Interfaith Voices

Interfaith Voices Podcast (hour-long version)

Approaching the world's religions with an open, humble mind.
Interfaith Voices Podcast (hour-long version)

Description

Interfaith Voices provides engaging and informative discussion on the key public issues of our day through the lenses of many different faith perspectives. We foster religious tolerance and educate our listeners on the broad diversity of religious traditions and viewpoints in the United States. This podcast feed is for the hour-long version of the program.

Link: interfaithradio.org

Episodes

The Family: Unmasking the "Christian Mafia"

Sep 6, 2019 50:39

Description:

We talk to the creators of a new Netflix documentary about a powerful but secretive conservative Christian organization known as The Family. 

Don't Talk About the Family

Sep 6, 2019 37:32

Description:

Religion reporter Kimberly Winston interviews Jeff Sharlet, author of two books on a secretive, conservative Christian organization known as "The Family."

Family Movies

Sep 6, 2019 12:05

Description:

Kimberly Winston interviews director Jesse Moss about how he made a documentary about a powerful and secretive organization known as The Family.

August Religion Journalists' Roundtable

Aug 29, 2019 50:48

Description:

Our panel is Julie Zauzmer of The Washington Post and Jonathan Merritt, contributing writer at The Atlantic. And Lyz Lenz talks about her new book, God Land.

God Land: Author Lyz Lenz on the Heartland and Her Heart

Aug 29, 2019 14:34

Description:

In her new book, God Land, Lyz Lenz examines a changing Midwest that the 2016 elections showed was a torn as she was.

Michelle Brooker: A Buddhist Whose Practice Paved the Way to Transition March 29, 2019

Aug 23, 2019 12:45

Description:

Michelle Brooker credits Buddhist practice for her transition to the woman she feels she always was. 

Trans in the Eyes of God: Part 3

Aug 23, 2019 49:42

Description:

Religion isn't always a welcoming place for trans people. We hear the stories of some who have found a place for themselves in Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

Young Believers and Non-Believers: Finding Community in an Age of Disconnection

Aug 16, 2019 50:20

Description:

Millennials and Gen Z are struggling to find connections as they trend away from religious affiliation. Originally aired on May 24, 2019.

July Journalists’ Roundtable

Aug 1, 2019 50:30

Description:

We talk about protests on behalf of refugees, male politicians who won't be alone with female reporters, and faith community responses to racist rhetoric. 

Journalists’ Roundtable

Aug 1, 2019 30:13

Description:

Aysha Khan of Religion News Service and Holly Meyer, religion reporter at the Tennessean offer context to the belief beat headlines of the month covering protests over treatment of migrants, faith weaponized on the campaign trail and why the "Billy Graham Rule" is being invoked.

A Religious Response To Presidential Racism

Aug 1, 2019 20:20

Description:

We devote this segment to one of the most disturbing stories of the past month: the president’s call for four members of Congress to go back to countries they came from. Yolanda Pierce, dean of Howard University’s School of Divinity, explains how Trump’s remarks tear at our civic fabric and why presidential candidates need to pay more attention to people of faith and goodwill. 

When Faith Meets Funny

Jul 26, 2019 49:48

Description:

Religion is serious stuff: prayer, piety, your eternal soul. But sometimes it's just...hilarious.

Two women. Two comedians. Two religions. One Marriage

Jul 26, 2019 20:29

Description:

Meet the El-Salomons – Eman El-Husseini and Jess Salomon - who fell in love with comedy and each other. 

Bridges Made of Music

Jul 18, 2019 49:40

Description:

How can music bring out our better selves? How can music forge connections between people in the same room -- and across worlds? 

The Growing Edge

Jul 18, 2019 31:07

Description:

Folksinger Carrie Newcomer and best-selling author Parker Palmer explain their project to help people become their better selves.

Qawwali: An Islamic Musical Tradition Reaches New Audiences

Jul 18, 2019 18:34

Description:

The leader of a Texas-based qawwali group calls its music, which is rooted in Sufi poetry, “South Asian gospel.”

Beyond Borders: Redefining Sanctuary in the American Southwest

Jul 11, 2019 50:24

Description:

Countless migrants pass through Tucson every day. What happens when people start thinking beyond the walls of physical sanctuary, and aid migrants in new ways? 

The Truth About The Troubles

Jul 4, 2019 50:03

Description:

We talk to the director of a new film on a little-known chapter of The Troubles, the 20th-century conflict between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland.

Confronting the Past at Ballymurphy

Jul 4, 2019 37:47

Description:

We talk to filmmaker Callum Macrae about The Troubles, the low-level war that rocked Northern Ireland for much of the latter half of the 20th century. 

Catholic versus Protestant?

Jul 4, 2019 11:28

Description:

We talk to John Wolffe, a professor of religious history at The Open University in London, about the religious aspects of The Troubles.

June Religion Journalists’ Roundtable

Jun 28, 2019 49:28

Description:

We hear about rollbacks on religious exemptions for vaccines, recent Supreme Court cases, and more. Plus, TV shows exploring the relationship between faith and sexuality. 

June Roundtable

Jun 28, 2019 30:50

Description:

Our panelists start with the Supreme Court, and its determination that a 40-foot-high cross on federal land is constitutional, religious exemptions for vaccines, the Hong Kong protests, and more. 

Religion meets Sexuality... on TV

Jun 28, 2019 17:49

Description:

Kimberly Winston considers two recent television shows (Fleabag and Gentleman Jack) with fascinating examinations of religion, especially the role sexuality plays in religion.

A Refugee Gives Back

Jun 21, 2019 11:33

Description:

Mireille Twayigira is a doctor who fled civil war in Rwanda, excelled in refugee camp schools and then won a scholarship to medical school.

Reaching Out to Refugees

Jun 21, 2019 16:37

Description:

We continue our conversation with Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, who talks about her own faith tradition and what it means for her, as a non-Lutheran, to head LIRS.

Fleeing Chaos and Finding Refuge

Jun 21, 2019 50:17

Description:

To mark World Refugee Week, we talk to people motivated by their faith and values to welcome the stranger. And we hear from those who were strangers themselves.

Welcome to America

Jun 21, 2019 21:25

Description:

We talk to volunteers setting up an apartment for a family of Afghan refugees and to Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, who heads Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. 



Krish O'Mara Vignarajah

Ordained for Comedy: An Evangelical Pastor Discovers A Second Calling

Jun 14, 2019

Description:

Dennis Swanberg spent more than two decades in the pulpit. But then the Baptist preacher found that he could spread the Gospel another way. 

Divinely Drawn: How The Simpsons, South Park and Family Guy Handle Religion

Jun 14, 2019 18:23

Description:

There’s a whole lot of religion in three of the most popular animated series ever to hit television. 

An Evangelical Primer with Roxanne Stone

Jun 7, 2019 17:16

Description:

Roxanne Stone helps us define evangelicals: Who are they? What do they believe? Why do they tend to vote the way they do?

American Evangelicals: A Fresh Perspective From The Bible Belt

Jun 7, 2019 49:27

Description:

Are evangelicals in America prejudiced ... powerful ...persecuted? Hear fresh perspectives on this religious movement. 

Bob Robert’s Evangelical Journey

Jun 7, 2019 31:23

Description:

The senior pastor of a Texas megachurch explains how he helps evangelicals -- the religious group most likely to hold prejudiced views of Muslims -- to embrace them as fellow human beings and Americans. 

May Journalists' Roundtable

May 31, 2019 49:33

Description:

We explore topics including new regulations on abortion in Alabama, celebrating Ramadan at the Capitol, and The Satanic Temple gaining tax status as a religious institution.

Journalists' Roundtable

May 31, 2019 35:11

Description:

Our panel this month discusses new regulations on abortion, congressional Iftars, and a new archbishop for Washington, D.C. 

Ethics and Morality in Game of Thrones

May 31, 2019 13:33

Description:

The television juggernaut “Game of Thrones” came to an end this month after eight thrilling seasons. Our guest argues that the show has strong religious themes running through it. 

Young Believers and Non-Believers: Finding Community in an Age of Disconnection

May 24, 2019 50:48

Description:

Millennials and Gen Z are struggling to find connections as they also trend away from religious affiliation. But even non-believers still need community and support. 

The Underserved

May 24, 2019 25:05

Description:

Varun Soni worries that young people, increasingly disconnected from religious and other institutions, are wondering not just how to live their lives, but why they should live. 

The Next Mormons

May 24, 2019 12:39

Description:

Jana Riess shares her findings on one of the most comprehensive studies of young Mormons to date.

Rabbis, Married, and Millennials

May 24, 2019 12:30

Description:

We talk to Sarah Krinsky and Daniel Novik, two rabbis – both 28 --who are married to each other. We asked them about the role of religion and spirituality in the lives of their generational peers.

Beyond Borders: Redefining Sanctuary in the American Southwest

May 17, 2019 50:52

Description:

Countless migrants pass through Tucson every day. What happens when people start thinking beyond the walls of physical sanctuary, and aid migrants in new ways? 

For an old monastery, a second life

May 17, 2019 20:28

Description:

Sick, tired and hopeful, Central American migrants are bused daily from a detention center to a former Benedictine monastery in Tucson, where a small army of volunteers offers showers, fresh clothes and medical treatment. 

The Sanctuary Movement: Then and Now

May 17, 2019 17:44

Description:

A new sanctuary movement, representing many faith communities, defines sanctuary more broadly. While law enforcement still won't enter houses of worship, they look for other ways to keep migrants safe.

  

The Echos of Anti-Catholicism Today

May 17, 2019 11:42

Description:

We talk to Daisy Vargas, whose current work traces the history of anti-Mexican and anti-Catholic bias in the U.S. 

Stories and Stereotypes: Muslims in America, 2019

May 10, 2019 50:44

Description:

What are American Muslims thinking about their country? What are other Americans thinking about them? And remembering Rachel Held Evans.

The Secret Life of Muslims

May 10, 2019 18:24

Description:

Joshua Seftel, co-creator and founding director of the hit online series “Secret Life of Muslims,” explains the motivation for the Emmy-nominated project.

American Muslims – By the Numbers

May 10, 2019 18:24

Description:

If anyone has a finger on the pulse of American Muslims, it’s Dalia Mogahed, director of research for the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. 

Remembering Rachel Held Evans

May 10, 2019 11:18

Description:

Legions of fans are mourning the unexpected death of young Christian writer Rachel Held Evans, who died on May 4 after a short illness. 

Stories and Stereotypes: Muslims in America, 2019

May 10, 2019 50:44

Description:

What are American Muslims thinking about their country? What are other Americans thinking about them? And remembering Rachel Held Evans.

The Secret Life of Muslims

May 10, 2019 18:24

Description:

Joshua Seftel, co-creator and founding director of the hit online series “Secret Life of Muslims,” explains the motivation for the Emmy-nominated project.

American Muslims – By the Numbers

May 10, 2019 18:24

Description:

If anyone has a finger on the pulse of American Muslims, it’s Dalia Mogahed, director of research for the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. 

Remembering Rachel Held Evans

May 10, 2019 11:18

Description:

Legions of fans are mourning the unexpected death of young Christian writer Rachel Held Evans, who died on May 4 after a short illness. 

April Religion Journalists' Roundtable

May 2, 2019 50:37

Description:

Our panel delves into the string of attacks against houses of worship, the fire at Notre Dame and more. Then, a review of the newly-released film on Mary Magdalene.

Journalists' Roundtable

May 2, 2019 29:49

Description:

Our panelists discuss the string of attacks on houses of worship, the fire at Notre Dame in Paris -- and more.

Mary Magdalene on the Big Screen

May 2, 2019 18:44

Description:

The first full-length feature film on Jesus’ female apostle, "Mary Magdalene," takes a decidedly feminist view of the saint, who for most of history has been depicted as a fallen woman.

April Religion Journalists' Roundtable

May 2, 2019 50:37

Description:

Our panel delves into the string of attacks against houses of worship, the fire at Notre Dame and more. Then, a review of the newly-released film on Mary Magdalene.

Mary Magdalene on the Big Screen

May 2, 2019 18:44

Description:

The first full-length feature film on Jesus’ female apostle, "Mary Magdalene," takes a decidedly feminist view of the saint, who for most of history has been depicted as a fallen woman.

Trans in the Eyes of God: Part 2

Apr 26, 2019 50:50

Description:

In the Church of England, you can only be baptized once. But some transgender people are seeking a new liturgy to reintroduce themselves to God, and their community. Originally aired 3/8/19. 

Yvonne Taylor: "I'm asking for a recognition of me."

Apr 26, 2019 20:26

Description:

In the Church of England, baptism can only happen once in a person’s lifetime. But what about transgender people, who have taken on a new name to conform to the gender with which they identify? Originally aired 3/8/19. 

Clergy disagree on motion to welcome transgender people

Apr 26, 2019 28:51

Description:

From the floor debate at the 2017 General Synod that determined whether the church would accept this new liturgy, we hear from two Church of England clergy on the decision. Originally aired 3/8/19. 

Trans in the Eyes of God: Part 2

Apr 26, 2019 50:50

Description:

In the Church of England, you can only be baptized once. But some transgender people are seeking a new liturgy to reintroduce themselves to God, and their community. Originally aired 3/8/19. 

Green Faith

Apr 19, 2019 51:05

Description:

With "eco-anxiety" rising, some people of faith are finding fellowship by working on climate change together. 

Young, Evangelical and Green

Apr 19, 2019 17:00

Description:

Kyle Meyaard-Schaap, national organizer and spokesperson for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action explains to other evangelical Christians that it was his faith that led him to a life advocating for the planet. 

The Green Sheep of the Congregation

Apr 19, 2019 17:04

Description:

Our guest panelists represent three faiths – Islam, Judaism and Buddhism – and say they know it can feel lonely to be the “green sheep” of the congregation.

Divinity Meets Ecology

Apr 19, 2019 15:20

Description:

Mary Evelyn Tucker has long believed that religion and ecology are disciplines that should be studied in concert.

Green Faith

Apr 19, 2019 51:05

Description:

With "eco-anxiety" rising, some people of faith are finding fellowship by working on climate change together. 

Young, Evangelical and Green

Apr 19, 2019 17:00

Description:

Kyle Meyaard-Schaap, national organizer and spokesperson for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action explains to other evangelical Christians that it was his faith that led him to a life advocating for the planet. 

The Green Sheep of the Congregation

Apr 19, 2019 17:04

Description:

Our guest panelists represent three faiths – Islam, Judaism and Buddhism – and say they know it can feel lonely to be the “green sheep” of the congregation.

Divinity Meets Ecology

Apr 19, 2019 15:20

Description:

Mary Evelyn Tucker has long believed that religion and ecology are disciplines that should be studied in concert.

The Change Makers

Apr 12, 2019 50:39

Description:

We talk to a renegade Lutheran pastor, a prayful U.S. senator, and community of Jews, Muslims and Christians worshipping on the same patch of Nebraska land.

Shameless Faith: A Conversation with Nadia Bolz-Weber

Apr 12, 2019 24:37

Description:

Talking about her new book, Shameless, the former pastor of House For All Sinners and Saints explains how church teachings on sexuality have driven many away from religion. 

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons on Faith and Politics

Apr 12, 2019 12:21

Description:

Coons is a Democrat who has managed to meld his faith and his day job in way that many in his party might find instructive.

The Tri-Faith Initiative: Radical Togetherness in Omaha

Apr 12, 2019 12:10

Description:

A synagogue, mosque and church decide to build new houses of worship on the same piece of land in Omaha. 

The Change Makers

Apr 12, 2019 50:39

Description:

We talk to a renegade Lutheran pastor, a prayful U.S. senator, and community of Jews, Muslims and Christians worshipping on the same patch of Nebraska land.

Shameless Faith: A Conversation with Nadia Bolz-Weber

Apr 12, 2019 24:37

Description:

Talking about her new book, Shameless, the former pastor of House For All Sinners and Saints explains how church teachings on sexuality have driven many away from religion. 

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons on Faith and Politics

Apr 12, 2019 12:21

Description:

Coons is a Democrat who has managed to meld his faith and his day job in way that many in his party might find instructive.

The Tri-Faith Initiative: Radical Togetherness in Omaha

Apr 12, 2019 12:10

Description:

A synagogue, mosque and church decide to build new houses of worship on the same piece of land in Omaha. 

March Journalists' Roundtable

Apr 5, 2019 49:52

Description:

Our guest journalists delve to the beliefs behind the latest religion news headlines. And a historian tracks religious and other fault lines in America since 1974.

Journalists' Roundtable

Apr 5, 2019 32:06

Description:

Our panel looks at President Trump's Bible signings, religious messaging from Democratic presidential candidates, reaction to the Christchurch massacres, religion in space -- and more.

American Faultlines

Apr 5, 2019 15:55

Description:

Historian Kevin Kruse talks about religious and other divisions in American society since 1974, the subject of his new book with Julian Zelizer.

American Faultlines

Apr 5, 2019 15:55

Description:

Historian Kevin Kruse talks about religious and other divisions in American society since 1974, the subject of his new book with Julian Zelizer.

March Journalists' Roundtable

Apr 5, 2019 49:52

Description:

Our guest journalists delve to the beliefs behind the latest religion news headlines. And a historian tracks religious and other fault lines in America since 1974.

Trans in the Eyes of God: Part 3

Mar 29, 2019 51:01

Description:

Religion isn't always a welcoming place for trans people, but we hear the stories of some who have found a place for themselves in Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

Joy Ladin: A Trans-Jewish Listening Tour of Trump Country

Mar 29, 2019 21:20

Description:

Joy Ladin, poet and a professor of English at Yeshiva University, decided in the wake of the 2016 election to reach out to people who thought that East Coast, academic types like herself might look down on them. 

Mesma Belsare: A Dancer Inspired By Hinduism

Mar 29, 2019 14:28

Description:

Mesma Belsare says Hinduism never left her conflicted about her gender identity. At an early age, she was facsinated by Bharatanatyam, a 3,000-year-old dance that originated in the Hindu temples of Southern India.

Michelle Brooker: A Buddhist Whose Practice Paved the Way to Transition

Mar 29, 2019 13:31

Description:

Michelle Brooker is an Australian woman who didn't publicly transition until her 60s. Raised Catholic, she came to embrace Buddhism, and credits Buddhist practice for her transition to the woman she feels she always was.

Trans in the Eyes of God: Part 3

Mar 29, 2019 51:01

Description:

Religion isn't always a welcoming place for trans people, but we hear the stories of some who have found a place for themselves in Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

Joy Ladin: A Trans-Jewish Listening Tour of Trump Country

Mar 29, 2019 21:20

Description:

Joy Ladin, poet and a professor of English at Yeshiva University, decided in the wake of the 2016 election to reach out to people who thought that East Coast, academic types like herself might look down on them. 

Mesma Belsare: A Dancer Inspired By Hinduism

Mar 29, 2019 14:28

Description:

Mesma Belsare says Hinduism never left her conflicted about her gender identity. At an early age, she was facsinated by Bharatanatyam, a 3,000-year-old dance that originated in the Hindu temples of Southern India.

Michelle Brooker: A Buddhist Whose Practice Paved the Way to Transition

Mar 29, 2019 13:31

Description:

Michelle Brooker is an Australian woman who didn't publicly transition until her 60s. Raised Catholic, she came to embrace Buddhism, and credits Buddhist practice for her transition to the woman she feels she always was.

Podcast Extra: Mourning A Brother Killed in Christchurch

Mar 22, 2019 7:44

Description:

Just days after a white supremacist gunman killed Haroon Mahmoud, his sister -- Sabeen Durrani -- agreed to talk about him with Interfaith Voices. 

Podcast Extra: Mourning A Brother Killed in Christchurch

Mar 22, 2019 7:44

Description:

Just days after a white supremacist gunman killed Haroon Mahmoud, his sister -- Sabeen Durrani -- agreed to talk about him with Interfaith Voices. 

Christchurch and the Roots of Islamophobia

Mar 21, 2019 50:28

Description:

In the aftermath of a white supremacist's deadly attacks on New Zealand mosques, we talk to Muslims closer to home.

Muslim Voices in the Wake of Christchurch

Mar 21, 2019 19:55

Description:

We hear from the imam and congregants, whose spoke of the need to respond to hatred with resilience and love. 

The Roots of Islamophobia in the U.S.

Mar 21, 2019 29:00

Description:

Though some see Islamophobia in the United States as chiefly a post-9/11 phenomenon, experts say it predates the country's founding and is rooted in white supremacism. 

Christchurch and the Roots of Islamophobia

Mar 21, 2019 50:28

Description:

In the aftermath of a white supremacist's deadly attacks on New Zealand mosques, we talk to Muslims closer to home.

Muslim Voices in the Wake of Christchurch

Mar 21, 2019 19:55

Description:

We hear from the imam and congregants, whose spoke of the need to respond to hatred with resilience and love. 

The Roots of Islamophobia in the U.S.

Mar 21, 2019 29:00

Description:

Though some see Islamophobia in the United States as chiefly a post-9/11 phenomenon, experts say it predates the country's founding and is rooted in white supremacism. 

United Methodists at a Crossroads

Mar 15, 2019 50:47

Description:

The UMC has voted to maintain the ban on LGBTQ marriages and clergy, disappointing many. As the dust settles, some are asking, what does a divided church's future hold?

Out of the Closet and Hearing the Call

Mar 15, 2019 12:50

Description:

Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons had  hopes of becoming a UMC minister. But the church forbade the ordination of non-celibate gay people, and Graves-Fitzsimmons was not about to go through the process as a closeted gay man. 

LGBTQ Flag Planters

Mar 15, 2019 13:27

Description:

In too many churches, Victoria Kirby York says LGBTQ people are still not able to be their full selves. She calls the UMC’s recent decision, “a turn from the Gospel.”


The Traditional Plan Wins – What’s Next?

Mar 15, 2019 23:08

Description:

The Rev. Keith Boyette explains why he and likeminded Methodists believe the vote affirmed a biblical understanding of the place of gay people in the church. Could we see schism in the church's future? 

United Methodists at a Crossroads

Mar 15, 2019 50:47

Description:

The UMC has voted to maintain the ban on LGBTQ marriages and clergy, disappointing many. As the dust settles, some are asking, what does a divided church's future hold?

Out of the Closet and Hearing the Call

Mar 15, 2019 12:50

Description:

Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons had  hopes of becoming a UMC minister. But the church forbade the ordination of non-celibate gay people, and Graves-Fitzsimmons was not about to go through the process as a closeted gay man. 

LGBTQ Flag Planters

Mar 15, 2019 13:27

Description:

In too many churches, Victoria Kirby York says LGBTQ people are still not able to be their full selves. She calls the UMC’s recent decision, “a turn from the Gospel.”


The Traditional Plan Wins – What’s Next?

Mar 15, 2019 23:08

Description:

The Rev. Keith Boyette explains why he and likeminded Methodists believe the vote affirmed a biblical understanding of the place of gay people in the church. Could we see schism in the church's future? 

Trans in the Eyes of God: Part 2

Mar 8, 2019 50:50

Description:

In the Church of England, you can only be baptized once. But some transgender people are seeking a new liturgy to reintroduce themselves to God, and their community.

Yvonne Taylor: "I'm asking for a recognition of me."

Mar 8, 2019 20:26

Description:

Yvonne "Yve" Taylor, a 56-year-old transgender woman who lives in Exeter, loves her church but wants to be affirmed as the woman she is now – not the boy baptized by her family decades ago.

Clergy disagree on motion to welcome transgender people

Mar 8, 2019 28:51

Description:

From the 2017 General Synod that determined whether the church would accept this new liturgy, we hear two Church of England clergy -- one who approved the motion, and one who opposed it – explain their reasoning. 

Trans in the Eyes of God: Part 2

Mar 8, 2019 50:50

Description:

In the Church of England, you can only be baptized once. But some transgender people are seeking a new liturgy to reintroduce themselves to God, and their community.

February Journalists' Roundtable

Feb 28, 2019 49:53

Description:

Our panel of experts delves into some of the most newsworthy religion stories of the past month. Then, how did religion fare at the Oscars? 

Journalists' roundtable

Feb 28, 2019 32:08

Description:

Journalists Jonathan Merritt, Wajahat Ali and Sasha Ingber look at the top religion stories of the past month.

Faith at the Oscars and on the small screen

Feb 28, 2019 15:53

Description:

Freelance religion reporter Kimberly Winston talks about how the Oscars treated religion this year and where we find faith on the small screen.

February Journalists' Roundtable

Feb 28, 2019 49:53

Description:

Our panel of experts delves into some of the most newsworthy religion stories of the past month. Then, how did religion fare at the Oscars? 

Journalists' roundtable

Feb 28, 2019 32:08

Description:

Journalists Jonathan Merritt, Wajahat Ali and Sasha Ingber look at the top religion stories of the past month.

Faith at the Oscars and on the small screen

Feb 28, 2019 15:53

Description:

Freelance religion reporter Kimberly Winston talks about how the Oscars treated religion this year and where we find faith on the small screen.

The Faith of the Presidents

Feb 15, 2019 50:58

Description:

From George Washington to Donald Trump, we explore the often surprising religious history of the presidency, and the promise of religious freedom. 

Untraditional Christians: The Beliefs of the Founding Fathers

Feb 15, 2019 13:36

Description:

Though the Founding Fathers were Christian, many of them held beliefs out of step with most American Christians of their time – and ours. 

Presidential Religion in the Civil War and The Age of Imperialism

Feb 15, 2019 16:28

Description:

Both Union and Confederate leaders invoked God to advance their causes during the Civil War. But Abraham Lincoln refused to claim the divine on his side. 

Jefferson’s Quran

Feb 15, 2019 19:02

Description:

As a law student, Thomas Jefferson bought a Quran from an English publisher. But why? Did he read it as a sacred text? As a window into Muslim law? 

The Faith of the Presidents

Feb 15, 2019 50:58

Description:

From George Washington to Donald Trump, we explore the often surprising religious history of the presidency, and the promise of religious freedom. 

Untraditional Christians: The Beliefs of the Founding Fathers

Feb 15, 2019 13:36

Description:

Though the Founding Fathers were Christian, many of them held beliefs out of step with most American Christians of their time – and ours. 

Presidential Religion in the Civil War and The Age of Imperialism

Feb 15, 2019 16:28

Description:

Both Union and Confederate leaders invoked God to advance their causes during the Civil War. But Abraham Lincoln refused to claim the divine on his side. 

Jefferson’s Quran

Feb 15, 2019 19:02

Description:

As a law student, Thomas Jefferson bought a Quran from an English publisher. But why? Did he read it as a sacred text? As a window into Muslim law? 

America’s Most Segregated Hour

Feb 8, 2019 61:05

Description:

Our neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces are often more integrated than our places of worship. What are people of faith doing to change that? 

Are American Congregations Getting Any Less Segregated?

Feb 8, 2019 17:48

Description:

In 1960, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called Sunday at 11 a.m. the most segregated hour in America. Has the country since then made any progress toward integration in the pews? 

A Church of Many Colors

Feb 8, 2019 14:14

Description:

The Rev. Dr. David Anderson has accomplished what many pastors find nearly impossible – to build a congregation where people of many races and ethnicities worship shoulder to shoulder. 

Fostering Diversity Within Mosques

Feb 8, 2019 13:48

Description:

Muslims are one of the most racially and ethnically diverse religious groups in the country. But individual mosques tend not to be as diverse as the American Muslim community as a whole. 

PODCAST EXTRA: Muslim ARC

Feb 8, 2019 13:21

Description:

Muslim ARC (Anti-Racism Collaborative) is an organization that steps into places of worship, workplaces, and other communities looking to design an anti-racism plan.

America’s Most Segregated Hour

Feb 8, 2019 61:05

Description:

Our neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces are often more integrated than our places of worship. What are people of faith doing to change that? 

Are American Congregations Getting Any Less Segregated?

Feb 8, 2019 17:48

Description:

In 1960, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called Sunday at 11 a.m. the most segregated hour in America. Has the country since then made any progress toward integration in the pews? 

A Church of Many Colors

Feb 8, 2019 14:14

Description:

The Rev. Dr. David Anderson has accomplished what many pastors find nearly impossible – to build a congregation where people of many races and ethnicities worship shoulder to shoulder. 

Fostering Diversity Within Mosques

Feb 8, 2019 13:48

Description:

Muslims are one of the most racially and ethnically diverse religious groups in the country. But individual mosques tend not to be as diverse as the American Muslim community as a whole. 

PODCAST EXTRA: Muslim ARC

Feb 8, 2019 13:21

Description:

Muslim ARC (Anti-Racism Collaborative) is an organization that steps into places of worship, workplaces, and other communities looking to design an anti-racism plan.

January Religion News Roundup

Feb 1, 2019 51:12

Description:

We're joined by Julie Zauzmer of The Washington Post and Bobby Ross, Jr. of The Christian Chronicle to discuss the most important religion news stories of the past month.

President Trump shows support for Bible literacy classes in public schools

Feb 1, 2019 17:50

Description:

Several states are considering bills that would introduce Bible literacy classes in the public schools, an idea that President Trump promoted on Twitter. 

Activists clash in Washington, D.C.

Feb 1, 2019 17:14

Description:

We discuss the confrontation between a group of Catholic high school students attending the March for Life and a Omaha Nation elder attending the Indigenous Peoples March. 

The ongoing sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church

Feb 1, 2019 14:12

Description:

Our guests discuss the ongoing sex abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church, plus the way in which emerging candidates of the 2020 election are using religious language in their political rhetoric. 


January Religion News Roundup

Feb 1, 2019 51:12

Description:

We're joined by Julie Zauzmer of The Washington Post and Bobby Ross, Jr. of The Christian Chronicle to discuss the most important religion news stories of the past month.

President Trump shows support for Bible literacy classes in public schools

Feb 1, 2019 17:50

Description:

Several states are considering bills that would introduce Bible literacy classes in the public schools, an idea that President Trump promoted on Twitter. 

Activists clash in Washington, D.C.

Feb 1, 2019 17:14

Description:

We discuss the confrontation between a group of Catholic high school students attending the March for Life and a Omaha Nation elder attending the Indigenous Peoples March. 

The ongoing sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church

Feb 1, 2019 14:12

Description:

Our guests discuss the ongoing sex abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church, plus the way in which emerging candidates of the 2020 election are using religious language in their political rhetoric. 


God and Government: Pakistan at a crossroads

Jan 24, 2019 49:18

Description:

Blasphemy laws in this young country allow for the persecution of non-Muslim religious minorities. But now, after a landmark case, Pakistan is at a crossroads. Originally aired on Dec. 27, 2018.

God and Government: Pakistan at a crossroads

Jan 24, 2019 49:18

Description:

Blasphemy laws in this young country allow for the persecution of non-Muslim religious minorities. But now, after a landmark case, Pakistan is at a crossroads. Originally aired on Dec. 27, 2018.

