WETS Fundraiser (the shortest ever!)

WETS is in the midst of its Spring fundraiser.   This is an editorial about it from today’s Johnson City Press:

Public radio may be free, but the same can’t be said of the programming heard on WETS-FM. Shows like “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me,” “Car Talk” and “A Prairie Home Companion” don’t come cheap.    That’s why WETS — which kicks off its spring fundraising drive today — asks its listeners to dig deep into their pockets twice a year to help pay the bills for these programs.    It’s often a struggle for the station to collect the donations needed to cover its programming costs. Too many fans of WETS have been content to let someone else carry the financial load. Some mistakenly believe the federal government will take up the slack. That’s not the case.    More than half the funding for WETS comes from listener support. The rest comes from other sources, including state and federal grants.    It was those grants and listener support that has allowed WETS to add three HD channels to its programming. The station now broadcasts channels that offer news, classical music and bluegrass.    Contributing to WETS is a worthy investment in a broadcast outlet that enriches our lives daily. The public radio station is operated as a partnership between East Tennessee State University and its listeners. And it’s listeners who pay the costs for most of the programming heard on the air.    Contributions to WETS can be made online at www.wets.org   or by calling 888-895-9387. Donations also can be made by using a Visa or MasterCard, or listeners can ask to be billed later. The sooner you make your pledge, the quicker it will be for the station to reach its fundraising goal and return to its normal programming schedule.

Here is how you can make it the shortest fundraiser ever!   Oh, and by the way, when you make your pledge, let them know you listen to Religion For Life!

Carol Delaney: Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem, March 29 – April 1

Cultural anthropologist, Carol Delaney, returns to Religion For Life to discuss her latest book, Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem.  We know the children’s rhyme:  “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.”  But why?  Because he wanted to find gold in order to start a crusade to conquer Jerusalem for the Christians so that Christ would return.   Professor Delaney takes us into the medieval mindset and helps us understand Columbus in his time and place.   I discussed her book in a recent sermon and you can hear her provocative thesis on Religion For Life.

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Listen via livestream…

Thursday, March 29th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, April 1st, at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, April 1st, at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, April 2nd at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning April 3rd.

Thomas Hill and Peacebuilding In Iraq, March 22-26

Professor Thomas Hill is clinical assistant professor at the Center for Global Affairs at NYU.  He is a peacebuilding practitioner and researcher with a decade of experience focusing on Iraq. Since 2003, he has made more than 20 visits to Iraq and has overseen the design, development, and implementation of a series of interrelated research and educational projects focused on the development of sustainable peace in Iraq.  We discuss the crucial work of peacebuilding on Religion For Life.   He speaks about his work on YouTube.

Listen via livestream…

Thursday, March 22nd at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, March 25th, at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, March 25th, at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, March 26th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning March 27th.

Carol Landis and the Green Interfaith Network, March 15-19

On the next Religion For Life, I speak with Dr. Carol Landis, the president of the board of directors of the Green Interfaith Network.   The Green Interfaith Network (GINI) seeks to “build a network of cool congregations” in our area.

 

 

Our Vision is to be a model for green faith communities in the Southern Appalachians and to become a spiritual voice for environmental sustainability in the Northeast TN and Southwest VA region.

 

 

Carol will be talking about the work of the Green Interfaith Network including its advocacy for Tennessee’s mountains.

Listen via livestream…

Thursday, March 15th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, March 18th, at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, March 18th, at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, March 19th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning March 20th.

Carol Delaney: Abraham On Trial, March 8-12

Cultural anthropologist, Dr. Carol Delaney, talks about her book, Abraham On Trial: The Social Legacy of Biblical Myth, on the next Religion For Life.  Dr. Delaney explores the roots of patriarchy by asking the question, what gave Abraham the right to sacrifice (murder) Isaac?  What is the legacy of this myth on the way we regard children today?

Listen via livestream…

Thursday, March 8th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, March 11th, at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, March 11th, at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, March 12th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning March 13th.