23 episodes

Two friends, Matt Hawkins (a former policy director for the Southern Baptist Convention) and John Pinna (former Executive Director of American Islamic Congress) talk religion and politics. The podcast delivers weekly episodes featuring commentary on news, politics, multifaith experiences, and expert guests. The conversations build on almost a decade of their collaboration, advocating in Washington, D.C. for religious freedom domestically and around the globe. The two developed the podcast with a desire to share conversations that model friendship and collaboration despite deep differences in religion and background. Support our podcast via Patreon.

Crossing Faiths Matt Hawkins and John Pinna

    • Religion & Spirituality

Two friends, Matt Hawkins (a former policy director for the Southern Baptist Convention) and John Pinna (former Executive Director of American Islamic Congress) talk religion and politics. The podcast delivers weekly episodes featuring commentary on news, politics, multifaith experiences, and expert guests. The conversations build on almost a decade of their collaboration, advocating in Washington, D.C. for religious freedom domestically and around the globe. The two developed the podcast with a desire to share conversations that model friendship and collaboration despite deep differences in religion and background. Support our podcast via Patreon.

    Special guest: Mustafa Akhwand, Shia Rights Watch

    Special guest: Mustafa Akhwand, Shia Rights Watch

    Support this podcast via Patreon.


    Matt and John welcome Mustafa Akhwand is the founder and Executive Director of Shia Rights Watch. The trio discuss differences between Shia and Sunni Muslims, differences between Shia and Ismaili Muslims ("12ers" vs "6ers"), and the unique persecution face by Shia Muslims when a minority population. Matt and Mustafa share a common alma mater, each holding masters degrees from George Mason University.
    Special Guest: Mustafa Akhwand.
    Support Crossing Faiths
    Links:
    About Us - Shia Rights WatchMustafa Akhwand - Shia Rights Watch

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Faith and politics: Prayer Breakfast, Trump, Romney, Falwell, Muslims, Democrat Primaries

    Faith and politics: Prayer Breakfast, Trump, Romney, Falwell, Muslims, Democrat Primaries

    Matt and John rattle off on some headlines involving religion and politics, and the 2020 election.
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    Links:
    2020 Election: Why Religious Conservatives Would Vote for Trump | National ReviewImpeachment leads to theological war of words among Trump critics and backers - Religion News ServiceHome - Old Sturbridge VillagePricketts Fort Memorial Foundation - Making History Living HistoryJerry Falwell Jr. Compares Mitt Romney to Lion King's ScarSusan Collins will run for reelection in Maine - POLITICOCrossing Faiths: Fake Muslim?Among Democrats, Christians lean toward Biden, while ‘nones’ prefer Sanders | Pew Research Centerculinary pronunciation - Google SearchHistoric Huguenot Street

    • 59 min
    Does the Quran allow a Muslim to be a friend with a Christian?

    Does the Quran allow a Muslim to be a friend with a Christian?

    Matt and John scramble to remember what to talk about. Topics end up including:



    Does the Quran allow a Muslim to be a friend with a Christian or a Jew?
    What is the "Q" document?
    Who wrote the first Gospel? (chronologically)
    What is the proper etiquette for buying lobsters en masse? And would a Muslim eat it anyway?
    Book review: What does Matt think about Atheist Muslim by Ali Rizvi?
    Support Crossing Faiths
    Links:
    Democratic presidential hopeful Tom Steyer on faith, climate change and who goes to heaven - Religion News ServiceThe Atheist Muslim: A Journey from Religion to Reason - Kindle edition by Ali A. Rizvi. Politics & Social Sciences Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.Q source - WikipediaMarcan priority - Wikipedia

    • 46 min
    Prayer in schools: Japan vs. U.S.A. | Special Guest: Shino Yokotsuka

    Prayer in schools: Japan vs. U.S.A. | Special Guest: Shino Yokotsuka

    Shino Yokotsuka, a Tokyo native and a PhD student in Boston, joins Matt and John to compare school prayer practices in United States and Japan.



