Tapestrywith Mary Hynes


This busker wants you to take the money he makes (if you need it)

New York Busker, Will Boyajian, didn’t let COVID-19 stop him from playing music to raise money for people-in-need. He just moved his charity online.

QAnon conspiracy theory has taken a 'religious tone' says sociologist

Edwin Hodge is a sociologist who studies conspiracy theories and the rise of alt movements. He says new religions tend to take hold during times of chaos - and says it can be helpful to think of the QAnon conspiracy theory as a kind of religion.

How this Indigenous architect designs buildings with Indigenous history and spirituality in mind

When Alfred Waugh attended university to study architecture, he never imagined he would one day design buildings on those same campuses. His facilities mean to help integrate Indigeous peoples, traditions and histories into Canada’s universities.

QAnon and busking for hope

Edwin Hodge is a sociologist who studies conspiracy theories and alt-right movements. He says it is possible to think of QAnon as a kind of religion. Busker Will Boyajian invites you to toss some money into that guitar case if you like. Or, if you need it, take a few bucks out. He is the creator Hopeful Cases, which is now raising money for those in need online.

"The most important moment of a person's life is the moment of death," says chaplain and Buddhist monk

Jeff Braff, a hospital chaplain in Toronto, is both a former infectious disease epidemiologist and a Buddhist monk, in the Tibetan tradition. He went from working in public health to seeing the very real outcomes of health policy — all from a Buddhist lens.

Sexual Healing: finding holiness in sexuality

Can sex and religion co-exist peacefully? Elyse Ambrose thinks so. She’s working to bring healing to those who have been alienated by their faith’s views on LGBTQ issues.

Creating Indigenous architecture on campuses, Pandemic wisdom from a health specialist and Buddhist monk

Architect Alfred Waugh is designing Indigenous spaces on campuses, to help establish a sense of identity for Indigenous people on Canada’s universities. As a hospital chaplain, Jeff Braff, used his knowledge as a former infectious disease epidemiologist and a Buddhist monk, with which to comfort patients.

Humans are 'a species in a very rare planet': cosmologist makes the case against existential dread

While some might respond to the vastness of the universe with a sense of existential dread, physicist and cosmologist Marcelo Gleiser takes a different approach, offering up something he calls “human centrism.”


A screen with a view: Window Swap website offers relief from pandemic cabin fever

Window Swap transforms your computer screen into a window overlooking another part of the world. The website's creators say they made it to help with pandemic cabin fever and wanderlust, but it’s had a profound effect on some users.

NBA TV Canada host sees 2020 season of basketball as 'rising of human consciousness'

It’s been an unusual NBA season, not just because of the coronavirus, but because of the pushes players have made towards acknowledging racism and criminal justice issues on the court.

'We need places like this': LGBTQ refugees find support at Toronto church

Over the years, thousands of refugees persecuted in their home country because of their sexual identity have found a sponsor — and acceptance — with the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto.

Social justice in the NBA, curing pandemic cabin fever with WindowSwap

Toronto Raptor personality Akil Augustine weighs in on players’ unprecedented social justice action in the NBA. And a couple in Singapore created WindowSwap, a website that allows users to open a virtual window into the homes and lives of other people around the world.

This woman says being blind has helped and hindered her life during the pandemic

Shermeen Khan says many pandemic safety precautions - like arrows marked on the floor - have impeded her ability to navigate the world independently. But over a lifetime being blind, she has developed skills that give her an advantage during COVID-19.


How an Ontario man is combatting pandemic chaos with life-like model railroad

Jason Shron has been obsessed with Via Rail trains since he was five years old. He has long found building model railroads to be a more spiritual practice than mere hobby. These days, he says it offers even more: a perfect antidote to COVID-19 angst.

LGBT refugees welcomed by Toronto church; being blind in the pandemic

The documentary “No Going Back” tells the story of three LGBT refugees who fled persecution in their home countries and found support and acceptance at the Metropolitan Community Church in downtown Toronto. And lawyer Shermeen Khan describes how her experience of the pandemic has been helped and hindered by her blindness.

Should I stay or should I go?: one man's decision to leave the priesthood

In Boston, Father Brian Bachand worked alongside the new Archbishop, supporting victims of the sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church. Bachand was passionate about the work but he began to have thoughts about a life beyond the priesthood, one where he could live freely as a gay man.

After growing up on hymns and J.Lo, musician Daniela Andrade carves out her own Latina identity

The Honduran-Canadian singer-songwriter grew up steeped in opposing visions of what it meant to be Latina and none of them felt right. After challenging herself during flamenco lessons and an unforgettable trip to Mexico, Daniela Andrade arrived at her own definition of womanhood.

Should I stay or should I go?

Jason Shron won’t finish building the model railroad in his basement - a scaled down replica of the Toronto-Montreal route circa 1980 - until he is 95 years old. But that’s OK: for him, model railroading is a kind of spiritual practice. Brian Bachand was passionate about his work as a Catholic priest in Boston, but he made the decision to leave. Lena Felton shares expert advice on when and how to quit a book, a relationship, or a dream.

One mother's quest to give her son 'a religious upbringing he doesn't have to unlearn'

As a feminist theologian and the daughter of a pastor, Rachel Meyer has thought a lot about matters of the spirit, but when it came time to pass on her knowledge to her son - she was at a loss at how to teach him about religion without inflicting spiritual trauma.

Crafting your child's spirituality; musician Daniela Andrade's path to womanhood

Rachel Meyer is a theologian and the mother of a six-year-old boy. She speaks to Mary Hynes about how she’s trying to pass on the best of her Lutheran upbringing, yoga and Buddhist philosophy, and an ecofeminist appreciation for nature to her son, while ditching the more toxic elements. Musician Daniela Andrade on navigating the conflicting taboos and expectations about being Latina and arriving at her own strong sense of womanhood.

Veteran psychiatrist is on a mission to destigmatize paranormal experiences

Dr. Manuel Matas has spent four decades working as a clinical psychiatrist. He’s had several mystical experiences during his life, and he believes we need to remove the stigma from what he says is a relatively common phenomenon.

A 'profound' moment: An agnostic devotes his scientific career to understanding his first spiritual experience

When David Yaden was a university student, he had a mystical experience he says he’ll never forget. Today, Yaden’s work as a researcher focuses on documenting and understanding spiritual experiences just like his.

Wondrous strange: When science meets transcendence

Veteran psychiatrist Manuel Matas on his mission to destigmatize paranormal experiences. A profound mystical experience leads scientist David Yaden to devote his life to researching spiritual experiences. Journalist Jordan Kisner tries to find out why, despite any conclusive explanation, Reiki works.

Can Reiki be a legitimate treatment if no one can prove how it works?

Despite being a certified Reiki teacher, journalist Jordan Kisner still struggles to explain how and why this Japanese method of energetic healing actually works. But if the patient feels better, isn’t that what counts?

Tapestry @25: Michael Schur

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.