For over three decades, WPBT2’s Viewpoint has brought various religious leaders and scholars together for discussions on topics of religious, moral and ethical importance to both South Florida and the world.
The goal of this monthly religion roundtable program is to provide a means by which the numerous religions of our community can come together to openly discuss timely and vital issues.
As communities grow and diversify, faith becomes an increasingly significant factor, and each religion offers a unique solution to the concerns of the community. How do today’s young adults view religion and spirituality? Is religion hampering science? Who hates in the name of God?
Spearheaded by host Steve Gushée, Viewpoint attempts to answer these and other questions in an effort to foster communication within the community and help educate viewers on different points of view.
Sunday, October 2 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, October 16 @ 12:30 PM
SPECIAL Student Panel – Race & Higher Ed in America The college experience comes at a time when young people begin to form ideas and opinions, about themselves and others, that last a lifetime. But, this experience isn't the same for all students. Studies have shown that young black men are often among the most stereotyped populations in higher education and society. Our dynamic panel of young men from local colleges and universities, joined by special guest and motivational speaker Dario Phillipe, have an open and honest conversation about their own barriers and successes and what it's really like being a young black man in America.
Guests: Javerious Gilmore, Barry University James Louis, Miami Dade College Rashaad Perry-Patterson, Florida International University Dario Phillipe, Generation Today, Inc. Devin Plaskett, Barry University Malcolm J. Simon, Florida International University
Sunday, September 11 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, September 25 @ 12:30 PM
The Changing U.S. Religious Landscape In 2014, the Pew Research Center published a comprehensive survey on the U.S. Religious Landscape. The results showed an interesting trend in recent years -- a growing number of American adults do not identify with any religious group. Defined as atheist, agnostic or unaffiliated - these "Nones" now account for approximately 23% of the U.S. adult population. Our guests analyze the reasons why Americans are leaving religion behind and what this shift signifies.
Guests: Alfredo Garcia, M.A., University of Miami Elsie Miranda, D.Min., Barry University
Sunday, August 7 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, August 21 @ 12:30 PM
SPECIAL - College Edition Millennials - defined as being born 1981-2000 - are often given a bad rap; accused of being entitled, coddled and self-centered. So, we reached out to some area college students to address these stereotypes and possibly shed a new light on this generation – the largest since the Baby Boomers. Our diverse, student panel discuss these negative labels and how religion and ethics play a role in their lives.
Guests: Jennifer Dorcinvil, Miami Dade College Sara Haroon, Florida International University Matthew Hogue-Smith, Barry University Alicia Santana, University of Miami Jose Luis Sirven, Florida International University Lunide Sylne, Miami Dade College Constance Thurmond, Miami Dade College Avi Zemel, University of Miami
Sunday, July 3 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, July 17 @ 12:30 PM
Religion’s Influence on Politics The American political system was founded on the belief that there is a need for the separation of church and state, but that hasn’t kept religion out of politics. On the contrary, religion still plays a huge role. According to the Pew Research Center, the majority of voters want their president to have strong religious beliefs, and those same voters also say a candidate's lack of faith, would influence their vote. In this all important presidential election, just what is the role of faith in a voter's decision?
Guests: Bishop Victor T. Curry, D. Min., D. Div., New Birth Baptist Church Rabbi Frederick L. Klein, Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami Shaikh Shafayat Mohamed, Darul Uloom Institute Pastor Frank Toral, Potential Church
Sunday, June 5 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, June 19 @ 12:30 PM
Military Chaplains People of all faiths serve in the United States Armed Forces. For some, this leads to misconceptions that they put their faith and loyalty above service to this country. Our guest discredits this stereotype and highlights the vital role military chaplains play, servicing the unique needs of many U.S. Military.
Guest: Rabbi Sanford Dresin, U.S. Army (Ret.), The Aleph Institute
Ramadan – A Time for Charity June 5th at sunset marks the beginning of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month, where the faithful focus on prayer, daily fasting and charity. This daily fast cleanses the mind and body, but it is also meant to give Muslims a constant reminder of the less fortunate and their suffering around the world. Our guests explain the significance of Ramadan and the charitable giving happening right here at home – no matter your faith.
Guests: Kauser Haroon, Islamic Foundation of South Florida Abdulrauf Khan, ICNA Relief USA Shaikh Shafayat Mohamed, Darul Uloom Institute