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Potlucks with purpose: Why millennials are turning to Dinner Parties to talk about grief

After her mom died from cancer, Lennon Flowers got really good at compartmentalizing her grief. But then she found herself at a dinner party with other young people who’d suffered loss. It sparked an idea, that quickly became a movement.

Open heart, clear mind, killer abs: How fitness communities build deeper meaning for their members

A study by the Harvard Divinity School found that members of fitness groups like CrossFit and SoulCycle have found more than a way to get a hot bod. It's become their church of sorts, offering a close-knit group of friends that work through their struggles — physical and spiritual — together.

This imam's 3 ingredients for building meaningful connections

We live in a polarized age, but all is not lost. Jamal Rahman, a Seattle-area imam, offers practical tips to help you bridge divisions, starting with the people you love the most.

How we gather

One in three Canadians do not belong to a faith community. But we all seek meaning and a sense of purpose.

How Michael Schur's The Good Place tackles moral philosophy with a healthy dose of optimism

Michael Schur, creator of NBC comedy The Good Place, gambled that viewers were hungry for discussions about ethics and philosophy, even if they didn't know it at the time. His gamble paid off, making The Good Place a hit show.

"You don't save what you don't love": Margaret Atwood's take on the climate crisis

Renowned writer and lifelong nature-lover Margaret Atwood says it’s imperative that faith communities join the fight against climate change. She says everything depends on it.

Finding Hope in the Climate Crisis

Novelist Margaret Atwood and ecological activist Vandana Shiva have been outspoken advocates for the environment for decades. They don't sugarcoat the enormity of the climate crisis humanity faces, but they do manage to find hope.

Eco-activist Vandana Shiva finds reasons for hope in the climate crisis

Vandana Shiva is an environmental activist who has made it her mission to fight against the trend of genetically engineered foods. Her background in physics, her Vedic culture, and the decades she's spent creating seed banks shape her pragmatic view of the climate crisis... and fuel her hopeful outlook.

Conversions

Transform your life by ditching the new and going deeper during a "Depth Year". And nearly nine years after his passing, we bring you a special recording of Paul Quarrington performing his short story, "The Conversion."

Holiday Joy

Guest hosts tell us what songs soothe their soul during the holiday season.

Scholar Elaine Pagels says spirituality defies logic. She knows from personal experience.

After losing her young son and husband, Elaine Pagels, author of Why Religion? A Personal Story, considers the value and limits of religion — and supernatural experiences — in dealing with the suffering of life.

Indigenous activist urges the Vatican to revoke 500-year-old documents

Author Steven Newcomb says 15th century papal bulls calling for the conquest of Indigenous peoples have influenced everything from how we treat the planet to the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

This Tibetan Buddhist has walked a daily pilgrimage for the last 35 years

Despite two knee surgeries, Lhakpa Yangchen Tsutsatsang has been making a daily Tibetan walking pilgrimage for the last 35 years in Nepal.

Why religion?

Religion scholar Elaine Pagels describes spiritual experiences she's had that defy explanation. Steven Newcomb explains why a series of 15th century papal bulls have to go and Rignam Wangkhang brings you the art of kora, a Tibetan walking practice, from Kathmandu.

That time I met Jesus in Computerland

'In His Presence' is an app that gives viewers an opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ in virtual reality. Who's behind it? What happens in there? How does it feel? Tapestry producer - and VR virgin - Sean Foley dons the goggles to find out.

Keeping it Real in Virtual Reality

In his first-ever virtual reality session, Tapestry producer Sean Foley meets...Jesus. Plus, why we need a code of ethics for this emerging technology.

'It can have lasting psychological effects': The ethics of virtual reality

Immersing yourself in virtual reality can change the way you behave in the real world and you might not even know it, according to philosopher Michael Madary. He's co-author of the first code of ethics for virtual reality research and consumer use.

Sometimes doing the right thing is impossible, says moral philosopher

Lisa Tessman, professor of moral philosophy at Binghamton University, says there are moments when doing the right thing is impossible. Understand that and you’re closer to understanding what makes us human.

When no option is a good option

Lisa Tessman, a professor of moral philosophy at Binghamton University, says there are moments when doing the right thing is impossible.

For these Iranian-Canadians, identity is a puzzle with a lot of missing pieces

Two half-Iranians confront the feeling that they're missing pieces of their identity, and the sense of shame that comes with it. Tapestry producer Arman Aghbali talks to journalist Sara King-Abadi about pork, names and alienation.

How to find hope — without pretending everything's okay

Rabbi Rayzel Raphael led a workshop at the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto, just days after a horrific shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. She said finding light means accepting — not skirting — those feelings of despair.

The Goddess

Can seeing God as a feminine figure change how you understand the divine? Carol P. Christ thinks so. Later, Rabbi Rayzel Raphael says in dark times, finding light means accepting — not skirting — those feelings of despair.

Imagining God as feminine can be transformative, says scholar

Carol P. Christ, a leading figure in feminist theology, wants you to consider what the divine would look like with a feminine face.

Many doctors don't trust caregivers, but here's why they should: Dr. Brian Goldman

Dr. Brian Goldman, host of CBC Radio's White Coat, Black Art, explains why many doctors have a skewed idea of caregivers — and what it might take to change that.

Doctors thought his life was over — his wife had other plans

When her husband, Gerald, suffered a brain hemorrhage, Rose Andrews says doctors told her to take him off life support. Instead, she’s spent the last 20 years (and counting) helping him recover.