I mentioned here the other day that I was in Columbia, Mo., recently moderating a panel as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of my alma mater, the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
One of the people who spoke that day was Bob Abernathy (pictured here), who spent 40-plus years with NBC news and who now hosts Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly on PBS. In fact, the organizer of the panel borrowed the title of the seminar from a book that Bob co-edited, The Life of Meaning: Reflections on Faith, Doubt, and Repairing the World.
The book came out last year and I remember giving it a look, but the truth is I forgot I had it on my bookshelf, and only after the panel and having the chance to have a meal and a beer with Bob did I get it back off my shelf and have a closer look.
It's worth your time. It's a collection of interview answers and thoughts from people who have appeared on Bob's PBS show. And the list is quite impressive -- from Marianne Robson and John Polkinghorne to Barbara Brown Taylor, Francis Collins, Desmond Tutu and Studs Terkel. From Harold Kushner to Martin Marty, from Richard Land to Seyyed Hossein Nasr and from Diana Eck to Jimmy Carter, not even to mention Anne Lamott and William Sloane Coffin.
The interviews are wide-ranging, thoughtful and full of spirit. So if ths book is sitting on your shelf being ignored, as it was on mine, get it down. If it's not there at all, get it.
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INVESTING IN VALUE?
Here's a shocker: Some people who are worried about the financial crisis on Wall Street are turning to religion, this report says. Yes, but if they join a congregation for silly reasons they're likely to leave for equally silly reasons.
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P.S.: If you're interested in what the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas order of nuns thinks about this presidential election, you can read the group's new blog. Just click here.
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