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BY March 28, 2017

Through the biblical story of a son’s sacrifice, Michael Eric Dyson says there’s a powerful lesson about our own tests and how we abuse them. An exploration of corporal punishment of children, a broader view of truth, and the perils of biblical literalism.

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BY April 25, 2017

On the heels of Earth Day, a dialogue on the necessity of both contemplation and action, detachment and radical engagement in our relationship with the environment.

BY April 21, 2017

Three wisdom keepers on the inner voice of compassion in the mystical and contemplative traditions

BY April 21, 2017

What does it take to do the messy work compassion through incredible obstacles? Rami Nashashibi, Naomi Tutu and Kevin Cosby on courage and living compassion.

BY April 21, 2017

52 regular folks read Walt Whitman’s poem, “Song of Myself” —  a profound and deeply humanizing portrait of American life.

BY April 21, 2017

There may not be one magic key to successful relationships. But it helps for us to share this goal: to have our partners’ back, no matter what chaos life throws our way.

BY April 20, 2017

With wisdom and humor, Karen Armstrong and a cadre of American mayors, grapple with the question of cultivating compassion in our cities. Join the live stream from the 2017 Festival of Faiths.

BY April 20, 2017

Is it enough to be tolerant of each other? Omdi Safi yearns for more, and imagines a more loving embrace of our diversity.

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BY & Matthew Septimus April 19, 2017

With the celebrations of Easter and Passover in our rearview mirrors, a poem and a postcard for the year to come.

BY April 19, 2017

It’s a hard time to be human. But that doesn’t mean our good work has no value. Parker and Ellen Bass on the beautiful paradox of our smallness and our consequence in the world.

BY April 18, 2017

Lovingkindness isn’t a sweet and soft thing. It’s a rigorous transformation of mind and spirit, and it’s the first step to cultivating a sense of connection to those around us.

Matt Welsh of Australia during a feature shoot at Somerset College Pool May 7, 2004 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
BY April 17, 2017

After a competitive swimmer calls it quits, he finds solace Greek epics and the Gospel of Matthew. And, by his two young sons, he finds his way back into the water again.

BY April 15, 2017

How your personality changes over a lifetime; a tribute to the unbreakable spirit of a legendary poet; the virtue of not getting exactly what you want; and hiring not just minds, but hearts, too.

BY April 14, 2017

A Greek Orthodox woman’s meditation on loss, redemption, and finding belonging in the Easter season.

BY April 14, 2017

Creating a false division between life and work has its own pitfalls.

BY April 13, 2017

The Japanese art of kintsugi — repairing cracks in pottery with gold — gives a new perspective on how healing and illuminating our own flaws can lead to a more nourishing wholeness.

BY April 12, 2017

The human soul is a thing to name and celebrate, no matter how we understand its fickle, mysterious nature.

BY April 11, 2017

A visual tour of a whimsical and unsettling carnival of masked figures and horned demons — a survivor of northern Spain’s Celtic roots.

This view of the Yamuna River in Agra, India was taken in 2000. It is the landscape that can be seen from the back of the Taj Mahal. (Photo by Matthew Septimus.)
BY & Matthew Septimus April 10, 2017

A photo-poem to celebrate the first night of Passover and life’s endless series of stories.

BY April 10, 2017

For those of us who are sick and tired of being afraid, a brilliant stop-motion film featuring Brené Brown in conversation with Krista Tippett.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 08: Ray Hooper riding Toss Woollaston cools off during the Karekare Beach Races on April 8, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. The event on Auckland's West Coast raises funds for Lone Kauri School and the Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
BY April 8, 2017

When a listener asks a question, a new conversation emerges. And other ideas on the harm of literalism in family life, the virtue of truth-telling, transforming anger, praise for an unappreciated generation; and others.

A CNN employee runs after a Supreme Court ruling was made on race-based college admissions on June 24, 2013 in Washington DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
BY April 7, 2017

College rejection and acceptance letters are in the post this time of year. Our columnist drops truth on how rejection can teach us to find value in ourselves, and not in the affirmation of the decision-making process of an admissions department.

BY April 5, 2017

A tribute to Maya Angelou for her birthday — with a reflection on her poem “Still I Rise,” a fiery assertion of self.

BY April 4, 2017

Fifty years ago today, on April 4, 1967, a reluctant Martin Luther King stood in Riverside Church in New York. Omid Safi on the promise of that moment and where we are today.

BY April 1, 2017

Wisdom on mortality from Ira Byock; a young woman’s reflection on magic and memory; Sharon Salzberg on recalibrating brain bias; and Krista’s five approaches to a wise life.

BY April 1, 2017

A young woman on growing up half-Chinese and half-Irish in Southern California’s largest Asian enclave, and the journey to understanding her “hapa” identity not as incoherent parts, but as a perfect whole.

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