Paul Brandeis Raushenbush: A Twitterscript
by Susan Leem, associate producer
Krista’s interview with Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, the senior religion editor at the Huffington Post, is in the can. His pedigree reaches back to towering figures of the 20th century: social gospel reformer Walter Rauschenbusch (great-grandfather) and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis (grandfather). He reminds us that religion is a valuable and increasingly essential vehicle for communication in our modern world.
We live-tweeted highlights of this 90-minute conversation and have aggregated them below for those who weren’t able to follow along. Look for our show with him in the coming weeks, and follow us next time at @BeingTweets.
- “I’m the only one in the history of the Presbyterian Church to fail confirmation…I just didn’t show up.”@Raushenbush 1:09 PM Oct 5th
- “Only later did I realize what a big deal it was that Louis Brandeis’ daughter married a goy.” @Raushenbush on his grandparents’ marriage. 1:15 PM Oct 5th
- If you have any questions for Paul @Raushenbush of @HuffPostRelig about contemporary religion, the social gospel movement, etc, please ask! 1:17 PM Oct 5th
- “(Walter) Raushenbush was in some ways a skeptic of religion…People can be converted and be worse than they were before.”@raushenbush 1:21 PM Oct 5th
- “Social problems are moral problems on a larger scale.” ~Walter Raushenbush, as quoted by his biographer/grandson Paul @Raushenbush 1:24 PM Oct 5th
- “Even if everything was perfect, we’d still need to be aware of the spirit moving in our lives so we continue to grow.” @Raushenbush 1:28 PM Oct 5th
- Correction: great grandson! 1:30 PM Oct 5th
- “I have an interfaith heart. That’s just where I live.” @Raushenbush 1:34 PM Oct 5th
- “What young people are looking for more than anything is authenticity.” @Raushenbush 1:36 PM Oct 5th
- “It’s very hard to hurt someone who has shown you vulnerability.” @Raushenbush 1:38 PM Oct 5th
- “I wrote Arianna an email and told her you’re not doing religion. You have to do religion.”@Raushenbush on the launch of @HuffPostRelig 1:43 PM Oct 5th
- “The idea of liberal vs. religious is a crazy dichotomy.” @Raushenbush 1:45 PM Oct 5th
- “What I’m not looking for is political view + Jesus.” ~Paul @Raushenbush on bloggers + commenters for @HuffPostRelig 1:46 PM Oct 5th
- “Figure out what you believe and why you believe it.” @Raushenbush 1:49 PM Oct 5th
- “To be an educated leader in the world you…have to be able to talk to people across religious divides.” @Raushenbush 1:52 PM Oct 5th
- “I want people to feel that there’s a basic humanity to the site.” -@Raushebush on cultivating @HuffPostRelig 1:58 PM Oct 5th
- “The question is are we willing to be on the same page; some people are just not.” @Raushenbush 2:06 PM Oct 5th
- “I want you to reference the richness of your tradition, so I can learn.” -@Raushenbush 2:09 PM Oct 5th
- “Interfaith dialogue is for people who take religion and big ideas seriously and want to go deeper.” -@Raushenbush 2:11 PM Oct 5th
- “The power of religion is to offer a transcendent vision of more than just me.” -@Raushenbush 2:16 PM Oct 5th
- “The idea that religious people have some sort of monopoly on morality is absurd.” -@Raushenbush 2:18 PM Oct 5th
- “The Internet is basically neutral; it’s what we bring to it.” -@Raushenbush 2:20 PM Oct 5th
- “My primary sense of who I am is as a minister.” -Paul @Raushenbush 2:23 PM Oct 5th
The Vulnerability of Listening
by Trent Gilliss, senior editor
“Listening entails vulnerability. Listening requires a willingness, even a longing, to understand another.”
A few weeks ago, our very own Krista Tippett stopped by the offices of Huffington Post in New York City to tape this short feature. The result: “Two Minutes of Wisdom with Krista Tippett.”
In her book, ‘Listening Below the Noise,’ author Anne LeClaire says that ‘silence holds two faces. To be silenced is not at all the same as choosing not to speak.’ And it was very clear to me, as I left my winter retreat, that this chosen silence that was my antidote to the year’s distractions and challenges, is the very antithesis of the silence that is suppression and oppression for many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people. Since then, I’ve been pondering the contranym that silence is and the distinctions among its meanings.
— Lisa Linsky, a listener and fan of the show forwarded her beautiful piece from the Huffington Post titled “And Now, a Moment of Silence.”
Silence as a tool in civic life? Sounds good to us.
(photo: “Lost Tree” by H. Kopp-Delaney/Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons)
by Trent Gilliss, senior editor
LIVE Video: Huffington Post Religion Editor Paul Raushenbush in Conversation with Krista
by Trent Gilliss, senior editor
NOTE: At 9:30 a.m. EDT (Saturday, September 25th) the live stream will open; conversation will begin promptly at 9:50 a.m.
If you’re a loyal public radio fan or a reader of the religion section at The Huffington Post, you’re going to enjoy this video stream coming to you live from Denver, Colorado. From the PRPD (Public Radio Program Directors) annual conference, Krista will be speaking with Paul Raushenbush, HuffPo Religion editor and associate dean of religious life at Princeton University.
The emergence of HuffPo Religion is one of many recent signs that religion and spirituality have evolved to occupy a very different place in American culture than they did a decade ago. Krista and Paul will look at the transition from Speaking of Faith to Being through this lens, and share segments from the program including listener-generated stories and interviews with special guests.
Grab a cup of coffee and watch this live conversation with us. We’ll open up the live stream at 9:30 a.m. EDT (7:30 a.m. Mountain), and the conversation will start promptly at 9:50 a.m., lasting about 30-45 minutes.
We don’t have to schedule a trip to the monastery to enjoy the benefits of stopping for bells of mindfulness. We can use many ‘ordinary’ events in our daily lives to call us back to ourselves and to the present moment. The ringing of the telephone, for example: many of my students pause to breathe in and out mindfully three times before they pick up the phone, in order to be fully present to themselves and to the person calling them. Or when we are driving, a red light can be a wonderful friend reminding us to stop, relax, let go of discouraging thought patterns and feel more space inside.
—Thich Nhat Hanh, from his interview in Friday’s Huffington Post.
I greatly appreciate Marianne Schnall’s line of questioning here. She could’ve gone philosophical on us, but she didn’t. She’s seeking advice on how to better understand and operate in this frenetic, always-connected world we live in. How do we vacation and relax? How do we prioritize our relationships with people and our electronic gadgets? These are real questions we are all struggling with in the most ordinary of ways. Which reminds me of this quote that I almost featured:
“Relationships are like a forest: it takes a long time to build up precious trust, but one really thoughtless act or remark can be like a lighted match that destroys everything.”
Trent Gilliss, senior editor