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By Courtney E. Martin October 10, 2014

There is a place beyond exhaustion, when asking 'What can I do to help?' is inadequate and burdensome. A commentary on how we can practice the art of generosity, to reach beyond the ease of asking towards the grit of doing.

By Trent Gilliss October 09, 2014

Highlights of some of the most heartening work our executive editor has read this past week, including Tara Mohr's advice to women on taking in criticism, seeing the sacred in the mundane, engaging our prophets, and a behind-the-scenes glimpse into photos we chose.

By Parker J. Palmer October 08, 2014

The poet W.S. Merwin calls us to our mystical connections with the people in front and behind us.

By Andréana E. Lefton October 07, 2014

The power of song on the radio connects three worlds to one woman, ushering her into the eternal present by conjuring up memories of the past.

By Omid Safi October 06, 2014

Invoking the words of Heschel, a Muslim scholar hearkens back to the prophetic tradition and asks what it means to be morally responsible in a world of ISIS and American empire?

By Trent Gilliss October 05, 2014

In a world of many distractions, the Buddhist sage says, it may be our own cravings that may be most deleterious to our well-being. Watch and listen.

By Courtney E. Martin October 03, 2014

Sometimes the most sacred experiences happen in the most mundane of places: in a big box store, after your spouse empties the litter box, or during an encounter with a taxi driver.

By Trent Gilliss October 02, 2014

Our executive editor's weekly missive: a season of autumn invitations, a thoughtful essay on male friendship, confessions of an accidental feminist, a joyful contemplation on being Mormon in the modern world, and an unexpected moment of generosity.

By Parker J. Palmer October 01, 2014

With the political season in full swing, a reminder that the great prophets were courageous, outrageous people who railed against the powers-that-be. And a poem by Mary Oliver.

By Andréana E. Lefton September 30, 2014

How many of us are ready to step into the gaze of someone — including ourselves — who sees us as we really are?

By Trent Gilliss September 28, 2014

Our executive editor rounds up things seen and unseen — from poetry and trees to anger and rhythm.

By Anita Getzler September 28, 2014

During the High Holy Days, a daughter remembers her father and the blessing he was as he aged — with memory and a poem.

By Lily Percy September 26, 2014

Emma Watson's challenging and inspirational speech creates an opening for our senior producer to reflect, reframe, and reclaim her sense of feminism.

By Courtney E. Martin September 26, 2014

Men's ability to maintain sustained, intimate friendships with other men may be the key to unlocking a revolution of a new type of connection — and redefining what it means to be a man in the 21st century.

By Parker J. Palmer September 24, 2014

Autumn reminds our Quaker columnist about the beauty of the Earth and the death that is to come. Through the words of Rilke, an exploration of the wellspring of gratitude.

By Julie Rawe September 23, 2014

When we opened our doors to the public for Northern Spark, the rain poured late into the night in Minneapolis. And so did the festival-goers into our studios. A story of one Somali woman's idea of a scene she has yet to see.

By Derrick Clements September 21, 2014

A young man's humorous, joyful, and reflective contemplation about being Mormon, leaving Utah for a Radiolab internship in New York, and developing an evolving identity for himself. A profound and startlingly honest portrait of modern faith.

By Courtney E. Martin September 19, 2014

When life grabs you by the scruff of the neck, how do you cope with the stress and anxiety? A column on the art of reassuring oneself that all will be well.

By Parker J. Palmer September 17, 2014

Anger is something many of us try to deny. Rather than quelling it, what if we were to use it as an animating force for personal transformation and social change?

By Yahia Lababidi September 16, 2014

Poets and philosophers may be the mystics of our day, bridging the two worlds and bearing witness to seen and unseen.

By Trent Gilliss September 16, 2014

What you might've missed: a simple video, a helpful list, a timely perspective, and a meditative essay on people and place.

By Marianne Griebler September 14, 2014

The recollection of the loss of an elm tree strengthens one woman's resolve to find a renewed sense of hope for the urban planting of America.

By Mariah Helgeson September 11, 2014

A behind-the-scenes narrative of how the music in our podcasts find its way serendipitously into our production process — all by way of hip hop aficionado Imani Perry. Lauryn Hill comes through in a pinch.

By Imani Perry September 11, 2014

A powerful essay on the responsibility of raising black sons in America. Against the forces of injustice and the brutal truth of racial inequality, a scholar and a mother finds hope in community and the knowledge that "together we create gardens of possibility in the parched earth."

By Parker J. Palmer September 10, 2014

Inspired by the simplicity and power of Naomi Shihab Nye's story, here's a list of five simple things we can do to help with healing the heart of democracy.

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