist on pursuing what moves you and being glad in others’ good fortunes.