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Rants to Revelations Radio
59 minutes | Dec 17, 2014
We're interviewing Mellisa Dormoy, founder of Shambala Kids. She is on a mission to reach and teach self-esteem, stress management, and goal attainment to children and teens all over the globe through meditation and relaxation audio and programs.
60 minutes | Dec 10, 2014
It's a Sidekick Tsunami! Amanda and Tina make it that much more entertaining for our first live video episode. Listen here or watch on Ogun's YouTube page for some extra pre- and post-show hilarity.
60 minutes | Dec 3, 2014
The Guru and The Grasshopper
It's time for another edition of "The Guru and The Grasshopper" with our favorite Zen teacher, Andrew Weiss. Andrew studied Zen with Zen Master Seung Sahnh, Zen Master Su Bong, and Thich Nhat Hanh. He is an ordained Brother in Thich Nhat Hanh's Order of Interbeing, and has also been ordained by Zen priest Claude AnShin Thomas in the White Plum Lineage of Japanese Soto Zen. He is the author of Beginning Mindfulness, a complete short-course in mindfulness practice and spiritual development.
59 minutes | Nov 19, 2014
Kristi is the executive director of A Network for Grateful Living (ANG*L), a global organization offering online and community-based education programs and practices to inspire and guide a commitment to grateful living, and catalyze the transformative power of personal and societal responsibility. She has spent virtually her entire adult life immersed in the rewarding work of nonprofit leadership, fundraising, and organizational development. She has helped to lead, support, and develop organizations committed to progressive social and spiritual change, including the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Spirit in Action, Wisdom 2.0, The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, the Soul of Money Institute, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society.
60 minutes | Nov 12, 2014
What happens when the face of an organization becomes bigger than the organization itself? We see this all too often in megachurches. It takes a strong, charismatic leader to attract thousands to a megachurch, but what's the right balance of church versus pastor brand? Our panel of experienced ministers shares their insights ... It's time for another Rants Roundtable with Ellen Debenport, Hugh Hollowell, and David Hayward.
60 minutes | Nov 5, 2014
Wish you could wear your values? Meet Green Outfitters, a brand-new clothing line of items made from 100 percent recycled materials. This week we talk with cofounder Dianna Poindexter and the original sidekick Tina will be sitting in for the fun! Green Outfitters will launch sometime this month. Find them at www.greenoutfitters.us.
59 minutes | Oct 29, 2014
Halloween Pop Culture
All Hallow's Eve is upon us. It's only fitting that we have a special Halloween pop culture edition! Our guests are Malayna Dawn and Stacy Macris Ros from Pop Conscious radio. The discussion started Monday when I visited their show. Now it's time for Part 2 of Halloween Spirit-uality.
60 minutes | Oct 22, 2014
Politics, Religion, and Sexuality
LGBT people in conservative religions are often cut off from the contemplative or mystic facets of their traditions. Can prayer be a way back in? We're following up last week's Roundtable by interviewing Keisha MacKenzie. Originally from London, Keisha completed undergraduate work in English, law, and political science in Jamaica. She has graduate degrees in technical communication and rhetoric. Through McKenzie Consulting Group, she provides communication, educational, nonprofit, and other consulting services to individual and organizational clients in and beyond the Washington, D.C., metro region. You’ll find her across the Internet and offline, discussing and working on issues in institutional leadership, education, science and technology, the arts, philanthropy, social justice, and the Three Taboos: politics, religion, and sexuality.
59 minutes | Oct 15, 2014
It's another Rants Roundtable as Rev. Ogun hosts a panel to discuss the following issues: 1. The Supreme Court's recent decision to not decide on marriage equality. Did they miss a golden opportunity to make history? 2. The decision to legalize same-sex marriage is up to the states. Can they be relied on to honor the desires of the people or will it come down to the leanings of a given judge? 3. What can churches and spiritual communities do to be more welcoming to all, regardless of orientation and identification?
59 minutes | Sep 24, 2014
The Guru and The Grasshopper
Zen teacher Andrew Weiss returns for another installment of "The Guru and The Grasshopper." This week we explore the seeming paradox of releasing attachments and manifesting our reality through the core concepts taught by the Law of Attraction and the third Unity principle. Andrew has studied mindfulness meditation for many years in the United States, Europe, and Asia. His early studies of Zen focused early on in the Korean tradition with Zen Master Seung Sahnh and Zen Master Su Bong. In 1989 he met the Vietnamese Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh, and in 1991, he was ordained a Brother in Thich Nhat Hanh's Order of Interbeing. In 1999, he was ordained by zen priest Claude AnShin Thomas in the White Plum Lineage of Japanese Soto Zen. He is the author of Beginning Mindfulness, a short-course in mindfulness practice and spiritual development.
