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Many people over the past 25 years who have traveled to India with a Transformational Travel group have participated in dialogue at the Quo Vadis Interfaith Dialogue Centre in Tiruvannamalai, India. They’ve learned and discussed what a Christian, Lutheran witness looks like in a minority context, surrounded by Hindus, Muslims and spiritual seekers of every sort.

This interfaith dialogue is vital for a faithful and healthy understanding of our neighbors (and ourselves) in today’s global society.

That’s why I’m excited to announce the launch of a new podcast from the Collegeville Institute: Unlikely Conversations. (Full disclosure: the host, Ellie Roscher, is my spouse.)

Unlikely Conversations

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.

Beginning on April 22, tune in twice a month to hear host (and Collegeville Institute board member) 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.

Learn more at the Collegeville Institute website, or subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app.

Author Dan Ruth

Dan Ruth is the executive director of LPGM and an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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