Monday, January 31, 2005
I just learned about a new radio program, PROVOKE, which is archived and available on the web. The host--Stephen Spahn, SJ--is a Jesuit priest and currently serves as associate pastor to the parish of The Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, DC. I lifted the following information from the website. To go to the website, click here.
About The Show
We thought, “wouldn't it be great if there was a program that discussed critical social issues not merely from a pundit's perspective, but from a religious perspective?” Yes, religion--that part of us we aren't always comfortable talking about, yet admit to its crucial importance in our lives. So, we created Provoke radio - intended not only as a forum for reflection, but reflection from the vantage of faith. As you listen to Provoke and visit the website, we invite you to do so from the distinct perspective of your own religious tradition. We'll illustrate how the principles we all embrace--principles found in every religion and culture--can be lived out in every day life. Principles as basic as the Golden Rule, compassion, equality, justice, and a conviction that each individual person has inherent, God-given dignity. Standing on this common ground, we then thought, “Wouldn't it be great if we not only engage people in an exploration of real issues, but offer practical ways to get involved? Wouldn't it be great if we provoke people not merely to thought and reflection…but to action?” To that end, at the close of every show, we mention area programs --faith-based and secular, advocacy and outreach--which are in need of volunteers and support. In addition, you can consult our website database for a more thorough list of such organizations.
About The Host
Father Stephen Spahn, SJ, is a Jesuit priest and currently serves as associate pastor to the parish of The Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, DC. Father Spahn received his Certificat d'Etudes Politiques from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris, France; B.S. and M.S. degrees in International Politics and Foreign Policy Studies from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Washington DC; his M.A. in Philosophy from Fordham University, New York; and his Masters of Divinity and Theology from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He recently taught philosophy and political science at Loyola College in Baltimore. His time at Loyola involved work in their Center for Values and Service where he came to know and understand the complicated problems of the Baltimore community. In addition, Fr. Spahn has done case studies of the U.S. foreign policy in the Sudan and has traveled to and worked in Mexico, Haiti, and China among others. Father Spahn serves as the host for Provoke in between all his other ministries!
About The Database
Provokes’s database is meant as a guide to anyone looking for different ways to get involved in social justice, charity, and other worthwhile causes in the Baltimore/Washington DC area. While lengthy and diverse, it is by no means meant to be completely comprehensive. But if you have been provoked to action by our program, this database is a good place to start!
Provoke Radio is brought to you by Radio Mass of Baltimore, www.st-ignatius.net