On the Blog
On the first Sunday of October, pet owners flock to an unlikely place: their local churches. Across the U.S., dogs, cats, hamsters, and even birds gather to celebrate the feast day of St. Francis, otherwise known as “the blessing of the animals.”
Krista sits down with The Takeaway to explain the impulses behind the Pew polls on the religiously unaffiliated Millennials. She believes that this growing number of unaffiliated young people are a source of renewal of religion in the U.S.
How has your religious identity changed? Does faith still play an important role in your life? Are you concerned that young people are leaving religious institutions? Join John Hockenberry today (Friday, October 18) at 2:00 pm ET to participate in a live online chat. Whatever questions or comments you have, we hope you add your voice to the conversation.
Why are atheism and agnosticism on the rise? And what does it take to go against your family's faith? Three young atheists discuss how they began to question their faith and what it was like to leave the church.
Three young Muslim-Americans — Kamran, Tasneem, and Zahra — struggle to reconcile their "Muslim" and "American" identities. Why don't we hear more of this in the media?
On Being partners with The Takeaway to explore the deep questions of people's changing relationship with religion and faith in the U.S. as part of their series “Young Nation Under God?”
A video that will inspire you to think more deeply about your place in the universe.
A young Pakistani girl shares a story of strength and peace that leaves us all in awe.
Morrie Schwartz makes sense of it all while tomatoes are flying.
Yosemite meets Saarschleife in this pairing of German wilderness and poignant words from John Muir.
A striking photo paired with a grounding thought from Thich Nhat Hanh on gratitude.
The Zen master demonstrates the mindful art of calligraphy, and how it's a practice of meditation.
Neil Gaiman's commencement speech is exactly what you need. Make mistakes, enjoy the journey, break the rules, make good art.
Charles Camosy argues that only in a world dominated by our lazy binaries could Pope Francis be considered "liberal" simply because he doesn't fit into "conservative" categories.
There's more than meets the eye in this photo. Stop and peer beneath the surface.
Every so often, Krista's interviews should be seen as much as heard. Her conversation with Nadia Bolz-Weber is one of these essential moments.
A video that serves as a humorous indictment of our addiction to technology and lack of connection with others.
Wrapping up this week with a picturesque mountain scene, moving music from a magical singer, and a map and haiku.
Shifts in the U.S.' ethnic composition are portentous for religious institutions, communities, loyalties, and identities. The white majority, says Martin Marty, can kvetch or use it as an opportunity to reassess religious commitment.
With his "heart full to bursting," Egyptian-American poet Yahia Lababidi writes a short poem for his native homeland.
Take this mystical aural hike into the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park to One Square Inch of Silence — and experience the chirping twitter of the Western wren and the haunting call of the Roosevelt elk.
A thoughtful meditation by a craftsman-philosopher who contemplates the human condition through the building of simple, hand-tooled coffins.
Wisdom from a late elder to an overwhelming outpouring of stories from people in response to Joy Ladin's transgender experiences. And, photos of Turkish bovine, local deluges, and Krista's most commonly asked question to guests.
Recapping a week of touching tributes to mothers, appreciating electricity, and learning to be bored in order to create.
Watch Stephen Colbert's moving tribute to his mother, offering insights into his mother's Roman Catholic faith and her deeply held values of gratitude, family, and fun.