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Mikel Ellcessor Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 05:00

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?

Trent Gilliss Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 12:42

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?”

Trent Gilliss Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 14:50

A video that will inspire you to think more deeply about your place in the universe.

Trent Gilliss Friday, October 11, 2013 - 23:32

A young Pakistani girl shares a story of strength and peace that leaves us all in awe.

Trent Gilliss Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 06:26

Morrie Schwartz makes sense of it all while tomatoes are flying.

Trent Gilliss Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 21:43

Yosemite meets Saarschleife in this pairing of German wilderness and poignant words from John Muir.

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.

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April 10, 2014

With a master of midrash as our guide, we walk through the Exodus story at the heart of Passover. It's not the simple narrative you've watched at the movies or learned in Sunday school. Neither Moses or Pharaoh, nor the oppressed Israelites or even God, are as they seem. As Avivah Zornberg reveals, Exodus is a cargo of hidden stories — telling the messy, strange, redemptive truth of us as we are, and life as it is.

April 3, 2014

An astrophysicist who studies the shape of the universe, Janna Levin has also explored her science by writing a novel about two pivotal 20th-century mathematicians, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing. Both men pushed at boundaries where mathematics presses on grand questions of meaning and purpose. Such questions, she says, help create the technologies that are now changing our sense of what it means to be human.

March 27, 2014

"Your staying alive means so much more than you really know or that anyone is aware of at this moment."

Philosopher, historian, and poet Jennifer Michael Hecht has traced how Western civilization has at times demonized those who commit suicide, at times celebrated it as a moral freedom. She proposes a reframed cultural conversation, based not on morality or rights but on our essential need for each other.

March 20, 2014

"There's no question about the reality of evil, of injustice, of suffering, but at the center of this existence is a heart beating with love."

South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on how his understanding of God and humanity has unfolded through the history he's lived and shaped.

March 13, 2014

“Let's go back and look at our faith before it was reduced to a system, before it was reduced to a system of abstractions and beliefs. How can we rediscover our faith as a series of stories and as a series of encounters?”

Brian McLaren on the evolution of Christianity and the meaning of progressive Evangelicalism.

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