Makoto Fujimura — Artist, Writer, SpeakerMakoto Fujimura is recognized worldwide as a cultural influencer. A Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts, Makoto has contributed internationally as an advocate for the arts, speaking with decision makers and advising governmental policies on the arts. His work is exhibited at galleries around the world, including the Dillon Gallery (New York), Sen Gallery (Tokyo), The Contemporary Museum of Tokyo, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Museum and Oxford House, Taiku Place (Hong Kong). He has painted live on stage at New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall as part of an ongoing collaboration with composer and percussionist Susie Ibarra. A popular speaker, he has lectured at numerous conferences and universities, including the Aspen Institute, Yale, Princeton, the Q Conference, and IAM’s Encounter 10. Makoto's second book, Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art and Culture, is a collection of essays bringing people of all backgrounds together in conversation and meditation on culture, art, and humanity. Fujimura founded the International Arts Movement in 1992.
TODAY’S DROOGLE GUEST Pat O'Brien — Board Member for The Centre for Inquiry & Former President Of Humanist CanadaDROOGLE: Drew's Search For God From now until our Christmas show on December 18, 2010 Drew will speak to a variety of prominent people during each show, ask them why they believe in God, and if they've ever had a legitimate personal encounter with Him. We'll even ask a few prominent atheist/agnostic guests why they don't believe there’s a God. Basically, we'll ask each of our DROOGLE guests to attempt to "talk him off the ledge!" Either to jump - or to climb back inside his faith. Our "God Guests" will include celebrities, apologists, theologians, and authors. Bottom line - Drew is asking for an "encounter" with God for Christmas! Click here to read more: www.drewmarshall.ca/droogle.
*DROOGLE Bits – After each DROOGLE interview, Drew will share DROOGLE emails and Facebook comments from our listeners, and give an update on the ongoing TWEET ME OFF dialogue with Bruxy Cavey and Paul Young.
Rachel Held Evans — Author of Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the QuestionsEighty years after the Scopes Monkey Trial made a spectacle of Christian fundamentalism and brought national attention to her hometown, Rachel Held Evans faced a trial of her own when she began to have doubts about her faith. Growing up in a culture obsessed with apologetics, Evans asks questions she never thought she would ask. She learns that in order for her faith to survive in a post-modern context, it must adapt to change and evolve.
PatriciaPatricia started following Christ around the age of 26. Twelve years later, desperate for love, she was pregnant and living with the emotional and verbally abusive father. As time went on, Patricia couldn’t take it anymore and moved out, spending weeks in women’s shelters with her six month old. Unfortunately, Patricia never felt that church was a safe place to look for support or acceptance because of numerous subtle acts of rejection. She certainly wasn’t embraced. Patricia eventually went back to school, is now a teacher and is raising her five year old son on her own. She really wants to encourage the church to change their attitudes to single mothers, especially those who follow Christ, yet still “sin.”
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This week on the Counsel of Many: a lady is worried that her sister’s lifestyle is having a bad impact on her sister’s child and wants to know the best way to confront her.
“I'm worried about my sister and her four year old daughter. My sister left her verbally abusive boyfriend in the spring (so far, so good) and moved in to the apartment building where my husband and I live. I thought this was going to be great. We could be supportive to her in this transitional time. Instead, she has gone from being in a highly repressive relationship to what, in my opinion, are too many freedoms. It seems like she is drinking almost every day and up late with loud music playing after her daughter is in bed. My niece's learning is a little behind other children her age. I guess that is to be expected with all the trauma that comes with a broken home, but I feel like my sister is just making it worse. I don't have any children, so no, I don't know what it's like to be a parent. But anyone can see that a four year shouldn't be around alcoholics and drug addicts on a regular basis, right? When I just barely hinted to my sister that maybe this wasn't the best atmosphere for a child, she first yelled at me, then closed right up. Since then she barely speaks to me. I don't know what to do! How can I help both my sister and my niece?”
Would you go to a church led by a really fat ugly pastor?Do you lose respect for a leader if they’re obese? Have you ever thought, “How can they lead others if their own weight is out of control?” Does a pastor’s looks have any impact on why you go to that church? If you were church shopping, how much would the pastor’s weight or attire or race play a role in your decision? And if you’re under 35, is there a “cool” factor involved? Or is it all purely based on what they preach and how they preach it?
Would you have a problem with your children visiting a mosque for a school trip?A group of schoolchildren who were visiting a Mosque as part of their Social Studies class, actually took part in prayers and as a result, a lawsuit is pending further investigation. According to reports, the parents were told their children would be learning about the architecture of a mosque and they would be allowed to observe a prayer service. But the students wound up being given a lecture on the Prophet Muhammad, and some boys participated in a midday prayer service. A video of the fieldtrip shows a spokeswoman for the mosque telling students, “You have to believe in Allah, and Allah is the one God, the only one worthy of worship, all forgiving, all merciful." Would this concern you as a parent, or not?
TDMS BanterThe beginning and the end of the show is like any good sandwich. The stuff in the middle is what it's all about - The rest is just crust! Sometimes it's worth listening to. Sometimes - not so much.