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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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12/16/2017  

Sleuthing Sex Abuse With Spirit

Past/current religious/spiritual influences:
Non-affiliated, Quaker, UCC - United Church of Christ
 
Occasionally big issues, like sex abuse, are tackled through fiction - all the better when enhanced through an alternative detective approach. In St. Mary's Private Dancer, Blair Hull explores the underworld of sex work in a murder mystery, and in Quaker Witness the issues are sexual harassment, rape, & murder, written by E. Kirsten Peters under the pen-name Irene Allen. Kirsten's Ph.D. is in Geology and her books include The Whole Story of Climate: What Science Reveals About The Nature of Endless Change, while Blair is a writer, singer of folk music and jazz standards, pastor at the Congregational UCC in Whitewater, WI, and participates in the UW-Madison Write-by-the-Lake Writer's Workshop & Retreat.  [ More... ]    [ Excerpts ]

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12/9/2017  

Widening Circle of Care  
When we find that even well-loved and previously-respected icons are dropping left & right, we need to be asking what we can do to encourage healthy, thoughtful, & non-predatory male sexuality. Fortunately, Peter Alsop has been exploring & walking just such a path with his music for decades, taking on all the related, thorny issues with wit, insight, & song. After all, Peter is an educational psychologist, as well as a wonderful musician. Also find him on Facebook.  [ More... ]    [ Excerpts ]

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12/2/2017  

Keeping It Halal

Past/current religious/spiritual influences:
Catholic, Muslim
 
In Keeping It Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys, John O'Brien looks at the lives of the Legendz, a small group of members of the Muslim Youth Program of a mosque John worked with. The tensions of be a member of a too-often-feared religion and to be accepted as a teenager in the USA can be a real challenge, and John explores the way it works. John is Assistant Professor of Sociology at NY University - Abu Dhabi.  [ More... ]    [ Excerpts ]

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11/25/2017  

Inclusion, Justice, Politics, Home & A Guitar

Past/current religious/spiritual influences:
Catholic, Ecumenical
 
Peter Leidy does his work of building inclusion predominantly in the area of disabilities, and with considerable creativity, often writing new songs or crafting new lyrics for existing tunes to tell a story or convey a lesson. Whether the topic is disabilities or social justice, or politics or a sense of home, Peter brings tremendous wit and deep passion to the teachable moment.  [ More... ]    [ Excerpts ]

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11/18/2017  

Real Organics

Past/current religious/spiritual influences:
Earth-Based Spirituality, Non-affiliated, Quaker
 
Linley Dixon is senior scientist of the staff of The Cornucopia Institute, our leading organic standards watchdog & advocate. With a masters degree in Plant & Soil Science, a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, 2 years work with the USDA, and hands-on experience with her organic farm (Adobe House Farm) in Durango, Colorado, Linley combines the knowledge and work to advocate for honest & accurate organic standards.  [ More... ]   

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