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Interfaith Matters is an original podcast series from The Interfaith Center of New York that explores how interfaith engagement matters to making positive social change.

Interfaith Matters is an original podcast series from The Interfaith Center of New York that explores how interfaith engagement matters to making positive social change.
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New York City, NY

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Interfaith Matters is an original podcast series from The Interfaith Center of New York that explores how interfaith engagement matters to making positive social change.

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@ICNY

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English


Episodes

The Image of God in the Face of the Poor: Rabbi David Rosenn on Intersections of Faith and Economic Justice

9/17/2018
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Rabbi David Rosenn with our host Hannah Meholick Our Guest: Our guest is Rabbi David Rosenn, executive director of the Hebrew Free Loan Society, which since 1892 has offered interest-free loans to New Yorkers needing immediate financial help or wanting to invest in their futures, but who can't afford or do not qualify for commercial credit. We talk with Rabbi Rosenn about the moral motivation of faith in coming to the financial aid of our neighbors in need. Highlights: What...

Duration:00:33:49

"Celebrating the 'Sheroes' of Faith" - Dr. Debbie Almontaser on Bridging Cultural Divides via Feminism and Education

8/23/2018
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Dr. Debbie Almontaser (left), with our host Hannah Meholick Our Guest: Our guest this time is community activist and teacher Dr. Debbie Almontaser, board president of Muslim Community Network, and founder of Bridging Cultures Group, Inc. Hannah and Debbie discuss faith and feminism. On Feminism in Islam: "There is so much misunderstanding about the role of women in Islam. I feel that feminism has been within the Islamic tradition for the last 1,400 years ... the list of...

Duration:00:28:42

Inciting Non-Violence: Frank Fredericks on Empowering Young People and Building Peace

7/23/2018
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Our host Hannah Meholick with Frank Fredericks Our Guest: In this episode, Hannah Meholick talks with Frank Fredericks, founder of World Faith, an international nonprofit based here in New York City that mobilizes religiously diverse young people to address religious violence. Frank is also an interfaith chaplain at New York University. Today we talk with Frank about how religious, economic, political, psychological – and even biological – factors contribute to a person’s propensity...

Duration:00:29:00

"We Come Together to Go Further" - Our Conversation with the U.N.'s Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed

6/5/2018
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"We Come Together to Go Further" United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed on her work of bringing humanity together to better each other's welfare Our host Hannah Meholick (left) with Amina J. Mohammed Our Guest: In this episode, Hannah Meholick talks with Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and former Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Ms. Mohammed was instrumental in bringing about the United Nations'...

Duration:00:27:12

Faith as a Verb: Sunita Viswanath on the "Doing" of Progressive Hinduism

4/4/2018
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Sunita Viswanath (left) with host Hannah Meholick Our Guest: We launch Season Three of Interfaith Matters with guest Sunita Viswanath, executive director of Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus and co-founder of Women for Afghan Women. Sunita, a Brooklyn resident, has worked for over two decades in women's rights and human rights organizations, and co-founded Sadhana in order to bring together her activism for human rights and her identity as a Hindu. Podcast Episode...

Duration:00:30:00

“The Most Visual Medium”: Maggi Van Dorn Reflects on Two Seasons of Interfaith Podcasting

1/16/2018
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Host (and guest) Maggi Van Dorn Our Guest: This time on “Interfaith Matters,” host Maggi Van Dorn is our guest! ICNY’s Director of Programs, Dr. Henry Goldschmidt, talks with Maggi about her Catholic faith background, as they reflect on two seasons of podcasting, highlighting some memorable interviews with New York City faith leaders, and discussing how podcasts are such a valuable forum for interfaith conversation. As Maggi departs our podcast after two wonderful seasons, we wish her...

Duration:00:34:06

Kevin Tarrant: A Native American Songcatcher Discusses Standing Rock, Thanksgiving & Intertribal Drumming

11/9/2017
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Host Maggi Van Dorn (left) with Kevin Tarrant Our Guest: This time on "Interfaith Matters," host Maggi Van Dorn talks with Kevin Tarrant, of the Hopi and Ho-Chunk Native American tribes. Kevin is the former executive director of American Indian Community House here in New York City, and the founder of Silvercloud Singers, an inter-tribal dance and drumming group. In Native American culture, Kevin's ministry is that of a "songcatcher," which serves as a rejuvenating force for the entire...

Duration:00:34:24

From Foster Care to Activism: Onleilove Alston on Improving Life in “The Most Spiritual City in America”

9/19/2017
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Host Maggi Van Dorn (left) with Onleilove Alston Our Guest: This time on “Interfaith Matters,” host Maggi Van Dorn talks with Onleilove Alston, executive director of Faith in New York, an affiliate of the PICO National Network, committed to the work of justice and faith-rooted community organizing. Onleilove knows the vital importance of this work more intimately than most: as a child, Onleilove experienced homelessness, shelters and foster care before she was ten years old. Today, she is...

Duration:00:34:01

Onleilove Alston on the Moral Imperative to Improve Life in “The Most Spiritual City in America”

9/19/2017
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Host Maggi Van Dorn (left) with Onleilove Alston Our Guest: This time on “Interfaith Matters,” host Maggi Van Dorn talks with Onleilove Alston, executive director of Faith in New York, an affiliate of the PICO National Network, committed to the work of justice and faith-rooted community organizing. Onleilove knows the vital importance of this work more i [...]

Duration:00:34:01

Between Church and State: NYC Mayoral Appointee Jonathan Soto on the Bilateral Value of Faith and Civic Engagement

8/22/2017
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Our Guest: This time on "Interfaith Matters," host Maggi Van Dorn talks with Jonathan Soto, executive director of Mayor Bill de Blasio's newly-formed Center for Faith and Community Partnerships. The center is designed to transform the way faith and other community organizations access city services. We discuss why collaboration between faith communities and local government is not a violation of the First Amendment, but is essential to protect freedom, and help citizens in need....