Religious minorities in Pakistan face persecution, due to blasphemy laws

Jan 22, 2019 20:20

Description:

In Pakistan, blasphemy laws are still on the books and commonly invoked in disputes between Muslims and non-Muslims. We take a look at the case of Asia Bibi. Originally aired on Dec. 27, 2018.

The history of Pakistani blasphemy laws

Jan 22, 2019 14:17

Description:

We look at Pakistan at a crossroads, and the tension between those those who believe in the pluralist vision of its founder, and those who want Pakistan to be a strictly Islamic state. Originally aired on Dec. 27, 2018.


Are blasphemy laws compatible with Islamic thought?

Jan 22, 2019 14:23

Description:

As blasphemy laws limit religious freedom in Pakistan, we ask, is there an Islamic justification for these laws? Originally aired on Dec. 27, 2018.

Racism & Religion

Jan 18, 2019 50:12

Description:

As we commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we learn about the role American religion has played in both reinforcing and combating racism. 

The Color of Compromise

Jan 18, 2019 18:03

Description:

Many American Christians are remembered as anti-racist activists and abolitionists. But American Christianity as an institution has done much to buttress racism… even before the country was founded. 

Remembering the women of the Civil Rights Movement

Jan 18, 2019 17:30

Description:

Take a moment to think of the most famous women of the civil rights movement. Coming up short? Our guest says the African-American experience has been “flattened” by history. 

Being Both: Black and Jewish

Jan 18, 2019 14:27

Description:

We talk to two people who are proudly both Jewish and Black. They reflect on the shared history of the two groups, and how they are sometimes "othered" by the larger Jewish community. 


Racism & Religion

Jan 18, 2019 50:12

Description:

As we commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we learn about the role American religion has played in both reinforcing and combating racism. 

The Color of Compromise

Jan 18, 2019 18:03

Description:

Many American Christians are remembered as anti-racist activists and abolitionists. But American Christianity as an institution has done much to buttress racism… even before the country was founded. 

Remembering the women of the Civil Rights Movement

Jan 18, 2019 17:30

Description:

Take a moment to think of the most famous women of the civil rights movement. Coming up short? Our guest says the African-American experience has been “flattened” by history. 

Being Both: Black and Jewish

Jan 18, 2019 14:27

Description:

We talk to two people who are proudly both Jewish and Black. They reflect on the shared history of the two groups, and how they are sometimes "othered" by the larger Jewish community. 


Journeying through Loss

Jan 11, 2019 48:58

Description:

We hear the stories people of choosing to embrace the pain of loss: through religion, through creativity, through honesty, or through emotional vulnerability.

Andy Chaleff: pioneering The Last Letter Project

Jan 11, 2019 22:49

Description:

When Andy Chaleff was 18 years old, he experienced a loss so profound, it would change the trajectory of his life. But now, he facilitates letter writing workshops where people can break down emotional barriers.

Elaine Pagels: A lifelong religion scholar asks, “Why religion?”

Jan 11, 2019 21:52

Description:

An expert in religion in an academic way, Elaine Pagels was forced to grapple with faith on a personal level when she unexpectedly lost her husband in an accident, just a year after their son died of a rare lung disease. 


Inspired Story Slam: "My exposure to religion came from attending funerals"

Jan 11, 2019 4:07

Description:

We close the show with a story from our live show, held last November. Audience members were invited to share stories on the theme of "One Family, Many Beliefs." This was the last story of the evening, shared by Maryland resident James Burns.


Journeying through Loss

Jan 11, 2019 48:58

Description:

We hear the stories people of choosing to embrace the pain of loss: through religion, through creativity, through honesty, or through emotional vulnerability.

Andy Chaleff: pioneering The Last Letter Project

Jan 11, 2019 22:49

Description:

When Andy Chaleff was 18 years old, he experienced a loss so profound, it would change the trajectory of his life. But now, he facilitates letter writing workshops where people can break down emotional barriers.

Elaine Pagels: A lifelong religion scholar asks, “Why religion?”

Jan 11, 2019 21:52

Description:

An expert in religion in an academic way, Elaine Pagels was forced to grapple with faith on a personal level when she unexpectedly lost her husband in an accident, just a year after their son died of a rare lung disease. 


Inspired Story Slam: "My exposure to religion came from attending funerals"

Jan 11, 2019 4:07

Description:

We close the show with a story from our live show, held last November. Audience members were invited to share stories on the theme of "One Family, Many Beliefs." This was the last story of the evening, shared by Maryland resident James Burns.


An Inspired Story Slam: One Family, Many Beliefs

Jan 4, 2019 48:57

Description:

In our first ever live show, we explore the beauty and chaos that comes with having a diverse family. 

Multi-faith families become increasingly common

Jan 4, 2019 17:19

Description:

We set the stage with an interview with Susan Katz Miller, author of Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family

Story Slam: Part 1

Jan 4, 2019 17:43

Description:

We continue our live show with our storytelling event. 

Story Slam: Part 2

Jan 4, 2019 13:56

Description:

We continue with more storytellers. 

An Inspired Story Slam: One Family, Many Beliefs

Jan 4, 2019 48:57

Description:

In our first ever live show, we explore the beauty and chaos that comes with having a diverse family. 

Multi-faith families become increasingly common

Jan 4, 2019 17:19

Description:

We set the stage with an interview with Susan Katz Miller, author of Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family

Story Slam: Part 1

Jan 4, 2019 17:43

Description:

We continue our live show with our storytelling event. 

Story Slam: Part 2

Jan 4, 2019 13:56

Description:

We continue with more storytellers. 

God and Government: Pakistan at a crossroads

Dec 27, 2018 49:18

Description:

Blasphemy laws in this young country allow for the persecution of non-Muslim religious minorities. But now, after a landmark case, Pakistan is at a crossroads. 

God and Government: Pakistan at a crossroads

Dec 27, 2018 49:18

Description:

Blasphemy laws in this young country allow for the persecution of non-Muslim religious minorities. But now, after a landmark case, Pakistan is at a crossroads. 

2018: A Year in Review

Dec 20, 2018 49:22

Description:

We discuss the biggest religion news stories of the year, including the stories we might of missed. Plus, we learn about how humanists celebrate Christmas. 

2018: A Year in Review

Dec 20, 2018 49:22

Description:

We discuss the biggest religion news stories of the year, including the stories we might of missed. Plus, we learn about how humanists celebrate Christmas. 

End-of-year religion news roundup

Dec 18, 2018 30:34

Description:

2018 has been an active year for religion journalism. We turn to a panel of three religion journalists to cover the biggest stories of the year, and those we might have missed. 

Celebrating Christmas in a secular, but profound way

Dec 18, 2018 18:28

Description:

Humanist and non-religious people celebrate Christmas in a meaningful way by drawing universal themes from the Christmas story and focusing on family tradition. 

Religious minorities in Pakistan face persecution, due to blasphemy laws

Dec 18, 2018 20:20

Description:

Meher Ahmad, a reporter based in Pakistan, brings us this story of an Ahmadi Muslim man falsely accused of burning pages out of a Quran. Plus, we discuss the recent ruling on the case of Asia Bibi. 

The history of Pakistani blasphemy laws

Dec 18, 2018 14:17

Description:

When blasphemy laws were originally put in place by the British Raj, the intent was to prevent the various religious groups in Pakistan from provoking each other. But, things have changed. 

Are blasphemy laws compatible with Islamic thought?

Dec 18, 2018 14:23

Description:

As the current incarnation of blasphemy laws serve to limit religious freedom in Pakistan, we asked, is there an Islamic justification for these laws?


End-of-year religion news roundup

Dec 18, 2018 30:34

Description:

2018 has been an active year for religion journalism. We turn to a panel of three religion journalists to cover the biggest stories of the year, and those we might have missed. 

Celebrating Christmas in a secular, but profound way

Dec 18, 2018 18:28

Description:

Humanist and non-religious people celebrate Christmas in a meaningful way by drawing universal themes from the Christmas story and focusing on family tradition. 

Chaplains: Resilience and Retreat

Dec 14, 2018 50:02

Description:

During this stressful time of year, we revisit our chaplains series to learn resiliency from a Zen Buddhist monk and how mindfulness nourishes patients and doctors.

The Zen Thing

Dec 14, 2018 18:56

Description:

Koshin Paley Ellison is one of a small but growing number of chaplains in the United States who are Buddhists. In fact, Koshin is a Zen Buddhist monk. He works in hospice, and his goal is to take "the Zen thing" out into the world...and the change the very nature of caregiving itself. Produced by Will Coley and KalaLea. Music by LD Brown.

Koshin Paley Ellison, co-founder of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and editor of Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End of Life Care


Zen in the City: Koshin jumps into a Manhattan cab.

Ronald Getter, a patient at the VNSNY Goodman Brown Hospice Residence in NYC. Photos courtesy of Loris Guzzetta.
The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care that Koshin founded with his husband, Robert Chodo Campbell, is the first ever Dharma-based organization to be accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.
Special thanks to the Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice and Palliative Care and the Overlook Medical Center/Atlantic Health System.

Mindfulness in Medicine

Dec 14, 2018 13:28

Description:

We speak to a palliative care physician and a Buddhist chaplain about contemplative care-- a mindful approach to the patient-caregiver relationship that could even be an antidote to empathy fatigue and doctor burnout.

Craig Blinderman, associate professor, director of Adult Palliative Care Service at Columbia University Medical Center

Tim Ford, fellow at the Transforming Chaplaincy project

This series is supported by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation.

The House of Mourning

Dec 14, 2018 17:26

Description:

Kate Braestrup is an unusual chaplain. She ministers to game wardens- people who come to the aid of hunters, fishermen, and hikers who've had mishaps in the wilderness. In this story, Braestrup tells the story of a young girl's unusual request, and how it lead her to believe that the bereaved should be trusted to see the body of their loved one. This story first aired on The Moth.

Kate Braestrup is a chaplain to the Maine Warden Service and author of Anchor and Flares

Kate's story is included in a new book by The Moth called All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown

We also asked Koshin Paley Ellison to read a couple poems that have taken on special meaning for him in his work as a hospice chaplain. He shares with us "The Gate" and "The Last Time" by Marie Howe.

Chaplains: Resilience and Retreat

Dec 14, 2018 50:02

Description:

During this stressful time of year, we revisit our chaplains series to learn resiliency from a Zen Buddhist monk and how mindfulness nourishes patients and doctors.

Religion, Remixed

Dec 6, 2018 49:58

Description:

Forget the old labels. We explore some of the new ways researchers are categorizing American religiosity. 

Don't call them cherry-pickers: Exploring the lives of 'spiritually fluid' people

Dec 6, 2018 19:48

Description:

Religion is a lot more complicated than a single identity or practice, and many people are rethinking how we categorize the way we live out our beliefs. A new book details the lives of spiritually fluid people.

New method groups Americans by how they practice, not what they believe

Dec 6, 2018 12:23

Description:

Are you a Sunday Stalwart or a Religion Resister? The Pew Research Center has developed a new way to categorize religious practice that goes beyond affiliation with specific traditions. 

Who are the 'spiritual but not religious'?

Dec 6, 2018 17:15

Description:

After going on her own nuanced spiritual journey, a researcher realizes that there are a lot of misconceptions about people who identify as "spiritual but not religious."

Religion, Remixed

Dec 6, 2018 49:58

Description:

Forget the old labels. We explore some of the new ways researchers are categorizing American religiosity. 

Don't call them cherry-pickers: Exploring the lives of 'spiritually fluid' people

Dec 6, 2018 19:48

Description:

Religion is a lot more complicated than a single identity or practice, and many people are rethinking how we categorize the way we live out our beliefs. A new book details the lives of spiritually fluid people.

New method groups Americans by how they practice, not what they believe

Dec 6, 2018 12:23

Description:

Are you a Sunday Stalwart or a Religion Resister? The Pew Research Center has developed a new way to categorize religious practice that goes beyond affiliation with specific traditions. 

Who are the 'spiritual but not religious'?

Dec 6, 2018 17:15

Description:

After going on her own nuanced spiritual journey, a researcher realizes that there are a lot of misconceptions about people who identify as "spiritual but not religious."

God and Government: Humanism blooms in Norway

Nov 30, 2018 60:54

Description:

As church attendance declines, fewer Norwegians say they believe in God. But that doesn't mean they believe in nothing. 

Church of Norway, state government officially split, as belief in God dwindles

Nov 30, 2018 18:36

Description:

For 480 years, the Church of Norway was the official state church of Norway, and Evangelical Lutheranism, the official state religion. But on January 1st, 2017, the church and state completed a legal split. Though enrollment in the Church is still at about 70% of Norwegians, this follows years of dwindling attendance and surveys showing a declining belief in God. We learn that Norway is following a pattern that many developed countries do: as safety, wealth, and happiness increase, faith in the divine dips. But many Norwegians are turning to a new form of belonging and ritual outside of a religious context: humanism.

Helge Årsheim, postdoctoral fellow in The Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo 
Phil Zuckerman, professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College, and author of Living the Secular Life

Our God and Government series is produced with support from the Henry R. Luce Foundation.

Young Norwegians increasingly choose a humanist coming-of-age ceremony

Nov 30, 2018 17:12

Description:

Confirmation is a Lutheran tradition much beloved by Norwegians. It marks a child’s passage into adulthood and is accompanied by much celebration. But as more young Norwegians say they don't believe in God, many are deciding to undergo humanist confirmations, which focus on community and ethics, rather than religion. And after the 2011 terrorist attack on Utoya Island, which killed 77 young people studying for said confirmation, humanists have turned the site of the massacre into a monument for tolerance. But even while many Norwegians find a lot to offer in humanism, is something being lost in the diminishing relevance of the Church of Norway?

Produced by Oliver Baerensen and Peter Bye Andersen 

Norwegian Lutheranism’s legacy on the American frontier

Nov 30, 2018 11:47

Description:

In the 19th century, many Norwegians immigrated to the United States, attracted to cheap land and the promise of the frontier. Most settled in the Midwest, and in many places today, the influence of these settlers can still be seen and felt. Marvin Slind, professor emeritus of history at Luther College, tells us how those Norwegian immigrants impacted the religious landscape in America. 

Marvin Slind, professor emeritus of history at Luther College 

(Special thanks to Becky Idstrom and Charlie Langton at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum for their help with this segment.)

A forgotten musical tradition of Norway is brought down from the attic, finds new life

Nov 30, 2018 12:58

Description:

When Norwegian immigrants came to the United States, they didn't just bring their faith. They also brought their music. Beatrice Hole shows us a little-known instrument, the psalmodikon, which was invented to accompany the melancholy and warm Lutheran hymns of the day. Though it was once forgotten, she’s preserving the art for generations to come.

Beatrice Hole, founder of the Nordic-American Psalmodikonforbundet and the Nordic-American Psalmodikon Quartet

God and Government: Humanism blooms in Norway

Nov 30, 2018 60:54

Description:

As church attendance declines, fewer Norwegians say they believe in God. But that doesn't mean they believe in nothing. 

Church of Norway, state government officially split, as belief in God dwindles

Nov 30, 2018 18:36

Description:

For 480 years, the Church of Norway was the official state church of Norway, and Evangelical Lutheranism, the official state religion. But on January 1st, 2017, the church and state completed a legal split. Though enrollment in the Church is still at about 70% of Norwegians, this follows years of dwindling attendance and surveys showing a declining belief in God. We learn that Norway is following a pattern that many developed countries do: as safety, wealth, and happiness increase, faith in the divine dips. But many Norwegians are turning to a new form of belonging and ritual outside of a religious context: humanism.

Helge Årsheim, postdoctoral fellow in The Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo 
Phil Zuckerman, professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College, and author of Living the Secular Life

Our God and Government series is produced with support from the Henry R. Luce Foundation.

Young Norwegians increasingly choose a humanist coming-of-age ceremony

Nov 30, 2018 17:12

Description:

Confirmation is a Lutheran tradition much beloved by Norwegians. It marks a child’s passage into adulthood and is accompanied by much celebration. But as more young Norwegians say they don't believe in God, many are deciding to undergo humanist confirmations, which focus on community and ethics, rather than religion. And after the 2011 terrorist attack on Utoya Island, which killed 77 young people studying for said confirmation, humanists have turned the site of the massacre into a monument for tolerance. But even while many Norwegians find a lot to offer in humanism, is something being lost in the diminishing relevance of the Church of Norway?

Produced by Oliver Baerensen and Peter Bye Andersen 

Norwegian Lutheranism’s legacy on the American frontier

Nov 30, 2018 11:47

Description:

In the 19th century, many Norwegians immigrated to the United States, attracted to cheap land and the promise of the frontier. Most settled in the Midwest, and in many places today, the influence of these settlers can still be seen and felt. Marvin Slind, professor emeritus of history at Luther College, tells us how those Norwegian immigrants impacted the religious landscape in America. 

Marvin Slind, professor emeritus of history at Luther College 

(Special thanks to Becky Idstrom and Charlie Langton at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum for their help with this segment.)

A forgotten musical tradition of Norway is brought down from the attic, finds new life

Nov 30, 2018 12:58

Description:

When Norwegian immigrants came to the United States, they didn't just bring their faith. They also brought their music. Beatrice Hole shows us a little-known instrument, the psalmodikon, which was invented to accompany the melancholy and warm Lutheran hymns of the day. Though it was once forgotten, she’s preserving the art for generations to come.

Beatrice Hole, founder of the Nordic-American Psalmodikonforbundet and the Nordic-American Psalmodikon Quartet

Adventures in Faith & Food

Nov 20, 2018 49:43

Description:

No matter your race, class, gender, or faith, we all have to eat. We explore what food says about who we are and what we believe. 

The legacy of Thanksgiving: gratitude, identity, and eating

Nov 20, 2018 17:37

Description:

We discuss arguably the biggest feast in America, Thanksgiving, and how it went from a regional day of prayer and gratitude, to the standardized, commercialized, civil holiday we celebrate today.

The spirituality of vegetarianism, veganism, and Jainism

Nov 20, 2018 15:30

Description:

Shikhar Shah practices Jainism, which prohibits the consumption of meat, eggs, honey, and even root vegetables. The practice is derived out of a belief of non-violence. 

The Sihk tradition of langar hits the road

Nov 20, 2018 16:06

Description:

Ravi Singh, a Sikh man living in Los Angeles, decided to take this tradition of langar on the road, to better serve the homeless and others most in need of a meal. 

Adventures in Faith & Food

Nov 20, 2018 49:43

Description:

No matter your race, class, gender, or faith, we all have to eat. We explore what food says about who we are and what we believe. 

The legacy of Thanksgiving: gratitude, identity, and eating

Nov 20, 2018 17:37

Description:

We discuss arguably the biggest feast in America, Thanksgiving, and how it went from a regional day of prayer and gratitude, to the standardized, commercialized, civil holiday we celebrate today.

The spirituality of vegetarianism, veganism, and Jainism

Nov 20, 2018 15:30

Description:

Shikhar Shah practices Jainism, which prohibits the consumption of meat, eggs, honey, and even root vegetables. The practice is derived out of a belief of non-violence. 

The Sikh tradition of langar hits the road

Nov 20, 2018 16:06

Description:

Ravi Singh, a Sikh man living in Los Angeles, decided to take this tradition of langar on the road, to better serve the homeless and others most in need of a meal. 

The Sikh tradition of langar hits the road

Nov 20, 2018 16:06

Description:

Ravi Singh, a Sikh man living in Los Angeles, decided to take this tradition of langar on the road, to better serve the homeless and others most in need of a meal. 

Is Gen Z rejecting interfaith?

Nov 16, 2018 49:03

Description:

Young people are increasingly identifying with multiple religious traditions or none at all, and that's changing how they approach interfaith connections.  

Young people's shifting religious identities inspire changing face of interfaith

Nov 16, 2018 17:06

Description:

Leaders say if the interfaith movement is going to stay relevant, it needs to change and adapt to the needs of younger generations, who are increasingly identifying with multiple religious identities or don't affiliate with faith traditions at all. Hundreds of religious leaders and faith-based advocates recently gathered at George Washington University in Washington DC to wrestle with the task of "Reimagining Interfaith" to meet these needs.

Susan Katz Miller, interfaith activist and author of Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family 
The Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson, Minister for Racial Justice with Justice and Witness Ministries in the National setting of the United Church of Christ
Tahil Sharma, communications lead for Reimagining Interfaith conference 

Creating ‘brave spaces’ on campus for interfaith dialogue

Nov 16, 2018 14:27

Description:

New research shows that most incoming college students these days believe in the value of interfaith dialogue and they’re pursuing it on their own terms. But when it comes to more formal interfaith work, they’re not picking up the mantle. Is that because these spaces aren’t welcoming or the spaces don’t exist in the first place? New research could offer skittish college facilitators some guidance on creating these “brave spaces” for challenging, respectful interfaith conversations to happen on campus.

Matthew Mayhew, professor in educational administration at Ohio State University, designer of the IDEALS (Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey), and author of “Best Practices for Interfaith Learning and Development in the First Year of College” report

Organization helps college admins, 'interfaith champions' see common goals

Nov 16, 2018 16:52

Description:

Best practices for building interfaith spaces attractive to younger generations are only as good as the people implementing them. So how do colleges and universities get more so-called "interfaith champions" in their midsts? And how can they speak the language that cuts through university bureaucracy? One organization is trying to help schools and interfaith advocates see their mutual goals by improving “the institutional policies and practices that support the religious, secular and spiritual identities of students.”

Cody Nielsen, founder and executive director of Convergence on Campus, Inc.

Is Gen Z rejecting interfaith?

Nov 16, 2018 49:03

Description:

Young people are increasingly identifying with multiple religious traditions or none at all, and that's changing how they approach interfaith connections.  

Can people of faith lead a path to unity?

Nov 9, 2018 49:04

Description:

After a divisive midterm election, we learn about some people of faith who are trying to model a path to unity. 

How voters of faith impacted the midterms

Nov 9, 2018 17:57

Description:

We hear about how faith-motivated voters may have influenced the midterm elections. Plus, how one organization is supporting a more diverse Minnesota. 

From podcasts to common priorities, organizations work to expand world views across faith lines

Nov 9, 2018 19:55

Description:

The One America Movement aims to use faith and science to “bridge divides and solve problems.” The Neighborly Faith podcast focuses on helping evangelical Christians navigate an increasingly diverse world.

Pastor visits White House to advocate for prison reform, but faces negative reaction

Nov 9, 2018 10:57

Description:

For one pastor the issues facing his community was more important than partisanship. The Rev. Van Moody talks about why it was important for him to speak with President Trump, despite criticisms he faced.


Can people of faith lead a path to unity?

Nov 9, 2018 49:04

Description:

After a divisive midterm election, we learn about some people of faith who are trying to model a path to unity. 

How voters of faith impacted the midterms

Nov 9, 2018 17:57

Description:

We hear about how faith-motivated voters may have influenced the midterm elections. Plus, how one organization is supporting a more diverse Minnesota. 

From podcasts to common priorities, organizations work to expand world views across faith lines

Nov 9, 2018 19:55

Description:

The One America Movement aims to use faith and science to “bridge divides and solve problems.” The Neighborly Faith podcast focuses on helping evangelical Christians navigate an increasingly diverse world.

Pastor visits White House to advocate for prison reform, but faces negative reaction

Nov 9, 2018 10:57

Description:

For one pastor the issues facing his community was more important than partisanship. The Rev. Van Moody talks about why it was important for him to speak with President Trump, despite criticisms he faced.


'Holy Place Defiled': Mourning the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Victims

Nov 2, 2018 49:47

Description:

The Jewish community at large and its allies mourn the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history, in which 11 people were killed.

Interfaith vigils across the nation mourn Pittsburgh synagogue victims

Nov 2, 2018 16:26

Description:

The Jewish community across the country continues to reel from the violence in Pittsburgh, and leaders of religious institutions and organizations are responding in different ways to meets their congregants’ and members’ needs. People from other faiths and those unaffiliated with a tradition are also showing their support for their Jewish neighbors by joining them at vigils nationwide to grieve collectively. WAMU reporter and editor Carmel Delshad describes one interfaith gathering in DuPont Circle in Washington DC.

Carmel Delshad, editor and reporter at WAMU

Leaders of Jewish advocacy groups discuss accountability, what politicizes a tragedy

Nov 2, 2018 20:39

Description:

The deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue a week before the midterm elections has led to a debate on which types of responses are appropriate and which politicize a tragedy. And it’s also sparked a serious question that’s exposing divides within the Jewish community: if a climate of anti-Semitism is growing, who’s contributing to it? To what extent can an elected leader’s words contribute to violence? And what, if any, responsibility do they hold? We spoke with three representatives of Jewish organizations about the issue in separate interviews to get a variety of views.

Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer, director for education and community engagement at HIAS
Rabbi Avi Shafron, director of public affairs for Agudath Israel of America, a national Orthodox advocacy organization
Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block,  the Washington director of the progressive Bend the Arc Jewish Action group

Building a sisterhood to combat hate against Jews, Muslims

Nov 2, 2018 12:22

Description:

In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, we learn about one longstanding effort between Jewish and Muslim women to stand together in solidarity against prejudice. The Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom is a national network that seeks to connect Muslim and Jewish women in an effort to end anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish sentiments.

Sheryl Olitzky, executive director of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom
Atiya Aftab, board chair of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom

'Holy Place Defiled': Mourning the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Victims

Nov 2, 2018 49:47

Description:

The Jewish community at large and its allies mourn the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history, in which 11 people were killed.

Interfaith vigils across the nation mourn Pittsburgh synagogue victims

Nov 2, 2018 16:26

Description:

The Jewish community across the country continues to reel from the violence in Pittsburgh, and leaders of religious institutions and organizations are responding in different ways to meets their congregants’ and members’ needs. People from other faiths and those unaffiliated with a tradition are also showing their support for their Jewish neighbors by joining them at vigils nationwide to grieve collectively. WAMU reporter and editor Carmel Delshad describes one interfaith gathering in DuPont Circle in Washington DC.

Carmel Delshad, editor and reporter at WAMU

Leaders of Jewish advocacy groups discuss accountability, what politicizes a tragedy

Nov 2, 2018 20:39

Description:

The deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue a week before the midterm elections has led to a debate on which types of responses are appropriate and which politicize a tragedy. And it’s also sparked a serious question that’s exposing divides within the Jewish community: if a climate of anti-Semitism is growing, who’s contributing to it? To what extent can an elected leader’s words contribute to violence? And what, if any, responsibility do they hold? We spoke with three representatives of Jewish organizations about the issue in separate interviews to get a variety of views.

Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer, director for education and community engagement at HIAS
Rabbi Avi Shafron, director of public affairs for Agudath Israel of America, a national Orthodox advocacy organization
Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block,  the Washington director of the progressive Bend the Arc Jewish Action group

Building a sisterhood to combat hate against Jews, Muslims

Nov 2, 2018 12:22

Description:

In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, we learn about one longstanding effort between Jewish and Muslim women to stand together in solidarity against prejudice. The Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom is a national network that seeks to connect Muslim and Jewish women in an effort to end anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish sentiments.

Sheryl Olitzky, executive director of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom
Atiya Aftab, board chair of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom

New 'value voters' emerge for the midterm elections

Oct 26, 2018 59:30

Description:

We explore how Americans – both people of faith and those who identify as secular  – are preparing to vote their values during these midterm elections. 

Memphis interfaith coalitions align to combat low voter turnout

Oct 26, 2018 14:30

Description:

Memphis, Tenn. is facing some serious issues, but these pressing problems have catalyzed groups that haven’t coordinated well in the past - to come together across racial, faith and political lines. 

How do religiously motivated get-out-the-vote efforts look across America?

Oct 26, 2018 15:59

Description:

Our panel of journalists explore how voters are taking their faith with them into the voting booth-- and how the right and the left are using the political concerns of voters to mobilize supporters. 

Secular groups work to build 'powerhouse constituency' of religiously unaffiliated voters

Oct 26, 2018 15:48

Description:

The nearly 25 percent of the U.S. population who identify as “religiously unaffiliated” tend to vote Democratic. But, they have regularly low turnout. We learn about secular efforts to get out the vote this November.

Evangelical women voting against trend could swing Texas' midterm Senate election

Oct 26, 2018 12:44

Description:

In Texas, a reliably red state, some evangelical women want to vote from a "pro-life, not just pro-birth" stance, and see democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke's committment to immigrant families as part of that platform. 

New 'value voters' emerge for the midterm elections

Oct 26, 2018 59:30

Description:

We explore how Americans – both people of faith and those who identify as secular  – are preparing to vote their values during these midterm elections. 

Memphis interfaith coalitions align to combat low voter turnout

Oct 26, 2018 14:30

Description:

Memphis, Tenn. is facing some serious issues, but these pressing problems have catalyzed groups that haven’t coordinated well in the past - to come together across racial, faith and political lines. 

How do religiously motivated get-out-the-vote efforts look across America?

Oct 26, 2018 15:59

Description:

Our panel of journalists explore how voters are taking their faith with them into the voting booth-- and how the right and the left are using the political concerns of voters to mobilize supporters. 

Secular groups work to build 'powerhouse constituency' of religiously unaffiliated voters

Oct 26, 2018 15:48

Description:

The nearly 25 percent of the U.S. population who identify as “religiously unaffiliated” tend to vote Democratic. But, they have regularly low turnout. We learn about secular efforts to get out the vote this November.

Evangelical women voting against trend could swing Texas' midterm Senate election

Oct 26, 2018 12:44

Description:

In Texas, a reliably red state, some evangelical women want to vote from a "pro-life, not just pro-birth" stance, and see democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke's committment to immigrant families as part of that platform. 

Modern paganism, ancient spirituality

Oct 19, 2018 49:08

Description:

It's not devil worship. It's not make-believe. Modern day pagans are taking part in a diverse array of spiritual practices reviving traditions of long ago.

Modern paganism defies a single definition

Oct 19, 2018 17:31

Description:

We explore the lives of those who call themselves witches, pagans, Wiccans, Druids, and everything in between. It’s a diverse group  - with an array of different spiritual practices and beliefs. 

With pomegranates and apples, DC pagan group marks Mabon

Oct 19, 2018 18:26

Description:

The Firefly House is trying to create an open space for pagans to find community, in part by holding a retreat to mark the autumnal equinox, called Mabon. 

Why one witch says "the craft" is for everyone

Oct 19, 2018 12:55

Description:

Gabriela Herstik explains you don't have to have any set of beliefs to practice witchcraft: while some consider it to be their religion, she thinks of the “craft” itself as a set of spiritual practices open to anyone. 

