Interfaith Voices host talks radio with DC chapter

Maureen Fiedler

Maureen Fiedler

WASHINGTON — It was while driving her car some years ago that Maureen Fiedler realized that she had to do something. She had to provide an alternative to a brand of Christian radio that lacked appreciation for religious diversity and respect for differing views.

In her Sept. 19, 2012 presentation to RCC's Washington, D.C., chapter, Fiedler said she sought to create a "classroom on the radio" that promotes interfaith respect and peace-making in a forum that champions real dialogue and understanding.

That format was proven successful three days after September 11, 2001, when she hosted a multi-faith panel to reflect on the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. After the phones rang off the hook for three hours, it was clear that public radio listeners were hungry for informed, respectful dialogue on religion in the public square.

Since March 2002, Fiedler has hosted Interfaith Voices, a weekly, hour-long radio program heard on 61 public and community radio stations in the U.S. and Canada and on Sirius Satellite Radio. In 2010 the program won a Wilbur Award from RCC. Its coverage has included the role of religion on the founding of America, Sharia Law, religion and elections and religious fundamentalism.

Her newest book is titled: Breaking Through the Stained Glass Ceiling: Women Religious Leaders in Their Own Words. (Seabury Books, 2010). It highlights the emerging leadership of women in faith traditions across the board, and features interviews with many of those women.

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