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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

‘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

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

The Man in the Tree

A psychiatric chaplain dwells in the silences that follow difficult questions, responding to Chris Berlin’s “A Jewel in the Lotus.” By Duncan Gasson-Gardner

‘Chaplain, Can You Do an Exorcism?’

To accompany people struggling with command auditory hallucinations, the author uses a metaphorical approach and works within each patient’s own religious framework. By Jeremy D. Sher

Chanting through the Spring Surge

An interview with Sarah Byrne-Martelli, a chaplain at Massachusetts General Hospital, on the quiet camaraderie and unnamed grief among hospital staff during the pandemic. By Wendy McDowell

Let My People Go

Mass incarceration is Jim Crow’s most obvious descendent. Faith communities must focus on the collective work of dismantling this catastrophic system. By Raphael G. Warnock

Doing by Not-Knowing

A hospital chaplain reflects on the wonder and intimacy of not-knowing, responding to Chris Berlin’s “A Jewel in the Lotus.” By Jill R. Gaulding

Chaplaincy as ‘Tragic Improv’

Erica Rose Long describes the honest conversations about race taking place at Massachusetts General Hospital and discusses the unique challenges and joys of chaplaincy. By Wendy McDowell

Can a Buddhist Monk Become a Chaplain?

A Buddhist monastic reflects on his chaplaincy training through the lens of Theravada Buddhism, responding to Chris Berlin’s “A Jewel in the Lotus.” By Bhante Kusala

A Jewel in the Lotus

The Buddha’s life, teachings, and response to human suffering inform practices of spiritual care in the hospital, and also in the classroom. By Chris Berlin

At Trump’s Right Hand

With Paula White’s elevation to a position of power in the White House, the prosperity gospel has achieved its highest level of national exposure. By Mark I. Pinsky

With Her Head Held High

Even after her imprisonment and torture, a Sikh woman relentlessly pursues justice for her father’s murder during the state-sanctioned 1984 violence. By Kalpana Jain

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