Talking About God

Part One: Finding My Voice Guest contributor Christiane Karam Christiane Karam is an Associate Professor of Voice at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA, specializing in Voice. Her passion is helping students to access their truth through finding their unique...

The Deeper Realities of Love, and One Another

Like me, you may be familiar with the old adage: “You only hurt the ones you love.” I have been presented with this many times, in many different ways. Unknown to me, I had been living by this model for most of my life. My love for other people came...

Growing in the Dark

Plants have inherent knowledge of how to move, and where to grow based on the light of the sun. The presence of light is often associated with outward growth: the sunnier seasons of Spring and Summer and their leafy green fecundity. But what of the darker hours of...

The Helpers

There is a famous quote by Fred Rogers that describes what his mother would tell him when he was a child and saw scary news: “My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster,...

Going ’round again…

  The Sufi poet, Jalal id-Din Rumi said, “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round again in another form.”     The grief today is mine. This is my final week writing to you as host of the newsletter and blog. It has been an honor and pleasure serving...

The Way to Love

  The following poem was submitted by Susan Fatima Abbassi, a writing specialist and current UOS student:   The Way to Love     I am on my way to love, Alertly, with the wholesome consciousness And friending pure conviction In this journey, I...