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Soul Search explores contemporary religion and spirituality from the inside out — what we believe, how we express it, and the difference it makes in our lives

Soul Search explores contemporary religion and spirituality from the inside out — what we believe, how we express it, and the difference it makes in our lives


Sydney, NSW


Soul Search explores contemporary religion and spirituality from the inside out — what we believe, how we express it, and the difference it makes in our lives




Spirit of Things ABC Radio National GPO Box 9994 Sydney 2001 (02) 8333 2829


Reconciliation as a pilgrimage to justice

Its reconciliation week – another point on the long pilgrimage towards justice. Today we will introduce you to Dr Anne Pattel Gray – a globally recognized expert on Black theology, and the first Indigenous Australian to be awarded a doctorate in theology in the 1990s. We also speak to Uncle Alf 'Boydie' Turner, the grandson of the legendary Yorta Yorta leader William Cooper whose lifelong pursuit of justice remains remarkably relevant today.


Beyond belief: theosophy in Australia

An in-depth discussion about the radical, spiritual movement - theosophy. What made theosophy so compelling to an influential minority of Australian society?


Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, and James Hillman in search of The Wild Soul

In search of the soul, and a new way of thinking about our environment.


Spiritual impulses: Charity

We have all heard the phrase ‘charity begins at home.’ But what kind of charity begins at the ashram? Or the church? Or the mosque?


Joy and stillness under stress

What brings you joy, even under stress? Is there a peace that transcends even the most difficult circumstances? What can we draw on, when the world goes dark? And how can we emerge again, to live more deliberately?


What can religious communities teach us about prejudice?

Can you imagine a world free of prejudice? Where, as Martin Luther King said, people are judged by the content of their character – not by the colour of their skin. A tough ask, even at the best of times – and in the midst of a pandemic? Racism, it seems, is rearing its ugly head again.


Pandemics reshaping religion

Whole empires have risen and fallen on the backs of plagues and pandemics. But what about religions? How are the worlds faith traditions shaped and reshaped by pandemics?


Easter at Botany Bay

We look back to 1770, and the likely first Easter observed in Australia.


Psalms and the Holy Week

What are the Psalms, and why do they they still resonate today? We meet a choir conductor breathing new life into these sacred texts.


Ancient mantras for difficult times

How do you find stillness when the world seems out of joint? Today, we meet seekers of a peaceful inner life — mega stars of chant, Deva Premal and Miten; and proud Aboriginal man Levi-McKenzie-Kirkbright.


Art and activism after Christchurch

How can communities change for the better? And does art have a role in countering discrimination? We speak with Muslim chaplain Ahmed Kilani, a year on from the Christchurch massacre, and James Bennett, curator of the Islamic art exhibition No god but God in South Australia.


Pádraig Ó Tuama: The pain and poetry of reconciliation

As Brexit reshapes the Irish border, poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama reflects on the role of storytelling in fractured societies.


Resilient women of faith

Join Meredith Lake as she celebrates International Women's Day with two women who beat the odds. Lisa Jackson Pulver was once a runaway teen. Today, she is a leading figure in the field of Indigenous health and education; and Kamala Sharma Wing went from being the only female - and Hindu - in her trainee cohort to becoming a Lieutenant in the Navy. They share their stories with Meredith.


Japan supernatural & priests on screen

What can visual culture tell us about the unseen? Today, we reach back into the supernatural history of Japanese art and take a look at how recent depictions of priests in popular culture have reflected – and challenged – our attitudes towards Catholicism.


Compassion according to Bill Crews

With Easter looming on the horizon, Meredith Lake takes a look at the gifts and costs of compassion with the Reverend Bill Crews, who is the subject of a new documentary.


Being Sikh in Australia

How much do you know about Sikhism? The religion has experienced exponential growth in the past decade, and is currently Australia's fifth largest faith group. Meet Sikh volunteer Sukhwinder Kaur, who helped prepare a thousand meals a day for bushfire victims, farmer Molly Johal whose ancestors have been in Australia since the 19th century, and find out what happens at a Gurdwara — a Sikh place of worship.


What lies beyond the grave? On Heaven, Hell and Nirvana

It's an ancient question that still fascinates us today — where do we go after we die? From Heaven and Hell, to Nirvana and Rebirth, join Meredith Lake as she explores the ways in which people have imagined the afterlife.


Reconnecting to country

In Gumbayngirr country – on the mid north coast of NSW – Michael Jarrett and his community are revitalising their language. Then join Meredith Lake for a bushwalk at West Head, north of Sydney, to check out some Indigenous rock carvings. She is joined by tour guide and Guringai man Uncle Laurie Bimson.


Making Australia home

So much of the religious diversity in this land is created by immigration. But what does migration – leaving, or even losing one's homeland – mean for a person's faith? What happens to their beliefs as they make Australia home?


Self discovery — with a Hindu twist

What happens when stories of your homeland are shrouded in secrecy and pain? Author Aatish Taseer is the son of an Indian Sikh and a Pakistani Muslim, whose search for his roots led him to Varanasi, the ‘spiritual capital of India’. And the mother and son duo behind Counting and Cracking reveal how the play helped them understand Sri Lanka's past.