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September 30, 2014 – Faith & Politics: 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

Season 6, Episode 14

Civil RightsOn this episode of Friends Talking Faith with The Three Wise Guys we’ll discuss faith and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Following the assassination of President Kennedy, President Lyndon Johnson, in his first address to a joint session of Congress on November 27, 1963, told the legislators, “No memorial oration or eulogy could more eloquently honor President Kennedy’s memory than the earliest possible passage of the civil rights bill for which he fought so long.”

A strong opponent to the Civil Rights Act was Senator Strom Thurmond, Democrat from South Carolina, who said, “This so-called Civil Rights Proposals, which the President has sent to Capitol Hill for enactment into law, are unconstitutional, unnecessary, unwise and extend beyond the realm of reason.”

Where was the faith community then, and where is it now, 50 years later?


September 23, 2014 – Faith & Culture: Terrorists Who Act in the Name of Religion

Season 6, Episode 13

ISILA - Symbol - Click Here 2On this episode of Friends Talking Faith with The Three Wise Guys we’ll discuss two very important topics: the Jewish high holy days, and also terrorists who say they act in the name of religion.

First, the Jewish High Holy Days begin at sunset on September 24, also in early October is the season of The Hajj for the Islamic community, the time of pilgrimage to Mecca. We’ll talk about the meanings and practices behind these sacred seasons.

Then, with the civilized world continuing to reel from the most recent acts of barbaric terrorism — the beheading of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and British aid worker David Haines, we’ll discuss responses, especially from the religious community in the US, and around the world.

Our Guest, Dr. Martin Hamburg, offered this prayer as “One Final Thought” on the Sept. 2 program


Lord, I Am Growing Older – A Prayer from the New England Journal of Medicine, 1964

Lord, thou knows better than I know myself that I am growing older, and will someday be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject, and on every occasion.

Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody, helpful but not bossy.

With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all. But thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.

Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.

Seal my lips on my aches and pains, they are increasing and love of re-hearing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of others but help me to endure them with patience.

I dare not ask for improved memory, but a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.

Keep me reasonably sweet, I do not want to be a saint, some of them are so hard to live with, but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil.

Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places, and talents in unexpected people, and give me the grace to tell them so.


A Season 5 Highlight

June 24, 2014 – Faith & Politics: A Conversation with James Armstrong

Season 5, Episode 13

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Dr. James Armstrong

A - Symbol - Click Here 2On this episode of Friends Talking Faith with The Three Wise Guys we discuss faith and politics.  Probably we’ve all heard the warning: “In polite company… one should never talk about politics or religion!”  On this program, we talk about both!  Whether it’s hot button issues like abortion, gay marriage, climate change, social programs for the poor, corporate welfare for wealthy businesses, or taxation – religion is often part of the political conversation.  Our guest on this program, the Rev. Dr. James Armstrong, has been one of the leading voices in America on the issue of religion and politics. It’s a lively and thought-provoking conversation. We also discuss Dr. Armstrong’s new book:

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If Only:

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the America That Might Have Been

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The Journey Continues

We’ve been doing it together for almost 15 years: talking and listening with each other as friends!  A Reform Rabbi, a Suni Imam, and a Congregational (UCC) Minister.  It has been a journey of ever deepening friendship and respect.  When you are friends first, then even when you disagree, you’re still friends.  It’s a model of interfaith relationship we believe is essential for people of faith, and those who claim no faith community at all.

Friends Talking Faith with the Three Wise Guys –  launched in Florida on Sunday, April 1, 2012, at 6:00 PM (Eastern Time) on Orlando’s NPR affiliate, 90.7 WMFE

“Friends Talking Faith with The Three Wise Guys” airs weekly on Tuesday at 6:30 PM (Eastern Time) on 90.7 WMFE Orlando.

The Three Wise Guys

(left to right as pictured above: Fulwider, Engel, Musri)

Rabbi Steven Engel - Senior Rabbi, Congregation of Reform Judaism and Past President of the Greater Orlando Board of Rabbis.

Imam Muhammad Musri –  Senior Imam, The Islamic Society of Central Florida and President of Islam, Inc.

the Rev. Bryan Fulwider –  A Pastor in Congregations for over 25 years and Founding President of Building US

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