Podcasts: 2020

Welcome to our 2020 Podcast Archive!

The Religica Theolab Podcast began as part of the Seattle University faculty portfolio of Associate Professor, Dr. Michael Reid Trice.  The podcast has interviewed hundreds of influencers from around the world, who provide insights on leadership formation for religious leaders today.  

The podcast continues its focus upon leadership, community, and the shared common good, through the auspices of the Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement at Seattle University.

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December 2020

Dec 18, 2020/Diane Jacobson

This week, from our Podcast Greatest Hits Selection, we revisit a conversation between Religica Theolab Founder Michael Reid Trice and Diane Jacobson. Jacobson is Professor Emerita of Old Testament at Luther Seminary, having taught there from 1982-2010. She also served as Director of the Book of Faith Initiative for the ELCA until 2016. The two had a chance to speak about wisdom, literature that changes our lives, and how we become creative in responding to the challenges of our moment. Take a listen!

This podcast was produced in cooperation with the Northwest Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Seattle University Center for Religious Wisdom and World Affairs at STM.

Greatest Hits Selection: Diane Jacobson — Wisdom, Literature, and Creative Responses to Challenge

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Dec 12, 2020/Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

Religica Theolab Founder Michael Reid Trice recently had an opportunity to speak with Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, who serves as the Rabbi and Cantor of Tree of Life – Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On October 27, 2018, Tree of Life was the target of an act of violence that left eleven people murdered.

In this episode, Rabbi Myers reflects on ways to engage the sacred, the process of healing, and the role of solidarity in creating change. Take a listen.

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers — Hope, Community Healing, and the Need to ‘Do Better’

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Dec 4, 2020/Wambui Ngige

This podcast was produced in collaboration with URI: United Religions Initiative.

Wambui Ngigi is an attorney based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her experience in research and advocacy on youth and women’s rights has enabled her to use unity of religions to bring women and young people together as a way of fighting extremism and uniting Kenyans. Wambui strives to help URI engage and sustain interconnected communities to promote respect for diversity, non-violent resolution of conflict, and social, political, economic, and environmental justice. Take a listen!

Wambui Ngige — The 100 Year Test and Being an Instrument of Peace

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November 2020

Nov 27, 2020/Duncan Wielzen

This podcast was produced in collaboration with URI: United Religions Initiative.

Duncan Wielzen is the current URI Europe Chairperson. Mr. Wielzen is employed as a pastoral worker in the Roman Catholic diocese Rotterdam (Netherlands). He has MA degrees in Theology, Religious Studies (Intercultural Ministry), and Educational Studies. He also has a Ph.D. in Theology from Catholic University Leuven (Belgium). Mr. Wielzen works at the intersection of pastoral ministry and religious education and is the Chief Editor of Interfaith Education for All: Theoretical Perspectives and Best Practices for Transformative Action (2017). Take a listen!

Duncan Wielzen — United Religions Initiative: Speaking of the Circles

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Nov 20, 2020/Victor Kazanjian

This podcast was produced in collaboration with URI: United Religions Initiative.

The Rev. Victor Kazanjian leads URl’s global grassroots interfaith peacebuilding network of over 1,000 groups working in more than 100 countries and at the United Nations to build bridges of cooperation between people of all beliefs and cultures. Co-Founder of Education as Transformation Inc., an international organization that works on religious diversity and spirituality in higher education, Victor is also an author, educator, recognized thought-leader and trainer in areas of intergroup dialogue, multicultural and interreligious understanding, conflict transformation, diversity and democracy, social justice, community organizing, and peacebuilding. He holds degrees from the Episcopal Divinity School and Harvard University. Take a listen!

A Conversation with Victor Kazanjian of URI: United Religions Initiative

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Nov 13, 2020/Jennifer Cate

In this week’s episode, Religica Co-Founder Michael Reid Trice speaks with Jennifer Cate, who is the Executive Director of Hands Along the Nile. Jennifer and Michael discuss the Zabbaleen, the important work of Hands Along the Nile, and the power of language as a cultural influencer that is essential to our shared future in the world. Take a listen!

Jennifer Cate — Hands Along the Nile

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Nov 6, 2020/Elder Vernon Masayesva 

The week on our “Greatest Hits” episode we revisit Steve Wilhelm’s conversation with Elder Vernon Masayesva.

