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Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 06:45

A minister who teaches courses in reading to prison inmates reflects on smiling, subversiveness, and the power of recognizing herself in the other.

Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 05:45

Pádraig Ó Tuama on the inaccuracy of the Christmas story, as commonly told, for we might miss the more important message within.

Friday, December 21, 2012 - 20:39

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.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 05:55

Krista Tippett on not playing the Christmas game of obligatory gift-giving and the redemptive human need for one another.

Monday, December 17, 2012 - 07:07

This week we feel especially privileged to do the work that we do. A brief post by our senior editor about the decision-making behind this week's show and why it matters to us.

Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 06:50

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.

Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 06:28

With the tragic shootings in Connecticut, let us turn to some of our wisest elders for light, hope, and a way forward.

Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 06:53

The story behind this one powerful shot of "vulnerability and shame" from Segovia, Columbia.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 16:57

If the stress caused by holiday gift giving were due to material lack, we’d see doctors prescribing less drugs and more widescreen TVs. Perhaps there's a spiritual solution.

Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 06:15

An NYPD officer's act of kindness with an Advent duet. Love from Mr. Matthew Crawley, pieces recommended for reading, and quotations from Krista Tippett. A round-up and a reminder that this joyous season be filled with acts of kindness.

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