Modern paganism, ancient spirituality

Oct 19, 2018 49:08

Description:

It's not devil worship. It's not make-believe. Modern day pagans are taking part in a diverse array of spiritual practices reviving traditions of long ago.

Modern paganism defies a single definition

Oct 19, 2018 17:31

Description:

We explore the lives of those who call themselves witches, pagans, Wiccans, Druids, and everything in between. It’s a diverse group  - with an array of different spiritual practices and beliefs. 

With pomegranates and apples, DC pagan group marks Mabon

Oct 19, 2018 18:26

Description:

The Firefly House is trying to create an open space for pagans to find community, in part by holding a retreat to mark the autumnal equinox, called Mabon. 

Why one witch says "the craft" is for everyone

Oct 19, 2018 12:55

Description:

Gabriela Herstik explains you don't have to have any set of beliefs to practice witchcraft: while some consider it to be their religion, she thinks of the “craft” itself as a set of spiritual practices open to anyone. 

Putting faith - and freedom - into action

Oct 11, 2018 59:44

Description:

America’s religious freedom allows people to live out their faiths and act on those beliefs - through passion projects.

Evangelical minister turns from anti-abortion advocacy to confronting 'pro-gun' culture

Oct 11, 2018 19:03

Description:

For decades, evangelical Christian minister Rev. Rob Schenck was one of the most high-profile anti-abortion advocates in the country, using provocative and sometimes shocking tactics in his demonstrations. Schenck eventually turned away from that form of activism, and recently has dedicated himself to a new cause: advocating for gun reform. Though Schenck says this goes against mainstream evangelical culture, he says he believes one cannot be “pro-life” and “pro-gun.” In his newest memoir, Costly Grace: An Evangelical Minister's Rediscovery of Faith, Hope, and Love, Schenck details the three conversions he has undergone in his life: his conversion to Christianity, his conversion to right-wing activism, and his conversion to gun control advocacy.

Rev. Rob Schenck, evangelical minister, author of Costly Grace, and founding president of the Deitrich Bonhoeffer Institute in Washington, DC

Rev. Rob Schenck, preaching. (Courtesy of Rob Schenck | Facebook)


Rev. Rob Schenck holds what appears to be a Bible, but is actually a gun case.
(Photo by Rob Schenck | Twitter)

To protect refugee and immigrant kids, a Muslim mom from Ohio fights crime - and discrimination

Oct 11, 2018 11:21

Description:

Zerqa Abid is a business owner, a mother, a Muslim, and a Pakistani immigrant living in Columbus, Ohio. But she dropped all of her obligations when she became aware of increasing violence, drug use, and human trafficking happening in the city's Hilltop neighborhood, particularly in an area called the Wedgewood Village Apartments. Many of the residents there are Somali immigrants and refugees, and most are members of a specific ethnic minority that is marginalized. So Abid formed the nonprofit My Project USA to help curb the crime and violence affecting this community, but first she had to overcome language barriers, cultural differences and trust issues.

Zerqa Abid, president and founder of My Project USA


Zerqa Abid, founder of My Project USA, says she hopes to replicate the Hilltop
model of intervention in other cities around the country.
(Courtesy of My Project USA | YouTube capture)


Abid says children in the Wedgewood Village Apartments complex, many of whom are Somali immigrants and refugees, can now play outside in Columbus' Hilltop neighborhood.
(Photo courtesy of My Project USA | Twitter)

Snake-handling and the Pentecostal preachers keeping the practice alive

Oct 11, 2018 12:15

Description:

About 100 churches throughout the Appalachian region of the U.S. still use the practice of picking up venomous snakes during worship. They're part of a small branch of Pentecostal Christianity and are committed to preserving this 100-plus-year-old practice as a test of one's faith. While the practice is illegal in almost all states, many believers argue it should be protected as a matter of free exercise of religion - and that it’s targeted because it’s misunderstood. After decades of covering religion, journalist Julia Duin covered snake-handling preachers for a Washington Post Magazine article. After a high-profile death in the snake-handling community, Duin wanted to profile several of the preachers keeping this practice alive, including a new generation being featured in a National Geographic series called "Snake Salvation." She chronicles their journeys in the book In the House of the Serpent Handler: A Story of Faith and Fleeting Fame in the Age of Social Media.

Julia Duin, religion reporter and author of In the House of the Serpent Handler: A Story of Faith and Fleeting Fame in the Age of Social Media. 


Author and religion journalist Julia Duin
(Photo courtesy of Julia Duin's website)
  Pentecostal preacher Andrew Hamblin takes up a snake during a worship service.  (Photo by John David Hatch) Snake-handling preachers in Harlan County, Ky., in 1946.
(Photo by Russell Lee, NARA | Wikimedia Commons) 

'The greatest story never told': New documentary sheds light on the origins of the Baha'i faith

Oct 11, 2018 17:15

Description:

Steve Sarowitz is not a filmmaker. But when the former tech entrepreneur declared himself a Baha’i, he felt compelled to bring awareness to his new faith. But members of the faith are not allowed to proslytize, and with only about five million Baha’is in the world, few people know much about the faith - or its origin story. So Sarowitz set off to make what became “The Gate: Dawn of the Baha'i Faith,” a documentary from Spring Green Films about the creation of the Baha’i faith and its prophet the Báb, directed by Peabody Award-winner Bob Hercules. You can watch the trailer here.

Steve Sarowitz, executive producer, and Bob Hercules, director, of "The Gate: Dawn of the Baha'i Faith"
Director Bob Hercules (top) and executive producer Steve Sarowitz (bottom) worked for several years to complete the documentary telling the origin story of the Baha'i faith.
(Images courtesy of Spring Green Films)


Alberto Javier Montals Pozzoli as Vahid in 'The Gate: Dawn of the Baha’i Faith'
(Image courtesy of Spring Green Films)


Tala Delvarani as Tahirih in 'The Gate: Dawn of the Baha’i Faith'
(Image courtesy of Spring Green Films)

Putting faith - and freedom - into action

Oct 11, 2018 59:44

Description:

America’s religious freedom allows people to live out their faiths and act on those beliefs - through passion projects.

Evangelical minister turns from anti-abortion advocacy to confronting 'pro-gun' culture

Oct 11, 2018 19:03

Description:

For decades, evangelical Christian minister Rev. Rob Schenck was one of the most high-profile anti-abortion advocates in the country, using provocative and sometimes shocking tactics in his demonstrations. Schenck eventually turned away from that form of activism, and recently has dedicated himself to a new cause: advocating for gun reform. Though Schenck says this goes against mainstream evangelical culture, he says he believes one cannot be “pro-life” and “pro-gun.” In his newest memoir, Costly Grace: An Evangelical Minister's Rediscovery of Faith, Hope, and Love, Schenck details the three conversions he has undergone in his life: his conversion to Christianity, his conversion to right-wing activism, and his conversion to gun control advocacy.

Rev. Rob Schenck, evangelical minister, author of Costly Grace, and founding president of the Deitrich Bonhoeffer Institute in Washington, DC

Rev. Rob Schenck, preaching. (Courtesy of Rob Schenck | Facebook)


Rev. Rob Schenck holds what appears to be a Bible, but is actually a gun case.
(Photo by Rob Schenck | Twitter)

To protect refugee and immigrant kids, a Muslim mom from Ohio fights crime - and discrimination

Oct 11, 2018 11:21

Description:

Zerqa Abid is a business owner, a mother, a Muslim, and a Pakistani immigrant living in Columbus, Ohio. But she dropped all of her obligations when she became aware of increasing violence, drug use, and human trafficking happening in the city's Hilltop neighborhood, particularly in an area called the Wedgewood Village Apartments. Many of the residents there are Somali immigrants and refugees, and most are members of a specific ethnic minority that is marginalized. So Abid formed the nonprofit My Project USA to help curb the crime and violence affecting this community, but first she had to overcome language barriers, cultural differences and trust issues.

Zerqa Abid, president and founder of My Project USA


Zerqa Abid, founder of My Project USA, says she hopes to replicate the Hilltop
model of intervention in other cities around the country.
(Courtesy of My Project USA | YouTube capture)


Abid says children in the Wedgewood Village Apartments complex, many of whom are Somali immigrants and refugees, can now play outside in Columbus' Hilltop neighborhood.
(Photo courtesy of My Project USA | Twitter)

Snake-handling and the Pentecostal preachers keeping the practice alive

Oct 11, 2018 12:15

Description:

About 100 churches throughout the Appalachian region of the U.S. still use the practice of picking up venomous snakes during worship. They're part of a small branch of Pentecostal Christianity and are committed to preserving this 100-plus-year-old practice as a test of one's faith. While the practice is illegal in almost all states, many believers argue it should be protected as a matter of free exercise of religion - and that it’s targeted because it’s misunderstood. After decades of covering religion, journalist Julia Duin covered snake-handling preachers for a Washington Post Magazine article. After a high-profile death in the snake-handling community, Duin wanted to profile several of the preachers keeping this practice alive, including a new generation being featured in a National Geographic series called "Snake Salvation." She chronicles their journeys in the book In the House of the Serpent Handler: A Story of Faith and Fleeting Fame in the Age of Social Media.

Julia Duin, religion reporter and author of In the House of the Serpent Handler: A Story of Faith and Fleeting Fame in the Age of Social Media. 


Author and religion journalist Julia Duin
(Photo courtesy of Julia Duin's website)
  Pentecostal preacher Andrew Hamblin takes up a snake during a worship service.  (Photo by John David Hatch) Snake-handling preachers in Harlan County, Ky., in 1946.
(Photo by Russell Lee, NARA | Wikimedia Commons) 

'The greatest story never told': New documentary sheds light on the origins of the Baha'i faith

Oct 11, 2018 17:15

Description:

Steve Sarowitz is not a filmmaker. But when the former tech entrepreneur declared himself a Baha’i, he felt compelled to bring awareness to his new faith. But members of the faith are not allowed to proslytize, and with only about five million Baha’is in the world, few people know much about the faith - or its origin story. So Sarowitz set off to make what became “The Gate: Dawn of the Baha'i Faith,” a documentary from Spring Green Films about the creation of the Baha’i faith and its prophet the Báb, directed by Peabody Award-winner Bob Hercules. You can watch the trailer here.

Steve Sarowitz, executive producer, and Bob Hercules, director, of "The Gate: Dawn of the Baha'i Faith"
Director Bob Hercules (top) and executive producer Steve Sarowitz (bottom) worked for several years to complete the documentary telling the origin story of the Baha'i faith.
(Images courtesy of Spring Green Films)


Alberto Javier Montals Pozzoli as Vahid in 'The Gate: Dawn of the Baha’i Faith'
(Image courtesy of Spring Green Films)


Tala Delvarani as Tahirih in 'The Gate: Dawn of the Baha’i Faith'
(Image courtesy of Spring Green Films)

God and Government: Brazil beyond Catholicism

Sep 28, 2018 49:30

Description:

No longer a Catholic-majority country, Brazil is home to fast-growing Pentecostalism, Afro-Brazilian traditions and the rise of the religious nones. 

Pentecostalism finds rapt audience in Brazil's working, middle classes - and even its 'killable people'

Sep 28, 2018 18:52

Description:

Brazil is the world’s largest Catholic country, but it’s no longer Catholic majority. The 20th century saw an enormous rise in evangelical Christianity in Brazil, specifically Pentecostalism. Sociologist Andrew Johnson of Metro State University embedded himself in the prisons of Brazil to learn why the most marginalized people in the country are so drawn to the Pentecostal message. Then, we learn about the legacy of Catholicism and Protestantism in Brazil, and how the religious landscape has changed over time, from professor Andrew Chesnut of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Andrew Johnson, law enforcement and criminal justice professor at Metropolitan State University and author of If I Give My Soul: Faith Behind Bars in Rio de Janeiro, soon to be a documentary
Andrew Chesnut, professor of religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of Born Again in Brazil: The Pentecostal Boom and the Pathogens of Poverty





































Religious studies professor Andrew Chesnut (right) holds the Brazilian flag

Evangelicals in Brazil turn the political tide

Sep 28, 2018 15:04

Description:

The evangelical Christian block makes up one third of Brazil’s Congress, and one particular Pentecostal church has been effective at mobilizing its voters: the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God. Last year, UCKG bishop Marcelo Crivella became the first bishop of a Pentecostal church to be elected mayor of a major Brazilian city — in this case, Rio de Janeiro. And as more evangelical leaders come into power, politics in Brazil are starting to shift toward the right. Reporter Catherine Osborn brings us a story from the field, which examines whether Crivella is really keeping church and state separate as mayor.

Catherine Osborn, correspondent in Rio de Janeiro
(Inset image: Marcelo Crivella gives a speech in Rio de Janeiro.) Street vendors protest a plan by Rio's Mayor Marcelo Crivella to arm city guards, who the vendors say harass them and steal their wares.


Cosme Felippsen (center) speaks against a plan to arm city guards during a protest by street vendors. He says his nephew was killed by local police, who are known to shoot suspected criminals.


Cosme Felippsen (far right) at home with his family (Photos by Catherine Osbborn)

Batalá Washington brings Afro-Brazilian beats to DC

Sep 28, 2018 14:52

Description:

Not everyone in Brazil is Catholic or Protestant; about three to four percent of Brazilians practice folks religions, which mesh the worship of traditional African deities with Catholic practices. A form of samba called samba reggae that originates in the area of Brazil with the most African descendants, Bahia, uses rhythms that correspond to these deities, or orishas. But samba reggae is a style of music anyone can enjoy, and people all around the world are doing just that. Producer Melissa Feito brings us a story of an all-women’s band called Batalá Washington that’s celebrating Afro-Bahian culture and the strength and creativity of women in DC.

Watch a mini-documentary about Batalá Washington here or a video from a 2018 performance here.

Most of the members of Batalá Washington had never played drums before joining, but many say they had always dreamed of playing. 
(Photo by Preston Low | Facebook)


Batalá Washington is unique among the many chapters of Batalá in that it is an all-women group. Members say the band wants to create an inclusive and safe space. 
(Photo by Sharon Pendana | Facebook)


Batalá Washington performs at the 2017 Chinese New Year Parade.
(Photo by Edward Der Photography, via Facebook)

God and Government: Brazil beyond Catholicism

Sep 28, 2018 49:30

Description:

No longer a Catholic-majority country, Brazil is home to fast-growing Pentecostalism, Afro-Brazilian traditions and the rise of the religious nones. 

Pentecostalism finds rapt audience in Brazil's working, middle classes - and even its 'killable people'

Sep 28, 2018 18:52

Description:

Brazil is the world’s largest Catholic country, but it’s no longer Catholic majority. The 20th century saw an enormous rise in evangelical Christianity in Brazil, specifically Pentecostalism. Sociologist Andrew Johnson of Metro State University embedded himself in the prisons of Brazil to learn why the most marginalized people in the country are so drawn to the Pentecostal message. Then, we learn about the legacy of Catholicism and Protestantism in Brazil, and how the religious landscape has changed over time, from professor Andrew Chesnut of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Andrew Johnson, law enforcement and criminal justice professor at Metropolitan State University and author of If I Give My Soul: Faith Behind Bars in Rio de Janeiro, soon to be a documentary
Andrew Chesnut, professor of religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of Born Again in Brazil: The Pentecostal Boom and the Pathogens of Poverty





































Religious studies professor Andrew Chesnut (right) holds the Brazilian flag

Evangelicals in Brazil turn the political tide

Sep 28, 2018 15:04

Description:

The evangelical Christian block makes up one third of Brazil’s Congress, and one particular Pentecostal church has been effective at mobilizing its voters: the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God. Last year, UCKG bishop Marcelo Crivella became the first bishop of a Pentecostal church to be elected mayor of a major Brazilian city — in this case, Rio de Janeiro. And as more evangelical leaders come into power, politics in Brazil are starting to shift toward the right. Reporter Catherine Osborn brings us a story from the field, which examines whether Crivella is really keeping church and state separate as mayor.

Catherine Osborn, correspondent in Rio de Janeiro
(Inset image: Marcelo Crivella gives a speech in Rio de Janeiro.) Street vendors protest a plan by Rio's Mayor Marcelo Crivella to arm city guards, who the vendors say harass them and steal their wares.


Cosme Felippsen (center) speaks against a plan to arm city guards during a protest by street vendors. He says his nephew was killed by local police, who are known to shoot suspected criminals.


Cosme Felippsen (far right) at home with his family (Photos by Catherine Osbborn)

Batalá Washington brings Afro-Brazilian beats to DC

Sep 28, 2018 14:52

Description:

Not everyone in Brazil is Catholic or Protestant; about three to four percent of Brazilians practice folks religions, which mesh the worship of traditional African deities with Catholic practices. A form of samba called samba reggae that originates in the area of Brazil with the most African descendants, Bahia, uses rhythms that correspond to these deities, or orishas. But samba reggae is a style of music anyone can enjoy, and people all around the world are doing just that. Producer Melissa Feito brings us a story of an all-women’s band called Batalá Washington that’s celebrating Afro-Bahian culture and the strength and creativity of women in DC.

Watch a mini-documentary about Batalá Washington here or a video from a 2018 performance here.

Most of the members of Batalá Washington had never played drums before joining, but many say they had always dreamed of playing. 
(Photo by Preston Low | Facebook)


Batalá Washington is unique among the many chapters of Batalá in that it is an all-women group. Members say the band wants to create an inclusive and safe space. 
(Photo by Sharon Pendana | Facebook)


Batalá Washington performs at the 2017 Chinese New Year Parade.
(Photo by Edward Der Photography, via Facebook)

Batalá Washington brings Afro-Brazilian beats to DC

Sep 28, 2018 14:52

Description:

Not everyone in Brazil is Catholic or Protestant; about three to four percent of Brazilians practice folks religions, which mesh the worship of traditional African deities with Catholic practices. A form of samba called samba reggae that originates in the area of Brazil with the most African descendants, Bahia, uses rhythms that correspond to these deities, or orishas. But samba reggae is a style of music anyone can enjoy, and people all around the world are doing just that. Producer Melissa Feito brings us a story of an all-women’s band called Batalá Washington that’s celebrating Afro-Bahian culture and the strength and creativity of women in DC.

Watch a mini-documentary about Batalá Washington here or a video from a 2018 performance here.

Most of the members of Batalá Washington had never played drums before joining, but many say they had always dreamed of playing. 
(Photo by Preston Low | Facebook)


Batalá Washington is unique among the many chapters of Batalá in that it is an all-women group. Members say the band wants to create an inclusive and safe space. 
(Photo by Sharon Pendana | Facebook)


Batalá Washington performs at the 2017 Chinese New Year Parade.
(Photo by Edward Der Photography, via Facebook)

Is Gen Z rejecting interfaith?

Sep 21, 2018 48:47

Description:

Young people are increasingly identifying with multiple religious traditions or none at all, and that's changing how they approach interfaith connections.

Young people's shifting religious identities inspire changing face of interfaith

Sep 21, 2018 17:06

Description:

Leaders say if the interfaith movement is going to stay relevant, it needs to change and adapt to the needs of younger generations, who are increasingly identifying with multiple religious identities or don't affiliate with faith traditions at all. Hundreds of religious leaders and faith-based advocates recently gathered at George Washington University in Washington DC to wrestle with the task of "Reimagining Interfaith" to meet these needs.

Susan Katz Miller, interfaith activist and author of Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family 
The Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson, Minister for Racial Justice with Justice and Witness Ministries in the National setting of the United Church of Christ
Tahil Sharma, communications lead for Reimagining Interfaith conference 

Creating ‘brave spaces’ on campus for interfaith dialogue

Sep 21, 2018 14:07

Description:

New research shows that most incoming college students these days believe in the value of interfaith dialogue and they’re pursuing it on their own terms. But when it comes to more formal interfaith work, they’re not picking up the mantle. Is that because these spaces aren’t welcoming or the spaces don’t exist in the first place? New research could offer skittish college facilitators some guidance on creating these “brave spaces” for challenging, respectful interfaith conversations to happen on campus.

Matthew Mayhew, professor in educational administration at Ohio State University, designer of the IDEALS (Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey), and author of “Best Practices for Interfaith Learning and Development in the First Year of College” report

Organization helps college admins, 'interfaith champions' see common goals

Sep 21, 2018 16:56

Description:

Best practices for building interfaith spaces attractive to younger generations are only as good as the people implementing them. So how do colleges and universities get more so-called "interfaith champions" in their midsts? And how can they speak the language that cuts through university bureaucracy? One organization is trying to help schools and interfaith advocates see their mutual goals by improving “the institutional policies and practices that support the religious, secular and spiritual identities of students.”

Cody Nielsen, founder and executive director of Convergence on Campus, Inc.

Is Gen Z rejecting interfaith?

Sep 21, 2018 48:47

Description:

Young people are increasingly identifying with multiple religious traditions or none at all, and that's changing how they approach interfaith connections.

Back in Session: from Congress to the Court to the Classroom

Sep 7, 2018 47:56

Description:

As the summer wraps up, we explore some of the topics that Congress and the Supreme Court will encounter as they swing back into session. 

Muslim Advocates reflect on travel ban effects

Sep 7, 2018 13:42

Description:

 We hear from Muslim Advocates about families separated under President Trump’s travel ban.


Linking the Qur’an and the Bible

Sep 7, 2018 22:10

Description:

A new reference guide brings together shared stories, characters, themes and scriptures of the Qur’an and the Bible together in one volume - and could provide key insights for religion scholars.


Religious communities providing sanctuary change their tactics

Sep 7, 2018 12:10

Description:

Over time, the sanctuary movement has changed from an underground railroad to an act of resistance.



Back in Session: from Congress to the Court to the Classroom

Sep 7, 2018 47:56

Description:

As the summer wraps up, we explore some of the topics that Congress and the Supreme Court will encounter as they swing back into session. 

Muslim Advocates reflect on travel ban effects

Sep 7, 2018 13:42

Description:

 We hear from Muslim Advocates about families separated under President Trump’s travel ban.


Linking the Qur’an and the Bible

Sep 7, 2018 22:10

Description:

A new reference guide brings together shared stories, characters, themes and scriptures of the Qur’an and the Bible together in one volume - and could provide key insights for religion scholars.


Religious communities providing sanctuary change their tactics

Sep 7, 2018 12:10

Description:

Over time, the sanctuary movement has changed from an underground railroad to an act of resistance.



Ministry Behind Bars

Aug 30, 2018 48:13

Description:

<span style="color: rgb(73, 73, 73); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">Sounds from behind the high walls of a prison... We hear from a chaplain who brings solos and second chances to women serving time.&nbsp;</span>

Solos and Second Chances

Aug 30, 2018 15:09

Description:

Producer Lisa Hagen follows chaplain Susan Bishop through a typical day, offering solos and second chances to incarcerated women. What often gets lost, she says, is that many inmates are themselves survivors of crime.


Lowering Recidivism Through Spiritual Care

Aug 30, 2018 26:05

Description:

We talk to chaplain and researcher Tom O'Connor and to filmmaker Martin Doblmeier about how chaplaincy can reduce recidivism, and save taxpayer dollars. 


Comforting Jewish Prisoners on the Day of Atonement

Aug 30, 2018 7:23

Description:

Every fall, thousands of Jewish inmates show up in force for Yom Kippur, a day that's central themes are confession, repentance and redemption.

Ministry Behind Bars

Aug 30, 2018 48:13

Description:

<span style="color: rgb(73, 73, 73); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">Sounds from behind the high walls of a prison... We hear from a chaplain who brings solos and second chances to women serving time.&nbsp;</span>

Accountability after Abuse in the #MeToo Era

Aug 23, 2018 48:57

Description:

People of faith are not just speaking up in the #MeToo era, but actually combating abuse and seeking accountability within their spiritual communities.

Teaching faith communities to hold abusers – and themselves – accountable

Aug 23, 2018 25:34

Description:

The pressure to forgive an abuser can be an enormous road block in a survivor’s healing journey, as we heard about in our first #MeToo and faith episode. Experts working with faith communities in crisis say forgiveness cannot be the first step in bringing justice to a victim of sexual or domestic abuse. Rather, it should be holding an abuser accountable, both to validate the experience of the victim and to prevent further abuse, is an essential part of the healing process. Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, says deep forgiveness is actually part of a larger process of seeking justice and accountability. Then we talk with the heads of two organizations that aim to educate and train religious leaders to respond in a way that most benefits the survivor, but is also firmly rooted in their beliefs.

Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary
Emily Cohen, program manager of the Seattle-based Faith Trust Institute
Anne Marie Hunter, a United Methodist pastor and the director of the Boston-based Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence 

Accountability after Abuse in the #MeToo Era

Aug 23, 2018 48:57

Description:

People of faith are not just speaking up in the #MeToo era, but actually combating abuse and seeking accountability within their spiritual communities.

Rethinking religion research in a #MeToo, #TimesUp world

Aug 22, 2018 3:46

Description:

Religious institutions aren't alone in applying the lessons from #MeToo into their ministry; so, too, are academic researchers in the study of religion. Recently, the Religion and Culture Forum, a web publication from the University of Chicago Divinity School dedicated its entire May-June issue to "#MeToo, #TimesUp, and the Study of Religion." We talk with the guest editors of this issue about how researchers are incorporating the awareness brought by #MeToo into their studies.

Allison Kanner, PhD student in Islamic studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School and guest editor of the Religion and Culture Forum

Anna Lee White, a recent University of Chicago Divinity School graduate who received her Master's in the history of religions and guest editor of the Religion and Culture Forum

Allison Kanner (left) and Anna Lee White (right)  

Faith communities create new cultures of accountability

Aug 22, 2018 18:51

Description:

Allegations of abuse and #MeToo experiences have impacted communities in many faiths, including the Pagan, Buddhist and Christian traditions. Holli Emore, executive director of the South Carolina-based Cherry Hill Seminary, explains how its online curriculum helps future faith leaders in Pagan and Nature-based spiritual ministries to root out abuse. Journalist Wendy Joan Biddlecombe details the fallout of recent abuse allegations in the Buddhist Shambhala International community and how it’s working to right wrongs. And Emily McFarlan Miller, a national reporter with Religion News Service, gives us an update on the #ChurchToo movement.

Holli Emore, executive director of the Cherry Hill Seminary
Wendy Joan Biddlecomb, freelance reporter for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, a magazine of Buddhist perspectives for Western audiences
Emily McFarlan Miller, national reporter with Religion News Service

God and Government: Myanmar's religious freedom crisis

Aug 17, 2018 49:54

Description:

Myanmar's dominant Buddhist identity, intimately connected to the country's post-colonial independence, is contributing to violence against religious minorities.

God and Government: Myanmar's religious freedom crisis

Aug 17, 2018 49:54

Description:

Myanmar's dominant Buddhist identity, intimately connected to the country's post-colonial independence, is contributing to violence against religious minorities.

Colonial legacy fueling Myanmar’s anxiety over national identity

Aug 17, 2018 16:23

Description:

Myanmar's ethnic cleansing and the use of rape as a weapon of war has generated global condemnation. Yet not long ago Myanmar was hailed for its transition from a military junta to a fledgling democracy. At the center of this conflict is the question of national identity, which was heavily influenced by the independence movement in response to colonization by the British Empire. 

Pastor Bob Roberts Jr., founder of NorthWood Church in Keller, Texas
Harrison Akins, research fellow at the University of Tennessee’s Howard Baker Center for Public Policy 

Myanmar’s rising Islamophobia

Aug 17, 2018 17:14

Description:

In recent years, several mosques around Myanmar have been attacked and Buddhist nationalists have pressured authorities to close down Muslim religious schools -- or madrassas -- in Yangon, the country’s largest city. We hear from a journalist tracking how other, non-Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are faring amid this growing nationalism and he gives us an update on what’s happening today. Produced by Axel Kronholm.

Axel Kronholm, independent journalist 

How Buddhism fits into Myanmar's nationalist narrative

Aug 17, 2018 15:47

Description:

The extreme violence at the hands of Buddhist nationalists in Myanmar contradicts popular western stereotypes of this faith tradition. In Myanmar, Theraveda Buddhism -- a more literalist, conservative tradition - is dominant. Our guest tells us that like all religions, Buddhism is not immune to extremism. And in Myanmar it’s inspiring support for nationalism - and violence against perceived "outsiders."

Susan Hayward, senior adviser of religion and inclusive studies at the U.S. Institute of Peace 

Religion on the far-right

Aug 10, 2018 49:44

Description:

Many far-right extremist groups have long claimed a Christian Identity ideology. But as alt-right and white nationalist movements grow, their religious beliefs are changing.

'On God's team now': A former white supremacist's journey

Aug 10, 2018 18:49

Description:

Hate groups are growing in the United States; the Southern Poverty Law Center reports among white nationalists, neo-Nazis grew the most.&nbsp;Some of these groups subscribe to a Christian Identity philosophy, a white supremacist and anti-Semitic interpretation of Christianity. But for these groups, faith beliefs are more about cultivating an identity, than religion. That was the experience of Frank Meeink, a self-described &quot;good Catholic boy&quot; who was recruited into a neo-Nazi skinhead group at the age of 13. He now lectures and writes about his life experiences as a former white supremacist, works to end hate groups&#39; recruitment, and helps others get out of the movement through organizations like &quot;Harmony Through Hockey&quot; and &quot;Life Afer Hate.&quot;<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.splcenter.org/about/staff/lecia-brooks" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">Lecia Brooks</a>, outreach director at the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.splcenter.org/" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">Southern Poverty Law Center</a><br /> <a href="http://www.frankmeeink.com/whois.html" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">Frank Meeink</a>, author of&nbsp; &quot;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Autobiography-Recovering-Skinhead-Frank-Meeink/dp/097901882X" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead</a>&quot;</strong>

Journalist goes down the 'rabbit hole of white supremacy'

Aug 10, 2018 18:01

Description:

<div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <span style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Journalist Vegas Tenold spent six years following several white supremacist and alt-right groups throughout the U.S. He learned that while far-right extremist groups are growing, they are anything but uniform, including their relationship to religion. And he found that the talking points he heard among these groups were making their way into mainstream political culture.</span><br style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;" /> <br style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;" /> <strong style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"><a href="https://www.vegastenold.com/" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">Vegas Tenold</a>, author of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Everything-You-Love-Will-Burn/dp/1568589948" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">&quot;Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America</a>&quot;</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div>

Religious beliefs among white nationalists are shifting

Aug 10, 2018 12:16

Description:

<div> Though many white supremacist groups claim a Christian Identity, a St. Lawrence University professor studying the emerging white nationalist movement finds this relationship between far-right extremism and Christianity is changing. Some groups are gravitating towards neo-pagan religions, like Odinism, while others are following a national trend of rising secularism and leaving behind theism altogether.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.stlawu.edu/people/damon-berry" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">Damon Berry</a>, author of &quot;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Faith-Christianity-American-Nationalism/dp/081563532X" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">Blood and Faith: Christianity in American White Nationalism</a>&quot;</strong><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></div>

Religion on the far-right

Aug 10, 2018 49:44

Description:

Many far-right extremist groups have long claimed a Christian Identity ideology. But as alt-right and white nationalist movements grow, their religious beliefs are changing.

