From the Editor

KidSpirit Online is a free teen magazine & website for kids created by and for young people to tackle life’s big questions together. Teens share online writing, poetry, artwork, volunteer opportunities and examine their spiritual development in a non-affiliated and inclusive forum.

We invite you to read our Founding Editor’s message about each issue of KidSpirit Magazine.

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What makes someone a stranger? Are humans innately suspicious of others? KidSpirit’s summer theme struck a chord with young contributors from around the world. Many felt conflicted, even anxious, grappling with how to approach those who are different, those they do not understand or know. Writers explore not only those who appear different or as

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“The power of hope is far more energizing than the power of fear.” With these words, John McIlwain, Director of the Climate, Mind, and Behavior symposium at the Garrison Institute, framed a critical issue of our time: climate change. He addressed a group of 11- to 70-year-olds about the challenges we face in confronting our

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How does the meaning of a word change over time? What will happen to storytelling as technology progresses? Can one word release a revolution of thought? To uncover answers to these questions and others, KidSpirit contributors from China, Maryland, Bangladesh, and beyond grapple with words spoken, written, and imagined. Veteran KidSpirit contributor Anya Dunaif sheds

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What drives us to explore new frontiers? Democracy, borders, leadership, innovation–these are just a few of the aspects of Discovery and Progress that KidSpirit writers and artists investigate in our fall issue. In the Features section, contributors probe the ways we seek to improve our world, whether through new inventions, political systems, or social service

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What significance do symbols have within a culture? What is the purpose of numbers? KidSpirit contributors interpret myriad signs in our summer issue, Numbers & Symbols. Misbah Awan inaugurates the Features section with a wide-ranging exploration on the mathematical, philosophical, and poetic significance of the number zero, in Zero is Hella Shady. Other Features include an

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Is truth absolute? How do we recognize what is true? How can we access our truest selves? These questions reappear at every stage of life and are the vortex of KidSpirit’s global community of truth-seekers in this issue. In the Big Question—Does Truth Have Inherent Value?—Sofiy Inck provides an anchor to the myriad approaches to

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Beauty is most often associated with our sense of sight. But as this issue’s PerSpectives contributor musician Frank Fitzpatrick so aptly writes, “Those qualities we aspire to most – love, faith, sense of purpose and spiritual connection – exist in the realm of the Unseen.” In our Beauty and the Senses issue, KidSpirit contributors venture

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KidSpirit’s bold exploration of the “The Soul of Gender” reflects both the changing landscape of today’s culture and the eternal questions of our relationship to self and the other. This issue elicits passion, depth, and thoughtful investigation from myriad angles. From a look at gender roles in society, religion, and media to inner inquiry, KidSpirit’s

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Brave civilians. Firemen. Ai Weiwei.  Ernest Shackleton. You.  Which of these people is a hero?  In this issue of KidSpirit, our increasingly global community of contributors examine the heroic in disparate times and places. In the Big Question, Khalid Husain grapples with the changing attitudes towards figures whose actions are hailed as heroic in one

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In plunging into a theme about what we call the “Ultimate Reality,” the “Almighty,” or, somewhat more whimsically, the “Great Pumpkin,” KidSpirit’s Ed Board is characteristically undaunted. It is impossible, of course, to do anything more than scratch the surface of an idea that could be repeated and expanded infinitely. KidSpirit contributors from all corners

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