The On Being Project

Liliana Maria (Lily) Percy Ruíz
Liliana Maria (Lily) Percy Ruíz

Born in Cali, Colombia, Liliana Maria immigrated to Miami with her family at the age of four. Like many public radio listeners, she fell in love with the medium while sitting in a car, listening to Click and Clack in the backseat of her father’s Honda Accord.

Liliana Maria studied English Literature and Film Studies at Florida International University. She has worked as an associate editor at MovieMaker magazine, and as a producer for StoryCorps and NPR’s “All Things Considered” on the weekends, where she produced the series “Movies I’ve Seen A Million Times." Liliana Maria is one of the founding team of four that brought On Being to independence in 2013.

Her work has also been featured on NPR’s Latino USA, WNYC’s Soundcheck, and Esquire. In 2012, she received the Religion Newswriters Association Radio/Podcast Religion Report of the Year Award for her profile of four Roman Catholic Womenpriests.

Faith Without Answers

To find peace in a lack of answers can be unexpected — especially coming from a Bible scholar like Pastor Eugene Peterson.

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Faith Without Answers

Running Is an Inherent Good — Mike Stavlund

“When I’m running, I’m in my body, with all of its limitations but with all of its capabilities at the same time.” Mike Stavlund wrote “A Force of Will” about the death of his four-month-old son. “Running became a metaphor for my life,” Mike says.

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Running Is an Inherent Good — Mike Stavlund

ChiRunning: A Sitting Meditation — Justin Whitaker

“If you watched me run, you wouldn’t think I was sitting or thinking about sitting.” Justin Whitaker is a writer, a ChiRunner, and a Buddhist. For Justin, running is a part of his spiritual practice.

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ChiRunning: A Sitting Meditation — Justin Whitaker

Active Freedom — Sarah Khasawinah

“When I’m running, I feel like I’m actively expressing gratitude.” Sarah Khasawinah works in the Senate to improve policies for older Americans. Her work requires focus and discipline, something that she also finds in her spiritual practice of running.

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Active Freedom — Sarah Khasawinah

Preparing for Both the Run and the Prayer — Roger Joslin

“I began to notice that my running life and my meditating life were beginning to merge.” Roger Joslin is an Episcopal priest and the author of “Running the Spiritual Path,” a how-to guide on running as meditation and prayer.

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Preparing for Both the Run and the Prayer — Roger Joslin

I Always Think of My Mom When I’m Running — Mallary Tenore

“My love for running started with me running towards my mom.” Mallary Tenore’s mother introduced her to one of the defining practices in her life: running — which has been equal parts destructive, spiritual, and healing.

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I Always Think of My Mom When I’m Running —  Mallary Tenore

A Simple Way to Shatter Stereotypes — Simran Jeet Singh

“Running challenges people to see me from a different perspective.” In the Sikh tradition there is a duty to “hone the spiritual body in the same way that we hone our spiritual selves.” Simran Jeet Singh holds that in his practice as a runner.

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A Simple Way to Shatter Stereotypes — Simran Jeet Singh

I Want to Be God’s Feet When I Run — Christy Marvin

“I cannot even begin to push myself to the extent that God can help me to push myself.” Christy Marvin is the mother of three boys and a mountain runner. She’s won 6 different Alaska mountain races. For Christy, running is a spiritual practice.

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I Want to Be God’s Feet When I Run — Christy Marvin

My Best Conversations with Men Happen While Running — John Cary

“You’re running often side-by-side, or one person in back of the other, rather than looking somebody in the eyes as you’re being vulnerable with them.” John Cary is an architect, a father, and a marathon runner. For him, running is a spiritual practice.

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My Best Conversations with Men Happen While Running — John Cary

The Blessing Is Outside Your Comfort Zone — Ashley Hicks

“Running has helped me become more present.” Some people turn to prayer or meditation or yoga as a way to slow down and make sense of their lives. Ashley Hicks, co-founder of Black Girls RUN!, found that in running.

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The Blessing Is Outside Your Comfort Zone — Ashley Hicks
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