Religious beliefs among white nationalists are shifting

Aug 10, 2018 12:16

Description:

Though many white supremacist groups claim a Christian Identity, a St. Lawrence University professor studying the emerging white nationalist movement finds this relationship between far-right extremism and Christianity is changing. Some groups are gravitating towards neo-pagan religions, like Odinism, while others are following a national trend of rising secularism and leaving behind theism altogether. 

Damon Berry, author of "Blood and Faith: Christianity in American White Nationalism

Walking a new spiritual path

Aug 3, 2018 50:07

Description:

When people feel alienated from their religious traditions and that their beliefs no longer fit, how do they forge a faith path on their own terms?

Coming out and becoming Catholic – at the same time

Aug 3, 2018 20:19

Description:

<span style="color: rgb(73, 73, 73); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Religious groups&rsquo; attitudes towards the LGBTQ community have become more supportive in the last decade, but institutions like the Catholic church still hold that homosexuality is a sin and strongly opposes gay marriage. That made it particularly difficult for author Erin O. White when she realized she was gay as she was in the process of joining the Catholic faith. She shares her journey to find a new faith space &ndash; on her own terms &ndash; in a new memoir.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(73, 73, 73); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 12px !important;" /> <br style="color: rgb(73, 73, 73); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 12px !important;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(73, 73, 73); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.erinwhite.net/" style="outline: none; color: rgb(255, 102, 0); text-decoration-line: none;" target="_blank">Erin O. White</a>, author of &quot;Given Up For You: A Memoir of Love, Belonging and Belief&quot;</strong>

Choosing gratitude in the face of pain

Aug 3, 2018 17:47

Description:

<span style="color: rgb(73, 73, 73); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">In the lead up to the divisive 2016 presidential election, author and religion historian Diana Butler Bass found herself disheartened by the animosity and vitriol in American culture. Yet at the same time, she was due to write a book on gratitude for her publisher, but she had a hard time finding reasons to be grateful. In the process of writing</span><em style="color: rgb(73, 73, 73); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">,&nbsp;</em><span style="color: rgb(73, 73, 73); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Butler Bass learned to find a new spiritual path to gratitude, as she healed from both new and old wounds.</span><br style="color: rgb(73, 73, 73); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 12px !important;" /> <br style="color: rgb(73, 73, 73); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 12px !important;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(73, 73, 73); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://dianabutlerbass.com/" style="outline: none; color: rgb(255, 102, 0); text-decoration-line: none;" target="_blank">Diana Butler Bass</a>, author of&nbsp;<em>Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks</em></strong>

Leaving Southern Baptist faith to embrace Two Spirit Cherokee identity

Aug 3, 2018 11:34

Description:

<span style="color: rgb(73, 73, 73); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The Rev. Norma Gann says she knew at a young age that she didn&rsquo;t fit into the traditional gender roles she saw around her, reinforced by her conservative Southern Baptist faith. It wasn&rsquo;t until she began to explore her Cherokee culture that she found her true gender identity: Two Spirit. But embracing that identity meant she would have to forge her own spiritual path.</span><br style="color: rgb(73, 73, 73); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 12px !important;" /> <br style="color: rgb(73, 73, 73); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 12px !important;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(73, 73, 73); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Norma Gann,&nbsp;senior pastor at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mcc-re.org/" style="outline: none; color: rgb(255, 102, 0); text-decoration-line: none;" target="_blank">Metropolitan Community Church of the Redwood Empire</a>in Guerneville, Calif.</strong>

Walking a new spiritual path

Aug 3, 2018 50:07

Description:

When people feel alienated from their religious traditions and that their beliefs no longer fit, how do they forge a faith path on their own terms? 

Summer Religion Reading Recommendations

Jul 27, 2018 49:37

Description:

We talk with three authors of new and forthcoming books about how the poetic language of faith connects us and draws us in to spirituality, but leaves the door open for doubt.

The lost art of ‘speaking God’

Jul 27, 2018 14:57

Description:

Are we losing the language we share to describe our faiths and religious traditions? Author Jonathan Merritt - a contributor to <em>The Atlantic</em> and religion and culture commentator, says he was struck by how few people &ldquo;speak God&rdquo; anymore - and how that can prevent people from expressing their faiths. It launched him on an unlikely journey to understand the very words he uses himself to understand and explore his faith and resulted in his new book.<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="http://jonathanmerritt.com/" target="_blank">Jonathan Merritt</a><em>, The Atlantic&nbsp;</em>contributor and author of<em>&nbsp;</em><em>Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing--and How We Can Revive Them</em></strong>

A modern Muslim woman walks into a bookstore - and finds a spiritual path

Jul 27, 2018 15:25

Description:

Language can lead us to find new spiritual understandings. For one woman, it was the writings of Sufi mystics that took her from her corporate job to becoming an advocate for understanding about Islam and global women&rsquo;s rights. Daisy Khan is a well-known leader in the Muslim community and she&rsquo;s the founder and executive director of the <a href="https://www.wisemuslimwomen.org" target="_blank">Women&rsquo;s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality</a>. She&rsquo;s also worked on inter- and intra- faith issues as the executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement.<br /> <br /> <strong>Daisy Khan, author of the new memoir&nbsp;<em>Born with Wings: The Spiritual Journey of a Modern Muslim Woman</em><br /> <br /> Listen to a <a href="/ckfinder/userfiles/files/Khan web bonus SL.wav">web bonus</a> from our conversation.</strong>

Getting comfortable with doubt – for faith’s sake

Jul 27, 2018 13:31

Description:

Faith traditions come with all sorts of special vocabulary to try to articulate our rituals and our intangible beliefs. But Rev. Mark Schaefer says it seems there&rsquo;s one word that people of faith increasingly try to avoid at all costs: uncertainty. Schaefer is the university chaplain at American University in Washington DC and before that served for years as AU&rsquo;s United Methodist Chaplain. He says in that time he saw many of his students struggling with doubt - thinking that they were doing something wrong or weren&rsquo;t faithful enough if they showed any signs of questioning. But Schaefer says uncertainty and doubt are crucial to a well-examined spiritual life. <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"> &nbsp;</p> <strong><a href="https://www.american.edu/cas/faculty/schaef.cfm" target="_blank">Rev. Mark Schaefer</a>, university chaplain at American University and author of the forthcoming book&nbsp;<em style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.certaintyofuncertainty.com" target="_blank">The Certainty of Uncertainty</a></em></strong>

Commentary: Unplugging from guilt

Jul 27, 2018 4:50

Description:

Host Amber Khan shares some reflections from her recent summer vacation, in which her family underwent their annual ritual of disconnecting from devices and daily routines. But this year, she felt like retreating from her news consumption was abdicating a responsibility to pay attention.<br /> <br /> <strong>Amber Khan, host</strong>

Summer Religion Reading Recommendations

Jul 27, 2018 49:37

Description:

We talk with three authors of new and forthcoming books about how the poetic language of faith connects us and draws us in to spirituality, but leaves the door open for doubt.

The lost art of ‘speaking God’

Jul 27, 2018 14:57

Description:

Are we losing the language we share to describe our faiths and religious traditions? Author Jonathan Merritt - a contributor to The Atlantic and religion and culture commentator, says he was struck by how few people “speak God” anymore - and how that can prevent people from expressing their faiths. It launched him on an unlikely journey to understand the very words he uses himself to understand and explore his faith and resulted in his new book.

Jonathan Merritt, The Atlantic contributor and author of Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing--and How We Can Revive Them

A modern Muslim woman walks into a bookstore - and finds a spiritual path

Jul 27, 2018 15:25

Description:

Language can lead us to find new spiritual understandings. For one woman, it was the writings of Sufi mystics that took her from her corporate job to becoming an advocate for understanding about Islam and global women’s rights. Daisy Khan is a well-known leader in the Muslim community and she’s the founder and executive director of the Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality. She’s also worked on inter- and intra- faith issues as the executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement.

Daisy Khan, author of the new memoir Born with Wings: The Spiritual Journey of a Modern Muslim Woman

Listen to a web bonus from our conversation.

Getting comfortable with doubt – for faith’s sake

Jul 27, 2018 13:31

Description:

Faith traditions come with all sorts of special vocabulary to try to articulate our rituals and our intangible beliefs. But Rev. Mark Schaefer says it seems there’s one word that people of faith increasingly try to avoid at all costs: uncertainty. Schaefer is the university chaplain at American University in Washington DC and before that served for years as AU’s United Methodist Chaplain. He says in that time he saw many of his students struggling with doubt - thinking that they were doing something wrong or weren’t faithful enough if they showed any signs of questioning. But Schaefer says uncertainty and doubt are crucial to a well-examined spiritual life.

 

Rev. Mark Schaefer, university chaplain at American University and author of the forthcoming book The Certainty of Uncertainty

Commentary: Unplugging from guilt

Jul 27, 2018 4:50

Description:

Host Amber Khan shares some reflections from her recent summer vacation, in which her family underwent their annual ritual of disconnecting from devices and daily routines. But this year, she felt like retreating from her news consumption was abdicating a responsibility to pay attention.

Amber Khan, host

Religion and Roe

Jul 20, 2018 49:28

Description:

Speculation abounds over what a new Supreme Court justice will mean for Roe v. Wade — and whether religious liberty arguments could affirm or overturn it.

Rights to abortion, religious liberty & free speech tangle before Supreme Court

Jul 20, 2018 49:28

Description:

Since legalizing abortion in 1973, many challenges to the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade have been made on the basis of religious liberty. Law professor Mary Ziegler of Florida State University, and author of After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate, explains the long and complicated legal history between reproductive rights, religious liberty, and the freedom of speech.

Mary Ziegler, professor at Florida State University College of Law

Mary Ziegler (Courtesy of FSU)

Christians hold polarized opinions on NIFLA v. Becerra

Jul 20, 2018 22:05

Description:

Recently, the Supreme Court ruled in favor a coalition of Christian crisis pregnancy centers who argued their freedom of speech was being infringed upon by a California law that required centers to disclose the availability of state-sponsored abortions. Some people of faith, like Travis Wussow of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, say it’s a win for religious liberty. But others, like Cynthia Romero of Catholics for Choice, say it’s a loss for women’s autonomy.

Travis Wussow, vice president for public policy and general counsel, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
Cynthia Romero, director of communication Catholics for Choice

Brett Kavanagh’s potential influence on abortion access

Jul 20, 2018 10:06

Description:

After NIFLA v. Becerra, what’s next? Mary Ziegler says the real wild card is who will sit on the Supreme Court’s bench next as Justice Anthony Kennedy retires later this month. President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanagh to fill Kennedy’s spot. If confirmed, Kavanagh will maintain a Catholic majority on the bench. We talk to Emily McFarlan Miller from the Religion News Service, along with Mary Ziegler, about Kavanagh’s record as a judge – and his faith.

Emily McFarlan Miller, national reporter with Religion News Service
Mary Ziegler, professor at Florida State University College of Law

Religion and Roe

Jul 20, 2018 49:28

Description:

Speculation abounds over what a new Supreme Court justice will mean for Roe v. Wade &mdash; and whether religious liberty arguments could affirm or overturn it.

Rights to abortion, religious liberty & free speech tangle before Supreme Court

Jul 20, 2018 49:28

Description:

Since legalizing abortion in 1973, many challenges to the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade have been made on the basis of religious liberty. Law professor Mary Ziegler of Florida State University, and author of <em>After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate</em>, explains the long and complicated legal history between reproductive rights, religious liberty, and the freedom of speech.<br /> <br /> <strong>Mary Ziegler, professor at <a href="http://www.law.fsu.edu/our-faculty/profiles/ziegler" target="_blank">Florida State University College of Law</a></strong><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <strong><img alt="" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/1830_RoeReligion_MaryZeigler_FSU.jpg" style="width: 278px; height: 190px;" /></strong><br /> <em>Mary Ziegler (Courtesy of FSU)</em></div>

Christians hold polarized opinions on NIFLA v. Becerra

Jul 20, 2018 22:05

Description:

Recently, the Supreme Court ruled in favor a coalition of Christian crisis pregnancy centers who argued their freedom of speech was being infringed upon by a California law that required centers to disclose the availability of state-sponsored abortions. Some people of faith, like Travis Wussow of the Southern Baptist Convention&rsquo;s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, say it&rsquo;s a win for religious liberty. But others, like Cynthia Romero of Catholics for Choice, say it&rsquo;s a loss for women&rsquo;s autonomy.<br /> <br /> <strong>Travis Wussow, vice president for public policy and general counsel, <a href="https://erlc.com" target="_blank">Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission</a><br /> Cynthia Romero, director of communication <a href="http://www.catholicsforchoice.org" target="_blank">Catholics for Choice</a></strong><br /> <br />

Brett Kavanagh’s potential influence on abortion access

Jul 20, 2018 10:06

Description:

After NIFLA v. Becerra, what&rsquo;s next? Mary Ziegler says the real wild card is who will sit on the Supreme Court&rsquo;s bench next as Justice Anthony Kennedy retires later this month. President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanagh to fill Kennedy&rsquo;s spot. If confirmed, Kavanagh will maintain a Catholic majority on the bench. We talk to Emily McFarlan Miller from the Religion News Service, along with Mary Ziegler, about Kavanagh&rsquo;s record as a judge &ndash; and his faith.<br /> <br /> <strong>Emily McFarlan Miller, national reporter with <a href="https://religionnews.com/author/emiller/" target="_blank">Religion News Service</a></strong><br /> <strong>Mary Ziegler, professor at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.law.fsu.edu/our-faculty/profiles/ziegler" target="_blank">Florida State University College of Law</a></strong>

Keeping the Faith for Accountability in a #MeToo Era

Jul 13, 2018 49:07

Description:

People of faith are not just speaking up in the #MeToo era, but actually combating abuse and seeking accountability within their spiritual communities. 

Why accountability matters for faith-based forgiveness

Jul 13, 2018 7:45

Description:

Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary, says sexual and domestic abuse has long been an institutional problem for churches. So how do we root out that behavior in our religious communities?


Teaching faith communities to hold abusers – and themselves – accountable

Jul 13, 2018 15:35

Description:

Experts working with faith communities in crisis say holding an abuser accountable, both to validate the experience of the victim and to prevent further abuse, is an essential part of the healing process.

Rethinking religion research in a #MeToo, #TimesUp world

Jul 13, 2018 6:06

Description:

Religious institutions aren't alone in applying the lessons from #MeToo into their ministry; so, too, are academic researchers in the study of religion.

Faith communities create new cultures of accountability

Jul 13, 2018 19:39

Description:

Allegations of abuse and #MeToo experiences have impacted communities in many faiths, including the Pagan, Buddhist and Christian traditions. 

Keeping the Faith for Accountability in a #MeToo Era

Jul 13, 2018 49:07

Description:

People of faith are not just speaking up in the #MeToo era, but actually combating abuse and seeking accountability within their spiritual communities. 

Why accountability matters for faith-based forgiveness

Jul 13, 2018 7:45

Description:

Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary, says sexual and domestic abuse has long been an institutional problem for churches. So how do we root out that behavior in our religious communities?


Trans in the Eyes of God: Part 1

Jul 5, 2018 48:41

Description:

In our new special series, we hear the personal stories of transgender people of faith and where they are finding spiritual homes among America's religious traditions.

Toni Newman: "I'm accountable only to God"

Jul 5, 2018 18:30

Description:

Toni Newman grew up in a strict, southern Christian household. When Toni came to realize she was really a transgender woman, she says "Not only did I lose my natural family, my church family, I lost my gay family."

America's rapidly shifting views on gender, identity, and LGBT rights

Jul 5, 2018 24:52

Description:

In the past decade, public opinion on LGBT issues, like same-sex marriage, has changed drastically. But the growing acceptance of the L, the G, and the B has not necessarily extended to the T -- transgender people.

Religious groups wrestle with myriad, competing views on transgender identity

Jul 5, 2018 5:38

Description:

In a preview for the rest of our series, we asked some scholars from a variety of different faith traditions: Is it okay to be trans in the eyes of God? But as we'll learn, the answer is far from simple.

Trans in the Eyes of God: Part 1

Jul 5, 2018 48:41

Description:

In our new special series, we hear the personal stories of transgender people of faith and where they are finding spiritual homes among America's religious traditions.

Toni Newman: "I'm accountable only to God"

Jul 5, 2018 18:30

Description:

Toni Newman grew up in a strict, southern Christian household. When Toni came to realize she was really a transgender woman, she says "Not only did I lose my natural family, my church family, I lost my gay family."

America's rapidly shifting views on gender, identity, and LGBT rights

Jul 5, 2018 24:52

Description:

In the past decade, public opinion on LGBT issues, like same-sex marriage, has changed drastically. But the growing acceptance of the L, the G, and the B has not necessarily extended to the T -- transgender people.

Religious groups wrestle with myriad, competing views on transgender identity

Jul 5, 2018 5:38

Description:

In a preview for the rest of our series, we asked some scholars from a variety of different faith traditions: Is it okay to be trans in the eyes of God? But as we'll learn, the answer is far from simple.

Forgiveness in the #MeToo Era

Jun 26, 2018 50:06

Description:

Many faith traditions emphasize the importance of forgiveness. But in the context of the #MeToo movement, can forgiveness silence women who have been abused?

A woman betrayed by her rabbi hopes to one day forgive

Jun 26, 2018 16:14

Description:

Karin Bleeg felt violated when she discovered that her former rabbi had been secretly videotaping women preparing for their mikvah, or ritual bath. Still, she says she one day wants to forgive him, for her own sake. 

Forced to forgive her abuser, a Mormon woman loses her faith

Jun 26, 2018 14:47

Description:

Alyssa, a young Mormon woman, was pressured by her church leaders to forgive her abuser after he sexually assaulted her. It made her feel as if her pain did not matter and that she wasn’t worthy of being believed. 

Can religious concepts of forgiveness silence #MeToo stories?

Jun 26, 2018 18:37

Description:

Although it seemed that #MeToo has spread to every corner of America, some women who have suffered abuse within religious communities struggle to receive acknowledgement and justice. 

Forgiveness in the #MeToo Era

Jun 26, 2018 50:06

Description:

Many faith traditions emphasize the importance of forgiveness. But in the context of the #MeToo movement, can forgiveness silence women who have been abused?

A woman betrayed by her rabbi hopes to one day forgive

Jun 26, 2018 16:14

Description:

Karin Bleeg felt violated when she discovered that her former rabbi had been secretly videotaping women preparing for their mikvah, or ritual bath. Still, she says she one day wants to forgive him, for her own sake. 

Forced to forgive her abuser, a Mormon woman loses her faith

Jun 26, 2018 14:47

Description:

Alyssa, a young Mormon woman, was pressured by her church leaders to forgive her abuser after he sexually assaulted her. It made her feel as if her pain did not matter and that she wasn’t worthy of being believed. 

Can religious concepts of forgiveness silence #MeToo stories?

Jun 26, 2018 18:37

Description:

Although it seemed that #MeToo has spread to every corner of America, some women who have suffered abuse within religious communities struggle to receive acknowledgement and justice. 

Faith & families on the border

Jun 22, 2018 50:05

Description:

Much of the outcry over the separation of families illegally crossing the U.S. border came from people of faith. What nerve did that now-former policy hit?

Many faith leaders, laypeople united against border policy separating families

Jun 22, 2018 20:53

Description:

Over the course of three days this month, the crisis around the separation of children from their families illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border reached a fever pitch, and Pres. Donald Trump issued a new executive order to keep families together. It was a big reversal, and it followed intense public outcry, notably from a broad coalition of people of faith. In a country where the number of people unaffiliated with religious traditions is rising, what role did America’s faith communities have in bringing us to this point?

Jack Jenkins, national reporter with Religion News Service
Emma Green, writer at The Atlantic magazine
Jim Wallis, president and founder of Sojourners movement and magazine

Sessions' invocation of Romans 13 provokes look at history, differing Christian views

Jun 22, 2018 13:12

Description:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a conservative Methodist, sparked backlash after he recently cited Biblical scripture to defend a policy of separating children from their parents after illegally crossing the U.S. border. We learn the context of the passage Romans 13, how Christian views differ on its application to this policy, and how it has been used in American history. 

Rev. Graylan Hagler of Washington, DC’s Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ
Anthea Butler, an associate professor of religion and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania
Mark Tooley, the president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy

Asylum and the border crisis

Jun 22, 2018 15:32

Description:

Asylum has come to the forefront of this latest flashpoint in the immigration debate because of the thousands fleeing violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. We learn more about the challenges facing the country’s asylum system and why migrants are coming to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS
Linda Rabben, an associate research professor of anthropology at the University of Maryland
Fr. Sean Carroll, executive director of the Kino Border Initiative and Catholic priest
Fr. Bob Mosher, director of the Columban Mission Center in El Paso, Texas and Catholic priest
Marco Grimaldo, senior associate for Latino engagement at Bread for the World

Faith & families on the border

Jun 22, 2018 50:05

Description:

Much of the outcry over the separation of families illegally crossing the U.S. border came from people of faith. What nerve did that now-former policy hit?

Many faith leaders, laypeople united against border policy separating families

Jun 22, 2018 20:53

Description:

Over the course of three days this month, the crisis around the separation of children from their families illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border reached a fever pitch, and Pres. Donald Trump issued a new executive order to keep families together. It was a big reversal, and it followed intense public outcry, notably from a broad coalition of people of faith. In a country where the number of people unaffiliated with religious traditions is rising, what role did America&rsquo;s faith communities have in bringing us to this point?<br /> <br /> <strong>Jack Jenkins</strong>, national reporter with <a href="https://religionnews.com/author/jackjenkins/" target="_blank">Religion News Service</a><br /> <strong>Emma Green</strong>, writer at <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/author/emma-green/" target="_blank">The Atlantic</a> magazine<br /> <strong>Jim Wallis</strong>, president and founder of <a href="https://sojo.net/" target="_blank">Sojourners </a>movement and magazine

Sessions' invocation of Romans 13 provokes look at history, differing Christian views

Jun 22, 2018 13:12

Description:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a conservative Methodist, sparked backlash after he recently cited Biblical scripture to defend a policy of separating children from their parents after illegally crossing the U.S. border. We learn the context of the passage Romans 13, how Christian views differ on its application to this policy, and how it has been used in American history.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Rev. Graylan Hagler</strong> of Washington, DC&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.plymouth-ucc.org/" target="_blank">Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ</a><br /> <strong>Anthea Butler,</strong> an <a href="https://www.sas.upenn.edu/religious_studies/faculty/butler" target="_blank">associate professor of religion and Africana studies</a> at the University of Pennsylvania<br /> <strong>Mark Tooley</strong>, the president of the <a href="https://theird.org" target="_blank">Institute on Religion and Democracy</a>

Asylum and the border crisis

Jun 22, 2018 15:32

Description:

Asylum has come to the forefront of this latest flashpoint in the immigration debate because of the thousands fleeing violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. We learn more about the challenges facing the country&rsquo;s asylum system and why migrants are coming to the U.S.-Mexico border.<br /> <br /> <strong>Mark Hetfield</strong>, president and CEO of <a href="https://www.hias.org/leadership/mark-hetfield" target="_blank">HIAS</a><br /> <strong>Linda Rabben</strong>, an <a href="https://anth.umd.edu/facultyprofile/Rabben%20/Linda" target="_blank">associate research professor of anthropology</a> at the University of Maryland<br /> <strong>Fr. Sean Carroll</strong>, executive director of the <a href="https://www.kinoborderinitiative.org" target="_blank">Kino Border Initiative</a> and Catholic priest<br /> <strong>Fr. Bob Mosher</strong>, director of the <a href="https://columban.org/columban-mission-center" target="_blank">Columban Mission Center</a> in El Paso, Texas and Catholic priest<br /> <strong>Marco Grimaldo</strong>, senior associate for Latino engagement at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bread.org/" target="_blank">Bread for the World</a>

Colonial legacy fueling Myanmar’s anxiety over national identity

Jun 8, 2018 16:27

Description:

At the center of Myanmar's conflict is the question of national identity, which has been rocky since the country was colonized by the British Empire. 

How Buddhism fits into Myanmar's nationalist narrative

Jun 8, 2018 15:57

Description:

Susan Hayward tells us that like all religions, Buddhism is not immune to violence. And in Myanmar it’s inspiring support for nationalism - and violence against perceived "outsiders."


God and Government: Myanmar's religious freedom crisis

Jun 8, 2018 50:03

Description:

Myanmar's dominant Buddhist identity, intimately connected to the country's post-colonial independence, is contributing to violence against religious minorities. 

Myanmar’s rising Islamophobia

Jun 8, 2018 17:27

Description:

In recent years, several mosques around Myanmar have been attacked and Buddhist nationalists have pressured authorities to close down Muslim religious schools -- or madrassas -- in Yangon, the country’s largest city. We hear from a journalist tracking how other, non-Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are faring amid this growing nationalism and he gives us an update on what’s happening today. Produced by Axel Kronholm.

Axel Kronholm, independent journalist 

A previous version of this story incorrectedly stated that Muslims in Yangon have nowhere else to pray but in their homes and informal gatherings; it has been corrected to reflect this refers to Muslims in Thaketa township in Yangon.

God and Government: Myanmar's religious freedom crisis

Jun 8, 2018 50:03

Description:

Myanmar&#39;s dominant Buddhist identity, intimately connected to the country&#39;s post-colonial independence, is contributing to violence against religious minorities.&nbsp;

Chaplains: Deep Breaths in the Trauma Room

Jun 1, 2018 49:45

Description:

We're revisiting part of our Chaplains series, in a place where spiritual caregivers encounter the "worst of the worst."  

Commentary: Amber on Ramadan traditions

Jun 1, 2018 5:07

Description:

Our host Amber Khan reflects on how the first 15 days of Ramadan took on a special meaning this year when her mom became seriously ill, and how she is trying to carry forward treasured family traditions with her kids. 

Chaplains: Deep Breaths in the Trauma Room

Jun 1, 2018 49:45

Description:

We're revisiting part of our Chaplains series, in a place where spiritual caregivers encounter the "worst of the worst."  

Sacred Moments in a Virginia Hospital

Jun 1, 2018 15:46

Description:

JoAnn and Tim Cockey tell us how their son, Luke, ended up in the emergency room of Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond nine years ago. Chaplain Stephanie Hamilton was on hand that day. 

Dollars and Cents and Spiritual Care

Jun 1, 2018 17:32

Description:

Reliable data about the impact of spiritual counseling in healthcare settings is a kind of holy grail. How do you measure the value of a compassionate and calm presence in the midst of illness and loss?

Spiritual Care Between Boarding Gates

Jun 1, 2018 10:33

Description:

Until he retired in 2013, Chaplain Ralph Benson roamed the crowded hallways of Dulles International Airport, counseling up to 12 people a day. His sacred meeting places? The closest Chipotle or Five Guys. 

Commentary: Amber on Ramadan traditions

Jun 1, 2018 5:07

Description:

Our host Amber Khan reflects on how the first 15 days of Ramadan took on a special meaning this year when her mom became seriously ill, and how she is trying to carry forward treasured family traditions with her kids. 

America's Religious Identity

May 25, 2018 49:38

Description:

There are a lot of things that Americans can agree on. Whether our country is a fundamentally Christian nation is not one of them. 

Do you have to be Christian to be a true American?

May 25, 2018 15:54

Description:

We learn about a study that reveals a strong link between those who voted for Trump and those who believe the U.S. is a uniquely Christian country.

Despite Christian nationalism’s impact, most Americans value religious acceptance

May 25, 2018 15:24

Description:

Surveys show religious acceptance is considered to be a core value of Americans. We learn about a group that’s working to grow religious acceptance in northern Virginia. 

Holding to U.S. values to prevent hate

May 25, 2018 18:02

Description:

The U.S. public is fairly divided on whether someone must be Christian to be considered American. How do we combat when disagreement becomes hate?

America's Religious Identity

May 25, 2018 49:38

Description:

There are a lot of things that Americans can agree on. Whether our country is a fundamentally Christian nation is not one of them. 

Do you have to be Christian to be a true American?

May 25, 2018 15:54

Description:

We learn about a study that reveals a strong link between those who voted for Trump and those who believe the U.S. is a uniquely Christian country.

Despite Christian nationalism’s impact, most Americans value religious acceptance

May 25, 2018 15:24

Description:

Surveys show religious acceptance is considered to be a core value of Americans. We learn about a group that’s working to grow religious acceptance in northern Virginia. 

Holding to U.S. values to prevent hate

May 25, 2018 18:02

Description:

The U.S. public is fairly divided on whether someone must be Christian to be considered American. How do we combat when disagreement becomes hate?

Christian Identity on the extremes

May 18, 2018 49:37

Description:

Many far-right extremist groups have long claimed a Christian Identity ideology. But as alt-right and white nationalist movements grow, their religious beliefs are changing.

'On God's team now': A former white supremacist's journey

May 18, 2018 19:07

Description:

Frank Meeink, a self-described "good Catholic boy" was recruited into a neo-Nazi skinhead group at the age of 13. His group gave him an identity, and a purpose, to be 'on God's team.' 

Journalist goes down the 'rabbit hole of white supremacy'

May 18, 2018 17:42

Description:

Journalist Vegas Tenold followed far-right extremist groups for six years. He learned that while they are growing, they are anything but uniform, including their relationship to religion.

The shifting religious beliefs among white nationalists

May 18, 2018 12:28

Description:

A St. Lawrence University professor studying the emerging white nationalist movement finds this relationship between far-right extremism and Christianity is changing. 

Christian Identity on the extremes

May 18, 2018 49:37

Description:

Many far-right extremist groups have long claimed a Christian Identity ideology. But as alt-right and white nationalist movements grow, their religious beliefs are changing.

The shifting religious beliefs among white nationalists

May 18, 2018 12:28

Description:

A St. Lawrence University professor studying the emerging white nationalist movement finds this relationship between far-right extremism and Christianity is changing. 

Walking a new spiritual path

May 11, 2018 50:07

Description:

When people feel alienated from their religious traditions and that their beliefs no longer fit, how do they forge a faith path on their own terms? 

Coming out and becoming Catholic – at the same time

May 11, 2018 20:19

Description:

Religious groups’ attitudes towards the LGBTQ community have become more supportive in the last decade, but institutions like the Catholic church still hold that homosexuality is a sin and strongly opposes gay marriage. That made it particularly difficult for author Erin O. White when she realized she was gay as she was in the process of joining the Catholic faith. She shares her journey to find a new faith space – on her own terms – in a new memoir. 

