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Bloomsday

In the home I grew up in, we consider all books sacred. When someone accidentally drops a book or grazes one with a foot, we place our hand on the cover and gently touch our closed eyelids.

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Goddess Therapy

When conventional medicine and therapy fail, some turn to the goddess.

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Blossoms (Hadeish Yameinu)

How do I reclaim a holiday of liberation when I feel like I’ve spent the last year entrapped by a frightening cloud of uncertainty?

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All in the Interfaith Family

Susan Katz Miller talks about “how to be the most joyful and creative and successful interfaith family you can be, whatever that looks like.”

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Meditating with My Father’s Friends

We were all there for the same purpose—to understand our own suffering and maybe find some relief.

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End-of-Life Lullaby

Grieving is a lit cave.

The image comes from the November 6, 1921 issue of the Los Angeles Times.

Even Religious Freedom Victories Harbor Defeats

How a 1927 Supreme Court case helps us understand today’s controversies over travel bans, border walls, and executive orders.

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Dear Flannery

Letters to friends, God, and Ms. O’Connor. Republished in honor of Briallen’s first book, Hard To Love: Essays And Confessions, out today from Bloomsbury.

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A History of Protest: Learning to Leave the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Leaving the Witnesses can be a delicate, protracted affair. Not everyone can quietly disappear, like I did.

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Joy Before Death: Following the Path of Mary Oliver

From Buddhism to science to the end of life.

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When Wax Softens, Light Shines Through

Purchasing the little nativity scene convinced me that I had unfinished business with the religion of my youth.

"If you focus too much on only a personal relationship being the core tenet of your faith, then it means that you're more easily able to marginalize topics like human suffering, which in some cases is spurred by climate change. We are embodied creatures in this planet, so let's live like we are," said Sean Lyon. Credit: Meera Subramanian

Young Evangelicals Fighting for Climate Action

For students at this top evangelical college, loving God means protecting creation. That includes dealing with the human sources of climate change.

Available September 4, 2018. Click cover to learn more.

An Oral History of Shame

An Excerpt From Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free

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Pride in the Name of Power

Parsing the politics of Luverne, Alabama.

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Hannah Gadsby Makes It Plain

The sacramental stand-up sermon we all need right now.

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When A Guru Says “Get Over Yourself,” Beware

#MeToo moments in Buddhism and psychotherapy.

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I Was A Teenage Lemming God

A harmless rodent with vast existential consequences.

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Forgiveness in the Epoch of Me Too

Whose job is it, anyway?