Tag: democracy

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April 21, 2017

52 regular folks read Walt Whitman’s poem, “Song of Myself” —  a profound and deeply humanizing portrait of American life.

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November 23, 2016

An appeal to move beyond anger and reactiveness, and to concentrate instead on the immediate, crucial work of embodying justice.

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November 22, 2016

From celebrations of Leonard and Leon to the good and the bad in the Electoral College — reflections to challenge our relationships with technology, with busyness, with history, and with each other.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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November 7, 2016

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

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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.

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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.

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October 19, 2016

What if our disenchantment is an opportunity? This moment calls us not to fall backward into cynicism, but to face difficult truths, and to work together to create a new reality.

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July 12, 2016

After arriving in the U.S. in the 1930s, Albert Einstein witnessed the inequities and injustices done to black Americans. Read his little-known essay from 1946 about the “deeply entrenched evil” as he saw it then, and that pervades this country today.

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March 16, 2016

The best education is one in which we listen to each other. Parker Palmer tells the story of a New York City cab driver and how he exhibits the many qualities necessary to be a good citizen today.

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March 15, 2016

The wisdom we yearn for abounds in quiet spaces of dignity. Trent Gilliss with writings on our need for rhetoric of acceptance, the spirituality inherent in our given and chosen families, and the birth of a book years in the making.

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March 9, 2016

The greatest threat to American democracy doesn’t come from outside but from within. Parker Palmer serves up three traits to look for in a fascist leader — and words and a poem from Abraham Lincoln and W.H. Auden.

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February 4, 2016

Our language to be inclusive through terms like “Judeo-Christian” and “Abrahamic” might not be big enough to encompass the needs of the many.

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February 3, 2016

We’re trained to demonize and combat those who disagree with us. But what if we cultivated better habits that didn’t unravel the fabric of our civic community?

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November 25, 2015

American democracy is illumined by multiple voices calling us to pursue questions of personal, communal, and political meaning. A Quaker reminds us to vigorously question those who say the U.S. is a Christian nation.

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November 4, 2015

What makes each child unique cannot be measured or scored. A nourishing story from a school principal on the “many ways of being smart” and testing children.

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September 30, 2015

Politics can divide more often than unite. But, deep involvement in the civic sphere doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice empathy and civility.

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July 7, 2015

Freedom rings this Independence Day with a panoply of sounds and sights to remind us of our burgeoning world!

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July 1, 2015

As we celebrate the Fourth of July in the States, Parker Palmer contemplates the hope, the promise, and the opportunity of “we the people” with a song from Leonard Cohen.

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May 27, 2015

Inspired by the words and actions of Thich Nhat Hanh, Parker Palmer asks what it means to hold our differences in ways that open us to possibilities we never would have imagined.

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April 4, 2015

What if we overcame our tribal impulses and told stories that grew our imagination as a people?

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September 10, 2014

Inspired by the simplicity and power of Naomi Shihab Nye’s story, here’s a list of five simple things we can do to help with healing the heart of democracy.

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July 22, 2014

Listen to this wide-ranging public discussion with Bill Antholis and Krista Tippett about the four ways that nations have tried to reconcile religion and religious pluralism in the modern era.

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July 2, 2014

As many of us Americans approach the July 4th weekend, Parker Palmer proposes an Interdependence Day to remind us that “we’re all in this together.”

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July 9, 2013

With his “heart full to bursting,” Egyptian-American poet Yahia Lababidi writes a short poem for his native homeland.

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June 20, 2013

The most populous Muslim country in the world offers a lens into the complexity of sharia and why compassion may be at the core of its implementation.

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May 30, 2012

54% of Egyptians see Turkey as an aspirational model for the role Islam should play in the Egyptian political system. A great piece detailing three things Turkey does right that a new Egyptian government could emulate.

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February 12, 2011

Women hold an Egyptian flag with a sign that reads, “A Request from 80 million: Leave, Leave You Pharaoh.” (photo:…

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