    Did you know Japanese school children must dye their hair black if their hair isn't naturally black?
    Can western-style religious freedom be exported verbatim into collective cultures?
    Whose deity is referred to by "under God" in the U.S.A.'s Pledge of Allegiance?
    Also, is it really religious freedom if you must bow to an emperor?
    Special Guest: Shino Yokotsuka.
    Support Crossing Faiths
    Links:
    Embracing Religious Freedom?: A Battle Over Public School Prayer in the USA and Japan | Oxford Journal of Law and Religion | (Pay wall) — This article examines why the USA and Japan have different public reactions to the issues of public school prayer, despite the fact that the countries have almost identical constitutional frameworks on religious freedom. Recent religious freedom studies tend to centre around the debates that prioritize Western perspectives of religion in public schools. In contrast, this article focuses on the specific social and cultural contexts emphasizing their importance in understanding the governance issues arising from an ever-widening religious gap. This study particularly addresses the role cultural differences play in the unequal interpretations of religious freedom within different national backgrounds. Using a comparative case study analysis, I argue that these cultural differences directly impact the varying perspectives on religious freedom as applied in policy, law, and practice across the countries.Embracing Religious Freedom?: A Battle Over Public School Prayer in the USA and Japan (free, pre-revision)

    • 43 min
    "Unequally yoked" marriage?; Pocket Burgers

    "Unequally yoked" marriage?; Pocket Burgers

    So what about this the Bible verse about being "unequally yoked"? Does it have to do with egg cholesterol? Matt and John debate the meaning and application of 2 Corinthians 6:14 within and beyond Christian circles. Also, what foods can you get past DC security checkpoints?


    Bonus: Matt and John riff on their favorite Chinese restaurants inside the beltway.
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    Links:
    2 Corinthians 6:14 ESV - "equally yoked"uneven yoke images - Google SearchActs 21 NIV - On to Jerusalem - After we had torn - Bible GatewayWhat’s the Significance of Simon Carrying Jesus’s Cross? | Desiring GodBibleGateway - Keyword Search: simon of cyreneHunan Gate - Google MapsOne Fish, Two Fish - Google MapsSichuan Pavilion - Google Maps

    • 58 min
    The Crossing Faiths backstory: An interview with Vantage Points

    The Crossing Faiths backstory: An interview with Vantage Points

    For a feature article in PASS USA's Vantage Points, Hashaw Elkins interviews Matt and John about the origins of Crossing Faiths.


    Hashaw Elkins is a certified business analyst and project management consultant. Hashaw has led projects in operations, marketing, and human interest across multiple industries and sectors- ranging from the Fortune Global 500 to international nongovernmental organizations. She is passionate about inspiring and empowering people to sustainably bridge the gaps between assessment and execution. Hashaw studied International Security and Conflict Resolution, with secondary studies in religion, at San Diego State University. She holds a Master of Science in Project Management from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.


    VantagePoints is the thought-leadership platform for PASS, it is a digital publication focused on leaders making a social impact for good. Our content is editorial, and focused on interviews with exceptional individuals, groups, and initiatives from across the world.
    Special Guest: Hashaw Elkins.
    Support Crossing Faiths
    Links:
    VantagePointsPASS, LLC (@passconsulting) / TwitterSeason 1, Crossing FaithsCrossing Faiths Pilot: An evangelical walks into a wudu space (Pilot)Crossing Faiths: Jesus' nails?Crossing Faiths: Netflix's The Family

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

jaybark7 ,

Thought provoking

John and Matt do a great job of taking on tough issues in a light-hearted but still serious way. These are some of the only people talking international religious freedom issues. Tune in and learn!

JM Spallino ,

Very interesting and thought provoking.

This podcast is great. Respectful. Humorous at times. And very thought provoking.

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