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By Trent Gilliss June 24, 2015

Bill Siemering, a founding member of National Public Radio, will be speaking at On Being on Loring Park tonight at 5:30pm. Join us for a live stream!

By Trent Gilliss June 01, 2015

With a mix of banjos and bedlam, a review of on what we're reading, writing, and printing this week — all good for the sharing.

By Elizabeth Aquino May 30, 2015

Rather than grieve for the loss of “normalcy,” a mother of a child with refractory seizure disorder chooses to exult in her being exactly the way she is. Weaving in the Four Noble Truths, she marvels at the gifts of intimacy, false notions of power and control, and the hope and humor that follows.

By Omid Safi May 28, 2015

A powerful lesson on the allure of the ego and the mystery of love expressed through the mythology of the Lord of the Rings and the poetry of Rumi.

By Parker J. Palmer April 08, 2015

We all want to be of service, to be needed and of use to others and to ourselves. Parker Palmer tells the playful story of a neighbor who takes this to an extreme.

By Esther Cohen April 04, 2015

What if we overcame our tribal impulses and told stories that grew our imagination as a people?

By Courtney E. Martin March 13, 2015

Sometimes it takes a fire hydrant turning into a geyser to remind us that there is somebody there to fix it. In seeing all of the people around us who make systems and services work, we begin to understand what it takes to make a community thrive.

By Mariah Helgeson March 10, 2015

Join us at 10:00 am this morning for a live video stream of Krista's conversation with john a. powell, one of the most revered thinkers on race today. We'll be taking your questions online too!

By Trent Gilliss March 02, 2015

A look at some of the best pieces of the week, including nature at work, saying no, and expressions of men and grief.

By Omid Safi February 26, 2015

We crave community and intimacy. But, are we looking for it in the wrong places — in our phones and mobile devices rather than in each others' eyes? With Rumi as his guide, Omid Safi on needing less digital connection and more rejuvenation of heart and soul.

By Mariah Helgeson January 22, 2015

Our conversation on the inner life rebellion inspires a 23-year-old singer-songwriter to write a song that embodies the rebellious energy she senses within herself and her generation. Take a listen; it's a treat.

By Courtney E. Martin January 16, 2015

Making connections can be "life-giving" but they can also reinforce "damaging divides." Courtney Martin is reminded of the vitality of human bonds — and the chasms that remain in this hypernetworked world.

By Trent Gilliss December 22, 2014

In a season filled with joy and angst, reflections on rethinking tradition, being a light for others, and wading through the giving conundrum. Plus, a map that will suck you in for hours, a reflection on the courage to hope in the face of despair, and a call to embrace others' truths over being right.

By Shannon Lynch December 13, 2014

After hearing Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai on the radio, a middle-aged woman from the Midwest reflects on her own life and the courage to choose hope in the face of despair.

By Joseph Paillé December 07, 2014

In a culture of curated sharing, the intimacy of human touch can be daunting — even for a pastor. An essay on how the practice of laying on of hands is a quiet and necessary rite that ought to become part of our story again.

By Omid Safi December 04, 2014

We build all sorts of enclosures to protect us and keep our loved ones safe from harm. But in column in poetical form, we are tasked with being vulnerable and opening those gates.

By Omid Safi October 30, 2014

In a world where we feel more connected to friends on social media friends than our next-door neighbors, an argument that finds hope in Halloween and its ability to bring community together — even if only for a few magical hours.

By Imani Perry September 11, 2014

A powerful essay on the responsibility of raising black sons in America. Against the forces of injustice and the brutal truth of racial inequality, a scholar and a mother finds hope in community and the knowledge that "together we create gardens of possibility in the parched earth."

By Parker J. Palmer September 10, 2014

Inspired by the simplicity and power of Naomi Shihab Nye's story, here's a list of five simple things we can do to help with healing the heart of democracy.

By Parker J. Palmer July 02, 2014

As many of us Americans approach the July 4th weekend, Parker Palmer proposes an Interdependence Day to remind us that "we're all in this together."

By Heather Christensen June 26, 2014

A student of agriculture applies the lessons from permaculture to our increasingly polarized political climate. Just as there are plant guilds, she writes, we can create people guilds too.

By Parker J. Palmer April 16, 2014

Parker Palmer offers a light-hearted vignette on the unexpected visitor and welcoming her in — all by way of a metaphor by Rumi.

By Trent Gilliss March 14, 2014

Author and poet Jennifer Michael Hecht on suicide, resilience, and community. She says, "We have secret web-like connections to each other. Sometimes when you can't see what's important about you other people can." Join the conversation here.

By Mariah Helgeson March 01, 2014

On the anniversary of Mr. Rogers' passing, a conversation about unconditional love, community, and the gentle way we learned how to be human from a quiet man in a reliable sweater.

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