Erin O. White, author of "Given Up For You: A Memoir of Love, Belonging and Belief"

Choosing gratitude in the face of pain

May 11, 2018 17:47

Description:

In the lead up to the divisive 2016 presidential election, author and religion historian Diana Butler Bass found herself disheartened by the animosity and vitroil in American culture. Yet at the same time, she was due to write a book on gratitude for her publisher, but she had a hard time finding reasons to be grateful. In the process of writing, Butler Bass learned to find a new spiritual path to gratitude, as she healed from both new and old wounds.

Diana Butler Bass, author of Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks

Leaving Southern Baptist faith to embrace Two Spirit Cherokee identity

May 11, 2018 11:34

Description:

The Rev. Norma Gann says she knew at a young age that she didn’t fit into the traditional gender roles she saw around her, reinforced by her conservative Southern Baptist faith. It wasn’t until she began to explore her Cherokee culture that she found her true gender identity: Two Spirit. But embracing that identity meant she would have to forge her own spiritual path.

Norma Gann, senior pastor at Metropolitan Community Church of the Redwood Empire in Guerneville, Calif.

Walking a new spiritual path

May 11, 2018 50:07

Description:

When people feel alienated from their religious traditions and that their beliefs no longer fit, how do they forge a faith path on their own terms?&nbsp;

Islamophobia: new word, long roots

May 4, 2018 49:41

Description:

A hidden side to the history of racism in the U.S., and the purposeful spread of misinformation in the age of mass media, is making life for a religious minority increasingly harder. 

Islamophobia’s long history in the U.S.

May 4, 2018 17:31

Description:

A recent report from the national Council on American Islamic Relations says bias incidents against those perceived to be Muslim are up by 17 percent and hate crimes are up 15 percent, compared with 2016. Some experts say our political climate is to blame. But we learn that anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. predates the country, and is based in a history of white supremacy. 
 
Simran Jeet Singh, Henry R. Luce Post-Doctoral Fellow for Religion in International Affairs at New York University's Center for Religion and Media and senior religion fellow at the Sikh Coalition
Khaled Beydoun, author of the new book American Islamophobia: The Roots and Rise of Fear
Besheer Mohamed, senior researcher at the Pew Research Center 

A network of fear fosters biased treatment

May 4, 2018 19:55

Description:

Some researchers - like Wajahat Ali - say reasons to fear Muslims are being purposely exaggerated. Ali, a lawyer, detailed this so-called Islamophobia Network in America in the 2011 "Fear Inc." report he co-authored with the Center for American Progress. He argues that funders, think tanks, media and political actors create an echo chamber of influence that results in certain policies and the normalizing of anti-Muslim rhetoric. And a recent BuzzFeed News investigation, co-written by national reporter Hannah Allam, found examples of anti-Muslim speech and activity by elected officials since 2015 in 49 out of 50 states. Research also shows the rhetoric from both the political right and left is contributing to bias against those perceived to be Muslims. And it is leaking into the U.S.’ legal and media systems, says a new report from the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. 

Wajahat Ali, lawyer, commentator, playright, and co-author of "Fear, Inc." 
Hannah Allam, reporter for Buzzfeed News
Carey Shenkmen and Kumar Rao, of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding 

Challenging anti-Muslim rhetoric: one small town's story

May 4, 2018 12:22

Description:

A new poll from the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding shows more than 85 percent of Americans “want to live in a country where no one is targeted for their religious identity.” Most Americans also reject collective blame of Muslims for the violent acts of individuals. But even so, Islamophobia remains. So how do we combat those views? We hear from experts about how education and simple interactions can go a long way, while BuzzFeed’s Hannah Allam tells us about the political organizing against Islamophobic rhetoric in a small Michigan town where there are no Muslims.

Hannah Allam, BuzzFeed News reporter and author of "How Many Facebook Posts Does It Take To Topple A Bigot?"

Islamophobia: new word, long roots

May 4, 2018 49:41

Description:

A hidden side to the history of racism in the U.S., and the purposeful spread of misinformation in the age of mass media, is making life for a religious minority increasingly harder.&nbsp;

Islamophobia’s long history in the U.S.

May 4, 2018 17:31

Description:

A <a href="https://www.cairoklahoma.com/resource/targeted/">recent report</a> from the national Council on American Islamic Relations says bias incidents against those perceived to be Muslim are up by 17 percent and hate crimes are up 15 percent, compared with 2016. Some experts say our political climate is to blame. But we learn that anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. predates the country, and is based in a history of white supremacy.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/sikhprof">Simran Jeet Singh</a>,&nbsp;Henry R. Luce Post-Doctoral Fellow for Religion in International Affairs at New York University&#39;s Center for Religion and Media and senior religion fellow at the <a href="https://www.sikhcoalition.org/people/simran-jeet-singh/" target="_blank">Sikh Coalition</a><br /> <a href="https://www.khaledbeydoun.com/">Khaled Beydoun</a>, author of the new book <a href="https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520297791">American Islamophobia: The Roots and Rise of Fear</a><br /> <a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/staff/besheer-mohamed/">Besheer Mohamed</a>, senior researcher at the Pew Research Center&nbsp;</strong>

A network of fear fosters biased treatment

May 4, 2018 19:55

Description:

Some researchers - like Wajahat Ali - say reasons to fear Muslims are being purposely exaggerated. Ali, a lawyer, detailed this so-called Islamophobia Network in America in the <a href="https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/religion/reports/2011/08/26/10165/fear-inc/">2011 &quot;Fear Inc.&quot;</a> report he co-authored with the Center for American Progress. He argues that funders, think tanks, media and political actors create an echo chamber of influence that results in certain policies and the normalizing of anti-Muslim rhetoric. And a recent <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahallam/trump-republicans-bashing-muslims-without-repercussions?utm_term=.txe0dlOvk#.nex1NQJxD">BuzzFeed News investigation</a>, co-written by national reporter Hannah Allam, found examples of anti-Muslim speech and activity by elected officials since 2015 in 49 out of 50 states. Research also shows the rhetoric from both the political right and left is contributing to bias against those perceived to be Muslims. And it is leaking into the U.S.&rsquo; legal and media systems, says<a href="https://www.ispu.org/public-policy/equal-treatment/"> a new report </a>from the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/WajahatAli">Wajahat Ali</a>, lawyer, commentator, playright, and co-author of &quot;Fear, Inc.&quot;&nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahallam">Hannah Allam</a>, reporter for Buzzfeed News<br /> <a href="https://www.ispu.org/scholars/carey-shenkman/">Carey Shenkmen</a> and <a href="https://www.ispu.org/scholars/kumar-rao/">Kumar Rao</a>, of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding&nbsp;</strong>

Challenging anti-Muslim rhetoric: one small town's story

May 4, 2018 12:22

Description:

A <a href="https://www.ispu.org/public-policy/american-muslim-poll/" target="_blank">new poll</a> from the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding shows more than 85 percent of Americans &ldquo;want to live in a country where no one is targeted for their religious identity.&rdquo; Most Americans also reject collective blame of Muslims for the violent acts of individuals. But even so, Islamophobia remains. So how do we combat those views? We hear from experts about how education and simple interactions can go a long way, while BuzzFeed&rsquo;s Hannah Allam tells us about the political organizing against Islamophobic rhetoric in a small Michigan town where there are no Muslims.<br /> <br /> <strong>Hannah Allam, BuzzFeed News reporter and author of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahallam/facebook-kalkaska-recall-election-sieting-islam?utm_term=.elDXO2mvw#.seDLrkboa">&quot;How Many Facebook Posts Does It Take To Topple A Bigot?&quot;</a></strong>

Finding a spiritual home...when you're in the minority

Apr 27, 2018 49:31

Description:

Five African Americans share the challenges they face – and the purpose they find – in smaller, predominantly white spiritual communities.

Finding a spiritual home...when you're in the minority

Apr 27, 2018 49:31

Description:

Five African Americans share the challenges they face &ndash; and the purpose they find &ndash; in smaller, predominantly white spiritual communities.

Pioneering black identity in the LDS church

Apr 27, 2018 26:09

Description:

For siblings LaShawn Williams, Eunicia &ldquo;Niecie&rdquo; Jones and James Jones, being raised in a military family meant there were only two constants in their life: family and church. The three were raised Mormon and often were the only black members in their congregation. Moreover, they had to reconcile their faith with the painful fact that for most their church&rsquo;s history before 1978, black members were denied access to the priesthood and certain blessings and rituals in the temple. Despite that fact, they all find a powerful reason to stay. Plus, we travel to the conference LaShawn, Niecie, and James organized called &quot;The Legacy of Black LDS Pioneers,&quot; to hear how other Mormons are confronting their church&rsquo;s painful past.<br /> <br /> <strong style="color: rgb(73, 73, 73); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap;">LaShawn Williams, Eunicia &ldquo;Niecie&rdquo; Jones and James Jones, organizers of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BlackLDSLegacy/" style="outline: none; color: rgb(255, 102, 0); text-decoration-line: none;">The Legacy of Black LDS Pioneers</a></strong><br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <strong style="color: rgb(73, 73, 73); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/BlackLDSLegacy/" style="outline: none; color: rgb(255, 102, 0); text-decoration-line: none;"><img alt="" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/IMG_20180216_150756(2).jpg" style="width: 667px; height: 500px;" /></a></strong><em style="color: rgb(73, 73, 73); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The three siblings, from left to right: James, Niecie, and LaShawn</em></div>

One of U.S.' few black rabbis on Judaism's need to evolve

Apr 27, 2018 11:33

Description:

Less than 2% of the U.S. population is Jewish, and only a very small portion of that is black. Capers Funnye was raised in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and was actually encouraged to become a pastor. Instead, he went to rabbinical school, being ordained by an Israelite academy and becoming one of the few black rabbis in the country. He explains why more African Americans are finding their ways to his congregation from other traditions and how Judaism must become more welcoming to keep its faithful in the fold.<br /> <br /> <span id="docs-internal-guid-94e28061-de35-e04f-cfe4-375339fb9db9" style="color: rgb(73, 73, 73); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><strong>Rabbi Capers Funnye, from </strong></span></span><strong style="color: rgb(73, 73, 73); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://bethshalombz.org/blog2/" style="outline: none; color: rgb(255, 102, 0); text-decoration-line: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap;">Beth Shalom Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation</span></a></strong>

Leaving the black church, and gaining a humanist mission

Apr 27, 2018 11:25

Description:

Sincere Kirabo was raised Pentecostal and, by his early twenties, was a fervent believer who became a born-again Christian. But that started to change after he saw &quot;The Da Vinci Code.&quot; While the movie is fiction, Kirabo says it got him to question his beliefs for the first time in his life. Through a slow process over many years, he came to identify as an atheist. But Kirabo tells us that when some black Americans leave the historically black Protestant tradition, they&#39;re also leaving behind a tight-knit community and decades of history. He says he wants to help other non-believers to find a new home by helping establish the new Black Humanist Alliance.<br /> <br /> <strong style="color: rgb(73, 73, 73); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://americanhumanist.org/about/staff/kirabo/" style="outline: none; color: rgb(255, 102, 0); text-decoration-line: none;">Sincere Kirabo</a>, of the American Humanist Association</strong>

How sharia differs from evolving Islamic laws

Apr 20, 2018 19:50

Description:

We’re learning how Muslim scholars for centuries have attempted to make sense of God's divine will, or sharia, and to bring it down to decidedly imperfect, human levels...through Islamic law. There are numerous interpretations, and then there are varying degrees to which countries incorporate or don’t incorporate Islamic law in their governance. But when states support problematic interpretations of Islam - and when leaders purposefully conflate Islamic law as being the word of God - it leads to a broader misunderstanding of what sharia is at its core. We learn more from the authors of the new book Shariah: What Everyone Needs to Know, John Esposito and Natana DeLong-Bas.

John Esposito, professor of religion and insternational affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University
Natana DeLong-Bas, assistant professor of theology at Boston College

Report says 'Islamophobia network' promoted idea of scary sharia

Apr 20, 2018 13:13

Description:

The concept of sharia law as a threat to the United States, its laws and way of life is a pretty recent introduction into the American zeitgeist. Wajahat Ali, a commentator, playwright, producer, and lawyer, researched to find out how this idea became the behemoth of misunderstanding and a political wedge tool it is today. He co-authored the report "Fear, Inc: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America" with the Center for American Progress back in 2011.

Wajahat Ali, co-author of Fear, Inc. report, commentator, lawyer

Sharia 101

Apr 20, 2018 48:43

Description:

<span id="docs-internal-guid-b9c3cba4-e3ce-a62a-6a79-4bba24d5d4fd"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The concept of sharia has been around as long as Islam has. So how has it become such a scary word for some Americans in recent years?</span></span>

What is sharia? Divine, abstract...and extraterrestrial

Apr 20, 2018 15:19

Description:

Is there another religious word that was once seemingly so esoteric but today causes such anxiety in American politics and culture than sharia? But for all talk about it, few people - both who identify as Muslim and do not - seem to know what it really is. We want to get a better understanding of what sharia is and is not, so we turn to American University teaching assistant professor Sara Omar. She recently completed her PhD in Islamic Studies at Harvard University.<br /> <br /> <strong>Sara Omar</strong>, professorial lecturer on critical race, gender and culture studies at <a href="https://www.american.edu/cas/faculty/somar.cfm" target="_blank">American University</a>

How sharia differs from evolving Islamic laws

Apr 20, 2018 19:50

Description:

We&rsquo;re learning how Muslim scholars for centuries have attempted to make sense of God&#39;s divine will, or sharia, and to bring it down to decidedly imperfect, human levels...through Islamic law. There are numerous interpretations, and then there are varying degrees to which countries incorporate or don&rsquo;t incorporate Islamic law in their governance. But when states support problematic interpretations of Islam - and when leaders purposefully conflate Islamic law as being the word of God - it leads to a broader misunderstanding of what sharia is at its core. We learn more from the authors of the new book<em> Shariah: What Everyone Needs to Know</em>, John Esposito and Natana DeLong-Bas.<br /> <br /> <strong>John Esposito</strong>, professor of religion and insternational affairs and of Islamic Studies at <a href="https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/people/john-esposito" target="_blank">Georgetown University </a><br /> <strong>Natana DeLong-Bas</strong>, assistant professor of theology at <a href="https://www.bc.edu/bc-web/schools/mcas/departments/theology/people/faculty-directory/natana-delong-bas.html" target="_blank">Boston College</a>

Report says 'Islamophobia network' promoted idea of scary sharia

Apr 20, 2018 13:13

Description:

The concept of sharia law as a threat to the United States, its laws and way of life is a pretty recent introduction into the American zeitgeist. Wajahat Ali, a commentator, playwright, producer, and lawyer, researched to find out how this idea became the behemoth of misunderstanding and a political wedge tool it is today. He co-authored the report &quot;<a href="https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/religion/reports/2011/08/26/10165/fear-inc/" target="_blank">Fear, Inc: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America</a>&quot; with the Center for American Progress back in 2011.<br /> <br /> <strong>Wajahat Ali</strong>, co-author of Fear, Inc. report, commentator, lawyer

Sharia 101

Apr 20, 2018 48:43

Description:

The concept of sharia has been around as long as Islam has. So how has it become such a scary word for some Americans in recent years?

What is sharia? Divine, abstract...and extraterrestrial

Apr 20, 2018 15:19

Description:

Is there another religious word that was once seemingly so esoteric but today causes such anxiety in American politics and culture than sharia? But for all talk about it, few people - both who identify as Muslim and do not - seem to know what it really is. We want to get a better understanding of what sharia is and is not, so we turn to American University teaching assistant professor Sara Omar. She recently completed her PhD in Islamic Studies at Harvard University.

Sara Omar, professorial lecturer on critical race, gender and culture studies at American University

Welcoming the Stranger

Apr 11, 2018 48:13

Description:

As the Supreme Court gears up to tackle President Trump's travel ban, we're revisiting our award-winning show on how people of faith approach the "stranger."

At home with Salah and Najah, Syrian refugees

Apr 11, 2018 17:14

Description:

Several years ago, Salah and his wife, Najah, fled Syria with their four youngest children and the clothes on their backs. Enter John and Gretchen, a retired couple working to help them settle into their new home. 

Rabbi Jack Moline: 'All of us wander this world'

Apr 11, 2018 3:00

Description:

For Jews, who the Torah says wandered through the desert for 40 years, the concept of "the stranger" strikes a deep chord. But Rabbi Jack Moline reminds us that whoever we are, we are all wandering in the wilderness. 

The 'sanctuary movement' rises again

Apr 11, 2018 14:45

Description:

Scholar Linda Rabben explains how in recent years, hundreds of houses of worship have declared themselves sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants, defying the law and turning their basements into bedrooms. 

A listener's story of being the stranger

Apr 11, 2018 2:06

Description:

Listener Mark Klar of Richmond, Ky., shares this memory of a time he felt like a stranger. Here's an excerpt of his story of encountering a Bedouin in the Sinai desert, as a 22-year-old traveler. 

Author journeys to Syria to find her grandfather's saviors

Apr 11, 2018 10:14

Description:

Dawn MacKeen's grandfather, Stepan Miskjian, survived the Armenian genocide – a story that hinged on the hospitality of an Arab Muslim family. Today, a grandson of that Syrian family is himself seeking refuge.

Welcoming the Stranger

Apr 11, 2018 48:13

Description:

As the Supreme Court gears up to tackle President Trump's travel ban, we're revisiting our award-winning show on how people of faith approach the "stranger."

At home with Salah and Najah, Syrian refugees

Apr 11, 2018 17:14

Description:

Several years ago, Salah and his wife, Najah, fled Syria with their four youngest children and the clothes on their backs. Enter John and Gretchen, a retired couple working to help them settle into their new home. 

Rabbi Jack Moline: 'All of us wander this world'

Apr 11, 2018 3:00

Description:

For Jews, who the Torah says wandered through the desert for 40 years, the concept of "the stranger" strikes a deep chord. But Rabbi Jack Moline reminds us that whoever we are, we are all wandering in the wilderness. 

The 'sanctuary movement' rises again

Apr 11, 2018 14:45

Description:

Scholar Linda Rabben explains how in recent years, hundreds of houses of worship have declared themselves sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants, defying the law and turning their basements into bedrooms. 

A listener's story of being the stranger

Apr 11, 2018 2:06

Description:

Listener Mark Klar of Richmond, Ky., shares this memory of a time he felt like a stranger. Here's an excerpt of his story of encountering a Bedouin in the Sinai desert, as a 22-year-old traveler. 

Author journeys to Syria to find her grandfather's saviors

Apr 11, 2018 10:14

Description:

Dawn MacKeen's grandfather, Stepan Miskjian, survived the Armenian genocide – a story that hinged on the hospitality of an Arab Muslim family. Today, a grandson of that Syrian family is himself seeking refuge.

God and Government: Cuba's evolving religious landscape

Apr 6, 2018 50:29

Description:

For the first time since its revolution almost 60 years ago, Cuba will soon have a leader not named Castro. Is religion filling a space once occupied by revolutionary fervor?

Religion in Cuba: from underground to co-existence with the government

Apr 6, 2018 18:29

Description:

In a new installment of our God and Government series, we visit the country of Cuba to see how it is navigating a changing relationship between church and state. The country has gone from breaking with the Catholic Church following the Cuban revolution, to a careful co-existence between the church and the government in the midst of post-Cold War economic troubles. We also talk with Felix Contreras, the host of NPR’s Alt.Latino about how the spirituality of many Afro Cubans is reflected in the fusion of the practice of Santeria and music.

Maria de los Angeles Torres, former resident of Cuba
Michael Bustamante, historian, Florida International University
Felix Contreras, host, Alt.Latino

Cubans look to faith as they prepare for a post-Castro nation

Apr 6, 2018 13:42

Description:

Cuba was once officially atheist, but today enjoys a degree of religious freedom. But the country is heading into uncharted territory, as President Raul Castro, who took over from his brother Fidel 10 years ago, is stepping down. He’ll name a successor on April 19.  So where are Cubans putting their faith now? BBC reporter Will Grant covered Fidel Castro’s funeral, and he’ll be on hand when Raul retires. And NPR’s Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras brings us another piece of Cuban music.

Will Grant, BBC reporter 
Felix Contreras, host, Alt.Latino

Evangelical Christianity grows in once-atheist Cuba

Apr 6, 2018 18:17

Description:

Though religion was once pushed underground in Cuba, the government tolerated its re-emergence in the uncertainty following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The Cuban government has been quietly tolerating many forms of religious expression — as long as religious practice doesn’t veer into political dissent. And a new faith movement is picking up a bit of the slack as the country’s social welfare system comes under strain — the fast-growing Evangelical Christian tradition. Plus, a reporter from WAMU reports on how people of faith in Washington DC, like those across the country, reflected on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.

Michael Bustamante, historian, Florida International University
Felix Contreras, host, NPR’s Alt.Latino
Mikaela Lefrak, arts and culture reporter, WAMU

God and Government: Cuba's evolving religious landscape

Apr 6, 2018 50:29

Description:

For the first time since its revolution almost 60 years ago, Cuba will soon have a leader not named Castro. Is religion filling a space once occupied by revolutionary fervor?

Religion in Cuba: from underground to co-existence with the government

Apr 6, 2018 18:29

Description:

In a new installment of our God and Government series, we visit the country of Cuba to see how it is navigating a changing relationship between church and state. The country has gone from breaking with the Catholic Church following the Cuban revolution, to a careful co-existence between the church and the government in the midst of post-Cold War economic troubles. We also talk with Felix Contreras, the host of NPR&rsquo;s Alt.Latino about how the spirituality of many Afro Cubans is reflected in the fusion of the practice of Santeria and music.<br /> <br /> <strong>Maria de los Angeles Torres, former resident of Cuba<br /> Michael Bustamante, historian, Florida International University<br /> Felix Contreras, host, Alt.Latino</strong>

Cubans look to faith as they prepare for a post-Castro nation

Apr 6, 2018 13:42

Description:

Cuba was once officially atheist, but today enjoys a degree of religious freedom. But the country is heading into uncharted territory, as President Raul Castro, who took over from his brother Fidel 10 years ago, is stepping down. He&rsquo;ll name a successor on April 19. &nbsp;So where are Cubans putting their faith now? BBC reporter Will Grant covered Fidel Castro&rsquo;s funeral, and he&rsquo;ll be on hand when Raul retires. And NPR&rsquo;s Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras brings us another piece of Cuban music.<br /> <br /> <strong>Will Grant,&nbsp;BBC reporter&nbsp;<br /> Felix Contreras, host,&nbsp;Alt.Latino</strong>

Evangelical Christianity grows in once-atheist Cuba

Apr 6, 2018 18:17

Description:

Though religion was once pushed underground in Cuba, the government tolerated its re-emergence in the uncertainty following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The Cuban government has been quietly tolerating many forms of religious expression &mdash; as long as religious practice doesn&rsquo;t veer into political dissent. And a new faith movement is picking up a bit of the slack as the country&rsquo;s social welfare system comes under strain &mdash; the fast-growing Evangelical Christian tradition. Plus, a reporter from WAMU reports on how <a href="https://wamu.org/story/18/04/03/6-places-around-d-c-reflect-martin-luther-king-jr/" target="_blank">people of faith in Washington DC</a>, like those across the country, reflected on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.&#39;s assassination.<br /> <br /> <strong>Michael Bustamante, historian, Florida International University<br /> Felix Contreras, host, NPR&rsquo;s Alt.Latino<br /> Mikaela Lefrak, arts and culture reporter, WAMU</strong>

Multi-faith groups represented at 'March for Our Lives,' but answers to gun violence differ

Mar 30, 2018 49:10

Description:

Many faith groups turned out for the recent March for our Lives against gun violence. Other people of faith say maintaining gun rights protects innocent life.

Multi-faith groups march against gun violence, while some evangelicals push back against gun restrictions

Mar 30, 2018 17:59

Description:

Many faith groups showed renewed commitment to end gun violence when they demonstrated during the recent March for Our Lives in Washington DC, inspired in many cases by the young people in their ranks. We hear about an interfaith vigil prior to the demonstration and learn how faith communities differ on gun control proposals, with help from Religion News Service national reporter Jack Jenkins.<br /> <br /> <strong>Jack Jenkins, national reporter with <a href="https://religionnews.com/author/jackjenkins/" target="_blank">Religion News Service</a></strong><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/WEB_1814_MarchforOurLives_AmberKhan.jpeg" style="width: 375px; height: 500px;" /><br /> <strong><em>Several signs at the March for Our Lives in Washington DC on March 24, 2018,<br /> included references to spirituality, faith and scripture.<br /> (Photo by Amber Khan)</em></strong></div>

Two Evangelical pastors on being pro-life but on opposites sides of the gun control issue

Mar 30, 2018 15:34

Description:

White evangelical Protestants are less likely than other faith groups to support gun control in broad, general terms. But some polls, like those quoted in a recent Christianity Today article, show that when asked about specific policy proposals, they&rsquo;re about as likely as the general public to support restrictions. We revisit a 2015 conversation from our archives between evangelical Presbyterian minister Rev. Allen Church and Evangelical minister Rev. Rob Schenck. The pastors were featured in the documentary, The Armor of Light, and our founder Maureen Fiedler interviewed them.<br /> <br /> <strong>Rev. Allen Church, Evangelical Presbyterian minister<br /> Rev. Rob Schenck, Evangelical minister and president of Faith and Action</strong>

Author argues Eastern Christian art gets the Easter Resurrection story right

Mar 30, 2018 15:48

Description:

As we explore how faith communities respond to gun violence, we turn to a religious studies professor who argues that the Easter resurrection story - and how it&rsquo;s depicted in art - holds a lesson for the world on achieving peace. John Dominic Crossan is a professor emeritus of religious studies at DePaul University in Chicago, and he and wife Sarah Sexton Crossan wrote the new book, <em>Resurrecting Easter: How the West Lost and the East Kept the Original Easter Vision.</em><br /> <br /> <strong>John Dominic Crossan, co-author of&nbsp;<em>Resurrecting Easter: How the West Lost and the East Kept the Original Easter Vision</em></strong>

Multi-faith groups represented at 'March for Our Lives,' but answers to gun violence differ

Mar 30, 2018 49:10

Description:

Many faith groups turned out for the recent March for our Lives against gun violence. Other people of faith say maintaining gun rights protects innocent life.

Multi-faith groups march against gun violence, while some evangelicals push back against gun restrictions

Mar 30, 2018 17:59

Description:

Many faith groups showed renewed commitment to end gun violence when they demonstrated during the recent March for Our Lives in Washington DC, inspired in many cases by the young people in their ranks. We hear about an interfaith vigil prior to the demonstration and learn how faith communities differ on gun control proposals, with help from Religion News Service national reporter Jack Jenkins.

Jack Jenkins, national reporter with Religion News Service

Several signs at the March for Our Lives in Washington DC on March 24, 2018,
included references to spirituality, faith and scripture.
(Photo by Amber Khan)

Two Evangelical pastors on being pro-life but on opposites sides of the gun control issue

Mar 30, 2018 15:34

Description:

White evangelical Protestants are less likely than other faith groups to support gun control in broad, general terms. But some polls, like those quoted in a recent Christianity Today article, show that when asked about specific policy proposals, they’re about as likely as the general public to support restrictions. We revisit a 2015 conversation from our archives between evangelical Presbyterian minister Rev. Allen Church and Evangelical minister Rev. Rob Schenck. The pastors were featured in the documentary, The Armor of Light, and our founder Maureen Fiedler interviewed them.

Rev. Allen Church, Evangelical Presbyterian minister
Rev. Rob Schenck, Evangelical minister and president of Faith and Action

Author argues Eastern Christian art gets the Easter Resurrection story right

Mar 30, 2018 15:48

Description:

As we explore how faith communities respond to gun violence, we turn to a religious studies professor who argues that the Easter resurrection story - and how it’s depicted in art - holds a lesson for the world on achieving peace. John Dominic Crossan is a professor emeritus of religious studies at DePaul University in Chicago, and he and wife Sarah Sexton Crossan wrote the new book, Resurrecting Easter: How the West Lost and the East Kept the Original Easter Vision.

John Dominic Crossan, co-author of Resurrecting Easter: How the West Lost and the East Kept the Original Easter Vision

Faith communities respond to rising hate

Mar 23, 2018 50:02

Description:

<span id="docs-internal-guid-596d901e-5341-877a-381a-5b8823393730"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hate crimes are on the rise in the U.S., but some faith communities are using those painful moment to reject bias.</span></span>

Hate crimes and incidents are on the rise across the country

Mar 23, 2018 22:18

Description:

Tracking hate crimes has its challenges, but one trend is clear: the number of hate crimes, particularly those targeting Muslims and Jews, is on the rise. That finding emerged in several reports from the <a href="https://ucr.fbi.gov/hate-crime/2016/resource-pages/hate-crime-2016-_summary" target="_blank">FBI&#39;s Hate Crimes Statistics</a>, the <a href="https://www.adl.org/resources/reports/2017-audit-of-anti-semitic-incidents" target="_blank">Anti-Defamation League</a>, <a href="http://saalt.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Communities-on-Fire.pdf" target="_blank">South Asian Americans Leading Together</a> (SAALT), and the <a href="https://www.splcenter.org/news/2018/02/21/year-hate-trump-buoyed-white-supremacists-2017-sparking-backlash-among-black-nationalist" target="_blank">Southern Poverty Law Center.</a> To understand what is happening and how communities are responding, we talk to Becky Monroe, the director of the Stop Hate Project at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Right Under Law.&nbsp; We also hear from Shayna Stevens, a board member of the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR-AZ. She tells us how the Muslim community and allies in the faith community responded to a recent incident in which two moms live-streamed themselves using anti-Muslim slurs and taking flyers and brochures from the local mosque in Tempe, Ariz.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Shayna Stevens, board member of the <a href="http://cair-az.org/" target="_blank">Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations</a><br /> Becky Monroe, director of the <a href="https://lawyerscommittee.org/project/stop-hate-project/" target="_blank">Stop Hate Project</a> at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Right Under Law</strong> <div style="text-align: center;"> <strong><img alt="" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/1813_BeckyMonroe_StopHateProject_StephanieLecci.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /></strong></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><strong>Becky Monroe explains the goals behind the Stop Hate Project.</strong></em></div>

How communities of faith are organizing against hate

Mar 23, 2018 14:55

Description:

Faith communities are responding in different ways to hate, from creating proactive relationships to holding unity walks and interfaith dinners. We talk to Rabbi Bradd Boxman of Congregation Kol Tikvah in Parkland, Fl. He organized a proactive Rapid Response to Hate Network there that was inspired by his outreach efforts years ago in Danbury, Conn., shortly after 9/11. We also hear from executive director Rabbi Gerry Serotta and lead organizer Symi Rom-Rymer of&nbsp;the&nbsp;<a href="https://ifcmw.org/" target="_blank">Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington</a>. Serotta says he&#39;s finding a silver lining in the current political climate: a new interest in learning about different traditions and desire to stand in unity with targeted communities.<br /> <br /> <strong>Rabbi Bradd Boxman of Congregation Kol Tikvah in Parkland, Fl., co-chair of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.clergycoalition.net/index.php/rapid-response" target="_blank">Rapid Response to Hate Network</a>&nbsp;with the Clergy Coalition of Coral Springs and Parkland</strong><br />

If fear and hate are linked, how can we become 'Unafraid'?

