By Ann Boyd

Refreshing Wisdom in the Midst of Political Turmoil

No matter what your political leanings, it’s a complicated time in the United States. There’s no debating the fact that roughly half (or more) of the country will be sorely disappointed when they awake on the morning of November 9. In the midst of this tension, it is rare to find spiritual wisdom about the political process — but I think I just stumbled upon some.

Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile courageously delve into the political waters in one recent episode of their podcast The Road Back to You. Through conversation with author and former White House staffer Michael Wear, they consider questions with true spiritual substance through the lens of the Enneagram, an ancient personality type grid.

Wisely, Ian and Suzanne avoid taking partisan sides while not shying away from the spiritual implications of our politics. Where do we find hope in the political process? How can Americans on opposite ends of the political spectrum regain compassion for one another? In a climate where finger-pointing and blame has become the norm, I recommend taking time to listen to this refreshing conversation with thoughtful, wise people about the future of our country.

About the Author

Ann is the Women Scholars and Professionals Podcast host and the interim editor for The Well. She has worked for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship since 1997, exploring her interests in community, spiritual formation, and writing. Ann has a BM in Music Education from Northwestern University and lives in Chicago, Illinois with one husband, two spunky teenage daughters, and three snuggly cats. You’ll often find Ann baking sweet treats in the kitchen while listening to a podcast or audiobook.

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