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Doug Anderson: Be Whole Again Beyond Confusion

The young blame us for everything that is wrong
with the world, as if we’d plotted it that way
just to torment them, as if poisoned
the very land we’re standing on. Some of us did.

May 22, 2022 · 4 Comments

Erica Etelson: In order to transcend Trumpism, we must tend to suffering — not celebrate it

Our survival as a species depends on our ability to turn away from the delusion of sweet revenge, and show compassion for those we may dislike or detest.

May 19, 2022 · 2 Comments

Enheduanna: Seven Sumerian Temple Hymns (2300 BCE)

The temple seems to listen as she describes its resident: “your lady a water bird — sacred woman of the inner chamber,” she says to the temple in the intimate conversation that characterizes each hymn.

May 15, 2022 · 1 Comment

Bhikshuni Vijaya: Keep Going

Sometimes the most direct path is not a straight line.

May 13, 2022 · 1 Comment

Melanie M. Kirby: Nectar Nomad in the Land of Enchantment

What bees taught me about building community.

May 12, 2022 · 1 Comment

Alison Luterman: Witch Walk

I don’t know what I’d expected–a portal, perhaps,
to magic me elsewhere, but she spoke only of a slight shift
in perception, that which might allow
a tiny purplish wildflower to be a doorway.

May 4, 2022 · 1 Comment

Video: When the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence canonised Derek Jarman

Born on the streets of San Francisco in the late 1970s, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (SPI) is a gay rights group known for their subversive use of religious imagery – and, in particular, donning Catholic nun attire to upend gender norms, protest oppression and satirise moral hypocrisy.

May 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

Anoa J. Changa: Muslims and the War on Terror

Maha Hilal’s “Innocent Until Proven Muslim” lays bare the War on Terror’s toll on constitutional rights and marginalized communities.

April 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: A Duck-and-Cover World?

Welcome to the Ukraine Moment.

April 25, 2022 · 2 Comments

Doug Anderson: Put Your Hand In My Wound

Jesus out of his tomb and wandering
among the rotting corpses in Ukraine,
dragging his bandages behind him.

April 24, 2022 · 11 Comments

Edna St. Vincent Millay: Renascence

All I could see from where I stood
Was three long mountains and a wood;
I turned and looked the other way,
And saw three islands in a bay.

April 22, 2022 · 7 Comments

Valerie Bacharach: Passover

I lay a Haggadah by a chair,
unoccupied.
Unearth my Seder plate,
place upon it shank bone, egg, parsley,
bitter herbs. My bitter tears.

April 20, 2022 · 1 Comment

Charles Davidson: Sea Saga

Shipmates, friends, and family affectionately called him “Captain.” Throughout his long years in the merchant marine, and until his dying day at the age of seventy-five, Thomas Cromwell spun many a captivating yarn, enthralling the hearts of young and old alike. 

April 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Romero: The Sisters Who Raised Me

Now I thank the black butterflies, the Sisters who raised me.
Sister Jane, who taught me how to garden and identify weeds.
Sister Marie Therese, kind and soft. Sister May Bride
Who defied authority to comfort me when I was disgraced.

April 16, 2022 · 8 Comments

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