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An Atheist Quaker, A Jewish Christian, And A Christian Buddhist All Walked Into A Bar...

Oct 11, 2017

Until about 150 years ago, most people  were born into a religion that carried them to adulthood. That's no longer the case. 

As American society becomes more secular, it becomes less attached to a particular religion. People still seek answers to the same existential questions asked by our more religious ancestors; they're just turning elsewhere. How many times have you heard someone say, "I'm spiritual but not religious." 

In our increasingly complicated world, could the problem be that the doctrines and traditions of one faith are too narrow to deal with our modern world? Instead of abandoning religion, should we be seeking guidance from more than one faith? 

Today's guests are all dual-belongers - rooted equally in two faiths that may seem to be at odds with one another but aren't. If we look deep enough, can we find unity in seemingly disparate religions?

GUESTS:

  • Brandon Nappi - Executive Director of the Copper Beech Institute on the campus of Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford 
  • Ben Dubow - Co-lead Pastor at Riverfront Family Church, Hartford
  • Fr. Michael Holleran - Catholic priest, Sensei (Zen)Teacher and a former Carthusian Monk. He currently serves at the Church of Notre Dame in Morningside Heights, Manhattan and leads the Dragon's Eye Zendo in midtown Manhattan. 
  • Nat Case - Cartographer in Minneapolis and Quaker who blogs at Maphead.blogspot.com

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.