At the turn of the year, we look at how American culture’s encounter with religious ideas and people has evolved in the past decade — and this radio project with it.
is Director of the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University.
is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia, musician, and non-clerical reciter of the Qur’an.
Damelin is an Israeli who lives in Tel Aviv. She speaks with community groups about her experiences as part of the Parents Circle – Families Forum.
is a Palestinian who lives in the West Bank. He is a spokesman and project manager for the Parents Circle – Families Forum.
was a celebrated performer, educator, and traveling humanitarian who took the Negro Spiritual to audiences around the world, from Novosibirsk to Nigeria.
is a physician and cofounder of Joseph’s House. He’s the author of Not All of Us Are Saints: A Doctor’s Journey with the Poor and Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen.
grew up in Atlanta but now lives in New York City where he was a financial analyst for a nonprofit.
is a poet, philosopher, and historian. Her books include Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It, Doubt: A History, and Who Said.
is an Anglican archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He has written many books, including, Made for Goodness: And Why This Makes All the Difference, and The Book of Forgiving.
is a visiting fellow with the Bioacoustics Research Program at Cornell University’s Laboratory of Ornithology. She was part of the research team that produced the original recording Songs of the Humpback Whale. Her book is Silent Thunder: In the Presence of Elephants.
is author of Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence and the founder and director of the non-profit organization Mind Body Solutions.
is the founder of the Green Belt Movement and recipient of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. She’s the author of Replenishing the Earth and Unbowed: A Memoir.
is a scholar-in-residence at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco. His many books include God Was In This Place & I, i Did Not Know, Kabbalah: A Love Story, and I’m God, You’re Not.