Becky Garrison returns to Progressive Spirit to talk about alternative spiritual communities. Secular church but not “church.” Not religious but a place to connect, find meaning, do worthwhile things. We’ll hear about
The Portland Round–the visual arts, slam poetry, and music come together for intimacy and collaboration,
Sex Positive Portland — “members plan and host events centered around understanding and exploring all aspects of human sexuality, relationship styles, kink, gender and orientation,”
and the Orchard Kitchen in Whidby Island near Seattle that is building community through food and sustainability.
Becky is a religion writer and her credits include work for The Washington Post’sOn Faith column, The Guardian, Believe Out Loud, Killing the Buddha, American Atheist Magazine, Perceptive Travel, The Revealer, The Humanist, Religion Dispatches and the now defunct Wittenberg Door.
Why was Christianity so odd in its time and how did it change the way we think of religion today?
Larry Hurtado is Professor Emeritus of New Testament Language, Literature,and Theology in the school of divinity at the University of Edinburgh. His research has focused on the origins and development of what he calls “devotion to Jesus” in earliest Christianity. He is an author of numerous books and an authority on the Gospels (esp. Gospel of Mark), the Apostle Paul, Early Christology, the Jewish Background of the New Testament, and New Testament Textual Criticism.
Tom Krattenmaker is a writer specializing in religion in public life. He is the author of Onward Christian Athletes and The Evangelicals You Don’t Know. Formerly of Portland, he is now communications director at Yale Divinity School. He is not a believer in God or the supernatural. But he digs Jesus. In his latest book, Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower, he talks about Jesus as a resource for those who don t have religious beliefs.
I speak with Jaffe about her description of a new activism that has arisen since the crash of 2008. She writes about the anger and frustration that led to the Tea Party, the Occupy Movement, Occupy Foreclosure, Student Debt Resistance, OURWalmart, Black Lives Matter, and more.
She discusses what links these movements together, the people behind them, their strategies, and announces a call for all of us to make some necessary trouble for the sake of our nation and each other.
She will generously donate several copies to listeners who make pledges to KBOO during the show. The Beloved Community is a show for activists with interviews and resources we need to create the Beloved Community.
But that isn’t why he is a happy guy. He was happy before he was successful. He has learned the skill of accessing joy on demand! Science can now measure what ancient wisdom discovered through centuries of practice: joy is accessible. We talk about his book, Joy On Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within.