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Religious Life in the Obama Era

Krista's live conversation with Joshua DuBois at the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Senator Barack Obama's "Call to Renewal" Speech

June 28, 2006 – Washington DC
This religious tendency is not simply the result of successful marketing by skilled preachers or the draw of popular mega-churches. In fact, it speaks to a hunger that's deeper than that — a hunger that goes beyond any particular issue or cause.

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SOF Salon: Lived Faith and Civic Life

[mp3, 69:45]
Krista joined a diverse group of 13 individuals to react to DuBois' words, and contribute more stories to the dialogue. Download and listen to the lively and insightful conversation in full.

Pertinent Posts from the On Being Blog

Some stunning photos capturing DuBois' night at the Fitzgerald Theater.

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Video of Obama's speech and how it came up in our live event with Joshua Dubois.

Krista speaks with a diverse group about what a new era of service and civic virtue in U.S. public life might look like. Watch it here!

Recorded video of the live stream of Krista and DuBois on stage at the Fitz — and a transcript of the online audience chat.

A White House video about the Obama administration's faith-based initiatives, with commentary by DuBois.

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Krista Tippett and Joshua DuBois during their live conversation at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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We would like hear from other people in the interfaith community and be part of the conversation! We have spoken with Joshua DuBois in the last few months and are interested in hearing more of his thoughts.

I'm always interested when Krista Tippett has a conversation with someone.

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Everything about this event interests me. I am a strong Obama supporter. I am a searcher. I listen to SOF. And I have hope that one of the results of these difficult times is that our lives will become more spirit filled and values more important.

How faith will look like in public life under Obama vs. Bush

I am a elder of the Shambhala Community here in Minneapolis. We are in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

I am very interested in how we fit into the wider culture and how the wider culture sees Buddhists and Buddhism.

How can communities of Faith work together to help the country in this difficult time? As Buddhists we are committed to creating a culture of peace and of tolerance. This new administration feels very exciting to us, as President Obama seems very aligned with our principles and hopes.

And we are a really new religion in America. Shambhala in America started in 1970; the group here in Minneapolis started in the late 70s. We have grown, and now have our own Meditation Center (We built it 5 years ago) and we are just now beginning to explore how we can offer to the greater Twin Cities community.

I'm in the 4th year of Education for Ministry, a program for the laity on applying your religious beliefs daily in your life. The program is designed by The School of Theology Programs Center, The University of the South • 335 Tennessee Avenue, Sewanee, Tennessee 37383-0001.

I'm an active participant in my church, Ss. Martha & Mary Episcopal Church, a reformed Catholic denomination. I believe God is in every person, and our job is to listen to that voice and apply God's ethics in everyday life.

I'm interested in knowing more about the President's and Mr. Dubois' ideas about community partnership with faith-based groups.

I'm a 42-y-o, stay-at-home mom and breast cancer survivor. Throughout the Bush admin., my husband and I were skeptics on religion, but fairly active in community issues. After surviving cancer, I've taken an about-face with my spirituality and have become very involved in social justice issues as well as founding the Young Women's Breast Cancer Support Group in Minnetonka. I also currently am an ESL tutor at the Deephaven Education Center.

I am feeling "rejuvenated" as an American now that Obama is in office and believe that one major way our country can get "back on track" is through smaller, community efforts that are designed and implimented, and perhaps even funded (partially ?)by the community members, themselves.

As a clergy, who is not Christian, I am very interested how Mr. DuBois will be ensuring that all religions are treated fairly by his office and that non-religious community organizations are not discriminated against. There were many stories about both happening during the previous administration.

I am very interested in the changing face of religion. I am pastor of University Baptist Church right across the street from the University of Minnesota. So much of what has been presented as Christianity, particularly by the media dominance of the Religious Right is antithetical to the teachings and mission of Jesus. I see a hunger amongst younger people for a relevant religion. This is alongside a deep skepticism of religion because it has been used to justify so much wrong in the world. I like the group of advisors President Obama has enlisted and I would like the discussions to continue to mover beyond words and into actions of justice and respect for all peoples.

