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By Rachel Lopez Rosenberg November 09, 2014

A daughter reflects on her ailing father and her right to petition God to deliver a World Series victory for their team.

By Trent Gilliss November 07, 2014

Our executive editor provides an insider's glimpse — with calls for curiosity over goodness, unexpected joy with a Billy Joel duet, and a story of forgiveness and redemption.

By Courtney E. Martin November 07, 2014

We often desire a sense of adventure and travel. But when a "life of wandering" overtakes a "life of rootedness," we take time away from home and community — and "the ground at our own feet."

By Omid Safi November 06, 2014

Our overscheduled lives leave little time for contemplation and reflection. How do we enable each other to pause and reflect together and ask how our hearts are doing?

By Parker J. Palmer November 05, 2014

In the face of so much pain and suffering, some words of advice on how to persevere and the importance of being faithful to your gifts.

By Trent Gilliss November 04, 2014

Live from The Greene Space, Krista Tippett and Bernard Chazelle talk Bach as a cosmologist of music. Watch the live stream here.

By Trent Gilliss November 04, 2014

After being diagnosed with cancer, Becky Sennett tells an unlikely story of gratitude — for a reprimanding encounter with a pulmonologist who takes her to task, a compassionate gesture for which she'll be forever grateful.

By Trent Gilliss November 01, 2014

Chutzpah, humility, and risk-taking are all necessary ingredients in this delightful duet with Billy Joel and a college freshman.

By Courtney E. Martin October 31, 2014

Nowadays there are unintended consequences for just about everything we do. An encouragement to strive for curiosity over goodness, to seek gentleness over righteousness, and engage with ethics as a process rather than a destination.

By Trent Gilliss October 30, 2014

Dispatches from PopTech, a magnificent essay on Bach, an invitation to find the autobiography of your voice, a meditation on the splendor of Autumn, and an instructive essay on shedding old mindsets.

By Omid Safi October 30, 2014

In a world where we feel more connected to friends on social media friends than our next-door neighbors, an argument that finds hope in Halloween and its ability to bring community together — even if only for a few magical hours.

By Parker J. Palmer October 29, 2014

With the elections next week, a story of forgiveness and redemption from a civil rights legend.

By Andréana E. Lefton October 28, 2014

Riding the El train in Chicago prompts this essay on the pervasive grip of harshness and the vitality of gentleness. How can we be gentle with others when we struggle with being gentle with our selves first?

By Trent Gilliss October 27, 2014

A line-up of fascinating bits from a gorgeous duet to your greatest musical moment, from prescient advice on over-working to being children of the moment. Read on.

By Bernard Chazelle October 26, 2014

A computer scientist's thorough and jaunty romp through Johann Sebastian Bach's most spectacular feats of musical engineering. An open invitation for Bach aficionados and novices alike to turn on the volume. If music be the food of love, read on.

By Courtney E. Martin October 24, 2014

It’s fall and things are dying. What least productive practices and mindsets are you working on shedding?

By Omid Safi October 23, 2014

As the chlorophyll fades and the splendor of fall emerges, a meditation on color, mortality, and divine presence — complemented with the poetry of Rumi and Farid un-Din Attar.

By Parker J. Palmer October 22, 2014

As we acknowledge the pain and suffering in the world, we must also look for the possibility within us as we aim to change what's wrong.

By Andréana E. Lefton October 21, 2014

What is the autobiography of your voice? An invitation to write the story of your voice and allow yourself to be surprised.

By Courtney E. Martin October 17, 2014

With the ever-widening wealth gap between the rich and the poor, statistics abound. But they fail to animate the human spirit. Story is a way into history and "teaching our hearts how to live as choiceful human beings."

By Trent Gilliss October 16, 2014

Sometimes the lead is the anecdote. A humorous story from a Nobel laureate that will bring a smile to your face and other instruction on powering down, offering help, bearing responsibility, and mystical connections.

By Parker J. Palmer October 15, 2014

More than 50 years ago, Thomas Merton warned that the pressure of modern life might distract us from the wisdom that makes work fruitful.

By Andréana E. Lefton October 14, 2014

A page torn from an ancient woman's journal prompts this poetic meditation on brokenness and beauty.

By Omid Safi October 13, 2014

An encouragement to be "children of the moment," a people with the spiritual discipline of being fully present in the here and now.

By Bekah Johnson October 11, 2014

What's that one song you listen to over and over again? The one that elevates you to a space bigger than yourself, the one that gives you chills every time you hear it play. Share and we just may reach out to you for the next installment of the Your Audio Selfie project.

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