The On Being Project

Mariah Helgeson
Mariah Helgeson

Mariah curates and edits the contributors to the On Being Blog — building a portfolio of writers who join inner and outer life in their work — and manages the internship program for On Being Studios.

She collected stories of human resilience and kindness in the classrooms of George Washington University — earning a degree in International Affairs with concentrations in the Middle East and Conflict Resolution — and over many cups of coffee in community movements, from nuclear nonproliferation, to interfaith dialogue, to compassionate communication.

Prior to On Being, Mariah worked with the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue and lived in southern India for a spell as a documentary curator. When she’s not submerged in a good book she might be found painting landscapes or playing chamber music. She enjoys hearing your pitches and ideas for the blog, so don’t hesitate to reach out.

Communal Listening Is Radical Presence

Listening is a muscle we can exercise. Communal pondering and the power of the talking circle.

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Communal Listening Is Radical Presence

America Contains Multitudes

52 regular folks read Walt Whitman’s poem, “Song of Myself” —  a profound and deeply humanizing portrait of American life.

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America Contains Multitudes

Krista Answers a Listener’s Question About Conversation with a Trump Supporter

Do conversations matter in this election? A lifelong believer in the power of conversation to transform conflict wrote to Krista asking for advice about how to understand the other side in this contentious election.

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Krista Answers a Listener’s Question About Conversation with a Trump Supporter

Craig Minowa’s Easter Morning

On this Easter morning, a memory and a story of finding God not in the four walls of a church but by reclaiming awe in the woods of rural Minnesota. Listen to this audio short by Craig Minowa of the orchestral indie rock collective Cloud Cult and his reverence for the ritual of Easter morning.

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Names, Identity, and the Process of Becoming

Our names are rife with meaning, stories we claim and others we discard. Listen to this group of “audio selfies,” including one with Parker Palmer, exploring how our identity is formed by the names we’re given, the ones we take, and the ones we long for but never quite materialize.

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Names, Identity, and the Process of Becoming

Memories of Advent: An Invitation to Reflect and Share Your Stories

As we enter the contemplative season of waiting, an invitation to join us in reflecting on the myriad experiences of Advent.

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Memories of Advent: An Invitation to Reflect and Share Your Stories

The Musical Complement to Darwin’s “Deep Time”

Darwin’s concept of “deep time” finds its musical expression in a piano arrangement by German composer Hauschka.

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The Joy of Serendipity, Banjo-Style

While preparing for our live show with Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn in Nashville, their cover of “The Final Countdown” goes viral. So fun to watch!

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The Joy of Serendipity, Banjo-Style

Millennial Podcasters with a Jesuit Take

What happens when two millennial Jesuit podcasters interview Krista Tippett? Practical wisdom on the way millennials do religion and a whole host of Jesuit humor.

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Millennial Podcasters with a Jesuit Take

John Danforth’s Eulogy Calls for an End to Bullying in Politics

The recent suicide of Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich has many discussing the bullying nature of politics. In a powerful sermon by former U.S. Senator John Danforth, he calls for an end to what politics has become.

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