Category: "Podcasts"

The S.P.I.C.E.S. of Life: How Quakerism Taught Andy von Salis to Sit With Silence and Stand in Protest

December 15th,2016 ICNY Latest News, Podcasts

We're launching our new season with a podcast survey and a chance to win tickets to a new Broadway Musical! See below for details. _________________________________________________________ Andy von Salis and ICNY Podcast Producer Maggi Van Dorn In this episode of our free podcast series “NYC Faith Leaders,” Maggi Van Dorn talks with Andy von Salis, a clerk (or presiding moderator) of the New York Religious Society of Friends, also known as "Quakers," on how the practice of silence and commitment to equality have guided Quakers as some of the most powerful peace and justice makers in American history, and have personally empowered his own civil disobedience. On the Fundamental Beli...Continue Reading

PODCAST: “Gifts of Spirit and Caregiving” – Peter Gudaitis on Faith Leadership and Disaster Response

September 19th,2016 ICNY Latest News, Podcasts

Maggi Van Dorn talks with Peter Gudaitis In the wake of the 9/11 tragedy fifteen years ago, an organization called New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) came together to coordinate disaster relief. Since that time, NYDIS has grown and gone on to provide relief after Hurricane Sandy and other disasters. In this episode of our free podcast series “NYC Faith Leaders,” Maggi Van Dorn talks with Peter B. Gudaitis, Chief Response Officer of NYDIS, about the challenges of coordinating disaster relief in a city comprised of hundreds of separate cultural and faith communities, and how to train religious leaders to provide emergency response to a multi-faith population. Highlights: O...Continue Reading

PODCAST: “The Natural Tendency of the Soul” – Nitin Ajmera on Jainism, Nonviolence, and the Human Struggle for Virtue

August 22nd,2016 ICNY Latest News, Podcasts

  Maggi Van Dorn talks with Nitin Ajmera   In this episode of our free podcast series “NYC Faith Leaders,” Maggi Van Dorn talks with Nitin Ajmera, former president of the Jain Center of America, located in Elmhurst, Queens.  In this richly informative and entertaining two-part interview, Mr. Ajmera describes the origins of Jainism (one of the oldest religions in the world), and speaks about the three main principals of the Jain faith: devotion to nonviolence (Ahimsa), a rejection of possessiveness (Aparigraha), and embracing the understanding that there are multiple paths that lead to establishment of the truth (Anekantvada). His engaging talk is a rare and valuable opportunity to lea...Continue Reading

PODCAST: Father Liam O’Doherty shares an “Incarnational Faith”

July 26th,2016 ICNY Latest News, Podcasts

Father Liam and ICNY Podcast Producer Maggi Van Dorn In this episode of our free podcast series “NYC Faith Leaders,” Maggi Van Dorn talks with Father Liam O'Doherty, an Augustinian friar and Catholic priest, currently of Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and formerly of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Staten Island.  Fr. Liam served 18 years as a missionary in Nagoya & Nagasaki, Japan, where he ministered to the descendants of Japan's first Catholic martyrs.  He is renown in Staten Island for his interfaith work in bringing together the Roman Catholic and Muslim communities around shared social justice concerns.  And Fr. Liam is also credited with ar...Continue Reading

PODCAST: “Faith in Humanity’s Capacity for Goodness” – Dr. Anne Klaeysen on Humanism and the Morality of Atheistic Philosophy

June 23rd,2016 ICNY Latest News, Podcasts, Uncategorized

  Dr. Anne Klaeysen (pictured, left) talks with ICNY Podcast Producer Maggi Van Dorn In this episode of our free podcast series “NYC Faith Leaders,” Maggi Van Dorn and ICNY’s Directory of Programs Dr. Henry Goldschmidt talk with Dr. Anne Klaeysen, leader of the New York Society for Ethical Culture, ethical humanist religious life advisor at Columbia University and humanist chaplain at NYU. On the first Humanists: "While they were experiencing their lives and their commitments to their vocations as religious they were beginning to separate that more from a belief in a supernatural, anthropomorphized deity." On the "1st manifesto": "Humanism is a philosophy and a religion that e...Continue Reading

