Hello, meet Charles and Chris!
2 gentlemen, 1 Jewish & 1 Christian, blogging and podcasting about faith, cigars, mental health, cigars, social justice, cigars, and other interfaith issues. Oh, and cigars.
About the Podcast...
In our podcast we focus on faith, mental health, and cigars. We approach these subjects from many directions: personal, academic, theological, and philosophical. However, we are less than enthusiastic with the description of our blog, our podcast, and even our relationship as “interfaith.” Interfaith is such a constricting term, so we created a new moniker for what we do—interfaithED. We want anyone wishing to join in our discussions to understand our goal, to share our respect for each other and The Other. In order to learn grow, and expand our view requires we put ourselves in uncomfortable situations, that we expose ourselves to “dangerous” ideas, but that learning only happens when we are uncomfortable, and ideas only seem dangerous because they come from The Other.
In episode 76 of a Jew and a Gentile the Podcast, the depressive duo are joined by Rev. Helena Epstein to discuss Christianity’s cultural appropriation of Judaism. Rev. Epstein brings her keen theological mind and her personal faith journey that includes a conversion from Judaism to Christianity.
The Jew and the Gentile celebrate a milestone in producing their 75th podcast. A milestone that is millstone to those long-suffering listeners. Episode 75 is our diamond episode because just as a diamond is the hardest material, listening to our schtick is equally as hard. The Jew and the Gentile reflect on their favorite guests and episodes. They also introduce two new party games: Prooftexting and Bibles Against Humanity. The Gentile even censors himself twice in one episode.
September is suicide prevention awareness month, so the Jew and the Gentile revisit the subject of faith and suicide. For our previous discussion of this subject take a listen to Episode 43. What starts out as the good Dr. interviewing the very right Rev. about his experience with suicide soon becomes an invitation to follow the Rev. and his faith journey many years after, and some 31 episodes later, his attempt.
In our latest episode, we talk with Sarabeth Caplin about her journey from journey from Reform Judaism to the Episcopal church.
Author and syndicated NPR personality Byron Williams joins The Jew and the Gentile to discuss how, in the current era of resistance, Progressive White Christians can learn from African-American Christianity without it leading to cultural appropriation. This episode is the first of a special series on this topic.
e sure hope Episode 70 is repentance after Episode 69–insert Beavis and Butthead chuckle–by welcoming actual talent, decent people, and minor Christian celebrities on to the show. We welcome back 1/3 of the Twisted Sisterds Podcast, Sisterd Becky. She’s a sister, an aunt, an oxford comma apologist “;”. Becky is joined by author, speaker, minister, teacher, friend of the podcast…and likely our last chance at being converted, the prolific, J Dana Trent. Together we preview the upcoming 2018 Wild Goose Festival and try to pregame what we might talk about when we take to the Goosecast Stage during Happy Hour. Hint: Ex-evangelicals.
In episode 69, the depressive duo take time out of their busy schedules to come to the aid of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to offer him our exegetical prowess in defending the Trump Administration’s family separation policy. You know how we just can’t help ourselves when it comes to being pastoral. (Yes, we’ve turned the sarcasm level to 11.)
Finally, a new episode of a Jew and a Gentile walk into a Bar…Mitzvah, the Podcast. In episode 68, the Rev. argues that the account of the Gerasene Demoniac is a PARABLE and not a healing story. The Rev. and the Doc then talk about the necessity of properly identifying mental illness as a disease and not as a demonic possession.
In episode 67, the Rev and the Doc discuss, with their tongues firmly in their cheeks, this season’s theologians draft. Grade our draft classes. Pick our later rounds. Who did we leave on the board? Who went undrafted? Who would be your picks?
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