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BY August 14, 2017

A reflection acknowledging that the injustice of suffering can’t be wrapped up in a neat bow of closure. Instead, we the author looks to her culture’s understanding of ancestry — in the responsibility we have to the loved ones we’ve lost.

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A woman participates in a peaceful protest at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 5, 2017.
BY September 16, 2017

A constellation of reading and listening for early autumn from our editor-in-chief.

People talk after a Sacrament Meeting of the Washington, D.C. 3rd Ward at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints October 23, 2011 in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
BY September 15, 2017

A young, gay Mormon’s testimony sparked a rift in her community — but, Erika Munson wonders, must we give in to the instinct to take sides? On lingering in the complex questions with a spirit of compassion that has room for our differences.

Volunteers help load cars with donated supplies outside Center Mall in Port Arthur, Texas on September 2, 2017. As floodwaters receded in Houston after Hurricane Harvey, nearby cities such as Beaumont which had lost its water supply — and Port Arthur struggled to recover. One week after Harvey slammed into southeast Texas as a Category Four hurricane, rescuers were still out searching for people still inside flooded homes.
BY September 14, 2017

Avoiding burnout from the endless news cycle is important, but so is staying meaningfully and personally present to urgent realities that deserve our attention.

Woman wrapped in sheet. Photo by Yoann Boyer.
BY September 12, 2017

It’s scary to surrender control, but good can come from letting the chips fall where they may.

A tattooed woman holds a copy of Kinfolk magazine
BY September 11, 2017

Conspicuous consumption may be on the decline, but does the alternative reproduce privilege in a more exclusionary way?

Cubans clean a street of Havana, on September 10, 2017. Deadly Hurricane Irma battered central Cuba on Saturday, knocking down power lines, uprooting trees and ripping the roofs off homes as it headed towards Florida. Authorities said they had evacuated more than a million people as a precaution, including about 4,000 in the capital. (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)
BY September 11, 2017

The recent hurricanes and wildfires teach us not only about climate change and human folly, but also about the fundamental goodness of people in the face of disaster.

Writer Junot Díaz attends the Jersey Boys at The New Yorker Festival on October 10, 2014. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for The New Yorker Festival)
BY September 9, 2017

Smart writing on big love, the end of summer, a new narrative of whiteness, and constellations of listening — all curated by our editor-in-chief.

Demonstrators participate in a march and rally against white supremacy August 16, 2017 in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
BY September 7, 2017

White supremacy is newly palpable in unsettling, violent ways. But what if our public conversation about race can encourage a new, redeemable, and joyful whiteness to come to the fore?

BY September 6, 2017

The aftermath of natural and man made tragedies such disasters such as the Grenfell Tower fire in London reveals the deeper, inner work that’s required for true public and personal healing.

BY September 5, 2017

As the air starts to cool and the days shorten, a poetic reflection for this liminal time — on the hidden potential that lies in the season ahead.

A man sits in a church.
BY September 2, 2017

From grief to the virtue of griping and a much-needed perspective on white privilege, our editor
in chief highlights three marvelous essays from three superb writers.

BY August 31, 2017

Our daily lives are narratives we wrap ourselves in. But sometimes the grind keeps us from truly connecting with the world around us.

BY August 26, 2017

It’s been a busy summer! Brand new ways to listen and read, a new season of Creating Our Own Lives, and a morsel of wisdom on freedom from counterfeit happiness.

Thich Nhat Hanh walking with others in a forest.
BY August 20, 2017

A journey of collective mindfulness with the Vietnamese Zen master, crystallized in verse.

BY August 19, 2017

An appeal to reweave the white imagination that shapes us all; and a timelapse of superstorms to reignite awe at the grandeur of nature.

Photo of a phone saying "Stop Complaining." Photo by Omar Prestwich
BY August 17, 2017

Can the occasional cathartic rant lead to healing? The virtue of letting our frustrations be heard — from Russian novels and the Book of Job to a Catholic women’s “pray and bitch” prayer group.

A supercell thunderstorm gathers. Photo by Niccolò Ubalducci.
BY August 15, 2017

Watch the magnificent beauty of nature’s smokeshow and fireworks slowly gather and reveal themselves through Chad Cowan’s timelapse films.

BY August 14, 2017

A searching exploration of the “white imagination” — and how it not only influences white people but also people of color’s lenses on the world.

BY August 12, 2017

Reflections to hearten life amid chaos and pain — from a new take on efficiency to the breaking and remaking that shape our grief.

People gather around the communal dining table.
BY August 10, 2017

We need to get wiser about efficiency — about when it’s a good thing, and when it saps us of the slow and messy connections that help us learn, grow, and thrive.

Vincent Harding
BY August 9, 2017

A modern-day tragedy has befallen Omid: His iPhone has died. But there’s a deep lesson in this, too — on ensuring that our memories are stored in a deeper and more enduring place.

Cloud Cult
BY August 9, 2017

Listen to a live set of Cloud Cult’s performance at On Being Studios on a cold winter night in Minneapolis.

BY August 8, 2017

A loving ode to ancestral land — and to the body of the earth from which we all come and to which we all return.

BY August 8, 2017

In the quest to have it all, a daughter of Asian immigrants discovers that “the breaking takes time.” Might we, she asks, build narrower lawns and wider minds?

BY August 7, 2017

She embodied a sense of steady gratitude regardless of the circumstances. A reflection in memoriam of police captain-turned-dharma teacher Cheri Maples.