On the Blog

Featured Commentary

A man sits in contemplation.
BY March 1, 2017

What might we make space for if we gave up our indignation, even if just for a moment? A historical and philosophical inquiry into the roots of this social moment.

On the Blog

BY December 8, 2016

David Whyte reads his poem “Everything Is Waiting for You.”

BY December 8, 2016

The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror,…

"Anziano alla stazione"
BY December 8, 2016

We try a new drug, a new combination of drugs, and suddenly I fall into my life again like a…

BY December 8, 2016

“Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven devils had been cast out” —Luke 8:2. The first was that I was very…

At a mass grave on the outskirts of Koreme in Iraqi Kurdistan, a woman mourns her brother and husband. Estimates of 60,000-80,000 people, mostly Kurdish, disappeared or were executed during the 1988 Iraqi Anfal campaign.
BY December 8, 2016

Here again is Alicia Partnoy, this time reading from the work of the Chilean poet Marjorie Agosin, who escaped General…

A young man keeps his head above water as he looks on at the shoreline and trees.
BY December 8, 2016

This was the last poem, Christian Wiman says, that the Russian poet wrote. Listen to Wiman’s recitation of this powerful…

Joanna Macy
BY December 8, 2016

translation by Joanna Macy + Anita Barrows   Quiet friend who has come so far, feel how your breathing makes…

A young man keeps his head above water as he looks on at the shoreline and trees.
BY December 8, 2016

During his conversation with Krista Tippett, Christian Wiman started to recite this poem by the Canadian poet Robert Bringhurst. Wiman…

The photographer with his 98-year-old father, who lost his short-term memory. As an act of remembering, the son documented his final time with him in "Days with My Father."
BY December 8, 2016

Grief comes to eat without a mouth. —William Matthews 1   Self-Portrait as the Scavenger Gull Here at the quiet limit of…

BY December 8, 2016

Listen to Wendell Berry read his classic poem.

BY December 8, 2016

The grower of trees, the gardener, the man born to farming, whose hands reach into the ground and sprout, to…

BY December 8, 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 December 7, 2016

As we turn the seasonal corner to the longest nights of the year, a reflection on the time we spend in the darkness, and what we can learn from it before turning back to the light.

BY December 6, 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 December 3, 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 December 2, 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 December 2, 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 December 1, 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 November 30, 2016

Even at our most broken and scattered, Mary Oliver seems to say, we can uncover new wholeness by examining each shattered piece.

BY November 23, 2016

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

BY 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.

LYNCHBURG, VA - JANUARY 18: Supporters of Donald Trump reach for bumper stickers before the Republican presidential candidate delivers the convocation at the Vines Center on the campus of Liberty University on January 18, 2016 in Lynchburg, Virginia. A billionaire real estate mogul and reality television personality, Trump addressed students and guests at the non-profit, private Christian university that was founded in 1971 by evangelical Southern Baptist televangelist Jerry Falwell. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
BY November 22, 2016

An African-American professor who has spent her life building bridges across racial divides questions whether she can continue knowing that four out of five white Evangelical Christians voted for Donald Trump.

BY 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 November 21, 2016

Instead of denying frightening realities, sometimes the best path forward is a courageous acknowledgement of the truth.

BY 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.

Pages

«...34567...102030...»
apples