A bi-monthly public affairs radio program that airs live on KYRS Radio, 88.1FM and 92.3FM, in Medical Lake/Spokane, WA on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Mondays of the month at 3pm (PST). The program educates listeners about the diversity of spiritual and religious views and practices; examines current local, national and international issues through a spiritual lens; and challenges the ways in which organized religion has been, and is currently being, used as a weapon of oppression. www.revolutionaryspirituality.com
Will You Be Saved From The "Shopocalypse" This Christmas Season? Pacifica Radio offered its listners a bit of "salvation" in the form of a recorded live performance by Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. The performance took place in New York City on November 4th, 2007 at the Highline Ballroom. Reverend Billy and his choir proselytized against consumerism, which they claim stifles the uniqueness of our lives, and told their audience that they believe that, "if we 'back away from the product' - even a little bit, then we Put The Odd Back In God!" A sermon by Reverend Billy anchors the performance with a critique of "born again" fundamentalist religion, which he claims inevitably leads to violence. He gives homage to our "first births" and encourages his audience to re-connect with their innate questioning nature.

This program was produced for Pacifica Radio (www.pacifica.org) by Jon Almeleh and Ursula Ruedenberg. Mixing and editing was done by Jon Almeleh and Bill Wells. Doug George provided technical assistance.

For information about Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping,
go to www.revbilly.com. For information about What Would Jesus Buy the movie, go to wwjbmovie.com

