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The Spirit of Things explores contemporary values and beliefs as expressed through ritual, art, music and sacred texts, and focusing on the nature of spiritual meaning in our lives. Presented by Dr Rachael Kohn.

The Spirit of Things explores contemporary values and beliefs as expressed through ritual, art, music and sacred texts, and focusing on the nature of spiritual meaning in our lives. Presented by Dr Rachael Kohn.
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Sydney, NSW

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The Spirit of Things explores contemporary values and beliefs as expressed through ritual, art, music and sacred texts, and focusing on the nature of spiritual meaning in our lives. Presented by Dr Rachael Kohn.

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English

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


Episodes

Unexpected ANZAC connections

4/22/2018
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Did you know that every Australian soldier on parade wears a turban? This week, the ANZAC connections that are seldom known. We speak to author John Luttrell about our first native-born Australian Cardinal, Sir Norman Gilroy, who supported troops at Gallipoli. And, we hear about the Sikhs who fought alongside and with our ANZACS - and who also influenced the Australian army uniform.

Duration:00:53:51

Women and faith

4/15/2018
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This week we’re talking the triumphs, trials and tribulations of women in religion. We speak to Professor Sophia Pandya from California State University, a specialist in religion, women and globalisation. And, we hear from Eugenia Flynn, an Aboriginal and Chinese-Malaysian Muslim woman, who shares and reclaims her identity through her writing.

Duration:00:53:51

Politics & the Good Samaritan

4/8/2018
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How have politicians battered and hijacked the Gospel story of the 'Good Samaritan'? We speak to British author Nick Spencer who has written a book on the topic. And, we take a trip to the National Gallery of Victoria, where a 16-metre long sculpture of the reclining Buddha lies, created by emerging Chinese artist Xu Zhen.

Duration:00:53:51

Easter special: Jesus and Mary Magdalene

4/1/2018
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We often see a White Jesus with blond hair and blue eyes. But how accurate is that? What did he really look like? We hear from author Joan E. Taylor, who reconstructs Christ's image in her new book. And, as a new film about Mary Magdalene is released, we look at the identity of this key Christian figure.

Duration:00:53:44

Jewish Journeys

3/25/2018
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Heather Morris, author of ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’, tells the remarkable story of Lale Sokolov who was forced to work as chief tattooist at Auschwitz concentration camp during WWII. We pay a tribute to the late religion journalist Alan Gill, and hear a first-hand account of survival from Jewish Holocaust survivor Ruth Rack.

Duration:00:53:51

The Lives of Monks and Nuns

3/18/2018
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We explore the monastic life across the faith spectrum with Stephen J. Davis, author of ‘Monasticism: A Very Short Introduction’. And producer Mariam Chehab spends a day with Catholic nuns at the Poor Clares of Bethlehem Monastery in Sydney.

Duration:00:53:51

Western Buddhism

3/11/2018
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This week, two perspectives on the rise of Buddhism in the West. We meet Bhante Sujato, a former rock musician who became an ordained monk, teacher and reformer in the Thai Forest tradition of Buddhism. We also hear from Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and teacher Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, who spent six years in a solitary retreat.

Duration:00:53:51

On A Mission

3/4/2018
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We hear about the life, work and legacy of the late Billy Graham from a man who met him - Professor Gary Bouma. And we meet Fr Warren Kinne, who spent 20 years working as a missionary priest in China.

Duration:00:53:51

The Third Wave

2/25/2018
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We meet feminist and writer Rebecca Walker, author of Black, White and Jewish, whose struggle with her mixed-race identity led her on a spiritual path towards Buddhism. We also hear from South Australia's first Aboriginal woman in Christian ministry, Rev'd Denise Champion, on the way she's dealt with race, gender and faith.

Duration:00:53:51

The Jains

2/18/2018
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One of the oldest religions in India, Jainism extols the virtue of non-violence (ahimsa), a concept popularised in the 20th century by Gandhi as a non-violent tool for mass action. We’ll meet a Jain couple, hear from historian William Dalrymple, and explore the crossover between Jainism and other faiths.

Duration:00:00:15

Modest Fashion

2/11/2018
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The modest fashion market is reportedly worth tens of billions globally, but what exactly is ‘modest fashion’ and what role does religion play?

Duration:00:53:51

Music for the Soul

2/4/2018
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We explore the deep connection between music, spirituality and identity with Australian sacred composer and singer Brooke Shelley, and the late soul musician Amy Winehouse, the focus of an exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Australia in Melbourne.

Duration:00:52:22

Same-Sex Marriage

1/28/2018
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We meet aspiring marriage celebrant Alex Pittaway, a young Christian minister in training, and hear about Australia’s first Jewish religious same-sex marriage.

Duration:00:56:32

The story of Civil Celebrants

1/21/2018
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The loveless Registry Office was a gloomy beginning for a couple on their happiest day, until the Civil Celebrant movement was initiated by the Attorney General, Lionel Murphy, and the former Catholic priest, turned celebrant, Dally Messenger.

Duration:00:53:51

Priest, detective, lover

1/14/2018
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Canon Sidney Chambers is a young, committed priest, who is also a detective. But his love life is in turmoil. James Runcie's Grantchester Mysteries, now a popular TV series, addresses moral and social issues for a post-church society.

Duration:00:53:51

Indigenous Christians celebrate the Bible

12/31/2017
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Indigenous Christian artists from across Australia celebrate the bicentenary of Bible Society Australia in a new publication, Our Mob, God's Story. Bible Society's CEO, Greg Clarke discusses the changes in communicating the Gospel with indigenous Christian minister and artist, Max Conlon. Includes the words of 14 contributing artists.

Duration:00:53:51

Christmas: Making fun, making history

12/24/2017
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A married Christian woman with health issues, Hannah Boland became a stand up comic when she realised laughter is the best medicine. Bishop Kay Goldsworthy is about to make Australian history as the first woman Archbishop in the Anglican Church of Australia.

Duration:00:53:51

20/20 Series Part 5: Remember, Regret and Rejoice

12/17/2017
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Remembering anniversaries such as the Armenian Genocide, Bahai's origins and the Balfour Declaration, reflecting on living with profound regrets, and rejoicing in creative expressions of the faith, including 'Kosher Gospel' with Joshua Nelson and Aboriginal storytelling with Rev'd Denise Champion.

Duration:00:53:51

Hugely Successful Religious Movements

12/10/2017
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From West to East, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim religious movements have grown into financial powerhouses, with massive followings and effective social penetration. Jonathan James explains the success of Hillsong, Ciji, BAPS and Fetullah Gulen.

Duration:00:53:51

The Story of Mr Eternity

12/3/2017
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Known by all and seen by none, Arthur Stace inscribed "Eternity" on the streets of Sydney and elsewhere for 30 years before he was unmasked. Inspiring to artists, singers, and ordinary sinners, Arthur is a modern Evangelical saint according to his biographer, Roy Williams, who goes on a pilgrimage with Rachael.

Duration:00:53:52

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