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, December 4 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, December 18 @ 12:30 PM
Looking Ahead to 2017 – Rebuilding Communities Between a polarizing presidential election, ongoing racial tensions and the largest terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, it’s been a trying year for Americans and our belief systems. On this month’s program, religious leaders from across South Florida share what’s on the minds of their congregations and how faith can help rebuild communities moving forward.
Guests: Very Rev. Wilifred Allen-Faiella, St. Stephens Episcopal Church Rabbi Jaime Aklepi, Temple Beth Am Shaikh Shafayat Mohamed, Darul Uloom Institute Pastor Danny Slavich, Pembroke Road Baptist Church
Sunday, November 6 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, November 20 @ 12:30 PM
Navigating Public Health Emergencies Zika, Dengue Fever, Ebola. These are just some of the diseases putting the public on edge, as global travel continues to bring foreign borne illnesses to South Florida's door. The emergences of these infectious diseases present both unprecedented challenges and opportunity for South Florida's public health officials. From the allocation of resources and sharing data, to patient care and communicating the risks, our panel of experts discuss how hospitals navigate the ethics of public health emergencies and what it means for patient privacy.
Kenneth W. Goodman, Ph.D., FACMI, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Dr. Marie Florent-Carre, D.O., M.P.H., NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine Kimarie Stratos, Memorial Healthcare System
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