In the face of fear and hatred, it's easy to be a mirror but harder still to hold fast to love and tenderness. Omid Safi calls for a more gritty, luminous love that manifests justice.
It is a privilege to feel that this is a time of unusual turmoil. Sarah Smarsh points at our responsibility in this revelatory moment: not just to look at the injustice we live amidst, but to act on what we see.
Drawing on the walking undead from Game of Thrones, Omid Safi comments on the stubborn disease of white supremacy, and on resisting its spread with the resilience of kinship and kindness.
Our public discourse has been infiltrated by ego and self-interest. Mohammed Fairouz challenges convictions of correctness on all sides, and calls for a humbler, more generous political spirit.
Scholar and activist Frances Kissling speaks of good will and understanding, rather than agreement or victory, as bridges between difference.
In the aftermath of Brexit, a man remembers that we have a limitless capacity for amazement even when we should be more fearful. When those times come, remember rain.
It's easy to blame Donald Trump for the fear and anger in this election cycle; it's much harder to see the deep roots of prejudice in ourselves and in our culture. Parker Palmer seeks a political reckoning beyond the language "us" and "them," toward a language of shared responsibility.
Blame abounds in times of crisis, but this can be a destructive endeavor. Instead, Courtney Martin advocates for emotional generosity to ourselves and each other, and for holding ourselves accountable for bringing about a better reality.
Writings on transcending social, psychological, and physical boundaries, and coming together in deeper connection with ourselves and each other.
Physical presence and inner life are more integrated than we might imagine. Meditations on how we move through stress, our relationship with the body, and making meaning in the rhythms of everyday life.
"Are we human beings who are in community, do we call to each other? Do we heed each other? Do we want to know each other?" Poet Elizabeth Alexander speaks of our need for language to understand our neighbors.
Behold! A sneak preview of Creating Our Own Lives, an exciting, new addition to our portfolio of podcasts! Plus, our executive editor selects some of the most intriguing reads on female sex positivity, evolving definitions of motherhood, democracy's doctors, and the cultural treasures binding us together.
Parker Palmer examines the guiding principles of care and healing at the center of a physician's practice, and wonders how they might revive the heart of political life.
From Game of Thrones to a biological time capsule in Norway, fascinating reads on what's happening in our collective culture with wise meditations on mutual trust in our individual power to rise and thrive.
A heated political climate can bring a blaming instinct to the fore. Courtney Martin on pointing our fingers inward instead of out, and reimagining the capacity we already have to rehabilitate the American dream.
North Carolina's "bathroom bill" has created quite a stir, a political and cultural imbroglio. Omid Safi on the need to stand up and not remain silent, no matter what action you might take.
Pope Francis had an extraordinary week issuing a seminal document on love and family, travelling to a refugee "hot zone," and meeting Bernie Sanders in Rome. The common thread: the pope's willingness to accompany people where they're at and walk alongside humanity, whether it be a Syrian refugee or a U.S. presidential candidate.
We're confronted with choices of wanting to do what's best for our children and our communities. But sometimes they come into conflict with each other. What do we do then? Courtney Martin on the intersections of public and personal life as she makes school choices for her daughter.
Faith can be a salve for the soul in the face of the suffering we witness. But, Omid Safi reminds us, our spiritual love must be bolstered by how we stand for the weak and vulnerable in our midst.
The wisdom we yearn for abounds in quiet spaces of dignity. Trent Gilliss with writings on our need for rhetoric of acceptance, the spirituality inherent in our given and chosen families, and the birth of a book years in the making.
With political rhetoric stirring people to anger, Mohammed Fairouz calls for us to cease and desist with our blunt use of destructive language and use our highest forms of linguistic expression.
What happens when we go too far in pushing against the "other" — whether in asserting our identity or in protecting ourselves from danger? Reminders that we must also open ourselves to the vulnerability of acknowledging our dignified differences and common ground.
Challenged by Donald Trump's recent fear-mongering, Omid Safi asks us to look deeply into our history and ourselves and find the courage to save our democratic experiment.
Our paths intersect with countless others as we navigate our days, but how often do we live out the potential of these exchanges? Gleanings from the complementary persistence of Super Mario and Sisyphus, the enduring kinship of the Abrahamic family, and the unexpected inspiration to honor a late loved one from a song by Sting.
Yes, there are bad questions. Survey questions about science and religion often foster "Internet hot-takes" rather than deeper public discourse, reducing an already narrowed view of public perceptions and missing the fine-grained details necessary for understanding.