Category: Autumn/Winter 2021

Trauma, Friendship, and Awakened Possibilities

This issue is not for the faint of heart, and yet I find the pieces here to be uplifting because they provide us with models and methods for endurance, reparation, and the awakening of new possibilities. By Wendy McDowell

The Dharma of Racial Justice

Mindfulness can help us lean into our subjective, embodied experiences of race, racism, and white supremacy so we might begin to disrupt these harmful legacies. By Rhonda V. Magee.

Oases of Friendship

Hannah Arendt conceived of thinking as an expression of “the visiting imagination,” in which one puts oneself in the place of another and sees the world from a displaced standpoint. By Michael D. Jackson

Paying Homage to the Wounds

After serving in Afghanistan, a veteran struggles with trauma and wrestles with his faith, but volunteering at the Kalighat Home for the Dying connects him to a deeper truth. By Marcus Seymour

‘My Dreams Will Never Be the Same’

Neris Gonzalez’s love of her community and faith in a just God enable her to keep pushing for the Salvadoran generals responsible for her imprisonment and torture to be held accountable. By Julia Lieblich

Calvin, Capitalism, and Predestination

Benjamin Friedman’s Religion and the Rise of Capitalism prompts us to consider the conditions under which the idea of divine chosenness might appear in our social landscapes. By Michelle Sanchez

Religion, Economics, and the Stories We Tell

Benjamin Friedman’s Religion and the Rise of Capitalism challenges scholarly truisms by showing how a set of Protestant theological claims influenced economic thought and practice. By Devin Singh

Carrying Guns to Synagogue?

Increasing anti-Semitic attacks against synagogues and Jewish centers have led some rabbis to advocate for stronger security measures. By Robert Israel

The Obsidian Mirror

Narratives by Mexican authors focus on combining and confronting the different eras of our history, while poetry captures singular moments that are both archaic and recent. By Juan Villoro

Encounters with the Possible

A Q&A with Charles Hallisey on his new book, Poems of the First Buddhist Women: A Translation of the Therigatha. By Sarah Fleming

Listening to Silence

Reflecting on John Cage’s famous composition and how silence can be a form of care. By Jacqueline Houton