Crossing Faiths

A Christian & a Muslim talk religion & politics

About the show

Crossing Faiths is a podcast where people from diverse religious backgrounds openly discuss everything you're NOT supposed to discuss at the dinner table. Join hosts Jt Pinna, a career national security, international affairs, and D.C. insider, and Elliot Toman, a former media director in the Evangelical church, as they engage in lively conversations about the impact of faith on current events. Crossing Faiths also welcomes guests from various religious and experiential backgrounds to share their insights.

The podcast was initially developed in collaboration with Matt Hawkins, a former policy director for the Southern Baptist Convention. Their conversations are built on a decade of collaboration, advocating in Washington, D.C., for religious freedom domestically and globally. The two developed the podcast to share conversations that model friendship and cooperation despite profound differences in religion and background. The podcast has reached almost 3 million multi-faith listeners, 83% millennials.

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Episodes

  • What About Barabbas?

    June 17th, 2024  |  Season 9  |  34 mins 40 secs
    bible, christianity, islam, politics, quran, religion

    In this episode, John and Elliot discuss the Biblical figure, Barabbas. John poses an interesting question: Was Barabbas the first recipient of Jesus' salvation?

  • Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi

    June 10th, 2024  |  Season 9  |  20 mins 30 secs
    bible, christianity, islam, politics, quran, religion

    Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi, Executive Director of the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, a global network that connects grassroots peacemakers with global stakeholders for enduring peace.

  • 120: Jonathan Randall

    June 3rd, 2024  |  Season 9  |  46 mins 30 secs
    bible, christianity, islam, politics, quran, religion

    Jonathan Randall is a Comedian/Activist/Writer/Actor living in NYC who has performed across North America, Europe, and Asia. Jonathan is Jewish and very outspoken about Palestinian human rights, ending the occupation, and freedom & equality for all people.

  • Rabbi David Rosen

    May 27th, 2024  |  Season 9  |  40 mins
    bible, christianity, islam, politics, quran, religion

    For more than two decades Rabbi David Rosen served as the Jerusalem based International Director of Interreligious Affairs of AJC (the American Jewish Committee) before recently taking up the position of Special Advisor to the Abrahamic Family House in Abu Dhabi. 

  • Breaking Cycles of Genocide: Rachel Miner, Bellwether International

    May 20th, 2024  |  Season 9  |  42 mins 53 secs
    bible, christianity, islam, politics, quran, religion

    Rachel has a bachelors in economics from Brigham Young University and masters in public administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science and masters in economic and political development from Columbia University. In 2021, Rachel was named a U.S. Truman Scholar.

  • 117: Luke Higuchi - The Unification Church

    May 6th, 2024  |  Season 9  |  1 hr 1 min
    bible, christianity, islam, politics, quran, religion

    In this episode, Elliot interviews Luke Higuchi, pastor of the Unification Church in Atlanta Georgia. Luke shares his story of forced confinement in Japan and discusses his work ministering to Japanese-speaking members of the Unification Church in America and abroad.

  • Practical Interfaith Engagement with Peter Henne

    April 29th, 2024  |  Season 9  |  36 mins 23 secs
    bible, christianity, islam, politics, quran, religion

    Peter S. Henne is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Middle East Studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences in the University of Vermont.

  • Congressman Frank Wolf

    April 22nd, 2024  |  Season 9  |  41 mins 18 secs
    bible, christianity, islam, politics, quran, religion

    A conversation about international religious freedom with Frank Wolf, retired U.S. Member of Congress, Founder and former Co-Chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.

  • 114: Dr. Daisy Khan: The Rise of Islamophobia

    April 15th, 2024  |  Season 9  |  50 mins 34 secs
    bible, christianity, islam, politics, quran, religion

    Dr. Daisy Khan is an award winning speaker, author and Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE), a women-led organization committed to peacebuilding, equality, and justice for Muslims around the globe. Dr. Khan launched the most ambitious peacebuilding tool, WISE Up, a book and campaign aimed at fighting extremism and Islamophobia.

  • 113: There's No Islam in Easter!

    March 30th, 2024  |  Season 9  |  1 hr 26 mins
    bible, christianity, islam, politics, quran, religion

    A Christian and a Muslim talk religion & politics. In this episode, Elliot and John engage in a lively Easter-themed discussion when Elliot starts by posing the question: What to Muslims believe about the Resurrection?

  • 112: Lou Ann Sabatier

    March 25th, 2024  |  Season 9  |  53 mins 40 secs
    bible, christianity, islam, politics, quran, religion

    In this episode, John interviews Lou Ann Sabatier. Sabatier serves as the Director of Communications for 21Wilberforce where she oversees external communications and the International Religious Freedom Congressional Scorecard.

  • Minhdao Le: Vietnam and the Cao Dai Religion

    March 19th, 2024  |  Season 9  |  1 hr 28 mins
    bible, christianity, islam, politics, quran, religion

    Minhdao Le is a third-generation practitioner of Cao Dai, a religious belief system from Vietnam. In this interview, Minhdao provides some insight into the beliefs of Cao Dai, and brings attention to what he describes as a communist government-led usurping of the religion that took place when the government officially "recognized" Cao Dai in 1997.