Author Archives: johnshuck

About johnshuck

I am the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton, Tennessee, a progressive community. I host a radio show called Religion For Life. I blog at www.shuckandjive.xyz

Marcus Borg, Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most, September 11-17

Marcus J. Borg has written over twenty books.   His influence is widely known in the progressive Christian movement.   His latest book, Convictions:  How I Learned What Matters Most, is in part a memoir, but much more.  He articulates … Continue reading

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Sister Paula Gonzales, The Solar Nun, September 4-10

Sister Paula Gonzales is known as the “Solar Nun” for transforming a huge chicken barn into a solar home.  She is 81 years old and a Sister of Charity in Cincinnati.  She also has a Ph. D. in Biology and … Continue reading

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Sister Simone Campbell, A Nun on the Bus, August 28 – September 3

Religion, social justice, and public life is the tagline for Religion For Life.  The nuns on the bus are at the center of that intersection driving for faith, family and fairness.  Sister Simone Campbell of Network, a National Catholic Social Justice … Continue reading

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Kiran Singh Sirah, International Storytelling Center, August 21-27

Kiran Singh Sirah is the director of the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee.  He says his family is a mini United Nations as it is a huge mix of religions and ethnicities.  He believes in the power of story to … Continue reading

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Two Friars and a Fool, Never Pray Again, August 14-20

Here is advice you don’t often hear from clergy:  never pray again!  If you have ever wondered about the point (or pointlessness) of prayer, you’ll find these friars to be fellow travelers.  My guests, Aric Clark, Doug Hagler, and Nick … Continue reading

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Laura George, The Oracle Institute, August 7-13

We are familiar with the War Pentagon on the Potomac.  In Southwest Virginia a building is under construction that could be more powerful, the Peace Pentagon.  Laura George, executive director of The Oracle Institute speaks with me about a fascinating … Continue reading

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Barbara Brown Taylor, Learning to Walk in the Dark, July 31-August 6

Author of Leaving Church and An Altar in the World, Barbara Brown Taylor takes us on a tour of the dark places in her latest lyrical book, Learning to Walk in the Dark.  She explores real and metaphorical darkness and … Continue reading

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