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Nov 17, 2016

In early November, hundreds of clergy came to Cannon Ball, North Dakota, at the invitation of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, to join in the protest against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through reservation land.  I attended that protest, and while there I met Mariama White-Hammond, today’s guest.

Today we will talk with two leaders concerned with this controversial pipeline and hear about the issues that come together in it: water quality, the rights of indigenous people, and climate change.  The Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has said about the protests at Standing Rock, ““I want to now suggest that Standing Rock may be the new Selma.” Our guests are the Rev. Mariama White-Hammon, and Shantha Ready Alonso of Creation Justice Ministries.  We will also discuss a key part of the witness of the churches at Standing Rock, the public repudiation of the “Doctrine of Discovery.”
Nov 10, 2016

For weeks we just wished for the day that it would soon all be over.  But election night 2016 came and went, and now a new set of challenges begin.

Today we will play a recording of a press conference assembled by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in which our own Aundreia Alexander took part.  The press conference assembled many of today’s top voices, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share them with you.  Today’s podcast is a bit longer than usual, but the speakers were all so good, and their voices are so important, I believe you’ll want to listen to the very end.
Nov 4, 2016

In a nation becoming increasingly diverse, the need for interfaith engagement is growing.  But it remains difficult to build meaningful relationships between neighbors and groups that follow different religions.  

In this episode, I get to introduce to you a longtime friend of mine, someone I met when I first started to get to know the Muslim community.  Tarek El-Messidi was a college student then, and now he is a BIG DEAL: in 2012 he was listed as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world, and he now regularly consults the White House and other national bodies on the challenges facing the US Muslim community.  More than anything I consider him a close friend and inspiration, and I’m excited to bring his unique voice to this podcast.  I hope you enjoy meeting Tarek and thinking about how you might find your own faith being strengthened by having an encounter with another.

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