Omid’s 9 Points to Ponder on the Paris Shootings. Remembering John O’Donohue + Merton. The Embodied Act of Burial. Courtney on Social Silence.

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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January 12th, 2015

In a somber week, Omid Safi offers a powerful reminder to remember the humanity at stake in world news, Reza Aslan provides needed context, Parker Palmer reflects on the illuminating power of Thomas Merton’s words, a writer muses on our discomfort with death, and Courtney Martin pens a love letter to the shared silences that join us together.

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January 5th, 2015

Our executive editor’s weekly look into our most interesting worlds of curiosity and hope — including a bit of Papal/physicist humor, questions for the new year, praise for sacred inefficiencies, an introduction to the Muslim festival of Mawlid, and a meditation on the gifts of winter.

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December 30th, 2014

Our executive editor looks into our most interesting worlds of curiosity and hope, including an elegy for light, the lessons of hardship, and a piece in praise of chosen family.

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December 28th, 2014

Thomas Merton is one of those monastics who continues to inspire so many. Here, the Jesuit Jim Martin reads one of his favorite passages from his book, Thoughts in Solitude.

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December 22nd, 2014

In a season filled with joy and angst, reflections on rethinking tradition, being a light for others, and wading through the giving conundrum. Plus, a map that will suck you in for hours, a reflection on the courage to hope in the face of despair, and a call to embrace others’ truths over being right.

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December 15th, 2014

From vignettes pondering time and sci-fi holiday singing to impassioned calls for community, a look into our most interesting worlds of curiosity and hope.

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December 10th, 2014

Just when you think the holiday season couldn’t get any merrier, a Star Trek captain remakes a Christmas classic.

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December 9th, 2014

A letter from Einstein on the “Negro question” is rediscovered and essays on white privilege and the theology of Ferguson are complemented with ideas about opening up to hope and ourselves.

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December 1st, 2014

With the decisions about the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, powerful words from a Holocaust survivor and essays dealing with grief and loss, systemic solutions, and polls that polarize.

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November 24th, 2014

Interesting and curiosity for your week on moral injury, asking the right questions, the price of busyness, and gratitude for caregivers.

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November 24th, 2014

From a virtuosic performance to an audio selfie and poems on abundance, a feast of ideas and passages for you to take into your week.

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November 16th, 2014

Our executive editor’s weekly post on all things curious and aspiring — on topics from leading a less busy life to seeking rootedness and a cancer patient’s call to her senses.

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November 7th, 2014

Our executive editor provides an insider’s glimpse — with calls for curiosity over goodness, unexpected joy with a Billy Joel duet, and a story of forgiveness and redemption.

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November 4th, 2014

Live from The Greene Space, Krista Tippett and Bernard Chazelle talk Bach as a cosmologist of music. Watch the live stream here.

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November 4th, 2014

After being diagnosed with cancer, Becky Sennett tells an unlikely story of gratitude — for a reprimanding encounter with a pulmonologist who takes her to task, a compassionate gesture for which she’ll be forever grateful.

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November 1st, 2014

Chutzpah, humility, and risk-taking are all necessary ingredients in this delightful duet with Billy Joel and a college freshman.

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October 30th, 2014

Dispatches from PopTech, a magnificent essay on Bach, an invitation to find the autobiography of your voice, a meditation on the splendor of Autumn, and an instructive essay on shedding old mindsets.

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October 27th, 2014

A line-up of fascinating bits from a gorgeous duet to your greatest musical moment, from prescient advice on over-working to being children of the moment. Read on.

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October 16th, 2014

Sometimes the lead is the anecdote. A humorous story from a Nobel laureate that will bring a smile to your face and other instruction on powering down, offering help, bearing responsibility, and mystical connections.

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October 9th, 2014

Highlights of some of the most heartening work our executive editor has read this past week, including Tara Mohr’s advice to women on taking in criticism, seeing the sacred in the mundane, engaging our prophets, and a behind-the-scenes glimpse into photos we chose.

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October 5th, 2014

In a world of many distractions, the Buddhist sage says, it may be our own cravings that may be most deleterious to our well-being. Watch and listen.

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October 2nd, 2014

Our executive editor’s weekly missive: a season of autumn invitations, a thoughtful essay on male friendship, confessions of an accidental feminist, a joyful contemplation on being Mormon in the modern world, and an unexpected moment of generosity.

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September 28th, 2014

Our executive editor rounds up things seen and unseen — from poetry and trees to anger and rhythm.

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September 9th, 2014

Our executive editor’s weekly missive, including a smart testimony on the value of work, a Mary Oliver poem on suffering and joy, a call for headlines that reflect the fullness of the world, and a stunning body of paintings from Rabindranath Tagore.

