Positioning premiered in its final format in October of 2016 at the Chicago International Film Festival. Watching it that day felt exhilarating. The film felt drastically different two weeks later after the 2016 presidential election.Read More
How can we be capacious and strong enough to embrace the whole picture of our complicated world, the beauty and the suffering?
What a remarkable idea: that teachers have the power to create spaces where students come out of shame. But don’t let the statement’s beauty lull you into a sense of complacency.
Eliza finds a connection to something greater in nature or stillness, and it helps her honor that she is not holding her work alone.
The core question both Still Harbor and Anchor have asked over the years is: what is the role of spirituality in social justice work?
Jim sweeps off his hat scattering snow to the ground and uses it to fan the embers. This time flames rise up to consume the softwood kindling which flares enough to catch. Jim stands, and we hold the silence. Snow again accumulates on his hat and our eyes are captivated by the fire. All of us are men.Read More
In this issue, our contributors have taught us that in order to engage in the spiritual work of connection and justice with integrity we must be able honestly also to name disconnection, difference, otherness, and power.Read More
The following essay on historical memory as an embodied concept comes from a forthcoming book by Becky Thompson, Teaching with Tenderness: Toward an Embodied Practice. In the tradition of bell hooks’ Teaching to Transgress and Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Thompson invites us to draw upon contemplative practices (yoga, meditation, free writing, mindfulness, ritual) to keep our hearts open as we reckon with multiple injustices.Read More
Complex beings. Complex patterns. Life can be overwhelmingly complex. Yet in its complexity, we are able to share seemingly simple moments and add them to our diverse collection of experiences and memories.Read More
There are certain experiences that reform us, as if God’s a tireless blacksmith who, against our pleading, forges the metal in us, though it takes years for our heart and mind to cool from the pounding.Read More
"What is your opinion on the anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda? As a Ugandan studying in the United States, I have been asked this question many times over the past year." Edison Ndayambaje shares his thoughtful response here...Read More
The ceramic masks of Gregory Steinsieck are a study in expression, exploring the timeless symbol of the mask and capturing the look of emotion. What is in a face? What is in an expression? How can an essence or a look be capture in clay or contained in a moment?Read More
Can art unlock healing? In this profile of Joan Drescher's work as artist, spiritual companion, and healer, we discover how, in Joan's words, “creating art and sharing it with others... [provides] the opportunity to open windows to a world where caring really does take place."Read More
In this deeply personal reflection, Phil Garrity shares, "I touched a kind of pain and hope I had never felt before, not in all my days of searching the dark corners of the world. For now it was no longer about fixing, but about being with the other—setting aside my tools and together navigating the mystery of suffering."Read More
Jean Bosco Niyonzima shares his story of being healer and healed, reflecting, "I had been tempted to give in, to give up, to stop trying so hard, but my vocational calling wouldn’t let me. Ten years since awakening to the healing that I needed in my life, I can say that deep within me, I know what it means to be the change I want to see in the world..."Read More
Prose poem or personal reflection, whatever you call it, Julie Barnes' words take us on a journey through her inner life and into our own. The winding paths of her thoughts, poured out in these words, bring us into the present moment of our own lives as she shares her freedom with us, writing, "My empty hands, palms up on knees, accompany the breath as it settles and deepens."Read More