UPDATE: I’ll be posting footage to this entry over the weekend as soon as I get the session audio.

UPDATE: I apologize for these technical problems. The bandwidth at the venue came to a screeching halt and has precluded us from streaming live. I’ll post our tape as soon as I can. Thank you, and let me have it. Trent

Live Video: Krista with David Brooks and E.J. Dionne
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor

At 6:30 pm Eastern today, we will be streaming Krista’s live public interview with New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne — all live from the campus of Georgetown University. For those of you in Washington D.C., there’s still time to attend the event in person. For those of you who can’t, the best place to watch the conversation is right here at SOF Observed.

The topic of conversation is the legacy of Reinhold Niebuhr and the future of his idea of Christian realism. I’m excited — and prepared to be surprised — to hear where Krista directs this topic as the U.S. shifts gear during a new presidential administration.

I got a preview of Niebuhr’s relevance during our morning briefing (actually, a confab with coffee and pastries). Krista has been reading one of Niebuhr’s later works, The Irony of American History. Part of his book addresses the very real threat of communism of the day. But, Niebuhr warns, that the virtuous founding principles of the United States — simplicity, rugged individualism, frugality, modesty, faith — has lead to the country’s success and great wealth. This prosperity comes at a cost of abandoning some of what made the U.S. great; the threat is to wield such power and might with humility.

I’m also opening up the chat dialog that accompanies this live feed so that you can share ideas with others who may be watching with you. Please let me know what you think of this endeavor. We really do this for the many of you who can’t attend these events in person. It’s a great honor for me and I love to get feedback, even criticism so we can serve you better.

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when will this broadcast be on please? will you send to lydiaholsten@yahoo.com please. thanks

Thanks so much for the effort. It means a lot to those of us who are geographically far from these events. You will succeed eventually and we will all benefit. Know that there are those patiently holding the field for you. Many blessings

Trent, I had really looked forward to this but I am sure no one was more let down than you. I look forward to the posting of the tape and hope as well the audio will be available via a podcast.
DougDutton Birmingham, Alabama

Doug, you're more than gracious. I'll be posting clips within the week, and looking forward to it. We plan on producing this for radio broadcast within the month so it shouldn't be too long.

Wow, Krista, I can't believe you have this ad for the event with your picture "computationally enhanced" to look like had plastic surgery and look like plastic like all of the models we see around. Please don't contribute to this trend that makes regular women feel ugly and guys feel that a real woman should look like the computer-enhanced ones... thanks

I am disappointed. Do I understand correctly that this session will eventually be posted for our listening? I was so looking forward to it. Brooks and Dionne are both favors and I was looking forward to hearing them in the same forum.

Hi Helen. Yes, I will be posting video clips this week. And we will be making available the complete interview both as video and as audio too. As a matter of fact, this public event is going to be produced as an SOF program in the next month. The conversation was lively and relevant to contemporary events and thoughts, and I look forward to all hearing and/or seeing it. Thanks for hanging in there.

Bring it on! Another spirit looking to be lifted by the conversation! Thank you SOF for all you do! It means so much to many people.


Please post it! I want to link to it for my nonprofit newsletter! Thank you.

The video is now up, on the website for our program "Obama's Theologian." Find it here: