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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 Parker J. Palmer November 16, 2016

Leonard Cohen's timeless lyrics are a beacon of hope for even the most broken among us. An expression of gratitude to our latest lost legend.

BY Trent Gilliss November 05, 2016

Is it Pollyannaish to love your country at its most divided? Sara Bareilles and Leslie Odom Jr. create a song to make sense of the world before us — and imagine a country yet to be.

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 Omid Safi October 20, 2016

An account of one man's years with the legendary American bard, who spoke to a desire for authenticity, justice, and love.

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 Trent Gilliss September 21, 2016

The search for fulfillment feels endless, but what if the answer dwells around and among us? Contemplations on the joyful wisdom embedded in work and in life.

BY Parker J. Palmer September 14, 2016

The violence of our culture can trap us in a spiral of fear and paralysis. Parker Palmer on the importance of centering our minds and hearts in sacred spaces of our own, wherever we may find them.

BY Trent Gilliss July 19, 2016

Our days have been marked by pain and gaps in understanding. The enduring presence of kindness, mercy, poise, and the beauty of music provide guidance in harrowing times.

BY Parker J. Palmer July 13, 2016

When the weight of the world is heavy, music can be a balm. A musical offering for this uncertain moment, for mercy and the courage to walk together toward the beloved community.

BY Omid Safi June 30, 2016

The Sufi tradition is infused with the beauty of art and song. Honoring singer Amjad Sabri, Omid Safi celebrates and gives thanks for the spiritual gift of the qawwali devotional.

BY Trent Gilliss May 25, 2016

How do we cut through distraction to nurture our best selves forward? Our executive editor shares reflections on rediscovering the glory around and within us, from the journey of an olympic runner, to the lyrical labyrinth of rap, to healing the void of loss with art and memory.

BY Kineret Yardena May 09, 2016

After a teacher stays on in Poland after a five-day bearing witness retreat at Auschwitz-Birkenau, she offers a peripatetic meditation on beauty, suffering, and our capacity to comprehend what is incomprehensible.

BY Mohammed Fairouz May 08, 2016

Our cultural treasures of music, art, and literature can bind us together. But in an era of interconnectedness, our art can also be woven together with our statecraft. Mohammed Fairouz cautions against cultural appropriation by charting the story of our universal cultural heritage, from the court of ancients to the modern day.

BY Trent Gilliss April 26, 2016

We lost a beloved cultural icon last week, and his life of work has inspired an outpouring of love in music and story. Celebrations of Prince's life accompany praise for standing up together, in support of our strengths and growth from moments of weakness.

BY Mitch Bogen April 16, 2016

Generations have worshipped him as the King of Folk, but Dylan's discomfort with the limelight reveals more than mere humility. An examination of the service-oriented theology in the lyrics of a lover of song.

BY Mohammed Fairouz March 29, 2016

For those of us who adore our daily forms of labor, work doesn't stop when the office closes. Mohammed Fairouz makes the case for obsession, and work as prayer and mystery and play.

BY Mariah Helgeson March 27, 2016

On this Easter morning, a memory and a story of finding God not in the four walls of a church but by reclaiming awe in the woods of rural Minnesota. Listen to this audio short by Craig Minowa of the orchestral indie rock collective Cloud Cult and his reverence for the ritual of Easter morning.

BY Debra Dean Murphy March 19, 2016

As Christians enter Holy Week, a reflection on the drama of the Easter story through poetry, music, and history. Theatrical, disturbing, cathartic, and deeply necessary, the Christian encounter with the crucifixion is a reckoning with the violence of our era. And yet in resurrection there is hope and embrace.

BY Trent Gilliss March 08, 2016

From an eloquent and soul-touching tune, to testaments of moving forward from complex suffering, our executive editor shares demonstrations of the boundless and surprising bravery of which we are all capable.

BY Trent Gilliss March 04, 2016

A musician from the shores of Lake Superior sings a haunting melody that speaks to the spaces between your cells.

BY Trent Gilliss February 16, 2016

Wise voices remind us that there are realities we can embrace. Writings on the uncomfortable but rewarding work of taking a positive orientation to the speed bumps of life, from the ennui of advanced age to communicating the most difficult truths.

BY Trent Gilliss February 02, 2016

Might we understand each other better if we dropped our assumptions and reframed the questions we ask? The contemplative season sparks ruminations on how we might be more generous in imagining our neighbors, and ourselves.

BY Calvyn C. du Toit January 28, 2016

What do the Triune God and jazz music have in common? A South African musician explores jazz through three theological metaphors.

BY Katharine Rose January 25, 2016

In the height of winter, perhaps what we need to chase away the cold and gray is a bit of the January blues. Music legend Buddy Guy provides some heartening perspective about life being more than flesh and bone.

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