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2019 May/June

Fight Fire with Fresh

From The Editor

From the Editor

"We’re celebrating 20 years of S&H, and I find myself sorting through old stories, trying to make sense of things. What’s real? What matters? What did I miss?"

Poetry Page

An image of children playing at a creek

Prehistoric

"In the poem, I set the vast scale of geological epochs against the quick movement of children. The poem encompasses both measures of time and holds them in suspension."

Tags: Poetry

Columns

Mark Nepo

Carrying the Water

"Keeping the acequia clear and flowing is a useful metaphor for interdependence and cooperation. Keeping the acequia clear—both the actual acequia and the acequia of humanity—bears learning how to do well."

Tags: Water

Inner + Outer Worlds

A Japanese woodcut depicts people crossing a bridge

To Zen and Back

"A pilgrim sets his or her sight on a place where the veil between the ordinary and the transcendent has been lifted. Each step moves the pilgrim away from the structures that have bound our lives, and each step moves the pilgrim closer to knowing the whole of reality as for the first time."

Tags: Theology Unitarian Pilgrimage

Features

Four Keys to Unlock the Wisdom of Anxiety

I wouldn’t have expected the ER doctor to say, “Welcome, you’ve just entered your dark night of the soul.” But if he had sent me on my way with information about what was happening, it would have been easier for me to arrive at the why.

Five Questions

Erling Kagge

5 Questions with Erling Kagge

1. Why is walking essential to our well-being? You live longer. Your memory sharpens. Your blood pressure falls. Your immune system gets stronger. But that’s only half …
Tags: Walking

Reviews

Holy Envy book cover

Book Review: Holy Envy

"Contrary to popular assumption, Taylor argues, all religions are not alike. They peer at humans from different vantages, and thus propose different solutions to problems. Exploring this with her students, many of whom are evangelical Christians, showed Taylor that her true calling is to find bridges between her own faith and that of others."

Stop a Warlord book cover

Book Review: To Stop a Warlord

The author recounts the pursuit of Joseph Kony, a brutal warlord whose guerilla group killed more than 100,000 people. She also writes about balancing her activism against Kony with her own family life.

Wisdom of Anxiety book cover

Book Review: The Wisdom of Anxiety

"Though commonly labeled a disorder, anxiety, for Paul, is simply evidence of the imagination and an invitation to wholeness. She shares tools and mindsets that allow us to approach anxiety with curiosity instead of shame, so that we may decode its messages, wherever they surface."

Music Review: India.Arie

"Arie, who approaches songwriting as a spiritual practice, intersperses Worthy’s many romantic songs with contemplative tunes like 'Hour of Love,' which advocates Buddhist lovingkindness meditation."

Tags: Music Reviews
Wadada Leo Smith

Rosa Parks: Pure Love: An Oratorio of Seven Songs

"'She was an activist long before the incident of the bus and the boycott,' Smith told S&H. 'Throughout history, human beings have always found the courage to not just resist injustice, but to dare to change the movement of human history.' The song 'No Fear' features lyrics based on Parks’s own words."

Tags: Music Reviews

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