Common Threads

Common Threads, hosted by Fred Stella, is a co-production of WGVU Radio and The Interfaith Dialogue Association.  Common Threads airs Sundays at 7:00am and 6:30pm on WGVU 88.5 Grand Rapids, 95.3 Muskegon.

 

Spiritual Audacity (Part I)

May 10, 2021
Spiritual Audacity: The Abraham Joshua Heschel Story
PBS / Journey Films Inc.

We discuss the life and legacy of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel with documentarian Martin Doblmeier. Martin is the director of the new PBS documentary, Spiritual Audacity: The Abraham Joshua Heschel Story.

Christine Yared (Part II)

May 3, 2021
Private Love, Public School
Penning History Press, LLC

Christine Yared returns to continue our conversation on Gerry Crane and her book, ‘Private Love, Public School: Gay Teacher Under Fire.’ 

Christine Yared

Apr 26, 2021
Private Love, Public School
Penning History Press, LLC

Our guest is Christine Yared, joining us to talk about Gerry Crane and her book, ‘Private Love, Public School: Gay Teacher Under Fire.’   

Amy-Jill Levine (Part II)

Apr 19, 2021

Amy-Jill Levine returns to Common Threads to continue the discussion on her book that she co-wrote with Marc Zvi Brettler titled, ‘The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently.’

Amy-Jill Levine

Apr 12, 2021

Amy-Jill Levine joins Common Threads to discuss her book co-written with Marc Zvi Brettler titled, ‘The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently.’

Dr. Laura Olson (Part II)

Apr 5, 2021

Dr. Laura Olson returns to Common Threads to continue our conversation on sociology and religion.

Dr. Laura Olson

Mar 29, 2021

We talk about sociology and religion with Dr. Laura Olson.

Laura R. Olson is  a professor of political science at Clemson University, past president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and editor-in-chief of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. A native of Racine, Wisconsin, she earned a B.A. in political science from Northwestern University in 1990, as well as an M.A. (1991) and Ph.D. (1996) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on contemporary religion and politics with emphases on public opinion and civic engagement.

Bride of the Buddha (Part II)

Mar 22, 2021

Barbara McHugh joins us to continue our conversation on her book 'Bride of the Buddha.' Barbara is a published poet and novelist with many years of professional experience editing fiction, newsletters, and technical documents. She has an M.A. in English Literature from N.Y.U. and a Ph.D. in Religion and Literature from the University of California at Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.

Bride of the Buddha

Mar 15, 2021

Barbara McHugh is a published poet and novelist with many years of professional experience editing fiction, newsletters, and technical documents. She has an M.A. in English Literature from N.Y.U. and a Ph.D. in Religion and Literature from the University of California at Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.

Barbara has been studying Buddhism and practicing meditation for decades. She has taught many introductory courses on both topics, and co-leads an ongoing sitting group in Berkeley. She is on the Board of Directors of Marin Sangha.

Shaylyn Romney Garrett: The Upswing (Part II)

Mar 8, 2021
Shaylyn Romney Garrett
https://shaylynromneygarrett.com/

Shaylyn Romney Garrett returns to Common Threads to continue our conversation. Shaylyn is co-author with Robert D. Putnam of ‘The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again.’ We will also be discussing her contributions to ‘American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us.’

Shaylyn Romney Garrett: The Upswing

Mar 1, 2021
Shaylyn Romney Garrett
https://shaylynromneygarrett.com/

Our guest is  Shaylyn Romney Garrett, co-author with Robert D. Putnam of ‘The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again.’ We will also be discussing her contributions to ‘American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us.’

Tom Stella: In Sync with the Sacred (Part II)

Feb 21, 2021

Tom Stella returns to Common Threads to continue our discussion on his latest book, ‘In Sync with the Sacred, Out of Step with the World.’

Tom Stella was ordained a Catholic priest in the order of the Holy Cross in the early 1970s. He is now a chaplain for Centura Health in Colorado. Tom is the director of Soul Link and is the author of five books.

Tom Stella joins us to discuss his latest book, ‘In Sync with the Sacred, Out of Step with the World.’

Tom Stella was ordained a Catholic priest in the order of the Holy Cross in the early 1970s. He is now a chaplain for Centura Health in Colorado. Tom is the director of Soul Link and is the author of five books.

Dr. Jennifer Snook (Part II)

Feb 8, 2021

Dr. Jennifer Snook, author of ‘American Heathens: The Politics of Identity in a Pagan Religious Movement,’ is our guest.

Jennifer Snook holds a B.A. from the University of Augusta in Georgia and and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  She previously taught at the University of Mississippi and is now teaching at Grinnell College.  Her area of expertise is pre-Christian northern European Paganism.

Dr. Jennifer Snook

Feb 1, 2021

Dr. Jennifer Snook, author of ‘American Heathens: The Politics of Identity in a Pagan Religious Movement,’ is our guest.

Jennifer Snook holds a B.A. from the University of Augusta in Georgia and and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  She previously taught at the University of Mississippi and is now teaching at Grinnell College.  Her area of expertise is pre-Christian northern European Paganism.

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