Mar 23, 2018 11:37

Description:

Understanding fear, when it is important and when it undermines our sense of security is the focus of Pastor Adam Hamilton&#39;s new book, <em>Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Troubled Times.</em>&nbsp; We talk to Hamilton and learn that his motivation for writing the book, based originally on a series of sermons, was inspired by the 2016 elections.&nbsp; He discusses how fear of the other can be weaponized and used to divide and in some instances, lead to violence. Hamilton also describes his own efforts to introduce his congregation, one of the largest in Kansas, to their Muslim neighbors, and what they learned about each other.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Pastor Adam Hamilton, of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., and author of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.adamhamilton.org/books/unafraid/" target="_blank"><em>Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Troubled Times</em></a></strong><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <strong><em><a href="http://www.adamhamilton.org/books/unafraid/" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/1813_AdamHamilton_Facebook.jpg" style="width: 375px; height: 375px;" /></a><br /> Pastor Adam Hamilton</em></strong></div>

Faith communities respond to rising hate

Mar 23, 2018 50:02

Description:

Hate crimes are on the rise in the U.S., but some faith communities are using those painful moment to reject bias.

Hate crimes and incidents are on the rise across the country

Mar 23, 2018 22:18

Description:

Tracking hate crimes has its challenges, but one trend is clear: the number of hate crimes, particularly those targeting Muslims and Jews, is on the rise. That finding emerged in several reports from the FBI's Hate Crimes Statistics, the Anti-Defamation League, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), and the Southern Poverty Law Center. To understand what is happening and how communities are responding, we talk to Becky Monroe, the director of the Stop Hate Project at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Right Under Law.  We also hear from Shayna Stevens, a board member of the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR-AZ. She tells us how the Muslim community and allies in the faith community responded to a recent incident in which two moms live-streamed themselves using anti-Muslim slurs and taking flyers and brochures from the local mosque in Tempe, Ariz. 


Shayna Stevens, board member of the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations
Becky Monroe, director of the Stop Hate Project at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Right Under Law Becky Monroe explains the goals behind the Stop Hate Project.

How communities of faith are organizing against hate

Mar 23, 2018 14:55

Description:

Faith communities are responding in different ways to hate, from creating proactive relationships to holding unity walks and interfaith dinners. We talk to Rabbi Bradd Boxman of Congregation Kol Tikvah in Parkland, Fl. He organized a proactive Rapid Response to Hate Network there that was inspired by his outreach efforts years ago in Danbury, Conn., shortly after 9/11. We also hear from executive director Rabbi Gerry Serotta and lead organizer Symi Rom-Rymer of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. Serotta says he's finding a silver lining in the current political climate: a new interest in learning about different traditions and desire to stand in unity with targeted communities.

Rabbi Bradd Boxman of Congregation Kol Tikvah in Parkland, Fl., co-chair of the Rapid Response to Hate Network with the Clergy Coalition of Coral Springs and Parkland

If fear and hate are linked, how can we become 'Unafraid'?

Mar 23, 2018 11:37

Description:

Understanding fear, when it is important and when it undermines our sense of security is the focus of Pastor Adam Hamilton's new book, Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Troubled Times.  We talk to Hamilton and learn that his motivation for writing the book, based originally on a series of sermons, was inspired by the 2016 elections.  He discusses how fear of the other can be weaponized and used to divide and in some instances, lead to violence. Hamilton also describes his own efforts to introduce his congregation, one of the largest in Kansas, to their Muslim neighbors, and what they learned about each other. 

Pastor Adam Hamilton, of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., and author of Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Troubled Times

Pastor Adam Hamilton

Fasting and Faith, Part II: Looking inside ourselves

Mar 16, 2018 49:08

Description:

We explore how people use fasts, both religious and spiritual, to look inward at themselves, heightening introspection, developing discipline, and renewing relationships. 

Making time for family and introspection during the Bahá’í 19 Day Fast

Mar 16, 2018 17:06

Description:

Many traditions use fasting as a way to mark events on religious calendars, such as the 19 Day Fast in the Bahá’í tradition. The fast, which ends on March 20th, marks the last month of the Bahá’í calendar before the new year begins. It involves abstaining from food or drink from sunrise to sunset. We learn how the multigenerational Ewing-Boyd family of Washington DC uses this time as an opportunity to slow down, gain discipline and reconnect with each other. Abdu'l Karim Ewing-Boyd, Angela Ewing-Boyd, their daughters 13-year-old Zaynab and 15-year-old Satiya Ewing-Boyd, and grandparents Tod and Alison Ewing invite us into their home to experience the daily breaking of the fast.

The Ewing-Boyd family, members of the Bahá’í community in Washington DC

(L-R) Zaynab Ewing-Boyd, Angela Ewing-Boyd, Abdu'l Karim Ewing-Boyd, Tod Ewing,
Amber Khan, and Alison Ewing (not pictured: Satiya Ewing-Boyd)

What happens to our bodies when we fast?

Mar 16, 2018 13:53

Description:

Many people undergo internal, personal transformations as they participate in religious or spiritual fasts. Some feel more disciplined, some feel calmer. Others feel like they can slow down or like they’ve been cleansed. But what else is happening inside us during a abstain from food and water – in our bodies? We turn for answers to Isabel Maples, a registered dietitian nutritionist and spokeswoman for the the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It’s an organization for food and nutrition professionals and a recognized accrediting body for undergraduate and graduate programs.

Isabel Maples, a registered dietitian nutritionist and spokeswoman for the the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 

When a yogic diet includes fasting from certain foods – and modern life

Mar 16, 2018 17:30

Description:

The obligation to fast exists in several faith traditions…like the Bahai religion we heard about earlier. But an increasing number of people discovered fasting outside the walls of religion – in yoga. That includes Andrew Tanner, who retreated from modern life to focus on learning the practice and the yogic diet. He’s been a yoga teacher for 15 years and is Chief Yoga Advancement office at the Yoga Alliance in Arlington, Va.

Andrew Tanner, yoga teacher and Chief Yoga Advancement office at the Yoga Alliance

Fasting and Faith, Part II: Looking inside ourselves

Mar 16, 2018 49:08

Description:

We explore how people use fasts, both religious and spiritual, to look inward at themselves, heightening introspection, developing discipline, and renewing relationships.<span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span>

Making time for family and introspection during the Bahá’í 19 Day Fast

Mar 16, 2018 17:06

Description:

Many traditions use fasting as a way to mark events on religious calendars, such as the 19 Day Fast in the Bah&aacute;&rsquo;&iacute; tradition. The fast, which ends on March 20th, marks the last month of the Bah&aacute;&rsquo;&iacute; calendar before the new year begins. It involves abstaining from food or drink from sunrise to sunset. We learn how the multigenerational Ewing-Boyd family of Washington DC uses this time as an opportunity to slow down, gain discipline and reconnect with each other. Abdu&#39;l Karim Ewing-Boyd, Angela Ewing-Boyd, their daughters 13-year-old Zaynab and 15-year-old Satiya Ewing-Boyd, and grandparents Tod and Alison Ewing invite us into their home to experience the daily breaking of the fast.<br /> <br /> <strong>The Ewing-Boyd family, members of the Bah&aacute;&rsquo;&iacute; community in Washington DC</strong><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <strong><img alt="" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/1812_EwingBoydFamilyBahai_credit_StephanieLecci(1).JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /></strong><br /> (L-R)&nbsp;Zaynab Ewing-Boyd, Angela Ewing-Boyd,&nbsp;Abdu&#39;l Karim Ewing-Boyd, Tod Ewing,<br /> Amber Khan, and Alison Ewing (not pictured: Satiya Ewing-Boyd)</div>

What happens to our bodies when we fast?

Mar 16, 2018 13:53

Description:

Many people undergo internal, personal transformations as they participate in religious or spiritual fasts. Some feel more disciplined, some feel calmer. Others feel like they can slow down or like they&rsquo;ve been cleansed. But what else is happening inside us during a abstention from food and water &ndash; in our bodies? We turn for answers to Isabel Maples, a registered dietitian nutritionist and spokeswoman for the the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It&rsquo;s an organization for food and nutrition professionals and a recognized accrediting body for undergraduate and graduate programs.<br /> <br /> <strong>Isabel Maples, a registered dietitian nutritionist and spokeswoman for the the <a href="https://www.eatright.org/" target="_blank">Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics</a></strong>&nbsp;

When a yogic diet includes fasting from certain foods – and modern life

Mar 16, 2018 17:30

Description:

The obligation to fast exists in several faith traditions&hellip;like the Bahai religion we heard about earlier. But an increasing number of people discovered fasting outside the walls of religion &ndash; in yoga. That includes Andrew Tanner, who retreated from modern life to focus on learning the practice and the yogic diet. He&rsquo;s been a yoga teacher for 15 years and is Chief Yoga Advancement office at the Yoga Alliance in Arlington, Va.<br /> <br /> <strong>Andrew Tanner, yoga teacher and Chief Yoga Advancement office at the <a href="https://www.yogaalliance.org/" target="_blank">Yoga Alliance</a></strong><br />

Fasting and Faith, Part I

Mar 9, 2018 49:50

Description:

When someone fasts, they usually take something out of their lives. But some are using that space they've created in themselves to add in social concern. 

Fasting & Faith: Part 1

Mar 9, 2018 49:50

Description:

When someone fasts, they usually take something out of their lives. But some are using that space they've created in themselves to add in social concern. 

Fasting’s role in ancient times and today

Mar 9, 2018 10:46

Description:

How do we respond when we feel like the world around us is out of control? For millennia, people have found rituals - like fasting - can help them achieve clarity or a sense of control. Martyn Oliver, a senior professorial lecturer in the department of philosophy and religious studies at American University, says the practice of fasting most likely predates organized religion. And we explore the different ways individuals and communities are embracing the ancient ritual of abstaining from food, water, intimacy, and comfort as a response to modern life.



Catholic activists make space and time during the Lenten fast to take action

Mar 9, 2018 13:44

Description:

Many Catholics decide to give up foods like candy or soda for a personal fast during Lent. But one group of mostly Catholic activists are instead giving up their time to demonstrate in support of undocumented immigrants. Produced by Melissa Feito. 

Purim’s heroine Esther in the #MeToo era

Mar 9, 2018 25:07

Description:

Earlier this month the Jewish community celebrated the festival of Purim. It involves feasting and wearing costumes, while remembering the story of how a queen saved the ancient Jewish people. And we hear from two women who are finding new inspiration in this ancient story to stand with oppressed women in the #MeToo era.

Fasting and Faith, Part I

Mar 9, 2018 49:50

Description:

When someone fasts, they usually take something out of their lives. But some are using that space they've created in themselves to add in social concern. 

Fasting’s role in ancient times and today

Mar 9, 2018 10:46

Description:

How do we respond when we feel like the world around us is out of control? For millennia, people have found rituals - like fasting - can help them achieve clarity or a sense of control. Martyn Oliver, a senior professorial lecturer in the department of philosophy and religious studies at American University, says the practice of fasting most likely predates organized religion. And we explore the different ways individuals and communities are embracing the ancient ritual of abstaining from food, water, intimacy, and comfort as a response to modern life.



Catholic activists make space and time during the Lenten fast to take action

Mar 9, 2018 13:44

Description:

Many Catholics decide to give up foods like candy or soda for a personal fast during Lent. But one group of mostly Catholic activists are instead giving up their time to demonstrate in support of undocumented immigrants. Produced by Melissa Feito. 

Purim’s heroine Esther in the #MeToo era

Mar 9, 2018 25:07

Description:

Earlier this month the Jewish community celebrated the festival of Purim. It involves feasting and wearing costumes, while remembering the story of how a queen saved the ancient Jewish people. And we hear from two women who are finding new inspiration in this ancient story to stand with oppressed women in the #MeToo era.

Finding a spiritual home...when you're in the minority

Feb 28, 2018 49:48

Description:

Five African Americans share the challenges they face – and the purpose they find – in smaller, predominantly white spiritual communities.

Pioneering black identity in the LDS church

Feb 28, 2018 25:30

Description:

For siblings LaShawn Williams, Eunicia “Niecie” Jones and James Jones, being raised in a military family meant there were only two constants in their life: family and church. The three were raised Mormon and often were the only black members in their congregation. Moreover, they had to reconcile their faith with the painful fact that for most their church’s history before 1978, black members were denied access to the priesthood and certain blessings and rituals in the temple. Despite that fact, they all find a powerful reason to stay. Plus, we travel to the conference LaShawn, Niecie, and James organized called "The Legacy of Black LDS Pioneers," to hear how other Mormons are confronting their church’s painful past.

One of U.S.' few black rabbis on Judaism's need to evolve

Feb 28, 2018 11:45

Description:

Less than 2% of the U.S. population is Jewish, and only a very small portion of that is black. Capers Funnye was raised in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and was actually encouraged to become a pastor. Instead, he went to rabbinical school, being ordained by an Israelite academy and becoming one of the few black rabbis in the country. He explains why more African Americans are finding their ways to his congregation from other traditions and how Judaism must become more welcoming to keep its faithful in the fold.
 

 

Leaving the black church, and gaining a humanist mission

Feb 28, 2018 12:33

Description:

Sincere Kirabo was raised Pentecostal and, by his early twenties, was a fervent believer who became a born-again Christian. But that started to change after he saw "The Da Vinci Code." While the movie is fiction, Kirabo says it got him to question his beliefs for the first time in his life. Through a slow process over many years, he came to identify as an atheist. But Kirabo tells us that when some black Americans leave the historically black Protestant tradition, they're also leaving behind a tight-knit community and decades of history. He says he wants to help other non-believers to find a new home by helping establish the new Black Humanist Alliance.

Finding a spiritual home...when you're in the minority

Feb 28, 2018 49:48

Description:

Five African Americans share the challenges they face – and the purpose they find – in smaller, predominantly white spiritual communities.

America's Pastor?: Exploring the legacy of the late Rev. Billy Graham

Feb 23, 2018 55:41

Description:

The Rev. Billy Graham, who evangelized to millions around the world, has died at 99. For many, he was "America's pastor." For others, his legacy is not spotless.

Why Graham’s 'simple' Christian message wasn’t enough for all audiences

Feb 23, 2018 22:25

Description:

What was it about the Rev. Billy Graham's message that made him so effective at reaching millions of people across the globe? While many came to the dais ready to convert at the end of his sermons, others felt his message didn&#39;t go far enough to confront social justice issues. Plus, we revisit Maureen&#39;s 2008 interview with Michael G. Long on the mixed legacy Graham is leaving behind.

Father and son: Where the Rev. Franklin Graham will take his father’s ministry

Feb 23, 2018 11:34

Description:

In recent years, the ministry associated with the Rev. Billy Graham took a more partisan and oppositional posture toward other religions, particularly Islam, under son Franklin's leadership. First we hear an excerpt of Maureen's 2011 interview with the Rev. Franklin Graham about his father's thoughts as he neared the end of his life. Then, we talk with CNN religion editor Daniel Burke about the differences and commonalities between the two Grahams.

Tracking the Rev. Billy Graham's rise from tent revivals to packed stadiums

Feb 23, 2018 21:42

Description:

The big news in the religion world over the last few days is the death of the Rev. Billy Graham at 99. He is considered the first global American religious figure to bring revival-style Christian preaching to a mass audience. Journalist Adelle Banks and historian Darren Dochuk give us an overview of why he is such an important figure.

America's Pastor?: Exploring the legacy of the late Rev. Billy Graham

Feb 23, 2018 55:41

Description:

The Rev. Billy Graham, who evangelized to millions around the world, has died at 99. For many, he was "America's pastor." For others, his legacy is not spotless.

Why Graham’s 'simple' Christian message wasn’t enough for all audiences

Feb 23, 2018 22:25

Description:

What was it about the Rev. Billy Graham's message that made him so effective at reaching millions of people across the globe? While many came to the dais ready to convert at the end of his sermons, others felt his message didn&#39;t go far enough to confront social justice issues. Plus, we revisit Maureen&#39;s 2008 interview with Michael G. Long on the mixed legacy Graham is leaving behind.

Father and son: Where the Rev. Franklin Graham will take his father’s ministry

Feb 23, 2018 11:34

Description:

In recent years, the ministry associated with the Rev. Billy Graham took a more partisan and oppositional posture toward other religions, particularly Islam, under son Franklin's leadership. First we hear an excerpt of Maureen's 2011 interview with the Rev. Franklin Graham about his father's thoughts as he neared the end of his life. Then, we talk with CNN religion editor Daniel Burke about the differences and commonalities between the two Grahams.

Tracking the Rev. Billy Graham's rise from tent revivals to packed stadiums

Feb 23, 2018 21:42

Description:

The big news in the religion world over the last few days is the death of the Rev. Billy Graham at 99. He is considered the first global American religious figure to bring revival-style Christian preaching to a mass audience. Journalist Adelle Banks and historian Darren Dochuk give us an overview of why he is such an important figure.

Interfaith 2.0? How multi-faith work is changing

Feb 16, 2018 49:18

Description:

What do we mean when we say "interfaith"? We'll explore where the word came from, how its evolved, and, whatever you call it, where such work is going.

From the Parliament of Religions to the National Prayer Breakfast, 'interfaith' ideas have evolved

Feb 16, 2018 16:32

Description:

President Donald Trump’s recent speech at the National Prayer Breakfast reignited a perennial debate over whether the U.S. was founded upon a particular religion – specifically, Christianity. As the debate continues, a growing group of faith leaders are working to build bridges across religious lines. But many bristle at calling this work “interfaith.” To understand why the word is loaded, we talk with Katherine Marshall. 

Muslims, Jews and Evangelical Christians commit to pact protecting religious minorities

Feb 16, 2018 22:44

Description:

Recently, 400 faith leaders from different traditions pledged to address the persecution of religious minorities in the United States and call for action to help the vulnerable. The conference included Jews, Muslims, and, notably, a large contingent of Evangelical Christians – a group known for its reservations about Islam.

What role can atheists and humanists play in multi-faith work?

Feb 16, 2018 11:03

Description:

Our country's religious demographics are shifting, and there is a growing number of people who don’t identify with a faith tradition. But many atheists, non-theists and humanists still want to be part of conversations occurring across faith lines.
 

Interfaith 2.0? How multi-faith work is changing

Feb 16, 2018 49:18

Description:

What do we mean when we say "interfaith"? We'll explore where the word came from, how its evolved, and, whatever you call it, where such work is going.

From the Parliament of Religions to the National Prayer Breakfast, 'interfaith' ideas have evolved

Feb 16, 2018 16:32

Description:

President Donald Trump’s recent speech at the National Prayer Breakfast reignited a perennial debate over whether the U.S. was founded upon a particular religion – specifically, Christianity. As the debate continues, a growing group of faith leaders are working to build bridges across religious lines. But many bristle at calling this work “interfaith.” To understand why the word is loaded, we talk with Katherine Marshall. 

Muslims, Jews and Evangelical Christians commit to pact protecting religious minorities

Feb 16, 2018 22:44

Description:

Recently, 400 faith leaders from different traditions pledged to address the persecution of religious minorities in the United States and call for action to help the vulnerable. The conference included Jews, Muslims, and, notably, a large contingent of Evangelical Christians – a group known for its reservations about Islam.

What role can atheists and humanists play in multi-faith work?

Feb 16, 2018 11:03

Description:

Our country's religious demographics are shifting, and there is a growing number of people who don’t identify with a faith tradition. But many atheists, non-theists and humanists still want to be part of conversations occurring across faith lines.
 

Passing the Mic, Part 2

Feb 6, 2018 49:49

Description:

In Part 2 of Maureen's farewell show, Amber and Maureen will look back at some of the show's most memorable interviews. Plus, Maureen reflects on her 16 years as host. 

Reflecting Back: We're Not the Same... and That's Okay

Feb 6, 2018 15:59

Description:

Stephen Prothero says the leaders of the interfaith movement have a problem: call it the "Kumbaya Effect." Instead of grappling with our religious differences, he says they gloss over them, creating a "pretend pluralism" that does more harm than good. From 2010. 

Stephen Prothero, author of God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World

Reflecting Back: Margot Adler on Paganism and Public Radio

Feb 6, 2018 10:25

Description:

In 1979, Margot Adler became a reporter for NPR. That same year, she wrote Drawing Down the Moon, a book that would become a classic in the pagan world, describing the emerging movement of witches, druids and goddess worshippers with humanity and intelligence. She was both an explainer of the movement and a devout practitioner, and one of the first public Wiccan priestesses. Margot Adler died on July 28, 2014 at the age of 68, after battling cancer.
From 2008.

Margot Adler, author of Drawing Down the Moon

Reflecting Back: The Call to Prayer

Feb 6, 2018 8:01

Description:

A selection from our Soundscapes of Faith series: one of the most beautiful sounds in Islam is the one heard most often. The call to prayer, or adhan, comes from the Arabic word "to listen." It rings through the streets of many Muslim countries five times a day, summoning believers to pause and remember God. From 2009.

Akbar Ahmed, chair of Islamic Studies at American University

Reflecting Back: Sister Joan Chittister On Growing Old Gracefully

Feb 6, 2018 9:38

Description:

Should we fear our capstone years, or cherish them? Sister Joan Chittister, author of more than 40 books on spirituality and social justice, tenaciously argues the latter. At the time of this interview, Chittister was 72. She says one's golden years are a time to celebrate wisdom, to revel in freedom from a tight schedule, and, most of all, to "melt into God." From 2009.

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, author of The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully

Commentary: Maureen Bids Us Farewell

Feb 6, 2018 6:01

Description:

Over the years, Maureen Fiedler has offered many personal commentaries on the show. But this week, she gives her final one as the host of Interfaith Voices, and she offers her gratitude to everyone who has been involved along the way. 

Maureen Fiedler, SL, tireless advocate for peace and equality, fiesty nun, radio pioneer, author, political junkie, cat lover, gardener, diet cherry Pepsi drinker, and forever our beloved founder. 


Maureen Fiedler in her garden at her home in Maryland




Passing the Mic, Part 2

Feb 6, 2018 49:49

Description:

In Part 2 of Maureen's farewell show, Amber and Maureen will look back at some of the show's most memorable interviews. Plus, Maureen reflects on her 16 years as host. 

Reflecting Back: We're Not the Same... and That's Okay

Feb 6, 2018 15:59

Description:

Stephen Prothero says the leaders of the interfaith movement have a problem: call it the "Kumbaya Effect." Instead of grappling with our religious differences, he says they gloss over them, creating a "pretend pluralism" that does more harm than good. From 2010. 

Stephen Prothero, author of God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World

Reflecting Back: Margot Adler on Paganism and Public Radio

Feb 6, 2018 10:25

Description:

In 1979, Margot Adler became a reporter for NPR. That same year, she wrote Drawing Down the Moon, a book that would become a classic in the pagan world, describing the emerging movement of witches, druids and goddess worshippers with humanity and intelligence. She was both an explainer of the movement and a devout practitioner, and one of the first public Wiccan priestesses. Margot Adler died on July 28, 2014 at the age of 68, after battling cancer.
From 2008.

Margot Adler, author of Drawing Down the Moon

Reflecting Back: The Call to Prayer

Feb 6, 2018 8:01

Description:

A selection from our Soundscapes of Faith series: one of the most beautiful sounds in Islam is the one heard most often. The call to prayer, or adhan, comes from the Arabic word "to listen." It rings through the streets of many Muslim countries five times a day, summoning believers to pause and remember God. From 2009.

Akbar Ahmed, chair of Islamic Studies at American University

Reflecting Back: Sister Joan Chittister On Growing Old Gracefully

Feb 6, 2018 9:38

Description:

Should we fear our capstone years, or cherish them? Sister Joan Chittister, author of more than 40 books on spirituality and social justice, tenaciously argues the latter. At the time of this interview, Chittister was 72. She says one's golden years are a time to celebrate wisdom, to revel in freedom from a tight schedule, and, most of all, to "melt into God." From 2009.

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, author of The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully

Commentary: Maureen Bids Us Farewell

Feb 6, 2018 6:01

Description:

Over the years, Maureen Fiedler has offered many personal commentaries on the show. But this week, she gives her final one as the host of Interfaith Voices, and she offers her gratitude to everyone who has been involved along the way. 

Maureen Fiedler, SL, tireless advocate for peace and equality, fiesty nun, radio pioneer, author, political junkie, cat lover, gardener, diet cherry Pepsi drinker, and forever our beloved founder. 


Maureen Fiedler in her garden at her home in Maryland




Passing the Mic, Part 1

Feb 2, 2018 52:22

Description:

Today, we mark the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. After 16 years on the air, Maureen is passing the mic to the next host. 

Where Interfaith Voices Is Going

Feb 2, 2018 20:51

Description:

Maureen is happy to introduce the new host of the show, Amber Khan. She wants to make sure the conversation Interfaith Voices started in 2002 keeps going. 

 

Where We've Been

Feb 2, 2018 22:16

Description:

Maureen Fiedler spent her life working in advocacy and activism. But when she was 60 years old, she found herself in an entirely new career: at the mic of a brand new show about religion and current events. 

Reflecting Back: Carrie Newcomer

Feb 2, 2018 7:00

Description:

We're looking back at one of Maureen's favorite interviews, with musician Carrie Newcomer in 2008. With her earthy voice and gift for lyrical songwriting, Newcomer has been called folk music's "Prairie Mystic."

Passing the Mic, Part 1

Feb 2, 2018 52:22

Description:

Today, we mark the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. After 16 years on the air, Maureen is passing the mic to the next host. 

Where Interfaith Voices Is Going

Feb 2, 2018 20:51

Description:

Maureen is happy to introduce the new host of the show, Amber Khan. She wants to make sure the conversation Interfaith Voices started in 2002 keeps going. 

 

Where We've Been

Feb 2, 2018 22:16

Description:

Maureen Fiedler spent her life working in advocacy and activism. But when she was 60 years old, she found herself in an entirely new career: at the mic of a brand new show about religion and current events. 

Reflecting Back: Carrie Newcomer

Feb 2, 2018 7:00

Description:

We're looking back at one of Maureen's favorite interviews, with musician Carrie Newcomer in 2008. With her earthy voice and gift for lyrical songwriting, Newcomer has been called folk music's "Prairie Mystic."

Let the Games Begin!

Jan 22, 2018 52:21

Description:

As the 2018 Winter Olympics rev up in Pyeongchang, we trace the religious history of the Games, hear from a surfing priest, and learn about the spirituality of basketball.

Olympic History, from A to Zeus

Jan 22, 2018 17:23

Description:

We trace the religious history of the Olympic Games, from festivals to honor Zeus, all the way up to the inclusion of female athletes from conservative Muslim countries. (We're looking at you, Saudi Arabia.)

Baptized in the Sea, Spiritual Surfing

Jan 22, 2018 11:35

Description:

In a soundscape of surf, sand and spirituality, Father Christian Mondor recounts how he began riding waves at age 70. In water, he finds a metaphor for the holy trinity. And in the surf, he finds a kind of baptism.

Meet the Orthodox CrossFit Rabbi

Jan 22, 2018 6:39

Description:

Rabbi Moshe Gray tells us why he thinks CrossFit, practiced with purpose, can be spiritually uplifting, and why many religious leaders seem to let fitness slip by the wayside.

Under the Halo of a Basketball Hoop

Jan 22, 2018 12:06

Description:

Onaje Woodbine grew up playing basketball on the streets, and found transcendence there. He says basketball plays a healing role for many young black men with little access to conventional forms of community support.

Let the Games Begin!

Jan 22, 2018 52:21

Description:

As the 2018 Winter Olympics rev up in Pyeongchang, we trace the religious history of the Games, hear from a surfing priest, and learn about the spirituality of basketball.

Olympic History, from A to Zeus

Jan 22, 2018 17:23

Description:

We trace the religious history of the Olympic Games, from festivals to honor Zeus, all the way up to the inclusion of female athletes from conservative Muslim countries. (We're looking at you, Saudi Arabia.)

Baptized in the Sea, Spiritual Surfing

Jan 22, 2018 11:35

Description:

In a soundscape of surf, sand and spirituality, Father Christian Mondor recounts how he began riding waves at age 70. In water, he finds a metaphor for the holy trinity. And in the surf, he finds a kind of baptism.

Meet the Orthodox CrossFit Rabbi

Jan 22, 2018 6:39

Description:

Rabbi Moshe Gray tells us why he thinks CrossFit, practiced with purpose, can be spiritually uplifting, and why many religious leaders seem to let fitness slip by the wayside.

Under the Halo of a Basketball Hoop

Jan 22, 2018 12:06

Description:

Onaje Woodbine grew up playing basketball on the streets, and found transcendence there. He says basketball plays a healing role for many young black men with little access to conventional forms of community support.

Women Who Choose Rules

Jan 17, 2018 52:29

Description:

We meet young Jews, Christians and Muslims who are bucking the 'spiritual but not religious trend' and deciding they want deeper observance in their lives.

Orthodox Judaism: Alissa Gold

Jan 17, 2018 13:06

Description:

Alissa Gold attended the all-female Wellesley College and assumed that Orthodox women were oppressed. But then she took a trip to to Israel, and finally got a chance to meet some.

Making the Ritual Her Own: Rachell Goldberg

Jan 17, 2018 6:27

Description:


Rachell Goldberg
 used to see the Jewish ritual of immersing in a mikvah as just another religious obligation. But now, after enduring seven months of chemotherapy for breast cancer, she's making the ritual her own. 

Protestant Christianity: Ekemini Uwan

Jan 17, 2018 9:01

Description:

Ekemini Uwan is a devout, orthodox Christian who admits she doesn't "check all the boxes" for liberals or conservatives. And she doesn't apologize for her embrace of traditional gender roles.

Islam: Fatima and Hagiraa Tipu

Jan 17, 2018 6:47

Description:

Fatima and Hagiraa Tipu are sisters. One wears a headscarf for modesty, and the other doesn't. Hagiraa tells her sister that she hopes to wear it one day, but doesn't have the confidence yet. Her sister understands.


