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Jul 29, 2016

With 2.3 million members of our society currently in jail or in prison, a crisis unprecedented in the history of the civilized world is unfolding, and few people in power are paying attention.  But as the end of President Obama’s term in office approaches, the possibility of clemency for those most affected by unfair sentencing rules is giving hope to thousands.

In this episode, we will talk with Madeline McClenney-Sadler, Director of Exodus Foundation.org, who works with those re-entering society, and also has an ambitious plan to urge President Obama to help those who should not be imprisoned. In this podcast, sometimes we talk about big ideas; today, we are making big plans for action, and you can be a part.  Listen carefully if you want to be part of an effort that will make history.

Jul 22, 2016

One of the most talked-about books this summer has the provocative title, “The End of White Christian America.”  The author is a person well-known to the faith community in Washington, Robert P. Jones of the Public Religion Research Institute.

Today we will have a rich, fast-paced conversation with one of the leading researchers of today’s religious landscape.  We will talk about the book, the author’s findings, their importance to the future of Christianity in America, and what it all means in the context of today’s contentious political landscape.

On the inside leaf of the cover, Robert Jones’s book, “The End of White Christian America,” asserts that “America is no longer a majority white Christian nation.”  In fact, he states that 1993 was the last year when white Protestants constituted a majority of the population.  Whether you believe this is a positive or negative development in American history, Jones asserts that this represents a massive shift that has some bearing upon the current political climate.  As a serious researcher who grew up in the South, Jones has a reputation for always speaking the truth, even when it’s uncomfortable, and having the data to back up his assertions.  This interview was one of the most stimulating and thought-provoking conversations I’ve had yet in this podcast.

Jul 15, 2016

Most of the NCC’s 38 member communions engage in overseas missions of one kind or another.  Some have an emphasis on church planting and evangelism, others on development and poverty eradication.  Others focus on peacemaking as a central component of mission work.

Today we will talk with Jay Wittmeyer, Executive Director of Global Mission and Service for the Church of the Brethren, one of the NCC’s historic peace churches.  The Church of the Brethren has been confronted for several years now in northern Nigeria by the violent actions of Boko Haram, and today we will talk about how those Christians are faring against terrible persecution, and what lessons the church’s engagement there might have for our own society.

Jul 1, 2016

With various states enacting laws giving rights to some while restricting the rights of others, the idea of religious liberty is back in the news today.

We will talk today with one of the nation’s greatest authorities on religious liberty, Charles Haynes, director of the Religious Freedom Center in Washington, DC.  We will talk about the essential freedom guaranteed by the 1st Amendment, what it means, and what it doesn’t mean.  I hope you’ll listen to this podcast to learn more about an issue that will certainly be part of November’s election, and to find out how you might learn more about this important freedom.

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