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March through Pride month with poetry and reflections from LGBTQ writers.
As part of a conversation with the Church of Ireland about the question of human sexuality, our special contributor confesses his "gay agenda": to love the gospels; to love repentance; to love words and courage and my partner; and to show love to each other on our great endeavor.

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“Poetry,” says David Whyte, “is language against which you have no defenses.” Poetry can also help us find our center after a chaotic moment — like recess. That’s the kind of space poetry provided for fourth- and fifth-grade students at The Juniper School in Durango, Colorado, last month. Every day,…
Editor’s note: On the news of Jean Vanier’s death this week, we are republishing this excerpt from Krista Tippett’s 2016 book, Becoming Wise. It has been updated for online publication. When I left Berlin those years ago, I was questioning the lives of power, and the definition of…