Dr. Michael Reid Trice began Religica in 2018 in collaboration with nationally and internationally based colleagues at the axis of religion and public life. In 2020, the Religica Theolab was integrated into the work of the Center, allowing for a theological laboratory where students and communities test new ideas and potential modalities – from specific podcast themes to a new resource on environmental degradation. Like water reclamation, worthy new learnings from our Theolab are then poured into the Center for years of service ahead.
Every week we highlight important podcasts that relate to our place in this world, have profound social impllications, or correlate to The Center's work globally and locally.
Recently, Religica Theolab Founder Dr. Michael Reid Trice spoke with Rev. Joel Ortega Dopico, who serves as President and Executive Secretary of the Cuban Council of Churches.
In this episode, Rev. Ortega Dopico and Dr. Trice speak about the history and functions of the Cuban Council of Churches, the value of theological education, and bringing hope into the next decade. Take a listen!
Bishop Shelley Bryan Wee has served as Pastor at Jocko Valley Lutheran Church in Arlee, Montana, Zion Lutheran Church in Spokane, Washington, Emmanuel Lutheran Church and Eastern Washington University Campus Ministry in Cheney, Washington. She served as Assistant to the Bishop in the Northwest Washington Synod prior to her being elected to bishop of the Northwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in May 2019.
In this episode, Kelly Curtis and Bishop Shelley Bryan Wee speak about the importance of maintaining community, the value in establishing meaningful rituals, and the future of worship in a post-pandemic world. Take a listen!
Religica Theolab Founder Michael Reid Trice recently had an opportunity to speak with Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, who serves as the Rabbi and Cantor of Tree of Life – Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On October 27, 2018, Tree of Life was the target of an act of violence that left eleven people murdered.
In this episode, Rabbi Myers reflects on ways to engage the sacred, the process of healing, and the role of solidarity in creating change. Take a listen.
Religica Co-Founder Michael Reid Trice had an opportunity to speak with Farid Ahmed, who was in the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand when the mosque was attacked and 51 people were murdered on March 15, 2019. Among those killed was Mr. Ahmed’s wife, Husna. This is an important story; a journey, for what Mr. Ahmed calls an “interior revolution.”
In this episode, Mr. Ahmed and Dr. Trice discuss loss, return, and how violence in our communities is never the final word. Take a listen.
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