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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Rabbi Yisroel Hahn was born in Israel and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He moved to Spokane, Washington a year and a half ago to open the Chabad Center of Spokane, which is the only Chabad Center in Eastern Washington. He discusses his spiritual journey and offers a basic understanding of Judaism, Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and the work that he does at the Chabad center. Contact Information- www.jewishspokane.com or call 509-443-0770. Originally aired on October 6, 2008.
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Rabbi David Aaron is the founder and dean of Isralight, an international organization with centers and programs in Israel and throughout North America, offering retreats, seminars, spiritual week-end getaways, intensive growth workshops, leadership training, trips and missions to Israel. Rabbi Aaron is the son of a Holocaust survivor, who has struggled since a very early age to understand the world’s potential for hatred and paradoxical yearning for meaning, love and creativity. His own spiritual journey led him to Israel, where he studied Torah and Jewish mysticism under the tutelage of the great masters, including HaGoan Rav Shlomo Fischer Shlita. He received his Rabbinical ordination in 1979 from the Israel Torah Research Institute (ITRI) and for the past 18 years, he has dedicated himself to sharing the ancient wisdom of Torah and Jewish mysticism, and inspiring others to embrace a joyous life-long process of personal transformation, empowerment and love. This program is a live recording of one of Rabbi Aaron's lectures, based on his book, "The Secret Life of God". Originally aired on 9/29/08.
Contact Information- http://rabbidavidaaron.com or http://isralight.org,
and http://simpletoremember.com for audio and video downloads.
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Renika Williams is a Gen Xer who does not identify with any of the traditional organized religions, and neither do a growing number of young adults in this country and around the world. She offered personal insight and reflection on her reasons for her rejection of mainstream religions,  and her thoughts about spirituality and a book that she is currently reading called "Hardcore Zen" by Brad Warner. Originally aired on 9/15/08.

Unfortunately due to technical difficulties at the radio station, this show was unable to be recorded. We will disuss the topic again at a later time.


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Beverly Spears, an ordained American Baptist Minister, earned her Master's Degree in Pastoral Studies from Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry. She was ordained in the American Baptist tradition after 30-years as a Roman Catholic, and a 20-year career in public service which included several years as a senior policy analyst for the City of Seattle. She currently  serves as Congregational Ministries Coordinator for University Baptist Church in Seattle and is also a ministry consultant, specializing in the design and implementation of education and outreach programs for churches and faith-based organizations. She discusses her spiritual journey and her views regarding faith and religion. Originally aired on 9/8/08.
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Deborah Besinius and Joseph Urlacher discuss the Bahai Faith which is the youngest of the world's independent monotheistic religions. Founded in Iran in 1844, it now has more than 5 million adherents in 236 countries and territories. Bahai's come from nearly every national, religious and ethnic background, making the Baha'i Faith the second-most-widespread religion in the world.Deborah and Joseph will discuss what it means to be Bahai. Contact Information- http://bahai.us/. This show originally aired on 9/1/08.
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On Wednesday, June 11, the Prime Minister of Canada, Steven Harper, issued an "apology" to the entire Native population of Canada for the sexual and physical abuses they suffered in "residential schools" across Canada. But the Prime Minister's action is being called a criminal cover-up by some. There is irrefutable evidence of systematic mass-murder of more than 50,000 native children imprisoned in the schools. More than half of the children imprisoned in the schools never made it home alive. The schools were run by Catholic and Protestant ministers, priests and nuns, and funded by the taxpayers of Canada. The Churches and Government refuse to admit the genocide.

Former United Church Minister Kevin Annett is interviewed by Amanda Bellerby for the program Flashpoints on KPFA Radio (6/18/08), regarding his documentary film titled "Unrepentant" which exposes the Christian Church-led genocide in Canada from the 1870s to the 1990s. For information contact: www.hiddenfromhistory.org or www.flashpoints.net. This program originally aired on 8/25/08.
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Paul Susac, an "out" atheist, discusses atheism, what he believes, what he doesn't believe, the spiritual journey that led him to atheism, and his feelings regarding organized religion. The show originally aired on 8/18/08.
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Arnold Pomerantz turned 75 years old in July of 2008. In celebration of his birthday, Arnold married his partner of 27 years, becoming one of the first to take advantage of the state of California legalizing gay marriage in May of this year. Arnold discusses his coming out process, his marriage, his spiritual journey that has led him to go out into the streets of Los Angeles every week to feed the homeless, and his ongoing work with GLIDE (Gays and Lesbians Initiating Dialogue for Equality) which takes him into schools and community centers to talk about prejudice and discrimination.
Contact - www.socal-glide.org. The show originally aired on 8/4/08.
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The Guest for this week's show is Hossein Nikdel who offers an introduction to Islam. The religion, which is second largest in the world after Christianity, has over 1 billion followers. Hossein shares his perspective on Islam's basic tenets, some of the history, and discusses misunderstandings that people have about Muslims. The show originally aired on 7/28/08.
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Mark Terrell, the founder and Executive Director of Cup of Cool Water Ministries discusses the spiritual journey that led him to focus his attention and his ministry on homeless and street youth.
Contact: http://cupofcoolwater.org. Show originally aired on 7/14/08.
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Sicco Rood of the Spokane Zen Center discusses Buddhism, offering a basic understanding of the spiritual philosophy and world religion that is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who lived about 26 centuries ago in what is now northeastern India, and came to be called "the Buddha," which means "awakened one." The basic tenets of Buddhism include the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.

Contact: http://zencenterspokane.org  Show orignally aired on 7/7/08.

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Spirituality and Sexual Orientation - Part 2. As a part of Pride Month, the guest for this show is Alfreda Lanoix, the former pastor of Unity Fellowship Church in Los Angeles. Rev. Freda is an out, African American Lesbian who discusses her life journey and her spiritual awakening. Due to technical difficulties with the recording of this show, the sound quality is not very good. Contact - http://myspace.com/revfreda or revfreda@aol.com
Show originally aired on 6/9/08.
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Spirituality and Sexual Orientation - Part 1. As a part of Pride Month, the guest for this show is Ryan Olson, a 24 year old gay man who discusses his coming out process, his graduation from a private Jesuit University, and his spiritual journey. Contact - http://myoutspirit.com . Show originally aired on 6/2/08.

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Sue Eastgard, the Executive Director of Youth Suicide Prevention Program, based in Seattle Washington, discusses suicide, suicide prevention, recognizing the warning signs of someone who is at risk for suicide, and the religious stigma that has been, and still is, attached to suicide.
Contact: http://yspp.org. Originally aired 5/6/08.
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Dr. Ron Large, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University, specializes in Christian Ethics with a special emphasis in Christian Social Ethics and Peace Studies. This podcast is an excert from a discussion about one of his classes which focuses on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas Ghandi. Orginally aired on 4/7/08.
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Eva Lassman is a survivor of the nazi concentration camps in Poland. She recounts her painful story in an effort to shed light on the effects of hatred and extremism, and to offer a warning that hatred of the kind that she experienced still exists in the world today. Originally aired on 3/17/08.
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Dr. Cate Siejk is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and a faculty member of the Women's Studies program at Gonzaga University. She received her PHD in Theology and Education from Boston College and regularly teaches courses in Christian Doctrine and Feminist Theologies. Originally aired 3/24/08.
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Pastor Craig Lotze of Victory Faith Fellowship Church is a white pastor in a predominately white church that is part of an overwhelmingly white community. He discusses racism, it's impact on his life, and why he has decided to take racism on as on issue both for himself and for his church congregation. Originally aired on 2/25/08.
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