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Crossing Faiths

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Two friends, Matt Hawkins (an Evangelical Christian) and John Pinna (a Muslim) talk religion and politics. What could possibly go wrong? The podcast delivers weekly, 1 hour episodes featuring commentary on news, politics, multifaith experiences, and expert guests. The conversations build on almost a decade of their collaboration, advocating in Washington, D.C. for religious freedom domestically and around the globe. The two developed the podcast with a desire to share conversations that model friendship and collaboration despite deep differences in religion and background.

Two friends, Matt Hawkins (an Evangelical Christian) and John Pinna (a Muslim) talk religion and politics. What could possibly go wrong? The podcast delivers weekly, 1 hour episodes featuring commentary on news, politics, multifaith experiences, and expert guests. The conversations build on almost a decade of their collaboration, advocating in Washington, D.C. for religious freedom domestically and around the globe. The two developed the podcast with a desire to share conversations that model friendship and collaboration despite deep differences in religion and background.

Location:

United States

Description:

Two friends, Matt Hawkins (an Evangelical Christian) and John Pinna (a Muslim) talk religion and politics. What could possibly go wrong? The podcast delivers weekly, 1 hour episodes featuring commentary on news, politics, multifaith experiences, and expert guests. The conversations build on almost a decade of their collaboration, advocating in Washington, D.C. for religious freedom domestically and around the globe. The two developed the podcast with a desire to share conversations that model friendship and collaboration despite deep differences in religion and background.

Twitter:

@mthawk

Language:

English

Contact:

2024554515


Episodes

Special guest: Mustafa Akhwand, Shia Rights Watch

2/20/2020
Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). Matt and John welcome Mustafa Akhwand is the founder and Executive Director of Shia Rights Watch. The trio discuss differences between Shia and Sunni Muslims, differences between Shia and Ismaili Muslims ("12ers" vs "6ers"), and the unique persecution face by Shia Muslims when a minority population. Matt and Mustafa share a common alma mater, each holding masters degrees from George Mason University...

Duration:01:10:59

Faith and politics: Prayer Breakfast, Trump, Romney, Falwell, Muslims, Democrat Primaries

2/13/2020
Matt and John rattle off on some headlines involving religion and politics, and the 2020 election.

Duration:00:59:58

Does the Quran allow a Muslim to be a friend with a Christian?

2/6/2020
Matt and John scramble to remember what to talk about. Topics end up including: Does the Quran allow a Muslim to be a friend with a Christian or a Jew? What is the "Q" document? Who wrote the first Gospel? (chronologically) What is the proper etiquette for buying lobsters en masse? And would a Muslim eat it anyway? Book review: What does Matt think about Atheist Muslim by Ali Rizvi?

Duration:00:46:49

Prayer in schools: Japan vs. U.S.A. | Special Guest: Shino Yokotsuka

1/30/2020
Shino Yokotsuka, a Tokyo native and a PhD student in Boston, joins Matt and John to compare school prayer practices in United States and Japan. Did you know Japanese school children must dye their hair black if their hair isn't naturally black? Can western-style religious freedom be exported verbatim into collective cultures? Whose deity is referred to by "under God" in the U.S.A.'s Pledge of Allegiance? Also, is it really religious freedom if you must bow to an emperor? Special Guest: Shino...

Duration:00:42:59

"Unequally yoked" marriage?; Pocket Burgers

1/23/2020
So what about this the Bible verse about being "unequally yoked"? Does it have to do with egg cholesterol? Matt and John debate the meaning and application of 2 Corinthians 6:14 within and beyond Christian circles. Also, what foods can you get past DC security checkpoints? Bonus: Matt and John riff on their favorite Chinese restaurants inside the beltway.

Duration:00:58:41

The Crossing Faiths backstory: An interview with Vantage Points

1/15/2020
For a feature article in PASS USA's Vantage Points (http://www.pass-usa.net/vantagepoints), Hashaw Elkins (http://www.pass-usa.net/hashaw-elkins) interviews Matt and John about the origins of Crossing Faiths. Hashaw Elkins is a certified business analyst and project management consultant. Hashaw has led projects in operations, marketing, and human interest across multiple industries and sectors- ranging from the Fortune Global 500 to international nongovernmental organizations. She is...

Duration:00:50:29

Season 2 Preview: Does halal BBQ exist in Nashville?

