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Song Of The Soul
Song of the Soul invites you to a soul-level encounter. Music has the ability to proclaim the soul's language beyond what mere words can speak. That's what we seek as we invite our guests to share their Song of the Soul. You will hear the music that has charted the steps of their spiritual journey, that has provided a touchstone in the soul's dark night, and sung the hearts awe and joy when come to the Light. As you listen to Song of the Soul, you are both witness and companion to our guest's spiritual path and sacred testimony.

Song of the Soul guests provide about 25 minutes of the music that speaks of their spiritual path, beliefs or journey, and Mark Helpsmeet explores with them the relevance and meaning of this music to their experience. Some guests are musicians, perhaps sharing their own music, but most guests are simply sharing music they've been impacted by, written and performed by others.

The theme song for this program is by Cris Williamson and is called Song of the Soul. Please check out the wealth of great music Cris has gifted to the world.

Queer Sacred Music in the Time of COVID-19 (8/29/2020)

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Amanda Udis-Kessler is a music-creation fountain whose recent project is, 60-plus songs beginning with sacred music relative to LGBTQ concerns, but enriched by the spiritual experiences relative to the arrival of COVID-19 and the nationwide uprising against racism and other injustices. Amanda's theology is open, accepting, and rooted in a universal love, and is enriched by the training and talents of her Ph.D. in Sociology, her time in seminary, and her wide and deep lyrical and musical creativity. Raised as a secular Jew, her never-ending spiritual pilgrimmage has included sojourns and enrichment with the UU, Quakers, UCC, Buddhism, Bahá'í, and much more.
Past/current religious/spiritual influences:
Buddhism, Jewish, Quaker, UCC - United Church of Christ, Unitarian Universalist

All songs are written by Amanda Udis-Kessler, and included in her collection, and performed by those noted below:
Church is the Way We Live - performed by Phoebe Lostroh
Jesus the Essential Worker - performed by David Heitler-Klevans Two of a Kind
Everything Remains - performed by Ken Janzen, music director of the Center for Spiritual Living
Just Such a Time as This - performed by Phoebe Lostroh
We Are Gathered - lyrics by Amanda Udis-Kessler, music is Nettleton/Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, performed by Ken Janzen, music director of the Center for Spiritual Living
All that We Need - performed by Phoebe Lostroh
Deliver Us to Evil - performed by Phoebe Lostroh
We Will Rest - performed by Ken Janzen, music director of the Center for Spiritual Living
Find Your Music - performed by Ken Janzen, music director of the Center for Spiritual Living


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