|Alternatives to Violence, in US Prisons, Nigeria, & Nepal||
Mary Amel is a facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) through FNVW/AVP Minnesota. AVP happens in 6 prisons in Minnesota and a few dozen states around the USA, and widely internationally.
|Sara Hickman's Song of the Soul||
Sara Hickman is an artist with a passionate and activist soul. From the work that earned her an honorary degree as a music therapist to her work on behalf of Romanian orphans, whether performing in a church fund-raiser for a shelter or on the stage of Austin City Limits, Sara brings heart and deep listening to Spirit to her music.
|Holly Near - Singer and Activist||
Holly Near has put in more than 4 decades advocating and training for peace and justice through her music. With more than 27 recordings, she has spoken out on a diverse rainbow of issues and provided inspiration and fuel for millions of workers for improving our world.
|James Schattauer's Song of the Soul||
James Schattauer has been writing and performing songs since 1979 or even before, and since 1987 has used the moniker Mister Jim for his performances for children and families.
|David Huber's Song of the Soul||
David Huber has been serving as the pasteur at the Plymouth Congregational UCC in Eau Claire since August of 2004. His taste in music is wide and innovative, and serves to open and balance the purely intellectual part of his character, and it's a pleasure to welcome him to Song of the Soul.
|Brian Bethke's Song of the Soul||
Brian Bethke emerged from 8 years of illness by capturing the vivid stories of his life in song. On his own since the age of 15, his folk/Americana/country style music conveys a powerful journey with powerful, heartfelt music.
|I Learned It In Sunday School - Andy Murray's Song of the Soul||
Andy Murray's music has been featured regularly on our Spirit In Action program because his music is steeped in a combination of deep spirit and healing work for the world. Andy has long worked as a teacher of Peace and Conflict studies at Juniata College in Pennsylvania. With a singer/songwriter sideline that has spanned 3 plus decades, Andy has created a lot of wonderful music, much of it originating with his lifelong faith as a member of the Church of the Brethren, one of the historic peace churches.
|Deeper Relationship with Earth - Process & Practice||
When building relationship with Earth, the best advice may be "don't just do something, sit there!", and 3 participants of a weeklong workshop did something like that, sharing their process, experience, and fruits in this program. eric maya joy, Mary Jo Klingel, and Mary Conrow Coelho speak of roots & fruits of a Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) experiment.
|Sandy McKinney's Song of the Soul||
A visit with Sandy McKinney, spiritual leader at Unity Christ Center in Eau Claire.
|Drumming The Soul Awake - Jaime Meyer's Song of the Soul||
Songs included in this program:
|Nuclear Sanity? Investigating Nuclear Power||
Karen Street had a jarring experience in 1995 - she found that her prejudices and beliefs opposing nuclear power were ill-founded, and that the alternatives were doing much greater damage to people, other animals & the Earth. Carefully researched and examined, Karen provides a compelling, compassionate case for using nuclear power.
|Amy DeLong - Kairos CoMotion||
A visit with Amy DeLong, founder of Kairos CoMotion, an organization aiming to Reform, Network and Act-Up within the United Methodist Church to confront discrimination, including that against gays and lesbians.
|Cyndi Bradbury's Song of the Soul||
Cyndi Bradbury has a passion for music that she lives out each weekday in her profession of music therapist, and each weekend as the music director for Plymouth Congregational UCC. Cindy loves animals and the outdoors, being a bit silly and conveying caring through her music.
|Practical Peacemaking Through Mediation - The Mediator's Handbook||
Mediation is an art of practical peacemaking. Jennifer Beer, is co-author of the 4th edition of the The Mediator's Handbook, a skilled mediator and teacher of mediation, including teaching negotiation at Wharton. She has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology.
|Goin' Wild - Wild Foods and Fauna||
Sam Thayer's 1st book was Forager's Harvest and his new book is Nature's Garden, invaluable info on getting to the heart of nature through our stomachs. Jim Backus has released 4 books this past year with stunning photography and simple, compelling prose, leading us to connect with the Earth and its animals. In December he released 2 Voyage Into Nature collections and New Pack on the Prairie, a children's story based on photographs of a wolf pack in North Dakota.
|Turning Toward the Morning - Gordon Bok's Song of the Soul||
Gordon Bok is one of the greats of folk music, with many songs coming from the sea, or the edge of the sea, where he lives. He delivers them with a depth and a resonance that echos deep in the soul. With 22 of his own recordings, plus collaborations with Ann Muir, Ed Trickett, Cindy Kallet, among others, Gordon Bok has created and passed on an immense wealth of balladry and inspiration.
All the songs in this program are performed by Gordon Bok::
|Out of the Depths||
Nancy Bowker has been forced, and led, into a life of profound solitude, due to illness. From working in blueberry fields as a child, to the jazz stage, to the inner retirement of improvised, sung prayer, Nancy sings out of the depths. Find more of her music on http://nbcrossings.tumblr.com/
|Alums Serving the World - Brydie Hill & Mark Lassman-Eul||
Through Habitat for Humanity and Project Kenya Charity, 2 Carroll University alums care for the people of the world, both with a special connection to Kenya and both with deep religious motivation.
|Davida Johns - "Mature" Peace Corps volunteer and ProNica - Quaker aid to Nicaragua||
Davida Johns is the stateside organizer of an organization called ProNica - in favor of Nicaragua, folks who reach out to some Latin American friends, providing life-enhancing assistance to a country badly treated by the US government. Davida came to this job following her experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in Belize when she was in her 50's.
|Marcus Borg, Author of Meeting Jesus Again For the First Time||
Marcus Borg is a renowned author of numerous books on various aspects of Christianity and a view radically different from those who uncritically approach religion as a one-size-fits-all straight jacket. His thought and teaching require no suspension of our minds, but offer an invitation to an encounter the universal Spirit in a personal and transformative way.
|Kitchen Chemotherapy - Beat Cancer at the Roots||
Susan Silberstein is author of Kitchen Chemotherapy and a number of other books & publications, and she is the founder & educational director of the Center for Advancement in Cancer Education (beatcancer.org).
Scott Anderson is the founder of Alignment Yoga and Spectrum Yoga Therapy. His new book is Alignment Yoga - An Intelligent Approach to Ancient Wisdom. He's an insightful innovator and talented teacher, adapting traditional practices to the Western way of life.
|Carlton Schreiner's Song of the Soul||
Carlton has spent the past 2 years at an ashram in California, finding his way forward in his spiritual life. He's produced a CD Love Is The Cure that shares music he's been given, freeing him to skip past the ego battles that were such a part of his work as a counselor.
|J.E. McNeil/Center on Conscience & War||
J.E. McNeil, of the Center on Conscience & War describes the message and work of that organization, helping those seeking conscientious objector status, and those in the military seeking to get out, whatever the reason, and the spiritual roots that led her to this work.
|Jon Watt's Song of the Soul||
Jon Watts is a 'Young Friend' - a Quaker in the 18-35 age range - and he's found a passion and a ministry through his music.