When a pandemic and social unrest reveal more than many of us saw a year ago, who is already out front, leading the way to a better normal?
And the Suffering Shall Lead Us
"Solidarity is always intentional, always messy." Pancho Argüelles is the executive director of the Living Hope Wheelchair Association, a community-based organization of migrants with spinal cord injuries. Born in Mexico City, for more than thirty years now he has worked on human rights issues in Mexico, Central America, and the United States. Animated by questions of solidarity and justice, human dignity and collective leadership, Pancho has chosen to be shaped by those in the trenches of daily physical pain and civic precarity. Here are some of the lessons he has to impart.
When Thoughts and Prayers Aren't Enough
On April 12, 2013 as Taylor Schumann was beginning her work day working at the New River Community College in Christiansburg, Virginia, a gunman walked in and shot her. She survived, but not without deep scars both physical and psychological. How does one recover from such a horrific event? What are the lessons of post-traumatic growth?
Beauty from Ashes
What is the relationship between justice and beauty, repair and renewal? What inspires us to create? Mako Fujimura, an artist, and his wife, Haejin Shim, a lawyer, together are building a richer understanding of the interdependencies here, interdependencies that we all will need as we exit the pandemic and relate to an altered world.
Makoto Fujimura is a contemporary artist, curator, writer, and founder of the International Arts Movement. Haejin A. Shim Fujimura is the founder and owner of Shim & Associates, P.C., a law firm founded on the vision of cultural renewal for the legal industry, and the co-founder of Embers International, a global organization that seeks to protect, restore, and empower victims of injustice, and catalyze sustainable transformation by creating access to opportunities and resources.
Love is a Neural Highway
Love and science don't always make easy conversation partners, but Amy O'Dell has found a way to make them at once intelligible to each other, and transformative for the lives of children and their families. Here is her story, and the story of Jacob's Ladder.
Whole People, Whole Educations
How can institutions be transformational, not simply transactional? What is higher education, specifically, doing to meet the hungers of a generation increasingly adamant that "the whole person" be acknowledged and respected? Dr. Nathan Hatch is the president of Wake Forest University, and has not only thought about these questions for decades, but shaped an entire institution around them. Here are his thoughts.
Committing the Commons to Solidarity & Repair
How might we each play a role in sowing a more woven, widely shared commons? Father Jack Wall and Joe Boland have spent years walking in solidarity with people from some of America's poorest communities to build up vibrant and transformative communities of faith. Learn from the edges. There is something there for our center.