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Soul Force Ones

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Jon and colin explore our interconnectedness and Oneness, and how Soul Force Ones - different people of different vocational callings and spiritual and cultural backgrounds - find purpose and meaning making through their work

Jon and colin explore our interconnectedness and Oneness, and how Soul Force Ones - different people of different vocational callings and spiritual and cultural backgrounds - find purpose and meaning making through their work


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Jon and colin explore our interconnectedness and Oneness, and how Soul Force Ones - different people of different vocational callings and spiritual and cultural backgrounds - find purpose and meaning making through their work




42. "We do this for the community" ft Josh Barousse of San José Spotlight

On this episode of the Soul Force Ones podcast, we speak with Josh Barousse, the co-founder and executive director of the award winning San José Spotlight, a non profit news organization dedicated to independent local reporting. We discuss a variety of topics ranging from journalism and the news to relationships, the differences between prayer and meditation, and work-life balance. After the interview, Jon and colin do the remix, where they reflect on a few of the episodes main themes. Get...


41. Creation Justice Advocate Cherice Bock

This week we are joined by Cherice Bock. Cherice works as a Creation Justice Advocate with Oregon Interfaith Power & Light and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, and you can find more about her amazing work HERE. A few themes from this episode are: This episode also features the song "Unconditional" by Lightheaded. Follow us on Instagram @soulforceones and find plenty of extra info online at


40. Powers that Be. Powers that Do. Reflections on Violence(s)

On episode 40 (40!!!), Jon and colin do something a little different. The hosts discuss a theme that spans several recent episodes, violence. 40 episodes in, and there's so much more to explore about Soul Force and that C.A.S.H. What’s been your favorite episode so far? Shoot us an email at and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear from you. Music included in this episode is from Oddisee and Cambio, and the Soul Force Ones theme song produced by OJ the...


39. Refuge and Refugees ft. Dr. Ted Khoury

Episode 39 features Dr. Ted Khoury, Associate Professor of Management and the Cameron Professor of Strategy, Sustainability, and Entrepreneurship at Portland State University. An accomplished entrepreneurship scholar, Dr. Khoury discusses a few of the contributions of his collaborative work in refugee settings. He shares about his Palestinian background and how his family’s experiences have influenced his teaching and his research, and he touches on the refuge he finds in music and his work....


38. The Good Fight ft José Santos Woss

In episode 38, Jon and colin speak with José Santos Woss, the Director for Justice Reform with the Friend’s Committee on National Legislation. We explore how he came to Quakerism as a young Black Latino man, the meaning he finds in his work, and some of the urgent topics he’s working on at the moment. Following the interview, as always, we do a quick remix where we reflect on some key takeaways from the conversation. This episode features Want Something Done by Oddisee off of his album, The...


37. Policing and Accountability ft Anthony Miranda

This week's guest is Anthony Miranda, an ex-sergeant of the NYPD after over 20 years on the force. He has brought cases of discrimination against the New York Police Department, is an advocate for police accountability, and an executive chairman of the National Latino Officers Association. Today, we talk about the risks of speaking up as an officer, the need for immediate accountability, the importance of having support from others outside the force, and much more. Following the interview,...


36. Runnin and Gunnin ft. Patrice Thomas

On episode 36, hosts Jon and colin chat with firearms trainer and certified armed security professional Patrice Thomas. Patrice talks about her experiences as a Queer Black woman training in the police academy, instructing others on firearm safety, as well as the challenges and joys of her work. After the interview, Jon and colin do the remix, where they discuss a few main themes of the interview and make connection to their lives and other SF1 episodes. Music in this episode is by Zion I....


36. The Physicality of Writing ft writer and editor Athena Lathos

Today’s episode features a conversation with writer and editor Athena Lathos. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Athena is the author behind the online publication Bertha Mason's Attic, whose tagline is “for all my madwomen out there”. She likes poems, Pacificos, and tacos al pastor. We chat about the physicality of writing, the challenges faced by this generation's obsession with the virtual, the issues with professionalization and gatekeeping in creative, and other, work, whether it’s...


35. Good Grief and Public Health ft Sheila Krishnan

On today’s episode we are joined by Sheila Krishnan, director of career and professional development at the Harvard school of public health. We chat about social determinants of health, explore a few similarities and differences between Buddhism and Hinduism, we talk about grief, and Sheila raises the wonderful question, what if we just made it possible for people to live? Music this episode is Dessa's "Good Grief" and Seven Star's "Inhuman". Artwork: Faviana Rodriguez Listen, Subscribe...


34. Virology, STEM and the Sacred Lab ft. Elysse Grossi-Soyster

Elysse Grossi-Soyster is a Microbiology & Immunology graduate student with Stanford University's School of Medicine. She is the founder of the STEM Outreach Collective and a community educator for the Heart to Heart program, facilitating conversations with pre-teen girls about health and well-being. Elysse has also worked for NASA as a senior research associate, she’s created content for Khan Academy, and she makes vegan peanut butter cups. Needless to say, our conversation was SO much...


