This week on Interfaith Voices:
Don’t Call Him ‘The Muslim Congressman’ – He Prefers ‘Keith’
Most members of Congress use a Bible at their swearing-in ceremony. When Representative Keith Ellison took his oath, back in 2006, he caused a national controversry when placed his hands on a Quran. Today, as the first Muslim Congressman, he joins us to reflect on the odd questions he’s been asked (‘Does your wife wear a burqa?’) and the way his faith intersects with his policy choices.
Why the Hottest Word in Religion is ‘Shaman’
Shamanism–the ancient art of healing by entering an altered state of consciousness–has become a powerful spiritual buzzword. There are workshops, therapy sessions, seminars, and $2,000 shamanic healing trips to the Amazon. You can diet with the Shamanic Juice Fast, wear shaman-chic couture or join a Meetup group like “Tribe of Beltway Shamans.” Two experts from the South American shamanic tradition join us to explain what Shamanism is–and isn’t–and why it’s enjoying a cultural revival.
Keith Ellison, Representative of Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District and author of My Country ‘Tis of Thee
Don Oscar Miro-Quesada, author of Lessons in Courage: Peruvian Shamanic Wisdom for Everyday Life
Stephan Beyer, author of Singing to the Plants: A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon