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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.
On the Blog
The architecture around us inhabits the vernacular of our lives. Our executive editor with this week's letter from Loring Park welcoming our new columnist Sarah Smarsh, who joins a collective contemplation of where and how we navigate our lives in faith, family, and citizenship.
Waiting for test results in a hospital can be a solitary event. And unexpectedly quiet in certain waiting rooms. Jane Gross on the silent solidarity of women forged while waiting for the results of their mammogram tests each year.
Pope Francis had an extraordinary week issuing a seminal document on love and family, travelling to a refugee "hot zone," and meeting Bernie Sanders in Rome. The common thread: the pope's willingness to accompany people where they're at and walk alongside humanity, whether it be a Syrian refugee or a U.S. presidential candidate.
Generations have worshipped him as the King of Folk, but Dylan's discomfort with the limelight reveals more than mere humility. An examination of the service-oriented theology in the lyrics of a lover of song.
How do we navigate the fluid dynamics of sex, gender, and identity in our children when we are drawn to the comfort of binaries? Pregnant with her second child, our columnist wonders out loud about her own inclinations and attachments while raising children.
We so often highlight acts of hostility and hate, but we have a tougher time amplifying the good. Omid Safi appeals to our collective power to undermine hatred by elevating the good and the beautiful.
Wisdom isn't exclusive to folks with more years under their belts. Parker Palmer invites older generations to celebrate the gifts of the young — energy, vision, and hope — and recognize the valuable knowledge contained within in every age.
Executive editor Trent Gilliss with reflections on the surprise of authorship, and offerings from other places where the tension makes life feel fullest.
In this hyper-connected world, we lose a sense of the physical spaces crafted for ritual and coming together. Our new columnist Sarah Smarsh on the importance of built, sacred spaces in a secular world.
An offering for the literary yogis in our midst… the unexpectedly harmonious partnership of words and asana.
A secular Jewish man takes umbrage when his close Christian friend says he believes he will go to hell. After he returns to his religious tradition, he says, he understands these inner and outer tensions as essential to faith — even if they disagree with his personal wishes.
Life can be frustrating, and we often react with resistance, or overwhelm. Sharon Salzberg reminds us that emotional balance doesn't come from denying feelings, but from allowing them room to play out fully.
The Shakers are known for their beautiful furniture and for their imagination around simplicity. A critical look at the history of the Shakers in America to understand our relationship to austerity and abundance.
The announcement of our newest podcast offering contemplations on the nature of participation in the world, and opportunities to become inextricable from the questions.
We're confronted with choices of wanting to do what's best for our children and our communities. But sometimes they come into conflict with each other. What do we do then? Courtney Martin on the intersections of public and personal life as she makes school choices for her daughter.
To put the children first is a parent's most basic instinct. But when does self-sacrifice become self-destruction? Omid Safi offers a new understanding of the importance of self-care.
The writer's life can be an excruciating one, especially for our host. She reveals the vulnerability of exposing herself and staying true to her subject — and even tweeting it out.
A story of travel gone bad and the catalyst for generosity, sharing, and making good on circumstances beyond one's control.
Sitting meditation isn't a discipline easily acquired. A contemplation on the challenges of sitting and being still in modern life.
Inspired by Rebecca Solnit's book on getting lost, a high school math teacher muses on finding true north without a reliable compass… in a poem.
Some of our limitations can be our greatest assets. A man born with disabilities tells the story of learning to embrace and make the most of the particularities of his own body — by first rediscovering his own breath.
Our Public Theology Reimagined columnist calls on people of faith and conscience to come into proximity with execution sites like Ell Persons. When we experience these liminal spaces, we are reminded of our capacity to become preoccupied with domination and overlook the lives of the powerless and the message of Jesus' crucifixion.
Our feet carry us forward despite the circumstances. A series of memories from a life growing up on the periphery of privilege, and finding worth in what we are, rather than worthlessness in what we are not.
The digital sphere is a frontier where we assert our identities, and, in times of trauma, express our grief. With an appeal to the humanity behind this instinct, Courtney Martin questions how our empathy might become more than performance.