Issue Nº 04 Faith
The world’s religious traditions have told some of our most enduring stories. These myths and parables have remained relevant for thousands of years, shaping our histories and identities. Yet, like so many of our landscapes today—ecological, political, social—the landscape of faith is shifting. Institutional religion is in many places failing to respond to the needs of the present moment; entrenched structures aren’t adapting quickly enough to guide us through an uncertain future.
Join us on the Shikoku pilgrimage, a road trip with Christian mystic Thomas Merton fifty years after his death, an encounter with the bristling skin of an elephant, an exploration of the holiness of death, in a discussion on radical dharma, and much more.
A route of eighty-eight Buddhist temples in Japan, the Shikoku Pilgrimage takes modern-day pilgrims across an ancient, storied landscape, inviting us to reflect on the relevance of the spiritual quest today.
Corn Tastes Better on the Honor SystemMultimedia
Following a nine-thousand-year journey, Robin Wall Kimmerer reflects on the ancient technology embedded in our relationship with corn.
Born Was the MountainEssay
In this in-depth investigative story, Chelsea Steinauer-Scudder explores the collision of values unfolding on the summit of Mauna Kea, the proposed site for what would be the largest telescope in the world.
Magic and the MachineEssay
In this essay, David Abram offers notes on technology and animism in an age of ecological wipeout.
A Possible RiverPhoto essay
Following the Los Angeles River from source to sea, this photo essay is a meditation on the human desire to tame the natural world.
The Great WorkEssay
In this essay, Paul Kingsnorth reflects on writing as an alchemical process, one involving transformation, discipline, and purification.
Mud and Antler BonePodcast
In this interview, Martin Shaw offers an extended reflection on the intelligence that lies at the heart of myths.
Winds of Awe and FearEssay
Nick Hunt explores the mythological understanding of winds as gods for the awe, exhilaration, and fear that they invoke.
Sanctuaries of Silence360 Video
Sanctuaries of Silence is an immersive listening journey into Olympic National Park, one of the quietest places in North America.
Lovely MonsterPhoto essay
Photographer Camille Seaman captures the beauty, awe, and fear of the natural world through portraits of storms across America.
When You Meet the Monster, Anoint Its FeetEssay
In the age of the Anthropocene and entrenched politics of whiteness, Bayo Akomolafe brings us face-to-face with our own unresolved ancestry.
As Singapore dredges sand out from beneath Cambodia’s mangrove forests, an ecosystem, and communal way of life are threatened.
Camille T. Dungy reflects on the legacy and journey, triumph and trauma, of seeds.
Adapted from the documentary “Earthrise,” this multimedia story explores the first image of the Earth captured from space in 1968.
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