Marina Munjal of the Appalachian Dharma and Meditation Center, June 28-July 2

This week on Religion For Life my guest is Marina Munjal one of “the founding mothers” of the Appalachian Dharma and Meditation Center in Johnson City. She talks about the activities at the center, Buddhism, and the joy of meditation.

“Marina grew up in Ohio with a statue of the Buddha in the study and a church home at a Unitarian Fellowship. She is one of the “founding mothers” of the ADMC and began building Buddhist community in the Tri-cities when she helped initiate the Holston Valley Sangha in July of 2001. She has been active in the Buddhist prison ministry since 2003 at Lee County, Virginia Federal Prison, which has continued to the present time and has helped develop an extensive library of Buddhist books, recordings, and movies, now housed at ADMC. She also offers community outreach on the subject of Buddhism, and has presented to the Holston Valley Unitarian Universalist Church and Kingsport high school history classes.”

Listen via livestream…

Thursday, June 28th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, July 1st, at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, July 1st, at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, July 2nd at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning July 3rd

Garrett Adams and Arthur Sutherland, Physicians for a National Health Program, June 21-25

Fifty million Americans do not have health insurance. Is health care a human right? Is health care a social justice issue?  My two guests, Dr. Garrett Adams and Dr. Arthur Sutherland of Physicians for a National Health Program, were in the Tri-Cities this Spring making the case for Medicare for all.  I visited with them on Religion For Life.   Here is an article from TriCities.com.

(Dr. Garrett Adams left and Dr. Arthur Sutherland right speaking in Bristol, Tennessee.  Photo David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier)

Listen via livestream…

Thursday, June 21st at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, June 24th, at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, June 24th, at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, June 25th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning June 26th

Religion For Life on iTunes!

I am thrilled that you can now download Religion For Life from the iTunes store.  You can subscribe and download podcasts to your computer and/or ipod.

I received an e-mail the other day from someone who said he was going to use my series, “Will the Real Jesus Please Rise?” for his adult Sunday School class.  What a great idea!

Here is the Religion For Life blog, also Facebook, Twitter, podcast page, iTunes!

It’s everywhere! It’s everywhere!

Andrew Taylor-Troutman, Take My Hand, June 14-18

Many books are written by clergy about their experiences. Usually these books are written after long careers. Here is a twist. Rev. Andrew Taylor-Troutman is a Presbyterian Minister in New Dublin, Virginia. He is brand new at it. He wrote a book about his first year as a minister. It is called Take My Hand: A Theological Memoir.  Join us for a unique perspective on church, life, and ministry from an energetic minister just out of the gate!

Listen via livestream…

Thursday, June 14th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, June 17th, at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, June 17th, at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, June 18th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning June 19th

John Dominic Crossan, “Will the Real Jesus Please Rise?” Part 4, June 7-11

From May 17th through June 18th on Religion For Life I am broadcasting a four-part series on the historical Jesus. It is called “Will the Real Jesus Please Rise?” For four weeks, I interview four of the most prolific and provocative scholars in the United States, Bishop John Shelby Spong, Dr. Bart Ehrman, Dr. Robert M. Price, and Dr. John Dominic Crossan.

My final guest in this series is Dr. John Dominic Crossan. He is the current president of the Society of Biblical Literature. He along with Robert Funk founded the Jesus Seminar and he has written over 20 books on early Christian origins. He believes that Jesus did exist. He was not an apocalyptic prophet, however. He believes the parables are the key to understanding Jesus and his message about the kingdom of God, that comes gradually as we participate in it. Dr. Crossan speaks about his new book, The Power of Parable: How Fiction By Jesus Became Fiction About Jesus. Here is my review. This interview will be broadcast beginning June 7th.   After broadcast, podcasts will be available here.

Listen via livestream…

Thursday, June 7th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, June 10th, at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, June 10th, at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, June 11th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning June 12th.