Rising above the din of fighting that usually dominates and stymies media discussions on world religion and spiritual belief systems, the Godspeed Institute Radio Program was launched in 2010 as “an on-air classroom” on which members of all faiths are invited to share their beliefs and personal journey in an atmosphere of respect.
Fueled by the philosophy that education fosters compassion, the program format rests on the principle that we move toward tolerance and peace by getting to know each other – what people around the world believe, and why, including our challenges and greatest hopes.
“A wonderful time in sacred dialog.” – guest and author Mirabai Starr
Known for warmth, humor and engaging dialogue, the Godspeed Institute radio programs have made great strides toward public understanding of religion through conversations with the world’s leading religious scholars, authors and spiritual figures from the Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Taoist, Native American, Norse, Shinto traditions, and many more.
“There is a real sense of meeting within the heart.” – Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Golden Sufi Center
What does the program offer listeners around the world?
- A sacred place of genuine encounter.
- A place on the web where anyone can learn about each other in an environment of safety, free of charge.
- An opportunity to learn about the core of all faiths as well as their commonalities.
- A place set aside for listening, connection and meaning.
- A kind way to learn about others’ belief systems accurately.
- Accessible conversations with the world’s leading religious and spiritual teachers.
- A place to learn about healing, growth and spiritual tools.
- A place where all are welcome and all belong.
Dr. Caer Hallundbaek, co-founder of the Godspeed Institute, hosts the radio program. Caer has produced faith-related broadcast media for nearly two decades. An original consultant on the launch of PBS' long-running series Religion & Ethics, she has worked for TIME, NBC and HBO, has hosted greater New York's Winds of Change, her own prime-time TV show on ecumenical faith, and served as an on-air commentator on youth and spirituality for the national live program FOX on Religion.
An author on the timeless lessons of mysticism, and a worldwide 'go-to' on relationships and the contemporary experience of spirituality, Caer's books have been nominated for a Christopher and 2 Catholic Press Association Awards. She has received top awards for television production and for her newspaper series "Soul Proprietors." Caer is a graduate of New York University, Maryknoll School of Theology, Fordham University and Creighton University.
“Caer Hallundbaek is a terrific and insightful host.” –Mary Lou Quinlan, author of The God Box
GodspeedTM has aired on the Progressive Radio Network in New York City, iTunes, Podbean, college and community radio networks, and online around the world. Our listeners are 55% in the US and 45% around the globe. The Godspeed Institute programs have been downloaded more than a million times and are included as an educational resource at universities including Yale.
In 2014 and 2016, Caer was nominated for the Martin E. Marty Public Understanding of Religion Award.