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November 26, 2019
Editors' Pick
Directed by Marielle Heller

This moving drama conveys the impact that children's television host Fred Rogers had upon a cynical journalist assigned to write a story about him for a 1998 issue of Esquire devoted to heroes. Tom Hanks radiates Rogers' kindness, humble creativity, and genuine respect for others -- and powerfully captures Rogers' spiritual practice of silence.

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By Patricia Campbell Carlson

Born into slavery before she escaped to freedom, Sojourner Truth offered practical, untiring help to freed slaves following the Civil War and became a trailblazer in the abolitionist and suffragist movements. Here are quotes and a spiritual practice to honor her legacy.
By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

November is an especially good time to make gratitude your spiritual discipline. This list reminds you about many people, things, and events that you can add to your Thanksgiving list of gratitudes.

More Practices : Thanksgiving, Birthday of Louisa May Alcott, Birthday of Mark Twain

Looking for a spiritual retreat to tide you over in quiet contemplation during the holy days leading up to Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year's Day, and Epiphany? Here are many choices -- some Christian and inclusive, others multifaith -- from which you can find a perfect match for your needs.

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By Anne Boynton, Pat Hoertdoerfer, and Joanne Turnbull of Sage-ing International

We all leave a legacy. This e-course gives you an opportunity to explore how you want to live and leave yours -- the fruits of your life as a gift to your family, colleagues, and community. "Awakened to elderhood, we pour the distillate of our lives into other vessels," wrote Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, "an act that not only seeds the future, but crowns our lives with worth and nobility."

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In Partnership with Stillpoint

We speak of "the holiday spirit," but the holidays can be a difficult and stressful time for many of us. If you would like to fortify yourself with practices and insights to guide your passage through these next few months, please consider this unique opportunity for spiritual companionship.

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Directed by Thom Zimny

Singer and songwriter Johnny Cash explored the light and the darkness of the human experience. This documentary (available for viewing free via YouTube) shows the arc of his life -- ambition, hard work, incredible success, followed by dips due to addiction and hardships, and then redemption. But the most moving part of the film is his music.

More Films : Mickey and the Bear, Mike Wallace Is Here, Varda by Agnes
Directed by Gurinder Chanda

From the director of Bend It Like Beckham comes this story of a teenager's transformation from bullied boy to self-confident writer through his identification with the themes of eleven Bruce Springsteen hits and a new song, "I'll Stand by You," just being released with this movie.
Directed by Jake Scott

This journey through 11 years of a mother's life after her daughter's disappearance shows her insecurity and resentment giving way to love and respect. It features a bravura performance by Sienna Miller.

More DVDs : Arctic, Official Secrets, After the Wedding
By Mark S. Burrows and Jon M. Sweeney

This treasure trove of selections from the writings of the German theologian and philosopher reflects his wisdom and paradoxical mysticism.

More Books : Science and Spiritual Practices, Unteachable Lessons
Book Excerpt
By Carl McColman

This excerpt from Unteachable Lessons reminds us that every kiss is communication and that we kiss because we love (or at the very least because we like) the person we're kissing. When we adore God and God adores us, we exchange love -- and that is the heart of prayer.
Children's Books
By Heather Smith

This celebration of two granddads in a loving relationship, deeply bonded with their grandson, carries hope on every level: hope for love, hope for renewal, and hope for idiosyncratic solutions to sticky problems.

If you are visiting families with children for Thanksgiving or planning Christmas gifts, here are some great books to choose from, on friendship, mindfulness, resilience, self-esteem, ecology, refugees, courage, appreciation of diversity, and much more.

New Reviews : How Emily Saved the Bridge, Hummingbird, When Sadness Is at Your Door
Practicing Democracy Blog
By Ada Renée Williams
A civil-rights pilgrimage to Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham, Alabama, brings participants face to face with a troubled narrative of the "common good" and grievous reminders of the ways society fails at the real, honest, and difficult work of valuing all people.
Short & Sweet Spirituality Blog
By Frederic Brussat
"A good time is a taste of God," wrote John Aurelio. Here's a meme, a practice, a proverb, a musical blessing, and more to keep us alert to these tastes all around us.
KidSpirit Youth Voices Spirituality Blog
By Sophie Mesh
On the first day of Hebrew school, a student learns about Tikkun Olam -- repairing the world -- which becomes for her a vital and life-changing practice.
By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

Art can be a teacher for being truly present. It gives us an invitation to ponder the soul of things. It helps us confront the ugly, the horrific, and the grotesque without running away. It acts as a gateway to the honest embrace of our emotions. This feature article brings you many ways to look at art as an expression of spiritual qualities.
Practicing Democracy Project
By Holly Jackson
With rigorous ethical elan and literary finesse, the author stirs us with accounts of the lives and works of American radicals, outsiders, pariahs, and those living on the margins of nineteenth-century society.

More in the Practicing Democracy Project: American Nightmare , The Violence of Organized Forgetting
From Our Wisdom Archive
By Phillip Lund

This program for individuals and small groups on the spiritual practice of gratitude carries you from opening to conclusion with quotations, a reflection topic, and a practice idea for grateful living. You will find similar programs by interspiritual educator Phillip Lund for all the practices in the Alphabet of Spiritual Literacy .
A Thought to Carry with You
Gratefulness is an orientation of mind, heart, and will. We give thanks for our food, our shelter, our clothing, our loved ones, and more. This basic ability to enjoy begins to open our eyes to what an extraordinary gift it is simply to be alive. Life is a gift, as author and spiritual teacher Br. David Steindl-Rast reminds us time and time again.

Our sight then expands beyond our obvious blessings to more subtle ones embedded in the opportunity to make a difference or learn something even in troubling times. When we realize that gratefulness takes in not only happiness and pleasure but rather the whole scope of experience, life reveals itself to us in its great fullness.

We wish you a Thanksgiving that embraces the very gift of life itself. And we are ever so grateful for your presence in our lives!
Your Spirituality & Practice Team 
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat 
Patricia Campbell Carlson 
Margaret Wakeley