Unlikely Conversations from the Collegeville Institute
From Interfaith Dialogue to Multi-Religious Action: A Conversation with Rabbi Barry D. Cytron and Dr. Marty Stortz

From Interfaith Dialogue to Multi-Religious Action: A Conversation with Rabbi Barry D. Cytron and Dr. Marty Stortz

May 20, 2020

How have interfaith relations shifted in the last century? Why is there still so much religious violence in the world? And how can we know if our lives have made a difference?

This episode takes a step away from the conversations between fellows to offer some history and context from two masters of multi-religious work—Rabbi Barry D. Cytron and Dr. Marty Stortz. Barry and Marty serve as co-directors of the Collegeville Institute’s Multi-Religious Fellows program and have dedicated their careers to civil discourse as spiritual practice. Don't miss their wide-ranging discussion on faith and politics, the need for honest conversation, and how Judaism and Christianity approach forgiveness and reconciliation.

Love is a Verb: A Muslim-Catholic Conversation on Social Justice

Love is a Verb: A Muslim-Catholic Conversation on Social Justice

May 6, 2020

In this episode, hear a Muslim-Catholic dialogue about faith and action for the common good.

How do our faith communities grapple with injustice and inequality? Are our financial budgets moral documents? And what do the Koran and Bible say about advocating for the oppressed? 

Listen to an unlikely conversation between Tamim Saidi and Joe Kruse as they discuss social justice, economics, and the call to love in their respective Muslim and Catholic Worker communities. Tamim and Joe are Twin Cities religious leaders in the Collegeville Institute’s Multi-Religious Fellows program who model friendship and collective action across religious boundaries.

Religion and the Next Generation: A Hindu-Christian Conversation on Youth Spiritual Engagement

Religion and the Next Generation: A Hindu-Christian Conversation on Youth Spiritual Engagement

April 22, 2020

In these days when young people are leaving organized religion in droves, how do our faith communities form, educate, and empower youth? And how can we build healthy, multi-religious relationships when, let’s face it, they can be hard and uncomfortable?

In this episode, listen to an unlikely conversation between Pooja Bastodkar and Andrea Roske-Metcalfe as they discuss the next generation in their respective Hindu and Christian communities. Pooja and Andrea are Twin Cities religious leaders in the Collegeville Institute’s Multi-Religious Fellows program who model friendship across religious boundaries.

Unlikely Conversations Trailer

Unlikely Conversations Trailer

April 6, 2020
We often inhabit spaces in person and online where we only interact with folks who primarily look and think and act and practice faith like we do. Unlikely Conversations is a new podcast from the Collegeville Institute that breaks through our echo chambers by exploring civil discourse as spiritual practice. In its first season, each episode features two participants in the Multi-Religious Fellows program at the Collegeville Institute. Tune in twice a month to hear host Ellie Roscher facilitate a lively discussion between diverse Twin Cities faith leaders as they tackle thorny topics like racial justice, youth spiritual formation, and religious stereotypes. The guests on Unlikely Conversations model how to have brave and hopeful conversations in an era of religious polarization.