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The African Methodist Episcopal Church [electronic resource]

In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about the African Methodist Episcopal Church with the Reverend Daryl B. Ingram of the Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Topics of discussion include the birth and growth of the A.M.E. denomination, the meaning of "African Methodist Episcopal" in the context of the Church's name, and the Church's core beliefs as articulated in the Apostle's Creed and the 25 Articles of Faith. In addition, the Reverend Michael Broadnax, Sr., tours viewers through Greater Bethel and describes aspects of the worship experience.
Online
2008; 2007
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The Assemblies of God [electronic resource]

In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about the Assemblies of God with Maury Davis, senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Madison, Tennessee. Topics of discussion include the riveting story of how Pastor Davis was touched by Christ while a teenage convict; background on the Pentecostal movement; Cornerstone's missionary work in Kenya; and the defining truths of Assemblies of God churches: baptism in the Holy Spirit, the initial physical sign of which is speaking in tongues; divine healing; the Second Coming of Christ; and salvation exclusively through Jesus. In addition, Dana Lawson, Cornerstone's executive pastor, describes the Friday evening service.
Online
2008; 2007
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The Baha'i Faith [electronic resource]

In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about the Baha'i Faith with Randolph Dobbs, director of the Los Angeles Baha'i Center in Los Angeles, California. Topics of discussion include the meaning of Baha'i; the history of the Faith and its founder, the divine messenger Bahaullah; the concept of religion as an ongoing revelation, with the prophet of each age bringing an additional piece of God's message to the world; unity-the oneness of God, of humankind, and of religion-as the primary principle of the Faith; and spiritual growth as a matter of individual responsibility. Images of a Baha'i house of worship and a variety of Baha'i meetings are also included.
Online
2008; 2007
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The Baptist Church [electronic resource]

In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about Baptist churches with the Reverend Wallace Charles Smith, senior minister at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Topics of discussion include the core principles of individual soul liberty, congregant equality, and church autonomy; the right of every Baptist to interpret the Bible in his or her own way; the impetus of post-Civil War racism in the forming of African-American Baptist denominations; and the debate on whether the Baptist Church predates Catholicism or is a product of the Protestant Reformation. In addition, Shiloh Deacon James H. Grigsby III tours viewers through the church.
Online
2008; 2007
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Buddhism [electronic resource]

In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about Buddhism with Hyon Gak Sunim, guiding teacher of the Seoul International Zen Center at Hwa Gye Sah Temple in Seoul, South Korea. Topics of discussion include the principle of nowness; the meaning of dukkha; the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path; Buddhist resonances with the teachings of Jesus and Socrates; the Buddhist temple experience; how Hyon Gak Sunim, raised a Roman Catholic in America, came to Buddhism; and the popularity of Buddhism in the 21st century. The program also goes inside the Center's temple to illustrate aspects of Buddhist worship.
Online
2008; 2007
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The Church of Christ, Scientist [electronic resource]

In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about Christian Science with Phil Davis of the Third Church of Christ, Scientist, in Washington, D.C. Topics of discussion include milestones in the life of founder Mary Baker Eddy, the main principles of Christian Science, Christian Science reading rooms, the solution-based journalism of The Christian Science Monitor, and the application of Christian Science to the healing of discord at the individual, community, and global levels. In addition, Mary Alice Rose of the Christian Science Committee on Publication for Maryland describes the Sunday scriptural service and the Wednesday testimonial service.
Online
2008; 2007
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints [electronic resource]

In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with Palos Verdes Stake President Maurice Lam. Topics of discussion include the meaning of the term Latter-day Saints, the life and death of the prophet Joseph Smith, the core values of the LDS Church, The Book of Mormon as the key to the Bible, the structure and organization of the LDS Church, similarities and differences between the LDS Church and other Christ-centric faiths, and the nature of life after death. In addition, Keith Atkinson of the LDS Church Public Affairs Department outlines a typical Sunday gathering at the Los Angeles California Temple.
Online
2008; 2007
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The Episcopal Church [electronic resource]

In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about the Episcopal Church with the Right Reverend Chester L. Talton, Bishop Suffragan of Los Angeles. Topics of discussion include the birth of the Episcopal Church in America, the theological focal point of the religion, the roles of the Presiding Bishop and Bishop Suffragans, the relationship between the Episcopal and Anglican Churches, and the Episcopal Church's stance on the ordination of women and gays and the sanctification of same-sex unions. In addition, the Reverend Canon Joanna Satorius of the Cathedral Center of St. Paul, in Los Angeles, California, tours viewers through the Cathedral.
Online
2008; 2007
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Evangelical Protestantism [electronic resource]

In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about Evangelical Protestantism with Senior Pastor Lon Solomon of McLean Bible Church, in McLean, Virginia. Topics of discussion include what it means to accept Jesus Christ as one's savior and messiah; how Pastor Solomon, raised Jewish, was himself born again in Christ; McLean's mission to impact secular Washington, D.C., with the message of Christ; and the use of the Internet to help spread the Church's message. In addition, the way in which the interior of an evangelical mega-church like McLean shapes the experience of congregants is described by Denny Harris, director of ministry operations.
Online
2008; 2007
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The Greek Orthodox Church [electronic resource]

In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about the Greek Orthodox Church with Father Stephen Callos of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Topics of discussion include primary distinctions between Orthodox Christianity and Roman Catholicism; similarities and differences among the Greek, Russian, and other Orthodox Churches; the Orthodox view of the incarnation of Jesus; and marriage and celibacy within the Church. In addition, the religious iconography at Saints Constantine and Helen is explained by Bible study leader Irene Theodore.
Online
2008; 2007
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Hinduism [electronic resource]

