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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 poem inspired by our Civil Conversations Project dialogue on the future of marriage — written in Newark airport by Pádraig Ó Tuama.
The film Life of Pi is not just a "parable of the postmodern quest for 'spiritual fulfillment'" but a meditation on beauty and our own finitude.
We are reimagining identity and difference in this century. Watch this video showcasing the love between parents and children grounded in the grit of experience.
A week of gratitude for our many gifts: from Walter Rauschenbusch's gorgeous prayer to Thich Nhat Hanh's guiding dharma talk.
A compilation of time-shift tweets of Krista's interview with Dr. Brené Brown. Was this an interview or therapy session?
Feelings of guilt, normally shunned or discouraged, can actually signal a capacity for leadership. What does this say about people who never feel guilt?
Krista performs at The Moth, shares some of her favorite literature, and we receive a truly moving testimony from a listener in southern Israel.
The Chief Rabbi of the UK says that the plasticity of our brains should lead us into a whole new study about "deep practice" and developing attributes such as gratitude in our daily rituals.
Audio clips of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author on how we humans need to accept our role as an exceptional species and encountering the sacred in others through Calvinist thought.
Audio clips of one of the world's premiere sociologists on the importance of religion in shaping societies and the ethical imperative of scholars to include many perspectives in these discussions.
From celebrating Krista's birthday with a Dana Goia poem and exciting elections to a moving testimony from a grieving mother, a week of reading and listening worth doing.
With the Western world turning its back on violence in Africa, religion and spirituality may play a crucial role in local peacebuilding efforts in Congo.
A Pakistani immigrant to the U.S. finds that stereotypes and misconceptions go both ways and is surprised to "see real examples of people living out tolerance, harmony and acceptance" in his new home.
"We're drying them out. But I'm looking closely — a lot of these pages, it's not reparable. This is just heartbreaking to look at."
Rabbi Avremel Okonov's words — and this image of Torah scrolls being unrolled to dry after a Brighton Beach yeshiva in Brooklyn was flooded — put another face on what has been lost in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. We're based in Minnesota and, much like the rest of the world, our imaginations and conversations have been captivated by the devastating aftermath of Sandy.
One of TED's most popular lectures, Dr. Brené Brown offers solutions on how we can deal with vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame.
Election Day Communion, a noble effort aimed at our healing our fractured civic spaces by bringing together congregations on the day of the vote.
Spiritual life is a way of dwelling with perplexity - its purpose as well as its perils, its beauty as well as its ravages. ~@KristaTippett
Since many of our U.S. readers and listeners are engulfed in the final weeks of a presidential campaign, it's only fitting that I share this vibrant, literary exchange between Krista and and a former guest, Terry Tempest Williams, who tweeted:
Democratic Vistas by Walt Whitman. How about reading this during the election returns for measure.
@TempestWilliams "I know nothing grander.. the triumphant result of faith in human kind, than a well-contested American national election."...
Folks continue to gift us with picturesque images of their physical sanctuaries and healing spaces. The common themes? Home and nature.
Are the candidates failing to make room in public discussion for morality and values among weighty political issues?
Years after the discovery of a papyrus fragment from the fourth century CE believed to be The Gospel of Jesus' Wife, a Harvard professor is claiming it's authentic. Even so, do modern sensibilities understand the Gnostic definition of marriage?
A cache of old documents recently discovered in Afghanistan reveals a thriving intellectual culture among Persian-speaking Jews — and a treasure trove for historians and Persian linguists alike.
On science and theology, interviewing Marilynne Robinson, and more on what what Krista's thinking about this week.