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In Times Like These explores the difficult spaces we humans navigate in culture and religion, in dialogue and doubt. A CLU Live production.

Latest Episodes

Ep. 29 - God is Everyone & Everywhere: with Andrew Davis

Where is God? What is God? Is God far away from us? For many today,the spiritual journey has led to the discovery of a divine reality we already inhabit, one that encompasses and animates us all. How IFound God in Everyone and Everywhere: An Anthology of Spiritual Memoirs captures for a general audience the spiritual shift away from popular notions ofa God "up there" and "out there" and toward immanent and inclusive understandings of aGod in our very midst. Sometimes called "panentheism," this relational and participatory vision is rekindling the spiritual journeys of many seekers today. This God is not found in some people and some places, but in everyone and everywhere. Pantheism: a doctrine that identifies God with the universe, or regards the universe as a manifestation of God. Panentheism: the belief or doctrine that God is greater than the universe and includes and interpenetrates it Learn more about the book and panentheism here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjZOHbY8Kl8 Mo...

--2019 MAY 1
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Ep. 29 - God is Everyone & Everywhere: with Andrew Davis

Ep. 28 - Interfaith for Families [with Spiritual Playdate]

Spiritual Playdate is on a mission. Not to delivery any ideology, but to share a method for discovery and spiritual growth. In this episode of In Times Like These, founder of Spiritual Playdate Edwina Cowell shares her methods and the movement. Parents and families are looking for hopeful, joyful, robust resources to introduce interfaith ideas and Big Questions to the children and youth in their lives. How do we answer questions about death, heaven, love, evil, or why other religious and ethical traditions are the way they are? Spiritual Playdate provides both a loose, flexible curriculum for parents and teachers, guiding questions and best practices, and fun resources. Behind the materials are a deep-seated commitment to the Golden Rule and positive interfaith engagement. If we play together, we can grow together. When we grow together, our communities are stronger.

28 min2019 APR 17
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Ep. 28 - Interfaith for Families [with Spiritual Playdate]

Ep. 27 - Equity & Collaboration with Youth Mentoring Action Network (YMAN)

Youth Mentoring Action Network (YMAN) is a youth-centered program that works to prepare young people for life, college, and career. It’s co-founder, Torie Weiston-Serdan is a scholar-practitioner with over 13 years of teaching and youth programming experience. She’s the author of Critical Mentoring: A Practical Guide. Her mentoring philosophy values equity, and centers young people as partners, not the recipients of mentoring. YMAN is successful by all measures—not just because their students have a 100% high school graduation rate, 98% of those students go to college, and of the students who go to college, 100% of them stay in. But more importantly, the students are teachers and partners in the program’s outcomes. In this episode of In Times Like These, Weiston-Serdan and board member Rocky Bragg help us understand the power of radical constructivism, why relationship always comes first, and how love has the power to free us.

36 min2019 MAR 20
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Ep. 27 - Equity & Collaboration with Youth Mentoring Action Network (YMAN)

Ep. 26 - Learning to Listen with Maryum Ali

Maryum Ali, the oldest daughter of the inimitable Muhammad Ali, has always been invested in helping others. And by “helping,” she often means “listening.” Ali has a gift for meeting people where they are and building community through authentic relationship. Her career has included an original album of progressive rap music and works as a comedian. Ali has a keen gift for insight and understanding human nature. Later, as a social worker, she worked in vulnerable neighborhoods in Los Angeles, including with youth and in gang prevention. In this episode of In Times Like These, Ali helps us understand why humility, a love of learning, and a sense of care for others—no matter who they are—are key ingredients for bringing about positive social change.

54 min2019 FEB 27
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Ep. 26 - Learning to Listen with Maryum Ali

Ep. 25 - The Rape of Eve: Sex, Violence & Transformation

Our creation story is based on rape and violence. The story of Adam and Eve is much more than we learned in Sunday school. Widening our perspective on this powerful social story changes everything: the way we see marriage, the law, what it means to be a citizen, how we talk about sex and abuse, and how we consider healing. In this episode of In Times Like These, New Testament scholar Dr. Celene Lillie helps us understand her original research on the story of Eve—and what her rape, in early Christian literature, means for us today. Until we begin to learn and unlearn this story, we are doomed to remain caught in patterns of violence and misunderstanding.

41 min2019 JAN 11
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Ep. 25 - The Rape of Eve: Sex, Violence & Transformation

Ep. 24 - A Radical Invitation

Why should we center the voices of black women? Does “centering” mean ignoring other group’s perspectives? How can we be whole, free people—together? EbonyJanice Moore is a womanist scholar and activist doing community-organizing work, most specifically around black women’s body ownership as a justice issue, and equal access to education and pay for women of color in the U.S. and in several African countries. What is “body ownership” and how is it related to justice, theology, higher education, and mental health in the United States? How can upending the current ways we privilege voices, perspectives, and leadership change our entire civic space. In this episode, we discuss what it means to “decolonize everything,” and how this can be the life-affirming step our society needs to take to fully thrive, together.

