Trent Gilliss

Trent Gilliss

is the cofounder of On Being / KTPP and currently serves as chief content officer and executive editor. He received a Peabody Award in 2007 for his work on "The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi" and garnered two Webby Awards (in 2005, and again in 2008). The Online News Association nominated his journalistic work multiple times in the general excellence and outstanding specialty journalism categories. Trent's reported and produced stories from Turkey to rural Alabama, from Israel and the West Bank to Cambridge, England.
BY Trent Gilliss
July 19, 2016

Our days have been marked by pain and gaps in understanding. The enduring presence of kindness, mercy, poise, and the beauty of music provide guidance in harrowing times.

BY Trent Gilliss
July 12, 2016

We find ourselves in a time of deep reckoning, and we must turn to each other for companionship and wisdom. Collected guidance on claiming the whole of our identities, and finding compassion for experiences that are not our own.

BY Trent Gilliss
July 12, 2016

After arriving in the U.S. in the 1930s, Albert Einstein witnessed the inequities and injustices done to black Americans. Read his little-known essay from 1946 about the "deeply entrenched evil" as he saw it then, and that pervades this country today.

BY Trent Gilliss
July 07, 2016

How do we enrich, rather than enforce, our historical perspective? These collected writings give a new lens on which stories serve us and where we encounter them.

BY Trent Gilliss
June 28, 2016

Do we need others to see ourselves clearly? Curated reads on our need for empathy, and its power to unearth and reconcile what's hidden within.

BY Trent Gilliss
June 21, 2016

In the wake of tragedy, how do we respond with resilience? How do we continue to love across boundaries?

BY Trent Gilliss
June 14, 2016

Writings on transcending social, psychological, and physical boundaries, and coming together in deeper connection with ourselves and each other.

BY Trent Gilliss
June 07, 2016

Physical presence and inner life are more integrated than we might imagine. Meditations on how we move through stress, our relationship with the body, and making meaning in the rhythms of everyday life.

BY Trent Gilliss
May 31, 2016

Collected counsel on forging meaning and joy from our suffering, and finding calm in times of tension.

BY Trent Gilliss
May 25, 2016

How do we cut through distraction to nurture our best selves forward? Our executive editor shares reflections on rediscovering the glory around and within us, from the journey of an olympic runner, to the lyrical labyrinth of rap, to healing the void of loss with art and memory.

BY Trent Gilliss
May 18, 2016

Behold! A sneak preview of Creating Our Own Lives, an exciting, new addition to our portfolio of podcasts! Plus, our executive editor selects some of the most intriguing reads on female sex positivity, evolving definitions of motherhood, democracy's doctors, and the cultural treasures binding us together.

BY Trent Gilliss
May 14, 2016

When grief or hardship strike, they are best borne out in solidarity. Trent Gilliss serves up readings on our collective sorrow and celebration in the passing of our heroes, and taking a new perspective on the grit of beauty, nature, and family.

BY Trent Gilliss
May 04, 2016

From Game of Thrones to a biological time capsule in Norway, fascinating reads on what's happening in our collective culture with wise meditations on mutual trust in our individual power to rise and thrive.

BY Trent Gilliss
April 26, 2016

We lost a beloved cultural icon last week, and his life of work has inspired an outpouring of love in music and story. Celebrations of Prince's life accompany praise for standing up together, in support of our strengths and growth from moments of weakness.

BY Trent Gilliss
April 19, 2016

The architecture around us inhabits the vernacular of our lives. Our executive editor with this week's letter from Loring Park welcoming our new columnist Sarah Smarsh, who joins a collective contemplation of where and how we navigate our lives in faith, family, and citizenship.

BY Trent Gilliss
April 12, 2016

Executive editor Trent Gilliss with reflections on the surprise of authorship, and offerings from other places where the tension makes life feel fullest.

BY Trent Gilliss
April 08, 2016

The announcement of our newest podcast offering contemplations on the nature of participation in the world, and opportunities to become inextricable from the questions.

BY Trent Gilliss
March 29, 2016

With the arrival of spring come realizations of the capacity waiting within, among, and around us. Writings on discovering our true abundance of love, community, and self, particularly in the places where they have seemed absent.

BY Trent Gilliss
March 22, 2016

Life is a long haul, and wisdom is knowing when to surge forth, and when to pause. Reflections on the value of spending time in spaces of uncertainty and pain before charging courageously ahead.

BY Trent Gilliss
March 15, 2016

The wisdom we yearn for abounds in quiet spaces of dignity. Trent Gilliss with writings on our need for rhetoric of acceptance, the spirituality inherent in our given and chosen families, and the birth of a book years in the making.

BY Trent Gilliss
March 08, 2016

From an eloquent and soul-touching tune, to testaments of moving forward from complex suffering, our executive editor shares demonstrations of the boundless and surprising bravery of which we are all capable.

BY Trent Gilliss
March 04, 2016

A musician from the shores of Lake Superior sings a haunting melody that speaks to the spaces between your cells.

BY Trent Gilliss
March 01, 2016

What happens when we go too far in pushing against the "other" — whether in asserting our identity or in protecting ourselves from danger? Reminders that we must also open ourselves to the vulnerability of acknowledging our dignified differences and common ground.

BY Trent Gilliss
February 29, 2016

Our sense of connection to each other can feel lost, but support and goodwill come to the fore when we need it most. Returning from a mournful period of loss, our executive editor shares his wonder at the spaces in our lives where the warmth of kinship and community still shine through.

BY Trent Gilliss
February 16, 2016

Wise voices remind us that there are realities we can embrace. Writings on the uncomfortable but rewarding work of taking a positive orientation to the speed bumps of life, from the ennui of advanced age to communicating the most difficult truths.

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