Easter may be the most cherished day of the Christian year, but the Resurrection is meaningless without plumbing the depths of Good Friday, the day of crucifixion. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the real meaning of Easter. Also, a talk with renegade Bishop John Shelby Spong. And jazz singer Kurt Elling gets mystical.
John Shelby Spong, former Episcopal Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, now teaches at Harvard and has written an autobiography called "Here I Stand." He tells Jim Fleming he was born into a Fundamentalist Christian family, but now thinks that churches have to modernize and become more inclusive to survive in the 21st century. Also, poet Kathleen Norris, best-selling author of "The Cloister Walk" and "Amazing Grace," tells Steve Paulson why she loves the Psalms - they're really poems!SEGMENT 2:
Father Richard John Neuhaus tells Steve Paulson that he wrote "Death on a Friday Afternoon" because he thinks the Crucifixion is central to the Christian faith and that people shouldn't rush to Easter. Neuhaus is president of the Institute on Religion and Public Life. Also, jazz singer Kurt Elling is a former divinity student. He tells Jim Fleming that jazz enables him to express his spiritual feelings. His recordings include "Live in Chicago," "The Messenger," and "This Time It's Love."SEGMENT 3:
Rabbi Arthur Waskow runs the Shalom Center in Philadelphia. He talks with Steve Paulson about the Jewish tradition of Jubilee, and suggests that perhaps the whole world should observe one Sabbath year out of every seven. He says it would be good for the environment and help people refresh themselves and rebuild their sense of community.Cassette copies are available at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 00-04-23-A.
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