What does religion mean to today’s Americans?
Are we living up to religious principles?
How can religion remain an essential part of contemporary life?
In today’s turbulent times, these are questions we all may be grappling with.
This fall, Faith & Works tries to find some answers, or at least spark some great conversation.
Each podcast will feature two to three local religious leaders who will delve into topics such as the role of music in faith and today’s protest movements in light of the impact of faith leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others.
Featured presenters for the initial podcast episodes include:
- Robert A. Bruttell is a co-founder and chaired the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit for its first 10 years. Bruttell is vice chair of the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit and adjunct professor of religious studies and history at the University of Detroit Mercy.
- Rev. Robert Jones, Sr. is a multi-instrumentalist blues musician, ordained minister, music scholar, and former host of two award-winning music programs on Detroit’s public radio station, WDET.
- Saeed Khan is a senior lecturer in Near Eastern and Asian Studies at Wayne State University, as well as a research fellow at Wayne’s Center for the Study of Citizenship, and an adjunct professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Detroit Mercy.
Check back here to listen to the latest episodes
Episode One: What is the Role of Religion in America?
Episode Two: What is the Function of Religion?
Episode Three: The Impact of the Black Church on American Music
Episode Four: The Impact of The Black Church on American Music: Part Two
The conversation about sacred music continues with Bob Bruttell and Reverend Robert B. Jones Sr. American music has become a mix of European and African tradition. The group look at the segregation era and how, as Wynton Marsalis put it, tradition has called out for separation, while music became a connecting force. We want integration, but our tradition causes us to split. How does understanding where our music comes from help to bridge the divide?