Alex McNeill, Executive Director of More Light Presbyterians

Nearly three years ago, Alex McNeill was on Religion For Life to discuss two journeys.  His ordination to the ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and his transition from female to male.   Since then, Alex has become the executive director of More Light Presbyterians.  He is the first openly transgender person to head a mainline Protestant organization.  He talks about the steps he has taken on both journeys as well as next steps for justice for LGBTQ people in the church and society.

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Thursday, July 2nd at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, July 4th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3
Sunday, July 5th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, July 5th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, July 6th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, July 7th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast Sunday July 5th.

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Nancy Ellen Abrams, A God That Could Be Real, June 25 – July 1

A sage once quipped: “Galileo put God out of a home and Darwin put God out of a job.” In our modern understanding of the universe that requires no “supernatural shenanigans” to operate, is there “anything in the universe worthy of the name, God?” Nancy Ellen Abrams asks this question and suggests that there may be a way to speak of the reality of God.    She returns to Religion For Life to discuss the concept of emergence and her latest book, A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science and the Future of Our Planet.

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Thursday, June 25th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, June 27th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3
Sunday, June 28th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, June 28th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, June 29th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, July 1st at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast Sunday June 28th.

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Rachel Held Evans, Searching For Sunday, June 18-24

Rachel Held Evans is from Dayton, Tennessee, home of the Scopes Monkey Trial.  It is certainly the Bible Belt.  What happens when you grow beyond the beliefs of your church?   Many follow a similar path to New York Times best-selling author, Rachel Held Evans.  With wit and grace Rachel chronicles her journey of faith and doubt, leaving church and finding it again in her latest book, Searching For Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church.

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Thursday, June 18th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, June 20th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3
Sunday, June 21st at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, June 21st at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, June 22nd 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, June 24th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast Sunday June 21st.

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Jennifer Bird, Permission Granted: Take the Bible Into Your Own Hands, June 11-17

I finish my three-part series on the “good” book with Jennifer Grace Bird.   She teaches at Portland Community College and the University of Portland and has written a fantastic guide to the Bible, Permission Granted:  Take the Bible Into Your Own Hands.  She doesn’t flinch from challenging the “bad” texts in the good book.   More than a critique of the Bible, she encourages her readers to read the texts for themselves with a critical eye and not just accept it because it’s what “the Bible says.”  You can disagree with the Bible.  Permission granted.

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Thursday, June 11th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, June 13th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3
Sunday, June 14th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, June 14th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, June 15th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, June 17th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast Sunday June 14th.

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John Dominic Crossan, How to Read the Bible and Still be a Christian, June 4-11

In my second in a series of three on the Bible, world-renowned scholar on the historical Jesus, John Dominic Crossan returns to Religion For Life, to address one of the most troubling aspects of the Bible, the violence of God.   How do we read and trust a book whose main character, God, is less ethical than most humans?   His latest book is How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian:  Struggling With Divine Violence from Genesis through Revelation.

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Thursday, June 4th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, June 6th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3
Sunday, June 7th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, June 7th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, June 8th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, June 10th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast Sunday June 7th.

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David Felten, Fact or Fiction? May 28- June 3

David Felten, co-creator of Living the Questions, is also pastor of The Fountains in Fountain Hills, Arizona.  He found himself under attack by fellow clergy who do not approve of his brand of Christianity.  These clergy have used the op ed page of the local paper, newspaper advertisements, and expensive banners to campaign against David and progressive Christianity.   David spoke with me about it as well as the strange times we are in regarding religious faith.

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Thursday, May 28th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, May 30th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3
Sunday, May 31st at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, May 31st at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, June 1st 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, June 3rd at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast Sunday May 31st.

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Harvey Cox, How To Read The Bible, May 21 – May 27

I am doing a three part series on the Bible, what it is and how to read it.   Three excellent scholars and teachers will be our guides, Harvey Cox, John Dominic Crossan, and Jennifer Grace Bird.   Leading off is Harvard University professor, Harvey Cox, author of the famous Secular City in 1965.  He was with me two years ago on Religion For Life to discuss his book, The Future of Faith.  He returns to talk about his latest book How To Read the Bible.

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Thursday, May 21st at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, May 23rd at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3
Sunday, May 24th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, May 24th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, May 25th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, May 27th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast Sunday May 24th.

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