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In a country more religiously diverse than ever, it is critical for people to understand the vital and inspirational knowledge—the traditions, the values, and the history—of religious and non-religious identities. What is the common knowledge that we all should know? Common Knowledge is a regular podcast featuring interviews and stories from leaders around the interfaith movement focusing on what we call “interfaith literacy”—the knowledge necessary to be a leader in a religiously diverse world.
||CleanThe Things That Divide Us||Whether it’s a discussion in a college classroom or an argument around the Thanksgiving table, divisions in our society seem both more apparent and more intractable than ever before. Yet, even as divisions grow, we struggle with addressing these...||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhere Do We Find a Communal Bond?||What bonds us together? In the present day, even when addressing issues meant to bring us together like interfaith cooperation, spaces and ideas of genuine unity can be hard to find. On this episode of Common Knowledge, Carr and Prerna discuss how two..||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat is Leadership?||When you think of a leader, what image comes to mind? On this episode of Common Knowledge, Prerna and Carr discuss the idea of leadership in an increasingly diverse America. From civic activism spurred by natural and man-made disasters, to new...||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIdentity: Moving Through the World in Challenging Times||This past year, how we identify ourselves has been contested, challenged, and redefined by events and social movements. To start the new season of Common Knowledge, Prerna and Carr talk about the changing concept of identity. They share intimate...||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Case for Pluralism in a Divided Democracy||We live in a religiously diverse democracy, yet our country today seems frustratingly polarized around lines of difference and not connection. This month’s episode of Common Knowledge features a speech from IFYC president and founder, Eboo Patel,...||3/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2016: A Year in Review||For many folks, 2016 was a year of surprises, with both unexpected challenges and encouraging achievements. In a special New Year’s episode of Common Knowledge, Carr and Prerna share the writings, events, and people that inspired them during a...||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSmall Community, Large Impact: A Personal Look at the Lucumi Tradition||The values we share in interfaith spaces are often rooted in deeply personal beliefs and customs. We hear about one of those traditions today from Taryn Harris, a follower of the Lucumi tradition. Incorporating beliefs from Africa, Europe, and the...||12/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnaffiliated but Not Unconnected:||Community Among Religious Nones||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“I Felt the Spirit Stir My Heart to Act”:||Pentecostal Beliefs in Action||9/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHope in the Midst of Turmoil: A Reflection During Ramadan||This month, we offer a special short episode reflecting on the troubling and violent events this past summer—from Orlando to Medina. Jenan Mohajir, an educator and IFYC staff member, talks about how her Ramadan this year, overlapping with many of...||7/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Catholic Response to the Refugee Crisis||How does a religious or nonreligious group respond to a major world event like the current refugee crisis? We talk with Bill Canny, the head of refugee support at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, about how Catholics serve people fleeing...||6/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterfaith on the Menu:||The Shared Value of Food||4/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom the Spirit World||Discussing the Values of Shamanism||2/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChristian Environmental Activism:||A Conversation with Ben Lowe||12/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Unknown Civil Rights Hero: Pauli Murray||Pauli Murray’s legacy of civil rights activism is often overlooked in history books. As the first female African-American Episcopal priest, she influenced everyone from Eleanor Roosevelt to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. On this episode, we talk with...||11/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArt and Empathy: A Conversation with Rohina Malik||Issues of religion, gender, and ethnicity can often seem difficult to discuss or fully understand when not tied to our daily lives and concerns. Rohina Malik, a nationally-recognized playwright and performer, talks with us about how theatre can...||10/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMeasuring Success in Interfaith Cooperation||How is data useful for the work of interfaith cooperation? On this month’s episode of Common Knowledge we talk with members of IFYC’s Assessment Team about how they utilize data to promote interfaith engagement on...||8/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntersections: Race, Religion, and a Conversation on Charleston||On this episode we talk to Jen Bailey, a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the founder of Faith Matters Network, an interfaith organization in the South. We hear her reaction to the recent murders at the Mother...||7/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHIndus in Contemporary America||Varun Soni, the Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, joins us this month on Common Knowledge as we talk about Hinduism in the United States. He chats with us about growing up Hindu as a boy in Orange County, California and...||6/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIslam and Interfaith Engagement- Common Knowledge #8||In this episode, focusing on Islam and interfaith engagement, we chat with Mustafa Abdullah, an IFYC alumni and current Program Associate for the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri. We’ll learn how interfaith work has played a part in...||4/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMedicine and Interfaith Literacy||One of the most religiously diverse areas of American life is healthcare and medicine. In this episode, we hear from three people working at the nexus of medicine and religion. Christine Mitchell is a public health researcher who shares her...||11/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterfaith Cooperation in Judaism||This month, we focus on concepts and stories that inspire Jewish interfaith work. We talk to Rabbi Josh Stanton about why he engages in interfaith activism and about the emergence of the new academic field of interfaith studies. Rachel Schwartz, an...||9/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSikhism and Storytelling (with Valarie Kaur)||In this episode, we talk with filmmaker and storyteller Valarie Kaur. We discuss the importance of storytelling in the interfaith movement and how Sikhs engage with interfaith work. We also hear from Maneshwar Singh, an interfaith leader at Loyola...||5/7/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMormonism and Interfaith (with Joanna Brooks)||In this episode, we talk with Joanna Brooks, a professor and author of the memoir The Book of Mormon Girl. We discuss the diversity within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and how Mormons engage with interfaith work. We also hear from...||4/2/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEvangelicals in Interfaith (with Rachael McNeal)||Evangelical Christians represent a significant portion of American religious life, yet they are often overlooked for their contribution to the interfaith movement. In this episode, we talk with Rachael McNeal, an interfaith activist and evangelical,...||1/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAtheism, Humanism, and Interfaith (with Chris Stedman)||A podcast about interfaith literacy||11/21/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Is Interfaith Literacy? (with Eboo Patel)||A podcast about interfaith literacy.||10/17/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
A Compelling & Important Podcast
If you are just starting to think about Interfaith or very experienced with this work, this podcast will help expose you to descriptions of different faiths without generalizing. It's been a huge step forward for me to listen to all of these podcasts in thinking about how to begin this work on my campus.
A breathe if fresh air
What a great find! Fun commuting with informative Carr in my commute. Keep the dialogue rolling!
This is a wonderful podcast from an incredible organization. I really appreciate Chris Stedman’s perspective, and am gratified to see the IFYC giving him and secular humanists a place in the interfaith community. I would love it for you to get on Stitcher, so myself and others can listen to you more easily!