You can find out more about me by visiting our church web site www.ubcmn.org

This is a fascinating time to be a young person of faith in the US, the most religiously diverse nation in the world, where we have greater access than ever before to encountering, interacting with and learning about cultures and traditions different from our own. We stand at a crossroads in our collective religious narrative where we must make a choice to either continue down the predominant path of isolation, conflict, even violence, or forge a new and more challenging path of pluralism, of inter-religious respect, engagement and solidarity that includes all at the table. I am hopeful and excited that the Obama administration is committed to leading this country – and the world – on the latter path.

I consider myself a life-long Presbyterian with pluralist sensibilities and an interfaith activist. I am working toward a masters degree in Community Change and Civic Leadership with a focus on engaging young people, and I coordinate the Inspired to Serve interfaith youth leadership program with the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches. I use interfaith service-learning and dialogue activities to develop youth leaders who are bridge-builders, agents for change in their faith and civic communities. Twin Cities middle and high school youth of all religions and no religion are invited to build positive interfaith relationships through a youth-led Interfaith Youth Leadership Coalition, an annual Interfaith Youth Day of Service that brings together nearly 200 youth and adult allies to act on their different traditions' common call to service and justice, and through school-to-school and congregation-to-congregation partnerships and collaborations. Inspired to Serve is part of a national pilot project led by the Interfaith Youth Core and Search Institute and made possible with major support from Learn and Serve America. Inspired to Serve was also recently selected to receive the MN Governor’s Council on Faith and Community Service Initiatives 2009 Best Practices Award.

Watch our video to get a peek at our amazing Twin Cities youth!

President Barack Obama has repeatedly engaged with Muslims and invited them to the table. In his inaugural speech, he said, “For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.”

This new era of peace is inclusive of Muslims and is based on mutual respect and cooperation. In the previous administration, Muslims were often vilified. Terms such as “Islamofascism” were incorporated to further distance and disparage the Muslim community. It is clear why now the Muslim community is embracing the new administration and their new attitude towards cooperation. It has excited and empowered the Muslim community, which has seen a surge in activism and civic participation in recent months.

I am eager to welcome Joshua DuBois to Minnesota and take part in the roundtable discussion to highlight how the Muslim community has benefited from this “new era of peace.”

Since 2002, I have been the President of the Advisory Board of the Muslim Youth of Minnesota (MYM), a statewide youth group for Muslim teens that participates in events such as the Interfaith Teen Day of Service with the St. Paul Area Council of Churches. I am also a Board Member of Minnesota's only Muslim civil rights organization, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN), teach Sunday School at the Islamic Center of Minnesota, am a member of a local speaker’s bureau called the Islamic Resource Group, and am on the Board of Directors of the Muslim Youth Leadership Award.

I worked on the Obama campaign and one thing that struck me through that time and beyond to the election is that we are moving into a new era in this country: An era that embraces authenticity in personal relationships, political process, and moving into religion. Pro forma religion is becoming less acceptable and the concept of spirituality in everyday life is taking center stage. I am curious to hear what Obama's spiritual leader has to say about this movement I am detecting and perhaps how the Obama administration maintains that they will acknowledge this new dimension playing out in society all the while keeping a separation between church and state.

I wish you well.

I do not choose to do this at this time and am annoyed that it is required. I am in a hurry.

I live near St. Vincent College in western PA. The college president was President Bush's Faith-Based Initiative person. I want to compare and contrast the two men.

As for me...Started listening to the SOF program some time ago and have become addicted. Recently, while driving around Southeastern Australia, I introduced my traveling companions to the program via podcasts recorded onto my iPhone...we played them over the car radio.
(I downloaded about 50 SOF podcasts to get me from San Francisco to Sydney and back, and I talked about them so much we started to listen to them together in the car.)

I am a Presbyterian clergywoman working long past retirement age - because I continue to be engaged by the practice of ministry.

I am heartened by Joshua DuBois' assignment's title:: Executive Director of the Office of Faith-based AND neighborhood partnerships. This implies to me that the known resources of successful community organizing will be recognized along with faith community resources that will be drawn upon. I think any administration should walk a very fine line here. It's still an experiment in my mind.

What does the Obama administration want to have happened through the efforts of this office by the end of the four year term?

What wisdom do the faith and neighborhood communities bring to the administration about identifying and prioritizing needs and what is proven to truly help?

What networking will support the work of this office?

What would success look like?

