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June 3, 2020

Race and Healing: A Body Practice

Therapist and trauma specialist Resmaa Menakem is working with old wisdom and very new science about our bodies and nervous systems, and all we condense into the word “race.” “Your body — all of our bodies — are where changing the status quo must begin.” Find a quiet place and…

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March 13, 2020

A Listening Care Package for Uncertain Times

The meaning of the Inuit word “qarrtsiluni” conjures up a striking image: “sitting together in the dark, waiting for something to happen.” Teju Cole shares the word in his On Being conversation, and it’s been increasingly resonant in the months and weeks since COVID-19 began affecting communities across the…

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February 25, 2020

Response to Investigation of Jean Vanier

Editor’s note: In February 2020, L’Arche International released the results of an independent investigation that it commissioned into Jean Vanier, who died in 2019. The investigation determined that the L’Arche founder, Catholic philosopher and humanitarian engaged in manipulative sexual relationships with at least six women from 1970-2005. None…
When the peacebuilder John Paul Lederach reflected on his work with communities across the globe, he said one question sat at the heart of his work: “Where did we nourish and foster the creative imagination that permits you to bring into the world something that does not now exist? That’s the…