A tender, empathetic, and honest letter to an unknown friend about the anguish of grief — through a story of young love, the loss of a child, and the realization that pain marks an opening to a future where new life can take root.
The questions of who matters and what’s really important run through each entry in this week’s edition of Letter from Loring Park.
A tribute to a beloved singer’s challenging life; escaping the rage cycle in this global moment; and our columnists on uprooting our assumptions about life’s most essential questions, from parenting to the nature of our relationships.
On finding love, teaching our children, and having gratitude for the simple things — words and music to help us seek out the best in ourselves and our neighbors.
As we grow, the qualities we look for in our relationships change — and with them, the qualities we want to nurture in ourselves. Above all else, seek kindness.
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.
Our names are rife with meaning, stories we claim and others we discard. Listen to this group of “audio selfies,” including one with Parker Palmer, exploring how our identity is formed by the names we’re given, the ones we take, and the ones we long for but never quite materialize.
Whether to persevere or to surrender often determines the story of our lives. The question is knowing when to hang on and when to let go. A look at the common conundrum that results when life causes tension between two virtues.
An affirmation of presence, a victory of joy, a connection maintained: these are the things a young mother observes in her elderly next door neighbors, as a husband gently tends to his wife in her final days. A beautiful account of what love truly looks like.
When asked how long they’d been married, Aljosie Harding named their time together down to the minute. Omid Safi marvels at the unexpected and profound love that infuses our world at any stage of living — and it’s awe-inspiring power to provide hope in the face of grief.
Children ask questions that challenge the best of parents. They also expose the weaknesses of our responses. A set of reflections from a black South African mother and activist who is confronted by the truth of her daughter’s words and embracing the “weirdness” of their “dark brown and peach” family.
In a day where more and more wedding ceremonies are not presided over by an official religious figure, there’s much to figure out when it comes to designing a ritual. Some practices to consider for modern nuptials.
So often it’s the quiet moments with someone that cements and deepens a relationship. An acknowledgement (and a bit of a love letter) to the silence that joins us together.
In a culture of curated sharing, the intimacy of human touch can be daunting — even for a pastor. An essay on how the practice of laying on of hands is a quiet and necessary rite that ought to become part of our story again.
Sometimes the most sacred experiences happen in the most mundane of places: in a big box store, after your spouse empties the litter box, or during an encounter with a taxi driver.
Happiness. A word that gets bandied about quite a bit lately, and for good reason. An infographic that jogs a host of questions and insights.
Watch Stephen Colbert’s moving tribute to his mother, offering insights into his mother’s Roman Catholic faith and her deeply held values of gratitude, family, and fun.
Martin Marty on the public consequences of divorce when churches and families relegate it as a private matter.
“The more important thing which spoke to me — above love and all that — was that I had to live for my own identity. I wanted to stand on my own two feet and do what was right, regardless of any social pressure.”
Thirty-four years after he first defied India’s caste system to “marry up,” a Jain man talks about the perseverance and difficulties of marrying outside his caste in India.
This dynamic graphic from The Guardian will give you pause as you look for your state/region.
We heard from so many people asking about the StoryCorps audio of Annie and Danny Perasa who ended this week’s show. Here’s an extended, animated short of the lovely couple talking about love and dying. An absolutely moving five minutes.
Stephanie Coontz’s provocative opinion piece in today’s New York Times touches on some interesting dilemmas facing men and women in…
Rep. Walsh’s speech and story showcases the best of political discussion and civil debate, no matter what side of the issue you support. Oh, if we could all model this kind of civility in our public and private lives. Just marvelous. Be sure to watch this 4-minute speech.
Religion Dispatches offers a riveting report of a recent meeting in Oakland in which a leading Mormon authority offered an…