Remembering, Choosing, Finding


This week, the world lost an important voice of remembrance. Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the Holocaust and writer who worked to share his experiences and remember those lost, died this past Saturday at age 87. As you remember him—and the events and experiences he helped us all to remember—consider some of the words he shared with us:

Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and renowned Holocaust survivor, dies at 87
by By Ronen Shnidman

Acceptance Speech by Elie Wiesel

Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel's best quotes on survival, activism and humanity
by Laura Bult
New York Daily News


Image credit: Gérard DuBois

Image credit: Gérard DuBois

Empathy Is Actually a Choice
By Daryl Cameron, Micahel Inzlicht and William A. Cunningham
The New York Times

How much control do we really have over what we feel empathy for? As this article shows, more than you might think. Recently, “the psychologists Karina Schumann, Jamil Zaki and Carol S. Dweck found that when people learned that empathy was a skill that could be improved—as opposed to a fixed personality trait—they engaged in more effort to experience empathy for racial groups other than their own. Empathy for people unlike us can be expanded, it seems, just by modifying our views about empathy.“ Often, people working for justice experience limits to compassion; it can be hard to inspire others to a cause, and it can also be hard to sustain commitment. But maybe those limits aren't as hard to overcome as they can seem. How do these findings relate to your own experiences? Do you agree?


“True Sadness” and Christianity After Religion: Where the Avett Brothers’ Meets Diana Butler Bass:
By Kyle Roberts

Where do you connect with your spirituality? Roberts, an Associate Professor of Public Theology and Church and Economic Life at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, finds deep meaning in many places—including the new Avett Brothers album. But are there places outside the media where we can connect with our spirituality—and also with each other? As a Christian, he questions how his faith tradition might support practices that can happen best in person, such as “community, relationships, accountability, [and] friendships." Do you practice within a particular faith tradition? If so, how does it help you find meaning? How could it help you co-create even more?