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A community of matzah
BY May 23, 2017

There’s no such thing as finding belonging too late. In mid-life, a writer delves into the stories and traditions of her Jewish heritage, and discovers a sense of kinship more extensive and profound than any she’d experienced before.

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A man sitting in the woods holding a sacred text.
BY June 23, 2017

For the closing days of Ramadan, a young Catholic scholar shows us that we can look to many sources outside one’s own religious canon to find meaning and pay attention to the world before us.

BY June 22, 2017

Might our obsession with every tweet and news bite be too much? The difference between misguided fixation and engaged awareness — and how to redirect our attention to what really matters.

BY June 21, 2017

The extraordinary is revered and celebrated, but where does that leave the ordinary? On rediscovering the meaning of awe, and finding it in the quiet majesty of the daily grind.

A black bear roams a cabin road in northern Minnesota.
BY June 19, 2017

Our weekly Letter from Loring Park compels us to witness all before us close-up, whether the frailties and strengths of our fathers or the spirit of reciprocity around us.

BY June 16, 2017

In the wake of the attacks in Manchester, an artist’s impassioned appeal to the West to cast off the scourge of collective responsibility for terrorism — and embrace the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims as partners not adversaries in the battle against extreme violence.

BY June 16, 2017

A loving ode to an exemplar of old-school hard work and generosity, and a model for public life in our time.

BY June 15, 2017

The personal growth that comes from activities we do for joy, rather than status or reward — whether it’s painting murals or sprucing up cars, pick-up basketball or beekeeping.

BY June 14, 2017

There are gems at the heart of all our faith traditions. Omid Safi on the challenge ahead to polish away the impurities of hatred and greed that keep the light from shining.

BY June 14, 2017

Our stories hold power no matter the circumstances of our lives. A Hmong-American woman looks on her father’s modest life, and her own — through refugee camps in Thailand to their new life in the American Midwest — and reveals lessons from the powerless on our inherent dignity, even through our most vulnerable times.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks as President Donald Trump listens during a parent-teacher conference listening session at the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 14, 2017. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
BY June 13, 2017

A Dutch theologian explains the religious principles at the heart of Trump’s choice for U.S. Secretary of Education. Hint: it’s a Dutch neo-Calvinist minister and politician.

BY June 13, 2017

A young man sets a resolution for himself, and for us: to engage deeply with those on the other side, not with the goal of being right, but to recognize the desire for good that we all share.

BY June 13, 2017

A poem to honor the commonalities that run deeper than our cultural divides — from the San Francisco of the Beat Generation to a modest dive on the Jersey Shore.

BY June 12, 2017

The meditative ritual of bread-making becomes a respite from the frenzy and passivity of online life. A vision for an America in which all our experiences are folded together and baked in — and a recipe for homemade bread.

BY June 10, 2017

The questions of who matters and what’s really important run through each entry in this week’s edition of Letter from Loring Park.

BY June 8, 2017

In the shadow of tremendous loss, a message about the gifts we are to each other, the raw truth of who we are, and what really matters.

BY June 7, 2017

After a medical condition changed the way he observes Ramadan, Omid reflects on what he misses about the embodied experience of the fast — and the inner, spiritual fast he takes on now to live out the holy season.

BY June 7, 2017

Omid on recognizing that the path we’re on is the right one; Courtney with mental trickery to uncover our creative confidence; and Turkish-American poet Adnan Onart on finding the kinship of faith during Ramadan — in a Dunkin Donuts.

BY June 6, 2017

The poet’s grounded counsel on living a life of generosity and integrity — and a touch of healthy rebelliousness.

BY June 5, 2017

Hannah Arendt’s experience as a refugee during the Nazi regime, and the powerful lessons it has for our time.

BY June 2, 2017

Acknowledging the limits of our own experience, and the spiritual challenge of building deep relationships with those outside our cultural comfort zones.

BY June 2, 2017

The moral authority of frail bodies. Vulnerability as strength. How solidarity can lead to resurrection.

BY June 1, 2017

Sometimes we need to trick our hearts to make great art — and do the things that most scare us.

BY May 31, 2017

After a meditative walk through a Shinto shrine in Kyoto, Japan, a reflection on recognizing the paths we’re on as a spiritual destination.

BY May 31, 2017

Love and gratitude can be daring, disruptive acts in a world that insists on conflict and endless craving.

BY May 30, 2017

To live fully and well, we need diversity — in nature and in our lives together.

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