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BY Martha Park January 09, 2016

What does it mean to carry a gun and "love your neighbor"? A writing instructor delves into the idea of neighborliness and fear through her training as a tutor and a pivotal passage from the Bible.

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BY February 06, 2016

A song of hard-working shipyards inspires the daughter of an African-American railroad man to honor her father, a man whose quiet strength fueled both his work and his love for family. A testimony to labor and providing for future generations.

BY Courtney E. Martin February 05, 2016

What happens when our sense of identity doesn't line up with how others see us? Our columnist reflects on the complicated work of asserting our identity, which often means wearing the parts we'd like to shed with pride.

BY Omid Safi February 04, 2016

Our language to be inclusive through terms like "Judeo-Christian" and "Abrahamic" might not be big enough to encompass the needs of the many.

BY Parker J. Palmer February 03, 2016

We're trained to demonize and combat those who disagree with us. But what if we cultivated better habits that didn't unravel the fabric of our civic community?

BY Jackson Culpepper February 01, 2016

Growing up with firearms provided life-long lessons on responsibility and discipline for many families. A man born and raised in a Southern hunting family reckons with the heritage of guns in his life and our our deeply held tendencies to trust in violence.

BY Claire Dietrich Ranna January 31, 2016

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.

BY Vishavjit Singh January 30, 2016

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.

BY Courtney E. Martin January 29, 2016

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.

BY Calvyn C. du Toit January 28, 2016

What do the Triune God and jazz music have in common? A South African musician explores jazz through three theological metaphors.

BY Omid Safi January 28, 2016

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.

BY Jeanie Greensfelder January 27, 2016

The voyage of discovery comes from seeing the world with grateful eyes. A poetic contemplation of aging, attention, and gratitude.

BY Parker J. Palmer January 27, 2016

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.

BY Jane Gross January 26, 2016

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.

BY Trent Gilliss January 26, 2016

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.

BY Katharine Rose January 25, 2016

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.

BY Trent Gilliss January 25, 2016

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.

BY Sharon Salzberg January 23, 2016

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.

BY Courtney E. Martin January 22, 2016

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.

BY Omid Safi January 21, 2016

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.

BY Parker J. Palmer January 20, 2016

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.

BY Andrew Aghapour & Michael Schulson January 19, 2016

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.

BY Alexandra Elle January 18, 2016

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.

BY Christina Torres January 17, 2016

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.

BY Sharon Salzberg January 16, 2016

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.

BY Jena Schwartz January 16, 2016

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.

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