Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMTIt’s one of the oldest dilemmas in the Catholic Church: what to do when a priest’s own conscience conflicts with his vow of obedience. Two priests share their different understandings of obeying church authority.
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMTIn 2012, Fr. Tony Flannery publicly challenged key church teachings and was promptly silenced by the Vatican. For him, an informed conscience is the ultimate guide; right and wrong must be discerned from the inside out.
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Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMTSister Joan Chittister invites us to embrace the great unknown. After a battle with polio when she entered the convent at 16, she learned that spiritual growth can be ignited by the most tragic moments of life.
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMTWe kick off our Chaplains series at a senior care facility where Oksana Chapman helps Russian-speaking residents to fan the embers of a spiritual life.
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMTIn the first installment of our Chaplains series, we spend a day with Rabbi Oksana Chapman, a Russian-speaking chaplain who grew up under Soviet rule and once got an 'A' in Atheism.
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMTA physician and a hospice chaplain discuss the importance of attending to the spirit as well as the body at the end of life. And they introduce us to the concept of 'gerotranscendence.'
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMTIn a soundscape of surf and sand, Father Christian Mondor recounts how he began riding waves at age 70. In water, he finds a metaphor for the holy trinity. And in the surf, he finds a kind of baptism.
Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMTWhy the Exodus story resonates with an African-American rabbi, and where you can get some elusive, limited-edition Passover Coke.
Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMTAs a young man in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Capers C. Funnye Jr. was encouraged to become a pastor. Instead, he went to rabbinical school. Now he is one of few black rabbis in the United States.
Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMTLaura Kwerel hangs out with Meredith Jacobs, also known as "the Jewish Martha Stewart," as she simmers, chops and sautees for a seder meal.
Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMTJune Feiss Hersh collected more than 170 recipes passed down from survivors of the Holocaust. Her book isn’t just about food. It’s about memory-- how the aromas and flavors of a warm meal can transport us back in time.
Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMTEvery spring before Passover, Coca-Cola plants in Chicago, New York, Atlanta and other cities whip up a tiny batch of soda that's kosher for Passover. But how is this Coke different from all other Cokes?
Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMTBonnie Auslander hosted her first Passover seder more than a decade ago. And it’s taken her a while to feel comfortable inviting other Jews to her seder table– to get what she calls her “seder legs.”
Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMTIn 2005, Canadian DJ Socalled remixed all the songs for the Passover seder. Behold: A Hip Hop Hagaddah.
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMTWith nuclear weapons back in the news, we hear how scientists and activists have turned to religion to grapple with the awesome destructive force of the atomic bomb.
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMTGrowing up, Ralph Steinhardt was torn over his father’s role in building the bomb, and eventually he turned to Quakerism to find peace… and forgiveness.
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMTIn 2012, three activists broke into a huge nuclear storage site, using hammers and lock cutters from a local hardware store. One of them was Sister Megan Rice, an 82-year-old nun. Reporter Dan Zak tells the story.
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMTWe've got an extended version of our interview with Ray Monk, with more thoughts about how those involved in the Manhattan Project worked to limit nuclear weapons after the war. Plus, a reading.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMTWhen the brain dies….is everything over? Or is there some part of us…our soul maybe…that continues to survive?
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMTCan the mind survive the death of the brain? A skeptic and a believer debate the meaning of close encounters at the edge of death.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMTJournalist Lisa Miller explains why our image of eternity is shaped by our life on Earth now - a reflection of our hopes, anxieties and longings for justice. From 2010.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMTRabbi Jack Moline reminds us that wherever we live, whoever we are, our dwellings are basically temporary and our fates are somewhat random. We are all wandering in the wilderness.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMTMeet Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise. They're a couple with a Quaker background who, last year, managed to donate $160,000 to causes they believe in. That was 81 percent of their take-home pay.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMTListener Mark Klar of Richmond, Kentucky shares a memory of a time he felt like a stranger--as a 22-year-old traveler, encountering a Bedouin in the Sinai desert.
