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By Rick LaValley July 06, 2014

A veteran outdoorsman finds comfort in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson. For this self-described river rat, nature is the circumstance which dwarfs every other circumstance.

By Mariah Helgeson July 03, 2014

Inspired by Du Bois, Cory Booker reflects on the individual yearning of black men as essential to collective struggle. For him, the gift of his skin color is in allowing a better appreciation of the texture of humanity and a deeper ability to feel compassion.

By Parker J. Palmer July 02, 2014

As many of us Americans approach the July 4th weekend, Parker Palmer proposes an Interdependence Day to remind us that "we're all in this together."

By Mariah Helgeson July 01, 2014

How do we teach our children to be aware, to question, to be tolerant, to be resilient and righteous? How do we nurture their brilliance and bravery? A photoquote from poet Elizabeth Alexander, inspired by W.E.B. Du Bois

By Trent Gilliss July 01, 2014

Taking you around the globe with a glimpse into oddities and joys of daily life in Oman, a gay man in New York City tells about an Oklahoma moment, a pastor reflects on gratitude and Cartesian anxiety, and an intern shows you what it take to produce the show.

By Rahim Snow July 01, 2014

With all the focus on fasting, a Muslim man from Atlanta tells us that the sustenance of Islam's holiest month lies in focusing on letting God in.

By Martin E. Marty June 30, 2014

New research shows that charitable giving for religious organizations declined in the past few years. This trend, Martin Marty suggests, both reflects American’s dwindling interest in religious institutions and offers an opportunity for religious organizations to appeal to "the better angels of their nature."

By Lily Percy June 28, 2014

As part of the Your Audio Selfie project, the founder of I'm From Driftwood on how collecting LGBTQ stories has changed him.

By Jeffrey Kaplan June 27, 2014

With ISIS insurgent forces moving towards Baghdad, a religious historian hears the echoes of past foreign policy missteps. And, once again, he sees Sunni and Shi’ite forces preparing for war.

By Heather Christensen June 26, 2014

A student of agriculture applies the lessons from permaculture to our increasingly polarized political climate. Just as there are plant guilds, she writes, we can create people guilds too.

By Trent Gilliss June 25, 2014

A Russian ballerina's photos reveal the joy of dance in daily life. The Your Audio Selfie project is a hit. Haidt gives depth to the latest Pew research in the news. A mother reflects on her father's quiet presence.

By Parker J. Palmer June 25, 2014

Parker Palmer draws on the words of two poets to remind us that we must embrace receptivity and gratitude to live a full life.

By Joshua Rae June 24, 2014

Turning a camera on the staff, our recently departed intern captures a piece of the radio production process for a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce On Being.

By Dan Collison June 22, 2014

What would happen if, rather than "making an idol out of certainty" and shunning uncertainty, we leaned into it? A pastor wonders whether doubt might make us more empathic and less anxious society.

By Heike Springhart June 20, 2014

A hero to some and heretic to others, once more the theologian Hans Küng has sparked much debate in Germany with his recent question, "How long do I want to live?"

By Trent Gilliss June 19, 2014

Our weekly roundup of all things curious and inspiring, including a photo series that speaks to the quiet human dramas of daily life, an inspirational story of a healer finding his calling, music from Leonard Cohen that offers solace, and an unusual and poetic meditation on loss.

By Parker J. Palmer June 18, 2014

A video with Parker Palmer discussing Lincoln's depression and how he sees the 16th U.S. President's ability to reconcile the darkness and lightness within himself as a lesson for us all in healing the heart of democracy.

By Christy Shake June 17, 2014

A daughter reflects on the quiet, unassuming ways of her father — and how being "rooted in the physical" helps her and her son connect without the use of words or a faith in something larger than what's in front of them.

By Trent Gilliss June 12, 2014

The best of the week — including an invitation to our studios, a lesson in the uniqueness of humans, sage words from Parker Palmer on paradox, and an arresting collection of images that captures everyday life in Africa.

By Parker J. Palmer June 11, 2014

Some thoughts on Leonard Cohen, our small and imperfect contributions to solving big problems, the "potluck supper approach to social change," and how the light gets in.

By Mariah Helgeson June 10, 2014

The writer's words from 1955 resonate even more profoundly today in an era of technological ubiquity. A meditation on the gifts of solitude, loneliness, and silence.

By Gloria Jean Bubba June 07, 2014

A daughter shares this meditation on the grief and the loss that comes slowly from losing her mother to Alzheimer's disease. Through the story of Gethsemane, she finds an uncomfortable solace and a quiet rebuke for falling asleep while waiting.

By Parker J. Palmer June 04, 2014

To be human is to live with paradox and hold it in our hands. Parker Palmer offers some grounding advice on creating more spaces to do so gracefully — and a poem by May Sarton.

By Trent Gilliss June 03, 2014

Our weekly roundup of all things curious and inspiring, including a night of communal singing with Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, a reflection on Barbara Ehrenreich's mysticism, a young preacher's remembrance of a legend, and a visualization of tikkun olam from artist Anselm Kiefer.

By Martin E. Marty June 02, 2014

A new survey shows that Christians who take phone polls exaggerate their attendance more than those who take online polls. But, Martin Marty says, it's showing what we all have known for centuries.

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