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Listen to Rachel Koehler’s interfaith podcasts

A year in the making, Butler’s Rachel Koehler is releasing her podcasts about the CIC board members’ journey to interfaith engagement. Please listen!

Today, there is an ongoing debate within and between different faiths regarding the correct way to interact with religious diversity. For example, exclusive language is found in several religions, which states that individuals can only experience the Ultimate through a specific faith practice. This belief directly challenges the relevance of interreligious dialogue, but a spectrum exists amongst adherents of different faith communities in how they understand religious diversity amid absolute truth claims in their own tradition.

When she was an intern at the Center for Interfaith Cooperation in fall of 2018, recent Butler grad Rachel Koehler began an ambitious project: interview the nearly 40-person board of CIC to learn what drew them to interfaith engagement, and what this engagement has meant to them.

The goal of my research is to illustrate this debate, so my audience has a foundation on which to build. Then, I will introduce my case study on the Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC), which is a local organization that seeks peaceful dialogue in an interfaith setting. I have and will continue to interview board members within the CIC to get their perspective on why interfaith work is so important. Their input is meant to add to the conversation not to provide an inerrant approach to religious diversity. It is my attempt to merely record their oral histories rather than reach a conclusive answer to the debate.

You can listen to the Introduction of Rachel’s series. We’ll be publishing an interview every day or two. Next up: CIC Executive Director Charlie Wiles.

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  1. Clark May 22, 2019 Reply

    Are the CIC board members interviewed in the podcasts available to speak to my Sunday School class?

    • CIC May 22, 2019 Reply

      If their schedules allow they’d be delighted. In the next couple of weeks CIC will relaunch its Speakers Bureau and make it easier to contact them.

  2. Susan P Erickson May 22, 2019 Reply

    Is Rachel planning to do another podcast series? She is a very good interviewer.

    • CIC May 22, 2019 Reply

      Right now, I think Rachel is still celebrating graduation from Butler. She put an awful lot of work into this project … I hope she keeps this kind of work.

  3. Cate Provo May 22, 2019 Reply

    These podcasts are wonderful, very informative and inspiring. When will all the podcasts be available?

    • CIC May 22, 2019 Reply

      We would like people to really listen to the interviews. So we are posting one one the CIC website every two days. The interviews are available on at least seven other platforms.

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