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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.

Language:

English

Contact:

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


Episodes

Luther's Jews and Poland's Jewish Festival

11/12/2017
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On the anniversary of Kristalnacht, Luther's call for for their synagogues to be burnt down in his day is one of the aspects of his relationship to the Jews which Thomas Kaufman considers in his book Luther's Jews. In Krakow the largest Jewish Cultural Festival was founded in 1988 by the non-Jew, Janusz Makuch, with surprising results.

Duration: 00:53:51


20 20 Series Part 4: Music, Diaries, Couples and Sex

11/5/2017
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Artists, Martin Sharp and Bill Viola, musicians, Jeremy Begbie and Jane Rutter, and outstanding couples like Bess and Dave Price, join some brave spiritual diarists who reveal the inside story of their spiritual life. Australia's first saint, and sex dominates the stories on King James Bible and the Sistine Chapel on their anniversaries.

Duration: 00:53:51


The X Factor in the Reformation

10/29/2017
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What was the X Factor in the Protestant Reformation that caused a schism in the Roman Catholic Church which would have lasting effects up to the present day? Rachael is in conversation with Mark Worthing, Michael Jensen, Kristina Keneally and Carole Cusack at a public forum at the University of Sydney.

Duration: 00:53:51


Martin Luther, Catholic Dissident

10/22/2017
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The Pope called him 'a wild boar in the Lord's vinyard' but Martin Luther's challenge to the Roman Catholic Church would have sweeping effects across Germany and beyond where his writings inspired the Protestant Reformation.

Duration: 00:53:51


Comparing Catholic and Hindu Faith

10/15/2017
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A Catholic scholar of Hinduism explains 'comparative theology' which he developed after spending time in Nepal as a young priest and as a scholar at Chicago, Oxford and Harvard. Francis Clooney SJ compares the spiritual poetry of the Biblical and Tamil traditions.

Duration: 00:53:51


Identity: Who are you?

10/8/2017
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When the Rev'd Brian Rosner questioned his identity, he reassessed his relationship to God. Muslim Eritrean spoken-word poet, Manal, uses her art to overcome the sense of being 'the other' and being herself.

Duration: 00:53:51


Religious Tattoos Not Just Skin Deep

10/1/2017
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A Muslim boxer, a Hindu student, a gay Christian and a Samoan Uniting Church minister tell the stories of struggle and pain behind their religious tattoos to guest producer, Mariam Chehab.

Duration: 00:53:51


20/20 Series Part 3: Turning Points, Epiphanies and Mysteries

9/24/2017
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Michael Palin meets the Dalai Lama, Diane Cilento turns her back on stardom, an aspiring nun gets thrown out of the Missionaries of Charity, and the Da Vinci Code up-ends Christian beliefs and the scholars come out fighting.

Duration: 00:53:51


Media with Heart

9/17/2017
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Judy Rodgers, a member of the Brahma Kumaris movement, developed IVOH Images and Voices of Hope to change the way the media covers the news.

Duration: 00:53:51


Babi Yar: a survivor, a poem, a symphony

9/10/2017
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Yelena Gorodetsky tells her story of being a survivor of Babi Yar in Kiev where 33,771 Jews were massacred on Sept 29-30 1941. Yevgeny Yevtushenko's poem Babi Yar called attention to this unacknowedged crime, prompting Shostakovich's Babi Yar Symphony #13, to be performed in Melbourne's Hamer Hall.

Duration: 00:53:51


The Story of Civil Celebrants

9/3/2017
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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


20/20 Series Part 2: 9/11 and the Future of Religion

8/27/2017
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9/11 prompts questions about Islam, religion and violence, and the future of religion. Trend setters include the Dalai Lama and Allain de Botton, and Nobel Prize winning VS Naipaul is controversial on multiculturalism. Award winning programs on Buddhism in China and Coffee Sex and Other Addictions are reprised.

Duration: 00:53:51


On Being Krista Tippett

8/20/2017
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Krista Tippett created a hugely popular radio program and podcast called On Being which explores the mysteries of living a meaningful and good life, which is something she's been on a journey to personally discover, embody and celebrate.

Duration: 00:53:51


Christian Minority Communities

8/13/2017
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Christians from China, Pakistan, Malaysia and Israel, share their experiences living as minority communities with unique challenges that call upon their faith, courage and hope for a better future.

Duration: 00:53:51


Judaism welcomes LGBTI Jews

8/6/2017
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Two rabbis from the opposite sides of Judaism, Orthodox and Progressive, say Jews are no less loved in the eyes of God.

Duration: 00:53:51


20/20 Series Part 1 - Heading to the Millennium

7/30/2017
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Celebrating 20 years on the religious front line with a new monthly series called 20/20. We begin with the search for an authentic Australian spirituality, and the years heading into 2000 when people were running for cover, predicting the Apocalypse.

Duration: 00:53:51


Fiona Horne Flying High

7/23/2017
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Def FX rock star, witch, author and TV personality, Fiona Horne promoted paganism as the vehicle of self empowerment, but it wasn't until she gave up alcohol and became a pilot that her life and her spirituality significantly improved.

Duration: 00:53:51


Priest, Detective, Lover

7/16/2017
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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


Tom E Lewis: Bridging the Divide

7/9/2017
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Born to a Welsh father and Aboriginal mother, Tom E Lewis builds bridges between cultures and peoples through theatre and music. He's on a quest for understanding and unity, which he believes are deeper than the things that divide us.

Duration: 00:53:51


Greg Sheridan's Australia

7/2/2017
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Greg Sheridan, AO, has some advice for Christians -- still the majority faith in Australia -- start thinking and acting like a minority and you'll get a better hearing in the public square. The Australian journalist reflects on how much Australia has changed since his youth growing up Catholic, and how his own life and views have changed along with it.

Duration: 00:53:51

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