1/8/2020
Matt and John preview their topics of focus for Season 2 in 2020, along with: Can we find "halal BBQ" in Nashville? John has a Sunday morning Penecostal experience Attacks on places of worship 4 reasons religious freedom is declining gloabally Release of prisoners of conscience Evangelicals, Trump, and 2020

Duration:00:45:39

Special guest: John Prabhudoss | India in Crisis

12/18/2019
Matt & John welcome John Prabhudoss (pro. 'prah-boo-dahs'), President of the Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations (https://www.fiacona.org), to discuss the latest protests in India over new citizenship laws passed by Parliament. Official USG channels have remained stunningly silent. Follow #CAAProtests on Twitter. Special Guest: John Prabhudoss.

Duration:00:59:19

Special Guest: Robert Nicholson | Islam is different, and that's ok

12/11/2019
Robert Nicholson, president of The Philos Project, joins the show to talk about his article, "Islam is Different—and That’s Okay." Excerpts: Islam is not Christianity; the Middle East is not the West. We share some things, yes, but there is no obvious reason why we should want to be the same. There is, in fact, a strong argument that pretended similarities will only frustrate real coexistence. The argument is simple: Islam is not Hebraic because it makes no place for the Hebrew Bible. The...

Duration:00:47:23

Reliable Jesus?

12/4/2019
John asks Matt about reliable Jesus/Isa info. John opens up about a lousy experience in a Catholic college. https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/4/4cf18e12-89ff-4d40-a6a4-fd9f0e63c8eb/ak12TCgl.jpg

Duration:00:31:56

Special guest: Kristina Arriaga explains her resignation from USCIRF

11/27/2019
Matt and John welcome Kristina Arriaga, a former USCIRF Commissioner. Arriaga recently resigned from the Commission in protest over an attempt by the U.S. Senate Foreign Affairs Committee to dramatically alter the structure and work of the Commission. Who is Kristina Arriaga? What is USCIRF? (pro. "you-surf") What’s been Kristina's overall experience as a commissioner? What are the problems with legislation recently proposed by the Senate Foreign Affairs Commission? Why did this drama compel...

Duration:00:47:33

0108: On Location: London. John is shocked by Kurdistan's Multifaith Capacity

11/21/2019
John reports from London on the multifaith collaboration he witnessed on the ground in Kurdistan following the withdraw of U.S. troops. Anglophiles and fans of Downton Abbey will have to pardon our short rant against the United Kingdom's divine right and the House of Lords. But it's a little ridiculous.

Duration:00:53:20

On location: Erbil, Kurdistan; A multi-faith community responds in crisis

11/4/2019
After the United States withdraws troops from Kurdistan, precipitating a brutal invasion of the region by Turkey, John Pinna travels with Father John Anderson (Greek Orthodox) to the region. While in Erbil, "Halal John" and Father John share their on the ground perspective with Matt. Themes: 1. A previously flourishing multi-faith community 2. Successful multifaith action hasn't been recognized, now it's being destroyed. 3. Catastrophic humanitarian crisis. Also, * John Pinna wonders why he...

Duration:01:01:20

Bonus: What to expect from Afghanistan election

10/25/2019
John Pinna relays his expectations and hopes for Afghanistan following the September 28th election.

Duration:00:12:01

Headline edition: Impeachment, Security in houses of worship

10/3/2019
Matt and John talk impeachment and one evangelical pastor predicting civil war. John admits his D&D roots and they discuss their results on the Political Compass.

Duration:00:54:59

Fake Muslim?

9/26/2019
Sunni, Wahhabi, Shia, Sufi, Ismaili, Ahmadiyya, Twelvers. Will the true Muslim please stand up? What makes a Muslim? What are the implications of non-Muslims declaring what is "true" Islam? Also, a review of President Trump's religious freedom declaration at the United Nations.

Duration:01:13:56

Headline edition: Self-flagellation, Hindu-Muslim joint prayer, and more

9/17/2019
Self-flaggelation during Ashura Did Jesus' cloak hold magical healing powers? Do Hindus and Muslims worship the same god?" Will the Senate-passed Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act (S.178) have any teeth?

Duration:01:06:09

John tells of his American Muslim life after 9-11

9/11/2019
John Pinna shares post-9/11 experiences from his family and career.

Duration:01:16:05

Netflix's The Family

9/3/2019
Matt and John review the Netflix series "The Family:" What does it matter as a citizen? What does it matter as a Christian? Is The Fellowship a cult? What about the Washington ecosystem did the documentary leave out?

Duration:00:52:56

Messiah Complex?

8/27/2019
Following a quote tweet from the president, Matt and John talk messianic impulses and the American presidency.

Duration:00:45:28