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BY Jennifer Michael Hecht September 27, 2016

To embrace life despite the truth of suffering is an audacious act. Jennifer Michael Hecht guides us through Albert Camus on the myth of Sisyphus, as a reassuringly contrary argument for life over death.

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BY Nikaela Marie Peters October 29, 2016

There is beauty in what makes us human, but also in what reveals us as creatures. A woman shares her evolving perspective on the animal nature of family life, and the raw freedom she finds therein.

BY Courtney E. Martin October 28, 2016

If you could speak to a passed friend or family member, what would you say? An exploration of the healing that can happen when we stay in relationship with the ones we love, even beyond the end of life.

BY Krista Tippett October 27, 2016

In a bold declaration, one of the key leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention is taking a stand, and reclaiming the core of his conservative roots.

BY Omid Safi October 27, 2016

From soured relationships to dead bugs, it's a given: life can get disgusting. But sometimes we can step back and recognize that we're far from powerless in the face of things we fear.

BY Parker J. Palmer October 26, 2016

A life doesn't have to be extraordinary to have an impact in the world. A reminder that we can build lives that have meaning, no matter what cards we're dealt.

BY Trent Gilliss October 25, 2016

Times of turmoil can open us to new opportunities. Hopeful and insightful words on how to move forward in this season of political and emotional churn.

BY Sharon Salzberg October 24, 2016

Our lives are interwoven, even when the connections aren't always apparent. A reflection on civic participation as a form of compassion to the loved ones and strangers we live alongside.

BY Courtney E. Martin October 21, 2016

Donald Trump's statements about women may not represent most men, but they do point to a larger dynamic at play between the sexes. Thoughts on the performative roles of men in public, and the harm it does to women and themselves.

BY Omid Safi October 20, 2016

An account of one man's years with the legendary American bard, who spoke to a desire for authenticity, justice, and love.

BY Parker J. Palmer October 19, 2016

What if our disenchantment is an opportunity? This moment calls us not to fall backward into cynicism, but to face difficult truths, and to work together to create a new reality.

BY Trent Gilliss October 18, 2016

Meaning and learning present themselves to us in unexpected ways. Commentaries on keeping ourselves open to surprising lenses on life, and to how they can enrich our relationships, our work, and our play.

BY Paul Raushenbush October 18, 2016

We look to the election with uncertainty, hope, and fear. But Paul Raushenbush imagines further, with an aspirational and haunting vision of what will be required of us afterward.

BY Omid Safi October 15, 2016

A faith must account for the states and stages of life: joy and thriving, sorrow and death. Omid Safi honors the ritual of Ashura, a cornerstone of Islam whose historical, spiritual, and social significance carries forth to modern life.

BY Courtney E. Martin October 14, 2016

Like all of us, Courtney Martin wants the best for her family, and rightly so. But from education to strollers, the best is often only accessible to a certain group. She reimagines responsible parenting as embodied care for one's own, as well as for the families of strangers.

BY Parker J. Palmer October 12, 2016

Compassion is a virtue, but do we direct it inward as much as outward? Parker Palmer gleans wisdom from Mary Oliver on mending ourselves so that we might be better companions to loved ones in need.

BY Trent Gilliss October 11, 2016

Growth comes from bearing witness to our own stories and to the experiences of others. A digest of reads that challenge us to strengthen our inner and outer lives.

BY Marty Kaplan October 11, 2016

Mortality is real for all of us, regardless of whether we believe in fate. Marty Kaplan contemplates the hubris of making plans in a universe of improv.

BY Tod Marshall October 10, 2016

In a season of shrill political rhetoric, Washington's poet laureate travels the open road, finding potentiality in the vast landscapes and the communities of his glorious state. Through the arts, he says, we can cultivate a space for the inner life that's at the heart of mystery — and not knowing.

BY Courtney E. Martin October 07, 2016

Courtney Martin on C. Nicole Mason's new memoir and turning toward what's uncomfortable to witness, and then acting on what we feel.

BY Omid Safi October 06, 2016

Often, the remedy to what ails us is simpler than we think. Omid Safi shares a comedic lesson on recognizing the blessings that are already within us.

BY Parker J. Palmer October 05, 2016

An autumnal poem from Linda Pastan guides Parker Palmer to a realization: that we can become enraptured with the world around us once again, if only we revive our childlike capacity for wonder.

BY Trent Gilliss October 04, 2016

The human experience is rife with messiness and frustration, especially in our relationships with others and with ourselves. Trent Gilliss shares thoughts on embracing the turmoil and finding ways to grow from it.

BY Angie Thurston October 04, 2016

We spend lifetimes answering that universal (and universally vexing) question: "What am I for?" From patron saints to superhero alter egos, Angie Thurston explores the diverse ways people are discovering, creating, and boldly asserting their own identities.

BY Sharon Brous October 03, 2016

To be part of any family is to bear witness to its joy, as well as its dysfunction. For Rosh Hashanah, Sharon Brous explores the intimate link between family healing and social responsibility at the heart of Jewish faith.

BY Courtney E. Martin September 30, 2016

Some emotional wounds need closure to heal, but there are times when the best way forward is to let go. Courtney Martin on mending our deepest relationships by embracing the paradox of love and imperfection.