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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.
June 27, 2018
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.
May 29, 2018
That Time I Ran for President of the United States
Fragility and vulnerability are rare qualities in today’s political climate. But perhaps that — above all else — is what connects us to each other.
May 15, 2018
Courtney Martin reflects on the end of five years of breastfeeding her daughters, and the wisdom and the weirdness of the body.
February 17, 2018
Conversation Is Our Prayer to One Another
We often think of conversation as a means to communicate a specific point or a method to shift our perspective. But it can also simply be a vessel for the uncontainable.
Our stories hold power no matter the circumstances of our lives. A Hmong-American woman looks on her father's modest life, and her own — through refugee camps in Thailand to their new life in the American Midwest — and reveals lessons from the powerless on our inherent dignity, even through our most vulnerable times.
The moral authority of frail bodies. Vulnerability as strength. How solidarity can lead to resurrection.
Can we learn to be tender even if we can’t fix each other’s pain? How would our world be different if men had permission to be vulnerable in public?
April 28, 2017
A Revolution in Tenderness
Inspired by the Pope's TED Talk, Courtney issues an invitation and a challenge to slow down, notice, and make room for brave tenderness.
April 27, 2017
The Power of Welcome in an Age of Loneliness
In an age of never-ending digital connectedness, we feel more lonely — and more isolated — than ever before. But what possibilities emerge when people with different identities come together face-to-face and gather around the dinner table?
April 10, 2017
We Don’t Have Spaces To Feel Vulnerable and Imperfect
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.
September 16, 2016
A Community for Asking Big Questions
To stay curious and questioning in the modern world can be a lonely endeavor, and yet there is refuge and wisdom when we gather. Courtney Martin on restoring our moral imaginations, together.
April 20, 2016
Embracing the Human Frailty
Being part of the human race means embracing the fullness of people's behaviors. Parker Palmer on the demanding path toward wholeness with Rumi, Merton, and other mystics as his escorts.
April 6, 2016
The Unmerited Grace of Writing My New Book
The writer's life can be an excruciating one, especially for our host. She reveals the vulnerability of exposing herself and staying true to her subject — and even tweeting it out.
February 27, 2016
My Scars Are My Memories: Why I Stayed and Why I Left
"Why did you stay?" A brave woman recounts her own encounter with domestic abuse and unravels the complexity of human relationships — of love and loss, of violence and tenderness, of the vicious cycles we sometimes can't extract ourselves from.
June 21, 2015
Inheriting and Inventing Fatherhood
What training did we give to our fathers? A reflection on inventing, rather than inheriting, the type of father a man wants to be — for himself and his children.
This year commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. An Armenian-American woman contemplates the periphery of pain, the legacy of silence and suffering — inviting the Armenian diaspora and "the world to listen with us."
April 3, 2015
The Opposite of Shame
Forgiving yourself for your stupid mistakes can be really difficult. By doing so, though, Courtney Martin argues that you will not only honor those who love you deeply and you will stop beating yourself up in the process.
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