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BY Alexandra Elle January 18, 2016

Being around people can be an anxious experience, if not draining experience, for many. But, how can we manage that trepidation and move forward? Alexandra Elle reflects on having the courage to show up and interact when it feels next to impossible.

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BY October 21, 2010

Is yoga the new anti-Christ? Southern Baptist leader Albert Mohler and Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll challenge the rising popularity of this cultural phenomenon.

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BY October 16, 2010

An unheard cut from our interview with Richard Mouw about a French Carmelite nun who decided to see her sisters as "works of divine art" rather than irritations.

BY October 15, 2010

A new mother reflects how she'll relate to mainstream society while raising her daughter.

BY October 14, 2010

This TEDtalk by branding guru Stacey Kramer is three minutes long and inspirational in its brevity and its punch.

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BY October 14, 2010

The first lesbian couple ordained without the blessing of the ELCA discuss coming out, falling in love, losing jobs then gaining them, and feeling God work through them during the AIDS crisis and their hospice chaplaincy. A guest contribution from Sasha Aslanian.

BY October 13, 2010

San Jose Mine, Copiapo, Chile
A satellite image shows the relief efforts to reach the trapped miners in the San Jose Mine in Copiapo, Chile. (credit: DigitalGlobe/Flickr)

Watching those miners emerge in a steel-cage projectile from the collapsed mine in Chile is miraculous. It’s risky business and it has been done with aplomb. What I’ve been struck with is the celebratory spirit of the event. Chileans gather in a central plaza waving Chile’s flag and laughing and cheering; rescued miners surface to quickly embrace their loved ones and then play to the surrounding crowd, pumping fists and yelling and urging supporters on.

BY October 12, 2010

Ai Weiwei holds hand-painted, porcelain sunflower seeds from his installation at the Tate Modern in London.

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BY October 10, 2010

A compilation of our live-tweets from Krista's interview with Richard Mouw.

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BY October 10, 2010

"I come across a person who isn't just a stranger but maybe represents a strangeness to me that initially I might feel very alienated from that person. And then to think, this is a work of art by the God whom I worship — that God created that person…"

BY October 08, 2010

Another kind of contribution to civility, an act of care for "despairing LGBT kids who are being bullied and harassed, kids who don't think they have a future" from syndicated columnist Dan Savage.

BY October 08, 2010

Robert Sapolsky asserts that humans have one trait that best defines and distinguishes us from other species: the ability to hold two contradictory ideas in our head, and yet continue on in the face of it.

BY October 08, 2010

I’ve been holding on to this performance for a few days now, keeping it in reserve specifically for a Friday morning or afternoon. And what better way to kick off the back stretch to the weekend than with the delightful intensity of jazz musician Esperanza Spalding. In this video, she captivates the room at National Public Radio with her intimate Tiny Desk Concert.

I particularly enjoyed the way Patrick Jarenwattananon paints a lush scene of her commanding presence, including when she doffs her cap to reveal her magnificent shock of hair. But, I best like his rundown of her set list:



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