Joanna Macy – A Wild Love For the World

Joanna Macy

Joanna Macy is a philosopher of ecology and a scholar of Buddhism. Her translations include Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God and A Year with Rilke. She is the author of Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy.

This is the latest interview that Krista Tippett made for her American public radio programme On Being.

Ypu can find HERE the audion programme and HERE the transcript of this interview.

And because the topic of the programme is the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, here is one of his poems found on the On Being site. Continue reading “Joanna Macy – A Wild Love For the World”


Madiba, Rest in Peace! Your Memory Will Live Forever!

Nelson Mandela

“He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages” – US President Barack Obama

Madiba is gone. He will be missed and remembered forever.

As I have explained a number of times already, I must confess that before going to England to study theology, my impression of Mandela,rooted in the common prejudices of American inspired conservative evangelicalism, was that is a mere ‘rotten communist’ and nothing more. All his fight to freedom from apartheid did not have much value for me. He was a leftist and ended the conversation for me.

Then, in England, I realised that the socialist movement was not created by atheist communists, but about Christians who tried to temper the violent excesses of wild capitalism, in order to help bring a better life for the poor and marginalised that the utter selfishness and greed at the core of capitalism left behind. Continue reading “Madiba, Rest in Peace! Your Memory Will Live Forever!”

No More Taking Sides – A Jew and A Palestinian in Dialogue

Interview by Krista Tippett, from American Public Radio, On Being.

Robi Damelin lost her son David to a Palestinian sniper. Ali Abu Awwad lost his older brother Yousef to an Israeli soldier. But, instead of clinging to traditional ideologies and turning their pain into more violence, they’ve decided to understand the other side — Israeli and Palestinian — by sharing their pain and their humanity.

They tell of a gathering network of survivors who share their grief, their stories of loved ones, and their ideas for lasting peace. They don’t want to be right; they want to be honest.

Here is Krista Tippett’s complete unedited interview with Robi and Ali during a restorative justice conference at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Desmond Tutu Interviewed by Krista Tippett

Krista Tippett is a well known radio host from American Public Radio. Her website, called Being, presents a wealth of materials around the themes of the interviews that she does for public radio.

John O’Donahue – Celtic Blessing

This week’s radio programme On Being, by Krista Tippett, is dedicated to the Irish poet John O’Donahue and is titled ‘The Inner Landscape of Beauty‘. I have listened with fascination the interview, from which the poem/blessing above was extracted. I believe it is worth giving an hour for this. Continue reading “John O’Donahue – Celtic Blessing”

Krista Tippett with Walter Brueggemann on Prophetic Imagination

A very illuminating dialogue, with Old Testament theologian Walter Brueggemann, from Krista Tippett’s programme On Being, on the American Public Radio.

It was interesting to find out from this conversation that, although he is an ordained clergy with the United Church of Christ, Brueggemann worships now in an Episcopalian (Anglican) church, because, as he explained, and which matches my own experience, lately the Anglican liturgy became very meaningful to him.

Vigen Guroian and Krista Tippett on Restoring the Senses

Vigen Guroian

You may listen or download at the link below Vigen Guroian’s conversation with Krista Tippet on her acclaimed programme On Being, on American Public Radio.

Vigen Guroian – Restoring the Senses Continue reading “Vigen Guroian and Krista Tippett on Restoring the Senses”

Krista Tippett on the alienating potential of technology


Quarks and Creation: John Polkinghorne on the Complementary Nature of Science and Religion

Rev Dr. John Polkinghorne

There is a fierce debate these days between those more of less inclined towards fundamentalism among Evangelicals, and those advocating a more nuanced and less literalistic understanding, especially as it reflects on the relationship between science and religion, with the creation vs. evolution debate (sometimes via Intelligent Design Theory) as its main focus.

Everybody, from bridge engineers (like Henry Morris) to theologians (like Al Mohler, see the winter 2011 issue of his seminary magazine), feel they are competent to deal, the more dogmatically the better, with the complicated matters involved in this debate. Continue reading “Quarks and Creation: John Polkinghorne on the Complementary Nature of Science and Religion”

Speaking of Faith with Krista Tippett

Browsing the Internet today, looking for some stuff on the famous South African leader Rev. Desmond Tutu, I came across the Speaking of Faith web site of American radio host Krista Tippett. Here are a few biographical details that I found on her site.

Krista grew up in Oklahoma, the granddaughter of a Southern Baptist preacher. She studied history at Brown University and went to Bonn, West Germany in 1983 on a Fulbright Scholarship to study politics in Cold War Europe. In her 20s, she ended up in divided Berlin for most of the 1980s, first as The New York Times stringer and a freelance correspondent for Newsweek, The International Herald Tribune, the BBC, and Die Zeit. She later became a special assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to West Germany.

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