The Hallelujah chorus, out in the world - where it belongs!


Shoppers at the the Macy's in Philadelphia (the old Wanamaker building) were surprised when over 600 choristers who were there mingling with regular shoppers suddenly burst into Handel's Hallelujah Chorus. It's pretty awesome.

The Opera Company of Philadelphia was instrumental in bringing it together to perform one of the Knight Foundation's "1000 Random Acts of Culture" which they'll be doing over the next three years across the country. Accompanied by the Wanamaker Organ - the world's largest pipe organ - the singers burst into song at exactly noon. Look at the joy on those faces!

And now for something completely different...

The Power of the Lord's Prayer


The Lord’s Prayer

“Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, 
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 
For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever and ever. 
Matthew 6:9–13

The Newly-elected Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church Michael Curry


Bishop Curry's Sermon from the Installation Ceremony at the National Cathedral in Washington DC.

A PBS interview with Michael Curry, who was installed as the new presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church at a service on Sunday, November 1, at Washington National Cathedral. The work of the Episcopal Church, he says, is “to find ways to be a bridge community that brings differing people together under the rubric of love.”

Mr. Gratefulness - David Steindl-Rast


This guy always make me appreciate the power of gratefulness and blessings. Enjoy this. Let it soak in.

David Steindl-Rast is a Catholic Benedictine monk, notable for his active participation in interfaith dialogue and his work on the interaction between spirituality and science. He is currently living in Austria and is in his late 80's. A powerful life of wisdom condensed into five minutes.

An Anglican Bishop explains why evolution is perfectly compatible - indeed complimentary - to Christian faith.


John Polkinghorne, had a distinguished career as a Cambridge physicist before also becoming an Anglican priest. His perspective transcends cultural controversies that see science and religion at odds. He uses quantum physics and chaos theory to think about religious mysteries and how the world actually works. He has addressed the spectrum of ideas from evolution and the afterlife, to how the universe might make space for prayer.

John Polkinghorne came to find scientific and religious questions to present a lively complement to each other, to be intellectual partners in discerning truth. He eventually returned to Cambridge to teach about the interface between science and religion. He's published many books and articles and emerged as one of the world's leading thinkers on the shared ground between the insights of quantum physics and religious mysteries.

In 1997, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth, although he is not referred to as "Sir John" because, as a clergyman, he would not bear a sword for the Queen. Five years after being knighted, he won the Templeton Prize for progress in science and religion.