This week our 2020 post-election analysis begins with Robert P. Jones from the Public Religion Research Institute. Jones details insights from the annual survey of American values across religious groups and highlights from the exit polling from the 2020 elections. Tackling the ‘demographics are destiny’ thesis, Jones explains how young voters are defying conventional wisdom. And, how race continues to influence the behavior and once again, trumps theology.
“Making a Place at the Table”
A new middle-grade book, explores food, family, and interfaith friendship. Unlike most books for this age group, the families are intact and kids are not tasked with saving the world. Instead, they wrestle with finding their way as first-generation immigrants and confront the stressors their parents face – from depression and anxiety to financial stress. Set in a small American suburb, co-authors Laura Shovan, and Saadia Faruqi introduce readers to experiences drawn from their lives. Readers meet how a young Jewish and Muslim girl find friendship in an unlikely place, an afterschool cooking club.
An influential thought leader in the Jewish and interfaith worlds, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks was a public scholar, religious leader, and prolific communicator. In this segment, we revisit an excerpt from his conversation on Interfaith Voices from 2015.