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caption: Christopher Love, general manager of the Covenant Mercy Mission, leads a prayer beside a line of visitors waiting for food donations at Manor Community Church on Saturday in New York. An additional 758 people died from the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday.
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Christopher Love, general manager of the Covenant Mercy Mission, leads a prayer beside a line of visitors waiting for food donations at Manor Community Church on Saturday in New York. An additional 758 people died from the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday.
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'Service is also action': An imam, a pastor, a rabbi and a philosopher talk faith and radical change

Three faith leaders and a philosopher talk with KUOW's Ross Reynolds about service and responsibility as we face Covid-19, systemic racism, and economic catastrophe.

Are you exhausted and dismayed? Have your children abandoned their remote learning worksheets and started asking hard questions about what it means to protect and serve? Perhaps it's time to take a break from Instagram and look at the bigger picture.

KUOW's Ross Reynolds held a discussion with four thought leaders from different spiritual perspectives. Along with input from radio listeners, they explore how our values can help maneuver us through crisis.

caption: The Pacific Northwest Interfaith Amigos. From left to right: Imam Jamal Rahman, Pastor Dave Brown, Rabbi Ted Falcon. Their aim is to address taboos of interfaith dialogue and create an authentic conversation between themselves and their audiences. 
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Included in the discussion:

David E. Smith is a teacher of Philosophy and Religious Studies, currently at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington. He is also a presenter for Humanities Washington's Speakers Bureau. His presentation is titled Civil Conversation in an Angry Age.

And the Pacific Northwest Interfaith Amigos:

Rabbi Ted Falcon is a Reform Rabbi with a doctorate in professional psychology.

True hope for the healing of persons and planet can only come from our awakening to the absolute interconnectedness of all Being. This awakening awaits the opening of our hearts to the One we are. RABBI TED FALCON

Imam Jamal Rahman is co-founder of Interfaith Community Sanctuary and adjunct faculty at Seattle University.

Service is also action. IMAM JAMAL RAHMAN

Pastor Dave Brown is retired from Immanuel Presbyterian Church where he served from 2005 to 2018. He is the creator of Blues Vespers, a blues concert featuring poetry and reflection.

"When we think about God we need to stop looking up and start looking around. God is not up in heaven, a being who acts like human beings. God is a mystery beyond our full comprehension, a mystery in which we live and move and have our being." Pastor Dave Brown

This show was produced by John O’Brien and hosted by Ross Reynolds. This web story was produced by Kristin Leong.