An unexpected letter landed on our columnist’s doorstep the other day. It contains a surprising lesson on the meaning of community — and an opportunity to open up to a fellow flawed and striving human being.
In her cohousing community in Oakland, our columnist is experiencing something all-too-rare: deep friendships across generations. What if we turned more actively to the wisdom — and plain old good company — of our neighbors, older and younger?
A woman’s story of her family — fractured and bruised but not without deep, complex love. A reflection on mental illness and divorce, the infinite shapes a home can take, and the courage to carve out space in a world built around conventions.
Animated by solitude in the winter woods, Parker J. Palmer on seeing the hidden and potential beauty beneath what’s superficial in the world we face.
A powerful love is often quiet in its intensity. Alicia Partnoy reads her poem, a love note to love.
Scholar and activist Frances Kissling speaks of good will and understanding, rather than agreement or victory, as bridges between difference.
As social creatures, we are shaped by our unity with one another. Omid Safi on the power of connectedness to magnify the good in ourselves and in our neighbors.
A helpful word can be a salve, but it’s not always what we need. Parker Palmer on the power of quiet, unobtrusive presence to heal in troubled times.
The architecture around us inhabits the vernacular of our lives. Our executive editor with this week’s letter from Loring Park welcoming our new columnist Sarah Smarsh, who joins a collective contemplation of where and how we navigate our lives in faith, family, and citizenship.
To put the children first is a parent’s most basic instinct. But when does self-sacrifice become self-destruction? Omid Safi offers a new understanding of the importance of self-care.
What happens when we go too far in pushing against the “other” — whether in asserting our identity or in protecting ourselves from danger? Reminders that we must also open ourselves to the vulnerability of acknowledging our dignified differences and common ground.
Our paths intersect with countless others as we navigate our days, but how often do we live out the potential of these exchanges? Gleanings from the complementary persistence of Super Mario and Sisyphus, the enduring kinship of the Abrahamic family, and the unexpected inspiration to honor a late loved one from a song by Sting.
A longtime yogi sees fatherhood through the lens of the complementary balance of effort and ease, strength and softness.
What it would be like to build, one glance at a time, a beloved community? Inspired the defaced churches in Cappadocia, Omid Safi appeals to the loving glances that acknowledge the sacred beyond in each one of us.
We crave community and intimacy. But, are we looking for it in the wrong places — in our phones and mobile devices rather than in each others’ eyes? With Rumi as his guide, Omid Safi on needing less digital connection and more rejuvenation of heart and soul.
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.
Men’s ability to maintain sustained, intimate friendships with other men may be the key to unlocking a revolution of a new type of connection — and redefining what it means to be a man in the 21st century.
Parker Palmer reflects on “sharing our loves and doubts” as way into more generous conversations — all through the lens of a poem by Yehuda Amichai.
A daughter reflects on the quiet, unassuming ways of her father — and how being “rooted in the physical” helps her and her son connect without the use of words or a faith in something larger than what’s in front of them.
Human beings are wired for connection. A commentary on how parallels exist between the “new” seeking in our digital worlds and the ancient seeking via fetish of the Bakongo people of the Congo.
The daughter of an evangelical pastor finds comfort in the questions of an Orthodox rabbi — and his ability to change his mind on women’s issues because of his relationship with his daughter.
Spike Jonze’s latest film is a contemplative meditation on how we connect with one another, and the role that technology plays in searching for that connection every time we turn on our electronic devices.
Wisdom from a late elder to an overwhelming outpouring of stories from people in response to Joy Ladin’s transgender experiences. And, photos of Turkish bovine, local deluges, and Krista’s most commonly asked question to guests.
It’s difficult to believe these days, when so many of us have had some experience of moving toward death with a loved one in hospice, or even a stranger on the CaringBridge website, how “badly” people died in this country until very recently.
Phillip Toledano’s “Days with My Father” is a moving, personal photo essay. To call Toledano’s work a “photo essay” is…