Bonhoeffer Quote Emerges; The Honesty Box Reveals; E.B.’s Letter Advises; Parker Palmer Teaches; Hindu Brahmins Practice

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 5:55 am

Bonhoeffer Quote Emerges; The Honesty Box Reveals; E.B.’s Letter Advises; Parker Palmer Teaches; Hindu Brahmins Practice

Each week I write a weekly column trying to capture and replay a tiny bit of the incredible conversations and efforts taking place behind the scenes at On Being. Sometimes it’s a listener’s response on our Facebook page or a gorgeous photo on Instagram, but it’s often intriguing. If you’d like to receive my column in your email inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

‘Where can I find that Bonhoeffer quote?’ is a question we received a good number of times after Krista’s interview with Dave Isay. We found the full passage, expanded it, and posted it on our blog. Here’s a taste:

“Many people are looking for an ear that will listen. They do not find it among Christians, because these Christians are talking where they should be listening.”

(Elo Vazquez / Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).)

Ooh la la! So many years ago. That’s Krista interviewing Jaroslav Pelikan over a decade ago. This was taken during the early days of the show, at a time when we were just getting our feet wet. Boy does it take me back! We revived a lot of lost material that wasn’t included in the original production. It’s worth the listen.

Speaking of that. Check out this comment from Alyss Broderick on our Facebook page. She listened to the remix of “The Need for Creeds,” and then posted this:

“The first time I heard this program, maybe three years ago, it meant nothing to me. I just didn’t understand what he was talking about. It was very academic and not at all grounded in my experience. I listened to it again last month and was amazed at how meaningful it was. Yes, yes yes! I kept saying as I listened. Thank you, On Being, for bringing me stories and thinkers big enough and deep enough that I can grow into them.”

So often an idea or a thought finds us when we’re ready to receive it.

“Eventually things clarify themselves and life begins to divulge a steadier destination.”

A letter on living out your joy from author E.B. White captured all of our imaginations too.

It’s been an absolute delight watching a vision for our office space and studios come to life in inspired ways. It’s more than I could ever have imagined. This past week we hosted a dinner and conversation with Bill Antholis, managing director of the Brookings Institution.

Even Mark Wheat, a DJ with The Current, stopped by for lunch. He’s as gracious in person as he is on the air. Yes, he’s even cooler.

(Nate Bolt / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).)

And, two weeks from now, on May 6, we’ll be hosting our first live event (open to the public) for The Civil Conversations Project. Science and religion, anyone?

Young Indian Hindu Brahmins training to be priests perform yoga on a ghat on the Ganges River, holy to Hindus, at sunrise on April 23, 2014 in Varanasi, India. (Kevin Frayer / Getty Images.)

Then tenth and final commandment of Bertrand Russell could not have found a more pleasing pairing than the photo above:

“Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.”

When we live behind a mask, how do we connect and establish trust with one another? Parker Palmer does what he does so well; he articulates how each one of us can live an undivided life, at work and at home. (Bonus: check out his six-minute video too!)

Happened upon this photo of young Indian Hindu Brahmins training to be priests and doing yoga by the Ganges while searching for a lead image for last week’s episode. I could use that type of serenity.

We’re still looking for and publishing guest contributions. Photo essays, commentaries, videos with a personal narrative are welcome. Send your greetings and your critiques at, or via Twitter at, @trentgilliss.

The ice is almost out on the lakes here in Minnesota. But not yet. I’ll leave you with this parting thought from a bait shop. This sign represents everything I love about hanging up north, as they say, and what we could become if we just put our money in the “honesty box.” Click through to read in full.

May the wind always be at your back.

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is the cofounder of On Being and currently serves as chief content officer and executive editor. He received a Peabody Award in 2007 for his work on “The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi” and garnered two Webby Awards (in 2005, and again in 2008). The Online News Association nominated his journalistic work multiple times in the general excellence and outstanding specialty journalism categories. Trent’s reported and produced stories from Turkey to rural Alabama, from Israel and the West Bank to Cambridge, England.

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