33. Just Dao It: Practicing the Precepts ft. Beau Vandendolder

This week's guest is Beau Vandendolder. Beau is an acupuncturist, herbalist, yoga teacher, meditation leader, and instructor of Buddhist and Daoist philosophy. On this episode we discuss Integrated Daoism that incorporates Buddhism and Confucianism. We chat about the precepts, the practice, and the philosophy of Daoism, healing and the notion of the supreme physician, and the idea of Chi not as a thing, but a process. Listen, Subscribe and Review! Apple:...


32. From Mindfulness to Heartfulness ft Dr. Omid Safi

This week, we are joined by Dr. Omid Safi, professor of Iranian and Islamic studies at duke university. Dr. Safi was the director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and his books include Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition and Memories of Muhammad: Why the Prophet Matters. On today’s episode we chat about: Rumi and Islamic Mysticism How love, care, and compassion are contagious The development of an expansive love and how our well being is wrapped up in...


31. Stand(ing) Up and Standing Out with Comedian Myq Kaplan

On today’s episode Jon and colin share some laughs with comedian, musician, and vegan linguistics master Myq Kaplan. Myq has appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, The Tonight Show, and Last Comic Standing. His specials include Vegan Mind Meld, Small, Dork, and Handsome, and his most recent album, A.K.A. was released last year. He also hosts two podcasts, Broccoli and Ice Cream, and The Faucet. But it’s not all jokes here, we also get into Buddhist ontology, the notion of emptiness,...


30. Breaking the Bank for Liberation feat. Chabre Vickers

Jon and colin talk with Chabre Vickers, Wells Fargo Vice President of Community Development in Oregon and Southwest Washington. We discuss her work to increase access to resources for underserved folks in the community, what liberation might look like in a corporate environment, the importance of owning our stories, the power of the radical imagination, and much more. Chabre is also the keynote speaker for the Oregon Diversity Career Symposium hosted by the University of Oregon and Oregon...


29. Scientific Research and the Spiritual Search feat. Ravi Ravindra

Dr. Ravi Ravindra is Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University in Halifax (Canada) where he served for many years as a Professor in the departments of Comparative Religion, Philosophy, and of Physics. Ravi has a Phd in Physics. He knows science and scientific research. He also knows spirituality and the spiritual search. colin and Jon talk with Ravi about that, how inner transformation is possible only through a serious self awareness, ego, yoga, the search for truth, and much more. 🎧...


28. Simply Soulful Soul Food feat. Lillian Rambus

Lillian Rambus is the owner of Simply Soulful Cafe in Seattle, WA. Lilian shares about carrying on the family tradition of feeding the community, how great cooking comes from the heart and soul, and how 'soul food' epitomizes the Black experience; the beautiful struggle of overcoming centuries of oppression, turning lemons into lemonades and pigs feet and ox tails into delicious soul food. And then there's Lilian's grandmother's, Elizabeth Hammond’s simple, yet mouth-watering, sweet potato...


27. From Room 408 Feat. Marlan Simpson Jr.

This week we’re joined by Marlan Simpson Jr. Marlan is an educator and entrepreneur, life coach, artist, designer, producer, and former HS principal. He's also a former student of Mr. Tommie Lindsey, who we interviewed in episode 7. Marlan carries on Mr. Lindsey's Legacy from room 408 at James Logan HS to his classroom at Brenkwitz Continuation HS. Marlan discusses the importance of connecting with students, especially in pandemic times, vulnerability in the classroom, audacious hope, the...


26. Healthcare: Systemic Inequities and the Spirit of Service feat. Dr. Sofia Adawy

Dr. Sofia Adawy, MD is director of the health center for IMAN, the Inner-city Muslim Action Network in Chicago. Dr. Adawy shares about the history of IMAN, her Muslim faith, a holistic approach to health care, the importance of arts and culture in health work, and Doctor Adawy’s experiences and lessons as a breast cancer survivor. 🎧 Audio Podcast -- Listen, Subscribe and Review! Apple: Spotify:...


25. Trust in God, your Gut and shi* feat. Dr. Thomas Sharpton

Dr. Thomas Sharpton is a Microbiome surveyor, metagenome analyzer, bioinformatics programmer, and Associate Professor of microbiology at Oregon State University. Jon and colin talk about spirituality and science, the gut/brain axis, and the metabolic ballet within with Dr. Thomas Sharpton, and in the Remix, dig into the symbiosis that is the Soul Force Ones and make connections to other episodes. Time to metabolize! 🎧 Audio Podcast -- Listen, Subscribe and Review! Apple:...


24. Contemplative, Queer and Creative feat. Marilyn Freeman

Marilyn Freeman is a writer, filmmaker, multimedia artist and author of the Illuminated Space: A Personal Theory and Contemplative Practice of Media Art. Contemplative, queer and creative, Marilyn is a Benedictine Oblate of St. Placid Priory and a spiritual director who offers a contemplative method of guidance anchored in evocative listening. MUSIC Marvin Gaye - Mercy Mercy Me The Grouch - Breath Strange Fruit Project - Makin’ My Way FOLLOW ➕ Marilyn Freeman:...