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BY Parker J. Palmer January 18, 2017

What would it look like to quarrel with our country in a way the soul would affirm? A contemplation of patriotism turned inward, and the "fierce-love truth-telling" that will help us become the democratic community we aspire to be.

BY Angie Thurston January 17, 2017

At its best learning can also be a spiritual quest. A community of millennials is forging new networks for lifelong learning — that take the soul into account.

BY Trent Gilliss January 09, 2017

From a perennial favorite on busyness to hard conversations to help us understand each other — a round-up of the most-read blog posts of the past year.

BY Courtney E. Martin January 06, 2017

A lesson on trusting on trusting our gut about the lives we’re called to lead, and the unexpected ways that might manifest.

BY Trent Gilliss December 24, 2016

Dave Chappelle as an imperfect spiritual mentor; the importance of life's valleys alongside its peaks; reconnecting to lost family histories, and finding new ways to uplift each other through thick and thin.

BY Omid Safi December 15, 2016

Witnessing the divorce of his friends, our columnist remembers the rituals of celebration. But, what would it be like to have similar rituals of support when things fall apart?

BY Rami Nashashibi December 13, 2016

A look at icons in our popular culture reveals the crucial work of healing at the heart of the Muslim faith.

BY Courtney E. Martin December 08, 2016

Sometimes the refuge we need is not an escape, but a safe place to grapple with our hardest questions, and to challenge ourselves to be better.

BY Trent Gilliss December 03, 2016

Wise minds grapple with the tensions of faith and community, honor the resilience of a movement, and remember the love of family we often take for granted.

BY Marie Sambilay December 02, 2016

A white Evangelical Christian, and a Trump supporter, offers a gentle challenge: to put our preconceived notions aside, and understand each other more deeply than what we put on our ballots.

BY Burton L. Visotzky & Joseph Q. Jarvis November 28, 2016

A Jewish rabbi and a Mormon bishop unite their voices in an invitation to unity, and remind us that our diversity in race, religion, and politics is what makes our nation great.

BY Parker J. Palmer November 23, 2016

An appeal to move beyond anger and reactiveness, and to concentrate instead on the immediate, crucial work of embodying justice.

BY Trent Gilliss November 22, 2016

From celebrations of Leonard and Leon to the good and the bad in the Electoral College — reflections to challenge our relationships with technology, with busyness, with history, and with each other.

BY Broderick Greer November 21, 2016

A Thanksgiving reflection on scarcity and abundance, and the sacred work of inviting our neighbors and strangers alike to the table.

BY Courtney E. Martin November 19, 2016

This moment forces us to face challenging questions about who we are as a nation, who we want to become, and how to get there.

BY Omid Safi November 17, 2016

Hope isn't always soothing and soft. A pragmatic embrace of compassion, kindness, and truth-telling in the face of America's rifts.

BY Trent Gilliss November 15, 2016

From the loss of Leonard Cohen and the victory of the Chicago Cubs, music and language inviting you to think differently about shelter, resilience, suffering, and harmony.

BY Trent Gilliss November 01, 2016

The final week of this presidential election season calls for a poem from Mary Oliver, Parker Palmer on building lives of meaning, and insightful words on "perennials," the anatomy of an apology, and flourishing at home again.

BY Casper ter Kuile November 01, 2016

The battlefield of politics can leave us feeling voiceless. One organization is reimagining civic participation, and rediscovering the possibility of imagination in public life.

BY Trent Gilliss October 25, 2016

Times of turmoil can open us to new opportunities. Hopeful and insightful words on how to move forward in this season of political and emotional churn.

BY Sharon Salzberg October 24, 2016

Our lives are interwoven, even when the connections aren't always apparent. A reflection on civic participation as a form of compassion to the loved ones and strangers we live alongside.

BY Trent Gilliss October 18, 2016

Meaning and learning present themselves to us in unexpected ways. Commentaries on keeping ourselves open to surprising lenses on life, and to how they can enrich our relationships, our work, and our play.

BY Paul Raushenbush October 18, 2016

We look to the election with uncertainty, hope, and fear. But Paul Raushenbush imagines further, with an aspirational and haunting vision of what will be required of us afterward.

BY Trent Gilliss October 04, 2016

The human experience is rife with messiness and frustration, especially in our relationships with others and with ourselves. Trent Gilliss shares thoughts on embracing the turmoil and finding ways to grow from it.

BY Angie Thurston October 04, 2016

We spend lifetimes answering that universal (and universally vexing) question: "What am I for?" From patron saints to superhero alter egos, Angie Thurston explores the diverse ways people are discovering, creating, and boldly asserting their own identities.

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