Vernon Masayesva is the Executive Director of Black Mesa Trust, a Hopi Leader of the Coyote Clan, and a former Chairman of the Hopi Tribal Council from the village of Hotevilla – one of the oldest continuously inhabited human settlements in the Americas in Arizona.

Greatest Hits: Elder Vernon Masayesva – On Black Mesa and Hopi Leadership — Cherishing the Spirit of Water

 Interview by Steve Wilhelm

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October 2020

Oct 30, 2020/Marianne Williamson

With the 2020 United States presidential election just around the corner, this week, we revisit a conversation between Marianne Williamson and Religica Co-Founder Michael Reid Trice.

Marianne Williamson is an American author, lecturer, and activist. She has written 13 books, including four New York Times number one bestsellers. She is the founder or co-founder of no less than two non-profits, has run for political office, and on January 29, 2019, announced her campaign to seek the Democratic nomination for the 2020 United States presidential election. This podcast focuses on the values of a healthy Republic, the leadership necessary for a thriving democracy, and more. Take a listen!

Greatest Hits: A Religica Podcast with Marianne Williamson

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Oct 23, 2020/Samira Fatma Barucija

This podcast was produced in collaboration with URI: United Religions Initiative.

Samira Fatma Barucija was born in Sarajevo in 1994. She is a youth leader, peacebuilder, and Co-Founder of Youth for Peace, a grassroots NGO in Sarajevo and a URI Cooperation Circle. Her personal story of loss and public commitment to peacebuilding in Bosnia and Herzegovina and beyond is a testament to living a life of service from which we can all benefit. Take a listen!

Samira Fatma Barucija — Getting to Pre-Rational Selflessness and the Virtue of Being Sneaky

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Oct 16, 2020/Melinda Kramer and Amira Diamond

Melinda Kramer and Amira Diamond Have been together as co-directors of the Women’s Earth Alliance since 2007. Women’s Earth Alliance aims to bridge the resource gap for women at the grassroots level who are tackling our world’s most critical environmental challenges. Their leadership is an inspiration to people across the world of every age. Take a listen!

Melinda Kramer and Amira Diamond — Women’s Work is Rising: Dig Deep at Inflection Points

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Oct 9, 2020/Jame Patton

This podcast was produced in collaboration with URI: United Religions Initiative.

James Patton is President of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, based out of Washington, D.C., and for two decades has worked in complex environments around the world. He has assessed the impacts of drug policies in Bolivia, trained Cambodian Buddhists on post-conflict stability, and much more. This is important work and he has a lot to say to all of us. Take a listen!

Jame Patton — Seeing the Spike for What it Is: Rethinking our Capacity for Change

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Oct 2, 2020/Sarah Oliver

This podcast was produced in collaboration with URI: United Religions Initiative.

Since 2016, Sarah Oliver has served as the URI Youth Coordinator for the Southern African region. In this role, she has led interfaith and leadership skills training programs with youth from Cooperation Circles across South Africa, Malawi, and Mozambique. Sarah also developed the Girls Not Brides campaign with URI Youth Ambassadors in these areas. In 2019, Sarah began serving as the URI Global Youth Coordinator, expanding on her work to connect, support, and inspire youth engagement globally in URI’s network. Take a listen!

Sarah Oliver — Learning to Listen and to Bear Witness

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September 2020

September 28, 2020 Re-Release/Rev. James M. Lawson

Initially released across Religica’s digital streaming platforms in October of 2019, James Lawson’s episode has been one of our more popular podcasts. This episode is particularly relevant not only to our forthcoming resource on leadership but to key social and political issues leading up to November’s U.S. election.

Rev. James M. Lawson is an American activist and university professor. He was a leading theoretician and tactician of nonviolence within the Civil Rights Movement. During the 1960s, he served as a mentor to the Nashville Student Movement and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He read Gandhi’s autobiography and discovered that non-violent struggle, as Gandhi lived it in South Africa and India, would be his way forward.

Greatest Hits: Rev. James Lawson – Notes from an Architect of Non-Violence — The Forces of Violence Today

 Interview by Steve Wilhelm

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September 18, 2020/Mamoun Khreisat

This podcast was produced in collaboration with URI: United Religions Initiative.

Mamoun Khreisat holds a Masters Degree in International Business and is the founder of the Friends of Foreigners Club at the University of Jordan. He has been a dedicated social worker since the early 1990s, with a lifelong commitment to promoting intercultural and interreligious understanding. He serves as the URI Middle East and North Africa Regional Coordinator. Take a listen!

 

Mamoun Khreisat — Bridging East and West through Intercultural Citizenship

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September 11, 2020/Mussie Hailu

This podcast was produced in collaboration with URI: United Religions Initiative.

Mussie Hailu serves as the URI Director of Global Partnerships and URI Representative at the United Nations and African Union. Hailu considers himself a citizen of the world, working at numerous levels to promote peace and disarmament. Hailu previously served as a diplomat in the rank of Ambassador and Special Envoy of the President of Burundi. He is a founding member of United Religions Initiative. Take a listen!

Mussie Hailu —  Reflecting on the United Religions Initiative

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September 4, 2020/Valeria Vergani

This podcast was produced in collaboration with URI: United Religions Initiative.

Originally from Italy, Valeria Vergani moved to Canada in 2012 to attend Quest University Canada, where she studied contemporary expressions of Tibetan Buddhism in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Currently, Valeria serves as a Global Council Trustee of the URI North America Leadership Council. Additionally, she serves as Interfaith Coordinator for City in Focus Foundation, an interdenominational Christian organization, and as a Director of the InterSpiritual Sustainability Society, a registered URI Cooperation Circle in Vancouver, British Columbia. Take a listen!

Valeria Vergani — A Planetary Resiliency Model: Rethinking our Systems

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August 2020

August 28, 2020/Greg Thomas

Greg Thomas is a professional writer and entrepreneur with a passionate devotion to jazz as an art form and cultural technology. He has written for numerous publications over several decades and currently maintains a blog, Tuneintoleadership.com, with his life and business partner Jewel Kinch-Thomas. Together, Greg and Jewel helm the Jazz Leadership Project, an enterprise for organizational development through the methods and praxis of jazz. Recently, Church World Service Executive Vice-President and Religica Advisory Council member Maurice Bloem had an opportunity to speak with Greg Thomas about the transformative power of music, meaning-making, and creative expression. Take a listen!

 

Maurice Bloem & Greg Thomas — Finding Meaning Through Music

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August 22, 2020/Dr. Lee Cuba

This podcast was produced in collaboration with URI: United Religions Initiative.

Dr. Lee Cuba is a Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College. His research includes a focus on examining how migrants feel at home in new places. In 2017, Dr. Cuba joined URI as a consultant to launch URI’s impact-assessment program, which is known within the organization as the P19 Project. Religica’s Megan Anderson had an opportunity to speak with Dr. Cuba about creating space for reflection in the classroom, identifying leadership qualities, and the global mission to accelerate peace. Take a listen!

Lee Cuba — Identifying the Blockage to Peace

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August 14, 2020/Dr. Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba

This podcast was produced in cooperation with URI: United Religions Initiative.

Dr. Emmanuel Ivorgba leads the New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation, a Nigeria-based national nonprofit that received the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Youth Solidarity Fund Award in 2013. In addition, Dr. Ivorgba serves as the United Nations Regional Coordinator for Western Africa. Religica’s Megan Anderson had an opportunity to speak with Dr. Ivorgba about how we understand happiness, education, and peace-building. Take a listen.

Emmanuel Ivorgba – Who Am I: Happiness, Education, and Finding the Answer in Others

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August 7, 2020/Paul Chaffee

This podcast was produced in cooperation with URI: United Religions Initiative.

Paul Chaffee is Founder and Editor of The Interfaith Observer, a one-of-its-kind monthly, digital magazine that has promoted healthy interfaith culture since its launch in September 2011. With his years of experience in interfaith engagement, Paul is a sought after visionary and leader with a lifetime of service to draw upon. Perhaps best, he is loved and respected by all who call him a friend. The Interfaith Observer is a URI Cooperation Circle. Take a listen!

Paul Chaffee — The Interfaith Observer: Articulating a Faith with Integrity

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July 2020

July 31, 2020/Farid Ahmed

This podcast was produced in cooperation with the Center for Religious Wisdom and World Affairs at STM, Seattle University.

