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2009 RNA Conference Archives: Minneapolis, Minn.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Sept. 10–12, 2009

Conference media:

*Panel audio is also available via iTunes. To listen to the podcasts, launch the iTunes store, search for "2009 RNA Annual Conference." When the search results appear, click on the arrow to the right of the 2009 RNA Conference album, which will bring up a list of all the available audio tracks.

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2009 RNA Annual Conference audio

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009

Welcome by RNA President Kevin Eckstrom
(audio | mp3)


PANEL: Faith and Politics in the Obama Whitehouse
(audio | mp3)
  • Moderator: Eric Gorski, The Associated Press
  • Dr. Frank Page, pastor, Taylors First Baptist Church; former president, Southern Baptist Convention
  • The Rev. Peg Chemberlin, executive director of the Minnesota Council of Churches, president-elect, National Council of Churches
  • Dan Gilgoff, senior writer, U.S. News & World Report
PANEL: How Immigrants are Transforming Religion in America: The Big Picture and a Case Study
(audio | mp3)

  • Moderator: Jaweed Kaleem,The Miami Herald
  • Luis Lugo, director, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
  • Elizabeth Heger Boyle, associate professor of sociology and law, University of Minnesota
  • Allie Shah, metro reporter, Star Tribune

Friday, Sept. 11, 2009

PANEL: The Young & the Reformed
(audio | mp3)

  • Moderator: Julia Duin, The Washington Times
  • Carolyn Custis James, founder/president, Synergy Women's Network, Inc.; president, WhitbyForum
  • John Piper, pastor for preaching and vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church 
  • Collin Hansen, editor at large, Christianity Today
PANEL: House churches and Jew-it-yourself services
(audio | mp3)
  • Moderator: Cathy Grossman, USA TODAY
  • Mark Frydenberg, immediate past chair, National Havurah Committee
  • Barry Steinman, organizer, House Church Central
PANEL: Church Music: Harmony, Hip-hop & Hymns
(audio | mp3)

  • Moderator: Cathy Grossman, USA TODAY
  • Sharon Jones, music director, Sanctuary Covenant Church, Minneapolis
  • Efrem Smith, pastor, Sanctuary Covenant Church, Minneapolis
  • Jon Vieker, assistant director, Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Commission on Worship
SHOPTALK: Tweets, Friends, Page Views and Video: Reporting With New Media
(audio | mp3)
  • Moderator: Eric Gorski, The Associated Press
  • Jeff Diamant, religion reporter, The Star-Ledger
  • Amanda Irwin, faith & family reporter, StarNews; "The Divine Diva" blogger; daily Tweeter

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, an American Muslim in Congress
(audio | mp3)

  • Introduction: Eric Gorski, The Associated Press
PANEL: On the Edge of the Emerging Church
(audio | mp3)
  • Moderator: Kim Lawton, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
  • Debbie Blue, founding pastor, House of Mercy; author, "Sensual Orthodoxy" and "From Stone to Living Word: Letting the Bible Live Again"
  • Tony Jones, author, "The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier"; theologian-in-residence, Solomon's Porch
  • Doug Pagitt, pastor, Solomon's Porch; author, "A Christianity Worth Believing"
PANEL: Hinduism in America: Changes and Challenges
(audio | mp3)
  • Moderator: Michael Paulson, The Boston Globe
  • Anantanand Rambachan, chair and professor of religion, St. Olaf College
  • Khyati Joshi, associate professor, School of Education, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Suhag Shukla, managing director and legal counsel, Hindu American Foundation

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