The Beloved Community:The Rabbi and The Faithless Feminist 
Series: Title: Sub-title:
The Beloved Community  The Rabbi and The Faithless Feminist  Interviews with Rabbi Brian and Karen Garst about changes regarding religion in society. 
Producer: Program type: Broadcast Restrictions:
John Shuck  Monthly Program  For non-profit use only. 
Summary: Featured speakers/guests:
North American culture is in transition in many ways, and religion is one of those areas that is in transition, especially away from organized religion to other avenues. As such these various avenues are resources for resistance to oppression and for positive activism in our world.

Both of today's guests live in the Portland Metro and represent the transition that is taking place.

Karen Garst says that "Organized religion is a cultural barrier to full equality for men and women." She is the author of Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life Without Religion. Her website is The Faithless Feminist.

Rabbi Brian calls himself "a modern-day rabbi with John Lennons inclusivity and a Blues Brothers mission." He lives in Portland and does most of his work on-line at Religion Outside the Box.


Karen L. Garst has a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree in French. She obtained her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She moved to Oregon in 1980 to serve as field representative of the Oregon Federation of Teachers. In 1988 she was selected to serve as the executive director of the Oregon Community College Association and in 1996 as the executive director of the Oregon State Bar. She retired from that position in 2008. She is married and lives in Oregon.


Born and raised on the small island of Manhattan, Rabbi Brian grew up exceedingly rational. He thought he was going to be a math major and then an architect. Asking many whys led him to rabbinical school where he continued to struggle with the answers he received. In 2000, he left mainstream, organized, denominational religion to pursue religion-outside-the-box ( In 2007 he took up working full-time as a mathematics (and life lesson) instructor where he recovered his ministers heart. In 2015 Rabbi Brian followed his calling to nourish spiritual-religious hunger full time " no matter peoples theology, religious background, or lack of either. He lives in Portand, Oregon with his family. 
Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer and Karen Garst 
Notes: Credits:
00 - 28:59 Karen Garst

28:59 - 30:18 Break "Imagine" John Lennon,

30:18- 57:00 Rabbi Brian 

"Imagine" John Lennon, Imagine, Apple, 1971, 1:28

"Graceland" Paul Simon, Graceland, Warner Brothers, 1986, :46  
Spirituality / Religion | History | Philosophy | Civil Liberties | Feminism | Science in Society | Religion in Society | Atheism | Christianity | Judaism  
Version 1: BC 13 Rabbi Brian and Karen Garst  
Total Length (HH:MM:SS)
57 Minutes Broadcast Ready 
Transcript, Announcer Script Location Recorded Release Date Language
View Script  KBOO Portland  08-09-2017  English 
Segment Length
File Info
BC13GarstBrian  192Kbps mp3 (52.2MB) Mono 
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