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By Esther Cohen December 18, 2014

"People prefer winners and losers. Maccabees rising against Greeks." The third photo-poem in our series from Matthew Septimus and Esther Cohen on the stories of success we tell each other.

By Esther Cohen December 17, 2014

A prayer for the poet who doesn't pray. The second in an eight-part series from a photographer and a poet exploring the sacred in the mundane.

By Parker J. Palmer December 17, 2014

In a world of fomenting darkness, a poem calls us to be beacons of light in the shadow for others to be guided by.

By Esther Cohen December 16, 2014

The first of eight vignettes by photographer Matthew Septimus and poet Esther Cohen on holy people and holy places that transcend the ordinary.

By Joe DePlasco December 16, 2014

A brother contemplates the loss of his sister to cancer, the place where she searched for home, and the stories that rise up within him.

By Trent Gilliss December 15, 2014

From vignettes pondering time and sci-fi holiday singing to impassioned calls for community, a look into our most interesting worlds of curiosity and hope.

By Parker J. Palmer December 14, 2014

A tribute to the children and adults who died in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School honored with a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye. A list we must return to and remember out of love and hope for a safer world.

By Shannon Lynch December 13, 2014

After hearing Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai on the radio, a middle-aged woman from the Midwest reflects on her own life and the courage to choose hope in the face of despair.

By Courtney E. Martin December 12, 2014

Lennon Flowers and Carla Fernandez are creating a national movement of dinner parties for 20-30 year olds that are humanizing grief and creating new communities after loss.

By Omid Safi December 11, 2014

It’s not merely a sin-sick soul that is in need of profound redemption, writes our columnist, it is also our society and structural institutions that call out for being redeemed and transformed. A clear call to question, connect, and transform ourselves and our institutions.

By Trent Gilliss December 10, 2014

Just when you think the holiday season couldn't get any merrier, a Star Trek captain remakes a Christmas classic.

By Parker J. Palmer December 10, 2014

For the introverts in us, winter can be a time of reflection to assess and remember our own inner truths. Includes a poem by David Whyte.

By Trent Gilliss December 09, 2014

A letter from Einstein on the "Negro question" is rediscovered and essays on white privilege and the theology of Ferguson are complemented with ideas about opening up to hope and ourselves.

By Eric Nelson December 08, 2014

“Our genome sequence is the genetic blueprint of our biological self but how much does it, or will we let it, define who we are?” A journalist seeks to reconcile questions of mystery with questions of genetics.

By Joseph Paillé December 07, 2014

In a culture of curated sharing, the intimacy of human touch can be daunting — even for a pastor. An essay on how the practice of laying on of hands is a quiet and necessary rite that ought to become part of our story again.

By Courtney E. Martin December 05, 2014

With the overwhelming angst of privilege, our columnist confesses to her own inclinations to participate in Twitter testimonies of white privilege. But, it's no substitute for the moral imagination required to acknowledge the emotional lives of others.

By Omid Safi December 04, 2014

We build all sorts of enclosures to protect us and keep our loved ones safe from harm. But in column in poetical form, we are tasked with being vulnerable and opening those gates.

By Parker J. Palmer December 03, 2014

When we ask our deepest questions, the answers do not come immediately. And that, dear reader, is why we must choose them with care.

By Micky Jones December 02, 2014

A black theologian talks with one of America's leading Old Testament scholars about Ferguson and the place of protest and prophecy in our faith, the place for our rage, the need for honest talk, the role of education in protest, and the transformative potential of radicality.

By Trent Gilliss December 01, 2014

With the decisions about the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, powerful words from a Holocaust survivor and essays dealing with grief and loss, systemic solutions, and polls that polarize.

By Debra Dean Murphy November 30, 2014

With the beginning of Advent, a theologian challenges Christians and the rest of us to wait and watch, and to walk alongside those whose hopes have been crushed — with poesy from Seamus Heaney speaking to that truth.

By Courtney E. Martin November 28, 2014

With the grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who killed Michael Brown, a school of children's uncommon silence in New Mexico leads the way to expressing grief and finding a role for our anger.

By Omid Safi November 27, 2014

Ancient mystics such as Rumi and Rabia wrestled with the idea of heaven. A commentary that ponders heaven as a state of being rather than a place.

By Sherry K. Watt November 26, 2014

A powerful commentary from the mother of a black teenage son who says we need to stop talking around the edges of race and address the systemic problem itself: that we see black men as less than human.

By Parker J. Palmer November 26, 2014

For Thanksgiving, Parker Palmer asks us to find new ways to be filled with gratitude and praise. It's in the gratitude for the ground we stand on, the blessing of togetherness, and the kindness of strangers, that we remember our work is loving the world.

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