Praying for a Living

PBS’s ‘The Calling’

A tattoo of a cross shimmers on an African Methodist Episcopal minister’s calf, a few inches above her red stiletto sandals. A chubby-cheeked young rabbi and his newly pregnant wife dig into celebratory pints of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. A Muslim chaplain leafs morosely through boxes of paperwork—reports on anti-Islamic harassment he experienced while working in a federal prison.

Those are just a sample of the striking images that jostle together in The Calling, a...

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Celia Wren is Commonweal’s media and stage critic.