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The Interfaith Center of New York talks with diverse NYC faith leaders about their callings, their congregations, and their commitments to justice

Interfaith Matters Interfaith Center of New York

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

The Interfaith Center of New York talks with diverse NYC faith leaders about their callings, their congregations, and their commitments to justice

    Det. Mohamed Amen on "NYC's Many Faiths & the NYPD"

    Det. Mohamed Amen on "NYC's Many Faiths & the NYPD"

    In this episode, #InterfaithMattersPodcast host AJ DeBonis talks with NYPD Clergy Outreach Unit Detective Mohamed Amen, who is also a member of the NYPD Muslim Officers Society.
    Det. Amen shares what the NYPD is doing to engage NYC's 8,000+ faith communities in working together to break stereotypes, build trust and improve safety and quality of life for all New Yorkers.
    Learn ways that you and your faith community can partner with local police precincts to bring citizens and police together in positive interactions that can strengthen police-community relations.
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    Podcast Questions? Comments?
    Have a question for our guests or comment on our podcast series? Would you like to suggest a guest or topic for a future podcast episode? Please feel free to contact us at podcast@interfaithcenter.org.
    This episode of “Interfaith Matters” is hosted by co-producer AJ DeBonis, and edited by executive producer Kevin Childress.  Interfaith Matters is co-produced by Michelle Polton-Simon.
    Learn more about the podcast team on our website.

    • 26 min
    On Faith and Voting, with Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

    On Faith and Voting, with Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

    The 2020 election may be one of the most important in our lifetimes. How are people of faith approaching this election, working to get out the vote, safeguard a fair election, and renew confidence in the democratic process?
    In this episode, #InterfaithMattersPodcast co-producer Michelle Polton-Simon talks with Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, Senior Advisor, Public Affairs and Innovation at Interfaith Youth Core, on the unprecedented involvement people of faith (including many young adults voting for the first time) are bringing to this election, and what listeners can do to help bring about the changes they wish to see in this country.
    IMPORTANT VOTING RESOURCES
    Find your polling place for election day or EARLY VOTING (beginning October 24): https://findmypollsite.vote.nyc/
    How to register to vote or request an absentee ballot: https://www.elections.ny.gov/
    How to volunteer as a poll worker: https://www.powerthepolls.org/
     
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    Podcast Questions? Comments?
    Have a question for our guests or comment on our podcast series? Would you like to suggest a guest or topic for a future podcast episode? Please feel free to contact us at podcast@interfaithcenter.org.
    “Interfaith Matters” is hosted by co-producer AJ DeBonis. This episode is guest-hosted by co-producer Michelle Polton-Simon, and edited and executive produced by Kevin Childress.
    Learn more about the podcast team on our website.

    • 23 min
    “Coming Together to Keep Our City Safe” – New NYPD Chief Speaks Out

    “Coming Together to Keep Our City Safe” – New NYPD Chief Speaks Out

    “Coming Together to Keep Our City Safe”
    Interfaith Matters continues talking with religious, civic and governmental leaders whose lives and work intersect with the Black Lives Matter and police reform protests taking place around the country.
     

    Chief Jeffrey Maddrey, NYPD Chief of Community Affairs Bureau
    In this episode, our co-producer Michelle Polton-Simon talks with Jeffrey Maddrey, newly-appointed Chief of the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau, to gain a law enforcement perspective on the Movement for Black Lives, the future of police-community relations in New York City, and the national call for systemic law enforcement reform.
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    Michelle Polton-Simon is audio engineer, editor, and co-producer of Interfaith Matters.
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    Podcast Questions? Comments?
    Have a question for our guests or comment on our podcast series? Would you like to suggest a guest or topic for a future podcast episode? Please feel free to contact us at podcast@interfaithcenter.org.
    “Interfaith Matters” is hosted by co-producer AJ DeBonis. This episode is guest-hosted by co-producer Michelle Polton-Simon, and edited and executive produced by Kevin Childress.
    Learn more about the podcast team on our website.

    • 25 min
    "Show Up and Listen" - Rabbi Joshua Stanton on Supporting the Movement for Black Lives

    "Show Up and Listen" - Rabbi Joshua Stanton on Supporting the Movement for Black Lives

    The Movement for Black Lives
    A new podcast miniseries asks NYC faith, secular and governmental leaders about their experiences of the movement and its future

    Rabbi Joshua Stanton, of East End Temple
    In the next mini-episode of this series, host AJ DeBonis talks with Rabbi Joshua Stanton of East End Temple about his personal experiences with the Movement for Black Lives, and faith leadership's unique role in public protests, as well as the supportive value of empathetic listening and presence.
     
