Song of the Soul invites you to a soul-level encounter. Music has the ability to proclaim the soul's language beyond what mere words can speak. That's what we seek as we invite our guests to share their Song of the Soul. You will hear the music that has charted the steps of their spiritual journey, that has provided a touchstone in the soul's dark night, and sung the hearts awe and joy when come to the Light. As you listen to Song of the Soul, you are both witness and companion to our guest's spiritual path and sacred testimony.

Song of the Soul guests provide 20-23 minutes of the music of their soul, and Mark Helpsmeet explores with them the relevance and meaning of this music to their experience. Most guests are musicians, usually sharing their own music, but some guests are simply sharing music they've been impacted by, written and performed by others.

The theme song for this program is by Cris Williamson and is called Song of the Soul. Please check out the wealth of great music Cris has gifted to the world.

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Sarah Pederson's SECOND Song of the Soul

Sarah Pederson shared her first Song of the Soul with us just over 4 months ago, but her spiritual life has been unfolding at an amazing clip in the interim. Since that first Song of the Soul she's found a soul mate, become engaged to be married, and discovered a deep, disciplined and joyful addition to her spiritual practice.

She still is providing massage and yoga through Gaia Massage and Yoga, located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, but her jouney, from Catholic upbringing surges onward, including Sanscrit chanting and more.

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Michael Neely's Song of the Soul

Michael Neely lives in Canberra, the federal capital city of Australia. His family hosted me as I traveled with a Quaker group called the Friendly FolkDancers and Michael agreed, on the spur of the moment to share the music that speaks of his soul and talk about his life as an Australian, Catholic-raised, now attending Quaker meeting.

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Jane Wolf's Song of the Soul

Jane Wolf in the proprieter of Silver Feather, a shop that sells Native American jewelry, music, crafts and products in downtown Eau Claire. Jane was raised Lutheran, was married as a Catholic, becoming involved with Native American and other Earth-based spirituality after her divorce. She currently attends Unity Christ Center in Eau Claire.

Connor Lynch's Song of the Soul

Conner Lynch is a senior at Eau Claire Memorial High School with a passion for punk rock music, and a dedication to living out his values - things like his opposition to war and violence, and his personal commitment to respecting his own body and well-being.


Jennifer Eddy's Song of the Soul

Jennifer Eddy is an Eau Claire physician with a love of things French, including the language and the country. She and her husband were married there and own a small residence in the south of France. Jennifer was raised to be a rationalist but lived out the maxim that kids tend to react in opposition to their parents. She was a philosophy major and sought a spiritual home in many places, including the Taizé community of France, with Quakers, and with the Episcopal church.


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Sarah Pederson's Song of the Soul

Sarah Pederson is owner of Gaia Massage and has recently completed training as a yoga teacher. She combines the fruits of her Roman Catholic upbringing with her deep interest in Eastern spirituality as part of her spiritual journey.

Through Gaia Massage, located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Sarah provides Massage Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Reflexology, Usui Reiki and Jin Shin Acupressure.


Sharon Jensen-Olson's Song of the Soul

Sharon Jensen-Olson was raised Catholic, ran away from home definitively at the age of 14, and has not found a spiritual home that seems to fit for her yet. She loves singing along with the radio, with pop and country topping her list of musical favorites. And besides that, she is Mark Helpsmeet's little sister, by 2 years!


Traci Ohlman's Song of the Soul

Traci Ohlman grew up ELCA Lutheran, but in a somewhat conservative congregation. Very active until in her 20's, she came to a major upset in her life, leading her to search on, including some years as a Unitarian and currently interested in Buddhism, but not firmly rooted anywhere.

Nancy O'Neill's Song of the Soul

Nancy O'Neill is a life-long American Baptist and a lover of music, including decades of bringing music to Eau Claire's First Baptist Church. Daughter of an American Baptist minister, she has grown from conservative beginnings to embrace more of the world and to embrace its people more widely.

Michelle Lyons' Song of the Soul

Michelle Lyons has a BA in Religious Studies with a minor in Legal Studies, and is currently pursuing a BFA in Interior Design.

Having been raised by Buddhist parents and having attended Catholic high school, Michelle profited from her BA in Religious Studies to sort out her own views and opinions.



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