Best known for her radio program and podcast On Being, Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award winning journalist, New York Times bestselling author, public intellectual, and entrepreneur. On her podcast, Krista engages some of the world’s best known theologians and thinkers on what it means to be human, and in particular, what faith has to do with the stuff of life. A passion that has fueled Krista’s work over the past few years has been The Civil Conversations Project, an off-shoot of her program On Being, that is a public forum that provides ideas and tools for healing what – Krista sees – as our fractured civic spaces. On this episode, Kendall talks with Krista about the work of reconciling faith in the LDS Church and homosexuality, eliciting her thoughts and insights on the general principles that come to bear on the conflict. Krista suggests that we make efforts to cultivate “bridge people” who may not be the LGBT among us or the parents of LGBT youth but rather bridge builders who are allies who love their LGBT brothers and sisters but who are not personally in the line of fire or existentially threatened. She highlights the challenge and opportunity of being vulnerable in front of those with whom you disagree as a means of facilitating better dialogue. Krista sees the gay-Mormon issue not as an us-versus-them scenario but rather a shared human experience in need of compassionate response from all sides.
Music by Micah Dahl Anderson