PODCAST: Al Cadena on the Bahá’í faith, and living life with purpose and meaning

May 23rd,2016 ICNY Latest News, Podcasts

PODCAST “Walk a Path of Service” Al Cadena on the Bahá'í faith, and living life with purpose and meaning Maggi Van Dorn (pictured, left) talks with Al Cadena (right) Thanks to Eddie Gonzalez (center), our friend from StoryCorps, for helping with the recording. In this episode of our free podcast series “NYC Faith Leaders,” Maggi Van Dorn talks with Al Cadena, one of nine members of an elected body called the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of New York City.  Al provides a wonderful introduction to Bahá'í beliefs, and how the faith informs a person's ethics.  He also shares his inspiring journey to victory on the game show "Jeopardy!". On Bahá'ísm: "Bahá'í ...Continue Reading

PODCAST: Michael Manswell on Yoruba, the Arts, and Spiritual Transformation

April 25th,2016 ICNY Latest News, Podcasts

 PODCAST  “Music Can Say Things that the Heart Cannot Find Words to Say”  Michael Manswell on Yoruba, the Arts, and Spiritual Transformation   Michael Manswell (Photo credit: Donna Chong) In this episode of our free podcast series “NYC Faith Leaders,” Maggi Van Dorn and Dr. Henry Goldschmidt talk with dancer, singer, choreographer, teaching artist, artistic director and Orisha devotee Michael Manswell.  Mr. Manswell talks about the origins and practices of the Yoruba tradition (one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa), religious leadership, and "Something Positive," an arts and education organization dedicated to the art and culture of the African Diaspora and its cross-c...Continue Reading

PODCAST: Sonny Singh and “A Commitment to Radical Equality”

March 20th,2016 ICNY Latest News, Podcasts

Sonny Singh On Sikhism: "It's about having direct devotion and access to the Divine, and if that's our way of thinking, that is a commitment to radical equality.  Prayer is an important access point to the divine, but prayer is also fighting against injustice, organizing, feeding people, clothing people..." On being a faith leader: "There's no concept of 'clergy' in the Sikh faith.  I define [a faith leader] as someone who is organizing and mobilizing people from a particular faith community for ... at its best, various forms of social and economic justice." On leadership opportunities for youth: "We're seeing very smart and on-point young folks that are challenging som...Continue Reading

PODCAST: “What it Means to Stand Together” Imam Khalid Latif on faith leadership and collaboration

February 14th,2016 ICNY Latest News, Podcasts

PODCAST "What it Means to Stand Together" Imam Khalid Latif Maggi Van Dorn with Imam Khalid Latif, University Chaplain, Global Spiritual Life at NYU; Executive Director, The Islamic Center at NYU; Senior Fellow & Co-Founder, Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership; Adjunct Assistant Professor, NYU Wagner "Legitimacy can be established through credentials ... or it can be established through a track record and work experience, that you have indicated through some type of continuous effort that you are someone worth listening to." "Our bigger challenge today is ... the amount of indifference that exists.  That you see injustice taking place in front of you, and you have the...Continue Reading

PODCAST: “Without a Vision, There is No Way in Life You Can Succeed” with Dr. Uma Mysorekar

January 19th,2016 ICNY Latest News, Podcasts

PODCAST Dr. Uma Mysorekar, President of the Hindu Temple Society of North America, and ICNY Board Vice Chair About Hinduism and Monotheism: "Hindus believe in one supreme Brahman. The ancient sages and the seers always worshiped a formless form of the Lord. The form came in for common people to be able to focus their worship." On Hinduism and deities: "We strongly believe that God is in everything.  You can invoke God in a piece of stone.  Every part of a deity's body gives us a message - Ganesha's ears prompt us to be good listeners, his eyes teach us to be focused." On the role of the House of Worship: "Temples are built for a community platform, people get married here, childr...Continue Reading