Recent Episodes

November 12, 2019

The Nonviolent God and Human Transformation with Anthony Bartlett

Tony Bartlett is a theologian, teacher, and author living in Syracuse, NY.  Among his books are the remarkable Virtually Christian: How Christ Changes Human Meaning and Makes Creation New, and Cross Purposes: The Violent Grammar of Christian Atonement. In recent years he has also published Seven Stories: How to Study and Teach the Nonviolent Bible, and a novel, Pascale’s Wager: Homelands of Heaven. 

Tony and his wife Linda founded a house church and bible study community in Syracuse, Wood Hath Hope, which has flourished over the last two decades.  Out of Wood Hath Hope has grown the Bethany Center for Nonviolent Theology and Spirituality.  Tony was a founding member of Theology and Peace, an organization dedicated to using the tools of Rene Girard’s mimetic theory to uncover gospel wisdom and the nonviolent example of Jesus’ love.

He is full of life and inspiration, and revels in the joy of transformative Christian community.  Tony blogs at



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September 6, 2019

Forgiveness, Healing, and Justice with Chris Antal

Rev. Dr. Chris J. Antal is Staff Chaplain at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, where he is involved in cutting edge treatment of moral injury borne by veterans.

He has been instrumental in establishing both the Moral Injury Group and the Community Healing Ceremony.  Chris is a Unitarian Universalist Minister serving the UU Congregation at Rock Tavern, NY.  For five years Chris was a U.S. Army Reserve  Chaplain, including deployment in Afghanistan in 2012-13.  He resigned  in a letter to the President in 2016, opposing the policies  of armed drones, nuclear weapons, and “preventative war.”

Chris refused to serve as an “empire chaplain.”  Take time to listen to this remarkably candid and wide-ranging conversation.

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August 8, 2019

The Rich Wisdom of Forgiveness with Carl Yusavitz

Rev. Dr. Carl Yusavitz is the longtime Director of Pastoral Services at Penn Foundation Behavioral Health Services in Sellersville, PA, and a Supervisor in Clinical Pastoral Education.  In this podcast, Carl offers deep insights into how forgiveness is manifested in the midst of aging, illness, limitation, challenge,  loss,  tragedy, addiction, living and dying.  There is abundant pastoral and practical wisdom here about graciousness, care, communal living, transformation, and wholeness.

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