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September 16, 2014 – Faith & Science: Aging and A “Healthy 100″

Season 6, Episode 12 (Series on Aging: 3 of 3)

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Dr. Des Cummings – Healthy 100

OA - Symbol - Click Here 2n this episode of Friends Talking Faith with The Three Wise Guys we discuss faith, aging, and living to a “healthy 100.” The number has been steadily on the rise in the US. In 1940 it was extremely rare to find anyone who lived to be 100. By 1990 there were over 30,000 – “100 year olds” in the United States, and by 2010 more than 53,000 Americans had claimed the title of centenarian. Florida has the third largest population of 100 plus year-olds, just behind California and New York. What does faith have to say about longevity? Does faith contribute to a longer life? And what about the issue of “health” in relation to a long life? Our very special guest, the Rev. Dr. Des Cummings of Florida Hospital shares his research and insights.

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September 9, 2014 – Faith & Science: Aging and Brain Health

Season 6, Episode 11 (Series on Aging: 2 of 3)

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Beverly Engel and the Rabbi on a recent trip to Thailand

A - Symbol - Click Here 2It weighs about 3 pounds; it’s made up of about 75% water; it consists of about 100 billion neurons and is at least 60% fat; there are 100,000 miles of blood vessels running through it; and humans have the largest in comparison to body weight of any other creature: on this episode of Friends Talking Faith with The Three Wise Guys we’ll discuss faith, aging, and keeping the brain healthy. Does faith have anything to say about the brain and keeping it healthy? What are some of the latest understandings about the human brain? Our very special guest on this program will help us understand some of the latest research regarding keeping our brains healthy. Faith and brain health, on this installment of Friends Talking Faith.

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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:

George McGovern and

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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