Spiritual, Sexual—and Religious?

Queer spiritual traditions reverse dominant assumptions about sex, understanding it as both an ethical challenge and a site of revelation. By Mark D. Jordan

Featured

The Planet: An Emergent Matter of Spiritual Concern?

In this exploration of planetary thinking and deep time, the author argues for humans to cultivate an earth ethic that includes a spirit of reverence. By Dipesh Chakrabarty

‘Namaste All Day’

Spiritual appropriations and commodifications are always in negotiation with power. By Andrea R. Jain

A Design for Living

Three ministry innovators draw from religious, secular, and spiritual sources to develop programs addressing the existential crisis in the U.S. By Paul Massari

Lives of Unbelief

Portraits of nonbelievers from five different countries. By Aubrey Wade

Facing Death Without Religion

Nonreligious elders construct meaning making narratives from science and other sources, and these frameworks provide coherence and agency. By Christel Manning

Dialogue

Will Religious Progressives and Nones Forge Political Alliances?

By Quardricos Driskell

Nuns and Nones Meet on the Edge

The pull that some Nones feel toward contemplative, social action has led to an unlikely collaboration with nuns, described as an “apprenticeship in prophetic community.” By Katie Gordon

Jewish Leaders Try Nontraditional Engagement

The 2013 Pew study on Jewish Americans prompted some leaders to take a new approach in engaging intermarried and young Jews disinterested in the traditional religious aspects of Judaism. By Shira Hanau

In Review

Art

Paths to Abstraction

Exploring the link between spiritual liberation and abstract artistic expression in paintings of Hilma af Klint, Hilla Rebay, and Vicci Sperry. By Ann Braude

Syllabus

Apocalyptic Grief, Radical Joy

A selected list of readings, films, and art from the course, “Apocalyptic Grief, Radical Joy,” cotaught by Terry Tempest Williams and Matthew L. Potts

Shelf Life

The Rise of ‘Spiritual but Not Religious’ Is a Story of Hope

Since the 2016 election, teaching Andrew Delbanco’s The Real American Dream and Catherine L. Albanese’s A Republic of Mind and Spirit has become more relevant and constructive, as this religious studies professor has come to view the rise of the spiritual but not religious as a story of hope. By Darryl Caterine

Books

A Physicist on ‘Absolutes’ and ‘Relatives’

A Q&A with MIT physicist Alan Lightman on his book Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine. By Robert Israel

poetry

Two Poems

Answer

Preparation for the End

By Erik Norbie

 

Two Poems

Judy Blume at Prayer

Nothing Winged

By Jory Mickelson

 

Perspective

Autumn/Winter 2019 issue cover

Filling in the Contours of ‘Unbelievers’

The authors in this issue do not lament or apologize for these shifts; they dive deeper into why they are happening, where the unaffiliated are gathering, and how they are making meaning. By Wendy McDowell

From the archive

Drawing of Krishna playing the flute

Winter 2008

On the Question of Relevance

Why twelfth-century India and Haitian voudou matter. By Anne Monius

 

 

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