Converging Streams: Interfaith Fellowship in our Modern World

Converging Streams: Interfaith Fellowship in our Modern World

Converging Streams began as a series of Interfaith radio programs that were initially produced by the Muncie Interfaith Fellowship and The Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie between 2004 and 2005; we have since moved our program online and occasionally will introduce new topics. The goal of the program is to promote dialogue and ultimately understanding among the diverse faith traditions within the Muncie and greater East Central Indiana community, with Rev. George Wolfe of the Muncie Interfaith Fellowship and Rev. Thomas Perchlik, formerly minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie sharing hosting duties. Show topics have included the creation stories of the major world religions, meaning of the National Day of Prayer, understanding Islam, the power of dialogue, interfaith tolerance as expressed in historical religious fiction, the Universalist Story, and the Bahai tradition.

Episodes

November 10, 2020 15 min
Dr. Wolfe recalls his visit to a monastery in India where elements of Christianity and Hinduism are embraced and how that experience has meaning to citizens of Indiana.
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Rev. George Wolfe is interviewed by Richard Brendan, host of the radio program and podcast JourneysFire, in a 2013 interview from Indianapolis public radio station WICR in promotion of Rev. Wolfe's book - The Spiritual Power of Non-Violence. The discussion touches upon forms of non-violent protest, the distinction between war and conflict, and how peace movements have been constructed from historical to contemporary times.
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The Universalist theologian Theodore Parker is evaluated from his historical significance to both the Universalist movement in Muncie, Indiana and the United States today, as well as how his ideas were expressive to the country as a whole.
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November 10, 2020 15 min
What defines non-violent activism? Is it passive? An examination of action taken with the intent of doing no harm and holding reverence for life. Recorded live at the 2012 Conference on World Affairs in Boulder, Colorado.
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November 10, 2020 15 min
A look at how atheism challenges, tempers and strengthens belief systems of religious communities, and how secular humanism can itself be a diverse and powerful religious community.
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November 10, 2020 15 min
An examination of how humans can meet our needs but not our greeds using the studies of Buckminster Fuller as a lens.
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November 10, 2020 15 min
A look at how the peaceful philosophy of MLK has been adopted by female leaders in Muncie.
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November 10, 2020 15 min
Elevating how evaluation is applied through a faith-based lens.
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November 10, 2020 15 min
A look at how a practicing Christian developed a deeper faith by challenging and tempering her faith against an Interfaith experience.
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November 10, 2020 15 min
An examination of how many faiths are commonly expressive of deities as masculine, but all share a common interpretation of divinity as feminine as well.
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November 10, 2020 15 min
A look at what role state/governmental institutions and religious entities play with each other, with an emphasis on the need for a clear separation to ensure both provide the best services to constituent communities.
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November 10, 2020 15 min
Mythology and stories from many different faith traditions are discussed.
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November 10, 2020 15 min
Do world religions truly call for redemption in response to violent acts against people?
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A continuation of Dr. Wolfe’s interview with Eva Etzioni-Halevy, an Israeli author, about her fictional novel The Garden of Ruth, which relates to the story of Ruth in the Judeo-Christian tradition and has a message for interfaith dialogue. Dr. Wolfe discusses how the mission of the Muncie Interfaith Fellowship has similarities to characters in Etzioni-Halevy’s book.
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November 10, 2020 15 min
How the divine is manifested in nature, as illustrated by a famous Debussy composition.
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November 10, 2020 15 min
A discussion of how the Bible can come to take on different meanings for different Christian denominations.
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November 10, 2020 15 min
A dialogue between the leaders of the Muncie Interfaith Fellowship about the importance of dialogue between communities of faith as a means of achieving peace and communal unity.
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Rev. Burton, the chaplain at Ball Memorial Hospital, discusses how his role is infused with interfaith experiences.
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November 10, 2020 15 min
A discourse about how fellowship between diverse faith groups can engender a deep unity. Includes experiences from Muncie, Indiana and beyond.
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Is love a motivator for your relationships or are they driven by profit? (Recorded live at the Unity Church of Anderson, Indiana)
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