54 min2018 JUL 19
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Ep. 24 - A Radical Invitation

Ep. 23 - Resilience & Love

When we are trapped in a cycle of merely surviving, we lose the opportunity to floursh. When we think we are all alone, we lose the opportunity to be in community. In his ground-breaking and deeply humanizing book, Resilience: From Killing Fields to Boardroom, the S.A.L.T. Effect, Dr. Emad Rahim shares his method of facilitating movement from Surviving, Adapting, Loving, and Transforming. This framework for engagement is helpful for anyone seeking meaningful life and more purposeful engagement. Dr. Rahim was born in a concentration camp and overcame great difficulties to become an empathetic teacher and leader. He shares his perspective—particularly needed in divisive times like these, and encourages us to impart love whenever possible.

32 min2018 JUL 12
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Ep. 23 - Resilience & Love

Ep. 22- Dialogue Doesn’t Mean Changing Minds with Tahil Sharma

Too often, we engage in “dialogue” because we want to change minds. We comment on Facebook, or argue at dinner, or email “fact checks” to one another because we desperately want to prove the other side wrong. But this only divides us further. Interfaith expert Tahil Sharma helps us understand that as people in the interfaith movement, our job is to take the sides of justice and equity—but our priority is to be moderators. This takes a radical shift in priority and practice for many of us, particularly in times like these.

29 min2018 JUL 4
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Ep. 22- Dialogue Doesn’t Mean Changing Minds with Tahil Sharma

Ep. 21 - Have Fun, Do Good with Adam Kunes

Volunteering can be accessible, it can be a lot of fun, and it feels good to do good. Adam Kunes helps us connect being part of social good with choosing experiences that can be joyful. His organization, Have Fun Do Good lets individuals and groups come together to help local organizations bring about positive social change— all while making friendships, exploring locations, and having fun. There’s no better time to be part of something good— whether in our National Parks, in international settings, with local non-profits, or in your own backyard. When was the last time you planned a vacation that would create social good? It’s time—have fun, and do good.

30 min2018 JUN 26
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Ep. 21 - Have Fun, Do Good with Adam Kunes

Ep. 20 - American Identities with Vikrum Aiyer

Is America a land of abundance, or a place of scarcity? There are so many aspects of being human that can sometimes eclipse the notion of what it means to be a citizen. In this episode, we talk to Vikrum Aiyer. He’s VP of Global Public Policy at Postmates and Former Senior Advisor at the White House. He hosts American Enough, a weekly town hall-style podcast discussing current events and American ideals. When you think “American,” what comes to mind? Are you comfortable, or nervous? How do you participate in American life? And how can you participate more fully?

42 min2018 JUN 20
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Ep. 20 - American Identities with Vikrum Aiyer

Latest Episodes

Ep. 29 - God is Everyone & Everywhere: with Andrew Davis

Where is God? What is God? Is God far away from us? For many today,the spiritual journey has led to the discovery of a divine reality we already inhabit, one that encompasses and animates us all. How IFound God in Everyone and Everywhere: An Anthology of Spiritual Memoirs captures for a general audience the spiritual shift away from popular notions ofa God "up there" and "out there" and toward immanent and inclusive understandings of aGod in our very midst. Sometimes called "panentheism," this relational and participatory vision is rekindling the spiritual journeys of many seekers today. This God is not found in some people and some places, but in everyone and everywhere. Pantheism: a doctrine that identifies God with the universe, or regards the universe as a manifestation of God. Panentheism: the belief or doctrine that God is greater than the universe and includes and interpenetrates it Learn more about the book and panentheism here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjZOHbY8Kl8 Mo...

--2019 MAY 1
Comments
Ep. 29 - God is Everyone & Everywhere: with Andrew Davis

Ep. 28 - Interfaith for Families [with Spiritual Playdate]

Spiritual Playdate is on a mission. Not to delivery any ideology, but to share a method for discovery and spiritual growth. In this episode of In Times Like These, founder of Spiritual Playdate Edwina Cowell shares her methods and the movement. Parents and families are looking for hopeful, joyful, robust resources to introduce interfaith ideas and Big Questions to the children and youth in their lives. How do we answer questions about death, heaven, love, evil, or why other religious and ethical traditions are the way they are? Spiritual Playdate provides both a loose, flexible curriculum for parents and teachers, guiding questions and best practices, and fun resources. Behind the materials are a deep-seated commitment to the Golden Rule and positive interfaith engagement. If we play together, we can grow together. When we grow together, our communities are stronger.

28 min2019 APR 17
Comments
Ep. 28 - Interfaith for Families [with Spiritual Playdate]

Ep. 27 - Equity & Collaboration with Youth Mentoring Action Network (YMAN)

Youth Mentoring Action Network (YMAN) is a youth-centered program that works to prepare young people for life, college, and career. It’s co-founder, Torie Weiston-Serdan is a scholar-practitioner with over 13 years of teaching and youth programming experience. She’s the author of Critical Mentoring: A Practical Guide. Her mentoring philosophy values equity, and centers young people as partners, not the recipients of mentoring. YMAN is successful by all measures—not just because their students have a 100% high school graduation rate, 98% of those students go to college, and of the students who go to college, 100% of them stay in. But more importantly, the students are teachers and partners in the program’s outcomes. In this episode of In Times Like These, Weiston-Serdan and board member Rocky Bragg help us understand the power of radical constructivism, why relationship always comes first, and how love has the power to free us.

