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30 Good Minutes Episodes Podcast

"30 Good Minutes" is a weekly television program produced by the Chicago Sunday Evening Club and broadcast on WTTW Channel 11 in Chicago (PBS). The mission of the Chicago Sunday Evening Club is to foster COMPASSION, RECONCILIATION and PEACE by communicating faith stories and ideas from many faith traditions. For more information, visit www.30goodminutes.org.

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From Touro to 51 Park – Janet Cooper-Nelson, Ep. 5415

The New Face of Faith – Jim Wallis, Ep. 5414 Janet Cooper Nelson, Chaplain of Brown University, tells how, from the building of America’s first synagogue in 1763 to the proposal for a Muslim community center near the 9/11 Ground Zero, America has been challenged to live out its promise of religious liberty. This week’s Spiritual Journey features a profile of two friends at Stanford University, Ansaf Kareem, a Muslim, and Anand Venkatkrishnan, a Hindu, co-found a remarkable interfaith student organization called Faiths Acting in Togetherness and Hope (FAITH). Rabbi Karyn Kedar, Senior Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim in Deerfield, Illinois, reflects on humility.

30 Aug 2011

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The New Face of Faith – Jim Wallis, Ep. 5414

The New Face of Faith – Jim Wallis, Ep. 5414 Jim Wallis, President of Sojourners in Washington, DC, talks about a new generation of Christians, Jews and Muslims who see the revival of their traditions as the best response to the threat of fundamentalist extremism. Their dialogue may prove to be one of the most exciting and productive interfaith conversations in many years. This week’s Spiritual Journey features Moustafa Moustafa, a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, now in medical school at Yale University, who started an interfaith club at the University of Michigan to provide medical supplies around the world. Vicki Garvey, Canon for Christian Formation for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, reflects on peace.

29 Aug 2011

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Better Together – Eboo Patel, Ep. 5413

Better Together – Eboo Patel, Ep. 5413 Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, shares stories of young people working across the lines of faith to create university campuses and communities where everyone has a place and everyone works together for the common good. This week’s Spiritual Journey features Nick Price, who works with evangelical Christian students at the University of Illinois Chicago to build friendships with people from other faiths and traditions. JoAnne Terrell, Associate Professor of Ethics and Theology at Chicago Theological Seminary, reflects on compassionate action as a call for surrender to God, the Spirit of Love.

19 Jul 2011

Rank #3

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This Foreigner – Anna Carter Florence, Ep. 5411

This Foreigner – Anna Carter Florence, Ep. 5411 Anna Carter Florence, the Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, takes a new look at the story of Jesus healing the ten lepers, seeing it as an invitation to acknowledge each person’s authentic faith in God, even if that faith is different from our own. This week’s Spiritual Journey features a profile of Rick Hirschaut, Executive Director of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Illinois, dedicated to teaching a new generation to work for human rights throughout the world. Vicki Garvey, Canon for Christian Formation for the Epsicopal Diocese of Chicago, reflects on identity.

19 Jul 2011

Rank #4

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Thinking Again About Food – Nigel Savage, Ep. 5410

Thinking Again About Food – Nigel Savage, Ep. 5410 Nigel Savage, Executive Director of Hazon, an organization that works to create healthy and sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond, speaks about the connection between food and faith and what the New Jewish Food Movement has to teach people of all faiths about how to eat ethically and sustainably. This week’s Spiritual Journey features a profile of Candace Minster, Environmental Education Coordinator at the White Violet Eco-Justice Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-in-the-Woods, Indiana. Christine Chakoian, Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, Illinois, reflects on what the industrialists who founded her congregation might think today about our growing focus on care for the earth.

19 Jul 2011

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A Religious Response to Global Warming – Ep. 5409

A Religious Response to Global Warming – Ep. 5409 Sally Bingham, President of The Regeneration Project in San Francisco, California, speaks about global warming as a preeminent moral issue, and the important role the multi-faith religious community can play in educating, inspiring and motivating the world toward positive change. This week’s Spiritual Journey features a profile of Claire Butterfield, Executive Director of Faith in Place, a Chicago non-profit that gives people of all faiths the tools they need to be better stewards of the Earth. Tom McGrath, author of Raising Faith-filled Kids, reflects on a boyhood experience that heightened his awareness of and gratitude for the Earth.

19 Jul 2011

Rank #6

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An Offer Too Good to Refuse – Benjamin Reaves, Ep. 5408

An Offer Too Good to Refuse – Benjamin Reaves, Ep. 5408 Seventh-day Adventist minister, Benjamin Reaves, Vice President for Mission and Ministries at Adventist Health Systems, talks about three promises the God of Israel made to Joshua — victory over enemies, an intimate relationship with God and God’s everlasting presence. This week’s Spiritual Journey features a profile of Nancy Golen, Director of Cabrini Retreat Center in Des Plaines, Illinois, where Chicago teenagers find a spiritual haven. Rabbi Karyn Kedar, Senior Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim in Deerfield, Illinois, reflects on humility.

19 Jul 2011

Rank #7

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The Spirituality of Compassion – John Killinger, Ep. 5407

The Spirituality of Compassion – John Killinger, Ep. 5407 Author, teacher and pastor, John Killinger, reflects on compassion. In all our religions, he says, true spirituality is something that sensitizes us to the plight of others and helps us to reach out to them in simple love and generosity. This week’s Spiritual Journey features a profile of Dr. May Khadem who, inspired by her Baha’i faith, founded Health for Humanity, a Chicago-based non-profit whose compassionate mission is to prevent blindness in communities around the world. Christine Chakoian, Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, Illinois, reflects on the true meaning of compassion.

19 Jul 2011

Rank #8

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Failing to See – Edward Beck, Ep. 5406

Failing to See – Edward Beck, Ep. 5406 Fr. Edward Beck, author of God Underneath and Unlikely Ways Home, talks about the ways in which we fail to see what is, and the ways in which we see what is not. In this week’s Spiritual Journey, singer/songwriter Carrie Newcomer, drawn to the social justice and peace focus of the Quakers, writes songs about the sacred in the ordinary things of life. Christine Chakoian, Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, Illinois, recounts how her community found its way through a conflict.

19 Jul 2011

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Dangerous Dreams – Joan Brown Campbell, Ep. 5405

Dangerous Dreams – Joan Brown Campbell, Ep. 5405 Joan Brown Campbell, Director of the Department of Religion at The Chautauqua Institution, speaks about the power of compassion, at the heart of all the world’s religions, to transform religious barriers into the bonds of a common, hopeful humanity. This week’s Spiritual Journey features a profile of George Kearney who, upon graduating from college, chose to spend a few years working as a teacher in a very special school before starting a career in business. This week’s reflection comes from Vicki Garvey, Canon for Christian Formation for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.

19 Jul 2011

Rank #10