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December 29th 2016:The Future of the World's Religions

What happens to the world's religions as we become a global and multi-cultural civilization? Worldwide, traditional boundaries of all kinds are obviously breaking down. In this episode, prominent voices from across the world's religious and spiritual traditions discuss this uncertain future. First, Doug King of and Angie Thurston of Harvard Divinity School discuss the future “trans-narrative” that could eventually emerge from our worldwide mix of thousands of historical traditions. The conversation is then joined by Drs. Andrew Vidich, Darrol Bryant, and Kabir Helminski--prominent

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Angie Thurston

Angie Thurston is working to deepen spiritual community amidst increasing religious disaffiliation. A graduate of Brown University, she is a Ministry Innovation Fellow at Harvard Divinity School and an On Being Fellow. She is the co-author, with Casper ter Kuile, of How We Gather and Something More, two reports profiling new ways that Americans are congregating. Angie is a leader in the international fellowship of Urantia Book readers. She began chairing semiannual spiritual gatherings for young adults in 2010 and is dedicated to connecting and supporting young community leaders nationwide. Website:
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Dr. Andrew Vidich

Dr. Andrew Vidich is an award winning author, consultant and international speaker in the fields of meditation, mysticism, and leadership. He holds a doctorate in Religion with a specialization in the transformational methods within different religious traditions, and a specialization in Islamic Sufism. His most recent book Light Upon Light: Five Master Paths to Awaken the Mindful Self won the best book award in the category of Eastern Religion by USA Book News. He also co-authored The Heart of the Healer, and The Heart of Healing, two anthologies of writings including chapters by Norman Cousins, Richard Moss, and Bernie Siegel, Deepak Chopra, and Andrew Weill along with several books on
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Dr. M. Darrol Bryant

Dr. M. Darrol Bryant is the Director of the Centre for Dialogue and Spirituality in the World Religions. Educated at Concordia College, Harvard Divinity School and the University of St. Michael’s College (Toronto), he has edited/authored more than 25 volumes including Religion in a New Key and Muslim Christian Dialogue. He has been involved in interfaith dialogue since the mid-1970s. A sabbatical with his family in India transformed his approach to the religious pathways of Hinduism, Islam, Tibetan Buddhism, and the Sikh traditions, and travels in China changed his approach to Confucian, Daoist and Chinese Buddhist Ways. The dialogue of the intercultural and interreligious world remai
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Dr. Kabir Helminski

Dr. Kabir Helminski is a renowned translator of the works of Rumi and others; a Shaikh of the Mevlevi Order, which traces back to Jalaluddin Rumi; co-director of The Threshold Society (; and a Director of the Baraka Institute ( His books on spirituality, Living Presence and The Knowing Heart, have been published in at least eight languages. Among his recent publications are The Book of Language: Exploring the Spiritual Vocabulary of the Qur’an and Love’s Ripening: Rumi on the Heart’s Journey. In 2009 Kabir was named as one of the 500 most influential Muslims. He has toured as Shaikh with the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey. In 2001 he was the first Muslim to d
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Doug King

Doug King was born in Charleston W. Va. and grew up in NE Ohio. (Go Buckeyes!) He graduated with a dual degree in Theology and Biblical Languages in 1973. He worked with his father, author, scholar and speaker Max King, to eventually form Presence International. Doug has a background in business, being founder and CEO of a technology company in Atlanta, Ga. for 20 years. Since 2010, Doug has been the president of Presence, leading this growing network to engage emergent, integral, and interspiritual organizations and idea leaders in shared goals for the common good. Doug also serves on the Advisory Board for Forum 21, a United Nations NGO. Doug lives with his wife, Denée, in Dacula, Georgi
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