60 minutes | Sep 17, 2014
Tre Hardson, aka SlimKid3
The founding member of The Pharcyde. We'll talk about the role spirituality plays in his life and music. Click here for more information about Tre and to get a free download!
60 minutes | Aug 27, 2014
Pop Culture Episode
It's time for another pop culture episode with special guest Malayna Dawn of the Pop Conscious podcast on Unity Online Radio. This week we'll talk about our favorite shows and movies we've seen before but just have to watch over and over again when we're channel surfing. And is channel surfing coming to an end with DVRs and on-demand streaming? Finally, a brief review of Monday night's Emmy Award winners.
59 minutes | Aug 20, 2014
The Guru and The Grasshopper
It's another episode of "The Guru and The Grasshopper" as Zen Guru Andrew Weiss returns to Rants. This week we'll talk about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, and what spiritual responses we can embrace. Andrew's early studies of Zen focused early on in the Korean tradition with Zen Master Seung Sahnh and Zen Master Su Bong. In 1989, he met the Vietnamese Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh, and in 1991, he was ordained a Brother in Thich Nhat Hanh's Order of Interbeing. In 1999, he was ordained by zen priest Claude AnShin Thomas in the White Plum Lineage of Japanese Soto Zen. Andrew is the author of Beginning Mindfulness, a complete short-course in mindfulness practice and spiritual development.
59 minutes | Aug 6, 2014
Are You an Introvert?
Psychologist Laurie Helgoe reveals that half of Americans are. Introverts gain energy and power through reflection and solitude. Dr. Helgoe is the author of Introvert Power, a groundbreaking call for an introvert renaissance and blueprint for how introverts can take full advantage of their hidden strength in daily life.
59 minutes | Jul 30, 2014
It's time for another Rants Roundtable! A provocative study reports that, on average, religious people score lower on intelligence tests than nonbelievers. Does having faith make us rely less on research and critical thinking? And with religious disaffiliation on the rise, weddings are on the decline; church weddings even more so. Is marriage still being considered a tie to religious institutions? Is there still a spiritual significance to having your wedding in a church?
59 minutes | Jul 23, 2014
The Pop Culture Edition
What's trending right now in TV, movies, music, and online? How much of our lives is influenced by what's on our screens and in our speakers? It's the Pop Culture Edition with guests Malayna Dawn (host of Pop Conscious) and Jackie Fuller (host of Interfaith Connections).
59 minutes | Jul 16, 2014
Zen Teacher and Author Andrew Weiss
It's "The Guru and The Grasshopper" edition as Zen teacher and author Andrew Weiss returns to the show. This week we learn the Zen perspective on exploring our dark side. Andrew is an ordained Brother in Thich Nhat Hanh's Order of Interbeing, and the author of Beginning Mindfulness, a complete short course in mindfulness practice and spiritual development. Learn more at beginningmindfulness.com.
59 minutes | Jul 9, 2014
Rants to Revelations Roundtable!
Special guests Brian Foreman and Cassandra Lawrence join Ogun and Amanda to talk about the Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby ruling. And is World Cup football the great global connector?
58 minutes | Jun 18, 2014
This week we delve into the topic of Mindfulness with author and Zen Guru Andrew Weiss. Andrew has studied mindfulness meditation for many years in the United States, Europe, and Asia. His early studies of Zen focused on the Korean tradition with Zen Master Seung Sahnh and Zen Master Su Bong. In 1989 he met the Vietnamese Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh, and in 1991, he was ordained a Brother in Thich Nhat Hanh's Order of Interbeing. He is the author of Beginning Mindfulness. Visit www.beginningmindfulness.com for more.
60 minutes | May 28, 2014
Jack Gordon and Jackie Fuller
For the past decade, Jack Gordon has created dynamic visual content for community development organizations focused on human rights, public health, environmental conservation, and education. He's a dedicated interfaith organizer and helped to build bridges between the diverse religious communities in the Washington, D.C., area as a member of the Executive Board of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. Jackie Fuller is a communications professional who has worked for various public health organizations in Washington, D.C. She also volunteers with local interfaith organizations and participated as a speaker at symposiums focusing on religious tolerance and understanding. Jacqueline is an aspiring entrepreneur who is in the process of rebuilding her own television production company with a focus on interfaith relations. Check out her show Interfaith Connections.
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