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The Dynamics of Interfaith

The Dynamics of Interfaith

By Rachel Koehler
Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC), works to create an environment for meaningful engagement and peaceful dialogue between and among a wide variety of faith communities. This podcast seeks to record the stories of CIC Board members representing the Jain, Sikh, Muslim, Jewish, Protestant, Pagan, Church of Latter-day Saints, Buddhist, Ba'haí, Catholic, and Hindu religious traditions. Each individual brings a unique, enriching story, so tune in to begin "de-othering" unfamiliar faith communities.
Music: LXtronic "Run Away (Stay With Me)" ft. Masia
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Maria Pimental-Gannon Interview
Maria Pimental-Gannon is a born-again Catholic Christian, and she offers a valuable multicultural perspective along with specific insight on immigration at Mexico's border. 
June 19, 2019
Aarti Shah Interview
Aarti Shah practices Jainism, and she explains how she lives out her faith on a daily basis, particularly within the corporate world. 
June 4, 2019
Canon Bruce Gray Interview
Canon Bruce Gray is an Episcopal priest who currently serves at the Holy Family Episcopal Church. He discusses important interfaith relationships past and present, in addition, to shedding light on the Episcopal tradition. 
May 25, 2019
Ala'a Wafa Interview
Ala'a Wafa is a practicing Muslim, and she addresses some common misconceptions that she experiences as a Muslim woman. Also, throughout her life, interfaith relationships have been highly valued, and they have influenced her decision to be an attorney. 
May 25, 2019
Yaniv Shmukler Interview
Yaniv Shmukler is Jewish and offers insights into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict being from Israel himself. He is relatively new to the CIC's board, but not new to the idea of interfaith dialogue. 
May 25, 2019
Tony Wiederhold Interview
Tony Wiederhold is a practicing Buddhist who can be found meditating at the Indianapolis Zen Center. He discusses the importance of mindfulness and how others can incorporate it into their lives. 
May 25, 2019
Daniel Meyers Interview
Daniel Meyers is ordained within the United Church of Christ denomination, and he is now the Executive Director at the Center for Faith and Vocation at Butler University. He emphasizes the idea of uncertainty when it comes to religion and embraces a curious mentality when he encounters different faith traditions. 
May 21, 2019
Imam Michael "Mikal" Saahir Interview
Imam Saahir is the imam at Nur-Allah Islamic Center, and he discusses the influential role Elijah Muhammad played in his faith. Imam Saahir also explains his experience during the Civil Rights Movement, and how racism currently affects him. Turn up your volume and pay attention to his incredible story. 
May 21, 2019
Reverend Bruce Garrison Interview
Reverend Bruce Garrison is a pastor at the Dwelling Place in Indianapolis, which blends Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox traditions. He loves to travel and thrives off being exposed to different cultures. He has had several immersive experiences abroad which have impacted his view of the world and interfaith dialogue more specifically. 
May 21, 2019
Dr. Pierre Atlas Interview
Dr. Pierre Atlas adds to the interfaith dialogue with a Jewish voice, and he sheds light on the rise of anti-Semitism, which he has experienced at his own synagogue. In addition, Dr. Pierre Atlas is a comparative political scientist, so with this knowledge, he offers a unique understanding of religious conflict. 
May 21, 2019
Betty Brandt Interview
Betty Brandt is involved with the ministry at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, and she discusses how influential travel has been in her faith journey and pursuit of interfaith dialogue. Furthermore, in February the United Methodist Church discussed their policies regarding the LGBTQ community, and Betty highlights St. Luke's inclusive approach despite any of these rulings. 
May 21, 2019
Reverend Brian Shivers Interview
Reverend Brian Shivers is at Second Presbyterian Church, and he gives a great theological perspective on how to approach interfaith dialogue and maintain the distinct qualities of different faiths. He also discusses how encounters with other faith traditions has strengthened his particular practice and understanding of Christianity. 
May 21, 2019
Muzaffar Ahmad Interview
Muzaffar Ahmad is a part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, and he discusses the necessity of interfaith dialogue through a story of how religious conflict has directly affected the livelihood of his family. Also, he is an immigrant to the United States from Pakistan, so he gives an insightful comparison between the two countries. 
May 21, 2019
Jim Cotterill Interview
Jim Cotterill opens up about a life-altering event that affected his pursuit of the Christian faith. As a result, he created a nonprofit organization called UNITE INDY that tackles issues at the local level surrounding racism, poverty, etc. 
May 21, 2019
Dr. Vimal Patel Interview
Dr. Vimal Patel offers a Hindu perspective and gives insightful commentary on his Indian heritage. He provides a deep look into his faith and the pillars within it. Turn up the volume and enjoy!
May 21, 2019
Father Rick Ginther Interview
Father Rick Ginther discusses ecumenical work within the Catholic Church and how that has influenced his curiosity about others. He readily questions tradition and realizes the power of education.  
May 21, 2019
Uzma Kazmi Interview
Uzma Kazmi speaks from her perspective as a Muslim in the wake of horrific events, such as the 9/11 attacks and the recent New Zealand massacre. She sees the necessity in surrounding herself with diversity and has lived a life that truly follows that model. 
May 21, 2019
Chris Melton Interview
Chris Melton attends Second Presbyterian Church and volunteers closely with St. Luke's Methodist Church. After she took a trip to Israel and Palestine, she felt the urgency to join in interfaith dialogue. She is new to the CIC, but she is ready to engage.
May 21, 2019
Dr. Anita Joshi Interview
Dr. Anita Joshi is very involved in the Hindu community within Indianapolis, and she takes the time to address common misconceptions surrounding her faith. She is also passionate about passing hate crimes legislation in Indiana and speaks from its position in the legislative process as of the Fall of 2018. 
May 21, 2019
Don Knebel Interview
Don Knebel has been with the board from the beginning and has largely contributed to its formation. He offers a Presbyterian voice and is extremely passionate about preserving the differences found in each religion so they remain distinct. According to Don, true interfaith dialogue can occur when each religion is respected in this manner. 
May 21, 2019
Reverend Anastassia Zinke Interview
Reverend Anastassia Zinke is the senior minister at All Souls Unitarian Church, and she offers a unique perspective as a Unitarian Universalist. Reverend Zinke also discusses female empowerment and how women have shaped the Church. 
May 18, 2019
Judge David Shaheed Interview
Judge Shaheed opens up about his faith journey from Christianity to Islam. He has also been involved with the Center for Interfaith Cooperation from the beginning and discusses the importance of exposing oneself to differences. 
May 17, 2019
Ashley Wagner Interview
Ashley Wagner represents the Pagan community, but she is Wiccan herself. She has the large responsibility of explaining Paganism which is an unfair role, since no one can speak on behalf of their entire faith. Tune in to learn more about this community so that we can be better advocates for all religions. 
May 16, 2019
Charlie Wiles Interview
Charlie Wiles is the current Executive Director of the Center for Interfaith Cooperation. He also formed this organization in 2011 with help from other board members. In addition, he adds a Catholic perspective to the interfaith dialogue and is very open about his faith journey as he details informative stories, which have influenced his desire to build bridges and encourage peace amongst differences. 
May 16, 2019
This episode introduces the podcast and the Center for Interfaith Cooperation. It also gives listeners a frame of reference on which to build for the following episodes. 
May 16, 2019