Nancy Ellen Abrams and Joel Primack on a New Cosmology, April 26-30

My guests on Religion For Life are Nancy Ellen Abrams and Joel Primack, authors of a new book, The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World.  Dr. Primack is professor of physics at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Nancy Ellen Abrams is a cultural philosopher. Together they find a way of integrating our cosmology with meaning and offer a hopeful vision for our human future on Earth.

Listen via livestream…

Thursday, April 26th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, April 29th, at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, April 29thd, at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, April 30th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning May 1st.

Rev. Jane Adams Spahr and Marriage Equality, April 19-23

In 2008, during that period of time when same-gender marriage was legal in California, Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, Rev. Jane Adams Spahr, officiated at 16 same-gender weddings.  She was taken to church court and accused of violating her ordination vows.  The case finally ended up before the General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission, the “supreme court” of the PC(USA).   By an 8-6 vote she was found guilty.  Marriage is officially one man and one woman in the PC(USA) regardless of state law.    She is my guest.  She talks about the case, what it means for clergy and the church, and her ministry to LGBT people.

“To turn my back on the love and lifelong commitments of these wonderful couples would have gone against my faith, the ministry where I was called, and most of all, against God’s amazing hospitality and welcome where love and justice meet together.” –Rev. Jane Adams Spahr

Here are some posts of mine about her work.

Listen via livestream…

Thursday, April 19th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, April 22nd, at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, April 22nd, at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, April 23rd at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning April 24th.

Singer/Songwriter Andrew McKnight, April 12-16

Singer, songwriter, guitar player, and poet, Andrew McKnight is my guest.  He performed a benefit concert for us a few months ago to raise awareness against mountain top removal mining.   He sings about the people, places, and passions of Appalachia:

Since permanently leaving his corporate environmental engineering career in 1996, award-winning folk and Americana artist Andrew McKnight’s musical journey has traced over half a million miles of blue highways, and earned him a wealth of critical acclaim and enthusiastic fans for his captivating performances and five CDs

While he was in the neighborhood, he stopped by the studio, talked with me and sang a few of his songs.  I have the interview and the songs he sung just for you this week on Religion For Life!

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Listen via livestream…

Thursday, April 12th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, April 15th, at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, April 15th, at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, April 16th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning April 17th.

Landon Whitsitt and the Open Source Church, April 5 – April 9

Rev. Landon Whitsitt is the Vice Moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)   He is the author of Open Source Church:  Making Room for the Wisdom of All.  Drawing his metaphor from open source software, he suggests the church of the future would do well to consider being “open source” regarding welcoming new people and new ideas.  He was the Theologian In Residence at Tusculum College in February 2012.  He graciously agreed to visit the WETS studio and talk with me on Religion For Life.

He blogs at landon whitsitt (dot) com

Listen via livestream…

Thursday, April 5th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, April 8th, at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, April 8th, at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, April 9th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning April 10th.