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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

Pentecostalism in Australia

10/13/2019
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It's the fastest growing Christian movement in the world, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison is just one of its 650 million adherents. So what is Pentecostalism, who represents it, and what's its story here in Australia?

Duration:00:53:57

Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams

10/6/2019
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In this special episode, Rowan Williams, one of the world's most prominent Christians and former head of the Anglican communion, talks about overcoming political tribalism. This public lecture was recorded in Sydney recently at the Australian Catholic University.

Duration:00:53:57

Revisiting origins: Jesus' female disciples and Confucius in China

9/29/2019
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You've probably heard of Mary Magdalene and her reputation as a prostitute, or the love interest of Jesus. But who was she actually? And how do the Gospels treat other women involved in Jesus' ministry? We also go digging into the past of Chinese Confucianism. What made him so influential, and why has this ancient figure made a recent return in modern China?

Duration:00:53:57

Zeal: Performing faith as a musician

9/22/2019
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From the sacred sounds of the Silk Road to alternative Christian rock in Seattle — on Soul Search today, we hear from musicians who perform their faith in public ways. Featuring the Sydney World Music Chamber Orchestra, and US indie-rock band King's Kaleidoscope.

Duration:00:54:08

A lesson from Elie Wiesel: how education can make us better people

9/15/2019
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What kind of education makes for a better world? Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel grappled with this question all his life, as we find out from his former student, Rabbi Ariel Burger. And, we hear from Dr Paul Burgis, a principal of a faith-based school in Sydney, on what he thinks religion can add to education.

Duration:00:54:05

Uprooting faith: Henry Olonga and Kathomi Gatwiri

9/8/2019
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Former fast-bowler Henry Olonga was forced to leave behind his career and country after he protested against former Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe. So what gave shape to his convictions and values? And we hear how Kenyan-Australian academic Kathomi Gatwiri reclaimed her African identity after leaving religion.

Duration:00:53:51

Simon Schama's story of the Jews

9/1/2019
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In this special episode of Soul Search, historian Simon Schama speaks about his new book Belonging: The Story of the Jews. He was in conversation with scholar Paul Holdengraber at the Sydney Writers' Festival earlier this year.

Duration:00:54:06

Rumi, Hafez and Sufi poetry in surprising places

8/25/2019
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Rumi's poetry is beloved around the world, but has his specifically Sufi Muslim insights been translated away? And we'll also head to the NSW mining town of Broken Hill, where historian Samia Khatun found a mysterious 150-year-old book of Bengali Sufi poetry at the old mosque. So how did it get there, and how did reading it change her?

Duration:00:54:06

Asian Christianities beyond Asia

8/18/2019
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How do you imagine the face of contemporary Christianity? A hundred years ago, about two-thirds of the world's Christians lived in Europe. Now, only about a quarter do — but in the Asia Pacific, that number has tripled. Meredith Lake explores stories of Christian faith from the Asian diaspora.

Duration:00:54:06

Self discovery — with a Hindu twist

8/11/2019
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What happens when stories of your homeland or cultural roots 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.

Duration:00:54:06

Stars of Sacred Music

8/4/2019
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Maybe you’ve heard the old saying, ‘whoever sings, prays twice’. That's certainly true for the stars of sacred music we meet on Soul Search this week — iconic composer John Rutter, leading choir-master Barry Rose, and talented French organist, Thomas Ospital.

Duration:00:54:05

The soul of the counterculture

7/28/2019
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Imagine this — long flowing hair, beards and sandals. Huge outdoor crowds talk about revolution, along with love and a new way of being. What are some other similarities between hippies and Jesus? Meredith Lake explores the soul of the counterculture —from alternative spiritualities to the Jesus People.

Duration:00:54:06

Peaceful Eating

7/21/2019
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Even if you find religion hard to stomach, you'll love cooking with Jeong Kwan, a Korean Buddhist nun who once starred in the Netflix series, Chef's Table.

Duration:00:54:06

Being a Buddhist nun today

7/14/2019
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On a cold day in the Blue Mountains, just west of Sydney, hundreds of women from across the globe gathered together for the International Sakyadhita conference on Women in Buddhism.

Duration:00:54:06

Sovereignty is a spiritual notion: NAIDOC special

7/7/2019
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We're exploring the connections between land, law and spirituality with three Indigenous women: Dr Christine Black, Theresa Ardler and Meena Singh.

Duration:00:53:57

Married to a Rabbi

6/30/2019
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What’s it really like to be married to a rabbi?

Duration:00:54:07

Modern Witchcraft

6/23/2019
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What is Modern Witchcraft? And how might we understand magic in a so-called secular age?

Duration:00:53:57

Changing tune

6/16/2019
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A music special with Father Rob Galea, a Maltese-Australian Catholic priest and musician whose incredible story may soon be heading to Hollywood. And, the Ballarat-based gospel and world music group, Sweet Mona’s Choir.

Duration:00:54:06

Richard Rohr's contemplation and Jean Vanier's action

6/9/2019
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Franciscan priest Fr. Richard Rohr reflects upon his spiritual life and new book 'The Universal Christ,' and we remember Jean Vanier, the founder of L'Arche communities for people with intellectual disabilities.

Duration:00:54:07

The Wild Soul

6/2/2019
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In search of the soul, and a new way of thinking about our environment.

Duration:00:53:57