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January 16, 2009

Mishra continues his critique of the ideologies of progress and globalization, refreamed for the current global economic situation.

January 16, 2009

I’m personally thrilled to be doing this week’s show — which took a few of us up to one of my favorite places in the world, St. John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota. St. John’s is one of the largest Benedictine communities in the world and has always been a remarkable place. Its wide orbit has touched many lives and many leading institutions, globally.

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January 15, 2009

This six-minute video introduces you to the genesis and process of creating the illuminated, handwritten Bible.

January 10, 2009

"Yet these kinds of abuses — along with more banal injustices, like slapping a girlfriend or paying women less for their work — arise out of a social context in which women are, often, second-class citizens. That's a context that religions have helped shape, and not pushed hard to change."

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January 09, 2009

A former guest's animated Harvard speech on how children handle situations of conflict.

January 05, 2009
January 05, 2009

Part of our SoundSeen series: our staff deliberates on cutting a dated reference and its value for current perspective.

January 01, 2009

A search for stories about the relationship between children and grandparents revealed words of wisdom for current economic times.

December 24, 2008
December 23, 2008

Looking to a Jewish tradition found in Deuteronomy of absolving loans as a solution to current debts.

December 22, 2008

The SOF Facebook group has hit its first milestone of 1,000 members. I’ll admit that we haven’t devoted as much time as we’d like to nurturing and gleaning content ideas from participants in this space. And yet, it grows.

In the coming new year, I’d like to dedicate more time to this bunch of fans. For now, it’s a great opportunity to invite all of you who are members to Krista’s events and inform you of other things on the radar.
But, there’s so much more we could do to engage this audience. One of the immediate questions that comes to mind is whether we should migrate to a fan page set-up. We wouldn’t delete the SOF group, but let it live on in ways yet undetermined.

I’m sure you have suggestions. Feed me, Seymour (yes, LSOH lives on). How do you live on Facebook? What would you find helpful?


December 20, 2008

Claiborne looks to the words of Jesus as an opportunity to hear them anew.

December 15, 2008

A preview of Krista's interview with the famed child psychiatrist.

December 14, 2008

Jessica Sundheim tells a lovely story of transformation and faith during tough times.

December 09, 2008

I’ve been fascinated by the responses that have come in to our program with Binyavanga Wainaina. They’ve come in part from other Africans and from current and former NGOs, missionaries, and Peace Corps volunteers. This felt like a huge and daunting, yet pressing, subject to open up. And that’s clearly what we’ve done — not started a conversation but opened it a little wider; the questions and concerns he articulated are present in many closest to this work.

I’m especially intrigued, as well, by one e-mail we received from New Orleans, drawing parallels between aid to post-Katrina New Orleans and aid to Africa. It is a stunning reflection on how, even domestically, the dramatic gesture is deceptively satisfying. Most of all I’m pleased that so many found Binyavanga Wainaina’s insights emboldening, as I did. His hard truth-telling — even his satire — is the opposite of a call to cynicism. It is a call to attentiveness to the deeper truth of ourselves and the other.

December 08, 2008

A "scientist's scientist" on stress in tough economic times.

December 05, 2008

Our online editor reflects on finding new meaning — and new life — in Krista's 2000 interview with Robert Coles.

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