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Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 15:30

Is Latin America the future of the Roman Catholic Church, or will the home to some of the most outstanding liberation theology thinkers be relegated to the sidelines when the next pope is chosen?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 06:47

When what you see lures you to listen and read. These visual notes help you read on, listen closely, and see the big picture through Vincent Harding's eyes.

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 07:19

"Even if you like living alone, that doesn't always mean you want to be alone." ~Lisa Napoli

Each Friday night, the author and journalist opens her door and throws a "party" in her LA abode. Anybody can come and socialize. It's such a lovely idea and seems like a great way to build relationships and foster community in one's own way. Great idea!

Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 05:01

From a spirited discussion on Paul Harvey and the American farmer to some out-of-this world photos to intriguing reads that will edify you and make you wonder why, our capsule of this week's best ideas and conversations.

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 06:00

Gone are the days, writes Harvard's Ousmane Kane, when Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa was considered more peaceful and different than in other parts of the world.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 06:30

A community college professor responds to Seth Godin's story with his student's poetry.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 06:00

A retired exec-turned-woodturner follows his compass to reveal the inner beauty of felled trees in massive, delicate works of art.

Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 21:14

A testament to the power of religious language, Paul Harvey, and the dream of America presented through rural imagery?

Saturday, February 2, 2013 - 08:57

Our capsule of inspiration for the week includes a new way forward for visualizing our work, fantasy, Epiphany, and the sage words of a French Buddhist monk.

Friday, February 1, 2013 - 12:28

The second installment in our sketchnotes series that teases out the highlights of Krista's conversation with an American Muslim activist making a difference in Chicago.

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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.