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September 9th, 2014

Join us for an evening of music and conversation with musician Carrie Newcomer. Watch a live video stream of the conversation, followed by a short musical set by the singer-songwriter.

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September 7th, 2014

When an Icelandic singing group reprises an 800-year-old Scandinavian hymn, a German train station is transformed — and so are all who watch and listen.

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September 4th, 2014

Our executive editor pulls together a mix of live events, sneak previews, and words from some of our favorite thinkers and columnists who make this world a better place to become.

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August 31st, 2014

A sneak preview of Krista Tippett’s scintillating conversation with classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

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August 27th, 2014

Advice on living… from saying no to say yes and the lost skills of the cowboy code.

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August 20th, 2014

Our executive editor’s weekly missive, including a powerful conversation on suicide and the choice to stay, a healing poem on solidarity and depression, a call to face our ghosts and show courage in the wake of Ferguson, and a moment of unexpected joy.

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August 18th, 2014

A mix of unexpected joy from a prairie trombone and a Finnish folk band playing AC/DC paired with a sage Nobel Prize-winning Bengali, a nonagenarian from Boston, and columnists Parker and Courtney. Quite swath of things to think about and carry into the week.

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August 9th, 2014

A mix of fresh commentary on the burden and joy of being human, a meditation on the suffering of Job, a thought piece on the value of relatability, and an homage to Krista and the vast, unending terrain of mystery.

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August 5th, 2014

This unassuming video requires a bit of patience. At first, it appears that a lone cowboy is having some fun in a lawn chair in the middle of the prairie. But, stick with it. Music always delivers.

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August 2nd, 2014

A joy-filled week of presidential honors, exciting previews of our new tablet app, and hay bale architecture that will stimulate the mind, the eye, and the ear.

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July 28th, 2014

Watch President Obama award the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to deserved recipients, including our very own Krista Tippett.

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July 25th, 2014

A confluence of sources show kindred minds meet for the first time. How Thoreau’s quote went viral. Millennials don’t do and sage advice from Maya Angelou.

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July 22nd, 2014

Listen to this wide-ranging public discussion with Bill Antholis and Krista Tippett about the four ways that nations have tried to reconcile religion and religious pluralism in the modern era.

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July 18th, 2014

A worthy week filled with viral videos that will make you rethink your use of language and make you smile, and posts about a writer’s prayer journal and a poem from Rumi that will inspire you.

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July 9th, 2014

A reminder to pop up your head and look up at a scenic overview one races right by, a centering reflection on Ramadan that doesn’t focus on fasting, and a popular post calling for an Interdependence Day.

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July 8th, 2014

With the dulcet tones of the Copenhagen Phil, commuters find a moment of unexpected musical joy in this flash mob scene. You will too.

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July 1st, 2014

Taking you around the globe with a glimpse into oddities and joys of daily life in Oman, a gay man in New York City tells about an Oklahoma moment, a pastor reflects on gratitude and Cartesian anxiety, and an intern shows you what it take to produce the show.

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June 25th, 2014

A Russian ballerina’s photos reveal the joy of dance in daily life. The Your Audio Selfie project is a hit. Haidt gives depth to the latest Pew research in the news. A mother reflects on her father’s quiet presence.

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June 19th, 2014

Our weekly roundup of all things curious and inspiring, including a photo series that speaks to the quiet human dramas of daily life, an inspirational story of a healer finding his calling, music from Leonard Cohen that offers solace, and an unusual and poetic meditation on loss.

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June 12th, 2014

The best of the week — including an invitation to our studios, a lesson in the uniqueness of humans, sage words from Parker Palmer on paradox, and an arresting collection of images that captures everyday life in Africa.

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June 3rd, 2014

Our weekly roundup of all things curious and inspiring, including a night of communal singing with Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, a reflection on Barbara Ehrenreich’s mysticism, a young preacher’s remembrance of a legend, and a visualization of tikkun olam from artist Anselm Kiefer.

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May 29th, 2014

Join us for communal singing as we learn from choral director and conductor Tesfa Wondemagegnehu as talks more about the unbeatable joy of singing together. Tesfa will also lead us in the art of communal music-making. If a gun-shy singer like me will attend, you have no reason to be scared.

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May 29th, 2014

The best of the week — including night music from Minnesota loons, our Webby speech, a cheeky take on summer fashion, unexpected advice on trusting one’s creative instincts, and a profound story from a late civil rights veteran.

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May 22nd, 2014

Pairing this photo of a modernist architectural wonder with words from Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne, who instructs us to pursue our creative instincts.

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May 22nd, 2014

Our executive editor’s weekly missal sends you postcards from the road, an invitation to sing at our studios, words of wisdom and poetry from Wendell Berry and Parker Palmer, and a journalism student’s reflection on breathing.

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