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 almost 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.... Show More

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October 13, 2020 50 min
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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Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). Matt and John discuss racism and policing in the context of the civil unrest triggered by the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubrey, and other black Americans.
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Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). Matt and John welcome Ruth Malhotra, Public Relations Manager for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, to discuss the life of the late Christian apologist, Ravi Zacharias, in the wake of his memorial. Special Guest: Ruth Malhotra.
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Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). Matt and John continue their conversation about some recent religion-related headlines.
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Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). Apologies for the technical diffiiculties heard during this episode. Matt thinks the interference you hear on his voice is because his phone was too close to his microphone cable. Rookie mistake! Matt and John discuss the in-fighting among American evangelicals over Trump and a survery about how religious people are thinking about Coronavirus and God. Bonus...
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Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). Matt and John discuss troubling religion surveys and conclude bad religion polling does more harm than good.
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Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). On behalf of non-Muslims, Matt peppers John with questions about Ramadan, including: Why Ramadan is the best time to hang out with Muslims even if they're "hunger and angry" by moonrise. Is it appropriate to say, "Happy Ramadan?" Why does Ramadan seem to move around the calendar? What is iftar? What's the big deal bout dates and ...
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Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). John and Matt debate the notion that America is in a post-Protesant era. The idea is the water Matt (evangelical) swims in, while John (Muslim) had never heard of such a thing.
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