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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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4/10/2021  

Jewish Climate Action Network & Katy Allen  
Rabbi Katy Allen co-founded Jewish Climate Action Network (JCAN) in 2013 as an urgent and visionary Jewish voice on the crisis of climate change. Growing up on a farm and having worked as a science teacher, she went on to Jewish studies and helped found the One Earth Collective, and leads Ma'yan Tikvah, a congregation in the Boston Suburb of Wayland, on spirituality and nature, which holds outdoor Shabbat services all year long - in Massachusetts.  [ More... ]    [ Excerpts ]

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4/3/2021  

Private Eye/Organic Eye - Watchdog For Us All

Past/current religious/spiritual influences:
Jewish, Non-affiliated
 
Many Spirit In Action listeners eat consciously, maybe natural foods, local foods, or organic foods. Maybe you grow a portion of your own foods, or buy from CSAs and local farms, but if you can't verify the quality of your food first-hand, you may depend on the official federal Organic certification for that assurance. Unfortunately, big business and big money will tend to dilute organic standards and practices, if we let them, so we need help from a public-interest private eye, and that's the role of Organic Eye, an organic industry watchdog, and Mark Kastel is one of its founders. Mark has been through the system, first working for some of the agribusiness giants, before having his eyes and mind opened to vital importance of organic foods and farming, for the consumers, plants, animals, & the planet. He even had his important role in the forming of the Organic Valley Farm Cooperative, helping the coop grow from 7 members to over 2000 now.  [ More... ]   

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3/27/2021  

Blacksmith's Forge: Polarization & Democracy

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Evangelical Christian, Quaker
 
Most of us lament the polarization of our society, but George Lakey finds promise in the blacksmith's forge. He's founded and/or worked with so many peace & justice organizations, among them A Quaker Action Group, Movement for a New Society, TraningForChange.org, Earth Quaker Action Team, WagingNonviolence.org, and, most recently, ChooseDemocracy.us. George is author of 10 books, with an 11th, his memoir, due this coming year.  [ More... ]   

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3/20/2021  

Powerarchy to Social Transformation

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Buddhism, Non-affiliated, Quaker
 
In Powerarchy: Understanding the Psychology of Oppression for Social Transformation, psychologist Melanie Joy helps us find a way to rethink power, rewrite our future by understanding the structure, workings, & consequences of powerarchy. Melanie is also author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, and currently lives in Berlin, Germany, doing her work of building compassion in the world.  [ More... ]   

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3/13/2021  

Reading the Qur'an As Friends & Neighbors  
Michael Birkel is a Professor of Christian Spirituality at ESR (Earlham School of Religion) who became a self-taught friend of the Qur'an. In addition to the courses he has taught at ESR and Earlham College, he led a week-long workshop called Reading the Qur'an as Friends as part of the 2019 FGC Gathering. He is author of Qur'an In Conversation, and he's been guest on QuakerSpeak.org.  [ More... ]    [ Excerpts ]

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