Audio clips of one of the world's premiere sociologists on the importance of religion in shaping societies and the ethical imperative of scholars to include many perspectives in these discussions.
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From celebrating Krista's birthday with a Dana Goia poem and exciting elections to a moving testimony from a grieving mother, a week of reading and listening worth doing.
With the Western world turning its back on violence in Africa, religion and spirituality may play a crucial role in local peacebuilding efforts in Congo.
A Pakistani immigrant to the U.S. finds that stereotypes and misconceptions go both ways and is surprised to "see real examples of people living out tolerance, harmony and acceptance" in his new home.
"We're drying them out. But I'm looking closely — a lot of these pages, it's not reparable. This is just heartbreaking to look at."
Rabbi Avremel Okonov's words — and this image of Torah scrolls being unrolled to dry after a Brighton Beach yeshiva in Brooklyn was flooded — put another face on what has been lost in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. We're based in Minnesota and, much like the rest of the world, our imaginations and conversations have been captivated by the devastating aftermath of Sandy.
One of TED's most popular lectures, Dr. Brené Brown offers solutions on how we can deal with vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame.
Election Day Communion, a noble effort aimed at our healing our fractured civic spaces by bringing together congregations on the day of the vote.
Spiritual life is a way of dwelling with perplexity - its purpose as well as its perils, its beauty as well as its ravages. ~@KristaTippett
Since many of our U.S. readers and listeners are engulfed in the final weeks of a presidential campaign, it's only fitting that I share this vibrant, literary exchange between Krista and and a former guest, Terry Tempest Williams, who tweeted:
Democratic Vistas by Walt Whitman. How about reading this during the election returns for measure.
@TempestWilliams "I know nothing grander.. the triumphant result of faith in human kind, than a well-contested American national election."...
Folks continue to gift us with picturesque images of their physical sanctuaries and healing spaces. The common themes? Home and nature.
Are the candidates failing to make room in public discussion for morality and values among weighty political issues?
Years after the discovery of a papyrus fragment from the fourth century CE believed to be The Gospel of Jesus' Wife, a Harvard professor is claiming it's authentic. Even so, do modern sensibilities understand the Gnostic definition of marriage?
A cache of old documents recently discovered in Afghanistan reveals a thriving intellectual culture among Persian-speaking Jews — and a treasure trove for historians and Persian linguists alike.
On science and theology, interviewing Marilynne Robinson, and more on what what Krista's thinking about this week.
During the first two presidential debates, Mitt Romney's Mormon faith has come up very little. But, as Joanna Brooks says, many Mormons continue to "white-knuckle" through this campaign season.
Though the terms "Jesus"and "wife" may prompt new obsessions, guest contributor Martin Marty writes, they won't likely change the course of biblical scholarship.
What kinds of radical changes, guest contributor Larisa Reznik asks, would need to happen in our own religious and political cultures for our own "punk prayers" to be answered?
Sometimes healing spaces are not only in far-away romantic, picturesque places. As Asha Sanaker from Ithaca, New York points out, these sacred spaces often encompass our back yards and our livelihoods
"With Alice Rivlin at 81 and Pete Domenici at 80 at Brookings this week — a merger of power and softness I've seen in the wisest people." ~Krista Tippett reflects on her recent interview for the Civil Conversations Project.
What do Israeli and Pakistani peers have in common? A Jewish American journalist looks beyond Western media's portrayal of Pakistan and discovers universal values.
"My favorite healing place: Pololu Valley, The Big Island, Hawaii."
Could the concerns of Jewish and Muslim minorities in Berlin serve as a chance for "secular" Berliners to to examine their own identity? Guest contributor Brian Britt explores the role of history as a distraction challenging modern-day civility.
Krista Tippett speaks with David Gushee and Frances Kissling at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute. Photo by Matt Johnson
More than 500 people witnessed a thoughtful exchange between two people who come at the abortion issue from decidedly different perspectives. What they heard was a civil exchange based upon mutual respect. As one listener points out, it has a lot to do with the way Krista framed the conversation:
What a little-known figure of speech, the polysyndeton, can do for style — even in the Bible.
Upon being told she is obese by a viewer, a television anchor uses the opportunity to talk about bullying and the need to be kinder to one another.