This episode features conversations with three experts on religion and climate change who have investigated how different religious communities have responded to the climate crisis. Our discussion begins with Dr. Amanda Baugh. She has been exploring Latinx Catholics’ conservation actions and examining how environmental activism can become less centered on white Americans. Next, Dr. Adrienne Krone discusses the Jewish farming movement and how Jewish farming organizations are combatting climate change. And finally, Dr. Robin Veldman shares her findings about why Christian nationalists and evangelicals have opposed climate science. In total, they share how religious communities and others can make addressing climate change a priority.
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Religion and Climate Change
37:23This episode features conversations with three experts on religion and climate change who have investigated how different religious communities have responded to the climate crisis. Our discussion begins with Dr. Amanda Baugh. She has been exploring Latinx Catholics’ conservation actions and examining how environmental activism can become less centered on white Americans. Next, Dr. Adrienne Krone discusses the Jewish farming movement and how Jewish farming organizations are combatting climate change. And finally, Dr. Robin Veldman shares her findings about why Christian nationalists and evangelicals have opposed climate science. In total, they share how religious communities and others can make addressing climate change a priority.
Sex Education and Religion in Public SchoolsWhat role has religion played in shaping sex education in America’s public schools? Dr. Kristy Slominski, author of Teaching Moral Sex: A History of Religion and Sex Education in the United States, joins us to discuss why liberal Protestant leaders wanted sex education in America’s schools. We explore what teachings sex educators promoted about gender and monogamy, how they responded to the visible rise of LGBTQ people, and why abstinence-only education became a mainstay of American sex education that still persists today.
30:34What are evangelical men taught about gender and their place in the world? Dr. Bradley Onishi, a scholar of religion and host of the Straight White American Jesus podcast, joins us to discuss why evangelical men valorize aggressive masculinity. We also explore what evangelical men are taught about their sexual desires, how evangelical conceptions of masculinity contribute to cultures of violence, and what evangelical ideas about masculinity have to do with America’s current political climate. For more, check out Dr. Bradley Onishi’s Revealer article “God is Ultimate Masculinity: Evangelical Visions of Manhood in the Wake of the Atlanta Massacre” at https://therevealer.org/god-is-ultimate-masculinity-evangelical-visions-of-manhood-in-the-wake-of-the-atlanta-massacre/
27:03As travel reopens throughout the world, we are taking a look at the popularity of “Holocaust tourism.” Dr. Daniel Reynolds, author of Postcards from Auschwitz: Holocaust Tourism and the Meaning of Remembrance, joins us to discuss why millions of people travel to Nazi concentration camps and other sites of Holocaust memorialization each year, what messages Holocaust memorial sites typically promote, and how Holocaust memorial sites try to address present-day issues of antisemitism, nativism, and racism.
San Francisco’s “AIDS Church” and the 40th Anniversary of HIV/AIDS
31:18June 2021 marks forty years since the first identified cases of what came to be known as HIV/AIDS. In this episode we chat with Dr. Lynne Gerber about a predominantly gay church in San Francisco and how it responded to the AIDS epidemic. We discuss how that church and its minister helped a gay community devastated by sickness, death and constant funerals, and why knowing this history about the AIDS epidemic matters today.
Faith-Based Prisons in the United States
33:12What are faith-based prisons and why are they legal in the United States? Dr. Brad Stoddard, author of Spiritual Entrepreneurs: Florida’s Faith-Based Prisons and the American Carceral State, joins us to discuss why several states operate “faith and character-based correctional facilities.” We explore who goes to these prisons, how faith-based prisons theoretically promote religious pluralism, and how these institutions promote conservative Christian teachings—especially about gender and sexuality.
Latino Americans and the Popularity of Prosperity Gospel Pentecostalism
27:25This episode explores the surging popularity of Prosperity Gospel Pentecostalism among Latino Americans. Dr. Tony Tian-Ren Lin, author Prosperity Gospel Latinos and Their American Dream, joins us to explain what the Prosperity Gospel entails and why it has been so appealing to Latino Americans, especially to new immigrants. We discuss how the Prosperity Gospel gives people a feeling of control over their lives, particularly in the face of profound structural inequalities. And we explore how Prosperity Gospel Pentecostalism impacts faithful Latino Americans’ political involvement.
Mormons and Changing Ideas about Gender and Sexuality
28:45This episode explores issues of gender and sexuality in Mormon communities. Dr. Taylor Petrey, author of Tabernacles of Clay: Sexuality and Gender in Modern Mormonism, joins us to discuss the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ current positions on gender and the place of LGBTQ Mormons. We explore tensions within Mormon communities around these issues, how Mormon leaders tried to teach children how to become gender normative heterosexuals, and Mormon ideas about womanly perfection as depicted in the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.
Black Lives Matter and American Catholics
28:21In our first episode of 2021, journalist Olga Segura, author of Birth of a Movement: Black Lives Matter and the Catholic Church, joins us to discuss the place of religion in the Black Lives Matter movement. We explore why Church leaders need to partner with Black Lives Matter, how the Catholic Church upholds white supremacy, and how Black Lives Matter is a model for Catholic social justice endeavors.
Crafting Jewish Identity
25:56In our last episode of 2020, we examine the role of crafting within American Judaism. Dr. Jodi Eichler-Levine, author of Painted Pomegranates and Needlepoint Rabbis: How Jews Craft Resilience and Create Community, joins us to discuss why focusing on crafting can give us a fuller understanding of American Judaism, how thinking about crafting can transform stereotypes about Jewish women, and the connections between crafting, Jewish identity, and social justice activism.