 

Catholicism: Eve Tushnet

Jan 17, 2018 12:17

Description:

Eve is a celibate, Orthodox Catholic who she takes seriously the Church's prohibition against gay sexual relationships. But that hasn't stopped her from forging deep bonds of friendship.

Barry Schwartz: Choosing Religion

Jan 17, 2018 18:05

Description:

'Paradox of Choice' author Barry Schwartz argues that unlimited options don't liberate us or make us happier--they paralyze us. And he says the subjects in our show are on to something.

Women Who Choose Rules

Jan 17, 2018 52:29

Description:

We meet young Jews, Christians and Muslims who are bucking the 'spiritual but not religious trend' and deciding they want deeper observance in their lives.

Orthodox Judaism: Alissa Gold

Jan 17, 2018 13:06

Description:

Alissa Gold attended the all-female Wellesley College and assumed that Orthodox women were oppressed. But then she took a trip to to Israel, and finally got a chance to meet some.

Making the Ritual Her Own: Rachell Goldberg

Jan 17, 2018 6:27

Description:


Rachell Goldberg
 used to see the Jewish ritual of immersing in a mikvah as just another religious obligation. But now, after enduring seven months of chemotherapy for breast cancer, she's making the ritual her own. 

Protestant Christianity: Ekemini Uwan

Jan 17, 2018 9:01

Description:

Ekemini Uwan is a devout, orthodox Christian who admits she doesn't "check all the boxes" for liberals or conservatives. And she doesn't apologize for her embrace of traditional gender roles.

Islam: Fatima and Hagiraa Tipu

Jan 17, 2018 6:47

Description:

Fatima and Hagiraa Tipu are sisters. One wears a headscarf for modesty, and the other doesn't. Hagiraa tells her sister that she hopes to wear it one day, but doesn't have the confidence yet. Her sister understands.


 

Catholicism: Eve Tushnet

Jan 17, 2018 12:17

Description:

Eve is a celibate, Orthodox Catholic who she takes seriously the Church's prohibition against gay sexual relationships. But that hasn't stopped her from forging deep bonds of friendship.

Barry Schwartz: Choosing Religion

Jan 17, 2018 18:05

Description:

'Paradox of Choice' author Barry Schwartz argues that unlimited options don't liberate us or make us happier--they paralyze us. And he says the subjects in our show are on to something.

The Spiritual Legacy of MLK

Jan 12, 2018 52:21

Description:

On his birthday, we find out why Dr. Martin Luther King placed spiritual values at the very center of his effort to transform society.

From Reluctant Radical to Moral Powerhouse

Jan 12, 2018 15:08

Description:

He was the son of a minister, but it took a while for King to come into his own as both a pastor and a revolutionary. Historian Stewart Burns traces King's transformation from cautious intellectual to fiery leader.

Move On Up a Little Higher: A Tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Jan 12, 2018 11:33

Description:

Just a stone’s throw from where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech sits the National Museum of African American History and Culture, where hundreds of artifacts are centered on faith.

Reflecting Back

Jan 12, 2018 17:06

Description:

Our own Maureen Fiedler says that for her, as a young nun in the 1960s, King represented "the best of contemporary Christianity." And Rev. Dennis Wiley tells us how he fought to make MLK Day a national holiday.

The Prayer Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan 12, 2018 8:53

Description:

For religious studies professor Lewis Baldwin, prayer was the force behind so much of King’s power, connecting him with his ancestors and giving him strength in the face of tremendous pressure.

The Spiritual Legacy of MLK

Jan 12, 2018 52:21

Description:

On his birthday, we find out why Dr. Martin Luther King placed spiritual values at the very center of his effort to transform society.

From Reluctant Radical to Moral Powerhouse

Jan 12, 2018 15:08

Description:

He was the son of a minister, but it took a while for King to come into his own as both a pastor and a revolutionary. Historian Stewart Burns traces King's transformation from cautious intellectual to fiery leader.

Move On Up a Little Higher: A Tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Jan 12, 2018 11:33

Description:

Just a stone’s throw from where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech sits the National Museum of African American History and Culture, where hundreds of artifacts are centered on faith.

Reflecting Back

Jan 12, 2018 17:06

Description:

Our own Maureen Fiedler says that for her, as a young nun in the 1960s, King represented "the best of contemporary Christianity." And Rev. Dennis Wiley tells us how he fought to make MLK Day a national holiday.

The Prayer Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan 12, 2018 8:53

Description:

For religious studies professor Lewis Baldwin, prayer was the force behind so much of King’s power, connecting him with his ancestors and giving him strength in the face of tremendous pressure.

Mid-Faith Crisis

Jan 3, 2018 52:43

Description:

We've all heard about the mid-life crisis. But what about a mid-faith crisis? That feeling that somewhere along your spiritual journey, God just disappeared...

Wandering in the Spiritual Desert

Jan 3, 2018 20:21

Description:

Some say it's like the common cold, or a run-of-the-mill dry spell in an intimate relationship. Barbara Bradley Hagerty talks to two spiritual scholars about their own experiences with "the dark night of the soul."

Learning to Love the Dark Night of the Soul

Jan 3, 2018 10:58

Description:

Episcopal priest Barbara Brown Taylor offers a different way of looking at darkness, not as something to be feared, but as something to be embraced.

Shalom Auslander: Incurably, Miserably Religious

Jan 3, 2018 17:36

Description:

Shalom Auslander has got a bone to pick with God. Raised an Orthodox Jew, he grew up imagining God the way he saw his father- as an angry disciplinarian, walking around drunk in his underwear.

Mid-Faith Crisis

Jan 3, 2018 52:43

Description:

We've all heard about the mid-life crisis. But what about a mid-faith crisis? That feeling that somewhere along your spiritual journey, God just disappeared...

Wandering in the Spiritual Desert

Jan 3, 2018 20:21

Description:

Some say it's like the common cold, or a run-of-the-mill dry spell in an intimate relationship. Barbara Bradley Hagerty talks to two spiritual scholars about their own experiences with "the dark night of the soul."

Learning to Love the Dark Night of the Soul

Jan 3, 2018 10:58

Description:

Episcopal priest Barbara Brown Taylor offers a different way of looking at darkness, not as something to be feared, but as something to be embraced.

Shalom Auslander: Incurably, Miserably Religious

Jan 3, 2018 17:36

Description:

Shalom Auslander has got a bone to pick with God. Raised an Orthodox Jew, he grew up imagining God the way he saw his father- as an angry disciplinarian, walking around drunk in his underwear.

Is That Radioactivity or the Light Within?

Dec 28, 2017 19:52

Description:

Growing up, Ralph Steinhardt was torn over his father’s role in building the bomb, and eventually he turned to Quakerism to find peace… and forgiveness. 

A Nun's Anti-Nuclear Crusade

Dec 28, 2017 15:37

Description:

The Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee was once considered one of the most secure nuclear sites in the world. But in 2012, three peace activists broke in, using lock-cutters from a local hardware store.

Podcast Extra: More Ray Monk

Dec 28, 2017 18:15

Description:

We've got an extended version of our interview with Ray Monk, with more thoughts about how those involved in the Manhattan Project worked to limit nuclear weapons after the war. Plus, a reading.

Religion and the Bomb

Dec 28, 2017 52:17

Description:

With nuclear weapons back in the news, we hear how scientists and activists have turned to religion to grapple with the awesome destructive force of the atomic bomb.

Is That Radioactivity or the Light Within?

Dec 28, 2017 19:52

Description:

Growing up, Ralph Steinhardt was torn over his father’s role in building the bomb, and eventually he turned to Quakerism to find peace… and forgiveness. 

A Nun's Anti-Nuclear Crusade

Dec 28, 2017 15:37

Description:

The Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee was once considered one of the most secure nuclear sites in the world. But in 2012, three peace activists broke in, using lock-cutters from a local hardware store.

An Interfaith Voices Christmas Special

Dec 21, 2017 53:14

Description:

Some Christmas audio treats: We listen to Handel's Messiah and explore its deep religious meaning, and learn the real story behind St. Nicholas of Myra, AKA Santa Claus.

   

The Enduring Power of Handel's 'Messiah'

Dec 21, 2017 28:02

Description:

You know it’s Christmas when you hear Handel’s Messiah. What you might not know is that it covers the entire story arc of Jesus as the Christian savior, from his virgin birth to his ascension into heaven.

Nicholas of Myra: The Real Santa Claus

Dec 21, 2017 14:28

Description:

He’s known for employing magical elves, keeping tabs on who’s naughty and nice, and dropping presents down chimneys. And there's actually some truth to all the folklore – well…not so much with the elves.

Rebecca Sheir, Closet Christmas Junkie

Dec 21, 2017 9:24

Description:

Bing Crosby, Barry Manilow, Mariah Carey--if they've got a Christmas song, Rebecca Sheir is listening. She's Jewish, so naturally she loves all things Christmas.

Chaplains Part VII: The Future of Spiritual Care

Dec 14, 2017 51:29

Description:

You might think chaplains only show up when someone’s dying. But they're working in all kinds of settings, striving towards a new model of spiritual care.

De-institutionalizing Spiritual Care

Dec 14, 2017 36:21

Description:

Fewer and fewer Americans are attending religious services, so where do people turn when crisis strikes and big questions emerge? That's where chaplains come in. And they might just be the future of spiritual care. 

Jews on Vinyl

Dec 14, 2017 14:06

Description:

Most record collections end up in boxes, put away in basements and attics. Roger Bennett turned his collection into a book, a website, and even a museum exhibit.

   


Chaplains Part VI: Ministry Behind Bars

Dec 7, 2017 52:19

Description:

Sounds from behind the high walls of a prison. We hear from a chaplain who brings solos and second chances to women serving time. 

Solos and Second Chances

Dec 7, 2017 20:54

Description:

For nearly 40 years, Pastor Susan Bishop has led an inmate choir at Lee Arrendale State Prison in Georgia. They call themselves Voices of Hope.

Lowering Recidivism Through Spiritual Care

Dec 7, 2017 22:58

Description:

A chaplain and a filmmaker tell us how chaplaincy programs in prison can reduce recidivism, and save taxpayer dollars. 

Comforting Jewish Prisoners on the Day of Atonement

Dec 7, 2017 8:37

Description:

What's it like to observe the Day of Atonement from behind bars? Every fall, thousands of Jewish inmates show up in force for Yom Kippur, a day that's central themes are confession, repentance and redemption.

Escaping Religion: Stories of Former Believers, Part II

Nov 30, 2017 50:15

Description:

Stories of people raised inside insular religious groups. In this hour: escapes from an apocalyptic 'cult,' a New Age sect and the most hated church in America.

Glynn Washington: Learning the Craft of Storytelling from an Apocalyptic 'Cult'

Nov 30, 2017 18:08

Description:

When a preacher says the world is going to end next week ... and it doesn’t ... there’s only one way to keep people believing: tell them a good story.

Erin Prophet: The Apocalypse That Didn't Come

Nov 30, 2017 18:27

Description:

On March 15, 1990, nearly 800 members of the Church Universal and Triumphant braced themselves for the end of the world by nuclear holocaust. And then midnight struck ... and nothing happened.

Update: Prophet Today

Nov 30, 2017 5:24

Description:

Elizabeth Clare Prophet was "Guru Ma" to her many followers, but to Erin Prophet she was just "mom." Today, Erin remembers her mother as a "religious genius."

Lauren Drain: Why I Left the Westboro Baptist Church

Nov 30, 2017 13:31

Description:

The 40 or so members of the Westboro Baptist Church take hate speech to a shocking new level, protesting the funerals of soldiers and children with infamous signs. So, who are these people?
 

Escaping Religion: Stories of Former Believers, Part I

Nov 24, 2017 52:25

Description:

First-person accounts of people who grew up inside insular religious groups. In this episode: escapes from an Orthodox Jewish enclave, a polygamous sect and a Wiccan commune.

Luzer Twersky: First Hasidism, Then Hollywood

Nov 20, 2017 19:22

Description:

When Luzer Twersky was in his early twenties and already a married father of two, he decided to leave the only world he had ever known, a close-knit Hasidic Jewish enclave in Brooklyn.

Update: Twersky Today

Nov 20, 2017 2:55

Description:

Since his 2010 radio story, Twersky's exploits have included a radical makeover, a stint on Amazon's Transparent, and even a modeling gig for the men's designer, Duncan Quinn.


 

Carolyn Jessop: Running from the "God Squad"

Nov 20, 2017 11:30

Description:

Carolyn Jessop is a sixth-generation descendant of one of the most powerful religious families in Utah. At age 18, Jessop says she was forced to become the fourth wife of a man 40 years her senior, Merril Jessop.

Joshua Safran: From Wiccan Love Child to Orthodox Jew

Nov 20, 2017 12:46

Description:

Joshua Safran was born in 1975 into a coven of radical feminist witches. His mother revered a pantheon of goddesses, spirits, and energies, and was determined to keep her son out of the mainstream and off the grid.

 

Update: Safran today

Nov 20, 2017 4:04

Description:

These days, Safran is a lawyer and advocate for women's rights. We caught up with Safran in August 2016 to ask how his relationship to his mother, Claudia, has evolved in the past few years.

Thanksgiving Special 2017

Nov 17, 2017 52:21

Description:

Every Thanksgiving, we tell the story of the Puritans, who fled to the New World to freely practice their religion. But what about the people who were already here?  

Pilgrims and Native Americans, Giving Thanks to Different Gods

Nov 17, 2017 19:55

Description:

When the Puritans arrived on the shores of Massachusetts in the early 1600s, they brought with them a concept of God totally alien to their new neighbors, the Wampanoag people.

Bless This Food

Nov 17, 2017 9:53

Description:

The simple act of giving thanks before a meal is one of the most universal prayers, found all over the world and stretching back thousands of years.



Toxic Charity: The Dark Side of One-Way Giving

Nov 17, 2017 20:15

Description:

Before you donate that can to a food drive, Bob Lupton wants you to know that handouts can leave people feeling powerless, dependent and degraded.

Helpful or Harmful? Religious Responses to Domestic Violence

Nov 9, 2017 50:22

Description:

Victims of domestic violence may go to a pastor before they go to the police. But when a victim asks for help, religious leaders often don't know what to do. A group of interfaith advocates is trying to change that.


Religious Leaders as First Responders to Domestic Violence

Nov 9, 2017 28:15

Description:

How do ancient religious texts and practices protect--or endanger--victims of domestic violence?

Secular Grieving: Breaking Bread and Raising a Glass

Nov 9, 2017 21:10

Description:

Where do non-religious people go when they need a spiritual harbor?  We attend a dinner party where young "nones" are writing their own instruction manual on grief.

Losing a Child to Extremism, Preventing Radicalization

Nov 3, 2017 50:22

Description:

An imam and a security expert share new ideas on how to counter the slick propaganda of terror groups like ISIS. Plus, a mother who lost her son to religious extremism, and how she's fighting back.

Losing a Child to Extremism

Nov 3, 2017 22:04

Description:

What happens when your child joins a radical Islamic group? Christianne Boudreau tells us how her son, Damian, was recruited to fight with ISIS in Syria, and what she's doing now to help other families in her shoes.

Combating Radicalization

Nov 3, 2017 22:02

Description:

An imam and a researcher share new ideas on how to combat--even reverse--radicalization by groups like ISIS, using religious education and counter narratives.

Guru Nanak, Sikhism's First Guru

Nov 3, 2017 6:22

Description:

"Wherever he went, he sang," Rajwant Singh tells us of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak. As Sikhs around the world prepare to celebrate his birthday, we hear about his early life, his teachings, and his love of music.

PODCAST EXTRA: Melissa Feito, Loretto Volunteer at Interfaith Voices

Nov 3, 2017 20:11

Description:

Melissa Feito, our latest Loretto volunteer and associate producer, gives us a peek behind the scenes-- from her car, from her kitchen, and from inside the studio.

The Man Who Changed the World

Oct 27, 2017 23:47

Description:

We talk with author Eric Metaxas about Luther's intense personal life, and how his criticism of the Catholic Church laid the ground for lofty concepts like conscience and democracy. 

Rebel in the Ranks

Oct 27, 2017 17:31

Description:

What would Luther think of our world today? The truth is, many of the concepts born of the Reformation--concepts like pluralism and the separation of church and state--were far from what Martin Luther had in mind.

Catholics and Protestants: A Narrowing Divide

Oct 27, 2017 13:14

Description:

After 500 years of arguing, killing, and throwing each other out of windows, it looks like Catholics and Protestants are more united than divided on the theological issues that originally forced them apart.

Anniversary Special: The Reformation Today

Oct 26, 2017 54:21

Description:

Half a millennium after Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to a church door in Germany, we're all still affected by his revolt, and the ideas it spawned.

Challenging Mindsets, Becoming Visible

Oct 20, 2017 51:38

Description:

Three people of faith, overcoming barriers and becoming visible.


Kirk VanGilder: The Language of Worship

Oct 20, 2017 18:08

Description:

Kirk VanGilder joins producer Joanna Broder to talk about being the only deaf kid in his school and church, and his path to becoming a minister for a deaf congregation.

Michael Lapsley: From Victim to Victor

Oct 20, 2017 22:26

Description:

"Perfection is not the human experience," says Father Michael Lapsley, who lost his hands, an eye and some of his hearing after a letter bomb in 1990. "Imperfection, incompleteness, is the story of all of us." 

Laura Lee Wright: Becoming Visible

Oct 20, 2017 8:22

Description:

From old buildings with non-existent wheelchair ramps, to prayer books with impossibly tiny print, it’s no wonder people with disabilities are less likely to show up in the pews. Laura Lee Wright wants to change that. 

Jenny Sanford, 'Staying True'

Oct 13, 2017 19:28

Description:

In 2009, then Gov. Mark Sanford went to visit his mistress in Argentina, but told the world he was 'hiking the Appalachian trail.' His then wife, Jenny, says she got through the scandal by leaning on her quiet faith.
 

Ted Haggard on Sexuality, Scandal, and Faith

Oct 13, 2017 12:18

Description:

Ted Haggard was an influential pastor at the helm of the National Association of Evangelicals. Then he was caught lying about an affair. We spoke to Haggard about<em> </em>how he came to make peace with his wife, Gayle.<br />

Gayle Haggard: 'Why I Stayed'

Oct 13, 2017 18:18

Description:

After megachurch Pastor Ted Haggard was caught having an affair with another man, his wife, Gayle, had to make a choice. Eventually she felt she had to follow the central message of the Bible: to love...and to forgive.

A Theology of Guns and Martin Luther's Radical Christianity

Oct 6, 2017 51:52

Description:

After one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, we revisit our 2015 debate on the morality of owning guns. Plus, the fascinating, private life of the German monk who sparked the Protestant Reformation.

The Meaning of "Pro-Life" in the Gun Control Debate

Oct 6, 2017 23:46

Description:

Nearly 60 percent of white Evangelical Christians have a gun in their home. For many Christians, owning a gun isn’t just a right, it’s a moral good. Two Evangelical ministers debate the morality of gun ownership.

Martin Luther: 500 Years after the Reformation

Oct 6, 2017 25:24

Description:

Five hundred years after Martin Luther nailed those famous 95 theses to the wall of a church, we explore a fascinating, little-known time in his life: his 10 fearful yet productive months hiding out in a German castle.

 

How to Be a Diplomat

Sep 29, 2017 51:27

Description:

How to be a diplomat-- changing hearts and minds on the world stage, or in a small Midwestern town named after a Muslim military hero.

Changing the World...from the 'Cheap Seats'

Sep 29, 2017

Description:

When President Trump gave his fiery first speech to the UN, a small but mighty group was watching: faith leaders. Though they sit in what you might call the 'cheap seats,' their presence sends a powerful moral message.

Meet Frederique and Brian, Iowa's Reluctant Cultural Ambassadors

Sep 29, 2017 7:26

Description:

Despite being named for a hero of Islam, few residents of Elkader, Iowa have ever met a Muslim. So Frederique and Brian, owners of an Algerian restaurant on Main St., have become the town's default cultural ambassadors.

Religious Freedom Ambassador David Saperstein

Sep 29, 2017 23:35

Description:

Rabbi David Saperstein was appointed by President Barack Obama as America's Ambassador for International Religious Freedom. In his final days in office, he joined us in the studio to talk about what drew him to the job.

Skepticism and Losing Faith

Sep 22, 2017 50:29

Description:

Arch-skeptic Michael Shermer on the secular roots of moral progress. An ex-Hasid on losing his faith. And an exclusive performance by the Hasidic soulsters of Zusha.

Arch-Skeptic Michael Shermer on the Roots of Moral Progess

Sep 22, 2017 20:43

Description:

Michael Shermer argues that moral progress is rooted in science, not religion. And he shares the strange story of a dead radio that came to life on his wedding day...which tested his famous skepticism in the paranormal.

Shulem Deen on Losing Faith and Leaving Orthodoxy

Sep 22, 2017 15:15

Description:

Shulem Deen spent his formative years in one of the most insular Hasidic sects in America. He talked to Libby Boulter about his painful realization that he could no longer believe in God.

In the Studio with the Hasidic Soulsters of Zusha

Sep 22, 2017 12:26

Description:

The Brooklyn-based members of Zusha infuse their music with soulful   niggunim  -- the wordless Jewish melodies sung in synagogue and around the Shabbat table. They join us for an exclusive performance.

The Universal Quest to Live Forever

Sep 15, 2017 27:31

Description:

Philosopher Stephen Cave calls the urge to live forever a "universal obsession" and the driving force behind humanity's greatest monuments, scientific advancements, and world religions.

The Human Longing for Immortality

Sep 14, 2017 52:20

Description:

Nearly all religions address what happens after we die. This is our hour on (im)mortality, resurrection, the Rapture, and the human desire to live forever.

Sam Harris Gets Spiritual (But Still Hates Religion)

Sep 8, 2017 27:05

Description:

Along with fellow religion-detractors Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris is fiercely smart and never wishy-washy. So when his new book on "waking up" to spirituality arrived in our office, we did a double take.

Deepak Chopra's Mystical Vision of God

Sep 8, 2017

Description:

Deepak Chopra’s 2015 book, The Future of God, is about many things. It is an answer to the New Atheists, a handbook on how to be spiritual without being religious, and a popular work of mystical theology. 

Spiritual Archrivals

Sep 7, 2017 50:29

Description:

Sam Harris and Deepak Chopra, the militant atheist and the New Age mystic, side by side in one show. What do they have to say about the future of religion? 

Chaplains Part V: A Muslim Officer in the Military

Sep 1, 2017 50:26

Description:

In part five of our Chaplains series, we profile the first Muslim chaplain to serve in the National Guard. And we explore "moral injury," a new name for an old kind of suffering in wartime.

A Military Chaplain Demystifies Islam

Sep 1, 2017 12:19

Description:

Capt. Rafael Lantigua, Jr., the first Muslim chaplain in the National Guard, has been explaining America to Muslims overseas, and Islam to Americans at home.

Ministry in Hostility

Sep 1, 2017 22:05

Description:

We talk to 2 chaplains who have been working on the sharp end of their profession, in high-security prisons, and in combat zones. They share the questions they're asked, and the ways their work has changed them.

Moral Injury: A New Name for an Old Kind of Suffering

Sep 1, 2017 15:50

Description:

There's a kind of pain that damages the soul in war: moral injury. It’s a deeply human response to witnessing or participating in an event that is morally repulsive, from killing another person to handling human remains.

Podcast Extra: A Former Skinhead Speaks Out

Aug 25, 2017 30:59

Description:

Frank Meeink became a skinhead at 13, and by 16 he had become one of the most notorious skinhead gang leaders on the East Coast. Today he's left that life behind, and he's helping others do the same.

Religion on Campus: Two Tales from Two Colleges

Aug 24, 2017 53:23

Description:

As we enter the back-to-school season, we're exploring how religion plays out on two very different college campuses--Liberty University and Duke University.

Kevin Roose: 'Going Undercover' at Liberty University

Aug 24, 2017 15:22

Description:

In 2009, Kevin Roose, a self proclaimed "God-ambivalent" senior at an ivy league college, spent a semester at the largest evangelical Christian university in the world. He called it his "domestic study abroad program."


Reacting After the Reveal

Aug 24, 2017 3:16

Description:

So what did Liberty students think of Kevin Roose's semester as an undercover student -- did they feel betrayed? We talked to the student body president at Liberty, who was on campus when Kevin's book was published in 2010.

Duke, Muslims, and the Limits of Interfaith Unity

Aug 24, 2017 29:10

Description:

In early 2015, Duke University quietly announced it would begin broadcasting the Muslim call to prayer from its Christian chapel. But not everyone liked the idea of the Muslim testament of faith amplified from a church.



The Divinity of the Cosmos

Aug 17, 2017 52:17

Description:

Every human culture has looked to the night sky to understand itself. In the stars and planets we see order, beauty and mystery--and often a spectacular glimpse of God.

The Ancient Search for Meaning in the Night Sky

Aug 17, 2017 23:28

Description:

From the ancient Egyptians to Americans wearing solar eclipse glasses, humans have long viewed the sky as a kind of great celestial stage, a place where we can forecast the future and even encounter the divine.

Would Contact with Aliens Change Religion on Earth?

Aug 17, 2017

Description:

Call it the ultimate interfaith dialogue: A theologian and a scientist from SETI discuss the moral and religious implications of human contact with intelligent alien life.

Randy Cohen: The Ethicist Is In

Aug 11, 2017 52:32

Description:

What’s the right thing to do? Every Sunday for 12 years, that’s the question Randy Cohen tried to answer for readers of the popular column, 'The Ethicist.'

Looking Back With the Former 'Ethicist' for The New York Times

Aug 11, 2017 19:27

Description:

For 12 years, Randy Cohen offered advice on life’s vexing moral questions. His most frequent question: if you discover your friend's spouse is cheating, do you tell? (Cohen says: only if your friend would want to know.)

Inside the Minds of Muslim Extremists

Aug 11, 2017 16:32

Description:

Kenneth Ballen spent 5 years interviewing more than 100 Islamic radicals. What he found were young men who were often vulnerable, scared and full of conflicting emotions - in other words, just like the rest of us.

Government Raids on Minority Religions

Aug 11, 2017 11:01

Description:

Stuart Wright says military-style raids on minority religions had been skyrocketing in the years leading up to 2008, when SWAT teams, snipers and helicopters descended on a religious sect in Texas.

The Ten Commandments

Aug 3, 2017 52:18

Description:

Quick – can you name five of the Ten Commandments? Don’t worry – according to polls, most Americans can’t, either.

What's In Them, And Why We Need To Know

Aug 3, 2017 20:57

Description:

Even though nearly 80% of us oppose removing the Ten Commandments from public displays, only 40% of us can name more than four. It's a case for learning – and yes, even following – these ancient moral codes.   

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Assassinate Hitler

Aug 3, 2017 16:10

Description:

About 42 assassination attempts were made against Adolf Hitler, involving thousands of religious leaders, politicians and members of the military. One of the conspirators was a Lutheran pastor named Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome

Aug 3, 2017 10:48

Description:

Do you have PTCS?  Reba Riley explains "Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome."


An American Mosque

Jul 28, 2017 51:54

Description:

It's a story ten years in the making: reporter Monique Parsons follows two men in Chicago as they struggle to build and grow the first mosque in a midwestern suburb.

Building a Mosque in the Suburbs: From Blueprints to Bullet Holes

Jul 28, 2017 24:22

Description:

As a visual symbol of Islam, mosques are often shrouded in suspicion. So when two Muslims in a Chicago suburb decided to build the town’s very first mosque, they knew it would be hard. But not this hard.

World Religions 101: Islam

Jul 28, 2017 24:42

Description:

We revisit our popular interview with Stephen Prothero on what makes Islam unique, from our World Religions 101 series.


The Myth of Religious Violence

Jul 20, 2017 52:30

Description:

Karen Armstrong examines the knotted history of religion and violence, and a conversation with the Jesuit priests who run the Vatican's observatory.

Karen Armstrong: Don't Blame Religion For Terrorism

Jul 20, 2017 25:42

Description:

In a time when Muslim extremists quote the Koran as they behead their victims, it can be easy to assume that religions contain what Karen Armstrong calls 'a violent essence.' But she says that's way too simplistic.

The Vatican's Astronomers Are Taking Your Questions

Jul 20, 2017 21:57

Description:

Brother Guy Consolmagno and Father Paul Mueller are Jeusits who work at the Vatican's observatory. Their most frequently asked question: 'Why does the Vatican have an observatory?'

Chaplains Part IV: Humanism at Harvard

Jul 14, 2017 52:18

Description:

Greg Epstein is a rarity among chaplains... he’s not actually religious at all. He’s a humanist. We drop into his routine at Harvard University.

Humanizing Pastoral Care

Jul 14, 2017 23:38

Description:

Bart Campolo is a former evangelical pastor who no longer believes in God, but still prays. Jason Callahan says his faith fell away when he left home for college. Today they work as humanist chaplains.

'Coming Out' as an African American Atheist

Jul 14, 2017 11:54

Description:

Jamila Bey was 19 years old when she told her mother she was agnostic. Considering an overwhelming majority of African Americans say they believe in God with “absolute certainty,” so that didn’t go over very well.

'Orphan Theology' and the Christian Adoption Movement

Jul 7, 2017 52:31

Description:

A journalist says the evangelical overseas adoption movement may be doing more harm than good. The Christian Alliance for Orphans responds.

Kathryn Joyce: Saving Orphans that Don't Need to be Saved

Jul 7, 2017 35:23

Description:

For many evangelical Christians, giving a needy child a home isn't the only reason to adopt an orphan; according to journalist Kathryn Joyce, the call is also rooted in 'orphan theology.'

Jedd Medefind: A Response

Jul 7, 2017 14:00

Description:

The president of a major Christian adoption alliance says Kathryn Joyce has taken facts out of context, and woven them into a story that misses the bigger picture.

Sacred Harp, Plus the Faiths of Our Founders

Jun 30, 2017 15:03

Description:

First, we hear a sonic tribute to sacred harp. It's a form of music that is distinctively American, which got its start right around the time our country was becoming a new nation. Then, the faiths of our founders.

Customizing the New Testament with a Razor Blade

Jun 30, 2017 16:35

Description:

It turns out that Thomas Jefferson, our third president and the lead author of the Declaration of Independence, spent his off hours in the White House creating his own personal Bible.
 

Podcast Extra: Turning the Tables on Church Homophobia

Jun 30, 2017 15:24

Description:

At the Pentecostal Church she grew up in, Rev. Yvette Flunder recalls pastors who were tender and kind and understanding. That is, until one topic came up. From our friends at KALW's 'The Spiritual Edge.'