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Sarah Conover is an author living in Spokane. Her interests lie with world religion and multicultural storytelling traditions. She holds a BA in religious studies from the University of Colorado and an MFA in poetry from Eastern Washington University. She is a former teacher in Spokane's Valley Alternative High School, and is the founder and general editor of the This Little Light of Mine Children's book series, published by Eastern Washington University Press. The four books in the series- "Kindness: A Treasury of Buddhist Wisdom for Children and Parents", "Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs: A Treasury of Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents", "At Work in Life's Garden: Writers on the Spiritual Adventure of Parenting", and the bilingual book, "Harmony: A Treasury of Chinese Wisdom for Children and Parents" encompass Sarah's effort to help people "develop an appetite for differentness." This program originally aired on 12/15/08. For Information About Sarah's Books- www.ewu.edu/ewupress/childrens.htm
Sarah's books are also available locally at Aunties Book Store in Spokane.
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Dr. Raymond Reyes is currently the Associate Mission Vice President for Intercultural Relations at Gonzaga University. Prior to coming to Gonzaga, Dr. Reyes served as the Administrative Director for the Coeur 'D Alene Tribe of Idaho. He has 28 years of experience in Indian Education and professional development training and has delivered workshops and seminars addressing multicultural education; emotional intelligence, diversity, and organizational change; the application of neuroscience research to the classroom; healing and recovery; cultural competency in counseling psychology; working with at-risk youth; and Ignatian spirituality and leadership development. Dr. Reyes' Doctoral Dissertation included a critical analysis of the New Age movement in contrast to “traditional” world religions, both Christian and non-Christian. Dr. Reyes discusses his spiritual journey as well as his perspective on religion and spirituality. This show originally aired on 12/8/08. Contact Information- Gonzaga University, Office of Intercultural Relations: 509-313-3667 or reyes@gu.gonzaga.edu or www.gonzaga.edu/academics/Diversity
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Mary Diggs-Hobson is the co-founder and Executive Director of AARTH Ministry (African American Reach and Teach Health) which is a faith-based capacity building nonprofit organization established to respond to HIV/AIDS and other major health issues affecting people of African descent. AARTH Ministry, based in Seattle, was established in September 2002 by Reverend Diggs-Hobson, Reginald Diggs, and Dr. DeMaurice Moses. AARTH promotes collaborative partnerships with churches/mosques, faith and community-based organizations, health and social service providers, and government agencies. The conversation focused on the initial response to HIV/AIDS by the religious community and where things stand now.
Contact Information- www.aarth.org, aarthministry@yahoo.com, or 206-850-2070. This program originally aired on 12/1/08.
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Thomas Orjala is the outreach chair for The Urantia Book Fellowship. In October, 1955, The Urantia Book was published by a non-profit foundation in Chicago. It is purported to be a revelation by celestial personalities to the peoples of the earth. In the intervening years its story has inspired tens of thousands with what they say are answers to the questions of who we are, why we are here, and where we are going.The Urantia Book is described as a revelation of facts and truths which have long been sought after by scientists, historians, philosophers, and religionists of this planet. The subject matter of the entire book, according to Ruth Burton of Urantiabook.org, centers in the general purpose of making clear "man’s divine and eternal destiny", "the age-long progress from animal to angel, from angel to spirit, from spirit to God". Contact Information - www.truthbook.com, www.urantiabook.org or you can reach Thomas Orjala by e-mail at tomo@imbris.net or by phone at 208-704-1985. This program originally aired on 11/24/08.
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Pastor Paul Rodkey, the pastor of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Spokane Washington for twenty-three year, says of his church, "we are a congregation looking for the 'image of God' in each of God's children. Our motivation in faith is love. We are passionate about holy Scripture, in a healthy way. We believe it is important to be more open as opposed to closed to God's glorious and diverse world. We are ever hopeful that God's Kingdom of healing will triumph over human brokenness. All of God's children are welcome in this sanctuary of holy space. We are called to love, not judge." Pastor Rodkey discusses the "image of God" as he sees it. Contact Information: http://bethany-spokane.presbychurch.org, bethanyp@qwestoffice.net or call the church at (509) 534-0066. This show originally aired on 11/17/08.
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In response to the election day results of November 4, I am offering a recording of the keynote address that President Elect Barack Obama delivered at the Call To Renewal Conference on 6/28/06. His topic was the role of religion in politics. The conference was sponsored by Sojourners, a progressive Christian commentary on faith, politics and culture, that seeks to build a movement of spirituality and social change. The podcast concludes with the gospel song "Let Me Tell You How to Move a Mountain," sung by Rev. Clay Evans and the Fellowship Choir. The show originally aired on 11/10/08. For a transcript or audio copy of this keynote address go to- http://obama.senate.gov/podcast/060628-call_to_renewal_1/
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Rev. Jim Wallis, a self-described progressive evangelical, and author of the book "God's Politics - Why the Right Gets it Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get it." delivered a lecture as a part of a symposium at the Colorado College called - Religion and Public Life - Why be Afraid? This is an excerpt of that lecture. Rev. Wallis is President and Executive Director of an organization called Sojourners, whose print and electronic publication reaches 250,000 people. Originally aired on 11/3/08. Contact Information- www.sojo.net or www.GodsPolitics.com
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Shelli Pitner is the Outreach Coordinator for the Faith and Environment Network whose mission is to instill a love for nature and encourage a commitment to environmental stewardship among people of faith. They bring together congregations and conservation organizations throughout the region in order to help heal and protect the Earth and its creatures, and encourage congregations to help care for Creation. Originally aired on 10/20/08. Contact Information- www.faithandenvironmentnetwork.org or call 509-294-3944.
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This lecture from the Pacifica Radio Archives features historian Howard Zinn, author of "The People's History of the United States", discussing Christopher Columbus. When Columbus encountered the American continent by accident in 1492 there were tens of millions of indigenous Indians already there practicing various forms of tribal spirituality. In order to legalize the plundering of the lands of these indigenous people, the Pope proclaimed the Doctrine of Discovery, a law that said that only Christians could hold title to lands, and that lands inhabited by non-Christians were available for the taking. In his lecture, Zinn shares excerpts from Columbus' journals and examines popular misconceptions and realities about him that are rarely talked about as Columbus Day and the "discovery of America" are celebrated year after year. Contact Information- www.howardzinn.org.
Originally aired on October 11, 2008.
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