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The future of marriage, of family, of love, of belonging.

What would it take to make our national encounter with gay marriage redemptive rather than divisive? David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch came to the gay marriage debate from very different directions — but with a shared concern about the institution of marriage. Now, they’re pursuing a different way for all of us to grapple with the future of marriage, redefined. They model a fresh way forward as the subject of same-sex marriage is before the Supreme Court.

http://www.onbeing.org/program/future-marriage-david-blankenhorn-and-jonathan-rauch/4883
What would it take to make our national encounter with gay marriage redemptive rather than divisive? David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch are pursuing a different way for all of us to grapple with the future of marriage, redefined.
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"Return to your fortress,
O you prisoners of hope."

American optimism is often lauded as the virtue in today's world. Omid Safi offers an alternative: hope.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/prisoners-of-hope/7481
American optimism is often lauded as a virtue in today's world. Omid Safi offers an alternative: hope.
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"Give your approval to all you cannot understand." ~Wendell Berry

We celebrate National Poetry Month and our two nominations from The Webby Awards​, properly welcome our new columnist Sharon Salzberg, and imbibe the magic of k.d. lang's version of "Hallelujah" in this week's thread of good reads.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/mindfulness-more-than-a-buzzword-wendell-berry-kicks-off-the-month-what-it-means-to-be-of-use/7471
We celebrate National Poetry Month, welcome our new columnist Sharon Salzberg, and imbibe the magic of k.d. lang's version of "Hallelujah" in this week's thread of good reads.
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"The Internet mirrors, magnifies, and makes more visible the good, bad, and the ugly of everyday life.” –danah boyd. Our latest episode on the social lives of networked teens and how online activities reflect our offline world.

http://www.onbeing.org/program/danah-boyd-online-reflections-of-our-offline-lives/7449

danah boyd demystifies technology while being wise about the changes it’s making to life and relationship. She has intriguing advice on the technologically-fueled generation gaps of our age — that our children’s immersion in social media may offer a kind of respite from their over-structured, overscheduled analog lives. And that cyber-bullying is an online reflection of the offline world, and blaming technology is missing the point.
danah boyd has intriguing advice on the technologically-fueled generation gaps of our age — that our children’s immersion in social media may offer a kind of respite from their over-structured, overscheduled analog lives.
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"What if it is not even the bounce back,
but the fall better, fail better, crack more whole,
break less, heal better, get up, fall again…."

Omid Safi steps forward with this lyrical reflection on wounds and healing -- and being the person we want to become.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/fail-better/7465
Love is not a victory march
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"The pitcher cries for water to carry / and a person for work that is real." ~Marge Piercy, "To Be of Use"

We all want to be of service, to be needed and of use to others and to ourselves. Parker Palmer tells the playful story of a neighbor who embodies resilience of the human spirit.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/our-need-to-be-useful/7458
We all want to be of service, to be needed and of use to others and to ourselves. Parker Palmer tells the playful story of a neighbor who takes this to an extreme.
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A daughter's embarrassment of her mother's alternative approaches to healing turns into a letter of admiration and an apology.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/a-mea-culpa-to-my-dear-mom/7485
A daughter's embarrassment of her mother's alternative approaches to healing turns into a letter of admiration and an apology.
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"Violence is what happens when we don’t know what else to do with our suffering." But, Parker J. Palmer​ wonders, how do we turn the power of suffering toward new life? It depends on our willingness to exercise our hearts so that when suffering strikes, they are suppler and more able to break open to new life.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/heartbreak-violence-and-hope-for-new-life/7476
Violence is what happens when we don’t know what else to do with our suffering. But how do we turn the power of suffering toward new life? It depends on our willingness to exercise our hearts so that when suffering strikes, they are suppler and more able to break open to new life.
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"Pure generosity emerges when we give without the need for our offering to be received in a certain way. That’s why the best kind of generosity comes from inner abundance, rather than from feeling deficient and hollow, starved for validation." –Sharon Salzberg​

To constantly grow and serve and change, we must be resilient with ourselves and the effort it takes to care for oneself and the others in our lives.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/the-pain-of-caregiving-and-the-privilege-of-suffering/7387
To constantly grow and serve and change, Sharon Salzberg says, we must be resilient with ourselves and the effort that it takes to care for oneself and the others in our lives.
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The opportunity to hear and tell stories, holidays or not, is one of the great pleasures and lucky miracles of life. A picture and a short poem for the final day of Passover.

A hearty thank you to Matthew Septimus and Esther Cohen for working with us on this lovely series.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/postcards-from-passover-the-stories-we-know-day-8/7468
The opportunity to hear and tell stories, holidays or not, is one of the great pleasures and lucky miracles of life. A picture and a short poem for the final day of Passover.
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A rabbi once said that life consists of 72 stories. As we yearn to find ways to be together in this world, we're reminded that it’s always in the telling:

"we sit in a room together
we have to be eating
knowing nothing is simple
nothing is ever easy
absolutely nothing"

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/postcards-from-passover-understanding-is-never-easy-day-6/7464
A rabbi once said that life consists of 72 stories. As we yearn to find ways to be together in this world, we're remind that it’s always all in the telling.
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A practicing Zen Buddhist pens an ode to the late poet Galway Kinnell by drawing on tradition and the art of the back-handed compliment:

From ancient times it was said
you can tell how much a Master speaks
by the thickness of his brows.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/complimenting-each-other-by-criticizing/7006
A practicing Zen Buddhist pens an ode to the late poet Galway Kinnell by drawing on tradition and the art of the back-handed compliment.
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On Being. Elevating conversation about what it means to be human. It's a space to speak of the essentials, a discovery about the immensity of our lives.

The On Being podcast contains each week's public radio show as well as the unedited interview between Krista Tippett with scientists + theologians, deep thinkers + spiritual teachers. Updated every Thursday.