Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Dr. Sofia Khan, Part Two: KC for Refugees

In this second of our two-part interview, Dr. Sofia Khan shares more about her inspiring work with refugees, her Islamic faith and thoughts on immigration in America. You can learn more about Dr. Khan's work, and get involved, at KCforRefugees.org.

I'm so grateful to Dr. Khan, who after this interview surprised me at the mosque as the tour guide for my World Religions Immersion class earlier this month. Here are a few photos from this event, including Dr. Khan with an armful of Qur'ans, gifts for the dozens of guests who showed up for her tour. What a wonderful surprise!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Dr. Sofia Khan, Part One

Here is part 1 of my 2-part interview with Dr. Sofia Khan, founder of KC for Refugees. Dr. Khan has recently received the Bodhisattva Award, the KC Interfaith Council Steve Jeffer's Leadership Service Award, and has been named the Kansas City UN World Citizen of the Year for 2017.
In this interview from her Leawood home, we discuss how her inspiring work with KC for Refugees (www.kcforrefugees.org) began, and the moment she pleaded with Allah, forehead to the floor, about her call to become a champion for refugees.

 Be sure to tune in next week for the second half of my conversation on helping refugees with Dr. Sofia Khan.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Adam Hamilton, Part Two

I’m joined today for the second of a two-part podcast series with my friend, mentor and pastor, Rev. Adam Hamilton, who serves as the senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS. Our first podcast is HERE.

0:00 Introduction to Pastor Adam Hamilton
0:56 Why are Christians so threatened by other Christians?
2:38 Controversy about his Christianity and World Religions sermons
4:57 The Liberal/Conservative divide and how we’re wired
6:14 Becoming better, together (sharing beliefs without trying to change each other)
9:36 The 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and its lessons for today
(Adam’s upcoming travels to Germany to help people retrace Luther’s steps)
13:22 The beautiful diversity within Christianity
14:32 The exclusive Eucharistic meal: a symbol of our disunity

16:05 What wisdom can we glean from Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, etc.?

Friday, September 22, 2017

Adam Hamilton, Part One

I'm thrilled to be joined in this first of two podcasts with my friend, Rev. Adam Hamilton, who serves as the senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS (www.cor.org). Pastor Adam has been named one of the "Ten People to Watch in America’s Spiritual Landscape" by Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, served on President Barack Obama’s advisory council on faith-based and neighborhood partnerships, and is the author of several books, including his best-selling Making Sense of the Bible. In this first of two podcasts, Adam and I discuss one of his earlier books and upcoming 2018 sermon series, Christianity and World Religions.

This conversation was especially fun for me, as Pastor Adam and I spent two years recording and producing weekly videos for YouTube, found HERE. This time, instead of being behind the camera, it was a treat to be part of the conversation with my wise friend and pastor.

Link on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-lift-podcast/id1194719815?mt=2

Link on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-lift-2?refid=stpr

0:00 Why are there so many different religions?
2:40 Introduction to Pastor Adam Hamilton
3:32 How is God at work in other religions?
6:00 Thoughts on miracles
8:07 Pluralism: Are all religions the same?
11:29 Exclusivism: Does salvation depend on a one-time prayer?
14:35 Inclusivism: Is God’s mercy and love wider than we imagine?
19:10 Is the point of Christianity where we’ll go in the afterlife?
22:05 Are our answers to these questions a reflection on God, or on us?
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this conversation in a separate podcast.