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Deep thinking & social courage, moral imagination & joy, to renew inner life, outer life, & life together. Radio, podcasts, ideas, & events.
Deep thinking & social courage, moral imagination & joy, to renew inner life, outer life, & life together. Radio, podcasts, ideas, & events.

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"There’s a spiritual crisis in white America. It’s a crisis of meaning, and I don’t hear — we talk a lot about black theologies, but I want a liberating white theology. I want a theology that speaks to Appalachia. I want a theology that begins to deepen people’s understanding about their capacity to live fully human lives and to touch the goodness inside of them rather than call upon the part of themselves that’s not relational. Because there’s nothing wrong with being European American. That’s not the problem. It’s how you actualize that history and how you actualize that reality. It’s almost like white people don’t believe that other white people are worthy of being redeemed.

And I don’t quite understand that. It must be more sexy to deal with black folk than it is to deal with white folk if you’re a white person. So as a black person, I want a theology that gives hope and meaning to people who are struggling to have meaning in a world where they no longer are as essential to whiteness as they once were."

Words from Ruby Sales that seem particularly germane to this moment. Listen to this wise elder who asks the question, "Where does it hurt?"

https://onbeing.org/programs/ruby-sales-where-does-it-hurt/
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For years we’ve aspired to gather together — in the flesh — our far-flung universe of listeners and readers. It’s finally happening on President’s Day weekend, 2018: three days of conversation, poetry, and community with Krista Tippett, beloved teachers from the show and the blog, and the entire On Being team.

onbeing.org/gather

Step away from the 24/7 barrage of news that focuses on the extraordinarily terrible, and shift your awareness to the very real abundant beauty, courage, and grace in the world as you gain tools for the art of living. Special guests include Seth Godin, Maria Popova, David Whyte, Maria Hinojosa, Naomi Shihab Nye, Omid Safi, Jennifer Bailey, and Parker Palmer.
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For those of us who are sick and tired of being afraid, a brilliant stop-motion film featuring Brené Brown's conversation with Krista Tippett.
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We learn by listening to people who reveal new truths, ask us open questions. A new conversation emerged as a result. A thanks to all of you who grace us with your questions and your answers.

Remain engaged with the world with Krista Tippett, Parker J. Palmer, Courtney E. Martin, Michael Eric Dyson, Bobby McFerrin, and The Independent.

https://onbeing.org/blog/trent-gilliss-behind-each-of-us-is-a-deep-story/
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"Success, as I've experienced and observed it, is about showing up, being useful, and connecting authentically with people. The rest follows." — Courtney E. Martin​

Rejection isn't failure. In fact, it can be better than getting what you'd hoped for. What advice would you offer to high school graduates awaiting their college acceptance/rejection letters?
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Poetry provides a pathway to flourishing, and is an antidote to defended language. Take pleasure in this vast collection of poems — from Mary Oliver and Nikki Giovanni to Wendell Berry and Rainer Maria Rilke, from John O'Donohue to Rumi to Pablo Neruda and many, many more. Listen to a poem being by its maker. Read one aloud or in silence. Enjoy and share one with your circles today. After all, April is National Poetry Month!
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"We must be the angels our children seek. We must keep them from destructive discipline at our own hands. And we must shield our children from death at the hands of those who think, bizarrely, often in veiled manner, though sometimes in fatally explicit terms, that they are doing God’s will to kill them." — Michael Eric Dyson

Through the biblical story of a son's sacrifice, the sociologist and author says there's a powerful lesson about our own tests and how we abuse them. An in-depth exploration of corporal punishment of children, a broader view of truth, and the perils of biblical literalism.
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"We don't have to slip into these warring, contrarian modes of being, states where we choose binaries over complexity. And this means engaging difference and entering into challenging conversations with openness and hospitality." — Trent Gilliss

Our 'bundle of goodness' this week features an interview with Krista on the Glenn Beck Radio Program; one of Trent's favorite poems ("The God Who Loves You"), which opened our Selected Shorts event; and a Kind World that will leave you in awe...
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"The promise of lasting friendship is a gift — and it whispers to each one of us if we open our ear to the wind." ~Trent Gilliss

Our editor in chief shares some of his favorite listens and reads of the week: from a podcast on biorhythms and techno-religions to Backchannel profiles, and masterful essays by Parker J. Palmer, Omid Safi, Courtney E. Martin, and Paul Elie on interrogating our anger, honoring our elders, facing the truth of life's fragility, and guides on becoming wise.

http://onbeing.org/blog/trent-gilliss-a-moment-to-recalibrate-our-assumptions-and-reactions/
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"Stretching our fixation to our stories is an act of love we can give ourselves each day, whether or not we consider it in the context of romantic relationships, or even close friendships."

A #ValentinesDay reflection from Sharon Salzberg on "unstitching and reweaving" the narratives we hold, and making space for a more generous understanding of our relationships and ourselves.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/sharon-salzberg-the-conscious-effort-real-love-requires/
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