"That's a tough spirituality. That's not any kind of sweet-by-and-by spirituality. That's a spirituality that takes on the world as it is and says, "I'm gonna figure this out one way or another." The mystic and the Moses."
Harding suggests in this essay that the dream is never finished but endlessly unfolding. He suggests that America's most important possibility for the world is not to dominate, threaten, or compete with, but to help each other in a search for common ground. He suggests that when we simply attempt to replicate our free-market materialism, we miss our most vital connections. From this, he opens the possibility that a new conversation may begin — one that might initiate a deeper journey concerning the possibilities of human community across all geographical lines.
An open letter from Southern Baptist leader Albert Mohler. He writes in direct response to the recent teen suicides. While maintaining his biblical stance against homosexuality, he asks his fellow Christians how they would have received Tyler Clementi in their church.
"That little encounter reminded me that civility takes work. It takes spiritual work. Sometimes the Lord makes that point for us by sending someone to give us a hug!"
A Christian ethicist and Evangelical scholar, David Gushee shares this smart essay about how he brings his religious values into hot-button conversations and the "sacred humanity" of the other.
View the 2004 election exit poll that Frances Kissling mentions regarding the attitudes toward abortion.
Ms. Alexander cites this classic essay that says that poetry "forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action."
Read a selected passage from Jane Gross' memoir about lessons learned the hard way as she went through this life passage with her own mother.
Jane Gross recommends these ten organizations as invaluable set of resources for caregivers. Find a full list of recommendations in her book "A Bittersweet Season."
by Stephen Jay Gould
The famous scientist Stephen Jay Gould recounts a personal story about his autistic son and the charming simplicity of calculating dates.