Vatican to Exhibit Art at the Venice Biennale →
Andy Dayton, Associate Web Producer In order to counteract what has been called “blasphemous” art and open a “dialogue between the Church and artists,” the Vatican is planning on showing art at this year’s Venice Biennale. Bill Viola, someone we have been pursuing for a future program, is hinted at as a potential artist to be included by the Vatican. The Venice...
Repossessing Virtue: David Hilfiker on...
Yet these kinds of abuses — along with more banal injustices, like slapping a...– — —Nicholas Kristof, from his latest column, “Religion and Women” (January 9, 2010) (via Never Be Silent) Trent Gilliss, online editor
Wise Words from the "Old Ones" of New Mexico
by Trent Gilliss, Senior Editor There’s a certain amount of serendipity that offers itself to any person who works on SOF. But I have to be open to it, to be able to acknowledge that chance connection or a life lesson is often garnered during a pause rather than while railing to meet a deadline. This is my pause. While writing an entry on Robert Coles’ book, The Old Ones of New...
Michael McCullough on Religion and Self-control →
Andy Dayton, Associate Web Producer The New York Times reports that Michael McCullough, the guest for our program on revenge and forgiveness, is publishing a study on the correlation between religion and self-control. McCullough and fellow psychologist Brian Willoughby reviewed several decades worth of existing research and found evidence that religious observance improves the ability to maintain...
India, an Exporter of Priests, May Keep Them →
Shiraz Janjua, Associate Producer From a NY Times article: At least 800 Indian priests are working in the United States alone. India, Vietnam and the Philippines are among the leading exporters of priests, according to data compiled by researchers at Catholic University of America in Washington. But these days the Indian prelates have reason to reconsider their generosity. With India...
SOF Facebook Group Reaches 1,000 Members
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor The SOF Facebook group has hit its first milestone of 1,000 members. I’ll admit that we haven’t devoted as much time as we’d like to nurturing and gleaning content ideas from participants in this space. And yet, it grows. In the coming new year, I’d like to dedicate more time to this bunch of fans. For now, it’s a great opportunity to...
Repossessing Virtue: Shane Claiborne on...
Kate Moos from "The Other Side of the Glass" →
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor Louisville Public Media has a fun blog, The Mediavore, that’s dedicated to highlighting and delving into the best of what public radio, television, new media has have to offer. Their occasional series mentioned in the title of this post asks producers about what they do and how they see the world with their headphones on. Kate, our managing producer, made a...
Hanukkah and a Colbert Christmas Shiraz Janjua, Associate Producer Coinciding with our Hanukkah program is this tasty video snack via Stephen Colbert’s A Colbert Christmas special. In our program on Hanukkah with book designer Scott-Martin Kosofsky, he talks a bit about the perceived “competition” between Hanukkah and Christmas. A little tongue-in-cheek humor here with Stewart...
Robert Coles on the Spiritual Intuition of...
The Hajj and Eid al-Adha →
Shiraz Janjua, Associate Producer Some great pics of the Hajj and the Eid al-Adha celebrations, marked by Muslims the world over. (Via the always fab Big Picture blog.)