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Mar 22, 2019

As we ponder the horrors of the massacre of 49 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, we have to reckon with the fact that home-grown hatred and extremism has gone global.  One of the great things about working with other faith groups is that we get to see how others view their mandate to fight hatred and extremism through the lens of their faith.

Simran Jeet Singh is one of today’s most influential Sikh thinkers.  Simran holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University, and he is the author of “Covering Sikhs,” a guidebook to help journalists accurately report on the Sikh community.  Today we get to speak together about bias, advocating for each other, and the need for humility in a society where we feel that we have to know everything.

Feb 22, 2019

Stop and think about it for a second: if you were to encourage churches to work together, wouldn’t it make sense to be reading the same translation of the Bible together?  This has been one of the hallmarks of the ecumenical movement for decades, and this is receiving a special amount of attention. For the first time in 30 years, the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible is getting an update.

My guest today is Roy Medley, former head of the American Baptist Church, former chair of the National Council of Churches Governing Board, now working with the NCC, Friendship Press, and the Society of Biblical Literature to develop an update to the foremost scholarly translation of the Bible, the New Revised Standard Version.  This is a historic, ambitious work, and Roy is going to bring us up to date.

Feb 19, 2019

This week’s podcast is an encore presentation of my interview with Dru Johnson, author of “Human Rites: the Power of Rituals, Habits, and Sacraments,” which is to be released on Thursday, February 21.

Feb 8, 2019

The quote goes like this: “The Death of Christianity within the United States has been a slow process, and it may very well be in its final throes.  So I say, let the dead bury their dead.” Professor and speaker Miguel De La Torre has a new book out, and this always-challenging author is critiquing a Christianity that he says has sold its soul to white nationalism.

His book is called, “Burying White Privilege,” and it’s as much as an invitation as it is a scathing critique.  It’s up-to-the-minute like reading today’s newspaper and ancient like reading Jeremiah or Amos. Get ready for a challenging and intense conversation.

Feb 1, 2019

How has your life been most changed, and where has God been most visible to you in that change?  Social science suggests that relationships are the most likely to change our point of view, and if we are limited in the kinds of people we are in a relationship with, we’re more likely to see things as we always have.

My guest today is Max Finberg.  Max is here to tell us how his life and perspective has been changed through relationships, and how a set of intentional relationships are helping change views on race.  You could say that in his own way, he and the Repentance Project are awakening, confronting, and transforming, and he’s here to talk about it today. You’ll want to listen to the end of this episode.

Jan 17, 2019

Greetings from the 2019 government shutdown!  As I record this podcast, we’re in the middle of the longest government shutdown in history.  The central issue of the shutdown is immigration, and the central object is a wall.

My guest today is Noel Anderson, Grassroots Coordinator for Immigrants’ Rights for the United Church of Christ and Church World Service.  I’ve got big questions about this shutdown, and Noel is the person I go to whenever I have questions about immigration policy. He’s going to walk us through this minefield of divided politics and help us get to the root of the crisis unfolding here in Washington.

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