Michael G. Long, Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers, July 30-August 5

“Fierce” is not a word one would expect to associate with Mister Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  But Michael G. Long author of Peaceful Neighbor:  Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers writes that Fred Rogers was a “fierce peacemaker” and his show that spanned over 30 years took on issues of war and peace, hunger, civil rights, and more.   Dr. Long, professor at Elizabethtown College introduces us to a countercultural Mister Rogers on Religion For Life.

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Thursday, July 30th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, August 1st at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3
Sunday, August 2nd at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, August 2nd at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, August 3rd 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, August 5th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast Sunday August 2nd.

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Hemant Mehta, The Friendly Atheist, July 23-July 29

Hemant Mehta is the owner of the largest atheist blog on the web, The Friendly Atheist.   He is the author of I Sold My Soul on eBay, The Young Atheist’s Survival Guideand The Friendly Atheist: Thoughts on the Role of Religion in Politics and Media.  He talks with me about his story and his thoughts on religion in America.  (By the way, you might enjoy an article I wrote for his blog!)

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Thursday, July 23rd at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, July 25th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3
Sunday, July 26th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, July 26th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, July 27th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, July 28th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast Sunday July 26th.

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Peter Rollins, The Divine Magician, July 16-22

I welcome back Peter Rollins to discuss his new book, The Divine Magician: The Disappearance of Religion and the Discovery of Faith. Religion is a magic trick promising something at the end of the rainbow (eternal life, certainty, etc.) but the trick is that there is nothing there.  The depth of faith is to embrace the world with all of its uncertainty. divinemagicianheader-new PeteRollinsPhoto
Thursday, July 16th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, July 18th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3
Sunday, July 19th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, July 19th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, July 20th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, July 21t at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast Sunday July 19th.

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Nicole Garcia, A Transgender Latina of Faith

Nicole Garcia is seeking ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  When that happens she will be the first transgender woman of color to be ordained in the ELCA.  She speaks with me about her journey from male to female, her counseling practice, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the importance of queering the church.   She was featured recently in a Religion News Service article, The journey of one transgender Latina in the church.

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Thursday, July 9th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, July 11th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3
Sunday, July 12h at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, July 12th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, July 13th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, July 14th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast Sunday July 12th.

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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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