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"World Peace, Through Inner Peace"

Social entrepreneur, spiritual guide and author Virginia Swain explains how personal tragedy shaped her spiritual focus, her work at the United Nations, and her vision for the transformation of America in a post 9/11 world. She also speaks about her most recent community project, America's Soul Cafe, and provides advice to anyone seeking to integrate their quest for inner peace with peace in the world. Virginia is the author of the recently published book, My Soul’s Journey to Redefine...

Duration: 00:31:56

Spiritualities: East and West

Cross-cultural communication scholar William Kelly talks about what his extensive travels in Africa, the Philippines and Japan taught him about himself. He also talks about how Asian spirituality is fundamentally different from how most Westerners perceive it, the contrast between Asian spirituality and Western materialism; and how the current worldwide nationalistic trend may be a precursor towards a more spiritually oriented era in which global inter-connectivity is prized. Notes: Bill...

Duration: 00:39:28

About Men's Work: origins, importance and future directions

The founder of the Men's Leadership Alliance explains how he got involved with men's work, it's origins and evolution, how and why native American rituals are incorporated into men's work, and issues that white men in particular bring to him in his coaching practice. Links: Men's Leadership Alliance Inner King Training Experience Mankind Project 4 Gateways Coaching The Diversity and Spirituality Network

Duration: 00:33:23

"Spiritual, But Not Religious"

According to the PEW Research Center, about one fifth of all Americans don't identify with any religion, but call themselves as spiritual in some way. Sociologist of Religion Siobhan Chandler specializes in the study of this group, which she calls SBNRs or "spiritual, but not religious". In this podcast, Chandler talks how she herself fits in this group; the subcategories within SBNR; the degree to which this is a global, rather than just North American phenomena, and the meaning of this...

Duration: 00:42:18

"Cindy's Story" - An Interview with Cindy Franklin

Cindy Franklin, the co-founder of the Diversity and Spirituality Network, talks about coming from a background that some people might think of as privileged; spirituality as a pathway to appreciation of diversity; her studies with a diverse array of spiritual teachers; and her vision for the Diversity and Spirituality Network. Links: About Muktananda (Cindy's First Spiritual Teacher) "Spirituality is the River" - an interview with DSN co-founder Rene Molenkamp "A Foundation Story" - an...

Duration: 00:32:03

"What the F#@k Is Enlightenment"

Boston's Kamaria Powell began asking life's most thought-provoking questions and found answers she didn't find in the Pentecostal Church in which she was raised. She shares her journey, the questions she asked herself along the way, and why she now defines herself as "spiritual," rather than "religious." She also explores the role of religion in the African-American community and its particular impact on African-American women.

Duration: 00:22:10

On being secular and loving Jesus

Tom Krattenmaker, a writer who specializing in religion in public life, explains how he pulls off the delicate balancing act of being a Jesus follower while not being religious. He explains his own paradoxical love affair with religion, the implications of the national decline in religious observance, and what he thinks secular humanists can learn from religionists. Links: Tom's Website Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower (book) website Yale Humanist Community

Duration: 00:36:12

Spirituality, Sexuality & the Meaning of Trump and Brexit

Mark Argent, the former Chair of the Cambridge Liberal Democratic Party, talks about his United Reform Church roots, spiritual direction East and West, LGBT spirituality, and the meaning of Trump and Brexit. Argent was UK's Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hertford and Stortford, plus is an Elder in the United Reform Church. He has trained in spiritual direction and has conducted spiritual retreats both in the UK and in East Asia. His range of interests include the...

Duration: 00:50:19

"About US" - A Foundation Story

Cindy Franklin interviews Angelo John Lewis, the co-founder of the Diversity and Spirituality Network. Lewis talks about his own mixed race identity and his eclectic spiritual journey. He explains his understanding of the Sound Current and experience with groups such as the Movement of Spiritual Awareness and the Emissaries of the Divine Light. He ends by sharing his vision for the Diversity and Spirituality Network. Links: Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness Emissaries of the Divine...

Duration: 00:38:59

"Spirituality is the River"

Rene Molenkamp, one of the founding members of the Diversity and Spirituality Network, speaks about his Jesuit training, facilitating Ignatian t retreats, the importance of silence, and how group relations can impact spiritual awareness. He also talks about the impact of his involvement in the Diversity and Spirituality Network, how he deals with a tumultuous political environment, and his upcoming spirituality workshop.

Duration: 00:32:32

Spirituality and Business

Jim DeLuca, the general manager of Rochester New York's Abundance Cooperative Market talks the integration of spirituality and business, the "triple bottom line" and food coops, and his personal spiritual practice. He also shares his experience in the Spirit and Business Global Institute, the Omega Institute and the Mankind Project. Links: Mankind Project Spirit in Business Vipassina (wikipedia entry)

Duration: 00:26:38

Travels with Greesh

Psychologist Greesh Sharma on Hinduism, the Indian diaspora, and how travel has both broadened and humbled him. He shares his critiques of contemporary psychological practice, and the limits of politics and religion. He explains why he formed the Vanaprastha Corp, a group of serves victims of the Hindu diaspora around the world. Sharma's most recent book is Mental Health Survival Guide; For Individuals and Families of Indian Origin. Website:

Duration: 00:27:06

Psychology and Spirituality

Psychologist David Stern talks about the journey that led him to integrate spirituality into his psychotherapy practice, provides some examples of what that looks like, and specific pycho-spiritual issues common to the Jewish community.

Duration: 00:40:56

"Diversity as Path"

Sermon delivered January 29, 2017 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Titusville, NJ. Explores the notion that humanity is currently in the midst of a transition from a period of tribalism to universalism; how this is expressed in the current trend of natavist politics and the implications; and some suggestions for those who actively want to promote that shift.

Duration: 00:22:53

The Art of Reality Creation

Coach and author Frederick Dodson explains common misconceptions aobut the law of attraction, the difference between magical thinking and reality creation, and explains why people have difficulty getting what they want.

Duration: 00:27:01