This caught my eye as I would love to know what Obama is doing with and for the people of faith of our country and how he will incorporate faith based initiatives into his administration. I'd like to know a bit more about "the face" of the person heading this up in his cabinet or administration. Thanks!

For me.....I attend Woodland Hills Church in Maplewood, MN. I'd like to think my faith isn't a "tradition" at all - but rather a living and vibrant part of myself that I hope directs what I do on a daily basis. (I guess I say that because "tradition" sounds hollow and boring to me.... like an obligation, almost...) (Sorry!!)
I like to give hope to people on a daily basis and I like to put my money where my mouth is - and volunteer to make a difference in my area of the world, and elsewhere. So, naturally, I'd like to know more about what our administration is going to do RE: poverty here and elsewhere....very pressing issues of human trafficking, modern-day slavery, etc...etc (see ijm.org for more info on that....) So.....I am just getting more aware and involved in the issues I just mentioned and although we have "other" pressing needs or issues in our own country - we can't forget the life or death struggles of our neighbors elsewhere. Thank you,

Elise Weinberg

I'm really interested in the ongoing evolution of the Faith Based disucssion/program in the country. As a person of Faith, I clearly see that Faith Based programs can positively influence human lives. As an adamant supporter of the separation of Church and State, I worry about the independence and soul of the Church when it aligns itself with secular institutions like government.

No institution has the resources of the government, shouldn't the faith community have access to its resources in meeting human needs? - conversely, what aspects of faith might be compromised when faith based institutions put themselves in the position of being accountable to government. Are we willing to consider applications from "marginal" or "minority" (like Islam) faith based groups to offer services to the public?

I am a mainline Protestant, a Presbyterian elder, raised as a Quaker. I have worked for non-profit institutions like the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood, and for church sponsored housing for the poor subsidized by government. My own needs in time of crisis were met by the church.

I have seen the value of the programs initiated by churches, especially in collaboration with one another and in collaboration with government.

Looking forward to the program.

I have been concerned about the portrayal of faith on the political stage for the past twenty plus years. I am anxious to explore how the relationship between faith and politics on the American stage may unfold.

I am an interfaith minister deeply interested in how to deepen our ecumenical reserves as a nation during these interesting times.

I am interested in discussion about faith and religion.

First, I find Krista the most engaging, thoughtful interviewer on matters of faith. I sat on the floor for two hours in New Hampshire when she spoke here on April 1, just to be able to hear her in person. Secondly, I am interested in religious pluralism. I will be teaching a first year college course in Integrative Thinking and Writing in the fall using Eboo Patel's memoir as a core text. I am curious what Joshua DuBois and by extension, President Obama have in mind to foster religious pluralism. What initiatives, ideas and opportunities will this administration seek? I have great hope that having a president familiar with humility and respect will encourage Americans to develop greater spiritual equanimity here and abroad.
I am a Unitarian Universalist minister (raised Jewish) eager to hear cogent and compassionate voices from liberal religious traditions in our national religious conversation.
The attached photo is from a service I co-led with a seven year old who I could tell has the gift of ministry.My ministry is simply to evoke yours.

I am one of those "in between" individuals that is conservative on some issues, but is trending left because of issues like the environment and social justice.

I feel like this is an incredibly dynamic time for faith in public life because the old political/religious associations are falling, but the new alliances are unsettled. As someone who has never fit neatly into either camp, the idea of so much change and a new chance to deal with a whole range of issues and how they relate to politics is exciting.

I am interested in President Obama and his faith and how that is playing out as he is president of the United States. I would love to learn more about Josh DuBois and his views and perspectives as well.

I have been involved in religious communities for over 30 years, both intentional living and churches. I want to know what this young man has to say and how that can be an encouragement to our community in these times. I think many are seeking inspirational leadership that has a prophetic voice, encouragement and hope and vision, that speaks to the heart. I live in the Northeast of the US and there are varities of communities in the Christian church of which I have experienced many, from house church to high church(Episcopal) to charismatic to Baptist. Often this New England area is viewed as 'frozen' but I sense a boil beneath the surface and I wonder if this evening will confirm and affirm my own personal anticipation of what God is going to do in our lives through these tough times.

Beloved SOF,

Please know I've included a link to a recent article I've written, or you may simply search may name on Google and add the term Love :
Darren Meade Love.

