Featured Podcasts

A selection of featured Religica podcasts from the Theolab. 

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Combating Hate and Racism

In this conversation, Center Director Michael Reid Trice talks to Dr. Holly Huffnagle about the rise of hate speech and hate crime in recent years and how to combat it. Engage at Religica.org

One thing we have to do is almost reframe the way we think about combating hate and fighting anti-Semitism and fighting Islamophobia.– Holly Huffnagle

Violence is Never the Final Word - The Attack on the Al Noor Mosque

On March 15, 2019, at the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, 51 people were murdered. Farid Ahmed’s wife, Husna, was also killed. Dr. Ahmed tells us a story of an internal revolution that took place in his life.

"There is something to say about the courageous revolution within oneself that needs to be said to others.” “Do not surrender to the wrong things. It is your right to have peace in your heart.” “You have been working all your life …. Do not allow some bad actions to make you give up your values.  – Farid Ahmed

Laudato Si and a Shared Future

In this episode, Dr. Trice and Murphy speak about the Laudato Si and a Shared Future. Take a listen! 

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What is hope? Hope is not optimism. They're different species. Hope is uglier and messier. But, it's also more vital. [...] Hope is a theological virtue that's infused; it's given to us."– Michael Murphy

Cherishing the Spirit of Water

Steve Wilhelm of the Religica Team had an opportunity to speak with Elder Masayesva about the importance of cherishing, preserving, and understanding our Earth's water; the scientific value of Hopi knowledge and wisdom, and; the importance of understanding, respecting, and learning from Earth's water cycles

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Hopi-ism is based on the notion of charity, cooperation, being responsible for your actions and inactions ... The Hopi say water has many faces, that’s what we’re told. Water is not just a thing. It’s a spirit, it’s our breath." - Elder Vernon Masayesva

The Future 

In this conversation, Center Director Michael Reid Trice talks to Dr. Iyad Abumoghli about the incoming planetary crisis, our environmental responsibilities, our hopes for the youth, and religious multilateralismEngage at Religica.org

"This agenda, […] some consider it to be the agenda for countries or governments and it is not, it is an agenda for everybody whether it is stakeholders, private sectors, religious organizations, or individuals."  – Dr. Iyad Abumoghli

Featured Blogcasts

A selection of featured Religica podcasts from the Theolab. 

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Gratitude and Creativity: Lessons From Mother Earth

In this Religica Theolab Blogcast, Phyllis Curott speaks about lessons from Mother Earth on gratitude and creativity. Engage at Religica.org

The Divine really is just a breath away.  And it’s the simplest, most natural, daily acts – the things we do all the time, that we take for granted and that our lives depend upon – that can open and fill our hearts with the wisdom, grace, and creativity of the world we depend on and that depends on us.” – Phyllis Curott

Support in the Midst of Constant Change

In this Religica Theolab Blogcast, Charline Manuel explores how we can create community after sustained trauma and uncertainty. Engage at Religica.org

“If we are to lend support to “traumatized” communities it must be done in awareness of the stories lodged in the center of great pain, fear, and anger. Beyond listening, we must bring authenticity, inclusivity, and compassion with our methodology.” -Charline Manuel


Gratitude and Forgiveness

In this Religica Theolab Blogcast, Marcia Riggers discusses the connection between gratitude, forgiveness, and being open to new possibilities. Engage at Religica.org

To be truly grateful, that which flows from the heart needs to be named or identified. “What did I just see or hear or feel that brought forth gratitude?” – Marica Riggers


Choosing to Build Relationships

In this Religica Theolab Blogcast, Mahrukh Motafram explores how we can create community after sustained trauma and uncertainty. Engage at Religica.org

"If we all asked ourselves what changed during these past few months, I hope we can agree that it is our attitude towards our lives, respect for our environment and for each other.” -Mahrukh Motafram


Joy, Sorrow and Trauma

In this Religica Theolab Blogcast, Diane Tomhave discusses the need of sharing stories of joy, sorrow, and trauma. Engage at Religica.org

"There is a way through. We will heal by supporting each other. We will heal by laughing, crying, and singing together. We need to remember what it means to be human. We will heal by telling stories of gratitude to get us through. Our shared stories will give grace to heal and repair what is broken within and amongst us. -Diane Tomhave 

Religica Response to Violence 

This resource, created in cooperation with Seattle University and the Parliament of the World’s Religions, is a free resource developed for use by individuals and communities on responding to the challenge of violence in our world. 

This multi-media resource is rich with videos, articles, podcast interviews from influencers around the world, and provides a roll-up-our-sleeves guide for responding to violence in our communities.  Study alone or in groups; the resource is ready for you to explore.

Religica Response to a Changing Climate

The Religica team creates projects that respond to the challenges vexing all of us. We do this alongside allies you trust, who value the healthy engagement of religious and spiritual traditions in the world.

Each project responds to global challenges by caring about the future of those we’ve never met, by acting for the sake of a friend’s present, and by even inhabiting the planets of adversaries.


Allies matter in every area of our lives. These are many of the colleagues who align themselves to the work of the Religica Theolab at the Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement.  Allies hail from local communities to the United Nations, among other agencies.  Click on many of the faces of leaders below, and hear them reflect on their stories.  Would you like to become an ally?  Contact us at TheCenter@seattleu.edu

Religica Theolab

The Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement includes our own theological laboratory: the Religica Theolab.

Visit our Theolab here.