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“Non-Indigenous Culture”: Implications of a Historical Anomaly
by Derek Rasmussenposted Jul 11, 2013
- Modern westerners often see indigenous people as weird or exotic. A look at history shows why they’re not the strange ones.
Meet the Refreshing Evangelical Who’s Leading a Revival—of “the Common Good”
by Sarah van Gelderposted May 30, 2013
- Pastor Jim Wallis has been arrested for protesting the Keystone XL pipeline, builds bridges between polarized politicians, and pushes Christians to worry less about gay marriage and more about justice. And even better—there’s a whole new generation following his lead.
For the Bullied and Beautiful
posted Apr 15, 2013
- In this sometimes humorous and painfully true TEDTalk, Shane Koyczan's spoken-word poem, "To This Day," shares the anguish of being bullied and the will to survive.
Why Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu Leaders Have High Hopes for Pope Francis
by Chris Francisposted Apr 09, 2013
- Leaders from many faiths are expecting better relations with the Vatican under Pope Francis. Here YES! speaks to some of them about why that is.
Why Lent Makes People Happy (and Netflix Doesn't)
by Jason Marsh, Rob Willerposted Mar 27, 2013
- Many of us believe getting more of the things we value will make us happier, but new research suggests that cutting back on life’s pleasures helps us enjoy them significantly more.
Research on the Politics of Meditation Points to Deeper Truths
by Richard Schiffmanposted Mar 11, 2013
- Psychologists recently conducted a study that found that meditation may make you more liberal, at least in the short-term. Richard Schiffman argues that the politics of true spirituality are more about balance than support for any one side.
Language and Metaphors for a New Cosmology
by Tim Foxposted Feb 01, 2013
“Flash Mob Prayer Circle” Shows Idle No More’s Spiritual Side
by James Trimarcoposted Jan 14, 2013
- Speakers at an Idle No More event in Seattle drew comparisons between spiritual and political struggles, making the movement seem closer to Civil Rights than Occupy.
6 Habits of Highly Empathetic People
by Roman Krznaricposted Jan 10, 2013
- According to new research, empathy is a habit we can cultivate to improve the quality of our own lives. But what is empathy? And how can you expand your own empathetic potential?
What a Wonderful World, from David Attenborough
posted Dec 24, 2012
- A beautiful short film that will remind you it is, indeed, a wonderful world.
4 Reminders of Human Goodness After Sandy Hook
by Jeremy Adam Smithposted Dec 21, 2012
- Following the heartbreak in Newtown, many Americans find themselves wondering—are people just horrible? Jeremy Adam Smith on why compassion, forgiveness, and resilience are everywhere, even in tragedy.
No Room at the Inn? How Occupy Won Over Religion
by Nathan Schneiderposted Dec 20, 2012
- Religion is the means by which many imagine and work for a world more just than this one. Last year, Wall Street’s Trinity Church refused to shelter the movement; this year, churches and Occupiers are sharing a very different kind of Advent season.
“You Are Safe With Us”: How Ordinary Iraqis Rescued U.S. Civilians in the Midst of War
by Greg Barrettposted Dec 19, 2012
- In 2003, Iraqi townspeople, having just lost their hospital in U.S. air strikes, saved the lives of three wounded U.S. peacemakers. Seven years later, the Americans returned—to thank them.
Keeping the Farm Safe (and Sacred) as Hurricane Sandy Looms
by Shannon Hayesposted Oct 29, 2012
- The Hayes family gathers in prayer and gratitude for the ancient Celtic celebration of Samhain, which marks the beginning of winter and the new year. But this year’s beginning will be unlike any other.
Alice Walker: “Go to the Places That Scare You”
by Valerie Schloredtposted Oct 02, 2012
- Why a life worth living is a life worth fighting for.