We invite you to enjoy the Feature Articles written by teen writers for current and recent issues of KidSpirit Magazine, and to submit your poetry, artwork and writing for our future issues.

Parochial Prayer: A Call for Students to Claim Their Power

by Yardena Gerwin

Three hundred forty-five years ago Roger Williams declared, “forced worship stinks in God’s nostrils.” Williams was a 17th-century English Protestant theologian and a proponent of religious freedom. He pioneered the separation of church and state, a crucial social innovation in 1640 that now poses a unique challenge to modern parochial schools. Schooling is mandatory for

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Simply Strangers?

by Skyler Sallick

When I arrived at boarding school on the first day of freshman year, I knew virtually no one, or so I thought. As I walked around during orientation, the faces of some strangers had an unexpected familiarity about them. It took me a while to pinpoint why I felt I already knew some of these

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Relative Strangers

by William Lohier

My childhood has been surrounded by stories, whose casts and settings are as real and fantastical as any fairytale. Masterfully orchestrated, these stories have been brought to life by the people that have survived decades to tell them, people I love dearly but will never truly understand — my grandparents. A South Korean surgeon trapped

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i am Other

by Misbah Awan

I stare at the carpeted floor, sitting at the top of my bed with my knees touching my chin. I sit here for 45 minutes, probably more, thinking about the question bouncing around in my head: Why does everyone seem to be stapled to one identity and I’m in a state of ambivalence? Cool air

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Settled Science: The Case and Solutions for Anthropogenic Climate Change

by Opal Tang and Caroline Hochman

2014 was the hottest year on record globally. Even more surprisingly, 2014 was a record year for climate and general environmental policy. In June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever governmental regulation of carbon emissions. In November, the United States and China adopted a set of guidelines to reduce

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Can Policy Protect Our Planet?

by Zeeshan Hassan-Andoh and Uday Schultz

Global warming poses a major threat to the environment and the development of countries worldwide. In the past few decades, scientists have established that the world is heating up at a tremendous rate. The vast majority of them say the primary cause of global warming is the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases

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Pioneers for the Environment

by Grace Luckett with Vanita Sharma and Gertie-Pearl Zwick-Schachter

Read Grace Luckett’s overview of some of the leaders of this movement, then scroll down to learn about several organizations, profiled by Vanita Sharma and Gertie-Pearl Zwick-Schachter, that are working to protect our environment. Climate change is a complicated chain reaction of human greed and advancement, which will spiral into the destruction of our home

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Our Warming Climate

by Global Youth Voices

In the 11th century, there once lived a shepherd named Hari. He lived a happy life with his wife and two children in Kashi, India. Every day he took his sheep to graze. The climate of the 11th century was very nice. Flowers blossomed during spring; there were pleasant rains and energizing sunlight in summers.

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Immortality, Poetry, and a Whole Lot of Spinning

by Noorjehan Asim

Words have, and always will be, a powerful way for humans to convey their thoughts and feelings to others. Yet despite so many ways to communicate, humans still live in a world very divided. There are many ways for us to live in peace; why then do we choose to travel the tougher path? Coexistence among

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The Power of Words In My Tradition

by Nimai Agarwal

Words. They are behind almost every story. I am fascinated by the importance of words in the Vedas, which, as a Hindu, I’ve grown up with. Words are the heart of Hindu traditions, stories, and culture. As I’ve returned to the scriptures over the years, I’ve begun to notice a pattern. Words come to the forefront,

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