Posts in Issue 05
The Poetry of Tụê Sỹ and the Process of Translation

Tuệ Sỹ’s poetry has been received with great acclaim by Vietnamese intellectuals and writers. It has been reviewed by the most notable critics, poets, and writers of the country, all with the highest praises. For his poems speak directly about the spiritual poverty of the country and his own failure in changing it. There is undoubtedly a sadness in it, but it’s a heroic sadness with a deep flavor of Zen. 

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Service in the Streets of New York: What to do with a childless mother?

It’s Christmas Eve. Leo and I leave the house around 7 pm. It’s an unseasonably warm evening, muggy and gray. As we walk past the gigantic storage facilities and warehouse grocery stores in our Brooklyn neighborhood, this urban setting seems particularly harsh for a night that’s supposed to be festive and magical.

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It’s Getting Hot in Here: One Soul’s Journey into Leadership for Climate Justice

In September 2014, in my sixteenth year of parish ministry, I had an idea about how to mobilize people of faith across religious boundaries as a public force for environmental and climate justice. The idea was to move religious environmentalism beyond personal lifestyle choices, beyond a green sanctuary, into the voting booth and into the corridors of political power.  

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Homeless Youth Find Their Way Home

When I was sixteen, I was living by myself in a one-room shack perched on the edge of a ravine in the middle of a redwood forest in northern California. My living space was not insulated, and I heated it with an old pot-bellied stove I scavenged from a neighbor. It had no running water, so I hauled what I could carry in a five-gallon container.

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We Have Stories: Voices of Palestine

Storytelling offers a platform of connecting to others. When stories are told, a community is formed. As a Palestinian-American, I’ve especially felt the need to belong to a community. I’ve struggled to belong anywhere. Growing up, I’d spend summers visiting family members in the Middle East and would be considered American. I’d spend months between those summers living in Pennsylvania always being thought of as Middle Eastern. In a sense, I’ve lived in displacement my entire life.

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A Prayer Practice: The Prayer of Saint Francis

An afternoon in Tuscany over 40 years ago initiated me into the mystic power of The Prayer of Saint Francis, and everything I have learned since on my search has only deepened my joy at its depth. It seems to me a prayer that transcends any particular religion; in a very few utterly stripped and simple phrases, it condenses the deepest wisdom of the Path of Sacred Activism.

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