2015 SEASON


Sunday
Mar012015

#1505 - Poetry and Silence: Judith Valente

After many years as a successful journalist and poet, Judith Valente arrived to lead a workshop at a monastery. The experience changed her life. In our interview, we discuss Valente's career as a reporter on the religion beat, and how her explorations of the contemplative life have affected her daily living.

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Judith Valente is an awarding-winning print and broadcast journalist, poet and essayist. Her most recent book is Atchison Blue: a Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home, and a Living Faith.

Sunday
Feb222015

#1214 - The Dance of Faiths: John J. Thatamanil

This week we revisit our 2012 interview with John J. Thatamanil, in which we discuss the growing field of "religious pluralism" - where the boundaries of "religion" are loosened and faith traditions are encouraged to mix and blend.  While a controversial concept to some, Thatamanil insists that theologies of religious pluralism are simply exploring the reality of religious mixture that has always been happening, whether we admit it or not. 

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Sunday
Feb082015

#1223 - American Secularism: Jacques Berlinerblau

This week we revisit a 2012 interview with Georgetown professor, Jacques Berlinerblau. We discuss his most recent book, How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom.

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Also on the show, we hear a report from our producer, Katie Lynn Murphy, about her recent experiences in China.

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Sunday
Feb012015

#1504 - Feminism and Religion: Gina Messina-Dysert

On today's show, we have an in-depth conversation about the experience of women in religious communities and in the academic study of religion with our guest, Dr. Gina Messina-Dysert - Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Ursuline College, and one of the founders of the blog Feminism and Religion.

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Also on the show, Katy Scrogin reviews Ted A. Smith's new book, Weird John Brown: Divine Violence and the Limits of Ethics.

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Sunday
Jan252015

#1503 - Exploring the Roots of Violence: E.L. Kornegay

In this episode, we talk with Dr. E.L. Kornegay, founder of the Baldwin-Delaney Institute for Academic Enrichment and Faith Flourishing, about searching to the roots of violence in our communities.

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Using insights derived from the writings of James Baldwin, Kornagay explores the creative and destructive force of rage - the energy that drives much of today's politics.

 

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