Sometimes, religion is just “too polite,” says the new dean of the Washington National Cathedral. So in times of spiritual need, he often turns to poetry first.

Rev. Gary Hall’s Literary Spirituality

For Rev. Gary Hall, Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost aren’t just poets he taught as an English professor at UCLA. They’re also some of his best spiritual inspirations. Dean of the National Cathedral since last October, Rev. Hall says sometimes poems, plays and novels offer the most honest way to talk about life’s greatest mysteries.


‘Ancestries of Interest’: Profiling and Spying in New York

Six months after September 11th, the New York Police Department launched a counterterrorism plan across the city’s five boroughs. It was officially created to gather information on “ancestries of interest,” which really meant people from Muslim countries. But when it came to foling an actual terrorist threat – a plot to bomb the New York subway system – the program didn’t work.

Matt Apuzzo, author with Adam Goldman of Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden’s Final Plot Against America

ON Interfaith Voices | October 15, 2013 | 12:00 pm

Prayer Through Poetry, Secret Surveillance of New York’s Muslims, and More

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Sometimes, religion is just “too polite,” says the new dean of the Washington National Cathedral. So in times of spiritual need, he often turns to poetry first.

Rev. Gary Hall’s Literary Spirituality

For Rev. Gary Hall, Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost aren’t just poets he taught as an English professor at UCLA. They’re also some of his best spiritual inspirations. Dean of the National Cathedral since last October, Rev. Hall says sometimes poems, plays and novels offer the most honest way to talk about life’s greatest mysteries.


‘Ancestries of Interest’: Profiling and Spying in New York

Six months after September 11th, the New York Police Department launched a counterterrorism plan across the city’s five boroughs. It was officially created to gather information on “ancestries of interest,” which really meant people from Muslim countries. But when it came to foling an actual terrorist threat – a plot to bomb the New York subway system – the program didn’t work.

Matt Apuzzo, author with Adam Goldman of Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden’s Final Plot Against America

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