Breaking The Mould [world Service]

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Heart And Soul2015082220150823 (WS)

Reaching out to young Jews in the USA and challenging the traditional ways of worship.

Rabbi Sharon Brous leads the IKAR Jewish community in Los Angeles, USA, and was voted America’s most influential Rabbi in 2013. She tells Jane Little about her decision to become a Rabbi and discusses the ideas she holds about Judaism and how social justice has challenged the orthodoxy within her faith.

Rabbi Brous also explains how she reaches out to young Jews who feel they have lost touch with or become disenfranchised from the religion and how she is now trying to draw them back by re-emphasising what she calls “the basics? of their faith. She explains why she did not want to head a traditional synagogue and why she set up IKAR to challenge the traditional ways of worship and how she views her faith and the role of a Rabbi.

This is the second on a three-part series for Heart and Soul where Jane Little meets a new generation of female religious leaders in America who are challenging the establishment within their respective Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths.

(Photo: Rabbi Sharon Brous. Credit: IKAR)

Rabbi Sharon Brous - America\u2019s Most Influential Rabbi? - Heart And Soul2015082120150823 (WS)
20150822 (WS)

Reaching out to young Jews in the USA and challenging the traditional ways of worship.

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

Rabbi Sharon Brous leads the IKAR Jewish community in Los Angeles, USA, and was voted America’s most influential Rabbi in 2013. She tells Jane Little about her decision to become a Rabbi and discusses the ideas she holds about Judaism and how social justice has challenged the orthodoxy within her faith.

Rabbi Brous also explains how she reaches out to young Jews who feel they have lost touch with or become disenfranchised from the religion and how she is now trying to draw them back by re-emphasising what she calls “the basics” of their faith. She explains why she did not want to head a traditional synagogue and why she set up IKAR to challenge the traditional ways of worship and how she views her faith and the role of a Rabbi.

This is the second on a three-part series for Heart and Soul where Jane Little meets a new generation of female religious leaders in America who are challenging the establishment within their respective Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths.

(Photo: Rabbi Sharon Brous. Credit: IKAR)

Reaching out to young Jews in the USA and challenging the traditional ways of worship.

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

Rabbi Sharon Brous leads the IKAR Jewish community in Los Angeles, USA, and was voted America’s most influential Rabbi in 2013. She tells Jane Little about her decision to become a Rabbi and discusses the ideas she holds about Judaism and how social justice has challenged the orthodoxy within her faith.

Rabbi Brous also explains how she reaches out to young Jews who feel they have lost touch with or become disenfranchised from the religion and how she is now trying to draw them back by re-emphasising what she calls “the basics” of their faith. She explains why she did not want to head a traditional synagogue and why she set up IKAR to challenge the traditional ways of worship and how she views her faith and the role of a Rabbi.

This is the second on a three-part series for Heart and Soul where Jane Little meets a new generation of female religious leaders in America who are challenging the establishment within their respective Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths.

(Photo: Rabbi Sharon Brous. Credit: IKAR)

01Breaking The Mould - Heart And Soul2015053020150531 (WS)

Meet Nadia Bolz-Weber, the body building, tattooed, stand-up comic pastor from Denver

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

Tattoos, ‘salty’ language and alcoholism only partly sum up the life of Nadia Bolz-Weber, the pastor at the House for All Saints and Sinners in Denver, USA.

In the first of a three-part series Jane Little will meet Nadia, the body building, tattooed, stand-up comic Lutheran pastor from Denver to explore her faith and how her conservative Lutheran faith collides with and complements her belief that we are all sinners and the church should accept all areas of society through its doors.

Nadia is the first subject in a series which looks at faith leaders who represent a new generation, challenging the establishment within their faiths. You only have to follow Bolz-Weber to get an idea of her style of ministry, her Twitter name is @sarcasticluther, her ministry the House for All Sinners and Saints, is growing and she spends more and more time spreading her faith message across America.

Photo credit: Courtney Perry

Meet Nadia Bolz-Weber, the body building, tattooed, stand-up comic pastor from Denver

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

Tattoos, ‘salty’ language and alcoholism only partly sum up the life of Nadia Bolz-Weber, the pastor at the House for All Saints and Sinners in Denver, USA.

In the first of a three-part series Jane Little will meet Nadia, the body building, tattooed, stand-up comic Lutheran pastor from Denver to explore her faith and how her conservative Lutheran faith collides with and complements her belief that we are all sinners and the church should accept all areas of society through its doors.

Nadia is the first subject in a series which looks at faith leaders who represent a new generation, challenging the establishment within their faiths. You only have to follow Bolz-Weber to get an idea of her style of ministry, her Twitter name is @sarcasticluther, her ministry the House for All Sinners and Saints, is growing and she spends more and more time spreading her faith message across America.

Photo credit: Courtney Perry

02Breaking The Mould Episode 2 Of 3 - Heart And Soul2015071120150712 (WS)

Ani Zoneveld on being a female Imam and singing about her faith.

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

With recent research estimating that 23% of Americans are now counted as ‘nones’ when it comes to their religious beliefs, Jane Little meets a new generation of religious leaders, and explores whether they are threatening and disaffected who feel alienated from their institutions, and whether they are threatening traditional hierarchies.

In the second of her three conversations with a new generation of female religious leaders in America she meets Malaysian-American Ani Zonneveld. Ani was supposed to be a diplomat – at least that was her father’s plan for her. He was a Malaysian ambassador and she was raised in several countries. Instead she became a singer and Grammy award-winning songwriter. Then, after the events of September 11th 2001, she studied and ultimately embraced Islam, and made it her mission to counter the Saudi-exported Wahhabism that has inspired extremist groups from Al Qaeda to ISIS. She is now what she calls an “Imam with a small ‘I’". Ani often leads Friday prayers in her Los Angeles community and she founded Muslims for Progressive Values, a US-based international group of Muslims which supports gender equality, interfaith marriage, and gay rights. Jane talks with Ani about faith, fanaticism, and why she is now giving lessons from the Koran to diplomats at the United Nations.

To hear the first in the series of Breaking the Mould then go to http ://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02s257z and if you want to read more then go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/33377925

Ani Zoneveld on being a female Imam and singing about her faith.

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

With recent research estimating that 23% of Americans are now counted as ‘nones’ when it comes to their religious beliefs, Jane Little meets a new generation of religious leaders, and explores whether they are threatening and disaffected who feel alienated from their institutions, and whether they are threatening traditional hierarchies.

In the second of her three conversations with a new generation of female religious leaders in America she meets Malaysian-American Ani Zonneveld. Ani was supposed to be a diplomat – at least that was her father’s plan for her. He was a Malaysian ambassador and she was raised in several countries. Instead she became a singer and Grammy award-winning songwriter. Then, after the events of September 11th 2001, she studied and ultimately embraced Islam, and made it her mission to counter the Saudi-exported Wahhabism that has inspired extremist groups from Al Qaeda to ISIS. She is now what she calls an “Imam with a small ‘I’". Ani often leads Friday prayers in her Los Angeles community and she founded Muslims for Progressive Values, a US-based international group of Muslims which supports gender equality, interfaith marriage, and gay rights. Jane talks with Ani about faith, fanaticism, and why she is now giving lessons from the Koran to diplomats at the United Nations.

To hear the first in the series of Breaking the Mould then go to http ://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02s257z and if you want to read more then go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/33377925