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54 minutes | Dec 17, 2015
The Ongoing Cultural Conflict About Abortion
Dr. Shepherd’s special guest is Alison Dreith, interim director at NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri. NARAL’s mission is to guarantee women the right to make personal decisions regarding reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. She has had many positions in related fields, including working at a health center and as their grassroots organizer. Before coming to NARAL Missouri, she was the statewide organizer at Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition, where she worked to support pro-choice candidates in key elections. This program presents views that are challenging but not confrontational, political but nonpartisan, scientific-cultural but metaphysical-theological on a central issue of our times, as Dr. Shepherd asks some hard questions about abortion and the pro-choice povement. Whether you are pro-choice or pro-life, this interview will keep you better informed about the ongoing cultural war being waged about this highly controversial topic.
60 minutes | Nov 12, 2015
Inside Look at Juvenile Justice
Dr. Tom’s special guest is a seasoned veteran in the field of juvenile justice. Officer Blu Nicholson has 25 years' experience in the field of juvenile justice in both corrections and law enforcement. He received a bachelor's in criminal justice from Texas A&M and a master's in counseling from Amberton University. Officer Nicholson currently holds a State of Texas Master Peace Officer certification and a Texas Juvenile Probation Officer certification. Officer Nicholson has served as a juvenile probation officer for Henderson County, Texas, for the past 8 years. He is vice chair of the Athens ISD Crimestoppers Committee and member of the Safe Schools Committee. If you know kids who have had trouble with the law, this show will offer ideas about what you can do to help them avoid replaying the same old mistakes.
61 minutes | Nov 5, 2015
Inside Look at Hospital Chaplaincy
A middle-aged man is admitted to the hospital, suddenly plucked from familiar surroundings and given a bunk in a public building, like a stranger in a strange land. People stick him with needles, almost at whim. A train of uniformed workers swing in and out of his room like it was a station stop on a commuter line. Then another stranger arrives, announces herself as the chaplain, and asks, “How are you doing?” The patient immediately thinks: Great. They send in the angel of the Lord—am I going to die? Dr. Tom Shepherd’s special guest this week is anything but an angel of death. Rev. Dr. Charles Robertson, chaplain supervisor at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Chaplain Robertson works with men and women preparing for professional ministry, including Unity Institute® and Seminary students, to familiarize them with how to do ministry in a hospital setting. An ordained Nazarene minister, Chaplain Robertson holds a degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, and Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. His insights on the role of the clergy as a spiritual resource to hospital patients, staff, and administrators will give you a new appreciation for the people engaged in health care and those they serve. If you’ve ever visited a friend or relative in the hospital, or been hospitalized yourself, this show is for you.
60 minutes | Oct 29, 2015
Pacifism Versus the "Just War" Theory
Dr. Tom’s guest this week is John Lindsay-Poland, peace activist who has written about, researched, and organized action for human rights and the demilitarization of U.S. policy, especially in Latin America, for more than 30 years. From 1989 to 2014, Lindsay-Poland served the interfaith pacifist organization Fellowship of Reconciliation. Since May of 2015 he serves in the Wage Peace program of the American Friends Service Committee (Quakers). He is the author of several books including Emperors in the Jungle: The Hidden History of the U.S. in Panama. He was Editor and staff writer of Panamá Update, a quarterly publication from 1992 to 1999; Puerto Rico Update from 2000 to 2005; Colombia Update from 2006 to 2011; and the monthly Latin America Update from 2011 to 2014. He is now developing tools and curriculum to research militarism on behalf of activist campaigns.
60 minutes | Oct 22, 2015
Ethics of Health Care in the USA
Health care generates ongoing controversy in the United States, but what are the issues for biomedical ethics when insurance companies dictate what treatment may or may not be administered by withholding payment for necessary drugs, tests, or procedures? And where should our society spend its health care dollars—to sustain life at the ending stages or improve the whole quality of life by emphasis on wellness and disease prevention? What about allowing suffering patients with no hope of recovery the choice to end their lives painlessly? Dr. Tom’s special guests are two Unity Institute® and Seminary students who will graduate in 2016 and become Unity ministers, both lively speakers who are uniquely qualified to speak about medical practicality and economics issues. Keri King earned a bachelor's in nursing at Carroll College in Wisconsin. She worked as a clinical care/ICU nurse for more than 20 years and is still a practicing member of the nursing profession. She brings enormous practical knowledge to the discussion of patient care and medicine. Richard Belous has a bachelor's from Columbia College and earned both a master's and Ph.D. from George Washington University. He went on to teach as adjunct faculty at GWU, a position he still holds. “Dr. Rick” was appointed chief economist for the United Way and serves as research advisor to Unity Worldwide Ministries. Don’t miss this one. You will hear amazing insights about the way money and medicine interplay, and learn what a person of faith can do to help those who feel lost in the whirlwind of health care today.
