Encounter: God on the Pitch

The World Cup is in full swing. After 11 matches last week, England face their first match against Tunisia today. On this momentous occasion, we at the Woolf sat down to discuss how religion plays a role on the pitch. Is football the new religious experience? Does it transcend our human differences or reinforce them? Most importantly, who will emerge victorious in Moscow on July 15th, and is God on their side? Featuring Ed Kessler, Esther-Miriam Wagner, Jessica Tearney-Pearce, and Rodrigo Garcia-Velasco Bernal.

Encounter is a discussion podcast produced by the Woolf Institute and presented by its Founder Director Dr Ed Kessler. Episodes will explore the relationship between religion and society. Join Ed and guests as they navigate their way through some of society’s most debated topics.

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Encounter: Troubled Minds

With the UK’s Mental Health Awareness Week taking place last month, this week’s Encounter delves into how religious belief affects the troubled mind. Can faith help to protect against mental illness? Does religious doctrine ever prevent open emotional discussion? What responsibilities do faith communities have to help each other? Featuring Ed Kessler, Ruth Adams, Mark Strivens, and Dunya Habash.

Encounter is a discussion podcast produced by the Woolf Institute and presented by its Founder Director Dr Ed Kessler. Episodes will explore the relationship between religion and society. Join Ed and guests as they navigate their way through some of society’s most debated topics.

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Encounter: Being Offended, Being Offensive

In Episode 1 of Encounter, join Ed Kessler and guests Hira Amin, Dunya Habash, and Julian Hargreaves as they discuss and debate being offended and being offensive. When does freedom of expression become offensiveness? How do we deal with violence in our religious texts? Are we as a culture too easily offended?

Encounter is a discussion podcast produced by the Woolf Institute and presented by its Founder Director Dr Ed Kessler. Episodes will explore the relationship between religion and society. Join Ed and guests as they navigate their way through some of society’s most debated topics.

Listen on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/encounter-podcast/id1373679751?mt=2

Email us with your comments and questions: encounterpodcast@woolf.cam.ac.uk

Nisa-Nashim Conference 2018

Lea Taragin-Zeller reports from the 2018 conference of Jewish-Muslim women’s network Nisa-Nashim. The panel on head covering provided an open and inspiring space for dialogue about freedom and choice. We spoke to panel chair Reina Lewis as well as panel guests Lindsay Simmonds, Elizabeth Arif-Fear, and Rabia Mirza.

Encounter: Should We Send Our Children To Faith Schools?

Join Ed Kessler and guests Julian Huppert, Azadeh Moaveni and Austin Tiffany as they discuss and debate religion and education in the UK. Are faith schools good for society as a whole or do they breed division? Should faith schools receive taxpayers’ money? What part do faith schools play in the lives of the non-religious?

Encounter is brand new discussion podcast produced by the Woolf Institute and presented by its Founder Director Dr Ed Kessler. Episodes will explore the relationship between religion and society. Join Ed and guests as they navigate their way through some of society’s most debated topics.

Listen on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/encounter-podcast/id1373679751?mt=2

Research Day Archive

Videos are now available from the Woolf Institute Research Day: Check out the micro-site here to watch and listen again.

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For more information about Research at the Woolf Institute please contact the Director of Research, Dr Esther-Miriam Wagner: emw36@cam.ac.uk