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December 3, 2013 - Faith & Religion: The Efficacy of Prayer
Mealtime – worship – a high school football game – a prescribed practice of our faith tradition – a hospital bedside – during times of tragedy or personal uncertainty – and many others… the contexts may be different, but, “prayer” is a part of life for many people. So, what about it? Does prayer change things? Is there, “power in prayer?” Does prayer cause God to intervene in human circumstances? What exactly is the purpose, meaning, and value of prayer? What do our varied faith traditions have to say?
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November 26, 2013 - Faith & Culture: Giving Thanks
It was President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 who finally created the federal holiday that we know as Thanksgiving in the United States… most Americans harken back to the observance in 1621 with Pilgrims and Native Americans sitting down to a fall harvest feast in Plymouth Massachusetts… but there have been many observances of Thanksgiving in the United States, some even predating the pilgrims at Plymouth. And it almost goes without saying, at the heart of most faith traditions there’s a strong and abiding sense of the importance of giving thanks.
November 19 – Faith & Society: Human Trafficking
Human beings, ripped from family, home, and community… in its worst manifestations it is akin to modern day slavery, targeting the poor, particularly children and women, and especially younger females, it exists at nearly epidemic levels, with some 27 million people enslaved world-wide.
Human trafficking is involved in almost every kind of exploitation, whether related to sex work, farm labor, tourism jobs, domestic servitude, nail salons, massage parlors, and there are many other settings. Our conversation guest, Mr. Tomas J. Lares, the founder and president of Florida Abolitionist will shed some light on this horrendous and often hidden reality in our society? Then, the guys will discuss the response needed by faith communities.
November 12 – Faith & Society: Veterans Day
They have served — and many have died for — our country.
Since the American Revolution, nearly 45 million Americans have served in the military. More than 1.3 million of our soldiers have lost their lives while serving this country.
Today, there are more than 22 million veterans in the US, and the number of disabled veterans — more than 3 1/2 million — has been steadily rising since 2001.
Our faith compels us to look closely at this growing issue in America, to ask some of the hard questions, and to be a part of this extremely important national conversation…
Meet our Guest: Mr. Joey Jones
November 5 – Faith & Culture: Religion and Art – Coping and Understanding
(Kristallnacht Series, 3 of 3)
In this program we conclude our three-part series around themes related to 75th commemoration of Kristallnacht. In this discussion: faith and the arts. A picture – whether it’s a painting or a photograph – is worth a thousand words, music soothes the savage beast in all of us, there are national bards… and there’s classic and contemporary literature… and there’s the ballet, the theater, the cinema, computerized graphic arts, and sculpture and pottery, and the list goes on – art is all around us. We’ll take a look at art in general and religious art in particular, its mediums and messages, and the many ways that art is a means to express, to cope, to educate, to understand, and so much more.
Full Conversation with Dr. Sinclair
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October 29 – Faith & Society: Bullying and Bystanders – Up-Standers
(Kristallnacht Series, 2 of 3)
Bullying – it happens in schools, in the workplace, and many other settings in society… in this program we embark on our second in this three-part series regarding themes related to the 75th commemoration of Kristallnacht. It was called the night of broken glass, and many consider it to be the beginning of World War II and the Holocaust, synagogues and Jewish businesses were destroyed throughout Germany and Austria. Was the mentality of bullying at the heart of Hitler’s Third Reich? And what important lessons do the events of Kristallnacht teach us about how to put a stop to acts of bullying? Are most of us satisfied being bystanders, or does our faith call us to be up-standers? Listen in, then join the conversation…
October 22 - Faith & Society: Genocide and Righteous Gentiles
(Kristallnacht Series, 1 of 3)
In this program we begin a three-part series around themes related to Kristallnacht. In this discussion: faith, genocide, and “the righteous of the nations.” In November, 1938, thousands of synagogues and Jewish-owned businesses were vandalized and burned throughout Germany and Austria. Kristallnacht – or “Night of Broken Glass” – became a turning point in Hitler’s personal war against the Jews and other groups of people. Between 1933 and 1945 an estimated 11 million people died at the hands of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis in Germany – over 6 million of those were of Jewish descent, one and a half million were children. But there were also heroes who stood against these atrocities – often inspired by their faith, to do so. Listen now and be a part of this important community-wide conversation…
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October 15 – Faith & Religion: The Religious Pilgrimage
It’s as ancient as religion itself, and is deeply rooted in almost every faith tradition… the idea of the holy pilgrimage. So, what do our faith traditions say about these sacred journeys? … And what’s the significance of Jerusalem as both a pilgrimage destination, and often the center of so much conflict among Jews, Christians, and Muslims?… Also, we’ll talk about some of our favorite religious pilgrimage sites, and why they’re our favorites. Join the conversation on the next Friends Talking Faith, Tuesday at 6:30 PM.