36 min2019 MAR 20
Comments
Ep. 27 - Equity & Collaboration with Youth Mentoring Action Network (YMAN)

Ep. 26 - Learning to Listen with Maryum Ali

Maryum Ali, the oldest daughter of the inimitable Muhammad Ali, has always been invested in helping others. And by “helping,” she often means “listening.” Ali has a gift for meeting people where they are and building community through authentic relationship. Her career has included an original album of progressive rap music and works as a comedian. Ali has a keen gift for insight and understanding human nature. Later, as a social worker, she worked in vulnerable neighborhoods in Los Angeles, including with youth and in gang prevention. In this episode of In Times Like These, Ali helps us understand why humility, a love of learning, and a sense of care for others—no matter who they are—are key ingredients for bringing about positive social change.

54 min2019 FEB 27
Comments
Ep. 26 - Learning to Listen with Maryum Ali

Ep. 25 - The Rape of Eve: Sex, Violence & Transformation

Our creation story is based on rape and violence. The story of Adam and Eve is much more than we learned in Sunday school. Widening our perspective on this powerful social story changes everything: the way we see marriage, the law, what it means to be a citizen, how we talk about sex and abuse, and how we consider healing. In this episode of In Times Like These, New Testament scholar Dr. Celene Lillie helps us understand her original research on the story of Eve—and what her rape, in early Christian literature, means for us today. Until we begin to learn and unlearn this story, we are doomed to remain caught in patterns of violence and misunderstanding.

41 min2019 JAN 11
Comments
Ep. 25 - The Rape of Eve: Sex, Violence & Transformation

Ep. 24 - A Radical Invitation

Why should we center the voices of black women? Does “centering” mean ignoring other group’s perspectives? How can we be whole, free people—together? EbonyJanice Moore is a womanist scholar and activist doing community-organizing work, most specifically around black women’s body ownership as a justice issue, and equal access to education and pay for women of color in the U.S. and in several African countries. What is “body ownership” and how is it related to justice, theology, higher education, and mental health in the United States? How can upending the current ways we privilege voices, perspectives, and leadership change our entire civic space. In this episode, we discuss what it means to “decolonize everything,” and how this can be the life-affirming step our society needs to take to fully thrive, together.

54 min2018 JUL 19
Comments
Ep. 24 - A Radical Invitation

Ep. 23 - Resilience & Love

When we are trapped in a cycle of merely surviving, we lose the opportunity to floursh. When we think we are all alone, we lose the opportunity to be in community. In his ground-breaking and deeply humanizing book, Resilience: From Killing Fields to Boardroom, the S.A.L.T. Effect, Dr. Emad Rahim shares his method of facilitating movement from Surviving, Adapting, Loving, and Transforming. This framework for engagement is helpful for anyone seeking meaningful life and more purposeful engagement. Dr. Rahim was born in a concentration camp and overcame great difficulties to become an empathetic teacher and leader. He shares his perspective—particularly needed in divisive times like these, and encourages us to impart love whenever possible.

32 min2018 JUL 12
Comments
Ep. 23 - Resilience & Love

Ep. 22- Dialogue Doesn’t Mean Changing Minds with Tahil Sharma

Too often, we engage in “dialogue” because we want to change minds. We comment on Facebook, or argue at dinner, or email “fact checks” to one another because we desperately want to prove the other side wrong. But this only divides us further. Interfaith expert Tahil Sharma helps us understand that as people in the interfaith movement, our job is to take the sides of justice and equity—but our priority is to be moderators. This takes a radical shift in priority and practice for many of us, particularly in times like these.

29 min2018 JUL 4
Comments
Ep. 22- Dialogue Doesn’t Mean Changing Minds with Tahil Sharma

Ep. 21 - Have Fun, Do Good with Adam Kunes

Volunteering can be accessible, it can be a lot of fun, and it feels good to do good. Adam Kunes helps us connect being part of social good with choosing experiences that can be joyful. His organization, Have Fun Do Good lets individuals and groups come together to help local organizations bring about positive social change— all while making friendships, exploring locations, and having fun. There’s no better time to be part of something good— whether in our National Parks, in international settings, with local non-profits, or in your own backyard. When was the last time you planned a vacation that would create social good? It’s time—have fun, and do good.

30 min2018 JUN 26
Comments
Ep. 21 - Have Fun, Do Good with Adam Kunes

Ep. 20 - American Identities with Vikrum Aiyer

Is America a land of abundance, or a place of scarcity? There are so many aspects of being human that can sometimes eclipse the notion of what it means to be a citizen. In this episode, we talk to Vikrum Aiyer. He’s VP of Global Public Policy at Postmates and Former Senior Advisor at the White House. He hosts American Enough, a weekly town hall-style podcast discussing current events and American ideals. When you think “American,” what comes to mind? Are you comfortable, or nervous? How do you participate in American life? And how can you participate more fully?

42 min2018 JUN 20
Comments
Ep. 20 - American Identities with Vikrum Aiyer
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