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Trent Gilliss Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 06:15

A striking photo paired with a grounding thought from Thich Nhat Hanh on gratitude.

Trent Gilliss Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 23:22

The Zen master demonstrates the mindful art of calligraphy, and how it's a practice of meditation.

Trent Gilliss Friday, September 27, 2013 - 05:32

Neil Gaiman's commencement speech is exactly what you need. Make mistakes, enjoy the journey, break the rules, make good art.

Charles C. Camosy Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 08:01

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.

Trent Gilliss Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 08:42

There's more than meets the eye in this photo. Stop and peer beneath the surface.

Trent Gilliss Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 04:50

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.

Trent Gilliss Monday, August 26, 2013 - 08:30

A video that serves as a humorous indictment of our addiction to technology and lack of connection with others.

Trent Gilliss Sunday, August 4, 2013 - 22:58

Wrapping up this week with a picturesque mountain scene, moving music from a magical singer, and a map and haiku.

Martin E. Marty Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 06:50

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.

Trent Gilliss Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 15:09

With his "heart full to bursting," Egyptian-American poet Yahia Lababidi writes a short poem for his native homeland.

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July 3, 2014

For the Fourth of July, a refreshing reality check about the long road of American democracy. We remember forgotten but fascinating, useful history as we contemplate how we might help young democracies on their own tumultuous paths now.

June 26, 2014

We tend to frame our cultural conversation about science and religion as a debate — two either/or ways of describing reality. With mathematician Jim Bradley and philosopher Michael Ruse, we trace a quieter evolution of science and religion in interplay — not a matter of competing answers, but of complementary questions with room for humanity, nuance, and humor.

June 19, 2014

Who knew that we learn empathy, trust, irony, and problem solving through play — something the dictionary defines as "pleasurable and apparently purposeless activity." Dr. Stuart Brown suggests that the rough-and-tumble play of children actually prevents violent behavior, and that play can grow human talents and character across a lifetime. Play, as he studies it, is an indispensable part of being human.

June 12, 2014

The surprising psychology behind morality is at the heart of social psychologist Jonathan Haidt’s research. “When it comes to moral judgments," he says, "we think we are scientists discovering the truth, but actually we are lawyers arguing for positions we arrived at by other means.” He explains “liberal” and “conservative” not narrowly or necessarily as political affiliations, but as personality types — ways of moving through the world. His own self-described “conservative-hating, religion-hating, secular liberal instincts” have been challenged by his own studies.

June 5, 2014

As the daughter of Johnny Cash, singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash describes her life as "circumscribed by music." But, it's through her love of language and quantum mechanics that she's finding new sources of creativity and mathematical ways to think about the divine. The mother of five shares her perspectives on being present, Twitter as a "boot camp for songwriters," and how she wrestles with love and grief through her music.