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BY Lori Lakin Hutcherson July 23, 2016

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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BY Lily Percy July 25, 2016

“If you watched me run, you wouldn’t think I was sitting or thinking about sitting.” Justin Whitaker is a writer, a ChiRunner, and a Buddhist. For Justin, running is a part of his spiritual practice.

BY Krista Tippett July 25, 2016

From Becoming Wise, New Monastic Shane Claiborne speaks of bridging the gap between the structures we are raised in and the human needs around us.

BY Lori Lakin Hutcherson July 23, 2016

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.

BY Courtney E. Martin July 22, 2016

The final days of expectation can bring surprising clarity. Courtney Martin pauses in this suspended space, and marvels at the end of the wait for new life, in all its gritty wonder.

BY Omid Safi July 21, 2016

Drawing on the walking undead from Game of Thrones, Omid Safi comments on the stubborn disease of white supremacy, and on resisting its spread with the resilience of kinship and kindness.

BY Parker J. Palmer July 20, 2016

Can we be more generous in understanding those who are different from us? Parker Palmer recounts lessons learned over a lifetime on our true proximity and kinship with “the other.”

BY Trent Gilliss July 19, 2016

Our days have been marked by pain and gaps in understanding. The enduring presence of kindness, mercy, poise, and the beauty of music provide guidance in harrowing times.

BY Krista Tippett July 19, 2016

Entrepreneur and digital wise man Seth Godin explores our capacity to use connection to elevate and advance the human spirit, on the Becoming Wise podcast.

BY Lily Percy July 18, 2016

“When I'm running, I feel like I’m actively expressing gratitude.” Sarah Khasawinah works in the Senate to improve policies for older Americans. Her work requires focus and discipline, something that she also finds in her spiritual practice of running.

BY Mohammed Fairouz July 18, 2016

Our public discourse has been infiltrated by ego and self-interest. Mohammed Fairouz challenges convictions of correctness on all sides, and calls for a humbler, more generous political spirit.

BY Sarah Smarsh July 16, 2016

In the age of “hashtag activism,” standing in place together remains a powerful symbol of collective strength. Sarah Smarsh reflects on the gravity of steadfast presence in bringing about change.

BY Courtney E. Martin July 15, 2016

The tension we feel at this moment in our history can be an opening for catharsis. Courtney Martin engages with perspectives in the dialogue that provide opportunities for greater understanding.

BY Omid Safi July 14, 2016

In the wake of the violence in Falcon Heights, Baton Rouge, and Dallas, Omid Safi puts forth an impassioned call for the revolutionary work of love.

BY Parker J. Palmer July 13, 2016

When the weight of the world is heavy, music can be a balm. A musical offering for this uncertain moment, for mercy and the courage to walk together toward the beloved community.

BY Trent Gilliss July 12, 2016

We find ourselves in a time of deep reckoning, and we must turn to each other for companionship and wisdom. Collected guidance on claiming the whole of our identities, and finding compassion for experiences that are not our own.

BY Trent Gilliss July 12, 2016

After arriving in the U.S. in the 1930s, Albert Einstein witnessed the inequities and injustices done to black Americans. Read his little-known essay from 1946 about the "deeply entrenched evil" as he saw it then, and that pervades this country today.

BY Lily Percy July 11, 2016

“I began to notice that my running life and my meditating life were beginning to merge.” Roger Joslin is an Episcopal priest and the author of "Running the Spiritual Path," a how-to guide on running as meditation and prayer.

BY Sharon Salzberg July 11, 2016

Independence is seen as a hallmark of success, but is it wise to deny our connection to one another? Sharon Salzberg on how unity and compassion can bolster individual strength.

BY Krista Tippett July 11, 2016

Scholar and activist Frances Kissling speaks of good will and understanding, rather than agreement or victory, as bridges between difference.

BY Angie Thurston & Casper ter Kuile July 09, 2016

For many, the cycling class-phenom SoulCycle is more than a way to burn calories. It fosters the experiences we used to find only within the walls of a church: collective identity, safety, and spiritual catharsis.

BY Krista Tippett July 09, 2016

In light of the recent shootings, Krista offers a playlist for shedding light and wisdom on belonging to one another.

BY Krista Tippett July 08, 2016

Elie Wiesel, the beloved writer known for his profound memoir of the Holocaust, Night, speaks of the power of prayer and forgiveness in the wake of profound suffering.

BY Courtney E. Martin July 07, 2016

Reckoning with the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling by the police, Courtney Martin pens an impassioned missive to her white children: to understand their privilege, redistribute power, ask questions, and always to hold each other accountable.

BY Trent Gilliss July 07, 2016

How do we enrich, rather than enforce, our historical perspective? These collected writings give a new lens on which stories serve us and where we encounter them.

BY Omid Safi July 07, 2016

Omid Safi laments the violence and loss of life in the holy city of Medina, and calls on our true capacity for love and mercy to heal the rifts that divide us.

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