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Pining for some more glühwein, our executive editor recommends some reading by Eula Biss and Neil Gaiman, articles on covering gun violence and living Advent, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra opening its arms to refugees in Canada, and a historic but little-heard sermon from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Unexpected relationships can lead to deep and lasting learning and growth.
The passage of time can seem like a dream. Sharon Salzberg looks back at enduring friendships and the journey "meditation" and "mindfulness" have taken these past 40 years in the U.S.
The loss of mobility as we age does more than hamper one's movement. It separates us from the things we love. Jane Gross on grieving the temporary loss of her dog after suffering a concussion.
The political rhetoric of making America great again points at the decline of not only U.S. power, but the erosion of trust among its allies and its own citizens. Mohammed Fairouz stands up for his community in this particular moment in time.
Facing guns and mobs, Ukrainian priests offered a peaceful presence during last year's protests in Kiev. Inspired by their willingness to be involed, an Anglican priest reflects on how we bridge the gap between contemplative practice and contemplative action.
On this Christmas day, read Dr. King's final Christmas sermon from 1967 — a prescient reminder of our interconnected world in 2015, with neighbors living halfway around the world and in our backyard today.
Listen to this enchanting rendition of a holiday classic, Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, read by celebrated writer Neil Gaiman in the way Dickens intended.
Christians and Muslims are celebrating the births of Muhammad and Jesus on back-to-back days. Omid Safi reflects on these beautiful adjacencies and what the unity of these two traditions can teach us about opening our hearts, minds, and homes to those seeking physical or spiritual refuge.
Remembering a passage from the Christmas services of his childhood, Parker Palmer finds counsel for living an honest and genuine life. We must, he says, allow the good words we speak to become incarnate in our actions.
For winter solstice, one woman's fear of losing time — and then learning to find and treasure the light in long, dark moments. Murmurations for the night.
With 2015 drawing to a close, our Letter from Loring Park features stirring essays and homespun music focusing on the true importance of Advent, the celebration of Rumi, and reimagining the icons and traditions of our popular culture.
A young mother of twins returns to the comfort of the kitchen and cooking rice as she remembers learning from her own mother as a child, and revels in the unique tension between her desire for order and the joyful chaos that her children bring.
As these days of anticipation of Christmas draw closer, a creative reimagining of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" by Bipolar Explorer for your listening pleasure.
Advent is not a season for the triumphant, but the broken. An oblate-in-training on celebrating the sacred season walking and worshiping in silence with Benedictine nuns.
Recalling the harrowing experience of one of her students, Sharon Salzberg considers the Buddha's teachings on practicing intentional lovingkindness, and its power to heal both from without and within.
The ritual of lighting luminaria on Christmas Eve in New Mexico inspires this reflection on grief and waiting for the light.
Through the eyes of a young Iranian refugee in Mumbai, an Indian philosopher and educator reconnects the Christmas story to the spirit of Advent.
A Dominican friar-turned-soldier reflects on the essential role he's discovered as a "combat shaman" — and how his work of spiritual growth and guidance continues from the pulpit to the ranks.
2016 is around the corner. What’s the question you’re putting to bed and what’s the one that’s just being born within you at this transitional time of year?
A father's poetic awe at his elemental connection with his son, and the thrill he feels in witnessing this miracle of new life.
More than 800 years later, the great Sufi mystic Rumi continues to influence millions. Omid Safi marvels at the unifying and ripening power of Rumi's wisdom and grace through his poetry and his presence.
As excitement abounds for the latest Star Wars film, one wonders about the hold that these stories have on us. More than pop culture, these films and characters are part of our modern-day mythologies, reflecting the conflicts that we face every day and helping us to understand ourselves.
Through the story of the famous Christmas Truce of 1914, a ballad and some thoughts on holding despair and human possibility.
A dispatch from Austria as our team interview Br. David Steindl-Rast in the Alpine setting of St. Gilgen, a contemplation on the quiet character of Advent, and reminders for us to continue seeking light where we can as Hanukkah comes to a close.