My Faith

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My Faith

On the following pages, explorefaith presents a variety of conversations and personal reflections—from writers, scholars, artists, musicians, teachers, scientists and students—as a way to create a kaleidoscope of faith. The people you'll find here are not necessarily known for their faith—they are not all involved in callings such as priest or pastoral counselor that the outside world associates with a religious vocation. Yet they all see themselves as people whose faith makes a significant impact on their lives—perhaps the most significant force of all. By talking and listening to people about their faith, we hope to discern how it steers their decisions, relationships, work and play—what difference it makes in who they are. We will trace the outlines of faith surrounding these peoples’ lives and explore how they have filled in those outlines with the rich color of their being.

Phyllis Tickle

Phyllis Tickle: First Sundays
Move through the year with reflections from our archives written with wit and insight by Phyllis Tickle

Marcus Borg

Marcus Borg
Jesus scholar and renowned author Marcus Borg speaks of a Christianity that emphasizes transformation, compassion and our responsibility to work for justice and peace.     

Robert Benson and Praying with Words
Popular spiritual author Robert Benson has been writing books, leading retreats and workshops, and sharing his experiences of faith for more than 25 years. He’s a passionate guy about many things, but most of all we wanted to talk with him about praying with words.

Father Gregory Fruehwirth
"…find an empty church to sneak into on one of these cold and dark days of early winter. Sit in a pew. Let go of the burden of your life, the anxious rattling of your thoughts, if only for a moment. ...Sit there, watching your breath as you breathe in and breathe out. Let the prayers come and go as they may. Discover how you actually do feel and tell God about that. God is interested. God cares."--Father Gregory Fruehwirth

Rabbi Phil Miller
What are the Jewish High Holy Days, how are they observed and why are they significant as times of assessment, repentance and repair?

Elizabeth Hamilton
Zen teacher and Untrain Your Parrot author talks about how to wake up to reality

Juris Rubenis
During the Soviet regime pastors … could get fired at any moment, get arrested. There was no tangible security to rely on.… But in such circumstances valuable experience was born, the experience of what it means to rely on God alone.


Frederica Mathewes-Green
Frederica Mathewes-Green, author of Facing East: A Pilgrim's Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy, discusses the spiritual practices of Orthodox Christianity.

Eboo Patel
The Founder of the Interfaith Youth Core talks about helping young people embrace their spiritual side and live into the possibility of interfaith collaboration.

Luci Shaw
On discovering God's presence in poetry and the natural world … "My happiest moments, which affirm that God’s Spirit is alive in me, are when a poem is coming and moving me into a different dimension."

Anisa Mehdi
Emmy-award winnning journalist Anisa Mehdi talks about being Muslim in America today.

Cedric Jennings
The subject of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Suskind's national best seller A Hope in the Unseen, Cedric Jennings  talks about following God from the inner city to the Ivy League. 

Gary Malkin
The Emmy-award winning film and television composer speaks about living in " the midst of the dark night. You need to go through it, you need to experience it."

Marjorie Corbman
Corbman's book recounts her search for meaning, truth, identity and connection, both as an individual and as an American teen growing up in our materialistic culture.

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
The world's second female rabbi talks about her writing, celebrating the spirituality of children, and what led to her decision to become ordained.

Leonard Sweet
on signs, signals and Jesus sightings, plus how our churches relate to the current state of Starbucks

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Lawrence Kushner has been recognized as one of the most interesting spiritual teachers on the planet ...

Swami Adiswarananda
Swami Adiswarananda speaks on the practice of Vedanta.

Dr. Francis Collins
Dr. Francis S. Collins, former director of the Human Genome Project at the National Institutes of Health, discusses being a scientist and having a deep and meaningful faith