Self Discovery

Humanity’s Search for Life and Love

by Opal Tang

Interfaith Connections is a column for teens to dialogue about how their faith or wisdom tradition influences their view of life’s big questions. In each issue, three teens from different backgrounds respond to a question posed by the Editorial Board, based on the theme. This quarter the Ed Board asks:   Do the symbols, or

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Growing Spiritually

by Sam Morrison

Interfaith Connections is a column for teens to dialogue about how their faith or wisdom tradition influences their view of life’s big questions. In each issue, three teens from different backgrounds respond to a question posed by the Editorial Board, based on the theme. This quarter the Ed Board asks: What does your faith or

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Rainstorms in Guatemala

by Kacey Sorenson

I love turning on the windshield wipers and driving. I love checking out of class to dance alone, and I especially love standing still and listening to it fall. At home, the rain is cold and it is hard to stay outside for five minutes without needing three extra layers. Over spring break, my family

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Faith in Myself

by Shikha Vinodanandan

Interfaith Connections is a column for teens to dialogue about how their faith or wisdom tradition influences their view of life’s big questions. In each issue, three teens from different backgrounds respond to a question posed by the Editorial Board, based on the theme. This quarter the Ed Board asks: What does your faith or

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From the Editor

In a painting created especially for our cover, veteran KidSpirit artist Amy Liu depicts two identical heads facing one another in profile as if examining or questioning each other. The bald, almost skull-like heads reveal the brains of these doppelgangers to be intricate, clocklike mechanisms. The entire canvas is covered in brilliant, swirling colors. This

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The Summer That Changed Me

by Maddie Kessler

Most young people haven’t experienced a life-changing moment, but I have experienced something that has changed me forever. I have been in a dark tunnel and could not see the end. It was the summer of 2011, when my father’s older sister — my Aunt Kathy — died. When my aunt was healthy, she always

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When the Mountains Called Me

by Gemma Laurence

At 12,749 feet up in the air, I felt victorious. My heart pounded in my ribcage. My cheeks were flushed. Bruises blossomed beneath the hip and shoulder straps of my pack, which was over half my weight. I looked down. All those boulders I’d scrambled over were pebbles. The vast snowfields were tiny patches strewn

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Can We Know and Control Our Psyche?

by Noah Totsline

The psyche is highly integral to who we are as individuals and how we function in the world over the course of our lives. It can be defined as the human soul, mind, spirit or inner being. But is it something we can control? Can humans truly gain complete control over our own thought processes,

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Growing Towards My Future

by Elly Goetz

Interfaith Connections is a column for teens to dialogue about how their faith or wisdom tradition influences their view of life’s big questions. In each issue, three teens from different backgrounds respond to a question posed by the Editorial Board, based on the theme. This quarter the Ed Board asks: What does your faith or

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There Is No Password

by Rabbi Rami Shapiro

“There is no password.” That was the announcement Reverend Margaret made at a retreat I led last November. She was talking about the Internet, explaining that access to the Internet was free and no password was required. As soon as she spoke these words, however, I knew she could have been talking about Truth as

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