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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

Chuck Fager/Quaker House (1/1/2006)

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Chuck Fager has been the director of Quaker House in Fayetteville, NC, for 4 years now, advocating for peace and providing information and advocacy to those attempting to avoid or get out of the military, in one of the most concentrated military environments of the USA. Chuck is the author of more than 14 books and many more stories, articles and publications. He was a member of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's staff and a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War.  
Past/current religious/spiritual influences:
Catholic, Quaker

Born into a Catholic family, raised on military bases through much of his childhood, attending a military academy in high school and enrolled in ROTC, it hardly seemed likely that Chuck would end up an activist, peace advocate and Quaker - but that is the direction God led him. From his involvement in civil rights, including participation in the Selma Voting Rights Crusade, to his eventual declaration as a CO during Vietnam, and to his current role as director of Quaker House, Chuck is dedicated to deep thought and resolute action. His books and writings have covered the gamut, including Bible study, fiction, political commentary, memoir and even ghost and humor stories, available via his web site for Kimo Press.

In addition to his antiwar duties at Quaker House and with the GI Right Hotline (800-394-9544), Chuck has helped organize efforts to win the release of the 4 abducted members of the Christian Peacemaker Team in Iraq via the Free The Captives Now web site.

Music featured:
Oxford Town - Bob Dylan
Ohio - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Bring The Boys Home - Freda Payne


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Chuck Fager self-described "failed atheist"
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Chuck Fager leaves ROTC - to avoid boredom
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Chuck applies as a CO
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Chuck Fager seeking leads him beyond atheism
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Chuck Fager becomes an atheist


Jonathan Lutz - from Finland
Spirit In Action -Chuck Fager/Quaker House
Please let Mark know that I have just listened to Northern Spirit radio--interviews with Tim Lane and Chuck Fager. Great stuff! Jonathan Lutz