They are the ones who whispered it on the playground when nobody was looking. If...– — Ryan Wilson, referring to tribal elders who were listening to young girls singing in Arapaho. Trent Gilliss, Online Editor Wilson, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe and a board member of the National Indian Education Association, is working with the Northern Arapaho tribe to establish...
Poems for the Prophet in Zanzibar →
Shiraz Janjua, Associate Producer From the BBC: “The ancient Islamic art form of Maulidi ya Homu is being reborn in Zanzibar, as part of moves to expand the island’s thriving cultural tourism.”
Memories of a Pro-Life Childhood
Mitch Hanley, Senior Producer A few times when I was in elementary school, my mom took me out of school to go to the annual pro-life march at the Minnesota state capitol. I remember waiting for a shuttle from Colonial Square in Wayzata, standing in Rexall Drug’s entrance next to a woman with a sign that read, “Real Feminists are Pro-Life.” At that age, I didn’t know what a...
Blog Action Day 2008 - Poverty Shiraz Janjua, Associate Producer Do you have a blog? Well, this October 15 (tomorrow), why not use it to highlight the issue of poverty for Blog Action Day. Bloggers around the world are going to flood the Web with talk about poverty — personal stories, political ideals, solutions, problems — to bring increased awareness to this “other” global economic...
The Kosher Wars →
Shiraz Janjua, Associate Producer An interesting article over in the New York Times Magazine this past weekend looks at the issue of ethical kashrut, expanding the definition of kosher to bring in 21st-century food ethics. I’m absolutely fascinated by this from the standpoint of both kosher and halal. In the article, the writer asks questions about “the very meaning of...
These Politics Are Making Me Thirsty
Shiraz Janjua, Associate Producer This presidential election feels like it’s moving at gastropod’s pace. As subtle as a leviathan, this large body exerts an irresistable gravitational force on everything around it. We keep talking about it here in the office, but we’re also wondering how much politics we can all handle, and trying to balance relevance against saturation. ...
Our Newest Intern - Amara
Amara Hark-Weber, Production Intern Two weeks ag I began working with Speaking of Faith as a production intern, and I am excited to be both at SOF and in Minnesota. I grew up here in St. Paul, but have lived elsewhere for the past several years, most recently studying at the London School of Economics in the UK. Returning to Minnesota and starting at Speaking of Faith are both unexpected gifts...
Faith, Politics, and Young Americans →
Andy Dayton, Associate Web Producer Faith In Public Life has just released a new poll focusing on the faith and political views of young people in the 2008 American presidential election. From the poll’s lead analyst: “Younger Americans, including younger Americans of faith, are not the culture war generation. On issues from gay and lesbian rights to the role of government at home...
A Soldier to His General Eboo Patel, Guest Contributor You might be surprised by what our nation’s most famous Evangelical Christian has to say about Muslims. I first met Rick Warren at the Aspen Ideas Festival a few years ago, where he was doing a talk on leadership. Somebody in the audience asked him — with no lack of scorn — if he thought everyone was going to heaven. That’s...
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor Mitch and I are currently attending a Web consultation in Grand Rapids, Michigan at Calvin College. Here, the Lilly Endowment convenes religion grantees to talk about advancing online tools and presence. It’s a diverse group of people from theological libraries, seminaries, PBS, educational funding, universities, etc. For a good share of the attendees,...
"Starbucks Wastes Millions of Litres of Water a... →
Shiraz Janjua, Associate Producer An interesting critical look at Starbucks’ relationship to water. You’ll recall a few months back our program The Business of Doing Good with Jonathan Greenblatt. He was a co-founder of Ethos Water, a bottled water brand he sold to Starbucks. [Addendum: Starbucks’ reaction.]
Could Tithing Lead Some Americans to Lose Their... →
Shiraz Janjua, Associate Producer
During a Pause Between Feasts
Shiraz Janjua, Associate Producer Well, Ramadan is officially over and I’ve spent the past few days at various parties celebrating by eating, eating, and, oh yeah, eating. What ends up happening on Eid (after the morning communal prayer at the mosque) is usually this circuit of house visits, going from family to family, eating, popping in and out, eating, seeing people, chatting, eating,...
Rob McGinley Myers, Associate Producer In working on our two new shows about faith — the Left and the Right — in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, we were struck by the fact that the 2008 Democratic National Convention was the first modern DNC that began each day with an invocation and ended each night with a benediction. Our guest Amy Sullivan said, “As I was watching it, what I felt...
"French Muslims Find Haven in Catholic Schools" →
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor
The Real Triumph of the Ole Miss Debate
Krista Tippett, Host On Thursday night before the debate, I wrote something that meant a great deal to me. It was about a trip I made to Ole Miss in August and the incredible symbolism of that the debate on that campus, a cultural triumph it signified far larger than who won or lost. The drama in financial markets nearly stopped the debate completely, and overshadowed a few hours of reflection...