Antioch Baptist Church
Trent films one of Rural Studio’s projects, Antioch Baptist Church. (photo: Mitch Hanley)

As noted in this week’s broadcast of “An Architecture of Decency,” our production trip to the Black Belt of Alabama in October 2007 was the birth of our staff blog, SOF Observed. Since then we’ve offered many different types of posts under the guidance of our senior editor, Trent Gilliss. As we’ve experimented with various levels of tone, length, personal disclosure, and multimedia elements, we’ve done so with an overarching philosophy to pull back the curtain, share our production experiences, and highlight what we are seeing in our big world of “religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas.”

What captures your interest informs us, and sometimes surprises us. Rossini’s “Meow” by “The Little Singers of Paris” (fun) and Spiritual but Not Religious (reflective) had distinctly high responses. We’ve kept our eyes out for thoughtful perspectives on headlines, such as Hendrik Hertzberg’s commentary on the Catholic abuse crisis. Guest contributions (want to be published?) like Chelsea Roff’s entry on the meaning of sacred space have also grabbed your attention. We’ve focused on visuals, Purim Around the World, and sound, Forgiveness and Revenge, A Call for Music Ideas, and good behind-the-scenes stories: Archbishop Desmond Tutu is “Mad About Mango”.  

So, we thought this was a good occasion to ask you: How are we doing? What are your impressions of SOF Observed? What would you like to see more of?

Share Your Reflection



I appreciate your asking but Observed is in perfect balance with the radio show. In the world of media where 'commentary' is most typically a twist on the facts from an extreme perspective, I appreciate commentary that is an expanded experience, not a restrictive one. More?....more of the same.

I love everything about this blog and the show. Everything, actually. I love that you take "submissions," and have been trying to get up my nerve to send one in. In the meantime, the only suggestion that I'd make is to clean up the "header" of the blog -- make it so that you don't have to scroll down to the day's entry. Although the photo is beautiful, it's bothersome. But I say that humbly because I adore your blog.

Appreciate the diversity of content of your posts. Read each with much interest. Like the fact that you do not use the blog to advertise your show, but to give more insight into producing the show. Behind the scenes posts are some of my favourite posts. There is also the post that do not relate at all to the shows: they add spice as well. Can't think of any constructive criticism. Good job all around.

Blog pulse is strong and even, reflecting a splendidly healthy heart. I would Rx only that you continue with the uplifting, imaginative, mind and heart exercises you provide us, your grateful audience. Karen K