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Spirit In Action
Each week, Spirit In Action brings you stories of people living lives of fruitful service, of peace, community, compassion, creative action and progressive efforts. We'll trace the spiritual roots that support and nourish them in their service. Above all, we'll seek out Light, Love and Helping Hands, being shared between our many neighbors on this planet, hoping to inspire and encourage you to sink deep roots and produce sacred fruit in your own life.

Spirit In Action is an hour of interviews with those providing leadership in peace, justice and "good works", interspersed with relevant music.

The theme music is "The Turning of the World" performed by Sara Thomsen (written by Ruth Pellham) and "I Have No Hands But Yours" by Carol Johnson

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4/4/2020  

Crisis Living: COVID-19 & Climate Change  
Guest-host Peterson Toscano of Citizens Climate Radio (CCR) is the main host today, after some thoughts on our times from Mark Helpsmeet. Then CCR looks at crisis living & response, both in terms of COVID-19 and Climate Change. Guests include Dr. Natasha DeJarnett, the interim Associate Director of Program & Partnership Development at the National Environmental Health Association, Leonardo Martinez-Diaz, the director of the Sustainable Finance Center at the World Resources Institute, Alice C. Hill, a senior fellow for Climate Change Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, plus a performance by the Climate Stew Players.  [ More... ]   

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3/28/2020  

Starving Nonprofits

Past/current religious/spiritual influences:
Unitarian Universalist
 
Nonprofit groups are at the forefront of care for the homeless, hungry, needy & oppressed. Given the deep compassion and connection of these non-profits, it is all the more remarkable how often their own staffs face issues of equity and near-poverty wages. Among those looking for a solution to this conundrum are Betsy Leondar-Wright, Anastasia Lynge, & other members of the organization Class Action. They share some of the problems, insights, & solutions that they have found in their report, Staffing the Mission: Improving Jobs in the Nonprofit Sector.  [ More... ]   

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3/21/2020  

How to Pay for Peace, Not War  
Lincoln Rice and Ruth Benn of NWTRCC (National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee)share the essentials from the January 2020 on-line war tax resistance counselor training, including the methods, mechanics, motivations, & consequences of refusing to pay for war.  [ More... ]    [ Excerpts ]

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3/14/2020  

Indian Boarding Schools, Fact & Fiction

Past/current religious/spiritual influences:
Baptist, Methodist, Native American
 
3 guests, 2 writers of fiction touching on the Indian Boarding Schools, William Kent Krueger, author of This Tender Land, and Patricia Reynolds, author of the Keeper of the Souls series, and they are joined by a guest from trom Alberta, CA, Celina Loyer, Aboriginal Programmer of the Michel Band Exhibit and the Residential Schools display at the Musée Héritage Museum in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada. Celina is, herself, Métis, with her mother having attended the Residential School in St. Albert. More stories of the Canadian Residential Schools can be read & heard via the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.  [ More... ]    [ Excerpts ]

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3/7/2020  

Race Smarts

Past/current religious/spiritual influences:
Mainline Protestant, Non-affiliated, Presbyterian
 
Many myths, misconceptions, & motivations have kept the USA mired in racism for centuries. Margaret L. Andersen helps move us in productive directions with her new book, Getting Smart About Race: An American Conversation. She is Rosenberg Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Delaware, and was chair for many years of the National Advisory Board of Stanford's Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity.  [ More... ]   

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