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.

 

Joe Valenzano

Dec 22, 2019
Joseph Valenzano
University of Dayton

We’re joined by University of Dayton professor Joseph Valenzano.   Dr. Valenzano joins us to talk about how divine realities are explored in current pop culture and media.

Ty Silzer (Part II)

Dec 16, 2019
Ty Silzer
Ty Silzer / Sojourners

Ty Silzer joins us to continue our coversation on Purity Culture. Ty Silzer is a former pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America. He writes for Ethics and Religion Talk in the Grand Rapids Press.

Ty Silzer on Purity Culture

Dec 9, 2019
Ty Silzer
Ty Silzer / Sojourners

Ty Silzer joins us to talk about Purity Culture. Ty Silzer is a former pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America. He writes for Ethics and Religion Talk in the Grand Rapids Press.

Days of Destiny: A Memoir of Kashmir (Part II)

Dec 2, 2019
Sidarth Ambardar
Sidarth Ambardar

Sidarth Ambardar joins us to continue our conversation about the Partition of India and Pakistan, its history from the tribal invasion of Kashmir to the present as recounted in ‘Days of Destiny: A Memoir of Kashmir’ a book written by his father, Shanti Swarup Ambardar. 

For more information and to purchase the book visit, www.ambardar.wixsite.com/ambardar

Days of Destiny: A Memoir of Kashmir

Nov 25, 2019
Sidarth Ambardar
Sidarth Ambardar

Our guest is Sidarth Ambardar. Sidarth joins us to talk about the Partition of India and Pakistan its history from the tribal invasion of Kashmir to the present as recounted in ‘Days of Destiny: A Memoir of Kashmir’ a book written by his father, Shanti Swarup Ambardar. 

For more information and to purchase the book visit, www.ambardar.wixsite.com/ambardar

Retrouvaille (Part II)

Nov 18, 2019
Retrouvaille
Retrouvaille

Julie and Tony Gessner return to continue our conversatio about the marriage help program Retrouvaille.

Retrouvaille’s primary goal is to provide help for couples who live in the disappointment and pain of marriage problems. The Retrouvaille weekend provides a safe setting encouraging couples to learn communication in marriage in a respectful manner.

Retrouvaille

Nov 11, 2019
Retrouvaille
Retrouvaille

We speak with Julie and Tony Gessner about the marriage help program Retrouvaille.

Retrouvaille’s primary goal is to provide help for couples who live in the disappointment and pain of marriage problems. The Retrouvaille weekend provides a safe setting encouraging couples to learn communication in marriage in a respectful manner.

Dr. Shadi Hamid (Part II)

Nov 4, 2019
Dr. Shadi Hamid
brookings.edu / Brookings Institution

This episode originally aired on February 11, 2019.

Dr. Shadi Hamid returns to Common Threads to continue our coversation about his essay, “The Difficulty with Diversity: Can American pluralism make room for an Islam that is truly different?”

Dr. Shadi Hamid

Oct 28, 2019
Dr. Shadi Hamid
brookings.edu / Brookings Institution

This interview originally aired on Feb. 4, 2019

Our guest is Dr. Shadi Hamid, who joins us to talk about his essay, “The Difficulty with Diversity: Can American pluralism make room for an Islam that is truly different?”

A Conversation with Nicholas Wolterstorff (Part II)

Oct 21, 2019
 In this World of Wonders book cover
Eerdmans publishing

The Kaufman Interfaith Institute hosted a conversation between Nicholas Wolterstorff and Kelly James Clark on June 3, 2019.  Today Common Threads brings you the second half of that conversation.

A Conversation with Nicholas Wolterstorff (Part I)

Oct 14, 2019
 In this World of Wonders book cover
Eerdmans publishing

On the occasion of the publication of Nicholas Wolterstorff's autobiography, ‘In This World of Wonders,’ the Kaufman Interfaith Institute hosted a conversation between Nick and Kelly James Clark.  We bring you the first half of that conversation today on Common Threads.

Mark Schwartz (Part II)

Oct 7, 2019
Mark Schwartz
gvsu.edu

GVSU anthropology professor Mark Schwartz returns to Common Threads to continue our conversation.  

Mark Schwartz

Sep 30, 2019
Mark Schwartz
gvsu.edu

Our guest is GVSU anthropology professor Mark Schwartz.  

Mark received his PhD in Anthropology from Northwestern University. His research focused on trade between the early city-states of Mesopotamia and the emerging complex societies of Anatolia in the fourth millennium B.C.  He has worked on various excavations in the Middle East. He is currently involved in inter-departmental collaborative work using ROVs to study shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. He teaches courses on the archaeology of the Near East as well as general courses concerning anthropology and archaeology.

Johnathan Dudley (Part II)

Sep 23, 2019

Dr. Johnathan Dudley, M.D. joins us to finish the conversation we began last week. Dr. Dudley will be giving a presentation at Woodlawn Christian Reformed Church on Monday, September 30. It will examine the roll of abortion in contemporary politics and survey scientific and theological principles supporting a unique approach to the issue. 

Johnathan Dudley

Sep 16, 2019

Dr. Johnathan Dudley, M.D. is our guest. We speak to Dr. Dudley ahead of the presentation he will be giving at Woodlawn Christian Reformed Church on Monday, September 30. The presentation will examine the roll of abortion in contemporary politics and survey scientific and theological principles supporting a unique approach to the issue.  

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