56 minutes | Oct 15, 2015
Ministry to the Homeless and Imprisoned
Dr. Tom’s special guest this week is Episcopal Priest Denise Vaughn. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 1976 with a bachelor's in political science and minor in business. She earned her Master of Divinity from the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, and today serves the 158-year-old Grace Episcopal Church in Chillicothe, Missouri, as rector (senior minister). She cofounded a residential homeless shelter in Chillicothe. Rev. Vaughn also works in prison ministry. She writes: “The work of the priest is as a pastor and teacher; proclaiming by word and deed the Gospel of Jesus Christ; loving and serving the people among whom I work, caring alike for young, and old, strong and weak, rich and poor …” You are invited to discover the battle to help the desperate being waged by people like Rev. Denise Vaughn, female Episcopal priest and frontline worker in spiritual social action.
61 minutes | May 21, 2015
Dr. Tom’s special guests this week are Gregory Stahr, soon-to-be middler year student at Unity Institute® and Seminary, and his son Christopher Stahr, who is graduating from high school/homeschooling today. Christopher talks about his experiences in homeschooling and public schooling and discusses what it's like to grow up in the Unity church. Greg, his excitedly proud poppa, shares stories about their time together and Christopher's passion for a good education. This is a great family show. Pass it along.
60 minutes | Apr 30, 2015
A Look at the Vietnam War—40 Years Later
It’s hard to believe the Vietnam War came to an unsatisfying conclusion 40 years ago this week. Dr. Tom and both his special guests have personal experience with the era. Unity Institute® and Seminary senior Nhien Vuong Dougherty was born in Vietnam and brought to the United States by her parents at the fall of Saigon in 1975; she was 2 years old. First-year UI student Don Ray served with the U.S. Army in Saigon during the infamous 1968 Tet Offensive. Also, Dr. Tom flew medical evacuation helicopters in combat during 1971. Their experiences bring listeners personal stories only veterans and survivors of the unhappy conflict could provide. Do not miss this one. Share the link with friends and Vietnam veterans.
60 minutes | Apr 23, 2015
Earth Day and the Environment
Dr. Tom’s guests will be three Unity Institute® and Seminary students preparing for Unity ministry—Michael Perrie, Elise Cowan, and John Beerman. They will share stories about how their ecological consciousness has grown throughout the years, plus facts and trends in environmental awareness, global warming, pollution of land and sea, and hopes for recovery from humanity’s dependency on trash-producing activities and fossil fuels. A program worth listening to year-round.
60 minutes | Apr 16, 2015
UI Student Richard Belous
Dr. Tom’s guest this week is Richard Belous, a student in the second year of the three-year Master of Divinity residency program at Unity Institute® and Seminary. Prior to enrolling in the Institute, he earned his bachelor's at Columbia University, and master's and Ph.D. in economics from The George Washington University. Dr. Belous is an advisor to Unity Worldwide Ministries on philanthropic, social, and economic trends, and research issues. He is also an adjunct professor in economics at The George Washington University and the former vice president for research and chief economist for the United Way system. Dr. Belous has authored, or coauthored, 13 books and numerous articles on economic and philanthropic trends. He has served on the advisory council for Giving USA and as an advisor to two United States Presidential Commissions.
61 minutes | Apr 2, 2015
First the first time in the history of LTAI, Dr. Tom has no guest to interview. Instead, the program is devoted to sharing insights from his book Good Questions (Unity Books, 2009), based on his Unity Magazine® column. With customary humor and wide-ranging interests, Dr. Tom shows why his column consistently has been called everyone’s favorite feature in Unity Magazine.
60 minutes | Mar 12, 2015
Discrimination, Race Relations, and Diversity Awareness: Can the Cops and the Citizens Find Common Cause?
Dr. Shepherd's special guests include a seminary student and an undergraduate. Dinah Chapman is a senior at Unity Institute® and Seminary. As an African American, she painfully recognizes the problems both communities—black and white—are facing. Her insights are gracious yet sharp-edged, patient yet insistent. Dr. Shepherd's other guest is a "seriously white" undergraduate whose parents are German and Scandinavian. She is preparing to become a public school teacher through studies at University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC). As a Millennial woman who grew up in the Deep South, attending majority-minority public schools, Emily Shepherd (Dr. Tom's "middle daughter") brings a fresh perspective to the discussions. Don't miss this discussion.
