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The Spiritual Side of Photographing Mandela, Tutu, and the Dalai Lama The Spiritual Side of Photographing Mandela, Tutu, and the Dalai Lama
by Valerie Schloredt
Photographer Jane Feldman on earning the trust of beloved world leaders—and capturing their laughter.
World-Healing Wisdom: Karen Armstrong’s Vision for a Compassionate Future World-Healing Wisdom: Karen Armstrong’s Vision for a Compassionate Future
by Nadia Colburn
Armstrong believes that we can find the wisdom we need by looking to the origins of today’s world religions.
Peaceful Revolution? Gandhi’s Four Paths to Get There Peaceful Revolution? Gandhi’s Four Paths to Get There
by Madhu Suri Prakash
The Indian leader saw nonviolence as an active and powerful thing—not just the absence of war.
“Non-Indigenous Culture”: Implications of a Historical Anomaly “Non-Indigenous Culture”: Implications of a Historical Anomaly
by Derek Rasmussen
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” Meet the Refreshing Evangelical Who’s Leading a Revival—of “the Common Good”
by Sarah van Gelder
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
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 Why Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu Leaders Have High Hopes for Pope Francis
by Chris Francis
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) Why Lent Makes People Happy (and Netflix Doesn't)
by Jason Marsh, Rob Willer
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 Research on the Politics of Meditation Points to Deeper Truths
by Richard Schiffman
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 Fox
“Flash Mob Prayer Circle” Shows Idle No More’s Spiritual Side “Flash Mob Prayer Circle” Shows Idle No More’s Spiritual Side
by James Trimarco
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 6 Habits of Highly Empathetic People
by Roman Krznaric
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 What a Wonderful World, from David Attenborough
A beautiful short film that will remind you it is, indeed, a wonderful world.
4 Reminders of Human Goodness After Sandy Hook 4 Reminders of Human Goodness After Sandy Hook
by Jeremy Adam Smith
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 No Room at the Inn? How Occupy Won Over Religion
by Nathan Schneider
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.
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