Shannon Watts is the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the leading force for gun violence prevention. Moms Demand Action has chapters in all 50 states and a powerful grassroots network that has affected change at local, state, and national levels. You can find more from Shannon in her book,”Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World.”
Jan 22, 2020
Jagmeet Singh is the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party. His campaign to become the country’s next prime minister made international news, thanks to his progressive politics, his appearance as a practicing Sikh, and his viral interactions with discriminatory protestors. In 2019, Singh became the first racial and religious minority to lead a major political party in Canadian history. This episode, Simran talks to Jagmeet about how Sikh spirituality guides his personal and political path.
Jan 15, 2020
Rabia Chaudry knew she had to use her voice for the greater good when her religious community entered a time of turmoil and discrimination. This episode, Simran talks to Rabia about her advocacy for the Muslim community. Rabia also shares what brought her through an abusive relationship, and the story of watching her friend go to jail for a crime she believes he didn’t commit. That last experience led her to write her 2016 book, “Adnan’s Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial.” You can also hear more from Rabia on her two podcasts, Undisclosed and The 45th.
Jan 8, 2020
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield believes fanaticism happens when people believe they’re 100% right, 100% of the time. But how can someone be resolute in their faith while avoiding this toxic mindset? Rabbi Hirschfield is a lecturer, religious commentator, and president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. This episode, he shares his journey to faith, his past struggle with fanaticism, and his view on how we can heal divides in our society. You can find more from Rabbi Hirschfield in his book, “You Don’t Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism.”
Dec 18, 2019
Abdul El-Sayed is a professor and medical doctor turned politician and civil servant, who has a fantastic new podcast about public health called “America Dissected.” Abdul is also an author. His new book, “Healing Politics,” will be out on May 5, 2020. In this episode, he discusses his grandmother’s wisdom, his journey from healthcare to politics and his hope for the future.
Dec 11, 2019
Charlotte Clymer is a writer, Twitter savant, and one of the most prominent transgender activists in the country. In this episode, she talks about her personal experience with poverty, faith, the US military, and her ongoing fight for trans rights. Charlotte is currently the press secretary for rapid response at the Human Rights Campaign.
Dec 4, 2019
Pastor Amy Butler has faced opposition from many sides in her quest to reshape Christian values and build community. That conflict has tested her will, her family -- and even her faith. This episode, Pastor Amy talks about how to overcome strife with love, and her incredible journey to become the first female senior minister at NYC’s historic Riverside Church. Pastor Amy recently completed a memoir, which will be published by Penguin Random House in 2020. Vennly’s short-form audio content covers every-day life topics from parenting to grief to identity to inequality and it’s designed to help listeners feel more balanced and resilient. Vennly app is now available!
Nov 27, 2019
Cecilia Muñoz was both White House Domestic Policy Council and White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs under Barack Obama. Even with the faith of the president behind her, she had to practice dealing with imposter syndrome and making sure her voice was heard when she was the only one in the room that looked like her. Cecilia is currently Vice President for Public Interest Technology and Local Initiatives at New America.
Nov 20, 2019
Dr. Serene Jones is the first woman president of Union Theological Seminary in the institution’s 183-year history. This episode, she talks about contending with sin and the legacy of racism in this country -- and within our personal lineage. Plus, she shares how her views on grace shape the way she sees the world. Serene wrote about her personal journey in her spiritual memoir, “Call it Grace: Finding Meaning in an Uncomfortable World.” If you’d like to skip over the portion of the story, the times are 8:30-9:30.
Nov 15, 2019
Mark Charles is the second-ever Native American to run for President of the United States. This episode, he talks about his mixed heritage background, the twisting of Christian theology, and the need for honest discourse that honors and remembers America’s historical violence against Native Americans. Hear more from Mark in the book he co-wrote with Soong-Chan Rah, “Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery.”
Nov 8, 2019