Dialoguing with Some Rough Edges and a Bounty of Tender Moments

Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 9:11 am

Dialoguing with Some Rough Edges and a Bounty of Tender Moments

Did you know God is on Twitter? And that he has a wry sense of humor. Well, Krista retweeted Him last week in a moment of levity after flying several thousand miles in a span of a week:

RT @TheTweetofGod: “Arctic Melting Decades Ahead of Schedule”. Well done, everybody! Working together, you really can change the world.

RT @TheTweetofGod: Steve Jobs died a year ago today. Now he’s in heaven. It’s a good thing he didn’t live to see Apple Maps or he’d never have found it here.

On a more serious note, Krista and the On Being production team pulled together the final two public events for our Civil Conversations Project this Tuesday and Wednesday — in Washington DC and Minneapolis, respectively. The crowds that came out for these discussions were overwhelming. We couldn’t have been more pleased and heartened.
Krista Tippett with Alice Rivlin and Sen. Pete Domenici at The Brookings InstitutionIn preparing for her interview with Sen. Pete Domenici and Alice Rivlin at The Brookings Institution, Krista (@KristaTippett) wondered:

How to step outside the competing numbers that frame our economic debates, and consider together the human and moral realities behind them?

Most of us arguably possess far more information about the economy than we did four years, ago, and far less understanding.

It was a riveting conversation (yes, we were talking fiscal policy!) in which Democrat and Republican showed a deep fondness for one another. As The Wall Street Journal‘s MarketWatch described it:

“The duo also appeared to genuinely enjoy each other’s company, regaling the nearly-packed auditorium with stories about working together, a path they clearly believe more politicians should follow.”

Or, as Krista describes it:

With Alice Rivlin at 81 and Pete Domenici at 80 at Brookings this week — a merger of power and softness I’ve seen in the wisest people.

We’re producing this conversation for October 25th. But, right now, we’re putting the finishing touches on “The Future of Marriage” for next week’s show. Kate Cimino (@kcimino), assistant director at the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at University of Minnesota, said of Krista’s conversation with Jonathan Rauch and David Blankenhorn:

Few things are more critical right now in MN than a civil, respectful conversation about gay marriage. http://bit.ly/OTNKPi

The Future of Gay MarriageThe dialogue between the two men — who come to the debate from two very different directions — didn’t travel predictable paths or arrive at predictable places. It’s a sincere exchange between two men who have developed a friendship as they are navigating the meaning of marriage. It’s a dialogue that has some rough edges infused with a bounty of tender moments. Mr. Rauch and Mr. Blankenhorn offer a great deal of insight into what it takes to engage the other side in the definition of marriage — let alone the gay marriage debate.
I’ll share with you some of these precious nuggets of learned wisdom we (@Beingtweets) live-tweeted that night:

“David and I had this cobra mongoose relationship, mainly because we were coming from the same space.” ~Jonathan Rauch

“There is the intellectual, trying to think about the correct view. I probably wouldn’t have changed my mind if not for Jonathan.” ~David Blankenhorn
“David showed me that it is really possible to be against gay marriage but not against gay people.” ~Jonathan Rauch
“It was a meaningful thing that Jonathan responded with kindness.” ~David Blankenhorn
“I saw in you someone who understood that you are a multi-valued person. I equate that as a form of patriotism.” ~Jonathan Rauch to David Blankenhorn
“We need to put a good word out there for ‘doubt.’ You don’t always need to be certain that you are right.” ~David Blankenhorn
“I think there are higher things than being right.” ~Jonathan Rauch
“It was much more the positive relationships rather than the bullying that caused me to change my mind about this.” ~David Blankenhorn

“Religion is an important insight to morality and it should inform the debate.” ~Jonathan Rauch #CCP2012

Lest you think Krista’s finished traveling. She’ll be in Philadelphia next week…

Monday I interview novelist Marilynne Robinson and astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser on “The Mystery of Us.” There’s a phrase to ponder.

"I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgement; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship." -Brene' Brown, photo by Willem J.I’ll also leave you with this pairing — our Instagram of Willem J. Poolen’s photo paired with words of upcoming guest Brené Brown from her book, The Gifts of Imperfection:

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgement; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”

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is the cofounder of On Being and currently serves as chief content officer and executive editor. 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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