Top 10 Posts on SOF Observed
by Trent Gilliss, senior editor While editing the site for this week’s retrospective show, I compiled a short list of the top 10 posts read on this blog, SOF Observed. It’s always interesting to see what readers really click through and what they share: Rossini’s “Meow!” by “The Little Singers of Paris” (Trent Gilliss) Maps of Sin (Trent Gilliss) ...
Seeking Sanity - Regarding Islam, NYC, Florida,...
by Krista Tippett, host Following on Trent’s thoughtful post a few days ago, I share two pieces of helpful thinking that have crossed my desk. These refresh my spirit over media-generated confusion, false symbolism, fear, and vitriol. They are by a Jew and a Muslim, people who have been on our program in the past. I like to think that the ethos of discourse towards which they strive and we...
Martin Marty Swings and Connects
by Kate Moos, managing producer A good one. Martin Marty rarely swings for the fences, but when he does he knocks it out of the park. In today’s Sightings column, he takes aim at the son of Billy Graham: Franklin Graham on Islam and Violence by Martin E. Marty Aestas horribilis, Queen Elizabeth might call the summer just past, or those who care about civility in religious discourse and...
Spirituality in the Congregation: From the...
by Rabbi Dennis S. Ross, guest contributor There’s spirituality thriving in our houses of worship, often unnoticed and unappreciated. It flourishes in the ordinary give-and-take of congregational life, in person-to-person exchanges that Jewish thinker Martin Buber called I-Thou. And we would do well to better recognize this very common and accessible spiritual opportunity. Martin...
Can Fear and Burning Unite?
by Trent Gilliss, senior editor “I am more scared than I’ve ever been — more scared than I was after Sept. 11.” —Eboo Patel A flyer calling for an interfaith peace vigil on September 11 lies on a prayer mat at the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) Fear is very real for many Muslims in America today. I don’t think I...
Sweetness to the Rotten Core
by Trent Gilliss, senior editor Yesterday I posted this good morning message on our Facebook page: “Shana Tova! Special memories from New Years past?” Lauren Rosenfeld, an author and blogger living in Asheville, North Carolina, shared this wonderful memory: “One Rosh Hashanah I came home from a busy day at work and brought out the apples to cut up and dip in the honey to...
Catching a Carp on Rosh Hashanah
by Nancy Rosenbaum, associate producer It’s now officially 5771. Last night’s sunset marked the beginning of Rosh Hashanah — the Jewish New Year. The holiday typically falls in September (163 days after the first day of Passover). For me it always signals a shift from the light, fruity days of summer to a brisker and and more sober season. It’s common for Jews to celebrate...
Your Reflections on "Being"
by Shubha Bala, associate producer Within a month of joining Speaking of Faith, I was told the program I work for was going to be changing its name. Since then, it’s been a hectic journey of learning how to produce while supporting the name change tasks. But it has also been a crash course in the thoughtfulness of our listening community. Ever since Krista first announced the change, I...
Change Is Stressful
by Krista Tippett, host Recently back from a vacation I needed — and with fresh eyes on the intensity of the present moment — I think the most surprising thing about our name change process is how big and dramatic it feels. Names matter, and as clear as I am that our content won’t change moving forward, we are in fact changing our identity. I feel that personally — a little off balance, a...
Philip Levine’s “What Work Is” ...