The On Being Project

Leaving One’s Legacy

by Krista Tippett

The genesis of this program was the Terri Schiavo case — one family’s personal tragedy that became a public drama, political football, and media spectacle. The debate over Terri Schiavo’s life became a kind of archetypal moment in American life. Somehow, what was happening to one woman in Florida, along with her divided family and […]

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Leaving One’s Legacy
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Thoughts on Table Fellowship During Thanksgiving Season

by Krista Tippett

In this week’s program, Protestant theologian Don Saliers observes that churches sometimes transmit principles and rituals without passing on some of the original dynamics of faith behind them. Saliers and my other guest, Catholic priest and theologian Edward Foley, frame the meaning of the Christian Eucharist or Communion in terms that are basic and human. […]

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Thoughts on Table Fellowship During Thanksgiving Season

A Life of Surprises

by Krista Tippett

It was an honor to sit with Studs Terkel, a master of the medium in which I now work. It was also a pleasure to sit with someone who loves a real conversation as much as I do, and who has many decades of amazing conversation under his belt.

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A Life of Surprises

Correcting Our Blind Spots

by Krista Tippett

Joan Brown Campbell is quick to insist that there need not be a choice between Christian reconciliation and inter-faith work. More importantly, she and Thomas Hoyt describe how the rich, surprising, ongoing trajectory of Christian ecumenism might inform our pluralistic present.

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Correcting Our Blind Spots

The Spirit as an Emergent Life Force

by Krista Tippett

Sherwin Nuland looks within the body not only for the source of his wonder but for the driving force of his capacity for wonder itself.

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The Spirit as an Emergent Life Force

Developing a Richer, Thicker Texture of Religion

by Krista Tippett

Miroslav Volf is a Christian realist in the tradition of Reinhold Niebuhr. He knows that differences are natural and necessary among human beings. The key to reducing conflict is not to diminish identities. Strong identities, paradoxically, can make for good relationships, and strong identities include boundaries.

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Developing a Richer, Thicker Texture of Religion

A Home Like No Other

by Krista Tippett

Four Muslim thinkers eloquently describe a proactively faithful, rigorously thoughtful Islam that many Americans long to know more about.

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A Home Like No Other

Rediscovering the Joy of Play

by Krista Tippett

At the heart of the ball games and matches and races that energize our culture, Joe Price says, there is an essential human need for play. That is a source of joy, and of virtue before vice. We celebrate it for the sake of our humanity.

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Rediscovering the Joy of Play

Recovering the Core Moral Value of Beauty

by Krista Tippett

I had not met Rabbi Harold Shulweis before we began to plan this live event in Los Angeles. He is known for his warm and insightful explications of the heart of Judaism. He loves his tradition and has a special regard for Judaism’s core of compassion for the “other.” He’s written, “How we deal with […]

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Recovering the Core Moral Value of Beauty

A Muslim Voice of Everyday Service

by Krista Tippett

Abdul-Rasheed Muhammad is also a product of a slice of American religious history that I find fascinating — that of African-American Islam, which accounts for over one-third of this country’s Muslim population.

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A Muslim Voice of Everyday Service

A Renewed Sense for Caution and Compassion

by Krista Tippett

Three perspectives on the death penalty and what happens when our public policies engage the enormous mysteries of good and evil, life, and death.

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A Renewed Sense for Caution and Compassion