Category: Summer/Autumn 2011

A Jamesian Personscape

The philosophy of William James can be helpful to recovering alcoholics, especially his ideas about “the sick soul” and his affirmation of “the possibility of possibility.” By John J. McDermott

Interfaith Moments

Transformative interfaith dialogue is more likely to occur when people of faith encounter one another as fellow travelers. By Jalees Rehman

The Thorny Paths of Su Xuelin

This Chinese writer’s artistic and scholarly activities, and her ties to other women, were closely related to her practice and study of religion. By Zhange Ni

Praying My Tweets

Twitter can connect us to the suffering world, if we follow the right sources. By Anne Robertson

Life Is Short

Excerpts from “The Backward Glance and the Forward Look” and “The Hard Stuff Is the Good News” by Peter J. Gomes.

The How-To’s of Accessibility

Accepting people with physical and intellectual disabilities into religious congregations often has more to do with attitude and effort than with economics. By Mark I. Pinsky


Poetry by Amit Majmudar

Beyond the End of the World

After a monastery stay, the author takes a job on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico where he discovers some uncanny similarities between the two communities. By Zachary Ugolnik

Intentionally Unfinished

I wonder if it might be possible to make our unintentional communities more intentional by asking ourselves, “On whom are we focused?” By Wendy McDowell