Five Years Of Faith: Leaders Look Ahead

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Tell Me More has reached out to people of faith, nearly every Friday, to hear how religion and spirituality affects our everyday lives. These guests have come from all different traditions, backgrounds, and generations, including those who reject organized religion.

For a special fifth anniversary installment of "Faith Matters," host Michel Martin invites faith leaders to reflect on the past five years, and offer their blessings for the next five years.

Jefferson Bethke

Bethke is a 22-year-old Christian poet. His poem \"Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus\" has received more than 20 million hits on YouTube.



When you understand that he's the one that we're supposed to look at, not ourselves,
then it stirs something in your heart, that draws you outside of yourself, into something bigger.

— Jefferson Bethke

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

Herzfeld leads the Orthodox congregation of Ohev Shalom, the National Synagogue of Washington, D.C.



Let's take upon ourselves, that it's our job to allow the words that we hear,
to truly enter into our hearts, so that we can help transform the world.

— Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

Professor Aminah McCloud

McCloud is the director of the Islamic World Studies Program and a professor of religious studies at DePaul University.



In Islam, one central belief is that God made people in tribes,
so that they could come to know one another and to vie in good deeds.

— Professor Aminah McCloud

The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez

Rodriguez, an evangelical minister, is the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.



What if in America, we can finally reconcile the message
of Billy Graham with the message of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Then we will see faith that reconciles and does not pull apart.

— Reverend Samuel Rodriguez

Tenzin Lhamo

Tenzin Lhamo is a Tibetan Buddhist nun. She was ordained by the Dalai Lama.



May your faith be strong and allow you transcendence
over any of the difficulties of your life.

— Tenzin Lhamo



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