|Sara Bryan's Song of the Soul||
Sara's spiritual journey might be seen as an upward spiral of sorts. She grew up in a couple different very conservative Lutheran churches which, as it developed, did not fit her well. Her exploration as a young adult took to Unity for some years, then to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and then back to St John's Lutheran Church, this time of the ELCA flavor. Among the other expessions of her spirit, Sara leads weekly Soul Dance in Eau Claire
|David Howard's Song of the Soul||
Born and raised in the South, between Georgia & Texas, David's spiritual path has taken him from the traditional Christianity (Baptist/Methodist/Presbyterian) through 12 Step experiences to New Thought Churches (Unity & Religious Science). Through it all, music was a perversive and Spirit-livening part of David's process.
|Peace Learning Center of Milwaukee||
The Peace Learning Center (PLC) of Milwaukee started out in 2002 teaching the 4th graders of one school vital skills of non-violent conflict resolution. Based on a tremendously successful, city-wide project in Indianapolis, Milwaukee's PLC has grown rapidly, now teaching peace skills to 16 schools, with more projects on the way.
|Nichola Torbett - Network of Spiritual Progressives||
Nichola Torbett is National Organizer for the Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP). She conveyed powerfully the vision of NSP as she spoke in Eau Claire on October 19, 2006, helping crystalize the formation of a local chapter, here in the Chippewa Valley.
|Forever At the Door - Ann Mayo Muir's Song of the Soul||
Ann Mayo Muir has a long pedigree as a folk singer/songwriter, including many years as part of the near-legendary trio, Bok,Trickett, & Muir. Talented on a number of instruments and with a beautiful, evocative, voice, there is power and depth in all of her music. With a deep connection to the sea, she lives in France on a peninsula jutting into the Mediterranean.
All songs in this program are performed by Ann Mayo Muir:
|Ellen Bloom Ninneman's Song of the Soul||
Ellen was raised in a conservative part of the Lutheran Church, and she completely embraced her childhood religion. In her 30's she found herself working through guilt and rules to find a spirituality that fit her better. Focusing on the Law of Attraction is fundamental to her spiritual world view now, and her musical preferences speak clearly of her vision.
|Tree Meditation - Joe Reilly's Song of the Soul||
Joe Reilly is a singer, a songwriter, an environmental educator, and a man on a spiritual quest. His spirit journey has taken him from Catholic to Native American to Buddhist and back to Catholic, all the while deeply connected to the Earth.
All the songs in this program are performed by Joe Reilly
|David Serotkin's Song of the Soul||
David Serotkin is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/pianist from Richmond, CA. David also has a masters in Consciousness Studies from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California, bringing tremendous insight to his songwriting and to this program.
|Peterson Toscano - Ex-gay Survivor||
Peterson's born-again experience at the age of 17 catapulted him into the world of Evangelical Christianity, good except that Peterson was, and is, gay. After 17 years of attempting to become "ex-gay", he finally had to accept his reality and seek healing and wholeness. Through his theatrical and stand-up comedy pieces like "Doin' Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House" and other work, Peterson has become a leading proponent of the Ex-gay Survivor Movement/Beyond Ex-gay.
|Mark Morgan's Song of the Soul||
Mark is many things - a father, a storyteller, a sustainable living activist - and he's passionate about music. His junior high school choir even recorded 3 records! Probably best known for his work with the MREA, Mark does and teaches sustainable construction with his company, Bearpaw Design & Construction. Raised Lutheran, a stint with Unitarians, he leans toward Native American and Earth-based spirituality.
|Amy Chabot's Song of the Soul||
Amy has a deep connection to Spirit and to living out her Catholic faith. She traveled for a year with National Evangelization Team (NET) Ministries following high school, spent 5 months living in a Carmelite monastery, and is headed to Catholic Theological Union for a Masters of Divinity this fall. AND she was a Religious Studies major (and Spanish minor) - not to mention her service as a Certified Nursing Assistant, work that allows her to pass on the care and blessing of God's presence in her life.
|Supporting War Tax Resisters: Sharing the Brunt||
The War Tax Resistance Penalty Fund (WTRPF.org) is a way to help manage the risks of conscientious objectors to paying for war, something to think seriously about as April 15th approaches.
|Anna Fritz's Song of the Soul||
Anna has played the cello since the age of 8, including issuing her cello-centric album Wake recently. She's been Quaker since around that same age, an activist with an attraction to earth-based spirituality.
|Nicole Miller's Song of the Soul||
Nicole Miller is, among many things, a DJ on WHYS radio, with a program called The Positive Frequency. She a musician from childhood on and just completing her last year at college. She finds peace and joy through music, energy to transcend the negative realities so abundant these days.
Songs included in Nicole's Song of the Soul:
|Baptist Buddhist - SuZ Ogden's Song of the Soul||
SuZ Ogden is an angeltonk Baptist Buddhist living in Oklahoma, with visits to California, Russia and Israel. In other words, she's all over the map, from nightclub singer to minister in the United Centers for Spiritual Living.
All the songs in this program are performed by SuZ Ogden:
Laurie Childers lives out a stunning world of art and activism in Corvalis, Oregon. She performs both solo and with her band, the River Rocks, and her activism takes a number of forms, including her work as chair of the National Council of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Beautiful music from a beautiful spirit.
|Kate MacLeod's Song of the Soul||
Singer/songwriter Kate MacLeod was a Utah violin-maker, but became a performer when push came to shove. The fiddle/violin is her special instrument among the other instruments she plays, but my favorite is her voice. Catholic raised, Quaker at present, she’s a story-teller, a folk singer, a blue grass virtuoso.
|Walter Craft's Song of the Soul||
Walter Craft has been performing music for well over 40 years now, and he proudly shares his motto on his web site - ServeTheSong.com. Born in the southern USA into an extended family and community with strong - and varying - religious views, he found the need to step back, gather information, and come up with his own views. He is passionate about music that reaches for the heart - and center - of things
|Julie (Hecksel) Patchouli's Song of the Soul||
Julie and Bruce Hecksel are Patchouli and 'Fast Forward Folk' is what it says on their website. Julie caught the guitar bug seeing Taj Mahal while in her teens.
|Dhaivyd Hilgendorf's Song of the Soul||
Dhaivyd Hilgendorf teaches at Friends School of Minnesota, a Quaker school which fits Dhaivyd's inclinations very well. He's made a wide variety of music in a wide variety of places and with a wide variety of musicians.
|Grace Goes To Prison||
|Moonchild - Christina Muir's Song of the Soul||
Christina Muir is a singer/songwriter/musician/artist, and one-third of the trio known as Hot Soup. Daughter of folk luminary Ann Mayo Muir, Christina has music in her genes & in her heart. With her wonderful vocals, talented instrumentals, fertile creativity, and a winsome laugh, she'll win your ear and your heart.
|Swimming to the Other Side - Pat Humphries||
Pat Humphries is half of Emma's Revolution, a powerful, moving and fun collaboration aimed at making our world better. Inspired by all sorts of music, including hymns, gospel, folk and more, Pat has produced musical gems featured on "All Things Considered" and "Democracy Now". Here she shares the music that led her where she is, including a song by one of her mentors and inspirations, Pete Seeger
Songs in this program
|A Place to Lay Your Head: Affordable Housing||
In Making Housing Happen: Faith-based Affordable Housing Models, Jill Suzanne Shook brings together numerous models for making housing accessible to those in need. From the sweat equity ingredients of organizations like Habitat for Humanity, to adaptive reuse, to tenants taking ownership, community land trusts, and many more approaches, Jill highlights the possibilities and results of creative thoughts and dedicated spirits.