Pádraig Ó Tuama on the inaccuracy of the Christmas story, as commonly told, for we might miss the more important message within.
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This week's been one of those surprising times when so many people identified with Krista's Scrooge-like outlook on Christmas but add to the discussion by contributing to community.
Krista Tippett on not playing the Christmas game of obligatory gift-giving and the redemptive human need for one another.
This week we feel especially privileged to do the work that we do. A brief post by our senior editor about the decision-making behind this week's show and why it matters to us.
By turning away from wanting things to valuing people, we can celebrate the holiday season through the eyes of a "beloved community" and ask what kind of community we can create together.
With the tragic shootings in Connecticut, let us turn to some of our wisest elders for light, hope, and a way forward.
The story behind this one powerful shot of "vulnerability and shame" from Segovia, Columbia.
If the stress caused by holiday gift giving were due to material lack, we’d see doctors prescribing less drugs and more widescreen TVs. Perhaps there's a spiritual solution.
An NYPD officer's act of kindness with an Advent duet. Love from Mr. Matthew Crawley, pieces recommended for reading, and quotations from Krista Tippett. A round-up and a reminder that this joyous season be filled with acts of kindness.
A stirring pairing of piano and cello performing this classic song for the first Sunday of Advent.
Memorials in Berlin and New York remind us to pray for those who have no one to pray for them.
Do we stop caring when there's no hope? Moving past the headlines with personal stories that create a human connection, an emotional connection.
With so many Christmas carols that bridge the chasm of time and space, it's a classic Spiritual that brings a "delightful burst of Christmas cheer." Listen to this rendition from Margaret Becker and Jennifer Knapp.
A poem inspired by our Civil Conversations Project dialogue on the future of marriage — written in Newark airport by Pádraig Ó Tuama.
The film Life of Pi is not just a "parable of the postmodern quest for 'spiritual fulfillment'" but a meditation on beauty and our own finitude.
We are reimagining identity and difference in this century. Watch this video showcasing the love between parents and children grounded in the grit of experience.
A week of gratitude for our many gifts: from Walter Rauschenbusch's gorgeous prayer to Thich Nhat Hanh's guiding dharma talk.
A compilation of time-shift tweets of Krista's interview with Dr. Brené Brown. Was this an interview or therapy session?
Feelings of guilt, normally shunned or discouraged, can actually signal a capacity for leadership. What does this say about people who never feel guilt?
Krista performs at The Moth, shares some of her favorite literature, and we receive a truly moving testimony from a listener in southern Israel.
The Chief Rabbi of the UK says that the plasticity of our brains should lead us into a whole new study about "deep practice" and developing attributes such as gratitude in our daily rituals.
Audio clips of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author on how we humans need to accept our role as an exceptional species and encountering the sacred in others through Calvinist thought.
Audio clips of one of the world's premiere sociologists on the importance of religion in shaping societies and the ethical imperative of scholars to include many perspectives in these discussions.
From celebrating Krista's birthday with a Dana Goia poem and exciting elections to a moving testimony from a grieving mother, a week of reading and listening worth doing.
With the Western world turning its back on violence in Africa, religion and spirituality may play a crucial role in local peacebuilding efforts in Congo.