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We can begin to understand each other by asking the right questions — and listening to the stories we receive in turn. Lori Lakin Hutchinson sheds frank and essential light on the reality of racism in America.
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A song reinvents a classic children's hymn, and invites reflection on the intertwined natures of joy and melancholy.
Our first postcard from Hanukkah reminds us of the importance of light, and to find it wherever we can: in strangers, in family, in friends.
Christmas is an extrovert; Advent is an introvert’s season. A reflection on the expectant, hopeful, solemn season of waiting.
Our Sunday morning cantor is the talented Dessa with a stripped-down choral piece sure to make the spirit soar.
Born into a world of chaos and uncertainty, a millennial composer calls on his fellow generation to embrace the richness of this age and go berserk with gratitude.
Becoming invested in too simple of a moral story about others can lead to dehumanized outlooks. Our columnist remembers her childhood home and the lessons she carries with her today.
The chaos of the world can challenge our belief in the inherent goodness of humanity. Omid Safi marvels at the strength of a 1960's symbol in the form of a Parisian father teaching his son to overcome hatred with love and hope.
For the ordinary hours, a plaintive poem for those of us on our own.
Nearly 30,000 delegates from 200 nations are in Paris talking about climate change this week. Parker Palmer encourages us to open our eyes to the beauty with a poem and a challenge.
How do we continue to bear witness when violent loss becomes cyclical? How do we mourn? An educator grapples with her own struggle to uphold the memories of the victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting, in a time when we have started to become numb to tragedy.
Count Basie and Helen Humes' nostalgic rendition of a 1920's jazz classic provides the perfect accompaniment to a stunning piece about love, marriage, and lifelong partnership.
There's much confusion between sympathy and empathy. Our columnist tells the story of a wise elder whose suffering led her to become a model for how to have a meaningful life.
As we enter the contemplative season of waiting, an invitation to join us in reflecting on the myriad experiences of Advent.
With the world at our fingertips, why get dressed and go out at all? Jane Gross on being alone, venturing to the magic of a movie theater, and contentedly being alone in a crowd.
An unexpected exchange catalyzes a conversation about the essential truths of aphorisms and paring the excess without violating the mystery.
The recent atrocities in Paris and elsewhere in the world may be the new normal. We need to anticipate healing, our columnist says, before, during, and after these attacks in order to be whole and carry on with hope.
Genuine gratitude isn't necessarily about happiness or a soft, warm glow. It's messy and gritty and physical. From appreciating the glowing moon to marveling at the strange miracle of the human body, a celebration of thankfulness.
With the gift of a poem, a father marvels at the infinities embodied by his young son in this lyrical moment of parental reverence.
American democracy is illumined by multiple voices calling us to pursue questions of personal, communal, and political meaning. A Quaker reminds us to vigorously question those who say the U.S. is a Christian nation.
Recovery in the wake of trauma is a struggle, one we must sometimes work through collectively. Some guiding voices on thinking about grief and hardship with complexity — and move forward in a constructive and compassionate way.
The joy that we might normally feel in this season of Thanksgiving is tempered by sadness in the wake of violence. But the privilege and responsibility of gratitude may be the most powerful counter to these negative forces — whether embodied in a loving gesture, or through the appreciation of art.
The hope for the future lies in the lyrics and the spoken words of Prince EA. See how wise and beautiful we are capable of becoming.
What happens when our icons are turned to rubble? Would their meaning still hold? Drawing on the Hindu tradition of ishta devata, Sharon Salzberg contemplates the Paris attacks and the Syrian refugee crisis through her favorite icon, the Statue of Liberty.
Parker Palmer pens an elegy to mark the anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination — a balm for a hurting world.
Thanksgiving is the one holiday when our columnist's family spent the day together. In her imperfect efforts to revive the tradition of her childhood Thanksgivings, Jane Gross discovers that even small gestures — like keeping a set of gaudy dishes — can be all the tradition she needs.