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Advent Manifesto: Does My Soul Still Sing?

A century of reflections.

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Advent Manifesto: Does My Soul Still Sing?
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Good Conversation Is an Adventure

A few weeks ago, Krista reached out on social media to ask for your questions. She shares the questions here in the hope that we might live in to them, together.

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Good Conversation Is an Adventure

What I Learned About the Heart from a Man Who Lost His

Daisy Hernández has spent the last four years researching Chagas disease, a heart condition afflicting about 7 million people primarily in Latin America. But she has also learned about the heart’s metaphorical condition — and what happens we we stop seeing each other’s hearts.

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What I Learned About the Heart from a Man Who Lost His

Remembering Philando Castile on My Birthday

From a conference room in Montréal, I prayed silently for Philando’s family and friends. I prayed for my state, which had once again erupted in chaos, just eight months after Jamar Clark, another black man, was shot and killed in North Minneapolis. I prayed for the safety of black lives everywhere because black life is not a given, it’s a blessing.

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Remembering Philando Castile on My Birthday

How Tender, Loving Male Friendships Can Save Us from Toxic Masculinity

Why don’t we value a masculinity that embraces tenderness and care? Tony Liu shares the life-affirming joy of his male friendships, and how they have opened him to the possibility of a masculinity that is more nourishing.

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How Tender, Loving Male Friendships Can Save Us from Toxic Masculinity

The Work of the Hands

It’s with open hands that we welcome the stranger, open up to the light of a new day. With open hands we praise in church, we offer help in community, we wash off the day and welcome a new one.

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The Work of the Hands

What Does it Mean to Be a Man?

What would it mean to rethink our definition of masculinity? Jonathan P. Higgins calls for an unlearning of our warped understanding of what it means to be a man, and a new definition that makes space for wholeness.

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What Does it Mean to Be a Man?

#MeToo and the Spiritual Struggle for Gratitude

For those of us who have bravely said #metoo, gratitude can be difficult, especially if we sought refuge in religious communities that reinforced shame under the guise of salvation.

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#MeToo and the Spiritual Struggle for Gratitude

Welcome to the Brink of Everything

How we travel the arc between our own sunrise and sundown is ours to choose: Will it be denial, defiance, or collaboration?

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Welcome to the Brink of Everything

Suffering Is Both a Barrier and a Bridge

Going through hardships gives us strength in the places we’d never thought to develop, spaces we didn’t know we’d occupy, room to reach beyond ourselves, toward others who are where we had been.

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Suffering Is Both a Barrier and a Bridge

The Benefits of Sending Your Privileged Child to an “Underperforming” School

Economically privileged parents may think of school as a pipeline to success, but they can be so much more. How underperforming schools can offer a type of education that money could never buy.

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The Benefits of Sending Your Privileged Child to an “Underperforming” School
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