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Dec 20, 2016

With President-Elect Donald Trump’s famous campaign promise to build a wall between the US and Mexico and to deport millions of undocumented persons, it would seem that immigration was front and center, but today’s guest sees things differently.

My guest is Wendy Feliz, Communications Director for the American Immigration Council.  Wendy is here because of her involvement in several high-level discussions about how this issue will shake out over the next several years.  In America, this nation of immigrants, there’s a strong backlash against immigrants taking place today, and with all such issues, it’s complicated.  Wendy is here to help us sort things out as we continue to look at “The Way Forward.”

Dec 16, 2016

In a campaign that frequently promoted anti-immigrant rhetoric and called for the cessation of the inflow of refugees to the United States, one of the critical areas of Christian witness - the welcoming of the oppressed and the stranger - has suddenly come under intense scrutiny.  As the church struggles to fulfill its calling to minister to the refugee, what is the way forward in an environment that may be hostile to the refugee?

Today my guest is Jen Smyers, Associate Director for Refugee Policy for Church World Service.  Jen will talk with us today about refugees, her own faith, and how ministry to refugees changes lives.

Dec 13, 2016

“Has the Bonhoeffer moment finally arrived?”  This is a question recently asked by Dr. Stephen Haynes, one of the nation’s top scholars of the work and thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian whose name is being evoked in many places today.

My guest today posed this question in a recent article in the Huffington Post, in which he critiques the way Christians with different beliefs call upon Bonhoeffer whenever their particular vision of society is threatened.  But Dr. Haynes also can be counted on to offer a careful understanding of what Dietrich Bonhoeffer might have actually responded to the times we live in today.  We will discuss Bonhoeffer, his story, his faith, and how he is still used today by both supporters and detractors of president-elect Donald Trump.  If anything, Bonhoeffer urges us to look at current events theologically, and that’s what we will try to do today.

Dec 9, 2016

As we journey into Advent and head towards Christmas, the stories of the child of Bethlehem are heard in churches and homes across the country.  When we hear the stories of the shepherd’s fields and the manger, it’s sometimes surprising to learn that Bethlehem is a real city, today with thousands of fellow Christians living there under a brutal occupation.

Rev. Dr. Mae Cannon is the new Executive Director of Churches for Middle East Peace, a part of the ecumenical movement that works to encourage U.S. policies that actively promote a just, lasting, and comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, ensuring security, human rights and religious freedom for all the people of the region. In this episode we will meet Mae, learn about her organization, and discuss what she believes to be the challenges of peacemaking in this region.  You’ll especially want to hear what she says about the plight of the Christian communities across the Middle East.
Dec 5, 2016

In the days before and after the election, the nation has seen a dramatic rise in incidents of racial bias, particularly incidents of anti-Semitism, anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim bias.  What’s going on?

In this episode we’ll talk to Catherine Orsburn, director of Shoulder-to-Shoulder, a coalition religious groups dedicated to reducing anti-Muslim bigotry in the US.  Catherine has had her finger on the pulse of this growing problem for some time, and now offers her point of view, relevant in this time when so many things are changing. It won’t all be bad news, though, as Catherine has seen signs of hope that she will be sharing with us today.  If you’re interested in following the commandment to love your neighbor, you’ll want to listen to what she has to say.

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