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BY May 6, 2017

Witnessing the faint smile of her dying mother, the daughter of Haitian-Creole parents reflects on why she’s been writing about death and grief ever since — and the cathartic edge of the Book of Revelation and C.S. Lewis.

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BY November 19, 2016

This moment forces us to face challenging questions about who we are as a nation, who we want to become, and how to get there.

BY November 18, 2016

An immunologist thinks through the deeper sources of election stress, and offers up cognitive and spiritual solutions to the anxiety we feel.

BY November 17, 2016

Hope isn’t always soothing and soft. A pragmatic embrace of compassion, kindness, and truth-telling in the face of America’s rifts.

BY November 16, 2016

Leonard Cohen’s timeless lyrics are a beacon of hope for even the most broken among us. An expression of gratitude to our latest lost legend.

BY November 15, 2016

From the loss of Leonard Cohen and the victory of the Chicago Cubs, music and language inviting you to think differently about shelter, resilience, suffering, and harmony.

BY November 13, 2016

We cast ballots for the candidates who stand for our values. But is our political instinct also a quest for identity? An exploration of the desire for belonging at the heart of our voting drive.

BY November 12, 2016

#Woke reflections on our nation’s deepest political and social wounds, and the hope to be found in our capacity to heal them, together.

BY November 10, 2016

With so much pain and anger and fear after the presidential election, an expression of kindness. The son of an Ojibwe mother and a Jewish father, who survived the Holocaust and found refuge in America, welcomes all who feel marginalized into his home — including Trump supporters.

BY November 9, 2016

Our body politic suffers from deep wounds, seen and unseen, and all real. Wisdom gleaned from a beloved baseball team on resilience in the face of heartbreak, and the spirit of unity that will move us into a new age.

BY November 8, 2016

t’s been an adventurous, power-packed week here at On Being on Loring Park. It feels so gratifying to release the…

BY November 8, 2016

Do conversations matter in this election? A lifelong believer in the power of conversation to transform conflict wrote to Krista asking for advice about how to understand the other side in this contentious election.

BY November 7, 2016

Some years ago, I came across one of the most intriguing book titles that I have ever seen. It was…

BY November 5, 2016

Is it Pollyannaish to love your country at its most divided? Sara Bareilles and Leslie Odom Jr. create a song to make sense of the world before us — and imagine a country yet to be.

BY November 4, 2016

Real love for our nation calls us to look at ourselves, as citizens, whole. A long view on the future of a beloved and broken America, and our potential to shape it moving forward.

BY November 3, 2016

Accepting dark realities and difficult truths doesn’t negate love for our country. An appeal for choosing American aspiration over American pride, so that we might grow into the nation we want to be.

BY November 2, 2016

November in the upper Midwest often feels like a “fifth season” to me — different from autumn and winter in…

BY November 1, 2016

The final week of this presidential election season calls for a poem from Mary Oliver, Parker Palmer on building lives of meaning, and insightful words on “perennials,” the anatomy of an apology, and flourishing at home again.

BY November 1, 2016

The battlefield of politics can leave us feeling voiceless. One organization is reimagining civic participation, and rediscovering the possibility of imagination in public life.

BY October 29, 2016

There is beauty in what makes us human, but also in what reveals us as creatures. A woman shares her evolving perspective on the animal nature of family life, and the raw freedom she finds therein.

BY October 28, 2016

In a bold declaration, one of the key leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention is taking a stand, and reclaiming the core of his conservative roots.

BY October 28, 2016

If you could speak to a passed friend or family member, what would you say? An exploration of the healing that can happen when we stay in relationship with the ones we love, even beyond the end of life

BY October 27, 2016

From soured relationships to dead bugs, it’s a given: life can get disgusting. But sometimes we can step back and recognize that we’re far from powerless in the face of things we fear.

BY October 26, 2016

A life doesn’t have to be extraordinary to have an impact in the world. A reminder that we can build lives that have meaning, no matter what cards we’re dealt.

BY October 25, 2016

Times of turmoil can open us to new opportunities. Hopeful and insightful words on how to move forward in this season of political and emotional churn.

BY October 24, 2016

Our lives are interwoven, even when the connections aren’t always apparent. A reflection on civic participation as a form of compassion to the loved ones and strangers we live alongside.

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