Tag: Video


Israeli and Palestinian Women Design New Patterns for Peace

Whatever you feel about the political biases of the 24/7 media, the fact that the only news we see about Israelis and Palestinians is of hate, violence, destruction and death makes it easy to despair about the seemingly insoluble conflict. Despair is not just the greatest sin, but it’s really a failure of human imagination. The vitriol and enmity that grows each day, as people are traumatized by war, is very real – but it is not the only story. There are plenty of Israelis and Palestinians building bridges. Hearing their stories,......

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Another Stephen Colbert Talent: Wisdom

I am the father of three daughters in their teens and twenties, which is why this video from TV star Stephen Colbert caught my attention. It’s produced by Tavi Gevinson’s Rookie magazine, for its “Ask a Grown” advice series, featuring a variety of well-known personalities answering real questions written by girls. As someone who appreciates the complexities of parenting in ways that merit serious attention to so-called “traditional” values and the fact that each generation’s uniqueness demands respect, this Emmy winner’s guidance struck me as genuinely wise. In the clip – no......

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Video: Ironic Victory in Greece, NY

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: This week, fanatical religion and absolutist atheism lost and the rest of us won. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in the case of Galloway v. Greece, NY that prayer was acceptable in public meetings – a case brought by a group of local atheists. The latest town meeting in Greece opened with an invocation by local atheist, Dan Courtney. Watch my video discussion below for more commentary: Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their......

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Video: Finding Hope for Israel and Gaza

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: In light of the recent escalation of violence in Israel and the Gaza strip, I’m thinking about the wisdom that whichever side of the argument you stand on, arguing about the facts won’t get us any closer to peace but demonstrating compassion for those lost on both sides, may help us get closer to it. And that we should remember the names of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar and feel compassion for all four boys, not just those we......

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Video: Murdered Israeli Students - Life Wins Out Over Death

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: This week the bodies of 3 Israeli teenagers who had been missing for several weeks were found in a field not far from where they were last seen. The murder of Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar has ignited passions across the world and from different political camps. But this is not the time for politics and posturing. Instead it is a time to sit shiva and ensure that nobody is left alone in their moments of suffering and that somehow eventually life......

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Video: What to Do about Iraq?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: There’s a recent and alarming rise of violence in Iraq by ISIS and other terrorist groups. Watch my video commentary for discussion of the issues surrounding this… Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore a wise range of issues including peace, tolerance, social justice and the environment. Visit Odyssey Networks at www.odysseynetworks.org. To view more of Brad’s Faith on the Record discussions, please click here....

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A Flash Mob of Love

When you think about a normal day in your life, from the moment you get up in the morning until you go to sleep, you experience far more expressions of kindness and love than meanness and hate. But as I wrote a few weeks ago, we are hardwired to be far more alert to negative, fear-inducing events that generate fight or flight responses than to positive events that generate security and empathy. It is not surprising then that with our traditional and social media offering 24/7 content, we are flooded with negative......

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Video: The Roman Catholic Cardinal with a Jewish Mother

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: This week The New York Times told a surprising story about the former Archbishop of New York, Cardinal John J. O’Connor – his mother was born Jewish. This story raises questions about religious identity and suggests a discussion of what “dual citizenship” in the realm of faith and spirituality might mean. Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore a wise range of issues including peace, tolerance, social justice and the environment. Visit Odyssey......

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Video: Bowe Bergdahl and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day

Bowe Bergdahl, the just-swapped for American prisoner held for five years by the Taliban, was definitely the story of the week. But today, June 6th, recalls the story of the 20th century, D-Day. Seventy years ago today, allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy and the world began a momentous shift whose results still shape our lives today. I think they can also shape how we make sense of the story of the week, and it all comes down, as it does so often in life, to the ability to simultaneously......

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The Transformation of Russell Brand

Do you believe people can change? What does it take to change and what would convince you someone has changed? Remember Russell Brand, the controversial, formerly drug and sex-addicted, adolescent funny man who became a movie star with roles in mindless hit comedies and was married for a bit to Katy Perry? In the video below, a collection of interview highlights, Brand shares a message of spiritual revolution and idealism. Is it possible he has evolved into an enlightening force? Watch as he describes how celebrity, our mainstream media, and corrupt political,......

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