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KidSpirit Online is a free teen magazine and website that empowers youth everywhere to tackle life’s big questions. Its mission is to provide a forum for teens to dialogue about questions of meaning in a safe and moderated online community. Teens share original artwork, essays, and poetry, and weigh in about their communities in the Global Beat column.

KidSpirit supports the development of youth into world citizens with strong inner grounding. Contributors to KidSpirit run the gamut from Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and Buddhist, to unaffiliated youth of mixed backgrounds. Themes are chosen and submissions edited monthly by an all-youth Editorial Board. KidSpirit has established Satellite Editorial Boards in seven locations in the U.S. and abroad.

KidSpirit is a three-time Wilbur Award winner: in 2015 and 2012 in the Youth Books category for its compilation volumes, and in 2014 for its Interfaith Connections column. It is also a two-time Parents' Choice Award winner, garnering recognition in both 2012 and 2013. In 2014, the magazine earned an honorable mention for its Interfaith Connections column from the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA), and in 2012, it won second place for Religion Story Layout and Design of the Year. KidSpirit has been honored by the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) as a finalist for the Distinguished Achievement Awards and the Golden Lamp Award. The magazine is a Gold Award winner from Mom’s Choice Awards and the National Parenting Publication Awards (NAPPA).

KidSpirit participated in the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions, held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jerome Socolovsky, former Senior Religion Reporter for Voice of America, profiled KidSpirit in 2014.

Teachers and youth workers are encouraged to visit KidSpirit to find free teaching resources, and to submit their students’ work to this unique publication. In addition to its website, KidSpirit has published four compilation volumes, which can be found here. More information can be found at KidSpirit Online, or by emailing info@kidspiritonline.com.

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Entries by KidSpirit

Parochial Prayer: A Call for Students to Claim Their Power

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 3:56 PM

By contributing writer Yardena Gerwin for KidSpirit's Power issue.

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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...

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Powerful Patience

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 4:18 PM

By contributing writer Marwa Alalawi for KidSpirit's Power issue.

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Flickering streetlights streamed into my aunt's bedroom as she hushed my cries with gentle strokes, tucking me into a sea of white linen. It was my first time sleeping at her house....

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Love's Final Form

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 1:06 PM

By contributing writer Grace Snarr for KidSpirit's Power issue.

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Power is not given; it is within us and cannot be taken away. This is a great responsibility and privilege, one that we humans sometimes abuse.

Dani* and I were...

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Trapped

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 1:58 PM

By contributing writer David Wiegn for KidSpirit's Discovery and Progress issue.

I am lost in a world of increasing religious fundamentalism. All around me, religion remains powerful, and I feel helpless.

At my high school in Dallas, Texas, teaching evolution remains a touchy subject, even this...

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The Stranger

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 12:08 PM

By contributing writer Mustafa Khan for KidSpirit's issue on The Stranger.

The stranger can't be trusted. The stranger is inhospitable and dangerous.

Pakistan is a developing nation, and a large percentage of the population faces poverty and struggles to earn an income. These people are hungry and poor,...

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The Earth and Me

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 5:43 PM

By contributing writer Fatema Karimi for KidSpirit's Climate Change: Tending Our Planet issue.

I feel very lucky to be part of the Muslim community where I can study how humanity affects the earth, as well as understand my duty towards it.

Islam is a religion that...

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The Ecology of Our Minds

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 2:32 PM

By contributing writer Nimai Agarwal for KidSpirit's Climate Change: Tending Our Planet issue.

When I was eight years old, my parents used to take me to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. We would go every week of the summer, spread out a blanket on the...

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A Buddhist Theory of Language

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 7:07 PM

By contributing writer Sharon Lin for KidSpirit's issue on The Word.

I knelt on the silken scarf laid across the hardwood floor, my head bent in silent prayer to the spirits of my ancestors. I heard muffled sounds of chanting monks through the old music player at the...

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Our World: An Interdependent Web

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 10:40 AM

By contributing writer Anna Zimmer for KidSpirit's Climate Change: Tending Our Planet issue.

I was not raised in a family where religion played a big role. I have always known that both my parents were Christians at one point in their lives, but they drifted away...

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Who God Is

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 5:42 PM

By contributing writer Hannah Berkowitz for KidSpirit's issue on The Word.

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When I was 13, in the midst of preparing for my bat mitzvah, I decided I didn't believe in God. I walked into my rabbi's office for our weekly...

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Two Traditions: A Multitude of Symbols

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 6:01 PM

By contributing writer Sanya Kochhar for KidSpirit's Numbers and Symbols issue.

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India is a composite culture, an amalgam of heirlooms left by the various civilizations, empires, and religions born here.

Aside from the rich cultural heritage, there are priceless pearls...

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One Last Letter for You, Santa

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2014 | 3:35 PM

By contributing writer Maria Christian for KidSpirit's winter issue on The Word.

Dear Santa,

Your identity was revealed to me in a book. The book was written for people three times my age, but I read it because it had the word Christmas on the cover...

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Finding Comfort in Numbers

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 4:02 PM

By contributing writer Celie Johnson for KidSpirit's Numbers and Symbols issue.

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Artwork by KidSpirit contributor Ellie Greene.

My spirituality revolves around the use of numbers and symbols, a cloud of reasoning and a bit of mysticism. I believe...

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The Soul and The Mind: An Indian Outlook on Progress

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 6:17 PM

By contributing writer Swastika Jajoo for KidSpirit's Discovery and Progress issue.

John F. Kennedy famously said, "The best road to progress is freedom's road."

The idea of human progress has long been a topic for discussion and introspection. From scientists to philosophers, technicians to housewives, human progress has...

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Rising Above Borders

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 5:58 PM

This post is authored by Ammara Mohsin.

It was with much excitement over the prospect of being able to see a new country, albeit from afar, that I visited the Indo-Pak Wagah Border in Lahore.

The car came to a screeching halt some miles away from the gate, and...

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A Light in the Abyss

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 1:02 PM

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Photograph by KidSpirit contributor Merrell Hatton

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...

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Beauty in Judaism

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 4:31 PM

By contributing writer Naomi Chasek-MacFoy for KidSpirit's Beauty and the Senses issue.

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Photograph by KidSpirit contributor Merrell Hatton

I am a Jew, by heritage and ethnicity. No one in my family is particularly religious; I don't think any of us...

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The Ultimate Superpower

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 4:24 PM

By contributing writer Gracie Griffin for KidSpirit's Interfaith Connections column in The Nature of Truth issue.

Truth. It is something you can wear emblazoned on your chest with a cape flapping in the wind behind you. It is a true superpower.

We think of...

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Awakening

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 4:13 PM

By contributing writer Melynn Oliver for KidSpirit's The Nature of Truth issue.

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Artwork by Summer Schauber

I have been raised in the Catholic faith since the day I was adopted. As a baby, I received the first sacrament: Baptism. Baptism...

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Jewels of India

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 10:52 AM

By contributing writer Niti Majethia for KidSpirit's Beauty and the Senses issue.

I was born and raised in Mumbai, India, a country full of different traditions and values.

India has a caste system with different classes in Hindu society: Gujratis, Kutchis, South Indians, Punjabis and...

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