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  • By David Richo
    "Compassion is love's response to pain."
  • By Megan Devine
    "Grief no more needs a solution than love needs a solution. We cannot 'triumph' over death, or loss, or grief. They are immovable elements of being alive. If we continue to come at them as though they are problems to be solved, we'll never get solace or comfort in our deepest pain."
  • By Megan Devine
    Spiritual practices in any tradition, including mindfulness in its many forms, are meant to help you live what is yours to live, not make you rise above it.
  • By Rexford J. Styzens
    Christmas is a risk for us to take.
  • By Anne Lamott
    "We can change. People say we can’t, but we do when the stakes or the pain is high enough. And when we do, life can change."
  • By Frederick Buechner
    Whenever you find tears in your eyes, especially unexpected tears, it is well to pay the closest attention. They are not only telling you...
  • By DeRay Mckesson
    “If your love for me requires that I hide parts of who I am, then you don't love me. Love is never a request for silence.”
  • By Brittany Packnett
    You can’t be prejudiced, racist, sexist, or homophobic. After all, you belong to this faith. You don’t carry pitchforks and march with the...
  • By William E. Swing
    “There’s a hunger beyond food that’s expressed in food, and that’s why feeding is always a kind of miracle. It speaks to a bigger desire.”...
  • By Nancy McDonald Ladd
    When we say, "Save the rainforest," we don’t mean that we cease to honor the mighty cedars or the reaching pines. We mean that one...
  • By bell hooks
    "Rarely, if ever, are any of us healed in isolation. Healing is an act of communion." from All about Love , p. 215.
  • By Bryan Stevenson
    “We are all broken by something. We have all hurt someone and have been hurt. We all share the condition of brokenness even if our...
  • By Cheryl Strayed
    "When it comes to our children, we do not have the luxury of despair. If we rise, they will rise with us every time, no matter how many...
  • By William J. Barber II
    “Those of us who have in our history the commonality of suffering from hate, we know that those who won the day are those who chose love in...
  • By Cheryl Strayed
    "Suffering doesn't always mean something's gone wrong; it just means you're living a life." —f rom the Dear Sugars podcast , Sept. 2, 2017.
  • By Cheryl Strayed
    “You cannot convince people to love you. This is an absolute rule. No one will ever give you love because you want him or her to give it...
  • By Brené Brown
    "I went back to church thinking that it would be like an epidural, like it would take the pain away… that church would make the pain go...
  • By Bryan Stevenson
    "Hopelessness is the enemy of justice." —Bryan Stevenson, in his 2017 Ware Lecture
  • By William Stafford
    "We live in an occupied country, misunderstood; justice will take us millions of intricate moves." from Stafford's poem "Thinking for Berky...
  • By Matthew Johnson
    We’re the faith of reason and science and dignity. There's nothing wrong with that. It’s just that too many of us have been taught by...
  • By Michael Eric Dyson
    "My dear friends, please try to understand that whiteness is limitless possibility. It is universal and invisible. That’s why many of you...
  • By Sarah C Stewart
    We don't live into our redemption very much, or get to win the fight over death. Jesus’ resurrection is a symbol and a promise that we are...
  • By Tom Schade
    Hope is not just a good idea Love is not naïve Faith is not just the brave face we put on a hopeless situation
  • By Howard Thurman
    There are two questions that [a person] must ask [themselves]. The first is "Where am I going?" and the second is "Who will go with me?" If...
  • By Dorothy Day
    What we would like to do is change the world—make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves... by fighting for...
  • By David Richo
    "Our universal calling as humans is to be the most loving people we can be."
  • By Jacqueline J. Lewis
    “Any religion that puts hate speech in the mouth of God is no religion at all.”
  • By Vernā Myers
    "Diver sity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance."
  • By Esther Perel
    "Marriage isn’t meant to make you happy; marriage is there so that it gives you a life in which you find happiness."
  • By Esther Perel
    "The power of transgression is the archetypal foundational story of the Bible because we transgress; because we want to break our own codes...
  • By Martin Luther King, Jr.
    "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." This quote, attributed to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., is...
  • By Richard Rohr
    All great spirituality is about what we do with our pain ... By trying to handle all suffering through willpower, denial, medication, or...
  • By David Richo
    What makes us human beings so uniquely wonderful in this puzzling universe is that we never give up on love. Against all odds, with no...
  • By john a. powell
    The invisibility of whiteness means that one doesn't have to notice that one is white. So there are people, and then there are black people...
  • By john a. powell
    "The thing that's really slick about whiteness, if you will, is that most of the benefits can be obtained without ever doing anything...
  • "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." This quote has been widely attributed to Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • By Judith Hanson Lasater
    "There is no question for which compassion is not the answer."
  • By Naguib Mahfouz
    وطن المرء ليس مكان ولادته و لكنه المكان الذي تنتهي فيه كل محاولاته للهروب "Home is not where you were born; home is where all your attempts...
  • By Esther Perel
    "Desire is owning the wanting."
  • By Nancy Bowen
    "The purpose of the church is to heal the consequences of lovelessness and injustice in the hearts and souls of our members so they might...
  • By Robert R Walsh
    "We hold on to hell because when we discard it we glimpse through the clearing smoke a God who is too complicated for us."
  • By John Shelby Spong
    “God is not a Christian, God is not a Jew, or a Muslim, or a Hindu, or a Buddhist. All of those are human systems which human beings have...
  • By Yolo Akili
    "Our children did not get their wounds alone. They were created by the actions of our family, our communities and our world. They were...
  • By Susan Werner
    "There is a hope that's been expressed in you: the hope of seven generations, maybe more. And this is the faith that they invest in you: It...
  • By Max Warren
    Our first task in approaching another people, another culture, another religion, is to take off our shoes, for the place we are approaching is holy.
  • By Carl Jung
    Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you.
  • By Mark Nepo
    Unconditional love is not so much about how we receive and endure each other, as it is about the deep vow to never, under any condition,...
  • By Wendell Berry
    Please note: written in 1969, Berry's reflection on the "wound" of racism was written before inclusive gender was used. If the white man...
  • By Dorothy Day
    "We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.”