From Assisi to Chicago: Krista Tippett’s Ventures on Twitter and Elsewhere

Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 2:34 pm

From Assisi to Chicago: Krista Tippett’s Ventures on Twitter and Elsewhere

“Off to the place I love best: the airport!”

These words Krista uttered with a twinkle in her eye and a bit of tongue-in-cheek pithiness as she rushed out of the studio on her way to Chicago. But didn’t she just tweet something about returning home, you ask? Yes, yes she did:

Off the plane, hug my son, do yoga – back on the ground and in my body. A relief. Life’s simplest moorings to dignity.

I’d venture that Esther Sternberg, our guest on this week’s show on the science of healing places, would recommend finding a well-designed space with some windows, a view of some trees, and a labyrinth in Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport to help reduce her physical stress levels. If you’ve got some recommendations for places to escape, leave her a tweet at @KristaTippett. She’s all about Twitter now!
As you might recall, Krista was in Assisi, Italy until Monday this week. There she met a smart young duo from Brooklyn, John Cary and Courtney MartinCourtney Martin, who attended her breakout session with NYU film professor Marco Williams on the role of love in the media and journalism. Ms. Martin (@courtwrites) quoted Krista on Twitter:

We are turn of century people, living in a remarkable moment in history, revisiting basic questions & assumptions. @kristatippett

The great challenge is how we live together, into a peaceable future, while holding passionate disagreement. @kristatippett

John CaryWhile John logged these points:

“People who are angry, are the first to throw themselves in front of microphones.” @KristaTippett of @BeingTweets

Hearing her speak, I’m reminded that one of my all-time fave @TEDTalks is @KristaTippett‘s talk on compassion

“The definition of news is things that are exceptional and dramatic…but they shape our norm.” @KristaTippett of @BeingTweets

It wasn’t all work though — a mix of sweets…

Taking a break from holiness in Assisi and admiring the meringues.

Cioccolata con Panna. There is a God.

… and contemplation:

The fine, porous line between passion and ego. The precipice between righteous and self-righteous.

Two days after her return, she interviewed Frances Kissling and David Gushee on life and choice at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Twitter Exchange Between Fr. Hines and Krista TippettWhile preparing, she asked:

What if life and choice are both gifts, not rights? How would we have to take up this matter differently?

To which Fr. Chip Hines (@Chines), a Catholic priest from Medford, Massachusetts, responded:

@kristatippett life is a gift not a right, we do not choose to be born, God chooses us for a purpose, our choice is how we live out the gift

And Krista also recommended reading “Talking with the Enemy”, an “astonishing, under-noticed report after five years of a secret abortion dialogue in Boston” from the Public Conversations Project:

“Since that first fear-filled meeting, we have experienced a paradox. While learning to treat each other with dignity and respect, we all have become firmer in our views about abortion.

We hope this account of our experience will encourage people everywhere to consider engaging in dialogues about abortion and other protracted disputes. In this world of polarizing conflicts, we have glimpsed a new possibility: a way in which people can disagree frankly and passionately, become clearer in heart and mind about their activism, and, at the same time, contribute to a more civil and compassionate society.”

We did receive some criticism for holding this Civil Conversations discussion on a sacred Jewish holiday. Joan Eisenstodt tweeted:

@kristatippett Interesting program in Minneapolis tomorrow – stunned it’s being held on Yom Kippur. Would it have been held on Christmas?!

It’s a fair question. In the rush to book dates and busy travel schedules of our speakers, we neglected to check our calendars. Rabbi Sharon BrousWe hope the serious discussion that ensued was respectful of this most solemn day in the Jewish year. Our deepest apologies.
But, we weren’t totally unaware of the High Holy Days. On our Facebook page and Twitter, we hearkened back to our show on the Days of Awe”:

This interview with Rabbi Sharon Brous should be required listening for so many of us. And, with the High Holy Days in full swing, it couldn’t be more relevant!

And, we blogged two delightful pieces: Shari Motro’s joyful lamentation over sealed spaces and the lessons Rosh Hashanah — and the Yom Kippur greeting cardHigh Holy Days — teaches when we have access to the gifts of our natural environment, and Tablet Magazine’s e-cards for the High Holy Days, a humorous, light-hearted (and slightly irreverent) approach from inside the tradition.
And, we continue to solicit your advice and feedback on this newsletter. Ruth Cromwell was kind enough to send us this note:

“The snippets from your travels in this email newsletter are wonderful; entices me to read on. And I do, with downloading podcasts, listening to them as I take my walks. Inspirational and informative walking!”

And, Roberta Young left us with this thought:

“I am blessed by this email. Would like to see more Bible quotes when possible. Thanks and Blessings to all.”

Please, send us your comments so we can make this newsletter (Is “newsletter” an outdated term?) serve you better.
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is the cofounder of On Being and currently serves as publisher & editor-in-chief. 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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