December 27, 2009 — Krista Tippett speaks with Canadian philosopher and Catholic social innovator Jean Vanier. He founded the L'Arche movement, over 130 communities in 34 countries centered around people with mental disabilities. To many, Jean Vanier is simply one of the wise men in our world today. He has spent his life practically exploring the most basic, paradoxical teachings of Christianity-notions about power in humility, strength in weakness, and light in the darkness of human existence.
October 26, 2008 — The 2008 U.S. presidential election has illustrated how gender, race, and religion can become lightning rods, and seen as potential stumbling blocks to leadership. Vashti McKenzie is a pioneering figure on all these fronts; when she became the first woman bishop of the oldest historic black church in America, she declared: "The stained glass ceiling has been pierced and broken." We offer her story, her wisdom, and her good humor as an edifying lens on the American past, present, and future.
August 21, 2008 — In this program we revisit a 2007 conversation with evangelical leaders Rick and Kay Warren exploring where they came from and what motivates them. Rick Warren hosted the first post-primary joint appearance of Barack Obama and John McCain at his Saddleback Church in southern California. This two hour event is just one sign of the cross-cultural authority he and Kay have achieved in a handful of years.
January 20, 2008 — We present a rare conversation with philosopher and Catholic social innovator Jean Vanier. He created a model of community, L'Arche, on the most paradoxical teachings of Christianity - notions of power in smallness, and light in darkness, that resonate as Christmas draws near.
December 9, 2007 — In the second part of our series on a new generation of Evangelical leadership, I speak with Rick and Kay Warren. Rick wrote one of the best-selling books in the world and is pastor of one of the largest churches in the United States. Kay is his partner in global ventures to address poverty and AIDS.
August 19, 2007 — Eboo Patel calls al-Qaeda the most effective youth organization in the world. But he says we must deepen rather than tame the innate religious energies of the young - as a matter of survival.
July 8, 2007 — American ideals and rituals of marriage, family, and divorce are infused with biblical messages. But what does the Bible really say, and how has it been taught across the centuries as the institution of marriage has changed dramatically and often? We'll explore nuances of Jewish and Christian teachings about marriage, family, and divorce - the striking practicality of Jewish tradition across the ages and the surprising ambiguities of the New Testament.
August 31, 2006 — A 30-year-old, Indian-American Muslim and former Rhodes Scholar is setting out to change the way young people relate to their own religious traditions and those of others. Al-Quaeda is the most effective youth program in the world, he says, and we neglect this work at our peril.
February 1, 2004 — Host Krista Tippett focuses on gathering a basic picture of what really happened in the fluid early years of Christianity. Why were some of the books early Christians read included in the Bible while others were left out? How did it happen that modern Christians inherited an erroneous view of women in the early Church, including Mary Magdalene? Voices: Luke Timothy Johnson, R.W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Bernadette Brooten, Kraft-Hiatt Professor of Christian Studies at Brandeis University, and Program Director of The Feminist Sexual Ethics Project.
June 16, 2003 — Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of the 20th century's greatest Christian theologians. He also was involved in several attempts to assassinate Adolph Hitler. Host Krista Tippett speaks with Martin Doblmeier, director of the new documentary Bonhoeffer, which examines how this pacifistic figure struggled with some of the greatest moral issues of his day, and became an emblem of personal faith and conscience.