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The Next 20 Years of Spirituality & Health

We went back to our roots to see what the future might bring.

Art by Ellen Rooney

Spirituality & Health has always been driven by great questions, and my colleagues and I got a terrific one while planning a retreat marking S&H’s 20th anniversary. The retreat would take the original launch team back to the Trinity Retreat Center in West Cornwall, Connecticut, where the magazine was first imagined as part of the 300th Anniversary celebration of Trinity Church Wall Street. Our plan was to return to the Retreat Center with a group representing a variety of faiths to imagine what the next 20 years might look like. We were struggling with ways to focus the conversation when Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, director of the Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL), asked the question: “Is it right to say that when you started the magazine, you thought you were winning?” The rabbi’s question caught us by surprise—a truth we didn’t particularly want to acknowledge. We had just described the time of the 1998 launch as one of optimism, of a sense that the world’s faith traditions were coming together to build a more loving society through mutual understanding. A national survey by Trinity Church …

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