Soul Telegram is published twice weekly - on Mondays and Thursdays. Here are the first issues from May 2014 to give you a taste of what you'll be receiving each week in ST.
Soul Telegram #8: May 29
Welcome back! For our eighth issue we bring you thoughts on reimagining masculinity, an amused reflection on a road trip, and a poet-politician speaks to our common humanity. We could not, of course, ignore the magnificent Maya Angelou, who went Home yesterday, and who of course would remind us each that we're magnificent too. So here's a video extra as Dr Angelou expounds on how love liberates: 'Sista, you're going to be a teacher. You're gonna teach all over this world.'
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"We must recollect our original spiritual and moral substance, which grew out of the same essential experience of humanity." Vaclav Havel’s 1995 commencement speech at Harvard University asks us to see the spiritual kinship we share.
Jamie Utt wants us to re-imagine a masculinity 'where love, power with, and compassion replace dominance, power over and violence' in his powerful essay on why he believes men need feminism.
Satan is real, or so we learn as a cross-country road trip to Uncle Irving's funeral in Utah and ensuing internal spiritual journey unfolds in vivid, languid verse.
Soul Telegram #7: May 26
This issue: a magnum opus about dealing with the past, what 'privilege' means, and a historic document that still speaks today.
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'That's just one of my losses' - Clyde Ross, in Ta-Nehisi Coates' remarkable polemic, 'The Case for Reparations'. If there is indeed no sacred-secular divide, then these compelling questions are among the most spiritual we face.
The next time you hear an comment like 'When you are trying to lay the foundation blocks of knowledge, you can't put in the soft stuff', this interview with Peggy McIntosh, who coined the term 'white privilege' might come in handy.
Our Uncle, brother and mentor Dr Vincent Harding joined the ancestors last week. There may be no more appropriate way to honor his memory than by reading again the speech he drafted for Dr King, given exactly a year before MLK's own death. It still resonates today.
Soul Telegram #6: May 22
This issue: what goes in must come out, what the counterculture does with magic words, and how to laugh in the face of danger.
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PS: A magnificent bonus - here's the very first time Johnny Cash sang his signature song, with an introduction about why he wrote it.
If the body is the only place we can experience spirituality, then here's 'an ecological Rorschach test' for what we leave behind.
'The truth, from my perspective, is that the world, indeed, is ending - and is also being reborn.' Tom Robbins on telling an old story in a new way.
'Despite what...the news programs imply, we all wish to be sane.' Pema Chodron smiles at fear.
Soul Telegram #5: MAY 19
Hope the week is starting well for you.
This issue we're thinking small is beautiful - tiny dwellings that expand the inner horizon, a short meditation on inviting wisdom from the shadow, and an elegant poem for a different kind of spiritual leader.
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Our friend Richard Rohr invites us to let our opponents be our teachers. 'In the spiritual life, your enemies are often your friends', and here's why.
The tiny house movement imagines a world in which the sky is the ceiling, the grass is the floor, and the horizon is not limited by the size of the buildings we live in. Here's a (characteristically tiny) primer.
Poet Dante Di Stefano has some advice for Pope Francis, not least that he should carry a razor, 'because turning the other cheek often exposes five o'clock shadow'.
Soul Telegram #4: MAY 15
Thanks for coming back!
For our fourth issue, we're exploring the relationship between remembering the past and stewarding the future, hearing about mysticism for atheists, and asking how much is enough. Links to great writing about spirituality are a mere sentence or two away! And as it's graduation season, here's a special audio bonus of Frederick Buechner's 1984 Wheaton College chapel address, 'When You Grow Up'.
'The rationale of the memento mori tradition is that we'll commit fewer sins, waste less time, if we remember our end. That we won't be such jerks.' Garret Keizer weaves a meditative polemic in the shadow of climate change.
What's the secret of contentment? Lama Marut says it, these guys look like they agree, so we think that settles it ... Don't purchase, be happy!
Barbara Ehrenreich has guided and provoked a couple of generations of thoughtful activists, and her new book asks probing questions about mystical experience. Here she is interviewed by another provocative writer, Thomas Frank.
Soul Telegram #3: May 12
We're glad you're here!
It's Monday, and we're renewing our relationship with the week. For our third issue, we invite you to take some time with a prophetic farmer, the poetry of change, and a conversation about making music and making a life.
Wendell Berry on Faustian economics.
Punk Faith: Patti Smith and Thurston Moore in conversation.
Seamus Heaney lets in some light.
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Dear Soul Telegram Friends...
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, we're noticing that green has appeared on previously bare trees, and there's a transition going on. This issue of ST brings you a conversation between one of the most elegant film-makers of our time and an equally erudite and humane philosopher; a questioning of the workspaces our culture is challenged by; and a wonderful reflection on how art helps us live better.
1: The German director Wim Wenders indelibly marked the history of film - and of conversations about angels and reconciliation - with his films Wings of Desire and Paris, Texas. With Australian philosopher Mary Zournazi, Inventing Peace becomes his latest contribution to our dialogue about how to imagine a new world. You can read the dialogue here.
2: Six paintings, six short reflections, six reasons to pause and let art do its healing work.
3: We weren't made to work in cages - and our culture may be ready to do something about it.
See you on Thursday!