The Sacred

The Sacred

A podcast about the things we hold sacred, and how to talk to people different from ourselves.

Grace Olmstead on rootedness, conservatism and what a consistent life ethic looks like

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Grace is an American journalist. She has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the American Conservative among many others, and usually with a family or a farming focus. She has recently written a book called ‘Uprooted’ which explores the effects of the rural brain drain on farming communities, the huge ecological problems that global agri-business brings and questions in a very personal way whether our association of success with cosmopolitan mobility is problematic for our communities.

In this episode she speaks about her personal wrestle with leaving her rural community, having a consistent pro-life ethic, and why she no longer feels at home in conservatism.


by Sian on
This was a joy to hear, as I am an an atheist, socialist and an environmental activist and I resonate with so much of what Grace talks about. I have deep respect for the faith that underpins her personal philosophy and feel that there is a logic and consistency to the way she comes to her conclusions about how we might live and promote better lives for all beings. It shows me that people that value life have fewer differences, and so much more shared morality and motivation than is portrayed by the press and politicians. The contrived binary divisions between right and left, or republican and democrats is divisive and only serves shallow interests. Thank you and her for this conversation.

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About this podcast

The Sacred is a podcast about our deepest values, the stories that shape us and how we can build empathy and understanding between people who are very different.

Each episode features a conversation with someone who has a public voice, from academics to journalists, playwrights and politicians. We ask them where they have come from, what they are trying to do and what might help heal our very divided public conversations.

The Sacred is hosted by Elizabeth Oldfield, director of Theos think tank.

For more information about the people and ideas behind the podcast, visit or follow us on Twitter @theosthinktank and @theoselizabeth.

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