The On Being Project

Casper ter Kuile
Casper ter Kuile
Casper is building a world of joyful belonging. In the middle of enormous changes in how we "do" community and spirituality, Casper connects people and creates projects that help us live lives of greater meaning and depth. Nothing makes him happier than learning about religious tradition and reimagining it for our modern context. He is the co-author of How We Gather and Care of Souls and has co-convened hundreds of leaders in the emerging field of secular and sacred community innovation. He co-hosts Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, a podcast engaging a modern classic through traditional sacred reading practices like lectio divina and havruta. His work has been featured in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and on PBS. Casper holds Masters of Divinity and Public Policy degrees from Harvard University, and remains a Ministry Innovation Fellow at Harvard Divinity School. Born and raised in England, he was previously the co-founder of Campaign Bootcamp and the UK Youth Climate Coalition and endures the endless disappointments of being a Leeds United fan. He lives in Cambridge, MA with his husband Sean Lair.

The Power of Imagination to Reshape Our Politics

The battlefield of politics can leave us feeling voiceless. One organization is reimagining civic participation, and rediscovering the possibility of imagination in public life.

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The Power of Imagination to Reshape Our Politics

How We Gather (Part 2): SoulCycle as Soul Sanctuary

For many, the cycling class-phenom SoulCycle is more than a way to burn calories. It fosters the experiences we used to find only within the walls of a church: collective identity, safety, and spiritual catharsis.

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How We Gather (Part 2): SoulCycle as Soul Sanctuary

How We Gather (Part 1): The Theology of CrossFit

As more millennials declare themselves “spiritual but not religious,” what does meaningful community look like in the 21st century? For legions of CrossFit enthusiasts, it’s a community of care and nurturing — and a place where you can also perfect your squat.

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How We Gather (Part 1): The Theology of CrossFit

What Can Harry Potter Teach Us About Evil in Our World Today?

Trying to confront the recent horror stories in the news, a Dutch theology student contemplates the origins of evil and our reckoning with good through the lens of the Harry Potter films. Our temptations, he writes, are rooted in deep-seated ills — and our strengths, in love.

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What Can Harry Potter Teach Us About Evil in Our World Today?