Until the email from SOF, I have never heard of Joshua Dubois {aka Pastor-in-Chief}and truly wished I had. Being that I take literally that God is Love (1 john 4:8,16) I believe that is the one common denominator between all faiths.

What interest me about this event, is that we can begin to unite with one another and make true grass root changes. Revealing of the roles of the Sons of God in the healing of this no longer “green” creation. It too moans for relief.

Through the office of faith-based and neighborhood partnerships, what is we began a movement to remove all the heavy metals from the soil and Lakes? Essentially removing all the negative elements caused by the Coal plants?

That is something we could do as one-voice, the technology already exists, it is organic and also inexpensive. What if the faith-based and neighborhood partnerships, became the think-tank for improving the countires lives?

Recently lost job and found new one making much much less - applying for bankruptcy. 60 years old
single and worried about my future. trying very
hard to be spiritual about the whole thing, you know?

Just last week, I tuned in to Speaking of Faith for the first time, and I liked what I heard.

I strive to live a faith-based life through daily practice of spiritual principles. I am drawn to works and events that teach me how I can contribute to a collective consciousness that fosters faith, hope, compassion, and tolerance. I think this web cast might be such an event.

I believe that religion should teach us how to live together rather than apart. Living in a nation and a world that consists of a variety of peoples, we have an opportunity to be interested in each other and understand each other, while at the same time not accepting unacceptable behavior. I believe we are here to practice freedom, and I also believe that freedom comes with a great responsibility.

The word "partnerships" in the name of the new office headed by Joshua DuBois attracted me and caused this affirmation to begin formulating in my head: We find common ground in our varied religious and spiritual beliefs (and non-beliefs). With honor and respect, we hold ourselves and all others accountable in returning our nation to a higher consciousness.

This event shows that America is feeling the need for the sense of purpose and morality that can only come from a God-centered view. It is especially interesting to see this event arising from what some might call the "left", proving that the religious right are not the only ones who long for God in their lives.
A life-long Buddhist from the age of 13, I converted to Christianity a couple of years ago after long thought and many "signs" pointing the way. Even during my decades as an atheist, I see now, I really believed in God and Christ, a belief picked up in early childhood and rejected as a teen. But all along I knew that God is. One day He wrestled me to the ground.
I write a blog called Now and Every Moment (zentemple.wordpress.com) about this journey and about the parallels and similarities between Buddhism and Christianity. I half jokingly tell my friends that Christianity is, for me, like Buddhism on steroids.
I am a professional fine artist living on the Monterey Peninsula in California.

I'm a film producer (television and features) and before that a television reporter, and before that a high school English teacher. the only threads of all those careers: a love of storytelling, and a search for meaning.

this is another way to make sure that I stay connected with real people tackling real spiritual issues. people here in Hollywood are like hydroponic tomatoes, have never put foot or soul into real dirt at any time. I seek to re-plant myself on a regular basis in the world outside the Land of the Lotus Eaters, to seek again what the deeper values are, the more thoughtful people, the more complex questions.

I am interested in hearing others perspectives on "The Changing Face of Religion in the lives of Individuals across this Nation."

I would also like to engage in a facilitated discussion on that issue.

I am a nondenominational minister, spiritual development director, and director of the "Center of Light and Love." Major initiatives include exploring our Spirituality and strengthening our relationship with God in order to function from our highest selves for the highest good of all.

The Center of Light and Love sponsors spiritual retreats, workshops, spiritual direction, a National Prayer Time, and "Gatherings."

Office of faith-based and neighborhood partnerships? It's exciting to see this dimension emerge out of our government. Kind of amazing!

It's especially interesting in the context of the heat the new president is taking from many of the faithful concerning stem cell research and abortion.

I'm also interested in learning more about the office, as I am active in a local coalition of of neighborhood churches who have joined together to help disadvantaged students in our local public schools.

I look forward to seeing it. I'm sure Krista will bring out the real essence of it.

I am a United Methodist pastor (retired) who has been watching the movement of our nation towards a more and more secular position and even hostility towards organized religion over the past 25 years or so. I think the extreme positions of the "evangelical right" have been a major motivation for the anti-church attitude I have experienced. Moderate and liberal churches and synagogues must bear some of the responsibility for not speaking out on the side of reason, generosity and tolerance, but I do not hold the evangelicals innocent, either.

