The On Being Project

Casper ter Kuile
Casper ter Kuile

Casper is building a world of joyful belonging. He’s a Ministry Innovation Fellow at Harvard Divinity School, where he supports innovative community leaders across the secular/sacred landscape. Together with his colleague Angie Thurston, he’s co-authored reports — including How We Gather — that map this emerging landscape.

Casper hosts a podcast, Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, which engages a modern classic through traditional sacred reading practices.

He was previously the co-founder of Campaign Bootcamp and the UK Youth Climate Coalition. He lives in Cambridge, MA with his husband Sean.

The Power of Imagination to Reshape Our Politics

by Casper ter Kuile

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

by Casper ter Kuile

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

by Casper ter Kuile

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?

by Casper ter Kuile

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?