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Saturday, June 6, 2009 - 12:02

Video of a troupe of dancers who express their mystical Sufi faith through exuberant movement and traditional music.

Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 11:51
Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 09:14
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 15:37

Carefully selecting language in an invitation for expressions of Muslim identity.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 08:53

This report from Daily News Egypt provides a variety of views and perspectives about President Obama choosing Cairo University as the location for tomorrow’s speech. It gives you a sense of the dialogue happening on the ground — and the difficulty of choosing one place over another to give a seminal speech.

I can’t read Arabic, but if you have other interesting articles with an international perspective that you’d recommend, point me in the right direction. Or, better yet, paste the URLs for the Arabic-language pieces and I’ll see what sense I can make of them through Google Translate.

(hat tip to Negev Rock City)


Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 16:00

A dance veteran and teacher shares her philosophy on improvisational dance as "unleashing creativity."

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 09:38

Update: Added a short list of possible new titles (KM, 3:04pm)

We had our first formal meeting here at the SoF ranch yesterday to allow for some brainstorming around the idea of changing the title of the program. This is an idea in its first exploratory stages, and it may or may not lead to a new name for the show and for the Web site.

But we’ve felt the impulse to examine the possibility of a new name for some time. “Speaking of Faith” sounds too narrowing to some ears, too exclusively “Christian” for a show that covers all religious thought and a lot of areligious or nonreligious thought as well, to others. Our so-called “tag language” says we are the “conversation about religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas.” Throw in a strip mall and the kitchen sink, and that’s a pretty big topic area, inclusive of almost every imaginable subject. And we like that inclusiveness, that expansiveness, and want out title to capture that.

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 09:45

Some stunning photos capturing DuBois' night at the Fitzgerald Theater.

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 04:25

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