The Charter for Compassion →
Last week I wrote about Karen Armstrong’s “Charter for Compassion,” and I ended my post with the question: “Will anyone notice?” It appears my question has been answered. When I went to check the Web site earlier today, it was down, presumably because of a spike in traffic. If the link above isn’t working, you can have a look at the charter on TED’s site. ...
"Life On Gold Plates: Krista Tippett on Religious... →
Trent Gilliss, online editor A student at the University of Utah gives this lovely recap and personal insights into Krista’s conversation with faculty and classmates yesterday — before she delivered the McMurrin Lecture on Religion and Culture at the Salt Lake City public library that evening.
Determining "Jewishness" in the UK
Andy Dayton, associate web producer Here’s a fascinating case of modern law meets 5000-year-old religious tradition. At the end of October, the British Supreme Court decided that — in the case of accepting applicants to a Jewish high school — observance, not ethnicity, should be used in determining admissions. From Sarah Lyall’s New York Times write-up on the ruling: “In an...
The Daily Show, Heckling, and Hope Andy Dayton, associate web producer There was a bit of stir a few weeks ago when Jon Stewart welcomed Ann Baltzar and Dr. Mustafa Barghouti onto The Daily Show. Baltzar is author of Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories, and Barghouti is “a leading figure in the Palestinian democratic and nonviolent movement for...
"Fort Hood Has Enough Victims Already" →
Trent Gilliss, online editor Wajahat Ali, one of the voices in our “Revealing Ramadan” and “Living Islam” shows, has written an op-ed for the Guardian’s “Comment is free” section regarding the Fort Hood shootings. A stream of responses — presently at 217 — to his essay are piling up. As the news media cover and pundits weigh in on the tragedy, we offer...
Echoes of the Golden Rule Nancy Rosenbaum,...
"Thinking Negatively Can Boost Your Memory, Study... →
Trent Gilliss, online editor Am I more aware of my neighbor when I’m in a bad mood? The power of negative thought amidst all these wonderful discussions about happiness and living in the present somehow makes me feel a little bit better, a tad more human.
"Brain Game" →
Trent Gilliss, online editor Malcolm Gladwell’s article has been garnering a lot of attention in the media lately for his comparisons of football players and dogs fighting in the ring. It’s a fine piece, but Jeanne Marie Laskas’ investigative work that appeared earlier in GQ is better. A bold statement for me considering how much I enjoy reading Gladwell’s work. Laskas...
One of your colleagues had me in the papers with horns and a tail, red horns and...– —Pedro Martinez, speaking to reporters at Yankee Stadium the day before his debut as the starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 2 of the World Series. Trent Gilliss, online editor
A Humble Offering
by Nancy Rosenbaum, associate producer (photo: Nancy Rosenbaum) Last week, I traveled with Krista, Trent, and Mitch for a production trip to the Black Hills in South Dakota. We’ve been planning a program about the spiritual legacy of Sitting Bull for years. Finally the pieces of this production puzzle have started to come together. After landing in Rapid City, we drove through the snowy...
A First Rite of Passage
Colleen Scheck, producer This is a personal entry, in the spirit of the “Your Voices, Your Stories” door we open to you each week. I hope my experience will prompt you to share your own stories and reflections. I’m a melting pot of religious identity: a lapsed Catholic, sometimes agnostic theist, envious of Buddhists, awed naturalist, live-by-the-golden-rule spiritual seeker....