Sacred Arts and Public Engagement

[photo: Ann Marsden]

Public engagement is a vital component of the seminary’s work within the sacred arts. The Arvo Part Project, through its concerts, lectures, discussions, and publications, has sought to engage a diverse public-with or without religious affiliation-in themes related to spirituality.

On May 25, 2017 the seminary will host author and syndicated radio host Krista Tippett for a public lecture that will bring out her own experience in seeking and finding religious wisdom in unexpected places, most notably through the core value of beauty.

Before her lecture, Krista Tippett will speak to the seminary about how we can more intentionally engage the wider public on spiritual/religious themes through the arts.

Read a report of the event here.

Explore Krista Tippett’s celebrated program On Being.

Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times best-selling author. In 2014, she received the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. On the air and in print, Ms. Tippett avoids easy answers, embracing complexity and inviting people of every background to join her conversation about faith, ethics, and moral wisdom.”

Krista pursued a M.Div. from Yale. When she graduated in 1994, she saw a black hole where intelligent coverage of religion should be. As she conducted a far-flung oral history project for theBenedictines of St. John’s Abbey (pdf) in Collegeville, Minnesota, she began to imagine radio conversations about the spiritual and intellectual content of faith that could open imaginations and enrich public life.

In 2007, Krista published her first book, Speaking of Faith. It is a memoir of religion in our time, including her move from geopolitical engagement to theology and the cumulative wisdom of her interviews these past years. In 2010, she published Einstein’s God, drawn from her interviews at the intersection of science, medicine, and spiritual inquiry. And now, Krista’s New York Times best-sellerBecoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living opens into the questions and challenges of this century. Maria Popova calls it “a tremendously vitalizing read — a wellspring of nuance and dimension amid our Flatland of artificial polarities, touching on every significant aspect of human life with great gentleness and a firm grasp of human goodness.”