Revealing the truth and offering clarity in misconception, Challenge 2.0 connects and strengthens local communities. We facilitate conversations about anti-semitism, interfaith, Islamophobia, cultural racism, religious oppression, and violence against faith-based communities.
Challenge 2.0 is produced in partnership with Weigle Broadcasting and Seattle Community Cable TV. It was recreated in 2017 based on the original Challenge show started by Rabbi Raphael Levine and Father William Treacy.
The program is hosted by Executive Producer Jeff Renner. Produced by Tom Buttersworth and John Sharify. Cameras and Audio by Rich McAdams, Tom Buttersworth and Dean Cuccia. Ean Olsen Is the Production Assistant.
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The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful tapestry of cultures, perspectives and traditions. We strive to invite people from all of them to join us and add their voices – and their wisdom – to the show. This includes people from all wisdom traditions including Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Native American, Sikhs, Baha’i, Unitarian, Tao, Confucian, Atheist, Humanist, Agnostic and many more. Our combined voices deepens our interfaith wisdom for the challenges we are currently facing.
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We have been formed by a status-keeping system in our nation. It has shaped much of how we see the world. It has formed our “common sense” in ways that make no sense at all.
But not only can we be formed, we can be re-formed to see our common humanity. This is painful work. Real growth always includes pain. This work will never end, as long as I live.
However, the work of living more fully into our stated ideals, into our common humanity and the future we can build together is also blessed and enjoyable work. As we break the mold we have been formed in, we find ourselves freer to move, to stretch, to relax.
My perception was that people were trying to be subtly disrespectful of the chairperson, and therefore the tribe. This did not surprise me. But I felt angry and sad about it. I thought to myself, “What can I do?”