2014

 

Wherever You Go, There You Are(n't)

This week, we rewrite an old piece of spiritual wisdom: wherever you go, there you are. Eric Weiner suggests that when you change your locale,...

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Let There Be Dark

Where there is darkness, let me bring light. Er, maybe not. In the language of spirituality, light equals good and darkness equals evil.  It's very...

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Tapestry's Summer Lineup

We can't believe season nineteen is over! Time for us to recharge and think about the September launch of the twentieth season of Tapestry. In...

With Pride on our Side

World Pride kicks off in Toronto and Tapestry is talking to people - gay, straight and otherwise - about the many faces of Pride....

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Sun, Surf, Spirituality

"Jesus was kind of the first surfer," says Father Donald Calloway, the surfing priest from San Diego. Mary talks to Father Calloway and Nova...

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Spirituality Is Not Like Stamp Collecting

David Webster thinks it's dangerous to treat religion as a hobby. He argues that modern spirituality is not only unhelpful, it can make you stupid,...

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What Would Plato Do?

Imagine a little bracelet you could wear every day. On it is inscribed: WWPD?  What Would Plato Do?  It's not as wacky as it sounds....

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Dear Grads: Above all, be kind

If you could go back and tell your younger self the most important thing you've learned, what would you say? The writer George Saunders tried...

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Depression at the Pulpit

Sometimes, depression hits so hard, people have to leave work. But how do you go back to your job after a breakdown when you're the...

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What the Dying Know

The writer Patricia Pearson has spent years investigating what people have to say - what they've experienced - in the realm of life after death...

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The Dark Box

The year 1910 stands out as the time when Catholic confession changed profoundly. Pope Pius X lowered the age of confession from the teen years...

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The Story of the Jews, the Story of Everyone

You need a fair bit of chutzpah to write a book and a television series called "The Story of the Jews." How can three-thousand years...

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The God of Second Chances

Father Gregory Boyle is a Jesuit priest and the founder of Homeboy Industries, a kind of "off-ramp" for gang members. Fr. Boyle will preside over...

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

You will have heard the phrase: "It's enough to make a grown man cry." Ben and Anthony Holden are a father/son duo who did a...

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Evangelical: To Name It Is To Claim It

When you hear the word "evangelical," what comes to mind?  Do you picture someone standing on a street corner, brandishing a bible and urging you...

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High Anxiety

The ruminations, the worry, the fretting, the unshakable conviction that the worst is about to happen If this doesn't sound familiar to you, congratulations, you...

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A Love For Hymns. Church, Not So Much.

Veda Hille doesn't go to church. And yet, she loves a good hymn sing. Veda has been poring over her grandmother's old hymnal for years....

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Haunted By The Life You Aren't Living?

The Road Not Taken may have sounded pretty lyrical to the poet Robert Frost, but for the rest of us, it can be a  tortured...

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Bummed Out? Blame It On Your City

Meditation - check. Yoga - check. Long-term therapy - check. Not so fast. Turns out, you can do all the inner work in the world,...

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Lights, Camera, Religion!

Can Saturday night at the movies remind you of Sunday morning at church or Friday night at temple? Sure thing, if you see Martin Scorcese's...

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Discovering Deafness Halfway Through Life

We meet a man who went decades without realizing he was partially deaf. Gerald Shea spent years transcribing what he heard, trying to make sense out of...

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Thou Shalt Follow Me On Twitter

When God tweets, the world listens. In the Twitterverse, @TheTweetOfGod is pulling in more than one million followers. We tried to talk with God. In his place,...

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A Love Supreme: God in the Music of John Coltrane

This week on Tapestry, we explore the music and spirituality of the jazz great John Coltrane. To some jazz fans, he was the high priest...

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Tales from the Crypt

The poet John Donne called death 'mighty and dreadful.'  We can think of a few other names, courtesy of the people who work with it,...

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Religious Freedom vs. Equality Rights

Can traditional religions co-exist with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms?  Recently,  a student at York University asked, on religious grounds, to be excused from...

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Parent and Child: The Ties that Bind

It's a hard thing to put into words, but a teacher named Elizabeth Stone may have nailed it.  She wrote:  "Making the decision to have...

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The Importance of Being Sexual

What if the classic sensual tome The Arabian Nights: Tales from aThousand and One Nights had been written by a scientist? A scientistwho specializes in...

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The Truth About Karma / My Twin the Dalai Lama / Doc: If You Can Breathe

The idea of Karma has become so entrenched in popular culture, you can find it in song titles, tv shows, or on the chalk board...

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