    Podcast Questions? Comments?
    Have a question for our guests or comment on our podcast series? Would you like to suggest a guest or topic for a future podcast episode? Please feel free to contact us at podcast@interfaithcenter.org.
    This episode of “Interfaith Matters” is hosted by co-producer AJ DeBonis, engineered and edited by co-producer Michelle Polton-Simon, and executive produced by Kevin Childress.
    Learn more about the podcast team on our website.
    Intro music for this episode is edited excerpts of “Maximum Relax” by Lee Rosevere, used under CC BY 4.0 / Edited from original.

    • 32 min
    "We're Nowhere Near Done" - Pastor Kaji Douša on the Movement for Black Lives

    "We're Nowhere Near Done" - Pastor Kaji Douša on the Movement for Black Lives

    The Movement for Black Lives
    A new podcast miniseries asks NYC faith, secular and governmental leaders about their experiences of the movement and its future

    The Rev. Kaji Douša, senior pastor of Park Avenue Christian Church
    For the first mini-episode in this series, our co-producer Michelle Polton-Simon talks with The Rev. Kaji Douša, who is senior pastor at the Park Avenue Christian Church, a co-chair of the New Sanctuary Coalition, and a long-time activist who is a leader in New York City’s Black Lives Matter movement. Michelle asks Pastor Kaji about her experiences on the frontlines of the movement, and what advice she can offer for sustaining long-time advocacy efforts and avoiding burnout.
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    Michelle Polton-Simon is audio engineer, editor, and co-producer of Interfaith Matters.
     
    Podcast Questions? Comments?
    Have a question for our guests or comment on our podcast series? Would you like to suggest a guest or topic for a future podcast episode? Please feel free to contact us at podcast@interfaithcenter.org.
    Learn more about the podcast team on our website.
    Intro music for this episode is edited excerpts of “Maximum Relax” by Lee Rosevere, used under CC BY 4.0 / Edited from original.

    • 20 min
    Will We Want to Go “Back to Normal”? The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the ways New Yorkers practice their faiths, and religious leaders on the frontlines say that may not be a bad thing.

    Will We Want to Go “Back to Normal”? The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the ways New Yorkers practice their faiths, and religious leaders on the frontlines say that may not be a bad thing.

    Pictured (clockwise from top left): host AJ DeBonis, Rabbi Heidi Hoover, The Rev. Canon Terence Lee, and Traven Fusho Rice 
    History shows that pandemics often leave long-lasting and far-reaching impacts on communities of faith, and a recent Pew Research Center survey indicates that the current COVID-19 pandemic will be no exception. We turn to three leaders on the frontlines of faith during this pandemic, to examine how emergency responses to the crisis are shaping the ways that people practice their faith, and consider how these innovations may transform religious practice in the future.
    Joining host AJ DeBonis for this conversation are:
    Rabbi Heidi Hoover, B’ShERT (Beth Shalom v’Emeth Reform Temple) in Brooklyn
    The Rev. Canon Terence Lee, St. Philip’s Church in Harlem
    Traven Fusho Rice, Senior Student and Meditation Teacher, Village Zendo in Lower Manhattan
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    Continue the Conversation on July 22
    Mental health, social service, and spiritual care providers are welcome to join us on July 22 for an online conference reflecting on lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic. Diverse religious leaders and faith-based service providers — including podcast speaker Traven Fusho Rice — will explore the psychological and spiritual challenges of social isolation, as well as innovative strategies for online connection. All are welcome, and NY State social workers can earn 6.5 hours of continuing education credit.
    Click here for detailed info and registration
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    Podcast Questions? Comments?
    Have a question for our guests or comment on our podcast series? Would you like to suggest a guest or topic for a future podcast episode? Please feel free to contact us at podcast@interfaithcenter.org.
    This episode of “Interfaith Matters” is hosted by co-producer AJ DeBonis, engineered and edited by co-producer Michelle Polton-Simon, and executive produced by Kevin Childress.
    Learn more about the podcast team on our website.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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19 Ratings

19 Ratings

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Thanks for your work!

Glad the ICNY is continuing this series! Its a great resource!

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This is beautiful

This is a beautiful, forward-thinking series of interviews.

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Insightful And Compassionate

Discussions about religion are often fraught, but Maggi finds a thoughtful, intellectually honest way to explore faith, politics and humanity through interviews with people who practice many different religions (and who practice those religions differently!). This is a great podcast for anyone interested in the practice of religion, particularly those working for justice.

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