60 minutes | Mar 5, 2015
Is It Possible to Identify the Outlines of "Your Soul's Passage Through Time"?
Dr. Shepherd's special guest is author, workshop leader, and Edgar Cayce enthusiast Dr. Barbara Lane. Dr. Shepherd and Dr. Lane discuss the Cayce teaching, focusing on how reincarnation and past lives affect people today. Good controversial topic, timely, too. Dr. Lane will be presenting her workshop on "Reincarnation, Hypnosis, and the Power of Your Mind" March 28 at Unity Village.
60 minutes | Feb 26, 2015
Today’s show brings listeners an in-depth look at the work of veterinarian and animal activist Dr. Linda Bender, who contends that the Native Americans were right when they said animals can teach us how to access wisdom of the natural world. Booklist writes of her book, Animal Wisdom: "Stories of pets that find their way to their humans hundreds of miles distant, or of therapy animals that calm psychiatric patients, illustrate [Bender's] theme that animals have souls (the Latin anima meaning "soul," is the root of the word animal) and that our souls and theirs can communicate." Tune in for a new appreciation of the dog curled up on the rug at your feet or the kitty snuggled in your lap.
60 minutes | Feb 12, 2015
Dr. Tom’s special guest this week is best-selling author (1.75 million books sold) Mary Jane Ryan. An amazon.com reviewer writes of Ms. Ryan’s book, The Happiness Makeover: “Despite the affluence of the Western lifestyle, many people aren't happy, and the numbers of unhappy and depressed people is ever increasing. Seemingly we don't know how to live our lives in a satisfied way—how to draw contentment, happiness, maybe even a little joy, from our lives on a daily basis. This little book has so much wisdom to offer on this topic. It is a true gem drawing from Eastern and Western wisdom traditions, including positive psychology and is a blend of philosophical, spiritual, emotional, and practical perspectives.” Ryan is a delightful speaker with easy command of interesting data and anecdotes. This show will help listeners learn how to be intentionally happy without denying the reality of life in a world where joy is often hard to find.
59 minutes | Feb 5, 2015
Explore Your Previous Incarnations, Cure Your Headaches?
Dr. Tom’s special guest this week is Mira Kelley, a charming and articulate practitioner of “past lives regression” theraphy. She is described at amazon.com: “Mira Kelley grew up in Bulgaria, where at the age of 13 she had a powerful regression experience. Following her graduation from law school, Mira practiced as a corporate and securities attorney in a large law firm in New York City. A painful physical condition led Mira to rediscover the instantaneous emotional and physical healing available through regression, and now she assists people in transforming their own lives in this way.” Dr. Tom asks some tough questions, and Mira takes them in stride with a laugh and a heartfelt willingness to explore the “past lives” practices making her a successful lecturer and spiritual healer. Another not-to-miss program.
60 minutes | Jan 22, 2015
Unsung Hero of Unity: Lowell Filmore
Dr. Tom goes one-on-one with acclaimed author and historian Neal Vahle as they discuss Dr. Vahle’s newest book about Lowell Fillmore. One of the three sons of Unity founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, Lowell headed Unity Institute® and Seminary for half a century and wrote endless articles for publication in the now-defunct Weekly Unity. His thought still shapes much of what many people consider normative Unity doctrine. Considering how important Lowell Fillmore was to the Unity movement, this is a discussion you don’t want to miss.
61 minutes | Jan 15, 2015
The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
He was controversial in the broader society and far from universally loved in the African-American community, yet Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s visionary leadership broke the death grip of Jim Crow segregation in the South and brought the whole nation a new awareness of the need for nonviolent solutions to social and political problems. Dr. Tom’s guests include Unity Institute® and Seminary student Dinah Chapman and faculty member Rev. Dr. Jesse Tanner.
60 minutes | Nov 6, 2014
"Daily Word" Is in Good Hands
Dr. Tom interviews Beth Hammock, who became Daily Word® magazine editor October 6. Her professional career in journalism, and spiritual journey to Unity, brings new energy to the flagship publication of the Unity movement. Here’s your chance to meet the successor to such great Unity personages as May Rowland, Martha Smock, Colleen Zuck, and Laura Harvey. The tradition of positive prayer for all persons goes forward.
61 minutes | Oct 30, 2014
Lessons From a Blue October
This week the Kansas City Royals completed a successful season by losing to the San Francisco Giants in Game 7 of the World Series. And the KC fans were still cheering for their team, 90 minutes after the game ended. Dr. Tom interviews native Missourians Bryan Lewis, Shawn Berry Wegner, and Unity President/CEO Dr. Charlotte Shelton, about the remarkable lessons that can be learned in a joyful, triumphant season that ends without winning The Big One.
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