Faith Matters

Faith Matters is a bi-weekly radio program that features leaders from diverse faith communities discussing their distinct spiritual values and perspectives in a roundtable format.  Faith Matters builds bridges of understanding by providing meaningful conversations that explore the foundations of belief and the role faith and religion play in people’s lives.  Faith Matters: Spotlight is an occasional series that explores a particular spiritual topic or issue in greater depth.

Faith Story: Loss, Grief, & Forgiveness

Faith Story: Loss, Grief, & Forgiveness

  Dan and Lyn Wagner faced a challenge that few parents ever imagine--the sudden loss of both of their children in a tragic car accident caused by a woman under the influence of drugs. Through...

One Year of Covid: Celebrating the Spring Religious Holidays
Spring 2021 marks one year into the Covid pandemic. As we mark a full year into this global crisis, how ...
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Faith Story: Loss, Grief, & Forgiveness
Dan and Lyn Wagner faced a challenge that few parents ever imagine--the sudden loss of both of their children in ...
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Christian Nationalism & the January 6 Insurrection
On January 6, 2021, there was an unprecedented assault on our nation's capitol. Some of the people involved in the ...
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Shelter in Faith Conversation: Religious Roots of the Insurrection
In this edition of Faith Matters, we broadcast a unique dialogue hosted by the Santa Cruz and Watsonville Public Library ...
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Celebrating the Winter Religious Holidays in 2020
2020 has been a year unlike any in recent memory, or perhaps in American history. As a nation, and in ...
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Faith & the 2020 Election: After the Election
The bitterly divided 2020 election is finally over--and our panel of religious leaders weigh in on how they and their ...
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Faith & the 2020 Election: Before the Election
In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 election has been the most divisive election in recent memory. Political ...
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Faith in the Time of Corona: Christianity & Racial Reconciliation
The Christian faith in America, while making many positive contributions throughout our history, has also mirrored the racism and social ...
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Faith in the Time of Corona: Faith & Politics, Part 2
Our second conversation in our Politics & Faith series highlights how two Evangelical Christians, politically active in the current election ...
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Faith in the Time of Corona: Faith & Politics, Part 1
Not only is our country experiencing a pandemic that has claimed the lives of almost 200,000 people, we now have ...
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Faith in the Time of Corona: Faith in the Middle of the Fire
In the middle of the Covid pandemic and nationwide protests against racism, our community now faces another unprecedented crisis--raging wildfires ...
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Faith in the Time of Corona: Faith & Action
During the pandemic, our nation has been gripped by protests---from groups that are resisting the wearing of masks and shutdown ...
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Faith in the Time of Corona: Racism, College Students, & Christianity
The public murder of George Floyd by a White police officer in Minneapolis has sparked a nationwide discussion about race, ...
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Faith in the Time of Corona: Faith & The Police Chief
In the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, the cruel murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis has sparked protests, violence, and ...
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Faith in the Time of Corona: Police Chaplains
Our nation has a strong tradition of providing religious chaplains in a variety of public and private institutions and agencies ...
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Faith in the Time of Corona: Churches Making a Difference
There are a variety of churches and faith-based organizations throughout Santa Cruz County that are providing needed relief and support ...
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Faith in the Time of Corona: Association of Faith Communities
There are a variety of faith-based organizations that tirelessly work to put faith into action to help the hurting and ...
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Faith in the Time of Corona: Local Religious Leaders
Our community, and our world, is currently facing an unprecedented crisis in the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are all impacted ...
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Faith Matters: Faith-Based Cafes
Learn how a new, unique local cafe is an expression of deep faith and spirituality.  Catholic priest Paul McDonnell and ...
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Faith Matters: Destiny & Fate
An astrologer, a follower of Greek Orthodox Christianity, and a leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ...
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Seth Schapiro

Over many years, Seth Schapiro has interacted with a variety of cultures and faith perspectives. He grew up in a Jewish home and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Studies at UCSC. While living in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, he was exposed to various Appalachian Christian traditions. After teaching elementary school, he developed a K-12 multicultural education program that teaches principles of character using the words and lives of inspiring world figures. His travels have included visiting Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and Asia where he has observed the influence of Islamic faith on people’s everyday lives. Recently, he taught at a Buddhist university in Cambodia.