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May 19, 2014 | LGBT/Sexuality Issues

Queer Theology & Social Transformation | Pacific School of Religion

Dr. Jay Michaelson delivered the Seventh Annual CLGS John. E Boswell lecture on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Pacific School of Religion.

Queer theology holds forth the promise of reinventing theological discourse in the light of LGBTQ experience, queer theory, and a hermeneutic informed by marginalized voices and outsider discourse. But how does the queer theological enterprise intersect with queer activism? What are the possibilities, and perils, of translating between theology and activist practice? What forms of political discourse are informed by queer theology, and what are undermined?

November 26, 2013 | Meditation and Spirituality

The Dark Side of Zen | The Colin McEnroe Show

Mark Oppenheimer, Jay Michaelson, and Brian Daizen Victoria were guests on the Colin McEnrow Show, discussing some instances of good teachings being used to do bad things, and how Buddhism has evolved to make some of these stumbles less likely in the future.

Here in the West, Zen Buddhism is often where you go when you’ve concluded the religion you grew up with is marred by venality, hypocrisy, misogyny, patriarchal structure, and an insufficient commitment to peace and love.

November 16, 2013 | Meditation and Spirituality

Secular Meditation | State of Belief Radio

In his brand-new book, Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism, and the Next Generation of Enlightenment, best-selling author Dr. Jay Michaelson explores how meditation and mindfulness are becoming a technology, and offers very practical benefits.

May 31, 2013 | Judaism and Israel

The Ultra-Orthodox Challenge to Jewish Continuity

In this week’s Reporters Roundtable podcast, host Josh Nathan-Kazis is joined by Forward contributor Jay Michaelson to talk about his recent, controversial piece on Jewish fundamentalism and the ultra-Orthodox.

March 23, 2013 | Law, Politics & Culture

On the History of Religious Liberty | State of Belief Radio

Jay Michaelson speaks about a new report from Political Research Associates about the history of religious liberty.

Religious Liberty used to mean freedom from persecution and even death—and still does in many parts of the world. But how did this powerful phrase come to represent the interests of conservative Christians in this country? How did oppression get redefined to mean not being able to impose one’s own beliefs on others? An explosive new report from Political Research Associates explains how we got here, and how high the stakes are if things keep moving in this direction.

December 8, 2012 | Law, Politics & Culture

The End is Near: A Book Review | State of Belief

Jay Michaelson talks about the conclusions he drew when reviewing two lengthy books about apocalypse for Religion Dispatches Magazine.

What is it about the idea of impending doom that seems to hold an attraction for so many of us? Whether it’s the Maya prediction, the “fiscal cliff” rhetoric, Y2k, or some other version of “the end is near,” the concept seems to hold a perverse appeal. Jay Michaelson is on the show to talk about the conclusions he drew when reviewing two lengthy books on the subject for Religion Dispatches Magazine.

March 26, 2012 | LGBT/Sexuality Issues

The Jesse Peterson Radio Show [Podcast]

Jay Michaelson appears on a far-right talk radio show and does his best to make the religious case for equality.

January 15, 2012 | LGBT/Sexuality Issues

WRPI | Homoradio: God vs. Gay?

Jay talks about the Bible and gay rights, along with the differences between the Jewish and Christian approaches, in an hourlong conversation on Homoradio.

Jay talks about the Bible and gay rights, along with the differences between the Jewish and Christian approaches, in an hourlong conversation on Homoradio.