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About Faith
Airs every other Sunday at 1 p.m.

Hosted by Dr. Marci Howard, About Faith aims to gain knowledge and understanding of one another through respectful conversations on meaningful topics with faith leaders in our community. The show features a rotating panel representing a variety of faiths. Panelists include: Father Pike Thomas, retired, St. Jude Catholic Church, Benton, La.; Dr. Rabbi Jana De Benedetti, B’Nai Zion Congregation, Shreveport, La.; Pastor Justin Haigler, Simple Church, Shreveport, La.; Father Jason Foster, Holy Nativity of the Lord Orthodox Church in America, Shreveport, La.; Sheikh Rafiqul Islam Nadwi, Masjid Yaseen, Shreveport, La., and Pastor Andy Liu, Chinese Congregation at First Baptist, Shreveport, La. You will also hear from other faith leaders from throughout our communities who will appear as guests on the show.

  • Our panel discusses how different faiths look at honoring parents.
  • On this episode, the panel discusses the holidays of Passover, Ramadan, Holy Week and Easter. Airs Easter Sunday, 2023
  • The About Faith panel discusses the role of women in various faiths. Original airdate March 26, 2023 at 1 pm. The participants are: Rabbi Dr. Jana De Benedetti, Father Jason Foster, Rabbi Judy Caplan Ginsburgh (Rabbi Temple B'nai Israel), Kimberly Long (DRE St. Mary of the Pines), Ashish Modi, Father Mark Watson
  • Airs Sunday, February 26 at 1 p.m. This week on About Faith, end-of-winter holidays celebrated by the different faiths in our community are profiled. Some are familiar, and some may not be. Background and observances the Hindu holiday, Holi, is presented by Ashish Modi and the Jewish holiday of Purim is explained by Rabbi Dr. Jana De Benedetti. Lent, a Christian holiday, is described by Father Mark Watson. Lastly, our new participant, Sardar Karan Singh, explains Hola Mohalla, a Sikh holiday.
  • A discussion about what you do in your faith about secularized religious holidays such as Valentine's Day and the Mardi Gras "season."
  • Who is our "brother/sister" in our faith tradition? Join host, Marci Howard and panelists Rabbi Jana De Benedetti, Susan Caldwell, Father Mark Watson, Ashish Modi, Father Jason Foster, and Pastor Sione Tu'uta for a discussion of faith and relationships from a variety of faith traditions.
  • This week's discussion will be about how the New Year and other aspects of the faith call one to begin anew, to live a new better way, and leave the 2023 a better year. Joining host, Marci Howard, for the panel will be Father Mark Watson, Ashish Modi, Apostle Nickson Banda and Rabbi Jana De Benedetti.
  • On this program, originally airing Sunday, December 18, 2022, our panel discusses two holidays occurring during the next week: Hanukkah and Christmas.
  • Some benefits and topics talked about regarding blessings are inheritance, removing obstacles, knowledge and wisdom of elders, energy from natural forces, everything that touches our lives, God's presence, unity, divine liturgy, blessings to be given away, and relationships. Joining host, Marci Howard for the discussion will be Rabbi Jana De Benedetti, Father Jason Foster, Father Mark Watson, and Ashish Modi.
  • Airs at 1 pm - A heart of gratitude can be very powerful. This week's discussion will be different faiths view of gratefulness and what each faith is grateful for. Joining host, Marci Howard, for the panel is Rabbi Jana De Benedetti, Father Mark Watson, Pastor Sione Tu'uta, Imam Islam, and Ashish Modi. The panel will also encourage the community to start being a grateful community.