World-Healing Wisdom: Karen Armstrong’s Vision for a Compassionate Future
by Nadia ColburnJul 31, 2013
- 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
by Madhu Suri PrakashJul 12, 2013
- 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
by Derek RasmussenJul 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 GelderMay 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
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 FrancisApr 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 WillerMar 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 SchiffmanMar 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 FoxFeb 01, 2013
“Flash Mob Prayer Circle” Shows Idle No More’s Spiritual Side
by James TrimarcoJan 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 KrznaricJan 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
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 SmithDec 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 SchneiderDec 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 BarrettDec 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.