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMTPresident Trump's travel ban is on ice, but the questions it raises--who’s in, and who’s out-- well, sacred texts have been looking at that forever.
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMTAs political tensions rise over President Trump's second attempt at a travel ban, we hear from two families--one from Syria, one from the U.S.-- about their friendship, their reality, and their fears.
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMTThe faith-based sanctuary movement has been flourishing, especially since the election of President Trump. Linda Rabben explains how the movement first emerged in the 80s to help Central Americans fleeing violence.
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMTDawn MacKeen traveled to meet the descendants of the family who saved her grandfather's life, and then realized that the story had come full circle. Today, a grandson of that Syrian family is himself seeking refuge.
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMTAs hate crimes against American Muslims and Jews surge, so does solidarity between the two minority religious groups. We hear stories of people who rolled up their sleeves to help.
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMTWhat would you do if your local mosque were torched by vandals? Dr. Gary Branfman, one of a handful of Jews in Victoria, Texas, tells us he offered his own synagogue as a place for Muslim prayer.
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMTTwo women, one Muslim, one Jewish, tell us why the "conflict narrative" between these two groups doesn't tell the whole story. And why Muslim Salaam Bhatti offered help at a Jewish cemetery after it was desecrated.
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMTFilmmaker Mo Asumang makes documentaries in which she goes up to the people who say they hate her, and asks them, "why?'
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMTIn 2015, when a Jewish security guard was killed in a hate crime at a Copenhagen synagogue, Muslim activist Niddal El-Jabri gathered hundreds of people to hold hands around the building, in a gesture of solidarity.
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMTMehnaz Afridi, the first Muslim scholar to run a Holocaust studies program, tells us that Antisemitism and Islamophobia sometimes draw from the same well.
Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMTWhy is God a father but not a mother? Just in time for Women's History Month, we learn the basics of feminist theology, then ask some tough questions about "religious pluralism."
Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMTAccording to the standard interpretation of the book of Genesis, Eve sprung forth from Adam’s rib: the original second-class citizen. But feminist theology is trying to change these kinds of views.
Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMTSomewhere around the 1960s, it became fashionable to think of all religions as alike at their core - different paths up the same mountain, to the same God. But this warm and fuzzy view of religion has a problem.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMTThomas Berry's 'New Story' of the Earth and our place in it, the not-so-tortured true story of early Christian martyrdom, and Hava Nagila: The Movie.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMTWhen it comes to caring about the environment, we don’t have an apathy problem--we have a story problem. Why the narrative we tell ourselves about where we come from is removed from the grand unfolding of the cosmos.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMTCandida Moss says the tale of Christian persecution is mostly false. It's a myth that's been kept alive to inspire the faithful, and has justified Christian violence from the Crusades through modern times.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMTHava Nagila, Hebrew for "Let Us Rejoice," began as a Hassidic nigun, or wordless melody. It was sung in nineteenth-century Ukraine, and then made its way to pre-state Israel, then to suburban America. And now...it's a movie.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMTDr. Ruth's Torah-approved sex advice, and the challenges and joys of interfaith relationships. From 2009.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMTShe’s Jewish, she’s 4-foot-7, and she likes to see the Torah as an ancient sex manual. The one and only Dr. Ruth explains the sanctity of sex - good sex - in Jewish law.
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Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMTIn 2015, more than a million migrants and refugees entered Europe. Today, as the US debates a travel ban, we look back at our show from the beginning of the crisis.
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMTA look back at our 2015 interview on the early days of the refugee crisis. First, a Syrian refugee tells us about his new home in the Netherlands. Then, we analyze the situation with a journalist and a scholar of Islam.
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMTSyria's songs and prayers represent some of the most beautiful examples of religious music in the world. Jason Hamacher recorded some of these sounds, just months before the civil war erupted.
Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMTHow depictions of a fair-skinned Jesus linked whiteness with godliness, and the Dead Sea Scrolls as you've never seen them before.
Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMTEdward Blum explains how depictions of a white Jesus have linked whiteness with godliness – and complicated race relations for generations of Americans.
Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMTFor the last few decades, the Dead Sea Scrolls have lived very sheltered lives. But thanks to technology developed by Google and NASA, the world's oldest Bible is now accessible online in stunning, hi-resolution detail.
Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMTIn 2006, Rep. Keith Ellison became the first Muslim elected to Congress. Now he's seeking to lead the opposition to President Trump as chair of the Democratic Party.
Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMTRep. Keith Ellison is hoping to become chairman of the DNC—which would make him the face of the liberal opposition to President Trump. In 2014 he reflected on how his Muslim faith intersects with his policy choices.
Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMTWant to sell a book in the religion section? Add the word "shaman," and you'll do fine. Add the word "power" or "power animal" and you'll be doing even better. We explain what Shamanism is--and isn't.
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMTDemocratic congressman Barney Frank once said, 'we're not perfect, but they're nuts.' This week: Why it's so easy to dismiss people who think differently from us.
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMTIt's pretty clear that we need to get along with each other, like it or not. So we decided to step back and re-air our 2013 story that asks why it's so easy to look down on people who think differently from us.
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMTFor Coptic Christians, the story of Christianity is rooted in Egypt, where the young Jesus was protected from King Herod. They’ve lived there since biblical times, often dwelling in the dusty caverns of the desert.
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMTSeven years after he first got the idea, Phillip Patterson finally completed a seemingly impossible task: to hand-copy the entire Christian Bible. His favorite passage in the entire Bible? 'Love thy neighbor as thyself.'
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMTAs racial tensions worsen and the nation's first black president hands over the White House keys to Donald Trump, we ask Rev. Dennis Wiley--What would Rev. King say today?
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMTBy giving us an ensemble cast of black women and girls, Beyonce's “Lemonade” reminds black women that even if their own religious traditions fail to “see” them, they are still reflected in the divine.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMTWe ask a DC pastor, what would Martin Luther King care about today? And a moving testimony from Amirah Muhammad, the granddaughter of the Nation of Islam's Elijah Muhammad.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMTBeen waiting for a ticket to DC's new African American history museum? Here's our tour through the museum's most memorable religion artifacts.
Sat, 07 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMTHow to be a diplomat-- changing hearts and minds on the world stage, or in a small Midwestern town named after a Muslim military hero.
Sat, 07 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMTIn his final days in office, Rabbi David Saperstein reflects on what first drew him to the role of America's Ambassador for International Religious Freedom.
Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMTImagine the United Nations as a theater with world leaders sitting around a big table. Way up in the rafters--the cheap seats--are the priests, the rabbis, and other people of faith. They call it the 'ministry of presence.'
Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMTWelcome to Elkader, Iowa, population: 1,273. Few residents have ever met a Muslim. So Frederique and Brian, Muslim owners of an Algerian restaurant on Main Street, have become the town's default cultural ambassadors.
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTIt depends on who you ask. Two scholars debate, in this encore edition of our God and Government series from October 2015.
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTIsraeli musician David Broza tells us he finds solace in the quiet stillness of prayer, a practice he first discovered as a rebellious teenager.
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTWhy has a show about synagogue music captured the imagination of a country where most Jews don’t even go to synagogue? Liel Leibovitz on the magic of "Liturgical Poet."
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTWhat did the founders mean when they declared Israel a "Jewish state"? And we meet Israel's hottest TV stars: the sweet Yeshiva boys of "Liturgical Poet."
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTWe learn about people who take good works to the limit, even if it means doing less for friends and family... and we meet a Hindu priest living in a freshman dorm.
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTThe Bible tells us it’s better to give than to receive... but can you go too far? It's stories of people who help strangers more than the ones they love.
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTBernadette has a plan: She will do one random act of kindness for a stranger every day for a year. We follow her to find out how people react to her effort to "be the change."
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTBrahmachari Vrajvihari Sharan is the first Hindu chaplain (and monk) at an American university. He's celibate, wears traditional robes...and he's living on a hallway of boisterous freshmen in a student dorm.
Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTMuslim reactions to the era of Donald Trump, from a Muslim woman who escaped a 'hijab grab' to a pro-Trump Muslim feminist.
Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTWe visit a church basement in Washington, DC, where a dozen Muslim women are learning how to look an attacker in the eye and use their "outside voice."
Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTYuka Fujikura is a 90-year-old survivor of a Japanese-American internment camp. Zahra Riaz is a 17-year-old Muslim college student. They sat down together to share their stories of discrimination then and now.
Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTClose your eyes and imagine a typical Trump voter. Who do you see? Well, it’s probably not Asra Nomani. Nomani is a life-long liberal and former reporter for the Wall Street Journal.
Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTAn antidote to our bitter election season: Quaker singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer joins us in the studio for a live performance of songs from her new album, including 'Sanctuary' and 'You Can Do This Hard Thing.'
Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTNoor Tagouri is a Muslim journalist who made history recently when she appeared in Playboy magazine’s Renegade series… fully clothed, wearing a leather jacket, dark lipstick, and a hijab.
Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTThere is so much more to our conversation between Yuka Fujikura and Zahra Riaz. Hear a longer version here.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTIn 2009, Anne Rice told us she had abandoned vampires and returned to the Catholicism of her youth. But a year later, her faith fled once again, and the vampires came back.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTFrom 2015: Guest interviewer Mark Oppenheimer talks to Anne Rice about her about her transition back to writing vampire fiction after she publicly announced she had been 'called out of the darkness' of atheism.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTAs a teenager, Jerry DeWitt was about as fiery a Christian as they come. But slowly, over the course of his 25-year career as a pastor, DeWitt’s beliefs began to burn off until he finally realized he no longer believed.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTA whole hour on the different ways people reconcile their faith and sexual orientation: from conversion therapy, to acceptance, to celibacy.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTAlan Chambers sent shock waves through the Evangelical community when he shut down Exodus International, a network that worked to 're-orient' gays and lesbians through prayer and therapy. He joins us with his wife.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTStories of two men who attended faith-based programs for people struggling with sexual orientation. Peterson Toscano says the program failed, and Alan Calhoun says it worked. Calhoun is now married to his wife, Mary Ann.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMTWriter Eve Tushnet found a third way to reconcile her lesbian orientation with her devout Catholic faith: celibacy.
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTThe rez of the story: we go behind the headlines of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and find out why it is sacred ground for the Great Sioux Nation. Plus, thoughts on gratiutude.
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTThe simple act of giving thanks before a meal is one of the most universal prayers, found all over the world and stretching back thousands of years.
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTWe travel to the open plains of North Dakota, where members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, along with hundreds of protestors from around the country, have gathered to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTHarjo is a member of the Muskogee Creek Nation. She writes, "To pray, you open your whole self to Sky, to Earth, to Sun, to Moon." It is in the heavens that Harjo finds her belief.
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTWhen the Puritans arrived on the shores of Massachusetts in the early 1600s, they brought with them a concept of God totally alien to their new neighbors, the Wampanoag people.
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTDavid Lynch movie submerges us in the dark and foreboding currents of the subconscious. So how does he come up with this stuff? He pulls back the current with writer Mitch Horowitz.
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTAlthough its origins are in India, Transcendental Meditation has only been popular in the United States since the early 60s. That’s when a man with a twinkle in his eye taught an updated version of an ancient technique.
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTHow did mindfulness meditation transform from something passed down from Buddhist elders into a popular prescription for the ills of the middle class?
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTWhere does David Lynch go to find the dreamscapes that mystify and unnerve us? The famously quirky director shares his creative secrets with writer Mitch Horowitz.
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTWe've all heard about the mid-life crisis. But what about a mid-faith crisis? That feeling that somewhere along your spiritual journey, God just disappeared...
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTSome say it's like the common cold, or a run-of-the-mill dry spell in an intimate relationship. Barbara Bradley Hagerty sits down with two scholars to talk about their own experiences with 'the dark night of the soul.'
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMTFear of the dark... many of us remember that feeling from childhood. Episcopal priest Barbara Brown Taylor offers a different way of looking at darkness, not as something to be feared, but as something to be embraced.