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An Atheist Quaker, A Jewish Christian, And A Christian Buddhist All Walked Into A Bar...

Until about 150 years ago, most people  were born into a religion that carried them to adulthood. That's no longer the case. 

As American society becomes more secular, it becomes less attached to a particular religion. People still seek answers to the same existential questions asked by our more religious ancestors; they're just turning elsewhere. How many times have you heard someone say, "I'm spiritual but not religious." 

In our increasingly complicated world, could the problem be that the doctrines and traditions of one faith are too narrow to deal with our modern world? Instead of abandoning religion, should we be seeking guidance from more than one faith? 

Today's guests are all dual-belongers - rooted equally in two faiths that may seem to be at odds with one another but aren't. If we look deep enough, can we find unity in seemingly disparate religions?


  • Brandon Nappi - Executive Director of the Copper Beech Institute on the campus of Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford 
  • Ben Dubow - Co-lead Pastor at Riverfront Family Church, Hartford
  • Fr. Michael Holleran- Catholic priest, Sensei (Zen)Teacher and a former Carthusian Monk. He currently serves at the Church of Notre Dame in Morningside Heights, Manhattan and leads the Dragon's Eye Zendo in midtown Manhattan. 
  • Nat Case - Cartographer in Minneapolis and Quaker who blogs at Maphead.blogspot.com

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show. 

Betsy started as an intern at WNPR in 2011 after earning a Master's Degree in American and Museum Studies from Trinity College. She served as the Senior Producer for 'The Colin McEnroe Show' for several years before stepping down in 2021 and returning to her previous career as a registered nurse. She still produces shows with Colin and the team when her schedule allows.

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