Archbishop on the Meaning of the Royal Wedding

Trent T. Gilliss

is the cofounder of On Being and currently serves as publisher & editor-in-chief. He received a Peabody Award in 2007 for his work on “The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi” and garnered two Webby Awards (in 2005, and again in 2008). The Online News Association nominated his journalistic work multiple times in the general excellence and outstanding specialty journalism categories. Trent’s reported and produced stories from Turkey to rural Alabama, from Israel and the West Bank to Cambridge, England.

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April 29th, 2011

Well, we may as well add to the deluge of posts about the royal wedding with a prenuptial video from…

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April 28th, 2011

“This is the project of my life,” says sculptor Nihad Dabeet, 43, as he gives a tour of his unfinished…

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April 27th, 2011

In Souvenance, Haiti, a woman immerses herself in a stream during a Vodou ceremony that’s celebrated in conjunction with Easter….

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April 26th, 2011

On Being has made an identity shift, expanding its scope to exploring questions about meaning, religion, ethics, and ideas. But…

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April 26th, 2011

I recently attended a remarkable gathering in Washington, D.C., the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, cohosted by the Brookings Institution and the…

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April 25th, 2011

The end of Easter in Prague, Czech Republic. (photo: Leonardo Sagnotti/Flickr, cc by-nc-nd 2.0) In the Czech Republic, a tradition…

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April 23rd, 2011

The farm and now heritage center of Byron Herbert Reece, who lived and wrote in the Choestoe area of Union…

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April 22nd, 2011

Musician, conductor, composer Bobby McFerrin seems to have achieved two disparate levels of fame or infamy depending on who you…

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April 21st, 2011

William Blake, the English poet and engraver, wrote two poems entitled “Holy Thursday” — one a “song of innocence” and…

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April 19th, 2011

(photo: Kate Moos) Gary Snyder, at 81, strong-voiced and vital, gave a reading in Minneapolis last night at Plymouth Congregational…

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April 18th, 2011

Seder plate (photo: Dana Skolnick/Flickr) Today is ta’anit (“fast”) bekhorim (“of the firstborn”), the day before Passover begins, when only…

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April 18th, 2011

by Caitlin Shetterly, guest contributor Caitlin with her son at home in Maine. (photo: Dan Davis) What is the American…

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April 17th, 2011

MRI images of the brain of a novice meditator show signs of pain nearly disappear. (source: Robert Coghill/Wake Forest University…

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April 16th, 2011

Jonathan Land and Eric Judkowitz (photo: Jessica Donath) At the Neri Bloomfield School of Design and Education in Haifa, a…

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April 16th, 2011

This time-lapse film from Hosain Hadi shows the Masjid al Haram (“Sacred Mosque”) in Makkah (Mecca) in more serene moments,…

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April 16th, 2011

TEDxRamallah is taking place right now. The event started at 9:30 am Palestinian time (2:30 am Eastern). The event ends…

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April 15th, 2011

If there’s one thing the Japanese have mastered, it’s the art of fire and bathing. And these two men do…

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April 15th, 2011

A little more than an hour northwest of our studios in St. Paul, Minnesota is the small town of Melrose….

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April 14th, 2011

by Paul C. DeCamp, guest contributor If you ban it, they will read it. That seems to be true thus…

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April 13th, 2011

Got a few extra sheets of matzah handy and looking for a Passover-friendly recipe? Deena Prichep has posted photos and…

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April 13th, 2011

Young Palestinian men mourn the death of Juliano Mer-Khamis (poster) outside The Freedom Theatre in Jenin refugee camp in the…

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April 12th, 2011

“(don’t) Cry” (photo: Pedro Klien/Flickr, CC by 2.0) The fresh ears of our listeners and their own experiences of our…

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April 8th, 2011

Humanoid robot ASIMO directs the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. (photo by: Honda, Ars Electronica/Flickr) “The options are given in the description…

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April 7th, 2011

I was not prepared to get a little choked up when watching this movie trailer. Partly because of the use…

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April 7th, 2011

“Disarmed the Thunder’s Fires” (photo: ZedZaP/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) As we approach Passover, I am reminded once again about the…

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April 6th, 2011

(photo: Lars Ploughmann/Flickr) A few weeks ago, my dad crafted his first-ever text message. He was with my sister, who…

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April 5th, 2011

A man dressed in elaborate costume celebrates the Maharashtrian New Year during a procession in Mumbai. (photo: Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)…

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April 4th, 2011

by Jill Schneiderman, guest contributor A page from Lauren Redniss’ book “Radioactive.” Radioactivity. Life. Death. These are front-and-center in my…

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April 3rd, 2011

Katy Payne is the kind of person I love to interview. For starters, she is warm and delightful, wise and…

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April 2nd, 2011

Last week, I spent two days exploring the glorious streets of Paris in the emerging bloom of spring. As I…

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April 1st, 2011

(photo: Trent Gilliss) “This is like heaven for us.” These are the words of Satish Kharchane who was traveling with…

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March 31st, 2011

Acoustic biologist Katy Payne has studied whale songs and elephant communications for decades, and she’s our featured guest on this…

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March 30th, 2011

(photo: ©Al Gage) A long, prosperous winter is coming to pass. The spring thaw is upon us in Minnesota. And,…

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March 30th, 2011

There are those who argue that the representation of Arab Israeli women in recent years in various television “reality” programmes…

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March 29th, 2011

The cover page of an unclassified report created for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research by the Dreyfus brothers….

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March 28th, 2011

The plethora of footage showing the ravaging impact of the earthquake and resulting tsunami on Japanese cities and infrastructure pale…

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March 27th, 2011

Martha Depp on Art and Cancer This afternoon we received the following email from Ben Depp, a photographer whose sister…

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March 27th, 2011

“Wow, what is that?” This question sprang from my mouth the moment I first saw the Bahá’í Gardens in Haifa,…

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