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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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4/13/2019  

Inviting Democracy Back

Past/current religious/spiritual influences:
Catholic, Non-affiliated, Unitarian Universalist
 
Our democratic republic has been seriously undermined, particularly over the past 10-15 years, but fortunately there are people like Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause - Wisconsin, working diligently to rebuild the structures of democracy. Common Cause works nationally for government of, by, and for the people by fighting against gerrymandering, voter suppression, & buying elections, and working for ethics, accountability, & voting rights.  [ More... ]   

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4/6/2019  

Raising White Kids Beyond Color-Blind

Past/current religious/spiritual influences:
American Baptist, Baptist, Liberation Theology
 
Racial Color-Blindness & Diversity Training can't get us to MLK's Dream, but maybe Race-Conscious Parenting can. Jennifer Harvey is the author of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America, with both practical & philosophical guidance for those who would like to make the dream real. Jennifer's Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary is in Christian Social Ethics, and she is Professor of Religion at Drake University.  [ More... ]    [ Excerpts ]

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3/30/2019  

Curing The Hoarding Disorder

Past/current religious/spiritual influences:
Catholic, Quaker
 
In the land of "he who dies with the most toys wins" and where we're taught that more-and-more possessions will make us happy, it's hardly a surprise that hoarding is of epidemic proportions. Though the disorder has been addressed piecemeal, Catholic Charities of Milwaukee created a comprehensive Hoarding Intervention & Treatment Program in 2016, whose Director, Carla Alejo, is also chair of the Milwaukee Hoarding Task Force.  [ More... ]    [ Excerpts ]

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3/23/2019  

Counting On The Council  
While the nation & the state have veered into conservative and even regressive social directions, there has been refuge & hope locally in the Eau Claire City Council, which included a strong progressive majority as of spring, 2018. Even while others were dragging their feet, work was proceding locally on sustainability, reducing the incarceration system, and increasing responsiveness to citizen concerns. We speak today with 3 members of the city council, Jill Christopherson (in her 1st year), Kate Beaton (in her 3rd year), & acting council president, Andrew Werthmann (in his 10th year).  [ More... ]    [ Excerpts ]

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3/16/2019  

Think Globally, Act Locally - In Your County!

Past/current religious/spiritual influences:
Quaker, Unitarian Universalist, Unity Churches
 
Too many people ignore the power of local govt to transform the most crucial aspects of our world, focusing only on our national govt. A groundswell of local activism tilted the county board of Eau Claire, WI, in the progressive direction, and the lessons & possibilities are promising around the country. We speak with 3 recent members of the board of supervisors about their experience & motivations: Martha Nieman, Sandy McKinney, & Don Mowry.  [ More... ]    [ Excerpts ]

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