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Amazing Grace

The 'Sacred' in America

Ali Z. Hussain | Posted 01.25.2016 | Religion
Ali Z. Hussain

To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine. - Ralph Waldo...

Obama's 'Amazing Grace' Rendition Sampled On New Coldplay Album

The Huffington Post | Nadya Agrawal | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics

Coldplay's new album "A Head Full of Dreams," which comes out Dec. 4, will feature vocals by guest singers Beyoncé, Noel Gallagher, Tove Lo -- ...

Watch This Astronaut Play The Bagpipes in Outer Space

The Huffington Post | Samantha Guff | Posted 11.13.2015 | Science

Bet you never thought you’d hear "Amazing Grace" played with bagpipes in space. NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren played a rendition of the ...

Laiona Michelle's Redemption Song

Havelock Nelson | Posted 07.28.2015 | Arts
Havelock Nelson

Whether it's President Obama crooning its earnest chorus, while calling for racial healing in an emotional eulogy; or former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's performing a moving version of the song for injured veterans, "Amazing Grace" is having a national moment.

Amazing Grace: A Few Notes Short of a Sweet Song

Danny Groner | Posted 07.17.2015 | New York
Danny Groner

It's hard to imagine a play focused on slavery putting slavery second, but that's what Amazing Grace does in favor of telling the redemption story about the man who penned the famous hymn. John Newton is a compelling character in his own right, but his undoing in this show comes from too much focus on the love story between him and his beloved Mary.

Despite Honest Attempts at Universality, "Amazing Grace" Falls Short

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 07.17.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

As the curtain closes, Amazing Grace gets a standing ovation, with shouts and tears to boot. Maybe, I missed something. Maybe, I don't understand. It's okay that I don't like it because someone else did. But for me, it is not enough. It's too trapped in "history" to acknowledge the history that resides inside us.

Aisle View: Fall from Grace

Steven Suskin | Posted 07.16.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

The authors and producers seem to be very much in earnest in this anti-slavery, pro-faith tale of the mid-18th century. They provide something of a history lesson, based on the life, adventures and religious conversion of slave trader John Newton (1725-1807).

How Progressives Should Celebrate This July 4th

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Despite the conventional wisdom that patriotism means "my country -- right or wrong" and is best displayed by blind flag-waving, to many Americans patriotism means loyalty to a set of principles, and thus requires dissent and criticism when those in power violate those standards.

Friday Talking Points -- Always Twirling for Freedom!

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

When it comes down to the freakiest of the freaky in the whole Republican field, Donald Trump is very hard to top. Trump not only is running for president, he's apparently on a mission to singlehandedly destroy his own Trump brand, forevermore.

America, What Do We Do After Charleston?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I am a native South Carolinian. Charleston is my maternal ancestral home. My great grandmother was born during slavery. My great grandfather I have been told was a plantation overseer. Never have I been more proud and more ashamed of my dueling ancestral heritages than right now.

The President Sings of Grace

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

The marriage victory required decades of work by countless people. More work remains, from transgender and immigrant rights to police reform, employment protections, and rebuffing the false pose of victimhood by religious bullies.

Interdependence Day: A Proposal Revisited

Frank Islam | Posted 07.01.2015 | Impact
Frank Islam

Like Amazing Grace, Interdependence Day would be a message of hope. It would be a signal that the United States of America is a country that recognizes its communal history and prepared to prove that the best is yet to come by celebrating the "Us in USA."

The Confederate Flag and the Oneness of Humanity - A Baha'i View

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Homa Sabet Tavangar

I had not considered a flag as another structure of present-day society, until I saw the united outcry spurring its downfall, and I thank all those courageous souls who helped me understand that the structures that need to change to support our collective coming together come in all forms.

Trusting in Grace

Jeena Cho | Posted 06.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jeena Cho

I have been on the road since May 30 on a cross country trip. My husband and I were in Charleston, S.C. on June 14, just a few days before the shootin...

What the SCOTUS Decision Looked Like For a SWHF

Amanda Glassman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Amanda Glassman

What did the SCOTUS decision look like to me: A Suburban, White, Heterosexual Female? Must we wait until an issue hits us directly on the head to react to it, or to feel as if we are worthy of identifying with it?

President Obama Leads the Nation in "Amazing Grace"

Alan Singer | Posted 06.29.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Whether you are religious or not, I think all Americans should learn from the story of John Newton, share President Obama's songful prayer, and work to combat racial oppression and hatred.

The President Sings Amazing Grace: A Song About "Our Nation's Original Sin"

Derek Flood | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

Amazing Grace is a song about one man's real and ugly sin. The sin of slavery. At the same time it is a song about the power of forgiveness, a song about looking into the depths of very real evil and, even there, especially there, finding grace that is bigger than all the hate.

First Nighter: Frederick Douglass, Simon Wiesenthal and Mat Smart's 'Naperville' on Stages

David Finkle | Posted 01.26.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

More specifically, these five are all psychologically and physically damaged. What Smart is up to is constructing a play -- it's another intermissionless 90-minuter -- in which the impaired gather without realizing they're about to help one another heal.

More Amazing Grace

Steve Drizin | Posted 12.28.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

I don't intend to dwell on this topic much further but there's one more astonishing act of grace -- from the most unlikely of sources -- I feel compelled to testify to. And it concerns David's greatest champion -- Dr. Rubin "Hurricane" Carter.

Amazing Grace

Steve Drizin | Posted 12.20.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

In my life as a lawyer, I've been privileged to play a role in exonerating a number of innocent men and women. But last week, as I sat in a Brooklyn courtroom, waiting for State Supreme Court Judge Matthew J. D'Emic to vacate the convictions of David McCallum and Willie Stuckey, I knew I was witnessing something special.

Granny's Powerful Testimony Through Song

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion

Artist Brandon Berrey mourned for his grandmother, who passed away on Thursday, by sharing a video of her on Reddit that demonstrates the power of fai...

Daily Meditation: God Particles

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.01.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Daily Meditation: Amazing Grace

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.29.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Sailing the Grenadines -- By the Whim of the Wind

Barbara Barton Sloane | Posted 07.14.2014 | Travel
Barbara Barton Sloane

"Hark now, hear the sailors' cry. Smell the sea and feel the sky." -- Van Morrison Friends had told me about an old, iconic ship that offered a most...

'Amazing Grace' Sounds Really Dark Like This

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 05.07.2014 | Entertainment

Watch what happens when singer Chase Holfelder changes the classic "Amazing Grace" to a minor key. This version isn't meant to depress you (though...