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Winter 2021 | Volume 39, Issue 1

Rebuilding Trust

We are living through times that often feel like one long commentary on Joni Mitchell’s line “you don’t know what you got till it’s gone.” From regular encounters on the street to public sacraments, hospitality in the flesh to basic truth-telling from our leaders, it is not the sophisticated accoutrements of an advanced civilization that have screamed in their absence, but rather the rudimentary things we ordinarily take for granted. And among these invisible “essentials” is something increasingly at risk: trust. Symptoms of the rot abound, and just in the nick of time, many cultural observers are starting to take notice. We commend the diagnostic literature to you, but what this winter issue of Comment does is brave the “what now?” question: What might it take to build some trust back in to our withered commons, and for those who have never tasted trust’s rewards, sow it reliably for the first time?  

11 Articles In this Issue
04
Editorial: Sowing for Trust by Anne Snyder

How might we renew the conditions for dignity first?

08
Building Trust Across the Political Divide   by April Lawson

The surprising bridge of conflict.

Building Trust Across the Political Divide

by April Lawson
  This article will be released for subscribers on January 28th @ 9am

The surprising bridge of conflict.

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The Mystery of Trust by Amanda Ripley

What the military can teach Congress, news outlets, and churches about winning back the faith of the people.

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Photo Essay: Making and Keeping Peace   by The VII Foundation

Photo Essay: Making and Keeping Peace

by The VII Foundation
  This article will be released for subscribers on February 4th @ 9am

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One Nation, Sinful Under God   by Shadi Hamid

A greater appreciation of sin could unite America.

One Nation, Sinful Under God

by Shadi Hamid
  This article will be released for subscribers on January 21st @ 9am

A greater appreciation of sin could unite America.

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The Complexities of Forbearance by Gregory Lee

Augustinian insights for an age of polarization.

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Reviving Intellectual Hospitality   by Cherie Harder

How to open our minds, hearts, and homes to our neighbours.

Reviving Intellectual Hospitality

by Cherie Harder
  This article will be released for subscribers on February 4th @ 9am

How to open our minds, hearts, and homes to our neighbours.

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Review: A Deeper Way of Living   by Emily Esfahani Smith

Taking a closer look at the joys and sacrifices of community living.

Review: A Deeper Way of Living

by Emily Esfahani Smith
  This article will be released for subscribers on February 4th @ 9am

Taking a closer look at the joys and sacrifices of community living.

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Review: The Blood of Our Attention   by Jeff Reimer

How to love your crooked historical neighbour with your crooked heart.

Review: The Blood of Our Attention

by Jeff Reimer
  This article will be released for subscribers on February 4th @ 9am

How to love your crooked historical neighbour with your crooked heart.

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Visceral Lending   by Johanna Lewis

Why personal relationships and trust are the heart of credit.

Visceral Lending

by Johanna Lewis
  This article will be released for subscribers on February 4th @ 9am

Why personal relationships and trust are the heart of credit.

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Post Script: Designing for Trust   by Heidi Deddens

Cities should draw us together, not pull us apart.

Post Script: Designing for Trust

by Heidi Deddens
  This article will be released for subscribers on February 4th @ 9am

Cities should draw us together, not pull us apart.

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