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October 30, 2012

One of TED's most popular lectures, Dr. Brené Brown offers solutions on how we can deal with vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame.

October 30, 2012

Election Day Communion, a noble effort aimed at our healing our fractured civic spaces by bringing together congregations on the day of the vote.

October 28, 2012

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 Twitter thread between Terry Tempest Williams and Krista TippettKrista 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."

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October 26, 2012

Folks continue to gift us with picturesque images of their physical sanctuaries and healing spaces. The common themes? Home and nature.

October 25, 2012

Are the candidates failing to make room in public discussion for morality and values among weighty political issues?

October 25, 2012

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?

October 23, 2012

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.

October 20, 2012

On science and theology, interviewing Marilynne Robinson, and more on what what Krista's thinking about this week.

October 18, 2012

During the first two presidential debates, Mitt Romney's Mormon faith has come up very little. But, as Joanna Brooks says, many Mormons continue to "white-knuckle" through this campaign season.

October 17, 2012

Though the terms "Jesus"and "wife" may prompt new obsessions, guest contributor Martin Marty writes, they won't likely change the course of biblical scholarship.

October 16, 2012

What kinds of radical changes, guest contributor Larisa Reznik asks, would need to happen in our own religious and political cultures for our own "punk prayers" to be answered?

October 15, 2012

Sometimes healing spaces are not only in far-away romantic, picturesque places. As Asha Sanaker from Ithaca, New York points out, these sacred spaces often encompass our back yards and our livelihoods

October 14, 2012

"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." ~Krista Tippett reflects on her recent interview for the Civil Conversations Project.

October 13, 2012

What do Israeli and Pakistani peers have in common? A Jewish American journalist looks beyond Western media's portrayal of Pakistan and discovers universal values.

October 13, 2012

"My favorite healing place: Pololu Valley, The Big Island, Hawaii."

October 06, 2012

Could the concerns of Jewish and Muslim minorities in Berlin serve as a chance for "secular" Berliners to to examine their own identity? Guest contributor Brian Britt explores the role of history as a distraction challenging modern-day civility.

October 06, 2012

Krista Tippett, David Gushee, and Frances Kissling at On Being's "Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, Pro-Dialogue"Krista Tippett speaks with David Gushee and Frances Kissling at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute. Photo by Matt Johnson

More than 500 people witnessed a thoughtful exchange between two people who come at the abortion issue from decidedly different perspectives. What they heard was a civil exchange based upon mutual respect. As one listener points out, it has a lot to do with the way Krista framed the conversation:

October 04, 2012

What a little-known figure of speech, the polysyndeton, can do for style — even in the Bible.

October 02, 2012

Upon being told she is obese by a viewer, a television anchor uses the opportunity to talk about bullying and the need to be kinder to one another.

October 02, 2012

A majestic environment in upstate Minnesota and our host's best-selling book, Einstein's God makes for a great pairing! What's your favorite healing place?

September 29, 2012

Assisi SunsetSunset over the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi, Italy. (Photo by NKCPhoto/Flickr, cc by-nc-nd 2.0)

"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.

September 26, 2012

Activists from two embattled sides find their way to the same table following a public tragedy. The intention? Communicate openly, without necessarily finding common ground.

September 21, 2012

On the day that a festival to locate the sacred opened, countries across the Middle East were aflame. The musical art of Bora Yoon and Riyaaz Qawwali ruptured this author's cynicism and offered a new vision of the world.

September 20, 2012

Loving Tablet Magazine's humorous approach to the High Holy Days. A few of our favorites...

September 18, 2012

A new translation of a seminal work of medieval Jewish philosophy is banned in Israel. But this Arab transliteration may "break down the artificial borders that separate the communities of the Middle East."

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