LA MIRADA, CALIF. — Biola University’s Center for Christianity, Culture, and the Arts will present a live recording of the award-winning public radio podcast On Being with Krista Tippett on February 22, 2017 on Biola’s campus in La Mirada, Calif.

“Krista Tippett's On Being is a nationally respected and celebrated radio show, podcast, and blog,” said Barry Krammes, director of the CCCA. “Tippett's willingness to come to Biola suggests an openness to seriously engage all sectors of the religious community. This is a significant event for Biola as the university endeavors to broaden its engagement with the larger culture in thoughtful ways.”

Tippett will interview internationally known Los Angeles-based artist Enrique Martínez Celaya at the event, which is open to the public and free to attend with registration. The event is part of Tippett’s project, Public Theology Reimagined, which is funded in part by The Henry Luce Foundation. The project is exploring a new generation of public theology for this century through radio shows and podcasts, blogs and public events.

Celaya, a Roth Family Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College, is an artist and author who was also trained as a physicist. His work has been exhibited and collected by major institutions around the world. He is the founder of Whale & Star Press and the author of books in philosophy, poetry, and art, as well as scientific papers.

Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, a New York Times best-selling author, and the host of On Being. In 2014, she received the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. On the air and in print, Tippett avoids easy answers, embracing complexity and inviting people of every background to join her conversation about faith, ethics, and moral wisdom.”

“My hope for those attending and those listening via podcast will come to more clearly understand the important connection between art and spirit, and beyond this to empower artists to engage spirituality and theological imagination in their work with greater depth, playfulness, and ambition,” said Krammes.

The event will be held in Calvary Chapel from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Time for Q&A with the audience will be allotted at the conclusion of the podcast recording. Register for the event at

The CCCA seeks to be more outwardly focused by engaging influential spheres of artmaking and scholarship and more concentrated on making lasting contributions to the discourse of "religion/spirituality and the arts." This new vision of the CCCA meshes perfectly with On Being's "Public Theology Reimagined" initiative funded in part by the LUCE Foundation. This initiative investigates a "new generation of public theology [with] scientists, artists, social entrepreneurs and poets [who] are illuminating the ancient questions of what it means to be human and who we are to each other."

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