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Apr 29, 2016

The criminal justice system is broken.  The United States incarcerates a higher percentage of its citizens per capita than any other industrialized nation.

This week we talk with one of the champions of sentencing reform, Senator Cory Booker, about a bill that is currently before the Senate.  This bill is the most comprehensive reform of federal sentencing guidelines in decades, potentially affecting thousands of lives. We will talk with Senator Booker, and then with the National Council of Churches’ Rev. Aundreia Alexander, about this bill and the problems it seeks to address.

I spoke with Senator Booker in his office this week.  The Senator has been working on reforming the criminal justice system for years, and was pleased to speak with us today about the horrific problems in our courts and prisons, the effect incarceration is having on communities and our entire society, and on finding ways in which the problems might be solved.

Apr 22, 2016

Last week a delegation from the World Council of Churches came to the United States on a pilgrimage of solidarity.  Leading the delegation was Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, one of today’s great Christian leaders.

In this episode, we will take this esteemed opportunity to discuss with Olav his journey into ministry, his view of the worldwide Church, his calling, and the hope of ecumenism for the future.  He joins us after a workshop at Ecumenical Advocacy Days, and so please excuse the noise.  I don’t mind; I love the noisy energy in the room today.

Apr 19, 2016

Dr. Agnes Abuom, from the Anglican Church of Kenya, was elected unanimously by the WCC 10th Assembly on 8 November 2013 to serve as moderator of the WCC Central Committee. She is the first woman and the first African in the position in the history of the World Council of Churches.

Apr 19, 2016

Rev. Dr. Felicia White-Thomas, Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Morgan State University in Baltimore, leads the conversation.

Apr 19, 2016

Rev. Dr. Kenneth James, Pastor, Memorial AME Zion Church Rochester, NY, leads the conversation in this third portion of April 15th's Ecumenical Advocacy Days presentation.

Apr 19, 2016

On April 15th, the NCC hosted a panel discussion at Ecumenical Advocacy Days, a premiere event of the ecumenical movement.  The panel set out to find a theological basis for the Church’s work against racism and injustice, and featured four of the leading voices in the church today.

As a bonus feature of our podcast, we have added these four speakers to the feed because we hope you’ll enjoy hearing them. Our second presenter in this series is Rev. Joyce Shin.  We hope you enjoy this presentation.

Apr 19, 2016

On April 15th, the NCC hosted a panel discussion at Ecumenical Advocacy Days, a premiere event of the ecumenical movement.  The panel set out to find a theological basis for the Church’s work against racism and injustice, and featured four of the leading voices in the church today.

As a bonus feature of our podcast, we have added these four speakers to the feed because we hope you’ll enjoy hearing them.  As we begin, listen to moderator Dr. Greg Carey and our first speaker, Dr. Doug Foster, Professor of Church History at Abilene Christian University.  Dr. Foster had an extensive series of PowerPoint slides, which can be seen at our website, nationalcouncilofchurches.us.  We hope you enjoy this presentation.

Apr 15, 2016

Last fall Rev. John Dorhauer became the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, one of the National Council of Churches’ 38 member communions.

A leader many call a “visionary,” Dorhauer begins his term of office challenging his denomination to be serious about dealing with white privilege, church vitality, and the church’s traditional focus on justice, in a world where people are becoming less interested in the church in its institutional form.  We will talk about his denomination, the challenges he’s encountered in his first months in office, his recent trip to the Middle East, and his hopes for the 2016 baseball season.

Apr 8, 2016

At a time in American history when technology has provided more possibilities for connection, unfortunately, society seems to be more fragmented and fearful than ever.  

In the coming years, will religion be something that brings us together or drives us apart?  What misconceptions do each of us hold about another person’s faith that make us afraid?  A new campaign called, “Know Your Neighbor,” seeks to help us realize that our differences make us more interesting, not less. Getting to know our neighbors, whether they are people of a different faith, or of no faith, is a critical but joyful challenge for all Americans.

Apr 1, 2016

What is an appropriate relationship between a Christian and guns?  As gun ownership is guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment and is increasing in popularity, Christians are free to seek the answer to this question for themselves, and emotions are strong in both directions.

In this episode of the National Council of Churches Podcast, we will talk to Rob Schenck, once a leader in an aggressive wing of the anti-abortion movement, who has come to see ending gun violence as a pro-life issue.  We will discuss this controversial topic, along with his involvement in a new film by Abigail Disney entitled, “Armor of Light,” in light of the Apostle Paul’s instruction to the Church in Corinth that, ““All things are lawful,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.”

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