In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about Hinduism with Sadhvi Vrnda Chaitanya of Arsha Vijnana Mandiram. Topics of discussion include the history of Hinduism; the Vedas, which are typically committed to memory; the meaning of the words karma, samsara, and moksha and their relationship to one other; the concept that everything is God and that secular and sacred therefore are one; and the individual rather than congregational nature of Hindu prayer. In addition, Siva Subramanian tours viewers through Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Lanham, Maryland.
Online
2008; 2007
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Islam [electronic resource]

In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about Islam with Imam Sayed Hassan al-Qazwini of the Islamic Center of America, in Dearborn, Michigan. Topics of discussion include the meaning of the words Islam, Muslim, and mosque; the two predominant denominations of Islam, Sunni and Shia; the Five Pillars of Islam; the Muslim view of life after death; and the deplorable hijacking of Islam by radical Muslims for use as a tool of hatred and violence. The program also goes inside the Center's mosque to observe aspects of a typical Muslim prayer service.
Online
2008; 2007
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The Lutheran Church [electronic resource]

In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about Lutheranism with the Reverend David Eberhard of Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, in Detroit, Michigan. Topics of discussion include Martin Luther, his 95 theses, and the Reformation; the doctrine of justification and other core beliefs; the Church's two sacraments; The Book of Concord; how Historic Trinity Lutheran Church stays relevant to both its congregants and the city of Detroit; and concerns over the hectic pace and stress of modern life. The program also goes inside Historic Trinity to illustrate aspects of a typical liturgy-oriented Lutheran worship service.
Online
2008; 2007
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Native American Religions [electronic resource]

In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about Native American religions with Suzan Shown Harjo, executive director of The Morning Star Institute in Washington, D.C. Topics of discussion include the American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978; some common aspects of the approximately 300 remaining Native American religions being practiced in the U.S. today; the concepts of a supreme being and associated sacred beings as they exist in Native American culture; the prophecies of the Cheyenne prophet Sweet Medicine and the historical impact of North America's settlers on the land's indigenous peoples; and the pressing need for all Americans, non-native and native alike, to create a better future together.
Online
2008; 2007
15.

The Presbyterian Church [electronic resource]

In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about Presbyterianism with Senior Pastor Michael L. Lindvall of The Brick Presbyterian Church, in New York City. Topics of discussion include the influence of John Calvin; the nonhierarchical nature of the Presbyterian Church; core Presbyterian beliefs; the Holy Spirit as "the present tense of God"; and the litmus test generally used in the Western Christian tradition to establish which gospels should rightfully be a part of the Bible. In addition, the history of The Brick Presbyterian Church and the order of worship as it is conducted there are outlined by Ellsworth G. Stanton III, clerk of session.
Online
2008; 2007
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Quakerism [electronic resource]

In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about Quakerism with Deborra Sines Pancoe, a member of Abington Friends Meeting in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. Topics of discussion include definitions of the terms Quaker and Friend, George Fox and the founding of Quakerism, William Penn and his "Holy Experiment," unprogrammed and programmed worship among different denominations of Friends, the message of Quakerism, and key ideas that guide the Quaker life, such as simplicity, peace, equality, and integrity. In addition, Elizabeth Mosley, another member of AFM, explains some of the traditions and practices of unprogrammed Quaker meeting.
Online
2008; 2007
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Reform Judaism [electronic resource]

In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about Reform Judaism with Senior Rabbi Lance J. Sussman of Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Topics of discussion include core beliefs of Judaism and distinctions between different Jewish denominations, the Torah, Moses, the complex ethnicity of Judaism, Zionism and Israel, the birth of Reform Judaism, and arguably the most significant challenge to practicing Judaism in the U.S.: weekly services that fall on Friday and Saturday, out of synch with the societal patterns of mainstream America. In addition, Andrew Flame, president of Keneseth Israel, tours viewers through the synagogue.
Online
2008; 2007
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The Reformed Church [electronic resource]

In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about the Reformed Church with Senior Minister Arthur Caliandro of Marble Collegiate Church, in New York City-the oldest continuous Protestant organization in the U.S. and the former pulpit of Norman Vincent Peale. Topics of discussion include background on the Reformed Church, the purpose of Creation, the workings of grace, the power of prayer, accountability for one's life decisions, and the complementary relationship between psychology and theology. In addition, Kim Sebastian Ryan, archivist of MCC, explains aspects of a typical worship service.
Online
2008; 2007
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The Roman Catholic Church [electronic resource]

In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about Roman Catholicism with Cardinal William H. Keeler, Archbishop of Baltimore. Topics of discussion include who Jesus Christ is, from a Catholic perspective; the concept of the Trinity; the seven sacraments; the purpose and meaning of the Mass; what makes a Catholic a Catholic; and the effect of cultural secularization on the Church. In addition, the history of the restored Baltimore Basilica-America's first cathedral and the foundation of Roman Catholicism in the U.S.-is outlined by Mark J. Potter, executive director of the Basilica Historic Trust.
Online
2008; 2007
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The Seventh-Day Adventist Church [electronic resource]

In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about the Seventh-day Adventist Church with Elder Roscoe J. Howard III, secretary of the Church's North American division. Topics of discussion include key figures in the history of this Protestant denomination; the reasoning behind the faith's Saturday Sabbath; typical elements of a Seventh-day Adventist Sabbath service; the doctrine of investigative judgment by God; and an in-depth explanation of the Second Coming of Christ. In addition, Senior Pastor Ron Halvorsen, Jr., tours viewers through Sligo Church in Takoma Park, Maryland.
Online
2008; 2007