politics

politics

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 Courtney E. Martin January 13, 2017

There is a danger of blindness in both presuming good and ill intent in our political figures. Courtney Martin looks to the shared stories that bind us to save us from our prejudices.

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 Trent Gilliss December 10, 2016

From the delicate strength of the Bolivian cholita to the counsel of Master Yoda, timely glimpses of wisdom on honoring overlooked parts of ourselves and each other.

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 Miguel Clark Mallet December 06, 2016

A writer contemplates the hubris at the heart of the American experiment, and the painful but possible path that leads to our nation’s redemption.

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 Omid Safi December 02, 2016

In our pursuit of justice, we must cling to what illuminates the darkness and keep the pain and indignation that fuel us from hardening to hatred.

BY Courtney E. Martin December 01, 2016

A reflection on reimagining American identity, which may require us to break down our most basic assumptions about the society we live in in uncomfortable ways.

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 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 Esther Sternberg November 18, 2016

An immunologist thinks through the deeper sources of election stress, and offers up cognitive and spiritual solutions to the anxiety we feel.

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 Courtney E. Martin November 13, 2016

We cast ballots for the candidates who stand for our values. But is our political instinct also a quest for identity? An exploration of the desire for belonging at the heart of our voting drive.

BY Omid Safi November 12, 2016

#Woke reflections on our nation's deepest political and social wounds, and the hope to be found in our capacity to heal them, together.

BY David Treuer November 10, 2016

With so much pain and anger and fear after the presidential election, an expression of kindness. The son of an Ojibwe mother and a Jewish father, who survived the Holocaust and found refuge in America, welcomes all who feel marginalized into his home — including Trump supporters.

BY Parker J. Palmer November 09, 2016

Our body politic suffers from deep wounds, seen and unseen, and all real. Wisdom gleaned from a beloved baseball team on resilience in the face of heartbreak, and the spirit of unity that will move us into a new age.

BY Trent Gilliss November 08, 2016

The love we feel for each other must expand to encompass imperfections. Thoughtful takes on the complexities of patriotism, identity, and family life.

BY Vincent Harding November 07, 2016

We are not the America we aspire to, yet. A rumination on the words and spirit of Langston Hughes, who inspires and impels us across the decades to make that America be.

BY Omid Safi November 03, 2016

Accepting dark realities and difficult truths doesn’t negate love for our country. An appeal for choosing American aspiration over American pride, so that we might grow into the nation we want to be.

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.

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