Host (and guest) Maggi Van Dorn
This time on “Interfaith Matters,” host Maggi Van Dorn is our guest! ICNY’s Director of Programs, Dr. Henry Goldschmidt, talks with Maggi about her Catholic faith background, as they reflect on two seasons of podcasting, highlighting some memorable interviews with New York City faith leaders, and discussing how podcasts are such a valuable forum for interfaith conversation.
As Maggi departs our podcast after two wonderful seasons, we wish her tremendous continued success as the Religion and Spirituality producer at Spoke (a new podcasting app from SiriusXM) and as associate producer for The Adventures of Memento Mori podcast, which was just named one of The Atlantic’s 50 Best Podcasts of 2017.
Podcast Episode Highlights:
On why podcasts are the most visual medium: “You can only hear my voice, and as a result, you have to conjure images in your mind that might be so much more powerful than anything that you would see on a TV screen.”
On how a Catholic imagination fuels interfaith conversation: “If you’re trying to understand the divine and you’re starting at a place of human flourishing then I can look at human flourishing all around the world and in so many different people and say, ‘There’s the glory of God!'”
On how podcasting enhances interfaith work: “We can talk very abstractly about a diversity of voices or perspectives, but podcasts strip away those abstractions because you literally have a human voice that is textured and unique, which discloses the person’s identity and their community. To give greater representation of diverse backgrounds, what better way to do that than through the human voice?”
This episode of Interfaith Matters is underwritten by One Spirit Learning Alliance – an interfaith learning institute that trains spiritual leaders and offers workshops for the public to spark personal transformation. More information is at Onespiritinterfaith.org/Matters, where our listeners can find a free download of one of their teachings, “The Life We Are Called to Live.”
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