The Spiritual Edge

5:13pm

Mon February 9, 2015
Arts & Culture

The Spiritual Edge: A woman takes on the Church by becoming a priest

Maria Eitz is a priest for the San Francisco Sophia in Trinity community
Tom Levy

In the dining room of her San Francisco home, Maria Eitz shows off her priestly attire -- a beautiful red, embroidered stole.

It is the only accessory that distinguishes Eitz from the rest of her community. Usually, there is more separation, especially during mass when Catholic priests wear robes. Considering everything else, her wardrobe is a relatively minor deviation. The Vatican bans women from the altar. Yet Eitz is a woman who two years ago became a Catholic priest.

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5:11pm

Mon February 9, 2015
The Spiritual Edge

StoryCorps: Healing the mind by way of hospice

Paul Kelley

When someone is dying, sometimes the best medicine is not medicine at all. And sometimes what needs to be healed, is not the body, but the mind. That is the kind of caretaking that Paul Kelley takes pride in doing. When Kelley began his career as a hospice worker in 1983, he knew instantly that he had found his calling.

 

"I can't fix my toilet at home, I can't fix the car, I can't do bookkeeping, I can't do computers. But I can be with someone who is dying, for some reason."

Click the audio player above to listen to the story.

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6:56pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Arts & Culture

The Spiritual Edge: how an architect designs meaningful space

Susie Coliver looks up inside the sanctuary at Kol Shofar
Tom Levy

Architecture has the power to transform. A building can make us feel joy, or sadness, powerful or weak. Nowhere is this more true than in a church, a chapel, synagogue, Buddhist temple, or a mosque. For centuries, religion has sparked the design of some of the world’s most beautiful buildings. But what is that process? What built elements make a space sacred?

Architect Susie Coliver says experiencing the design of a sacred space begins way before you step foot in a building.

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5:17pm

Thu November 6, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spiritual Edge: How a cynic, Vietnamese immigrants, and the Buddha cleaned up a neighborhood

Photo by Tom Levy

Living in a multi-cultural city yields all sorts of surprises. On a corner in Oakland just east of Lake Merritt, a small Buddha has helped bring neighbors together.

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5:12pm

Thu November 6, 2014
Arts & Culture

StoryCorps: Learning from the dying at the Zen Hospice Project

Lisa Messano and Tracy Grubbs

Tracy Grubbs grew up fascinated, curious and also afraid of death. Her curiosity, plus her interest in Buddhism led her to volunteer at the Zen Hospice Project, a San Francisco center for the dying supported by the Buddhist community. Grubbs spoke with her colleague Lisa Messano.

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