Learn about the practice of observant Jews, Christians and Muslims.
The Talking with God Project is a research project into lived religion among followers of the Abrahamic religions––Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Participants are from a broad range of denominations, ages, backgrounds and professions. The research that evolves from the interviews forms the basis of workshops and articles, among other things.
Reflect on your practice and expand your openness.
My belief is that learning about the range of practices and values will both inspire greater self-reflection as well as expand openness to people walking other religious paths. Religious hate and discrimination, such as anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, have long damaged our communities. This time of division calls for change––less antagonism and more curiosity.
Ways to engage with the project and podcast:
Does your religious or other non-profit organization, school or company invite speakers? Méli is available to give talks and be on panels. Recordings of selected talks given are posted on the Speaking page.
Follow the Living Our Beliefs podcast on all major podcast platforms.
Be a guest on the podcast! Email Méli to discuss.
Are you a podcaster or radio show host? Méli is available to be a guest.
Read periodic short pieces about the research and additional thoughts
inspired by the podcast.
Learn about the research––how participants imagine the Divine, what their prayer practice is and how they express their faith, among other topics.
Does your organization host workshops? Méli is available to lead workshops at organizations, companies, social groups and universities. See options in Workshops.
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Contact Méli to explore the possibilities!
IN THEIR WORDS
“My prayer experience gives me a very calming effect. When I go [to synagogue], I feel peaceful, and I guess because I’ve been going so often, it’s a feeling that God is there, and I feel that. The praying is not really what brings me there. It’s the feeling that my thoughts [are enough], and I don’t have to express myself verbally. I can use my mind to reach out to God, and the atmosphere makes me feel peaceful.”
Beth Ann, 81, retired salesclerk, American, Conservative Jew