Rabbi Daniel Bogard is a Rabbi at Adath Israel Congregation in Cincinatti, OH. He is also a key part of the 'No Joke Project', a documentary film and book about "a surprising friendship between a rabbi, an imam, and a preacher living in America’s Heartland models the path to restoring community around difference." In this episode, we talk about Islamophobia alongside anti-Semitism, Israel, theology, ethics, and why relationships matter so much on the pathway to peace.

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October 25, 2016

Episode 15 - Julia

In this episode, I talked with Julia McStravog, Program and Research Specialist in the Secretariat of Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs at the United States Council of Catholic Bishops. She talks about what moved her towards this work, her experience traveling with Pope Francis last year when he visited the U.S., and what she believes will make peace a possibility. Candid and hopefully skeptical, Julia is a great person and a new friend.

For more on Julia's work, visit www.usccb.org/SEIA
For more on what I am up to, visit jroberteagan.com

To RSVP for the event at the Mosaic Foundation in Aurora CO this Saturday evening, follow this link.


In this episode, I reflect on what I learned through the Ramadan Conversations series, and share some thoughts on #Orlando and how we might respond to such a tragedy.  The dates I listed are for interfaith Iftars happening in AZ, OH, NJ, CO, CA, IL, KY, and IN over the next few weeks.  Please check them out and plan on attending these events if you are in these areas.  Also let me know if you want to host the FRIENEMIES Tour in your area, 9/1-9/18 in IL, IN, MO, IA, WI, or MI.



 I talked with Haroon in the late afternoon last week.  Which means, Haroon had been fasting since about 5am.  He speaks with the energy of a college student (which he is) despite the lack of fuel in his body.  We talked about Ramadan hi-jinx and what makes good deeds 'good'.  It's some good conversation on the flip-side of the horrors that took place on Sunday in Orlando.

SE7EN FAST: se7enfast.com

I'm also booking the FRIENEMIES Midwest Tour.  To find out more, visit jroberteagan.com/speaking


In Part Four of the Ramadan Conversations series, I caught up with Seher, who was the first guest on the Frienemies Podcast (Episode 2) last fall.  We talk about Ramadan as a gift that is only as good as what you put into the experience.  To find out more about how you can connect with Muslims this Ramadan, click the link below for SE7EN FAST, a hub for interfaith Iftars occurring around the country.

SE7EN FAST: www.se7enfast.com/#/locate


In Part Three of the Ramadan Conversations series, I talked with Sondos, my friend in Southern California.  We talk about Ramadan for American Muslims as potentially a more authentic experience than for Muslims in the Muslim world, among other things.  This is perhaps the most hopeful, helpful, and mind-changing conversation I have had so far.

To RSVP for SoCal Iftars, email: info@missunderstanding.co

Also check out www.missunderstanding.co


In Part Two of the Ramadan Conversations series, I talked with Bassel, my friend and founder of Eid.Pray.Love. He's full of insight, and talks about how Ramadan is a special time of spiritual introspection and an opportunity to put on new practices in the future.


Bassel's Twitter: @viabassel



Welcome to the Ramadan Conversations series!  In this short episode, I share my first experience with Ramadan and why it made no sense to me while I lived in Jordan.  Through the course of several years and the upcoming conversations with my American Muslim friends, things have changed.  I hope that things will change for you as well. 

SE7EN FAST: www.se7enfast.com
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February 22, 2016

Episode 8 - Jordan

I caught up with Jordan Denari, Research Fellow for the Bridge Initiative, a project of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University.  We talked about what brought her to this work as a Catholic from the Midwest, as well as what makes her hopeful for peace in the future between Muslims and Christians. 
Here is a link to a piece written by her as well as one of the YouTube videos of Fr. Frans van der Lugt which Jordan referenced in the conversation.


I caught up with my friend Brian Newman of The Isaac Ishmael Initiative to talk about the current refugee crisis facing Europe as well as what he believes the Church should be doing in response, both in Europe and the U.S.  To find out more on how to get involved in helping the 62 million refugees in the world, go to www.wewelcomerefugees.com


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