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What Does it Mean to be Religious?

What Does it Mean to be Religious?

  Our What Does It Mean series continues with a discussion of what does it mean to be religious? What is the role of religion in modern society and what does faith mean to people with differing beliefs.

Host Susan Sharon was joined by:

Rabbi Akiva Herzfeld, Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh

Pamela Shellberg, Assistant Professor in New Testament, Bangor Theological Seminary

Omar Conteh, Outreach coordinator at the Islamic Center of Maine in Orono, Graduate student at the University of Maine at Orono, studying social work

and Ryan Dalessandro, Founder and co-organizer of the Atheists of Maine Facebook page

Deputy News Director Susan Sharon is a reporter and editor whose on-air career in public radio began as a student at the University of Montana. Early on, she also worked in commercial television doing a variety of jobs. Susan first came to Maine Public Radio as a State House reporter whose reporting focused on politics, labor and the environment. More recently she's been covering corrections, social justice and human interest stories. Her work, which has been recognized by SPJ, SEJ, PRNDI and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, has taken her all around the state — deep into the woods, to remote lakes and ponds, to farms and factories and to the Maine State Prison. Over the past two decades, she's contributed more than 100 stories to NPR.