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Selections from the June issue
June 2009 issue

What Jesus Would Do:
John Dear On Nonviolence, Civil Disobedience, And Doing Time

“Everyone presumes pacifism means passivity, that the only response to violence is to either retaliate or do nothing. . . . Nonviolence is not just a tactic or a strategy; it’s a way of life that requires us to love our enemies. It demands creativity, initiative, and engagement with the culture. There’s nothing passive about it.”
Interview by John Malkin

Martyr’s Mirror
The bumpy road to pacifism
Essay by Fred Bahnson

A stolen kiss at the front door, a sucker punch on the school bus, a pen pal in Vietnam
Personal stories by our readers

Plus: Poetry by Michael Hettich, Sy Safransky’s Notebook, and Sunbeams

Favorite from the archives
April 2001 issue

From the April 2001 issue:

Saving The Indigenous Soul:
An Interview With Martín Prechtel

By Derrick Jensen
“Every individual in the world, regardless of cultural background or race, has an indigenous soul struggling to survive in an increasingly hostile environment created by that individual’s mind. A modern person’s body has become a battleground between the rationalist mind — which subscribes to the values of the machine age — and the native soul. This battle is the cause of a great deal of spiritual and physical illness.”

The Sun’s editorial assistant Luc Saunders writes: “This interview with Martín Prechtel is a poignant evocation of the Mayan worldview, reminding us of the power of ritual, the eloquence of grief, and the sacredness of everyday life.” 

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What bloggers are saying

An author and former teacher in Seattle, Washington, reflects on how a recent Readers Write piece [“Saying Yes,” January 2009] reminds her of how she’s decided to engage with the world by meeting weekly for coffee with people who are socially isolated by homelessness or mental illness.

A graduate student in Ventura, California, cancels her cable and daily newspaper subscription, limits her NPR listening, and starts getting her news from “generally positive and useful sources,” such as friends, local business owners, and magazines like The Sun.

After hunting for morels in the woods behind her house, an educator in Michigan contemplates Derrick Jensen’s interview with mushroom expert Paul Stamets [“Going Underground,” February 2008] and shares a tasty recipe.

Author Leslie Pietrzyk describes the recent gathering of Sun readers, writers, and staff in Rowe, Massachusetts.

A director in La Quinta, California, confesses her love of The Sun on a blazing Sunday afternoon.

The Sun in Big Sur, California
Sun readers at Esalen

Into The Fire:
The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing

Join Sun readers, authors, and staff — including editor and publisher Sy Safransky — for a weekend of investigating our lives through the written word. The Sun’s fall gathering will be held on October 30–November 1 at Esalen, a retreat center situated on twenty-seven acres of spectacular Big Sur coastline. A large enrollment is expected; we recommend registering soon by contacting the Esalen Institute, 55000 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920, (831) 667-3005, www.esalen.org.

The Sun on North Carolina Public Radio
The Mysterious Life of the Heart

Editorial staff and contributors to The Sun’s new anthology, The Mysterious Life of the Heart: Writing from The Sun about Passion, Longing, and Love, were featured on the May 6 broadcast of The State of Things, a program produced by North Carolina Public Radio (WUNC). Editor and publisher Sy Safransky and managing editor Tim McKee, along with authors Krista Bremer and Lou Lipsitz, talked about the complexity of love and love stories. 

Listen to the program here.

Reading in Asheville, North Carolina

Join writers Krista Bremer, Doug Crandell, and Robert McGee at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2009 at Malaprop’s Bookstore. The authors will read selections from The Sun’s newest anthology, The Mysterious Life of the Heart: Writing from The Sun about Passion, Longing, and Love. Admission is free.

Malaprop’s has organized this reading independently. If you have questions, please contact the bookstore directly at (828) 254-6734.

Are Sun readers meeting in your area?

More than 150 groups of Sun readers meet regularly to discuss the latest issue of the magazine, or write, or both. Groups have recently formed in:

Sao Paolo, Brazil
Toronto, Canada
Winona, Minnesota

To view the complete list of Sun groups, or to start your own, click here.

Most-read on our website
  1. The Science Of Happiness:
    Barbara Fredrickson On Cultivating Positive Emotions

    Interview by Angela Winter
    (May 2009)
  2. Moving In
    Readers Write
    (May 2009)
  3. Computing The Cost:
    Nicholas Carr On How The Internet Is Rewiring Our Brains

    Interview by Arnie Cooper
    (March 2009)
  4. To Say Nothing But Thank You
    Poetry by Jeanne Lohmann
    (May 2009)
  5. Boy Squared
    Essay by Akhim Yuseff Cabey
    (May 2009)
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