On Being’s Krista Tippett joins Konda for a conversation on kinship, faith, spirituality, Black voices, democracy, Dr. Vincent Harding, and being comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, a National Humanities Medalist, and a New York Times bestselling author. Krista is Founder and CEO of The On Being Project, a nonprofit media and public life initiative; host of the radio programs and podcasts, On Being and Becoming Wise; and Curator of The Civil Conversations Project. For more information about her ongoing work at the intersection of spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, community, poetry, arts, race, and healing, please visit onbeing.org
Kinship: Rooted & Growing
Welcoming podcaster and bestselling author, Krista Tippett, to the Brown Rice Hour, Konda opens sacred space, leading an invocation honoring and inviting in the ancestors. Pondering the soul-searching question of her favorite comfort food, Krista shares juxtaposing childhood memories holding the wise lesson: innovation doesn’t always equal progress. From here, Konda invites Krista to speak about her exit from politics, opening to a transformational spiritual emergence into the faith of inner life.
“We don’t have to sacrifice depth to come together. We don’t have to sacrifice depth to profoundly know our kinship. When we bring those together—our depth, particularities, and kinship—we teach each other. We’re all rooted and we’re all growing.” – Krista Tippet
For more Krista Tippett, tune into a conversation with Raghu Markus surrounding Ram Dass, life, and death, on Ep. 328 of Mindrolling
Democracy, Faith, & Spirituality (19:29)
Speaking to her brilliant work with On Being podcast, Krista indicates the creative interplay of staying grounded and open that is involved in being a good listener and host. Sharing on the intersection of democracy, faith, and spirituality, Konda invites Krista to zoom in on some of the powerful Black voices in her life—including world-changing Civil Rights / Freedom Movement leader, Dr. Vincent Harding.
“In our century, the question of what it means to be human is inextricable from the question of who we will be to each other.” – Krista Tippet
Omid Safi reflects on the love-sparking teachings of Freedom Movement leader, Dr. Vincent Harding, on Ep. 3 of Sufi Heart
Comfortable Being Uncomfortable (34:34)
Highlighting a vulnerable podcast conversation with trauma expert, Resmaa Menakem, Krista shares the deep wisdom he expressed so passionately and eloquently to her: learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable. Touching on the healing that needs to take place across all people, Konda and Krista explore how we can overcome divisiveness, truly mending and coming together.
“I have faith that it’s not just the progressive whites that have this ‘aha-moment.’ It’s really important that: ‘I’m a nice white person over here; and you’re a bad racist uncle over there…’ That split is not going to work. It doesn’t work. It’s not helping. That is the divide.” – Krista Tippet