Dave Chappelle as an imperfect spiritual mentor; the importance of life’s valleys alongside its peaks; reconnecting to lost family histories, and finding new ways to uplift each other through thick and thin.
Paul Elie navigates the winding path of Advent, and finds quiet ways to start anew in the meeting of ritual and the rhythms of everyday life.
The twilight season of Advent reveals a quiet source of hope — in the rhythms of the earth and the instinctual embrace of darkness by our animal bodies.
A return to the gritty heart of the Christmas season, and a vision for a holiday celebration that does real and practical good for those around us.
On this Christmas day, read Dr. King’s final Christmas sermon from 1967 — a prescient reminder of our interconnected world in 2015, with neighbors living halfway around the world and in our backyard today.
Listen to this enchanting rendition of a holiday classic, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, read by celebrated writer Neil Gaiman in the way Dickens intended.
Christians and Muslims are celebrating the births of Muhammad and Jesus on back-to-back days. Omid Safi reflects on these beautiful adjacencies and what the unity of these two traditions can teach us about opening our hearts, minds, and homes to those seeking physical or spiritual refuge.
Remembering a passage from the Christmas services of his childhood, Parker Palmer finds counsel for living an honest and genuine life. We must, he says, allow the good words we speak to become incarnate in our actions.
With 2015 drawing to a close, our Letter from Loring Park features stirring essays and homespun music focusing on the true importance of Advent, the celebration of Rumi, and reimagining the icons and traditions of our popular culture.
As these days of anticipation of Christmas draw closer, a creative reimagining of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” by Bipolar Explorer for your listening pleasure.
Advent is not a season for the triumphant, but the broken. An oblate-in-training on celebrating the sacred season walking and worshiping in silence with Benedictine nuns.
The ritual of lighting luminaria on Christmas Eve in New Mexico inspires this reflection on grief and waiting for the light.
Through the eyes of a young Iranian refugee in Mumbai, an Indian philosopher and educator reconnects the Christmas story to the spirit of Advent.
A song reinvents a classic children’s hymn, and invites reflection on the intertwined natures of joy and melancholy.
As we enter the contemplative season of waiting, an invitation to join us in reflecting on the myriad experiences of Advent.
The Buddhist concept of the “beginner’s mind” may offer a way to understand the simple meanings of the Christmas story — and “how can we love one another in ways that midwife their incarnation.”
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.
Our host Krista Tippett on not playing the Christmas game of obligatory gift-giving and the redemptive human need for one another.
Just when you think the holiday season couldn’t get any merrier, a Star Trek captain remakes a Christmas classic.
How do Christians find their place within the Christmas story? A religious scholar reflects on the necessary, urgent correspondence between two traditional Christmas narratives.
How does a child of Indian immigrants — and a new mother — who isn’t Christian celebrate the Christmas season in the U.S.? By taking it in and making it her own tradition.
The season of Advent is not only a time of preparation, but one of sorrow and mourning. It’s a time for reflection + remembrance of those loved ones we lost. Jay Blossom reflects on letting go of his father — and the necessity of finding the time to lament and hope for a better world ahead.
Pádraig Ó Tuama on the inaccuracy of the Christmas story, as commonly told, for we might miss the more important message within.
This week’s been one of those surprising times when so many people identified with Krista’s Scrooge-like outlook on Christmas but add to the discussion by contributing to community.
By turning away from wanting things to valuing people, we can celebrate the holiday season through the eyes of a “beloved community” and ask what kind of community we can create together.
With so many Christmas carols that bridge the chasm of time and space, it’s a classic Spiritual that brings a “delightful burst of Christmas cheer.” Listen to this rendition from Margaret Becker and Jennifer Knapp.
A website prompts a man living in Northern Ireland to consider hugs and the deeper meaning of Advent.
Pope Shenuda III, head of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, leads the Coptic Christmas midnight mass in Abassiya Cathedral in…
A Christmas tree stands a month after Christmas last year. Ashley, who had recently overcame thyroid cancer, kisses her son…
photo: Stuart Pilbrow It’s become customary this time of year to hear concerns expressed about the loss of Christmas spirit….
For me, Advent means that God is coming into your life — is already there, in fact, has always been…
A Phoenix man celebrates the holidays with Chinese food and a lit Christmas tree/Chanukah bush in the background. (photo: Daniel…