Religica Co-Founder Michael Reid Trice had an opportunity to speak with Farid Ahmed, who was in the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand when the mosque was attacked and 51 people were murdered on March 15, 2019. Among those killed was Mr. Ahmed’s wife, Husna. This is an important story; a journey, for what Mr. Ahmed calls an “interior revolution.” In this episode, Mr. Ahmed and Dr. Trice discuss loss, return, and how violence in our communities is never the final word. Take a listen.

Farid Ahmed — Violence is Never the Final Word

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July 17, 2020/Rita Semel

This podcast was produced in cooperation with URI: United Religions Initiative.

Social justice champion, San Francisco Bay Area Interfaith leader, and first Global Council Chair of United Religions Initiative.

Rita Semel — A Full Life Enriched by Repairing the World; Tikkun Olam

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July 24, 2020/Dr. Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati

This podcast was produced in cooperation with URI: United Religions Initiative.

Secretary-General of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, Director of the world-famous International Yoga Festival, Vice-Chair on the United Nations Advisory Council on Religion.

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati — Water is the Canary in the Coal Mine

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July 3, 2020/Dr. Daniel Weiner
Vice President of Global Affairs at the University of Connecticut

Daniel Weiner — A New Normal and the Great Reset

 

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July 10, 2020/Kehkashan Basu
Environmentalist

Kehkashan Basu — A New Generation Leading in the World: It Takes Passion

 

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June 2020

June 19, 2020/Dr. Patricia O’Connell Killen
Professor of Religious Studies and a Senior University Fellow at Gonzaga University

Patricia O’Connell Killen — Pathways to Wisdom

 

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June 26, 2020/Dr. Diane Jacobson
Professor Emerita of Old Testament at Luther Seminary

Diane Jacobson — Wisdom, Literature, and Creative Responses to Challenge

 

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June 6, 2020/Dr. John Grim
Co-Founder, Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology

John Grim — A Story of Leaning into the Wind

 

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Rabbi Anson LatnerJune 12, 2020/Rabbi Anson Laytner
President of the Sino-Judaic Institute

Anson Laytner — The Narrative of Suffering and Human Life

 

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May 2020

May 28, 2020/Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker 
Co-Founder, Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology

Seeking the Future & the Creative Power of Grief

 

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Michael Reid TriceMay 8, 2020/Dr. Michael Trice
Co-Founder, Religica

Taize Brothers John & Emile — The Nature of Sacred Space

 

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Bruce KnottsMay 15, 2020/Bruce Knotts
Director, Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations

A Spiritual Hippocratic Oath

 

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April 2020

Jessica Gans WilderApril 6, 2020/ Jessica Gans Wilder
Founder Euphrates Institute, former CIA officer

Values that can Shape all of Us: Accelerating our Responsibility for Peace

 

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Jennifer BaileyApril 27, 2020 /Rev. Jennifer Bailey
Founder and Executive Director of the Faith Matters Network

Accelerating Peace and the Radical Principle of Optimism

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March 2020

Deborah GreeneMarch 2, 2020/ Deborah Greene
Founder & CEO LiveaMoment, Writer, Educator, International Speaker

Seeking Peace – When Two Bodies Fall Down

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February 2020

Vernon MasayesvaFebruary 3, 2020/ Elder Vernon Masayesva
Black Mesa Trust Executive Director, Coyote Clan Hopi Leader

Black Mesa & Hopi Leadership – Cherishing the Spirit of Water

 Interview by Steve Wilhelm

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Njeri KabeberiFebruary 17, 2020 /Njeri Kabeberi
Director, Chapter Four Programs & Projects Limited, former Executive Director at Greenpeace Africa

Working for Greenpeace Africa and Facing the Realities of Climate Change

 Interview by Steve Wilhelm

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January 2020

January 5, 2020/ Dharma Master Hsin Tao
Founder, Global Family for Love and Peace in New York, Board member for the World Religious Leaders for the Elijah Interfaith Institute.

Respectful Conversation on Practice & Meditation 

 Interview by Steve Wilhelm

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Raja AlthaibanaJanuary 20, 2020 /Raja Althaibana
WITNESS staff member, provides video training to people experiencing conflict across globally. 

The Power of Video Evidence and the Discretion Required Before Sharing

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