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  1. The Incorrigible Questioner and the Search for Spiritual Belonging

    Is there a place for an incorrigible questioner in a church?

    Our editor in chief, who is not temperamentally inclined to faith, looks for some way to tap into the wisdom and belonging that some of her favorite people have found in organized religion.

  2. Buffered or Porous: Recalibrating Our Mental Filters

    With our modern minds, we’ve grown used to having walls between us and virtually everyone else—except for a few places where the world pours through our buffers and overwhelms us.

    How can we recalibrate? Adam Carrington offers ideas on how we might find balance and growth.

  3. On Certain Modern Writers and the Institution of the Family

    The common defence of the family is that, amid the stress and fickleness of life, it is peaceful, pleasant, and at one. But there is another defence of the family which is possible, and to me evident; this defence is that the family is not peaceful and not pleasant and not at one.

  4. A Spiritual Journey

    Spiral Dynamics, argues the co-leader of Third Factor’s new spiritual development group, offers a framework for making sense of positive disintegration — as he illustrates through his own experience of disintegrating out of his own fundamentalist church’s hierarchy of values.

  5. Cultivating Spiritual Community

    Third Factor’s spiritual director, Alexis Obernauer, tells us how her own spiritual journey enabled her to reintegrate and why she’s co-leading a community here that she hopes will help others to do the same.

  6. When You’re Maladjusted to Maladjustment

    How could anyone possibly be maladjusted to a school that’s all about “being yourself?”

  7. Intergenerational Friendship: Views from Both Sides

    Max’s older friends stood out in memories from his twenties, but only once he reached his forties did he realize how important cross-age friendship truly is—to both parties.

  8. The Phoenix Rises: New Site, New Groups, and Soon, a New Podcast!

    There’s so, so much going on over here!

  9. Why Debate? The Personal Benefits of Intellectual Engagement

    In this age of social media, “debate” too often brings to mind trolls on Twitter. But just because it can be hard to find, we shouldn’t forget that there’s a higher form of debate, and that engaging in it can help us harness and channel our intensities.

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