Crossing Faiths

Crossing Faiths

Two friends, Matt Hawkins (a former policy director for the Southern Baptist Convention) and John Pinna (former Executive Director of American Islamic Congress) talk religion and politics. The podcast delivers weekly episodes featuring commentary on news, politics, multifaith experiences, and expert guests. The conversations build on a decade of their collaboration, advocating in Washington, D.C. for religious freedom domestically and around the globe. The two developed the podcast with a desire to share conversations that model friendship and collaboration despite deep differences in religion and background. Support our podcast via Patreon.

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May 26, 2021 35 min
Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). Matt finally watches David Lynch's 1984 treatment of Dune and discusses the experience with John, who, incidentally is wearing his Dune t-shirt.
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Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). Matt and John debate the complexities of the latest flair up between Israel and Hamas.
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Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). Matt and John discuss the history of the USA's refugee resettlement program and President Biden's reluctant increase of the floor set by former president Trump.
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Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). Matt and John debate their respective proofs for the existence of a deit(ies) and pluralism. And why don't we get a sandwich with our vaccine?
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April 6, 2021 49 min
Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). Matt and John observe how religion gets politicized and what antidote exists to protect religion from partisan politics.
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Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). John Pinna and Manal Omar discuss their initial reflecitons on the results of the 2020 election. Special Guest: Manal Omar.
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Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). John Pinna and Manal Omar discuss the headlines coming out of France. Special Guest: Manal Omar.
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Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). Matt and John welcome George A. Sorial, formerly Executive Vice President & Counsel to The Trump Organization, to discuss his background as a Coptic Christian, his career with The Trump Organization, and divisions in America. Special Guest: George A. Sorial.
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October 6, 2020 22 min
Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). Matt and John turn the interview tables on Crossing Faiths teammate, Hashaw Elkins, who shares about her life in her Mexican Jewish family and faith. Special Guest: Hashaw Elkins.
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October 5, 2020 76 min
Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). Matt and John discuss the ramifications of abortion politics in the 2020 election and beyond. (Recorded prior to the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.)
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October 3, 2020 49 min
Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). Matt and John welcome speaker, author and TV host, Ireland native, Suzanne Selvester. Growing up Irish Catholic in Ireland Seeking healing, surrender, and contentment on a spiritual journey
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Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). Matt and John welcome Manal Omar, founder and CEO of Across Red Lines, an organization that dedicated to creating safe spaces for Muslim women to understand their leadership power and life force energy through the wisdom provided to us from the Quran and Sunnah, as well as the many Muslim women pioneers that have shaped the history of Islam. Special Guest: M...
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October 1, 2020 18 min
Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). Matt and John give their quick reflections on the Sept 29 debate between President Trump and former VP Joe Biden.
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Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). Matt and John welcome long time friend and fellow policy advocate Nathan Wineinger of 21 Wilberforce. The three discuss Nathan's backstory that inspired his career in advocacy and best practices for religions organizations entering the advocacy space. Special Guest: Nathan Wineinger.
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August 19, 2020 63 min
Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). John and Matt welcome Senge Sering to discuss India, Kashmir, China, Pakistan. Special Guest: Senge Sering.
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Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). Matt and John catch up with their friend Father Deacon Andrew Bennett, Canada's former--and first ever-- Ambassador for Religious Freedom. Bennett now serves in multiple capacities including with Cardus (Canada's only faith-based think tank) and the Religious Freedom Institute in Washington, D.C. Special Guest: Fr. Dn. Andrew Bennett.
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Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). Matt and John debate to what extent evangelical pastors are using the pulpit to advance partisan political goals, what it looks like to non-evangelicals, and what nuance there might be amidst the noise.
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Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). Matt and John continue their discussion about American racism, policing, and seeking better terminology when we talk about solutions.
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Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). Matt and John welcome John's long time friend Dr. JoAnne Myers, Associate Professor of Political Science at Marist College and author of The Good Citizen: The Markers of Privilege in America. Special Guest: Dr. JoAnne Myers.
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