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A man sits in contemplation.
BY March 1, 2017

What might we make space for if we gave up our indignation, even if just for a moment? A historical and philosophical inquiry into the roots of this social moment.

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BY April 26, 2013

Sometimes it takes persistence to pitch a voice you know is right — and the willingness to listen to others around the dinner table.

BY April 24, 2013

The public’s trust in “organized religion” is on the decline. While wearying, Martin Marty says that these polls offer insights and lessons on how religious institutions must serve the public better.

BY April 21, 2013

Sometimes it takes a complete stranger to see the “deep, deep hole” within ourselves. The story of a common bond between a wildlife conservation and a pygmy leader — and the bounty of that friendship.

BY April 20, 2013

With all that’s happened this week, language and images that create places of peace and reflection and connection with our fellow human beings.

BY April 14, 2013

Images of thundersnow in Minnesota, cherry blossoms in Japan. Words on science and truth from Auden and Krauss. Time-lapse graphic recording on vulnerability. And sometimes healing is a process never-ending. Our capsule of all things On Being.

BY April 12, 2013

When you believe strongly in an idea, how do you shepherd it into being? As senior editor Trent Gilliss explains, sometimes it takes years of perseverance and framing.

BY April 10, 2013

Art evolves in its iterations, and it’s fascinating to see how Doug Neill’s graphic recording session of our show with Brené Brown progresses before our very eyes.

BY April 9, 2013

Catholic Latinos are not only turning to evangelical and Pentecostal churches. Shweta Saraswat on those who are learning the spiritual practices of their indigenous ancestors such as the Aztecs, and those who are trying to do both.

BY April 7, 2013

Krista dishes on cooking with the BBC. We remember Roger Ebert’s smile. And thoughts on fear and grieving, the coming spring, and a culture of advocacy.

BY April 6, 2013

With the election of Pope Francis, a Muslim cleric’s call to “continue dialogue and strengthen relations with Muslims worldwide.”

BY April 5, 2013

A short film, “Happy Life,” elevates the everyday routines of ordinary people with the words of the Dalai Lama. A magical six minutes.

BY April 4, 2013

During these days sacred to both Christians and Jews, a reflection on making space for recreating staid narratives and the new ones we all write together.

BY April 1, 2013

What morsels of wisdom would you like to see captured from our show with Congressman Lewis? Tell us about it.

BY March 29, 2013

If we were to pick a line from the New Testament upon which to build a religion, surely this is it: “Friend, wherefore art thou come?”

BY March 29, 2013

Dealing with the dark side of the Passion story and Passover is integral to dealing with magnifications of real life and its nether sides. Martin Marty on Bach’s bright side during Holy Week.

BY March 28, 2013

In the great lineage of American preachers stands the Rev. Dr. James Forbes. To watch him in action is to witness greatness. Do yourself a favor and see this charismatic minister thundering from the pulpit.

teaching a yoga class to refugees in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon.
BY March 28, 2013

Can a yoga class really make a difference in the midst of a war zone? Emily O’Dell on finding our way home.

BY March 27, 2013

Bedridden with an incurable illness, Paul Martin offers his essay, “On Being More Than Ourselves Alone,” a wise reflection on…

BY March 22, 2013

Bedridden with an incurable illness, writer Paul Martin on navigating paths of pain and difficulty, and the depth and mystery of joy.

BY March 17, 2013

Fairy tales serve as a platform for facing our demons in a safe place and developing a moral compass. Just some of the insights captured in our sketchnotes.

BY March 16, 2013

In this week’s capsule: preparing to interview poet Marie Howe, reflections from a Benedictine monastery in the Midwest, and some illumination from Pema Chodron.

BY March 14, 2013

For service members returning home from combat, PTSD diagnoses are commonplace and extensive. But one VA psychologist argues that the complications of PTSD compound to create a moral injury — one that requires a community, not a clinic, in order to heal.

BY March 14, 2013

Nuggets of wisdom on fairy tales as reflecting our human story, values, and moral compass — all in the matter of a live tweet.

BY March 9, 2013

Trent Gilliss finds inspiration in all things good: a civil rights pilgrimage in Alabama, a video on empathy, a potential pope right under our noses, and some playful voices in the Twittersphere.

Sketchnotes of Kevin Kling interview
BY March 9, 2013

Sit down with these sketchnotes while listening to Krista’s interview. See what you hear differently as you peruse these visual notes. Tell us about it.

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