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Season 2, Episode 1: Church and State

In our season opener, Reverend Peggy and Reverend Sarah discuss the role of religion in politics. History provides a framework for understanding what "separation of church and state" means, but how can liberal religious people navigate this complicated world while keeping spiritual values front and center?

On PAUSE Episode 1: White Women & Race

In response to the murder by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of George Floyd and the viral video of Amy Cooper threatening a black birder in Central Park, Peggy and Sarah discuss white women's role in upholding white supremacy in the United States. Dismantling oppressive structures starts with recognizing our place within them. This episode is appropriate for all, but specifically addressed toward white women. Please see the show notes at for a bibliography of further resources on this topic!

On PAUSE Episode Zero: Foundations

In today's episode, Sarah and Peggy return to the "recording studio" to discuss the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on New York City and the world. Since our last in-person recording session, our lives have altered dramatically and many of us have lost loved ones. In order to protect ourselves and each other from the threat of the coronavirus, we have adapted to once-unthinkable changes in our ways of being. The realities of lost income and massive unemployment have forced a re-examination of the very structure of our economy. What does this moment of COVID-19 PAUSE have to teach us about our relationship to ourselves, each other, and the planet? *This episode was recorded over Zoom in compliance with physical distancing regulations and out of respect for the health of the participants. Thanks for your understanding of the effect this has on audio quality. *This episode is also available to watch on Youtube!

Episode 5.5: Pandemic

Halfway through recording our first season, the developing story of the COVID-19 pandemic became all anyone could talk about. This mini-episode features Peggy and Sarah's of-the-moment response as ministers to the rising anxiety about coronavirus. What can this pandemic teach us about the way we relate to each other? Recorded March 10, 2020 in New York City.

Episode 5: Talking Dirty

On today's episode, Sarah and Peggy discuss the history and culture of sex and spirituality from a liberal-religious viewpoint. Liberal religion can offer a space for healing from the trauma and shame so often caused by oppressive religious teachings around sex and allow us to find joy in a range of safe sexual choices, including the choice to be celibate.

Episode 4: Grief the Counter-Cultural Way

Grief takes many forms and is experienced differently by each individual. Often, grief is more ambiguous than our current ways of being can allow for. On today's episode, Sarah and Peggy examine the spiritual nature of grief and discuss alternative ways of creating space to experience it.

Episode 3: The Spirituality of Technology

Technology is a powerful tool, but how often do we pause to thoughtfully consider how it can be used for good or ill? On today's episode, Peggy and Sarah explore the moral implications and the potentialities of our current technological age.

Episode 2: House on Fire

Climate change is a spiritual problem. Today, Sarah and Peggy discuss an understanding of climate change based on history and theology. How can we move from grief and fear about humanity's impact on the earth into meaningful action?

Episode 1: Hope & Heresy

On the inaugural episode of Hope & Heresy: Life on the Religious Left, our hosts Peggy and Sarah introduce the season by discussing a liberal-religious approach to contemporary life.

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