Special Report: PCUSA General Assembly

Here is a special report for Progressive Spirit on the 222nd General Assembly that met July 18-25 in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center. The Assembly meets once every two years. It previously met in Portland in 1967 and before that in 1893. I speak with former moderator, Rick Ufford-Chase, newly elected stated clerk of the PCUSA, J. Herbert Nelson, Palestinian Christian, Nahida Gordon, Jeffrey DeYoe of the Israel-Palestine Mission Network, Ned Rosch of Jewish Voice for Peace, Ray Bagnuolo of That All May Freely Serve, and Michael Zimmerman of the Clergy Letter Project on topics of LGBTQ justice, fossil fuel divestment, Israel-Palestine, evolution, and the church’s future.

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Thursday, June 30th, 5:45 pm, KBOO 90.7

For stations: Pacifica AudioPort 

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[Encore] John Caputo, The Folly of God, June 30-July 6

John Caputo is Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion Emeritus at Syracuse University and the David R. Cook Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Villanova University. He is a “radical” theologian.   From his website:  “Caputo treats “sacred” texts as a poetics of the human condition, or as a ‘theo-poetics,’ a poetics of the event harbored in the name of God.”   In this conversation we discuss his book for the popular reader, The Folly of God:  A Theology of the Unconditional.    How to speak of God when God doesn’t exist.   Don’t miss his exciting spiritual autobiography, Hoping Against Hope:  Confessions of a Post-Modern Pilgrim.

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Thursday, June 30th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, July 3rd at 8:30 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, July 3rd at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, July 3rd at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, July 4th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, July 6th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast.
For stations through Pacifica Audioport.

[Encore] Bart Ehrman, Jesus Before the Gospels, June 23-29

Were the authors of the gospels who told fanciful stories about Jesus making stuff up, or did they have faulty memories, or both?   Bart Ehrman, The James A Gray Professor of Religious Studies at The University of North Carolina tackles the issue of Jesus and memory.  He is one the most renowned and controversial religious scholars in the world.  He studies the historical Jesus and early Christian writings but is not a Christian.  He has written over twenty books and has appeared on this program twice previously.  His latest book is Jesus Before the Gospels:  How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of The Savior.    Find his blog in which all proceeds go to help the hungry and homeless.

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Thursday, June 23rd at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, June 26th at 8:30 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, June 26th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, June 26th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, June 27th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, June 29thth at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast.
Stations can download at Pacifica Audio Port.

Nahida Gordon, Palestine Is Our Home, June 16-22

Dr. Nahida Gordon, a Palestinian-American was nine years old when she and her parents had to leave their home in Jaffa in 1948. Palestinians refer to this event as al Nakba or the Catastrophe. She still has the keys to her childhood home. In her book, Palestine Is Our Home: Voices of Loss, Courage, and Steadfastness, she brings to the West the voices of Palestinians, their culture, their resistence to Israeli occupation, and their hope to return to their homeland.

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**Friday, June 10th at 9 am on KBOO, 90.7**

Thursday, June 16th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, June 19th at 8:00 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, June 19th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, June 19th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, June 20th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, June 21st at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast 11 am Pacific, Sunday June 19th.

Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise, June 9-15

Krista Tippett is the host of NPR’s On Being.   It is a show that asks, “What does it mean to be human and how do we want to live?”  She was trained as a journalist and reported from divided Berlin.  She received a Masters of Divinity Degree from Yale in 1994 and turned her attention from politics to the larger questions of life.   She visited with me in the KBOO studio to talk about her own spiritual journey and her book, Becoming Wise:  An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living.

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Thursday, June 9th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, June 12th at 8:00 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, June 12th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, June 12th at 12:30 pm on KVGD 100.1.
Sunday, June 12th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, June 13th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, June 14th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast 11 am Pacific, Sunday June 12th.