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And the Next Day, I Teach And the Next Day, I Teach
What calls Aletha Fields, English teacher at Iroquois High School in Louisville, Kentucky, to continue to teach each and every day? Friends, family, mentors, students, faith, and care for one's self.
In Sikh Response to Hateful Beating, A Lesson for Us All In Sikh Response to Hateful Beating, A Lesson for Us All
by Kevin Fong
When Dr. Prabhjot Singh was attacked by a group of young men who believed he was a Muslim, he responded by advocating love and compassion.
From the Ancients to the Aughts: The Story of the Human Search for God From the Ancients to the Aughts: The Story of the Human Search for God
by Chris Francis
Nathan Schneider’s “God In Proof” explores the history of the search for existence of God, from the Greek philosophers to today’s New Atheists.
Why Do Nuns Outlive the Rest of Us? Six Tips for Healthy Aging Why Do Nuns Outlive the Rest of Us? Six Tips for Healthy Aging
by Anna I. Corwin
The good news is that you don't have to live in a convent to do the things that keep these nuns healthy and happy.
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.
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