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Progressive Spirit
Spirituality ~ Social Justice
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I am the minister of Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton, Oregon (Portland Metro). www.southmin.org

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October 23, 2016 12:02 PM PDT

David Galston is a university chaplain, adjunct professor of philosophy at Brock University in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, Academic Director at Westar Institute, and speaker at the Quest Learning Centre.

David was on Progressive Spirit about three years ago. We discussed his book Embracing the Human Jesus: A Wisdom Path for Contemporary Christianity.

Today we are discussing his newly released book, God’s Human Future: The Struggle to Define Theology Today.  Check out his piece on Christian Atheism.

We are thrilled to welcome David along with Joseph Bessler to Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton (Portland), Oregon, November 4th and 5th for a Jesus Seminar on the Road. The topic will be The Future of Religion.

October 16, 2016 04:50 AM PDT

Amy Livingstone is the proprietor of Sacred Art Studio in Portland. Amy explores the intersection of theology, ancestral ways of knowing, environmentalism, and spiritual ecology. Her work is informed by her love for the earth and engagement with many forms of creative expression that include painting, sculpture, installation, and ceremony. We discuss the role of spirituality and sacred art in activism for the earth.

October 14, 2016 11:52 AM PDT

This is the election episode.   I speak with Laurence Leamer author of The President’s Butler, a fictional account of a billionaire who decides to run for president.

Afraid of Trump becoming president?  Well, don’t be too thrilled about the alternative.  Professor Mark Lewis Taylor of Princeton Seminary has written a couple of articles for Counterpunch in which he lays out the case for defeating both Trump and Clintonian  Neo-Liberalism.

It's about money. Corporations are spending over 16 million in Oregon to defeat measure 97.  I speak with Oregon PTA Legislative Director Otto Schellabout what Measure 97 will and will not do.

October 09, 2016 05:38 AM PDT

Becky Garrison returns to Progressive Spirit to talk about alternative spiritual communities. Secular church but not "church." Not religious but a place to connect, find meaning, do worthwhile things. We'll hear about

  • The Portland Round--the visual arts, slam poetry, and music come together for intimacy and collaboration,
  • Sex Positive Portland -- "members plan and host events centered around understanding and exploring all aspects of human sexuality, relationship styles, kink, gender and orientation,"
  • Prismhousepdx -- "a community connected through cannabis,"
  • Sacred Circle Dance Community -- “no previous experienced required, just a desire to dance,”
  • Gary Austin Workshops -- "free the actor to make better choices by committing to the unknown, getting out of her head, and being in the present moment."
  • Set List Show -- "Stand-Up Without A Net"
  • and the Orchard Kitchen in Whidby Island near Seattle that is building community through food and sustainability.

Becky is a religion writer and her credits include work for The Washington Post's On Faith column, The GuardianBelieve Out LoudKilling the BuddhaAmerican Atheist MagazinePerceptive TravelThe RevealerThe HumanistReligion Dispatches and the now defunct Wittenberg Door.

October 02, 2016 04:29 AM PDT

Why was Christianity so odd in its time and how did it change the way we think of religion today?

Larry Hurtado is Professor Emeritus of New Testament Language, Literature,and Theology in the school of divinity at the University of Edinburgh. His research has focused on the origins and development of what he calls “devotion to Jesus” in earliest Christianity. He is an author of numerous books and an authority on the Gospels (esp. Gospel of Mark), the Apostle Paul, Early Christology, the Jewish Background of the New Testament, and New Testament Textual Criticism.

We discuss his latest book is Destroyer of the Gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World.

September 25, 2016 08:01 AM PDT

Tom Krattenmaker is a writer specializing in religion in public life. He is the author of "Onward Christian Athletes" and "The Evangelicals You Don’t Know." Formerly of Portland, he is now communications director at Yale Divinity School. He is not a believer in God or the supernatural. But he digs Jesus. In his latest book, "Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower," he talks about Jesus as a resource for those who don t have religious beliefs.

September 18, 2016 08:15 AM PDT

Carrie Newcomer is a songwriter, recording artist, performer, and educator. She has released 15 albums. She was on Progressive Spirit when it was called Religion For Life a couple of years ago when her album "A Permeable Life" and its companion book, "A Permeable Life: Poems and Essays" was released. She is with me again to talk about her latest album, "The Beautiful Not Yet," and its companion book, "The Beautiful Not Yet: Poems, Essays, and Lyrics."

September 14, 2016 01:53 PM PDT

The Beloved Community is a new 60 minute show that airs every second Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. on 90.7 KBOO/Portland.

On the Beloved Community we address the philosophical and spiritual foundations for non-violence, activism, political engagement and peace building. We also hear voices of those who are building the beloved community. The goal is to gain inspiration, solidarity, wisdom, and insight for your own activism.

On this episode I speak with Sarah Jaffe about her book, "Necessary Trouble: Americans In Revolt." Truthout called her book “one of the most essential books of the year.”

I speak with Jaffe about her description of a new activism that has arisen since the crash of 2008. She writes about the anger and frustration that led to the Tea Party, the Occupy Movement, Occupy Foreclosure, Student Debt Resistance, OURWalmart, Black Lives Matter, and more.

She discusses what links these movements together, the people behind them, their strategies, and announces a call for all of us to make some necessary trouble for the sake of our nation and each other.

I also speak with singer/songwriter, Carrie Newcomer about her new album "The Beautiful Not Yet" and her companion book, "The Beautiful Not Yet, Poems, Essays, and Lyrics.

Carrie Newcomer is a songwriter, recording artist, performer, and educator. She has released 15 albums. She was on Progressive Spirit when it was called Religion For Life a couple of years ago when her album A Permeable Life and its companion book, A Permeable Life: Poems and Essays was released. She is with me again to talk about her latest album, The Beautiful Not Yet, and its companion book, The Beautiful Not Yet: Poems, Essays, and Lyrics.

September 11, 2016 08:51 AM PDT

Chade-Meng Tan (Meng) is a Google pioneer, award-winning engineer, international bestselling author, thought leader and philanthropist. He is Chairman of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, and Co-chair of One Billion Acts of Peace, which has been nominated seven times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

But that isn’t why he is a happy guy. He was happy before he was successful. He has learned the skill of accessing joy on demand! Science can now measure what ancient wisdom discovered through centuries of practice: joy is accessible. We talk about his book, "Joy On Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within."

September 04, 2016 07:17 AM PDT

The rising population known as “nones” for its members’ lack of religious affiliation is changing American society, politics, and culture. Many nones believe in God and even visit places of worship, but they do not identify with a specific faith or belong to a spiritual community. Corinna Nicolaou is a none, and in her book, "A None’s Story: Searching for Meaning Inside Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam," she describes what it is like for her and thousands of others to live without religion or to be spiritual without committing to a specific faith.

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