52 regular folks read Walt Whitman’s poem, “Song of Myself” — a profound and deeply humanizing portrait of American life.
An appeal to move beyond anger and reactiveness, and to concentrate instead on the immediate, crucial work of embodying justice.
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.
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.
An immunologist thinks through the deeper sources of election stress, and offers up cognitive and spiritual solutions to the anxiety we feel.
Hope isn’t always soothing and soft. A pragmatic embrace of compassion, kindness, and truth-telling in the face of America’s rifts.
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.
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.
#Woke reflections on our nation’s deepest political and social wounds, and the hope to be found in our capacity to heal them, together.
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.
t’s been an adventurous, power-packed week here at On Being on Loring Park. It feels so gratifying to release the…
Some years ago, I came across one of the most intriguing book titles that I have ever seen. It was…
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.
The battlefield of politics can leave us feeling voiceless. One organization is reimagining civic participation, and rediscovering the possibility of imagination in public life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our language to be inclusive through terms like “Judeo-Christian” and “Abrahamic” might not be big enough to encompass the needs of the many.
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?
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.
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.
Politics can divide more often than unite. But, deep involvement in the civic sphere doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice empathy and civility.
Freedom rings this Independence Day with a panoply of sounds and sights to remind us of our burgeoning world!
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.
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.
What if we overcame our tribal impulses and told stories that grew our imagination as a people?
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.
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.
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.”
With his “heart full to bursting,” Egyptian-American poet Yahia Lababidi writes a short poem for his native homeland.
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.
—Janna Levin from How the Universe Got Its Spots
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.
Women hold an Egyptian flag with a sign that reads, “A Request from 80 million: Leave, Leave You Pharaoh.” (photo:…