Duration:00:34:23

An Agnostic Filmmaker's Film About Religion: Thomas Lennon (Best Documentary Oscar-winner) on his new PBS film "Sacred"

7/7/2017
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Pictured Above: Thomas Lennon in a Beijing Film Studio. Lennon's earlier work in China earned him an Oscar and two Academy nominations. Our Guest: This time on "Interfaith Matters," host Maggi Van Dorn talks with Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Thomas Lennon about "Sacred," his recent million-dollar global documentary for PBS. Two years in the making, and utilizing more than 40 film crews in more than 20 countries, "Sacred" explores ritual practice around the world through...

Duration:00:37:14

“To Serve Means to Become a Friend” – Talking with Paola Piscitelli, President of the Sant’Egidio Community in the U.S.*

5/23/2017
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Paola Piscitelli (left) and host Maggi Van Dorn Our Guest: This time on “Interfaith Matters,” Maggi talks with Paola Piscitelli, president of the Sant’Egidio Community in the United States, an international lay community in the Roman Catholic Church, with over 60 million members worldwide. Highlights: On the beginnings of community: It was started by students who were 18 and younger, who gathered to read the scripture and try to put them into practice. Immediately, they saw that...

Duration:00:28:31

The Waffle Church - Part 1 of “A Common Language that is Always Present" with Rev. Sarah McCaslin

4/24/2017
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“A Common Language that is Always Present" Rev. Sarah McCaslin on her Spiritual Calling to a Life of Ministry, Psychotherapy, and Waffles Host Maggi Van Dorn (left) With Rev. Sarah McCaslin Our Guest: Rev. Sarah McCaslin, MDiv, LMSW, Waffle Church Minister at St. Lydia’s in Brooklyn, and resident therapist at the Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute. In a 2-part episode, Sarah talks with us about how her desire to serve and help others leads her on a simultaneous...

Duration:00:25:14

Psychotherapy and Spirituality - Part 2 of "A Common Language that is Always Present" with Rev. Sarah McCaslin

4/24/2017
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“A Common Language that is Always Present" Rev. Sarah McCaslin on her Spiritual Calling to a Life of Ministry, Psychotherapy, and Waffles Host Maggi Van Dorn (left) With Rev. Sarah McCaslin Our Guest: Rev. Sarah McCaslin, MDiv, LMSW, Waffle Church Minister at St. Lydia’s in Brooklyn, and resident therapist at the Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute. In a 2-part episode, Sarah talks with us about how her desire to serve and help others leads her on a simultaneous...

Duration:00:13:52

“When We Love and Serve, Our Differences Become Minor" - Robert and Vivian DeRosa on their Lives as Latter-day Saints

3/14/2017
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Vivian and Robert DeRosa with host Maggi Van Dorn (right) In this latest episode of “Interfaith Matters," Maggi Van Dorn talks with Robert and Vivian DeRosa, leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes known as Mormons. Robert is president of the Lynbrook New York Stake (a geographic area similar to a diocese or parish) that includes Eastern Queens and Western Nassau, Long Island. Vivian is the leader of the young women's programs. Some...

Duration:00:34:35

“Sanctuary” - Dr. Diane Steinman on Responding to the Plight of Refugees and Undocumented Immigrants

2/23/2017
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From the first week of President Trump’s administration, refugee and immigration issues have become a pressing moral concern for many Americans, with New York City taking center stage as demonstrations spring up everywhere and Mayor de Blasio upholds our status as a “Sanctuary City.” Even before President Trump launched aggressive new policies targeting undocumented immigrants this week, the Washington Post reported that the number of houses of worship that have declared themselves...

Duration:00:27:21

"The S.P.I.C.E.S. of Life" - How Quakerism Taught Andy von Salis to Sit With Silence and Stand in Protest

12/15/2016
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We're launching our new season with a podcast survey and a chance to win tickets to a new Broadway Musical! See below for details. Click here to take the survey and register for the chance to win a pair of tickets to IN TRANSIT or copy this link into your browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5ZHVLCN _________________________________________________________ Andy von Salis and ICNY Podcast Producer Maggi Van Dorn In this episode of our free podcast series “NYC Faith...

Duration:00:34:25

"Gifts of Spirit and Caregiving" - Peter Gudaitis on Faith Leadership and Disaster Response

9/10/2016
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MaggiVan Dorn talks with Peter Gudaitis In the wake of the 9/11tragedy fifteen years ago, an organization called New York Disaster InterfaithServices (NYDIS) came together to coordinate disaster relief. Since thattime, NYDIS has grown and gone on to provide relief after Hurricane Sandy andother disasters. In this episode of our free podcast series “NYC Faith Leaders,” Maggi Van Dorn talks with Peter B.Gudaitis, Chief Response Officer of NYDIS, about the challenges of coordinatingdisaster...

Duration:00:31:43

Part 1: “The Natural Tendency of the Soul” – Nitin Ajmera on Jainism, Nonviolence, and the Human Struggle for Virtue

8/20/2016
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Maggi Van Dorn talks with Nitin Ajmera In this episode of our free podcast series “NYC Faith Leaders,” Maggi Van Dorn talks with Nitin Ajmera, former president of the Jain Center of America, located in Elmhurst, Queens. In this richly informative and entertaining two-part interview, Mr. Ajmera describes the origins of Jainism (one of the oldest religions in the world), and speaks about the three main principals of the Jain faith: devotion to nonviolence (Ahimsa), a rejection of...

Duration:00:20:58