Harris Zafar, Muslims For Peace, February 4-10

Harris Zafar (Twitter) is the National Spokesperson and Director of Youth Outreach for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. He lives in Portland and is a member of the Portland Rizwan Mosque.   He has been on national media talking about Islam, human rights, pluralism, and freedom of religion.  Harris is the author of Demystifying Islam:  Tackling the Tough Questions.   He is my third guest in my series, “Islam 101:  Meet Your Muslim Neighbor.”

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Thursday, February 4th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, February 7th at 8:30 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, February 7th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, February 7th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, February 8th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, February 10th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast 11 am Pacific, Sunday February 7th.

Joseph Lumbard, The Study Qu’ran, January 28 – February 3

In the second in my series, “Islam 101: Meet Your Muslim Neighbor” I speak with Joseph Lumbard.  He is the General Editor of The Study Qur’an:  A New Translation and Commentary.   Dr. Lumbard is a professor at the American University of Sharjah in the Department of Arabic and Translation Studies.  He was born and raised in Washington D.C. and brought up in the Episcopal Church. He converted to Islam when a student at George Washington University.  He has published many articles and books on Islamic philosophy, Sufism, and Quranic Studies. Two of his books include Islam, Fundamentalism, and the Betrayal of Tradition and Submission, Faith and Beauty: The Religion of Islam.   He spoke with me via Skype from from Sharjah In the United Arab Emirates to talk about The Study Qur’an: A New Translation.

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Thursday, January 28th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, January 31st at 8:30 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, January 31st at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, January 31st at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, February 1st at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, February 3rd at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast 11 am Pacific, Sunday January 31st.

Ali Houdroge, Islamic Center of Portland, January 21 – 27

With the increase in instances of Islamophobia and certain presidential candidates calling for “a ban on all Muslim travel to the U.S.,” it is long past time to get to know our neighbors.  For the next several weeks I am presenting a series, “Meet Your Muslim Neighbor.”   Ali Houdroge is one of the founding members of the Islamic Center of Portland at the corner of Denney Road and Hall Boulevard in Beaverton.   Mr. Houdroge was born in Lebanon and attended Portland Community College and Portland State University.  He worked as an electrical engineer with the army corps of engineers for 31 years until his retirement.   He has been managing the affairs of the Islamic Center since its inception in 1993, which serves a diverse Muslim Shia community from Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and India.

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Thursday, January 21st at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, January 24th at 8:30 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, January 24th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, January 24th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, January 25th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, January 27th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast 11 am Pacific, Sunday January 24th.

Tom Boyd, Lusting For Infinity, January 14 -20

They went into the wilderness to discover religion.  What is it all about?  Why are people religious?  The adventure is recounted in Dr. Tom Boyd’s, Lusting For Infinity:  A Spiritual Odyssey.   Dr. Boyd is professor emeritus of philosophy and religious studies at the University of Oklahoma.   Reading Lusting For Infinity is like hanging out with your favorite professor and talking about all the great, honest, and real stuff you never have time for in class.   An important book for those with inquisitive minds and searching spirits.   A study guide is available as well.

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Thursday, January 14th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, January 17th at 8:30 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, January 17th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, January 17th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, January 18th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, January 20th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast 11 am Pacific, Sunday January 17th.

John Van Hagen, Rescuing Religion, January 7 – 13

John Van Hagen is a licensed psychologist with 30 years experience in a variety of clinical, training, and teaching positions.   In his book  Rescuing Religion: How Faith Can Survive Its Encounter With Sciencehe offers a way to retain a connection to biblical stories even if the characters never existed and the events never happened.  We can go behind the texts to discover the struggles the authors of these texts faced.  We find they connect with our own.

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Thursday, January 7th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, January 10th at 8:30 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, January 10th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, January 10th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, January 11th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, January 13th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast 11 am Pacific, Sunday January 10th.

Steve McIntosh, The Presence of the Infinite, December 31 – January 6

Steve McIntosh is a leader in the integral philosophy movement and is president of the social policy foundation The Institute for Cultural Evolution.   Steve is the author of Evolution’s Purpose and Integral Consciousness and he speaks to me about his latest book, The Presence of the Infinite: The Spiritual Experience of Beauty, Truth, and Goodness.  Food for thought for an evolving faith.

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Thursday, December 31st at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, January 3rd at 8:30 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, January 3rd at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, January 3rd at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, January 4th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, January 6th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast 11 am Pacific, Sunday January 3rd.

Robin Meyers, Spiritual Defiance, December 24-30

Robin Meyers has been the senior pastor of Mayflower Congregational Church in Oklahoma City for over thirty years.  He has a strong voice for social justice and has pulled no punches criticizing forms of Christianity co-opted by the religious right.  His books include Saving Jesus From the Church, The Underground Church, and Why the Christian Right is Wrong.   He returns to Religion For Life to discuss his latest book,  Spiritual Defiance:  Building A Beloved Community of Resistance.  Based on his Beecher Lectures at Yale, Meyers calls preachers to be subversive and defiant for the social gospel.

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Thursday, December 24th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, December 27th at 8:30 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, December 27th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, December 27th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, December 28th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, December 30th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast 11 am Pacific, Sunday December 27th.