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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 Chris Martin December 17, 2015

A father's poetic awe at his elemental connection with his son, and the thrill he feels in witnessing this miracle of new life.

BY Omid Safi December 17, 2015

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.

BY Rahim Snow December 16, 2015

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.

BY Parker J. Palmer December 16, 2015

Through the story of the famous Christmas Truce of 1914, a ballad and some thoughts on holding despair and human possibility.

BY Trent Gilliss December 15, 2015

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.

BY Claire Hitchins December 15, 2015

Paradox runs through the season of Advent weaving together transcendence in imminence, power in vulnerability, kairos in chronos, the ultimate in the intimate. A set of homespun songs for this mysterious season of waiting.

BY Sharon Salzberg December 14, 2015

Actions stem from deep roots within, but how much attention do we give this inner space? A reminder that while nothing can be accomplished without action, actions in turn are made by the intentions that fuel them.

BY Jane Gross December 13, 2015

In this culture of independence, the compassion of strangers can be surprising. After an unexpected fainting spell, our columnist finds that selflessness still abounds around us — even in the hearts of her fellow New Yorkers.

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 13, 2015

For the final night of Hanukkah, a poem brought on by Allen Ginsberg.

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 12, 2015

The penultimate night celebrates getting older and the embers within.

BY Gary Nelson December 12, 2015

Familiar items are strangely comforting throughout life, much less in difficult times. A gay man discovers himself through his ongoing relationship with a Renoir painting.

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 11, 2015

Finding the light isn't difficult if you find the kindness that stands before you in the face of someone you may never have met. A poem for Hanukkah.

BY Courtney E. Martin December 11, 2015

In periods of fear, the catalysts of panic can sometimes be ourselves. Courtney Martin on the importance of mitigating our own fight-or-flight response in order to retain our compassion and humanity toward one another.

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 10, 2015

Just past the midpoint of the festival of lights, a glowing reminder that people sometimes say no.

BY Omid Safi December 10, 2015

Our responses to violence have become routine, which is its own tragedy. A necessary reminder that while good will is essential, it is powerless if it does not fuel our actions.

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 09, 2015

The light of Hanukkah can be found in the voice. A postcard on the fondness of listening and the musical warmth of words.

BY Parker J. Palmer December 09, 2015

The feeling of being stuck is one we all have experienced at one time or another. Beleaguered by writer's block, Parker Palmer calls upon his beginner's mind and encourages us to move forward with hope.

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 08, 2015

Sometimes a poem offers insight into a dream or an event in the news. And sometimes it's about the everyday thing that never occurs.

BY Sharon Salzberg December 08, 2015

Becoming fixated on a problem at the office or an injustice to others can often lead to intense anger. But, how do we avoid the narrowness of this emotion and not let it consume us?

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 07, 2015

To round out the second day of Hanukkah, a poem on bringing the light through the art of asking.

BY Annie Parsons December 07, 2015

A song reinvents a classic children's hymn, and invites reflection on the intertwined natures of joy and melancholy.

BY Esther Cohen & Matthew Septimus December 06, 2015

Our first postcard from Hanukkah reminds us of the importance of light, and to find it wherever we can: in strangers, in family, in friends.

BY Siri Liv Myhrom December 06, 2015

Christmas is an extrovert; Advent is an introvert’s season. A reflection on the expectant, hopeful, solemn season of waiting.

BY Trent Gilliss December 06, 2015

Our Sunday morning cantor is the talented Dessa with a stripped-down choral piece sure to make the spirit soar.

BY Mohammed Fairouz December 05, 2015

Born into a world of chaos and uncertainty, a millennial composer calls on his fellow generation to embrace the richness of this age and go berserk with gratitude.

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