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"God delivered" Minister describes the healing power of the Beyoncé Mass

Reverend Yolanda Norton says Beyoncé-themed mass sent the real message of God: love.

Remembrance Day for Lost Species

Artist and activist Persephone Pearl on why - and how - to honour the creatures whose time on Earth is over.

Spiritual healing, Beyoncé-style

A Beyoncé mass and a ritual commemorating lost species

Blurring the line between human and machine: Meet Lindy, a Canadian cyborg

Lindy Wilkins identifies as a cyborg. "Let's say if you were to take me and put me on a USB stick I would be just as happy in a robot body.”

The New Human

Consciousness - depending on your point of view - is either the mysterious thing that makes you human - or a quality you will one day share with artificial intelligence. And what you gain - and what you might lose - when you're a cyborg.

Oxford physicist predicts AI will be human in all but name

Renowned physicist David Deutsch on the evolving question of what it means - and what it might one day mean - to be human.

Take a tour of sacred books in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

PJ Carefoote, an Anglican priest and a librarian, shares the stories attached to some of the oldest texts in their collection of over 800,000 books.

Sounds of Silence

The Quakers are looking to redefine what it means to believe in God — because the faith doesn’t tell you what to believe. And take a tour of sacred books in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

'Religion is not something that is carved in tablets of stone': Quakers reconsider the divine

Paul Parker, recording clerk for Quakers in Britain, says it’s hard for Quakers to define God because the faith doesn’t tell you what to believe.

Survivor who quit papal committee on abuse tells her story

Marie Collins couldn't function for decades after she was abused by a priest at age 13. She later became an advocate for victims and Pope Francis invited her to join a commission to stop pedophilia in the Catholic Church. Collins then resigned in frustration. This is her story.

Vegan is the new kosher, rabbis worldwide declare

Rabbi David Rosen says Jewish dietary laws - kashrut - should encompass the harm caused by eating meat. Rabbi Rosen says that vegan is the new kosher.

Redefining kosher, and connecting with your haters

Rabbi David Rosen says Jewish dietary laws - kashrut - should encompass the harm caused by eating meat. Meanwhile a Jewish Inuk woman discusses how seal meat can be kosher.

Jewish Inuk woman argues seal meat can be kosher

Killaq Enuaraq-Strauss says it might be more challenging to be an observant Jew in the far north — but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.

Podcaster reaches out to people who hate him

Dylan Marron, host of the podcast Conversations with People Who Hate Me, gets in touch with the people who have left him hateful comments.

Playing Everything: A video game explores your place in the universe

David OReilly wanted to make a game all about perspective and so — partly inspired by philosopher Alan Watts — he made a video game where you can play as literally everything.

Philosophy and Tech

Need some guidance on how to manoeuvre online friendships? Philosophy professor Alexis Elder says Aristotle can help. And game designer David OReilly builds a world partly inspired by philosopher Alan Watts.

To friend or to unfriend: What would Aristotle do?

Need some guidance on how to manoeuvre online friendships? Philosophy professor Alexis Elder says Aristotle can help.

'I'm gonna do it without training': Student runs across Canada for clean water rights

In 2017, Hasan Syed ran from Vancouver to Ottawa to raise awareness about the water crisis facing many Indigenous communities after connecting to the issue on a personal — and spiritual — level.

Sportswriter Will Leitch reckons with race and privilege in raising sons.

Sports writer Will Leitch, founder of the sports news site Deadspin, reflects on what it means to raise his two white sons in 2018. As a father, how can he best teach them about sexism and racism?

Being the Change Part 2

Part Two of Tapestry's series on being the change you want to see - when it comes to race. Things will only get better when well-meaning people actually do something - people like Hasan Syed and Will Leitch.

Ijeoma Oluo urges us to have better conversations about race

Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want To Talk About Race, wants to change the conversation about racial oppression. She says that racism is about much more than overt acts of hate.

Being the Change Part 1

Ijeoma Oluo talks to host Mary Hynes about race — namely, how hard and needed those conversations are. Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race, discusses where these conversations go wrong.

How one interracial couple learned to talk about race

Andrea Chiu sometimes struggled to get her white wife to understand her perspective on race. Then they read Ijeoma Oluo’s best-selling book, So You Want To Talk About Race.
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How a Sandy Hook mother came to forgive the shooter

Alissa Parker tells the story of her struggle to forgive the man who killed her child, Emilie, in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Hope and Mercy in Chicago and Newtown

A Muslim community activist in Chicago and the parent of a child killed at Sandy Hook both search for hope and mercy in their own lives and in the lives of others.