#1610 - Drugs, Mercy, and the Gospel: Rev. Alexander Sharp

Rev. Alexander Sharp is the founder and Executive Director of Clergy for a New Drug Policy. The organization is commited to mobilizing ministers and congregations to change the way we think about, and legislate, the prosecution of drug crimes in America. 

In this hour long interview, we talk about his vision to change America's approach to drug prosecution, and why he thinks it is an issue of justice and mercy in which the churches need to be involved.

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#1609 - R&B Pastor: Rev. Julian "J-Kwest" DeShazier

Reverend Julian DeSahzier brings all his talents to ministry, as a pastor, activist, and performer. He speaks to us about his work at University Church in Chicago, as well as his new album, Lemonade


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#1608 - When God Isn't Green: Jay Wexler

We welcome back Boston Law Professor Jay Wexler to talk about his recent book, When God Isn't Green: A World-Wide Journey to Places Where Religious Practice and Environmentalism Collide, which finds him exploring the points around the globe where religion and environmentalism come into conflict.

We interviewed professor Wexler in our 2012 season episode, Religion and the Law

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#1607 - - Rediscovering the Jewish Jesus: Rabbi Evan Moffic

We talk with Chicago rabbi and author Evan Moffic about his new book, What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Jewishness of Jesus.

Rabbi Moffic seeks to uncover the Jewish roots of Jesus in a way that is accessible to everyday readers. We talk about the Jewish context of early Christianity, and how it helps us understand the ways Jesus thought and taught his disciples.

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#1606 - Public Education and Religion: Linda K. Wertheimer

David Dault talks with veteran journalist Linda K. Wertheimer about her new book, Faith Ed:Teaching about Religion in an Age of Intolerance, which looks at the battles over teaching religion in public schools.

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Wertheimer draws from extensive reportage, as well as her own personal history, to reveal the fault lines in current discussions about the place of faith in public education.