I am interested, even fascinated, with how Obama has been presenting himself as a man of faith and values birthed and reinforced by his faith. I am interested in knowing how we can re-build our nation so that faith organizations are treated with respect and dignity and yet we maintain our separation of church and state position.

I'm interested in hearing a conversation with Krista and a member of the administration. She asks such searching questions. I expect the quality and substance of her conversation will be far above what I would hear if another member of the mainstream media interviewed him.

I listen to Speaking of Faith most Sunday mornings. I am a memeber of the United Methodist Church and am involved in outreach to the community and to the world which I am able to do because I am involved in this church. At least, there, I feel empowered to do it. I believe that many of of the answers to many problems we experience will not be answered by more government involvement, but by more individual involvement in helping our fellow man.

I am a 74 year old single female with five grown children, one recently deceased. I have been on a Spiritual Journey all of my adult life and question the meaning of my life and others. While I belong to a mainstream religion, I am always interested in and inquiring about the beliefs and religions of others including those who identify themselves as pagans, atheists, and agnostics. The separation of church and state and the freedom of religion practice is very important to me. (I hope this "little" is not too much) I am interested in a Salon in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Area.

Am interedted in subject.

I am a long time listener of SOF and underwriter via Gross Family Fund and Jewish Community Foundation. The last administration's abuse of the Office of Faith Based Initiatives has greatly disturbed me. I want to believe that the current administration's approach will be more broad based, unbiased, and less self-dealing; but I would very much like to hear an exploration concerning this topic with those who are influential. I would be happy to participate in a salon, however I can think of many other people more qualified and better spoken than I. I would like to see Rabbi Barry Cytron included. He's a most reasonable man. http://www.csbsju.edu/theology/jpc/

I am really interested in what Joshua plans for building communities and where the administration is heading. I think Krista adds a unique perspective to this conversation with her extensive experience in "Speaking of Faith". I'm really looking forward to the conversation.

Religion in politics has been a very important instigator of change in our household. Back in 2003, our Denver Archbishop took the position that it was a sin worthy of excommunication in voting for the democratic candidate. Suggesting that you weren't much of a Catholic if you did. That and comments at church services so contradictory to what we believed was right for our country/world drove two cradle Catholics out of the Church and in search of a denomination that valued the social teachings we grew up with in the Catholic church. We found that in the United Church of Christ. In 2004 we became a member. We were happy to later find that candidate Obama was also a UCC member. Both religious and political values are intertwined and finding a balance is a constant call. This topic will be of much interest to us.

I really appreciate the depth of engaging in serious issues that I find in the Speaking of Faith programs.

I'm just about 42, the mother of three children, raised Episcopalian (at the church in New Haven where Krista attended briefly according to my mother, though after I had gone off to college, etc.), married to a Catholic. I worked as a daily newpaper reporter for five years, then lawyer, and now am at home with my children and working on my first novel. I'm finding that religion and spirituality have become a very natural and integral part of my life and my parenting in the past three to four years, reconnecting with something my parents started with exposure to church in my childhood.

I am deeply concerned with both the politicization of religious institutions and how the White House under the Bush organization and the far right wing of the Republican party and the tendency of marketing philosophies, valued and techniques have seeped deeply into our public life, ie. bigger is better, let's ramp it up, etc. There is so much about the way God and things religious are used by politicians today to advance their agendas and electability that harvests cynicism and gives God a bad name.

I would be interested in hearing Krista ask DuBois about what he feels the role of institutional religion should play in the national discourse, in national politics and in this White House. I can't completely articulate what I'm getting at, but guess that you guys will be able to for me.

I'm testing

My wife Lynne and I are fans of SOF and are encouraged that the Obama administration is seeking faith-based partnerships, while at the same time respecting the appropriate separation of church and state.

We are supporters of Jim Wallis' Sojourners and participants in Brian McLaren's Deep Shift Dialogue Forum looking for ways to expand the vision of the Christian church to embrace the depth and width of the call of Jesus' gospel to community, compassion and consciousness.

We have a small group in our church (Saratoga Presbyterian) that has been using your recent series on "Spritual Solutions to the Economic Crisis" as the basis of discussion and have expanded to a study of the Social Creed for the 21st Century.

