|JONAH Covenanting In Eau Claire||
JONAH had it's founding ceremony on 11/11/2007 in Eau Claire, where participants spelled out the needs, real and personal, the mission, and the commitment and support to be expected from this association.
|Tom Rawson's Song of the Soul||
For about 30 years Tom Rawson has been a presence on Seattle's activist and music scene. Teaching or not, you'll find his banjo, dulcimer or other instruments nearby, ready to help inspire hope and get a group singing.
|God is Still Speaking||
After 27 years devotion as a grade school teacher, Heather Jerrie has now freed up more of her time for her musical passion. As a cancer survivor, 12-step fan, and very engaged UCC member, Heather's beautiful voice sings of hope, service, depth, & devotion.
All songs in this program are written & performed by Heather Jerrie:
|Paul Kaldjian - Geography & Refuser Solidarity Network||
Paul Kaldjian is the living product of a rainbow of cultural & religious heritages, Finnish and Armenian, diverse religious groups, all combining to create a person who has a passion for creating personal-international connection. He's a Mennonite, a geography professor at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and a board member of the Refuser Solidarity Network, a group that seeks to support Israeli "refusniks" and inform the world about this element of the Israeli peace movement.
|Peter Phippen's Song of the Soul||
Peter Phippen started his musical career playing bass in a country western band, making good money, at the age of only 12. His search for the instrument of his soul was fulfilled when he met the bamboo flute 23 years ago. He's a regional icon on the flute, as both a composer and performer. Raised mostly non-religious, Peter considers himself a spiritualist with great affection for the Tao Te Ching.
|Restored Israel Of Yahweh||
A visit with three members of the Restored Israel Of Yahwah, a religious group from southern New Jersey whose members practice religious pacifism, including their refusal to pay Federal taxes because they go primarily for war.
The organization was founded by Leo J. Volpe, known by members of the group as the prophet Jeremiah. Group efforts are concentrated around Bible study and insights, and faithful adherence to the Biblical truths, including preparation for the end times prophesied in the Book of Revelation.
|Mary Shapiro's Song of the Soul||
Self-proclaimed as a Jewish-Christian-Mystic-Pluralist, Mary Shapiro is clearly a rich spiritual pastiche. Her music is folk-rock-progressive, and she carries deep passion for work to heal and grow the world. Native to the Midwest, Washington DC is her current home.
|Free From Hell||
Could the God of Love create a system which condemns the majority of humanity to Hell? Universalism, i.e., the belief in Universal Salvation, says no, and I agree.
Living well off the beaten path in hillbilly shack in the Ozark Mountains, Carolyn Carter has been singing for her supper as long as she can remember. With a voice that is soft and wild, 100% Arkansas, Carolyn plays the listener's heart strings while stumming those of her guitar. Inspired by church music and folks like Joan Baez and Emmylou Harris, Carolyn is gifted and passes on the gift through her wonderful songs.
|Healing Banjo from Arkansas - Jacob George's Song of the Soul||
Jacob George did 3 tours of duty in Afghanistan, and it changed him completely, including the healing process in the aftermath leading to his involvement with Vets for Peace. With tools like this banjo and bicycle, Jacob takes us inside a Soldier's Heart, the title of his CD, to be released on 5/1/2013.
|Naked! Part One - Jon Watts' Song of the Soul||
Jon Watts digs deep with talk about nakedness, righteousness, our global body, and more, in his distinctive, quirky, style: Spirited music-enhanced spoken word poetry. Come on!
All the songs in this program are written & performed by Jon Watts
|Annabella Wood's Song of the Soul||
During nearly 30 years of driving trucks Annabella was pulled into deep spiritual introspection. One of the outcroppings of this was prolific songwriting on spiritual matters. With her partner at the time, Bobbie Bush, she formed the singing duo "Sweet Spirit". Annabella continues singing solo now delving into the challenge of balancing physical life with spiritual being.
|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.
|Lean Into the Light||
Our third visit with musician/poet/artist extraordinaire, Carrie Newcomer, during her visit to the 2015 FGC gathering at Western Carolina University. Along with the release of her 15th album, A Permeable Life, Carrie released her first book, of poetry, by the same name. Carrie's gentle spirit and her deep and persistent passions combine with her music to make world-changing songs.
|Under a Shining Owl Moon||
One of the best companions you could have at a protest, around a campfire or in a song circle is Bruce O'Brien. With his banjo and guitar (and sometimes mandolin or even violin), Bruce is completely in his element holding his ground or under a shining owl moon.
|More Light - Christopher Grundy's Song of the Soul||
Christopher Grundy is a UCC minister and teaches at Eden Theological Seminary in St Louis and he's one of the founders of a group called the Progressive Christian Artists Network. His songs are filled with vivid images and diverse subjects, including even one ghost story!
|Broken Ground - Neal Swanger's Song of the Soul||
Neal Swanger makes fine music with simple, earthy, lyrics & melodies, connecting listeners to the land & the heart. When mixed in with his work with Folk 'n' Thieves and with the kids of the ReUse Band, a project of the Urban Arts Academy of the Twin Cities, you're in for some great music and great fun.
|LGBT - Bringing One's Whole Self to God||
Sit in on a panel LGBT and clergy, sponsored by the Voices of Faith program of Equality Wisconsin, on personal and church experience of Open & Affirming Congregations - and the lack of same. The panel was held at Plymouth UCC, Eau Claire on 3/24/2012.
Most Americans would be at least leery of moving to Liberia, West Africa, from a comfortable home in the Midwest USA, especially with 4 teenagers in tow, but not everyone is as faithful to God's call as are Mark & Peggy Halvorsen.
|Enough is a Feast - Bill Harley's Song of the Soul||
Bill Harley is a singer/songwriter with something more - powerful/funny/insightful storytelling capturing glimpses of the human condition. Whether singing of our greed and hunger, of tossing a TV out the window, or of the compounding complexity of juggling reality and virtual reality, Bill's music and stories open up the listener.
|Joe Fahey's Song of the Soul||
Joe has 2 CD's out as part of a band named Carp 18 and has one solo album of his own. He's Catholic-raised and has found a niche helping the teens of St Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Minneapolis with their youth band.
|Joyful Animal Compassion||
There's a long history of trying to convince folks to go vegetarian or vegan by argument, but Compassionate Action for Animals (CAA) (or on FaceBook) is trying something different - emphasizing the sheer fun of it.
|Carrie Newcomer's Song of the Soul||
Carrie Newcomer is a musical beacon of light & soul from Indiana. She is consciously reaching inward, gently sharing what she finds, delighting in people and flashes of the Divine everywhere. She's got 12 recordings of her own material and regularly collaborates with other musicians, poets, and writers. She is a member of Bloomington, Indiana, Friends Meeting.
All the songs in this program are performed by Carrie Newcomer:
|Threshold Singers of Eau Claire - Songs for Souls at the Edge||
A visit with the Threshold Singers of Eau Claire, a group of women who, like other Threshold Choirs across the USA, sing people at the edge of life on their way, offering comfort and peace through song.
All the songs in this program are performed by the Threshold Singers of Eau Claire: