Welcome to the Radio Programs of The Godspeed Institute

Each week we host an enlightening and positive conversation exploring the world's religions and spiritual belief systems as an on-air classroom, in an effort to help people better understand each other, promote tolerance and foster peace.

 

At the Godspeed Institute we seek connection with and guidance from those who understand and teach the history, purpose and practices of the world's religious and spiritual wisdom--those who remind us to stay rooted in our heart, breath, soul, spirit or higher selves, and those who help us evolve into spiritually centered beings. We celebrate and educate, sharing the wealth of our diverse spiritual heritage as a source of knowledge, a path leading toward tolerance, and a way for all people to learn about and strengthen spiritual life skills. Please join us on the journey, 'favorite' this page, come back often and stay in touch. Listen and learn about faith worldwide, right here:

 


 

An Hour with Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary

Caer speaks with Noel Paul Stookey, the "Paul" of Peter, Paul & Mary – legendary singer, songwriter and musician who passionately believes in bringing the spiritual into the practice of daily life. Generations have been touched by his enduring classics, including “The Wedding Song” and “In These Times.” Now, at 74, with Betty, his spouse of 48 years, the Stookeys share about their life and what has touched them and upheld them, including music, faith and love.

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The Afterlife of Billy Fingers, with Annie Kagan

Join Caer for a spirited talk with Dr. Annie Kagan, author of the book The Afterlife of Billy Fingers: How My Bad-Boy Brother Proved to Me There's Life After Death. When her brother Billy died unexpectedly, Annie agreed to accompany him on his journey through the mysteries of death. Enjoy this engaging conversation about the bliss and wonder to come -- a message of hope and humor (and good music).

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Sufism for the Western Seeker, with Dr. Stewart Bitkoff

Dr. Stewart Bitkoff grew up in New York City and spent most of his professional career in the New York City area. He holds a doctorate in education and is an avid student of Sufi Mysticism and the Perennial Philosophy. He is the author of 'A Commuter's Guide to Enlightenment' and the new book 'Sufism for the Western Seeker' which he discusses with Caer.

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Egyptian-American Poet Yahia Lababidi

Yahia Lababidi is an Egyptian-American poet nominated for a Pushcart Prize by World Literature Today magazine. Lababidi's first book Signposts to Elsewhere, was selected as a 2008 Book of the Year by British publication The Independent.  His latest book is a remarkable new collection of short poems, Barely There, which he shares with Caer.

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Darrell Bock on His Latest Book, Truth Matters

Darrell Bock is Executive Director of Cultural Engagement, and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary Former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, he is an internationally-renowned Biblical scholar and a widely known author of over 30 books on Biblical topics. The New York Times bestselling author of Breaking the DaVinci Code, his latest book is Truth Matters: Confident Faith in a Confusing World.

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Mystical Prayer Across Traditions, with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D. is an author and Sheikh in the Naqshbandi Order of Sufism. In recent years his writing and teaching has focused on the emerging global consciousness of Oneness.  His latest book is Prayer of the Heart in Christian and Sufi Mysticism, which explores the inner listening of the heart, and the secret of ‘prayer without ceasing’ in which we discover how prayer becomes alive within the heart.

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The Jew Named Jesus, with Rebekah Simon-Peter

In her new book, The Jew Named Jesus, Rebekah Simon-Peter says that "Jesus was born a Jew, raised a Jew, lived a Jew, died a Jew, and resurrected a Jew. He was no backsliding Jew, but an observant Jew. He honored and observed the Sabbath and the Jewish holidays. But most of all, he honored and observed the Torah, the Hebrew Bible, or what we call the Old Testament. How could he do anything but love his own people?

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Rabbi Rami Shapiro - Moving Beyond Religion

Caer interviews Rabbi Rami Shapiro, award winning author, poet, essayist, and educator whose poems have been anthologized in over a dozen volumes, and whose prayers are used in prayer books around the world. Rami received rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, writes for Spirituality & Health magazine and is an adviser for Our Jewish Community.org.

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Chantel Wright and The Songs of Solomon Ensemble

Pastor Chantel Renee Wright loves God, Music and Children—and her life is dedicated to the pursuit of all three. She is the founder and director of the non-profit organization, Songs of Solomon: An Inspirational Ensemble, Inc., and her exquisite gospel choir fires up the soul and transforms hearts, one performance at a time.

 

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The Sophia Perennis, with Dr. James S. Cutsinger

Dr. James S. Cutsinger is Professor of Theology and Religious Thought at the University of South Carolina. A prolific writer and editor, he is a widely recognized authority on the Sophia Perennis and perennialist school of comparative religious thought. He is perhaps best known for his work on the Swiss philosopher Frithjof Schuon.

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Thomas Scirghi S.J. on St. Ignatius and the Jesuits

Thomas Scirghi S.J. is Associate Professor of Theology at Fordham University and a member of the Society of Jesus, or Jesuits, founded by St. Ignatius Loyola 450 years ago. Co-author of the book ‘Living Beauty: The Art of Worship,’ his articles include “This Blessed Mess: An Embodied Worship”; “A Return to Noble Simplicity”; and “Go in Peace, Then What?”

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Nichiren Buddhism, with Clark Strand

Caer speaks with Clark Strand -- a teacher, journalist, and former Zen Buddhist monk who previously served as senior editor of the magazine Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. His latest book is Waking the Buddha: How the Most Dynamic and Empowering Buddhist Movement in History Is Changing Our Concept of Religion.  The group is the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), the largest Buddhist movement in the world today, with over 12 million members.

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On Rumi: An Hour with Jawid Mojaddedi

Dr. Jawid Mojaddedi is associate professor in the Department of Religion at Rutgers University where he offers courses on Rumi, Sufism, and Islam. A native of Afghanistan, he was raised in Great Britain, and continued postdoctoral research at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study. His latest book is Beyond Dogma: Rumi's Teachings on Friendship with God and Early Sufi Theories.

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Anthony Stern MD on Mother Teresa, Prayer & Psychology 

Join Caer in this inspiring conversation with psychiatrist Anthony Stern MD, author of “Everything Starts from Prayer: Mother Teresa’s Meditations on Spiritual Life for People of All Faiths.” Dr. Stern has worked in a variety of settings as a community psychiatrist, currently at a Montefiore primary care clinic in the Bronx near Yankee Stadium. He has written and given talks about the interface between religion and psychology over the last twenty years.

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