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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 December 23, 2016

Paul Elie navigates the winding path of Advent, and finds quiet ways to start anew in the meeting of ritual and the rhythms of everyday life.

BY December 20, 2016

The twilight season of Advent reveals a quiet source of hope — in the rhythms of the earth and the instinctual embrace of darkness by our animal bodies.

BY December 17, 2016

Should we reframe the American narrative? Is there an art to conversation? Can sports refs teach us a thing or two about democracy? Questions and conversations that are pointing us north from all the niches of life.

BY December 16, 2016

A brush with that fleeting, transcendent gratitude that only comes when we stand on the edge of losing what we treasure most.

BY December 15, 2016

Witnessing the divorce of his friends, our columnist remembers the rituals of celebration. But, what would it be like to have similar rituals of support when things fall apart?

BY December 14, 2016

A return to the gritty heart of the Christmas season, and a vision for a holiday celebration that does real and practical good for those around us.

BY December 13, 2016

Michael Longley reads his poem “Sea Asters”

BY December 13, 2016

A look at icons in our popular culture reveals the crucial work of healing at the heart of the Muslim faith.

BY December 12, 2016

Michael Longley reads his poem “Age”

BY December 12, 2016

Who was it who suggested that the opposite of war Is not so much peace as civilisation? He knew Our…

BY December 12, 2016

I Put in mind of his own father and moved to tears Achilles took him by the hand and pushed…

BY December 12, 2016

A wintry night, the hearth inhales And the chimney becomes a windpipe Fluffy with soot and thistledown, A voice-box recalling…

BY December 12, 2016

Rum and raisin, vanilla, butter-scotch, walnut, peach: You would rhyme off the flavours. That was before They murdered the ice-cream…

BY December 12, 2016

Pulling up flax after the blue flowers have fallen And laying our handfuls in the peaty water To rot those…

BY December 12, 2016

From The Next Ancient World Even Eve, the only soul in all of time to never have to wait for…

BY December 12, 2016

The road in the end taking the path the sun had taken, into the western sea, and the moon rising…

BY December 12, 2016

A poem and a benediction from David Whyte for your day.

BY December 12, 2016

Vulnerability is not a weakness, a passing indisposition, or something we can arrange to do without, vulnerability is not a…

A young man keeps his head above water as he looks on at the shoreline and trees.
BY December 12, 2016

Christian Wiman reads his poem “And I Said To My Soul, Be Loud”

BY December 12, 2016

After going three years without having written a poem, Christian Wiman explains how he came about writing this poem and…

BY December 12, 2016

Christian Wiman reads his poem “From a Window”

BY December 12, 2016

Christian Wiman reads his poem “For D.”

BY December 12, 2016

Christian Wiman reads his poem “Hammer Is the Prayer”

A young man keeps his head above water as he looks on at the shoreline and trees.
BY December 12, 2016

Christian Wiman reads his poem “It Takes Particular Clicks”

A young man keeps his head above water as he looks on at the shoreline and trees.
BY December 12, 2016

Christian Wiman reads his poem “The Reservoir”

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