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“You Are Safe With Us”: How Ordinary Iraqis Rescued U.S. Civilians in the Midst of War “You Are Safe With Us”: How Ordinary Iraqis Rescued U.S. Civilians in the Midst of War
by Greg Barrett
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 Keeping the Farm Safe (and Sacred) as Hurricane Sandy Looms
by Shannon Hayes
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” Alice Walker: “Go to the Places That Scare You”
by Valerie Schloredt
Why a life worth living is a life worth fighting for.
The Rain on Our Parade: 
A Letter to My Dismal Allies The Rain on Our Parade: 
A Letter to My Dismal Allies
by Rebecca Solnit
Can lefty perfectionists ever be satisfied?
For Sale: The Sacred Center of the Sioux Universe For Sale: The Sacred Center of the Sioux Universe
by Winona LaDuke
The site of Pe’ Sla has been privately owned since 1876, but indigenous people have always been free to worship there. All that could change on August 25, when the land is set to be auctioned off.
Paragliding Africa Paragliding Africa
How one photographer captured the continent from the sky—with a fan strapped to his back.
What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other
by Akaya Windwood
Here’s my invitation to you: Let’s take a month and intentionally notice those we would normally not see. Let’s interrupt old patterns of not looking into the eyes of “those people”—whoever they are to you.
How Does Inequality Define the Health of a Nation? How Does Inequality Define the Health of a Nation?
Richard Wilkinson discusses inequality and the effects it can have on a country’s citizens.
How the Student Loans Debate Got Religion How the Student Loans Debate Got Religion
by Christa Hillstrom
There’s a biblical precedent for forgiveness—of debt. Why churches are standing by students on one of the Bible’s most surprising social principles.
A Pastor, a Rabbi, and an Imam Walk Into a Book ... A Pastor, a Rabbi, and an Imam Walk Into a Book ...
by Jenn Carreto
In "Religion Gone Astray," three leaders—and friends—from different religions take on violence, exclusivity, gender inequality, and homophobia in some of their scriptures' most controversial verses. What they discovered surprised them.
Radical Religion, an American Tradition Radical Religion, an American Tradition
by Rev. Wendy Bell
Book Review: “Prophetic Encounters” reminds us that we are part of a long and rich tradition that is more than simply a series of isolated movements for social change.
The Case for a Morality of Radical Caution The Case for a Morality of Radical Caution
by Robert Jensen
Robert Jensen works through his underlying rationale for making moral judgments, such as about meat-eating and abortion.
Rising Sea Levels: The View from a Canoe Rising Sea Levels: The View from a Canoe
by Sena Christian
Decades ago, the legendary journey of the open-ocean canoe Hokule‘a revealed secrets of Hawai‘i’s past and sparked pride in native culture. Now, a voyage around the world offers a new generation lessons about Earth’s uncertain future.
Rabbi Steven Greenberg: Advocate for Acceptance Rabbi Steven Greenberg: Advocate for Acceptance
by Shannan Stoll
Bringing personal warmth and serious scholarship to advocacy for marriage equality in Orthodox Judaism.
Practical Compassion: An Interview with Karen Armstrong Practical Compassion: An Interview with Karen Armstrong
by Heidi Bruce
The historian has helped world religions unite behind a single principle. But can a worldwide charter for compassion become more than just a nice idea?
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