Have a Little Faith!

Posted on February 7, 2016 by Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across an amazing series on YouTube. It is called Have a Little Faith and is one of the many incredible and enlightening shows put out by SoulPancake.

I started watching it, and found, several hours later, that I had watched every. single. one.

Have A Little Faith SoulPancake
Source: SOULPANCAKE

 

This wonderful series is hosted by Zach Anner, a comedian with cerebral palsy, who is a self-proclaimed “religious idiot.” The show is as enlightening as it is hilarious, and is a beautiful way to approach the often touchy subject of religion. Over the course of the series, he covers Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Atheism, and much more in between.

I want to start you off today with Have A Little Faith‘s first episode. Here Zach explains, better than I ever could, his motivation behind embarking on this remarkable series, and why, in many ways, his unique life makes him the perfect religious explorer!

See what you think…

Are you hooked yet?

After binge watching the whole series, this next episode stuck out to me for a few reasons. First, I spent college living with two Orthodox Jewish roommates, and I wanted to see yet another side of a belief system that I had had the privilege of becoming so immersed in. Second, it features another YouTuber, Mendy Pellin, who is a Hasidic, Orthodox, Jewish comedian who I have run into before, and loved.

What could be better than two comedians talking about religion?

I was so fascinated and delighted by those first two videos, I want to share one with you that goes a bit deeper.

This last video features the Bahá’í faith, a religion I had never heard of before stumbling upon Have a Little Faith. I thought this episode was beautiful because it takes us inside this religious practice in a very intimate way. While I, myself, do not subscribe to any specific religion, I have always been fascinated by how similar most religions are at their core. The Bahá’í faith demonstrates that in many ways. Take a look…

 

Ghi Lamps
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I have spent a lot of time learning about different religions through my life: I went to Catholic school through the 8th grade, I spent Christmas and Easter going to any church that had room (one year we bounced from Episcopalian, to Unitarian, to Methodist), I spent a great deal of my scholarly life learning about Buddhism and Hinduism. And I lived with two orthodox Jewish roommates in college.

To me, religion is not as much about our differences, as it is about revealing our similarities: our desire to make the world a better place, to care for each other, to belong to something greater than ourselves, to have a purpose, to be a part of a community, to want a better world for our children.

Image: Stones balanced into tall sculptures before a beautiful sunset
Source: Michael Grab’s GRAVITY GLUE

Perhaps the most beautiful part of Have a Little Faith is that it reminds us of the shared humanity that is a part of most faiths. When we demonize an entire religion or relegate it to a series of stereotypes, we forget the people who practice these religions are as human as we are.

When we educate ourselves and recognize that faith does not have to be a polarizing force, we allow ourselves to rejoice in the diversity of the human experience, while awakening to the fact that we all have many of the same fundamental hopes and dreams for a better world.

If you want to watch all of the Have a Little Faith episodes, head over to their playlist, you won’t be disappointed!

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-Liesl

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”-Victor Borge

Liesl can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber is a camera toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—yogi. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV

Notes:

  1. Have a Little Faith. “Take Your Shoes Off, Pray Awhile – Have a Little Faith.”YouTube. SoulPancake, 4 Oct. 2013. Web. 06 Feb. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8irL7tDORXY>.
  2. Have a Little Faith. “L’Chaim on a Roll – Have a Little Faith.” YouTube. SoulPancake, 18 Oct. 2013. Web. 06 Feb. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFEr-bi286g>.
  3. Have a Little Faith. “Bahá’í­ How Are You Doing? – Have a Little Faith.” YouTube. SoulPancake, 20 Dec. 2013. Web. 06 Feb. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qQLkT9Q8yM>.