October 8 - Faith & Culture: Pets and The Ethical Treatment of Animals
Is it true, do all dogs go to heaven? We love our pets, after all we know a dog can be a person’s best friend, then there’s cats, and birds, and hamsters, and even snakes and pot belly pigs – all of these and more have the special distinction of being our pets, often we feel that they are part of our family. It turns out our faith traditions have a lot to say about not only our pets, but also about how human beings treat animals, of every kind. Also, you’ll want to hear about the Imam’s new pet. Join the conversation…
October 1 - Faith & Society: Going Green
(Environment Series, 3 of 3)
- The Rev Canon Sally Bingham
Recycle bins line the curbs of our neighborhoods, and those blue recycling receptacles are everywhere… the construction of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings is all the rage… and, just call your local power company for a free assessment of how to make your home more energy efficient… So, where is the faith community on all of this – well, as you might imagine there’s some controversy around the whole issue of “going green.” Our special guest on this show, The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, Founder and President of “Interfaith Power and Light” – you won’t want to miss her thoughtful and timely insights! (This is the third show in a three-part series on faith and the environment)
September 24 - Faith & Science: Climate Change
(Environment Series, 2 of 3)
If you want to get a conversation going with almost any group, just bring up the subject of “climate change,” and you’ll have a lively debate. Is climate change only a naturally occurring reality? Is it caused by the carbon footprint of human beings? Is it a combination of both? Or, is it happening at all? Certainly, science has some observations about climate change, but so do people of faith, and this issue can become very divisive and polarizing! Join the conversation. (This is the second show in a three-part series on faith and the environment)
September 17 - Faith & Nature: Natural Disasters and the TWG Hurricane Preparedness Kit
(Environment Series, 1 of 3)
There’s vigorous debate in the U.S. and around the world regarding the connection of climate change to some weather-related natural disasters. But we’re all in agreement, natural disasters do happen; and when they do, inevitably some in the religious community say they’re a result of God’s punishment. So, how about it, are natural disasters caused by an “angry God?” Also, it’s hurricane season in Florida – we’ll discuss hurricane preparedness — TWG style! (This is the first show in a three-part series on faith and the environment)
FEMA Hurricane Preparedness Checklist
September 10 – Faith & Ethics: Repentance
From politicians to movie stars… from family members to the random person on the street… when they’ve done something wrong — at least according to us — we want contrition… we want to hear “I’m sorry!” But beyond the societal expectation of mea culpa, there is an ancient concept built into most faith traditions, which is at the heart of reconciliation and forgiveness… Repentance.
September 3 – Faith & Society: Good Labor – Good Management
On the heels of the federal holiday, Labor Day, join the conversation with the guys about issues of work from a faith perspective. What do the sacred texts from these three faith traditions, and others, say about work? Also, how do we find the balance between good labor and good management. Special guests on this show: the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.
August 27 – Faith & Technology: Medical Technology
(Technology Series 3 of 3)
Medical technology is growing exponentially. As science develops greater understanding and capability in regard to the genome, DNA, and molecular and cellular biology, nanotechnology is also advancing rapidly. In the future will we be able to literally rebuild the human organism… indefinitely? Also, what about stem cell research, cloning, and genetic engineering? Join the conversation regarding the issues and ethics – from a faith perspective – of this rapidly changing field of science! (This is the third show in a three-part series on faith and technology)
August 20 – Faith & Technology: Religious Internet Dating
(Technology Series 2 of 3)
The world of internet dating is growing by leaps and bounds. In this show you may learn some things you didn’t know about the world of “faith-based” internet dating sites. Listen-in, and join the conversation! (This is the second show in a three-part series on faith and technology)
August 13 – Faith & Technology: Using Technology In Faith Communities; Good and Bad Technology
(Technology Series 1 of 3)
The first in a three part series, this conversation explores the use of technology in faith communities, and also we ask the question: is there good and bad technology, or is it just how we use it? See what the Guys think from a faith perspective regarding this subject that intersects almost every part of our lives. Join the conversation! (This is the first show in a three-part series on faith and technology)
August 6 – Faith & Society: Self Defense and “Stand Your Ground”
For several months Central Florida and the nation have been focused on incidents surrounding the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and the Zimmerman trial. Debates and protests continue to rage following the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman. Join the conversation as The Three Wise Guys and special guest, the Rev. Dr. Joel Hunter, weigh-in on this local and national issue, and bring their faith perspectives into the discussion. Click below to hear the show, or Click Here for the Listen Tab Location where you will find additional comments from Dr. Hunter that are only on the website about President Obama’s press conference, and the “stand your ground” law.
July 30 – Faith & Politics: Religion in Public Schools
It’s an old – but still very much alive – debate: “should there be prayer in public schools?” Also, what about the distribution of Bibles and other religious (and non-religious) materials in public schools… should it be allowed? The national conversation can become very heated, tune in on Tuesday, July 30 at 6:30 PM, as The Three Wise Guys get into the discussion, you may even hear some new and different perspectives! Join the conversation.
July 23 – Faith & Culture: Food
What is the place and importance of food in the faith traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam? What are the rules about food in regard to faith? And, how about the use of food in worship? Also, What do the texts say about food?
July 16 – Faith & Society: Taking Care of the Body
Americans spend nearly 3 trillion dollars a year on healthcare, sports and fitness clubs are everywhere, yet we rank number two in obesity in the world. Is there a faith perspective to caring for the body? And how about tattoos and body piercing, what does faith have to say?
July 9 – Faith & Culture: Sports
Does God prefer basketball, football, tennis, golf, hockey, or another sport? Do faith and religious actions have a place in the sports world?
July 2 – Faith & Politics: Immigration
On our July 2 show – as we think about celebrating Independence Day – the Guys discussed the hotly debated issues surrounding US immigration from a faith perspective. Our very special guest was Sr. Ann Kendrick of the Hope Community Center in Apopka.
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