Episode 7. Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson, President of Auburn Seminary. Do Politics Belong in Religion?

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Do politics belong in religion?  

Don't answer until you listen to this week's conversation.  The Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson is president of Auburn Seminary, a multifaith leadership development and research institute that equips bold and resilient leaders of faith and moral courage to build communities, bridge divides, pursue justice, and heal the world. 

Author of “God’s Troublemakers: How Women of Faith are Changing the World” (Continuum, 2006), Henderson is an internationally known speaker and has been featured in The Washington PostThe New York TimesUSA Today, MSNBC, NPR, and more. Her TEDx talk, “Letting God Out of the Box,” was released in February 2017. Henderson is currently writing her second book, Fighting for the Heart of America: How the Prophets Of Our Time are Bringing Our Nation’s Future to Birth.

Read more about our distinguished guest here.

Episode 6. Tara Stiles, Founder of Strala Yoga. Connecting with our Bodies.

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On this week's show, one of the world's most renowned and unconventional yoga teachers joins us for a wide-ranging conversation about yoga, social media, community, parenthood, and making your own rules.  

Tara Stiles is the founder of Strala Yoga, a revolutionary approach to healing through movement. Thousands of guides are leading Strala classes around the globe in partner studios, gyms, and clubs. Strala has been illustrated in a case study by Harvard Business School, and its philosophy of ease and conservation of energy are incorporated by business leaders, entrepreneurs, and well-being professionals around the world. 

Tara teams up with W Hotels on Fit with Tara Stiles—a program bringing Strala Yoga classes and healthy recipes to W properties around the globe. She has collaborated with Reebok, working closely with the design team on their yoga lifestyle range as well as developed a line of knitwear and homeware with Wool and the Gang. Tara has authored several best-selling books including Yoga CuresMake Your Own Rules Cookbook, and Strala Yoga, all translated and published in several languages. She has been profiled by the New York Times, Times of India, The Times (UK), and featured in most major national and international magazines.

Tara is a sought after speaker primarily on topics of business building and health & wellness. She has lectured to sold out audiences and internal conferences around the world including Fortune’s Most Powerful Women’s Conference, Epsilon, Happinez, and Hay House events.

Tara supports The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, President Clinton’s initiative to combat childhood obesity, bringing Strala classes to 30,000+ schools around the United States.

Tara studied classical dance with ABT Principal Rory Foster, and choreography with Paul Taylor original member and world renowned master Eileen Cropley.

Follow Tara on Instagram here, on Twitter here, and learn more about her and Strala by visiting her website, here.

Episode 5. Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman. Must Science be the Adversary of Religion?

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We're very excited about this episode.  After all, it's not every day that a one-time Jeopardy! contestant decides to come on the show.  In a freewheeling conversation we focus on the uneasy relationship between Science and Religion.  Are these disciplines forever destined to be enemies? 

Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman is the Founding Director of Sinai and Synapses, an organization that bridges the scientific and religious worlds, and is being incubated at Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership.

His work has been supported by the John Templeton FoundationEmanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, and the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, and his writings about the intersection of religion and science have appeared on the homepages of several sites, including The Huffington PostNautilusScience and Religion TodayJewish Telegraphic Agency, and My Jewish Learning. He has been an adjunct professor at both the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and the Academy for Jewish Religion, and is a sought-out teacher, presenter, and scholar-in-residence throughout the country.

You can read more about this week's distinguished guest, Rabbi Mitelman, and Sinai and Synapses, here and follow him on Twitter here.

Episode 4. Abigail Pogrebin, Author. The Spirituality of Marking Time.

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This week on "Everything is Connected," author Abigail Pogrebin joins Jonathan for a lively conversation about her deep dive into the heart of Judaism.  

We discuss what she's learned about marking time through the observance of an ancient, traditional sequence of festivals and fast-days... some of which she'd never heard of before undertaking a project that left even some of her closest family and friends scratching their heads.  As she went about her immersive research, she interviewed enough rabbis to become a self-proclaimed "rabbi groupie," which is when we knew we had to have her on the show.

Abigail Pogrebin is the author of My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays; One Wondering Jew – a much-expanded chronicle of her popular column for the Forward, for which she spent 12 months researching and observing every holiday in the Jewish calendar.

Pogrebin is also the author of Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk about Being Jewish, which went into eight hardcover printings and was later adapted for the Off-Broadway stage. Pogrebin’s second book, One and the Same, delved into every aspect of growing up as a twin, (she’s an identical), and her bestselling Amazon Kindle Single, Showstopper, recounts her teenage adventure in the original Broadway cast of Stephen Sondheim’s flop, “Merrily We Roll Along.”

Abigail was formerly a broadcast producer for Fred Friendly, Charlie Rose and Bill Moyers at PBS, then for Ed Bradley and Mike Wallace at 60 Minutes. She has been published in many magazines and newspapers including NewsweekNew York Magazine, The ForwardTablet, and The Daily Beast. She has moderated conversations at The JCC in Manhattan, 92Y, The Skirball Center, and Shalom Hartman Institute. Pogrebin lives in Manhattan and is currently the President of Central Synagogue.

Learn more about Abigail at her website by clicking here.  

Episode 3. Michele Lowe, Playwright

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Writers create worlds out of words.  This week, critically acclaimed playwright Michele Lowe joins Jonathan Blake for a conversation about her spiritual journey, writing as a spiritual discipline, and the perils of religious extremism.  

Michele Lowe is a playwright, librettist, lyricist and speaking/writing coach whose works have been produced and performed across the country and around the world.  She was Artist in Residence at the 2017 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab with her play The Greatest. She's now at work on the second play in the trilogy, Natalie. 

She won the Francesca Primus Prize for her play Inana and two Edgerton New Play Awards; one for Inana and another for Map of Heaven. 

To learn more about this week's guest, visit Michele's website, here.

 

Episode 2. Pete Malinverni, Pianist, Head of Jazz Studies at the Conservatory of Music, State University of New York at Purchase

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Award winning jazz pianist, composer, spiritual leader, and Head of Jazz Studies at the Conservatory of Music, State University of New York at Purchase, Steinway™ artist Pete Malinverni talks with host Jonathan Blake about the spiritual journey of his life and career, culminating in his newest release, the critically acclaimed album "Heaven."  Can music be a spiritual language?  

Learn more about this extraordinary musician and gifted teacher, spiritual leader, and jazz luminary here.  

 

 

Episode 1. Rev. Wayne Francis & Rabbi Jonathan Malamy

A reverend and a rabbi walk into a room and discuss the relative merits (and demerits) of organized religion. Our first episode takes us on a deep dive into the question: what good is religion, anyway?  Join host Jonathan Blake and two distinguished spiritual leaders for a fascinating conversation.

Rev. Wayne Francis is Pastor of Authentic Church in White Plains.

Rabbi Jonathan Malamy is Director of Spiritual Care and Religious Life at the New Jewish Home, Manhattan.

Rev. Wayne Francis (L) and Rabbi Jonathan Malamy (R)

Rev. Wayne Francis (L) and Rabbi Jonathan Malamy (R)