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Tri-Faith Initiative campus in Omaha Nebraska. Image courtesy of Tri-Faith Initiative
The Change Makers
April 12, 2019
We talk to a Lutheran pastor trying to take the shame out of faith, a U.S. senator drawing on faith to bolster bipartisanship, and a community of Jews, Muslims and Christians worshipping on the same patch of Nebraska land.
Nadia Bolz-Weber
Shameless Faith: A Conversation with Nadia Bolz-Weber April 12, 2019
Talking about her new book, Shameless, the former pastor of House For All Sinners and Saints, Bolz-Weber explains how church teachings on sex and sexuality have instilled pain, guilt and fear into countless people, and driven many away from religion. With her trademark wit, the former comedian shares stories from her own life and former parishioners’ lives, recounting how she and they have reclaimed faith -- minus the strictures on sex and sexuality that reject anything other than a life of chastity or heterosexual sex within marriage.

Nadia Bolz-Weber, Lutheran pastor and author of Shameless: A Sexual Reformation

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware
U.S. Sen. Chris Coons on Faith and Politics April 12, 2019
Coons is a Democrat who has managed to meld his faith and his day job in way that many in his party might find instructive as they try to convince Americans that as much as Republicans, they too are “faith and values” candidates. Coons holds a masters of ethics from Yale Divinity School, was co-chair of the National Prayer Breakfast this year, and chairs the weekly Senate Prayer Breakfast. A Presbyterian, he says he is more grounded in his faith than ever, but less certain than ever that his reading of the Bible can reveal God’s will on questions of lawmaking and governing.

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.
Members of the Tri-Faith Initiative, Omaha Nebraska
The Tri-Faith Initiative: Radical Togetherness in Omaha April 12, 2019
A synagogue in Omaha was looking to build a new home and came up with the unprecedented idea to partner with a local mosque that was also looking to re-locate. Then the two congregations found a church to join them, and the Tri-Faith Initiative was born. Ten years and $65 million later, the last of the three houses of worship has just opened its doors on a single parcel of land. How did this initiative come to fruition? What does it hope to teach? And why Omaha?

Wendy Goldberg, interim executive director, the Tri-Faith Initiative