I am a supporter of President Obama and particularly of the type of grass-roots community support he has inspired. I would like to see how this will continue going forward and how inclusive the religious net will be cast.

I am not affiliated with a major religion, but practice meditation and through that practice seek to infuse every aspect of my life with love and devotion. In the past, the White House has aligned itself with the most popular major religious groups, be they on the left or right and the conversation has not been very meaningful to me.

I would like to gain a better understanding of how the Obama administration will utilize believers of all stripes to build community and strengthen our nation, rather than divide along partisan lines.

I'm an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of MN and would like to hear about how the Obama administration plans to take seriously the faith journeys of people amidst the challenges of our world.

As a Christian educator, I'm interested in the discussion of trends and practices of faith projected for our future. I'm also interested in hearing discussion about kids growing up in an increasingly religious-diverse culture.

I'm fascinated by the evolving nature of religion and its role in people's lives. I admire our US neighbours and the more open way in which citizens typically embrace and speak about their faith.

I'm very interested in hearing the president's representative speak about faith from a position of national leadership.

Thank you Krista and the members of your team, for bringing us this important presentation.

Wendy Stewart
Victoria, British Columbia
Canada

I am an ESL teacher in Warroad, Minnesota, a transplant from my beautiful hometown of Stillwater, over 30 years ago.

Teachers see a number of families that could use SUPPORT to then provide SUPPORT for their children... and yet we know full well we can't "fix" things for everybody.

I believe the answer is in sympathetic, intelligent, well-executed community support, at the right time and place. We need those helping hands doing the little things that end up being major roadblocks to their success.

You can't underestimate the value of honestly caring people and how it affects motivation - the basic tenet for success in education.

I have worked as a pre-school teacher for children at risk since 1973. I started the Southside Family Nurturing Center and continue now as the Chairperson for the Board of Directors.

We will be traveling to Minneapolis from Burlington, Vermont next week for the world premier performance of "A Celtic Mass for Peace: Songs for the Earth", on Thursday, May 20th, at Westminster Presbyterian in downtown Minneapolis.
We would love to invite Krista to join us for this remarkable event! The music was written by Sam Guarnaccia, with lyrics by J. Philip Newell, Celtic Spirituality scholar and teacher, who will be teaching at a conference all of next week in Minneapolis.
We are very involved in peace work both in our own Congregational Church in Charlotte, Vermont as well as throughout Vermont, and in conjunction with national peace efforts. Our hope is that Churches can become a platform for peacemaking in a world of increasing inclusion.
With the start of the Obama administration we have an even greater hope that we are moving toward this vision. This is a conversation to which we feel closely aligned. The story, visual images, and audio segments of the Celtic Mass can be found on the link below (www.samguarnaccia.com).

Sam and Paula Guarnaccia
1699 Irish Hill Road
Shelburne, Vermont 05482
802/734-1356

I am an audio book producer who is working on a masters in theology who works with Dr. John Philip
Newell (he is going to be in Minneapolis the same time). He is a Scottish Celtic scholar and wandering lecturer, poet, writer and Church of Scotland minister. Dr. Newell just happened to be in San Antonio the night Obama was elected and we celebrated together with a very happy group of friends. He confirmed to us that the UK had the same hopes we had with Obama's elections for a more ethical, open, responsible and honest America.

You should see if you could get Dr. Newell (he is from Scotland) to be in the Salon. He is a lovely man and very articulate. Or interview him for a different program. He is in Minneapolis for a 3 day event.

I also work with Mary C. Earle, an Episcopal Priest, who writes on the desert mothers, living with illness and Celtic spirituality. And I managed in a liturgical book in San Antonio for 30 years.

I am very interested in the role of religious life and hope it can be redefined in the Obama era to be more focused on generous action, peace, justice and care than on "belief".

I hope I can get a ticket and I love Krista and was so excited that her "Speaking of Faith" is now in San Antonio.

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Joshua DuBois

is the executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Production Credits

Host/Producer: Krista Tippett

Managing Producer: Kate Moos

Senior Producer: Mitch Hanley

Producer: Colleen Scheck

Associate Producer: Nancy Rosenbaum

Associate Producer: Shiraz Janjua

Technical Director: John Scherf

Online Editor: Trent Gilliss

Associate Web Producer: Andrew Dayton