Faith on the Fourth

Jun 29, 2017 52:15

Description:

Everytime we gather to sing the national anthem or retell the stories of our founding fathers, we're participating in a kind of secular religion that is uniquely American.

America's Civil Religion

Jun 29, 2017 12:06

Description:

In the absence of a state religion, Americans crave a kind of secular religion to bind us together. We don't have a Notre Dame Cathedral, but we have a set of holidays and sacred spaces that define who we are as a nation.

Women Who Choose Rules

Jun 23, 2017 52:29

Description:

Young Jews, Christians and Muslims who are bucking the "spiritual but not religious trend" and deciding they want stricter boundaries and deeper observance in their lives.

On Vultures' Wings: The Birds of the Bible

Jun 15, 2017 13:25

Description:

Birds appear throughout the Bible, from the creation story to the Book of Revelation. What if the spirit of God is less like a dove--and more like a common pigeon?   var cpo = []; cpo["_object"] ="cp_widget_a0f0d257-629a-451e-868d-91f82af5b3a5"; cpo["_fid"] = "A4OAHs7gJfpV"; var _cpmp = _cpmp || []; _cpmp.push(cpo); (function() { var cp = document.createElement("script"); cp.type = "text/javascript"; cp.async = true; cp.src = "//www.cincopa.com/media-platform/runtime/libasync.js"; var c = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; c.parentNode.insertBefore(cp, c); })(); Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting solution.Consider the Birds IllustrationsAll photos credited to Jim Larson.Sparrow - All photos credited to Jim Larson.height 480width 480originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMOstrichheight 480width 615orientation 1camerasoftware Microsoft Windows Phoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMPelicanheight 640width 465originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMQuailheight 640width 465originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMPigeonheight 481width 480originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMRavenheight 480width 480originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM

Is Yoga a Religion?

Jun 15, 2017 52:31

Description:

Is yoga hiding religious assumptions that clash with conservative Christianity? Or is it simply a fun way to wellness? Two sides weigh in. Plus, pastor Debbie Blue catalogues all the birds in the Bible.

Candy Gunther Brown: The Hidden Religion in Yoga

Jun 15, 2017 25:28

Description:

Candy Gunther Brown says that metaphysical ideas behind yoga, acupuncture and Reiki-- like the belief that our bodies contain chi or "life force"-- conflict with orthodox Christianity.

Erik Davis: Yoga is 'Spiritual but Not Religious'

Jun 15, 2017 11:20

Description:

Erik Davis says the yoga we practice today is a modern American creation, not an ancient path to enlightenment. And it isn't a religion, but it isn't secular. It's in a gray area that threatens conservative Christianity.

A Theology of Guns? And Martin Luther's Radical Christianity

Jun 9, 2017 52:12

Description:

When is it morally justified to take the life of another human being? Plus, the inner life of Martin Luther, 500 years after the Protestant Reformation.

Martin Luther: 500 Years After the Reformation

Jun 9, 2017 24:13

Description:

Five hundred years ago this October, a 33-year-old monk started the biggest schism in Western Christianity. But did you know that Martin Luther also spent 10 fearful months hiding out in a German castle?

Chaplains Part III: Deep Breaths in the Trauma Room

Jun 2, 2017 52:20

Description:

We start in an emergency room, where chaplains see the "worst of the worst." Then, how do we measure the impact of spiritual care? 

Sacred Moments in a Virginia Hospital

Jun 2, 2017 14:44

Description:

JoAnn and Tim Cockey tell us how their son ended up in an emergency room 9 years ago. And we meet Stephanie Hamilton, a chaplain who was on hand that day and continues to shepherd families through their darkest moments.

Dollars and Cents and Spiritual Care

Jun 2, 2017 17:58

Description:

For our two guests, reliable data about the impact of spiritual counseling in healthcare settings is a kind of holy grail.  But how do you measure the value of a compassionate and calm presence at the bedside?

Spiritual Care Between Boarding Gates

Jun 2, 2017 11:03

Description:

Until he retired in 2013, Chaplain Ralph Benson roamed the crowded hallways of Dulles International Airport, counseling up to 12 people a day. His sacred meeting places? The closest Chipolte or Five Guys.

A Ramadan Greeting from Maureen

Jun 2, 2017 5:33

Description:

Here in North America, Muslims fast for nearly 16 hours a day during Ramadan, from sunup to sundown. And that got our host Maureen thinking about fasting within her own Catholic tradition.

Podcast Extra: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks' Message to ISIS

May 26, 2017 24:11

Description:

Our 2015 interview with the former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, on what draws people to religious violence and how it can be stopped. In the days since the terror attack in Manchester, his words take on new meaning.


 

From Jesus to Christ: Reza Aslan on the Historical Jesus

May 25, 2017 52:32

Description:

Reza Aslan explains how Jesus the man became Jesus the Christ -- and why it's a title he would not have understood.

Rediscovering the Historical Jesus

May 25, 2017 33:35

Description:

Master explainer Reza Aslan tells how a poor peasant became Christianity's son of God. It's not a new story, but Aslan's take on it has become wildly popular in the years since his infamous Fox News interview in 2013.

Spirits Who Changed History: Leaders and Their Unseen Guides

May 25, 2017 14:20

Description:

From Joan of Arc to Heinrich Himmler, Moses to Muhammad, change-makers of all stripes have heard voices. Some have attributed the voices to God – others to spirits, ghosts or the dead.

David Lynch, Diving Deep with Transcendental Meditation

May 18, 2017 53:31

Description:

Where does David Lynch go to find the dreamscapes that mystify and unnerve us? The Twin Peaks director draws back the veil with writer Mitch Horowitz.

David Lynch on Meditation and 'Catching the Big Fish'

May 18, 2017 16:43

Description:

The way David Lynch tells it, every morning since 1973, he has gotten up...closed his eyes…slowed down his breathing…and 'gone fishing' in the ocean he calls the 'unified field,' using Transcendental Meditation.

Transcendental Meditation's West Coast Roots

May 18, 2017 17:09

Description:

Although its origins are in ancient India, Transcendental Meditation has only been popular in the US since the early 1960s. That's when a man with a twinkle in his eye taught a new version of an ancient technique.

Mindfulness: From Sacred Buddhist Practice to Secular Stress-Reliever

May 18, 2017 12:58

Description:

Mindfulness meditation was once practiced mostly by Buddhist monks and nuns. Now it's practiced by CEOs, teachers, politicians, and basically anyone who wants to take the edge off life. What happened?

David Lynch: Uncut

May 18, 2017 37:50

Description:

Behold our never-before-heard, full interview with David Lynch, first recorded with Mitch Horowitz in Nov. 2016. Subjects include: the organic beauty of celluloid film, and whether there are dark forces in the world....

A Spiritual Anti-Hero, and Dispatches from the Religion Beat

May 11, 2017 53:38

Description:

Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber says if she leaves church with a to-do list, 'I don't feel like I've heard any good news.' Plus, Mark Oppenheimer talks shop on covering religion.

A Pastor to Misfits

May 11, 2017 24:13

Description:

Nadia Bolz-Weber is covered in tattoos, swears like a sailor, and has logged a lot of time in church basements, wrestling with addiction. She is also a Lutheran minister.

An Exit Interview with Mark Oppenheimer, Religion Columnist for The New York Times

May 11, 2017 24:37

Description:

Religion should be covered like sports, Jews make good copy, and, let's be real, CrossFit is not a religion.

Chaplains Part II: Contemplative Care

May 5, 2017 52:59

Description:

This week in our "Chaplains" series, we tag along with a Zen Buddhist monk in New York City. Then, how mindfulness can nourish patients and doctors. 

The Zen Thing

May 5, 2017

Description:

Koshin Paley Ellison is one of a small but growing number of chaplains in the United States who are Buddhists. He works in hospice, and his goal is to take "the Zen thing" out into the world.

Mindfulness in Medicine

May 5, 2017 16:40

Description:

We speak to a palliative care physician and a Buddhist chaplain about contemplative care-- a mindful approach to the patient-caregiver relationship that could even be an antidote to empathy fatigue and doctor burnout.

The House of Mourning

May 5, 2017 14:05

Description:

Kate Braestrup is an unusual chaplain. She ministers to game wardens--people who come to the aid of hunters, fishermen, and hikers who've had mishaps in the wilderness.

Koshin Reads Two Poems

May 5, 2017 2:46

Description:

We asked Koshin Paley Ellison to read a couple poems that have taken on special meaning for him in his work as a hospice chaplain. He shares with us "The Gate" and "The Last Time" by Marie Howe.

Primate Altruism and Innate Morality

Apr 28, 2017 53:10

Description:

It turns out our primate cousins show remarkable altruism and kindness, suggesting we're hardwired for systems of morality, with or without religion.

Tracing Ethics to Our Animal Cousins

Apr 28, 2017 21:31

Description:

Primates can be amazingly altruistic-- consoling distressed group members, even prying rocks from fighting males' hands. Frans de Waal explains how we humans can trace traits like empathy back to our animal ancestors.

Through the Pen, Finding Friendship and Spirituality

Apr 28, 2017 26:51

Description:

Back in 2004, Amy Andrews and Jessica Mesman Griffith met in creative writing class. Spiritual seekers, they began exchanging handwritten letters...and never really stopped.

Confronting the Vow of Obedience: Two Priests Weigh In

Apr 20, 2017 53:26

Description:

It’s one of the oldest dilemmas in the Catholic Church: what to do when a priest’s own conscience conflicts with his vow of obedience. Two priests share their different understandings of obeying church authority.

Father Flannery: Conscience is 'What Makes You Human'

Apr 20, 2017 15:25

Description:

In 2012, Fr. Tony Flannery publicly challenged key church teachings and was promptly silenced by the Vatican. For him, an informed conscience is the ultimate guide; right and wrong must be discerned from the inside out.

Father Petri: 'Be Docile to What the Saints Have Said'

Apr 20, 2017 14:47

Description:

An informed conscience is not simply your own personal opinion, Father Thomas Petri tells us. Conscience is formed in relation to the Church, trusting the wisdom of the saints and Church Fathers.

Sister Joan Chittister on the Light Found in Darkness

Apr 20, 2017 13:58

Description:

Sister Joan Chittister invites us to embrace the great unknown. After a battle with polio when she entered the convent at 16, she learned that spiritual growth can be ignited by the most tragic moments of life.

Chaplains I: Climbing The Mountain

Apr 13, 2017 53:12

Description:

We kick off our Chaplains series at a senior care facility where Oksana Chapman helps Russian-speaking residents to fan the embers of a spiritual life.

Oksana Chapman: "I got an 'A' in Atheism."

Apr 13, 2017 13:31

Description:

In the first installment of our Chaplains series, we spend a day with Rabbi Oksana Chapman, a Russian-speaking chaplain who grew up under Soviet rule and once got an 'A' in Atheism.

The Contents of a Spiritual Toolbox

Apr 13, 2017 25:33

Description:

A physician and a hospice chaplain discuss the importance of attending to the spirit as well as the body at the end of life. And they introduce us to the concept of 'gerotranscendence.'

Baptized in the Sea

Apr 13, 2017 11:02

Description:

In a soundscape of surf and sand, Father Christian Mondor recounts how he began riding waves at age 70. In water, he finds a metaphor for the holy trinity. And in the surf, he finds a kind of baptism.

Passover: From Exodus to Coca-Cola

Apr 7, 2017 52:54

Description:

Why the Exodus story resonates with an African-American rabbi, and where you can get some elusive, limited-edition Passover Coke.

The Black Rabbi from Chicago

Apr 7, 2017 18:49

Description:

As a young man in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Capers C. Funnye Jr. was encouraged to become a pastor. Instead, he went to rabbinical school. Now he is one of few black rabbis in the United States.

In the Kitchen with the 'Jewish Martha Stewart'

Apr 7, 2017 5:47

Description:

Laura Kwerel hangs out with Meredith Jacobs, also known as "the Jewish Martha Stewart," as she simmers, chops and sautees for a seder meal.

Holocaust Survivors and Food Memories

Apr 7, 2017 15:08

Description:

June Feiss Hersh collected more than 170 recipes passed down from survivors of the Holocaust. Her book isn’t just about food. It’s about memory-- how the aromas and flavors of a warm meal can transport us back in time.

Coca-Cola: Kosher for Passover?

Apr 7, 2017 3:16

Description:

Every spring before Passover, Coca-Cola plants in Chicago, New York, Atlanta and other cities whip up a tiny batch of soda that's kosher for Passover. But how is this Coke different from all other Cokes?

A Personal Passover Story

Apr 7, 2017 3:44

Description:

Bonnie Auslander hosted her first Passover seder more than a decade ago. And it’s taken her a while to feel comfortable inviting other Jews to her seder table– to get what she calls her “seder legs.”

A Taste of the Hip Hop Hagaddah

Apr 7, 2017 2:30

Description:

In 2005, Canadian DJ Socalled remixed all the songs for the Passover seder. Behold: A Hip Hop Hagaddah. 

 

Religion and the Bomb

Mar 31, 2017 52:18

Description:

With nuclear weapons back in the news, we hear how scientists and activists have turned to religion to grapple with the awesome destructive force of the atomic bomb.

Moving Towards the Light: Stories of Near Death Experiences

Mar 23, 2017 52:30

Description:

When the brain dies….is everything over? Or is there some part of us…our soul maybe…that continues to survive?

Debating the Meaning of Near Death Experiences

Mar 23, 2017 33:00

Description:

Can the mind survive the death of the brain? A skeptic and a believer debate the meaning of close encounters at the edge of death.

On Heaven: What Different Faiths Believe

Mar 23, 2017 15:35

Description:

Journalist Lisa Miller explains why our image of eternity is shaped by our life on Earth now - a reflection of our hopes, anxieties and longings for justice. From 2010.

Rabbi Jack Moline: 'All of Us Wander this World'

Mar 17, 2017 3:10

Description:

Rabbi Jack Moline reminds us that wherever we live, whoever we are, our dwellings are basically temporary and our fates are somewhat random. We are all wandering in the wilderness.

Podcast Extra: Jeff and Julia, Super-Givers

Mar 17, 2017 10:25

Description:

Meet Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise. They're a couple with a Quaker background who, last year, managed to donate $160,000 to causes they believe in. That was 81 percent of their take-home pay.

Listener Story: Mark Klar

Mar 17, 2017 2:18

Description:

Listener Mark Klar of Richmond, Kentucky shares a memory of a time he felt like a stranger--as a 22-year-old traveler, encountering a Bedouin in the Sinai desert.

Welcoming the Stranger

Mar 16, 2017 52:19

Description:

President Trump's travel ban is on ice, but the questions it raises--who’s in, and who’s out-- well, sacred texts have been looking at that forever.

At Home with Salah and Najah, Syrian Refugees

Mar 16, 2017 12:27

Description:

As political tensions rise over President Trump's second attempt at a travel ban, we hear from two families--one from Syria, one from the U.S.-- about their friendship, their reality, and their fears.

The Sanctuary Movement Rises Again

Mar 16, 2017 14:48

Description:

The faith-based sanctuary movement has been flourishing, especially since the election of President Trump. Linda Rabben explains how the movement first emerged in the 80s to help Central Americans fleeing violence.

A Journey to Syria to Find Her Grandfather's Saviors

Mar 16, 2017 9:45

Description:

Dawn MacKeen traveled to meet the descendants of the family who saved her grandfather's life, and then realized that the story had come full circle. Today, a grandson of that Syrian family is himself seeking refuge. 

Muslims and Jews, Uniting Against Hate

Mar 10, 2017 52:16

Description:

As hate crimes against American Muslims and Jews surge, so does solidarity between the two minority religious groups. We hear stories of people who rolled up their sleeves to help.

Dr. Gary Branfman: 'Our Doors Are Always Open to You'

Mar 10, 2017 5:13

Description:

What would you do if your local mosque were torched by vandals? Dr. Gary Branfman, one of a handful of Jews in Victoria, Texas, tells us he offered his own synagogue as a place for Muslim prayer.

'It's Difficult to Hate Up Close'

Mar 10, 2017 18:18

Description:

Two women, one Muslim, one Jewish, tell us why the "conflict narrative" between these two groups doesn't tell the whole story. And why Muslim Salaam Bhatti offered help at a Jewish cemetery after it was desecrated.

Mo Asumang: Confronting Hate, Face-to-Face

Mar 10, 2017 3:32

Description:

Filmmaker Mo Asumang makes documentaries in which she goes up to the people who say they hate her, and asks them, "why?'


A Peace Ring After a Shooting

Mar 10, 2017 2:29

Description:

 In 2015, when a Jewish security guard was killed in a hate crime at a Copenhagen synagogue, Muslim activist Niddal El-Jabri gathered hundreds of people to hold hands around the building, in a gesture of solidarity.

The Holocaust Through Muslim Eyes

Mar 10, 2017 17:54

Description:

Mehnaz Afridi, the first Muslim scholar to run a Holocaust studies program, tells us that Antisemitism and Islamophobia sometimes draw from the same well. 

Feminist Theology 101

Mar 2, 2017 52:17

Description:

Why is God a father but not a mother? Just in time for Women&#39;s History Month, we learn the basics of feminist theology, then ask some tough questions about &quot;religious pluralism.&quot;

All About Eve

Mar 2, 2017 21:39

Description:

According to the standard interpretation of the book of Genesis, Eve sprung forth from Adam’s rib: the original second-class citizen. But feminist theology is trying to change these kinds of views.

We're Not the Same- And That's OK

Mar 2, 2017 26:20

Description:

Somewhere around the 1960s, it became fashionable to think of all religions as alike at their core - different paths up the same mountain, to the same God. But this warm and fuzzy view of religion has a problem.

Eco-Spirituality and Hava Nagila: The Movie

Feb 24, 2017 52:17

Description:

Thomas Berry's 'New Story' of the Earth and our place in it, the not-so-tortured true story of early Christian martyrdom, and Hava Nagila: The Movie.

The New Story of the Universe

Feb 24, 2017 25:53

Description:

When it comes to caring about the environment, we don’t have an apathy problem--we have a story problem. Why the narrative we tell ourselves about where we come from is removed from the grand unfolding of the cosmos.

The Not-So-Bloody True Story of Early Christian Martyrdom

Feb 24, 2017 12:00

Description:

Candida Moss says the tale of Christian persecution is mostly false. It&#39;s a myth that&#39;s been kept alive to inspire the faithful, and has justified Christian violence from the Crusades through modern times.

Hava Nagila: The Movie

Feb 24, 2017 11:14

Description:

Hava Nagila, Hebrew for "Let Us Rejoice," began as a Hassidic nigun, or wordless melody. It was sung in nineteenth-century Ukraine, and then made its way to pre-state Israel, then to suburban America. And now...it's a movie.

Heavenly Sex and Interfaith Marriage

Feb 19, 2017 52:18

Description:

Dr. Ruth's Torah-approved sex advice, and the challenges and joys of interfaith relationships. From 2009.

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Judaism and Sex (*But Were Afraid to Ask)

Feb 19, 2017 19:56

Description:

She’s Jewish, she’s 4-foot-7, and she likes to see the Torah as an ancient sex manual. The one and only Dr. Ruth explains the sanctity of sex - good sex - in Jewish law.

Saying 'I Do' in an Interfaith Relationship

Feb 19, 2017 28:10

Description:

Christmas tree or Menorah? Honey baked ham or brisket? CCD or Hebrew School? For the nearly 40% of Americans in mixed-religion marriages, (many of which are Catholic-Jewish,) what to do about holidays and religious school are just a few of the worries that often come up. Interfaith marriage counselor Mary Helen Rosenbaum says, fear not: there are practical ways to make it work over the long haul. We’re also joined by two interfaith couples who share their own experience. From February 2008.   Pictured: Jen Liebreich, a Catholic, and Rob Liebreich, a Jew, were married in an interfaith ceremony in 2002.   Two interfaith couples:  Eve and Scott Edwards and Jen and Rob Liebreich Mary Helene Rosenbaum, co-author of "Celebrating Our Differences: Living Two Faiths in One Marriage"   Special thanks to Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington and Jewish-Catholic Family Network.

Victims of War and Islamophobia: Europe's Refugee Crisis

Feb 10, 2017 52:16

Description:

In 2015, more than a million migrants and refugees entered Europe. Today, as the US debates a travel ban, we look back at our show from the beginning of the crisis.

Christians Only: Europe's Anxiety About Muslim Refugees

Feb 10, 2017 33:16

Description:

A look back at our 2015 interview on the early days of the refugee crisis. First, a Syrian refugee tells us about his new home in the Netherlands. Then, we analyze the situation with a journalist and a scholar of Islam. 

Songs, Chants, and Prayers from Ancient Syria

Feb 10, 2017 11:21

Description:

Syria's songs and prayers represent some of the most beautiful examples of religious music in the world. Jason Hamacher recorded some of these sounds, just months before the civil war erupted.

The Whiteness of Jesus, The Dead Sea Scrolls Go Digital, and More

Feb 3, 2017 52:16

Description:

How depictions of a fair-skinned Jesus linked whiteness with godliness, and the Dead Sea Scrolls as you've never seen them before.

Jesus, Whiteness and Power

Feb 3, 2017 28:30

Description:

Edward Blum explains how depictions of a white Jesus have linked whiteness with godliness – and complicated race relations for generations of Americans.

A Very Modern Home for Some Very Old Manuscripts

Feb 3, 2017 18:25

Description:

For the last few decades, the Dead Sea Scrolls have lived very sheltered lives. But thanks to technology developed by Google and NASA, the world's oldest Bible is now accessible online in stunning, hi-resolution detail.

Rep. Keith Ellison, America's First Muslim Congressman

Jan 26, 2017 52:16

Description:

In 2006, Rep. Keith Ellison became the first Muslim elected to Congress. Now he's seeking to lead the opposition to President Trump as chair of the Democratic Party.

Don't Call Him 'The Muslim Congressman' - He Prefers 'Keith'

Jan 26, 2017 24:46

Description:

Rep. Keith Ellison is hoping to become chairman of the DNC—which would make him the face of the liberal opposition to President Trump. In 2014 he reflected on how his Muslim faith intersects with his policy choices. 


Marketing Shamanism

Jan 26, 2017 25:30

Description:

Want to sell a book in the religion section? Add the word "shaman," and you'll do fine. Add the word "power" or "power animal" and you'll be doing even better. We explain what Shamanism is--and isn't.

Morals and the Self-Righteous Mind

Jan 19, 2017 52:16

Description:

Democratic congressman Barney Frank once said, 'we're not perfect, but they're nuts.' This week: Why it's so easy to dismiss people who think differently from us.

Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion

Jan 19, 2017 30:01

Description:

It's pretty clear that we need to get along with each other, like it or not. So we decided to step back and re-air our 2013 story that asks why it's so easy to look down on people who think differently from us.

The Copts: Nurturing Jesus in the Deserts of Egypt

Jan 19, 2017 8:32

Description:

For Coptic Christians, the story of Christianity is rooted in Egypt, where the young Jesus was protected from King Herod. They’ve lived there since biblical times, often dwelling in the dusty caverns of the desert.

The Handwritten Bible

Jan 19, 2017 10:24

Description:

Seven years after he first got the idea, Phillip Patterson finally completed a seemingly impossible task: to hand-copy the entire Christian Bible. His favorite passage in the entire Bible? 'Love thy neighbor as thyself.'

Rev. Dennis Wiley, Taking Rev. King's Message Further

Jan 13, 2017 17:52

Description:

As racial tensions worsen and the nation's first black president hands over the White House keys to Donald Trump, we ask Rev. Dennis Wiley--What would Rev. King say today?

Beyonce Takes Us to Church

Jan 13, 2017 5:56

Description:

By giving us an ensemble cast of black women and girls, Beyonce's “Lemonade” reminds black women that even if their own religious traditions fail to “see” them, they are still reflected in the divine.

Remembering MLK

Jan 13, 2017 52:20

Description:

We ask a DC pastor, what would Martin Luther King care about today? And a moving testimony from Amirah Muhammad, the granddaughter of the Nation of Islam's Elijah Muhammad.

Move On Up a Little Higher: A Tour of the African American History Museum

Jan 13, 2017 11:36

Description:

Been waiting for a ticket to DC's new African American history museum? Here's our tour through the museum's most memorable religion artifacts.

How to Be a Diplomat

Jan 7, 2017

Description:

How to be a diplomat-- changing hearts and minds on the world stage, or in a small Midwestern town named after a Muslim military hero.


Changing the World...From the 'Cheap Seats'

Jan 6, 2017

Description:

Imagine the United Nations as a theater with world leaders sitting around a big table. Way up in the rafters--the cheap seats--are the priests, the rabbis, and other people of faith. They call it the 'ministry of presence.'

Just How Jewish Is 'the Jewish State'?

Dec 29, 2016 33:08

Description:

It depends on who you ask. Two scholars debate, in this encore edition of our God and Government series from October 2015.

'Everything Is Spiritual': In the Studio with David Broza

Dec 29, 2016 7:29

Description:

Israeli musician David Broza tells us he finds solace in the quiet stillness of prayer, a practice he first discovered as a rebellious teenager.
 

Israel's Newest TV Stars: Nice Jewish Boys From A Synagogue Near You

Dec 29, 2016 11:54

Description:

Why has a show about synagogue music captured the imagination of a country where most Jews don’t even go to synagogue? Liel Leibovitz on the magic of "Liturgical Poet."

God and Gov: Israel Edition

Dec 29, 2016 53:36

Description:

What did the founders mean when they declared Israel a "Jewish state"? And we meet Israel's hottest TV stars: the sweet Yeshiva boys of "Liturgical Poet."

Extreme Do-Gooders

Dec 23, 2016 53:56

Description:

We learn about people who take good works to the limit, even if it means doing less for friends and family... and we meet a Hindu priest living in a freshman dorm.

Extreme Do-Gooders, And Why They Make Us Uneasy

Dec 23, 2016 24:16

Description:

The Bible tells us it’s better to give than to receive... but can you go too far? It's stories of people who help strangers more than the ones they love.

The Kindness of Strangers

Dec 23, 2016 9:34

Description:

Bernadette has a plan: She will do one random act of kindness for a stranger every day for a year. We follow her to find out how people react to her effort to "be the change."

Dharma in the Dorm

Dec 23, 2016 17:48

Description:

Brahmachari Vrajvihari Sharan is the first Hindu chaplain (and monk) at an American university. He's celibate, wears traditional robes...and he's living on a hallway of boisterous freshmen in a student dorm.

Being Muslim in the Year of Trump: A Post-Election Special

Dec 17, 2016 50:42

Description:

Muslim reactions to the era of Donald Trump, from a Muslim woman who escaped a 'hijab grab' to a pro-Trump Muslim feminist.



In Self-Defense Class, Learning to Avoid a 'Hijab Grab'

Dec 17, 2016 8:08

Description:

We visit a church basement in Washington, DC, where a dozen Muslim women are learning how to look an attacker in the eye and use their "outside voice."
 

Yuka and Zahra: Discrimination Then and Now

Dec 17, 2016 10:18

Description:

Yuka Fujikura is a 90-year-old survivor of a Japanese-American internment camp.  Zahra Riaz is a 17-year-old Muslim college student. They sat down together to share their stories of discrimination then and now.

Asra Nomani: Muslim. Feminist. Trump Voter.

Dec 17, 2016 19:28

Description:

Close your eyes and imagine a typical Trump voter. Who do you see? Well, it’s probably not Asra Nomani. Nomani is a life-long liberal and former reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

Carrie Newcomer: You Can Do This Hard Thing

Dec 17, 2016 11:42

Description:

An antidote to our bitter election season: Quaker singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer joins us in the studio for a live performance of songs from her new album, including 'Sanctuary' and 'You Can Do This Hard Thing.'

Podcast Extra: Noor Tagouri

Dec 17, 2016 13:57

Description:

Noor Tagouri is a Muslim journalist who made history recently when she appeared in Playboy magazine’s Renegade series… fully clothed, wearing a leather jacket, dark lipstick, and a hijab.

Podcast Extra: Yuka and Zahra, Extended Version

Dec 17, 2016 13:41

Description:

There is so much more to our conversation between Yuka Fujikura and Zahra Riaz. Hear a longer version here.

From Vampires To Jesus And Back Again

Dec 9, 2016 52:19

Description:

In 2009, Anne Rice told us she had abandoned vampires and returned to the Catholicism of her youth. But a year later, her faith fled once again, and the vampires came back.

Anne Rice: Called Back to the Darkness?

Dec 9, 2016 28:59

Description:

From 2015: Guest interviewer Mark Oppenheimer talks to Anne Rice about her about her transition back to writing vampire fiction after she publicly announced she had been 'called out of the darkness' of atheism.

 

From Preacher to Doubter

Dec 9, 2016 20:39

Description:

As a teenager, Jerry DeWitt was about as fiery a Christian as they come. But slowly, over the course of his 25-year career as a pastor, DeWitt’s beliefs began to burn off until he finally realized he no longer believed.

Can You "Pray Away the Gay"?

Dec 1, 2016 52:20

Description:

A whole hour on the different ways people reconcile their faith and sexual orientation: from conversion therapy, to acceptance, to celibacy.

Alan and Leslie Chambers on Love, Marriage and Leaving the Ex-Gay Movement

Dec 1, 2016 28:08

Description:

Alan Chambers sent shock waves through the Evangelical community when he shut down Exodus International, a network that worked to 're-orient' gays and lesbians through prayer and therapy. He joins us with his wife.

From Gay to Straight? Two Very Different Stories

Dec 1, 2016 15:27

Description:

Stories of two men who attended faith-based programs for people struggling with sexual orientation. Peterson Toscano says the program failed, and Alan Calhoun says it worked. Calhoun is now married to his wife, Mary Ann.

A Third Way: Celibacy

Dec 1, 2016 5:26

Description:

Writer Eve Tushnet found a third way to reconcile her lesbian orientation with her devout Catholic faith: celibacy.

An Interfaith Voices Thanksgiving Special

Nov 25, 2016 52:19

Description:

The rez of the story: we go behind the headlines of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and find out why it is sacred ground for the Great Sioux Nation. Plus, thoughts on gratiutude.

'Would You Tear up St. Peter's in Rome?' Voices From the Dakota Pipeline Protest

Nov 25, 2016 15:49

Description:

We travel to the open plains of North Dakota, where members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, along with hundreds of protestors from around the country, have gathered to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Poet Joy Harjo: Talking With The Sun

Nov 25, 2016 3:30

Description:

Harjo is a member of the Muskogee Creek Nation. She writes, "To pray, you open your whole self to Sky, to Earth, to Sun, to Moon." It is in the heavens that Harjo finds her belief.