Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Mystical Positivist - Radio Show #161 - 04OCT14

The Mystical Positivist is now a weekly radio show on KOWS-LP 107.3 FM, Occidental, CA. Listen live on Saturday evenings from 4:00 - 6:00pm, PST, via the web at KOWS Live Stream.
This week's podcast features:
  • A conversation with Linda Mercadante, author of Belief Without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual But Not Religious. Linda Mercadante knows first-hand how it feels to live without a clear spiritual identity. Born into an immigrant, working class, mixed ethnic, non-religious household in the rough urban environment of Newark, NJ, she experienced prejudice, lack of acceptance, and the uncertainty that comes from not having a spiritual home. She went through years of searching, travel, and exploration in her quest for a spiritual identity. In the process, she earned a Ph.D. in theology from Princeton, became ordained, and found a vocation in seminary teaching. She is dedicated to helping others find a spiritual identity that can allow their spirits to come home.

    Her personal story is described in her book: Bloomfield Avenue: A Jewish-Catholic Jersey Girl’s Spiritual Journey [2006]. Dr. Mercadante is a prolific author of more than 50 articles and six books. She lectures internationally, conducts seminars to a wide variety of audiences, and teaches on such topics as addiction recovery, gender and theology, faith and film, and spiritual memoir writing.

    This year Dr. Mercadante was named a Luce Scholar for her work examining the beliefs and practices of today’s “Spiritual but not Religious,” the subject of her recently published book Belief Without Borders. The coveted Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology is awarded to only six scholars per year throughout the entire U.S. and Canada.

    Dr. Mercadante is B. Robert Straker Professor of Historical Theology at The Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and an active participant in many professional groups including The American Academy of Religion and The Workgroup on Constructive Theology. She is a Fellow of The Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton and The Ecumenical Institute at St. John’s University. In addition to the Luce award, she has received numerous grants from such groups as The Louisville Institute and The Association of Theological Schools. This year she was elected to the “Theologies of Religious Pluralism” project of the American Academy of Religion. She has also served as Visiting Scholar in Media & Theology at The University of Edinburgh (Scotland).

More information about Linda Mercadante's work and interests can be found at:

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