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Earth & Spirit

The Earth and Spirit Podcast fosters engaging conversations with change-makers working at the intersection of meditative spiritual practice, social healing, and ecology. It is a production of the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center (www.earthandspiritcenter.org), a nonprofit, interfaith spirituality center located in Louisville, Kentucky.

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  • The Divine in All Things: Mat McDermott on Yoga, Hinduism, and an Ethic of Care
    Mat McDermott is Senior Director of Communications for the Hindu American Foundation, a non-profit advocacy organization for the Hindu American community, and an author and contributor for many Hindu American Foundation policy positions on environmental care and the ethical treatment of animals. This conversation explores how Hindu spirituality, and especially the various forms of yoga, help cultivate an ethic of love and care for the sacred world we all share. RESOURCES: Donate to support this podcast: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/donate/ Earth & Spirit Center homepage: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/ Hindu American Foundation: https://www.hinduamerican.org/ Learn more about the June 21 International Day of Yoga
  • Children at Play: Claude Stephens on Nurturing Free Play in Nature
    In honor of the Earth & Spirit Center’s upcoming summer camps, we’re replaying an episode from the archives, about the importance of nature-based free play. Claude Stephens is the Facilitator of Outreach and Regenerative Design for Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. He’s also the director of Bernheim’s Children at Play Network, an initiative that helps connect children to nature through free play. This conversation explores the importance of free play in nature as an engine of inspiration and imagination, empowerment, equity, and efforts to sustain healthy communities and landscapes. RESOURCES: Earth & Spirit Center: https://earthandspiritcenter.org/ Bernheim Research Forest and Arboretum: https://bernheim.org/ Children At Play Network: https://childrenatplaynetwork.com/
  • The Art of Spiritual Companioning with Rev. Seifu Anil Singh-Molares
    Reverend Seifu Anil Singh-Molares is a priest in the Rinzai Zen Buddhist tradition and serves as the executive director of Spiritual Directors International, an interfaith non-profit that provides resources for spiritual guidance and counsel. This conversation explores what spiritual direction is and how important it is for discerning wisdom and divine presence in all aspects of our life. RESOURCES: Donate to support this podcast: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/donate/ Earth & Spirit Center homepage: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/ Spiritual Directors International: https://www.sdicompanions.org/ Contact Rev. Seifu: anilsm@sdiworld.org
  • Join or Die: Rebecca and Pete Davis on Healthy Democracy and the Joy of Belonging
    Rebecca and Pete Davis are a sister-and-brother filmmaking team who have created “Join or Die,” a documentary film about the decline of civic life in America and the importance of joining clubs and other associations as a way to restore the health of our democracy. This episode explores how we are all made for belonging and how we can lean into the profoundly joyful work of becoming more deeply connected to our places and to each other. RESOURCES: Donate to support this podcast: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/donate/ Earth & Spirit Center homepage: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/ Join or Die film: https://putnamdoc.com/
  • The Story is in Our Bones: Osprey Orielle Lake on New (and Ancient) Worldviews for Health in the Human-Earth Relationship
    Osprey Orielle Lake is the founder executive director of WECAN, the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, and the author of The Story is in Our Bones: How Worldviews and Climate Justice Can Remake a World in Crisis. In this episode, we explore how embracing a different story about our belonging in a living, animate world can transform our self-understanding and can help to heal our relationship with ourselves, each other, and the rest of the living Earth. RESOURCES: Donate to support this podcast: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/donate/ Earth & Spirit Center homepage: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/ Osprey’s organization, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network: https://www.wecaninternational.org/ Osprey’s new book, The Story is in Our Bones: How Worldviews and Climate Justice Can Remake a World in Crisis
  • Big Love: Attorney Tom Williams on Contemplative Practice, Compassionate Justice, and the Lawyer as a Healer
    Tom Williams is a Louisville-based labor relations attorney with a deep commitment to the contemplative path, with the wild idea that a lawyer’s vocation may ultimately be to serve as a healer. In this conversation, Tom shares how he puts spiritual principles and insights into action as a tireless advocate for radical compassion, restorative justice, equity, and inclusion. RESOURCES: Donate to support the Earth & Spirit Center and this podcast: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/donate/ Visit the Earth & Spirit Center homepage: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/ Learn more about Restorative Justice: https://www.voamid.org/services/restorative-justice/ Learn more about Tom’s legal practice: https://www.skofirm.com/attorney/thomas-m-williams/ Compassion Games International: https://www.compassiongames.org/
  • Sabbath Economics with Dr. Susan Taylor
    Dr. Susan Taylor is a PhD economist who has given her life to weaving together commitments of religious faith and commitments to a more just economy. In this episode, we reflect on the central and complicated role that money plays in human life. As an alternative to bare-knuckled capitalism, Susan offers the idea of Sabbath Economics – a radical vision of abundance and economic justice for people and our planet – a vision that each of us and all of us can start living toward right here and right now. RESOURCES: Donate to support the Earth & Spirit Center and this podcast: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/donate/ Visit the Earth & Spirit Center homepage: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/ Susan’s financial advising firm, Just Money Advisors: https://www.justmoneyadvisors.com/ Faith and Money Network: https://faithandmoneynetwork.org/ OneEarth Jubilee: https://oneearthjubilee.com/
  • Michael Hollifield M.D. on Bringing Mindfulness and Healing to Victims of War
    Dr. Michael Hollifield is a psychiatrist and general practitioner who serves as the Founder, President, and CEO of the War Survivors Institute, a nonprofit organization devoted to restoring health to civilians and soldiers who have been harmed by war, as well as mitigating the causes of violent conflicts. In this conversation, Michael reflects on the causes of war, its devasting effects, and how mindfulness and other spiritual practices and insights can bring peace in troubled hearts and troubled times. RESOURCES: Donate to support the Earth & Spirit Center and this podcast: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/donate/ Visit the Earth & Spirit Center homepage: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/ War Survivors Institute: https://warsurvivors.org/ War Survivors Institute Virtual Walkathon: https://givebutter.com/2024onewalkathon Upcoming WSI Events in Louisville, KY: WSI will be in the military section all day at Thunder Over Louisville (April 20, 2024): https://thunderoverlouisville.org/ WSI Healing Hearts Evening Event: May 16, 2024 at the Muhammad Ali Center: https://warsurvivors.org/event/healing-horizons-event-at-the-muhammad-ali-center-louisville-ky/
  • Writing as Spiritual Practice: Denise Davis on Creating an “Isle of Peace”
    Denise Davis taught writing for decades and is deeply committed to the spiritual journey and to journaling as a particular avenue of spiritual practice. In this conversation, Denise describes journaling as a chance to create what Howard Thurman called an Isle of Peace, where it’s safe to reflect on our experience, cultivate compassion for others, and seek the imprint of the divine in our lives. RESOURCES: Donate to support the Earth & Spirit Center and this podcast: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/donate/ Visit the Earth & Spirit Center homepage: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/ Learn more about Denise’s Earth & Spirit Center course, “Journaling as a Spiritual Practice” (begins March 4, 2024): https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/class/journaling-as-a-spiritual-practice/
  • Everyone is Unshakably Good: Stephanie Barnett on Compassion, Belonging, and Belovedness
    Stephanie Barnett is a healthcare consultant, spiritual director, and nonprofit leader who understands her work as accompanying those on the margins, including young mothers who are in active recovery from substance abuse. In this conversation, Stephanie shares how compassion is the spiritual thread woven throughout all her work, knitting together communities of kinship and belonging, where all can know their own worth and belovedness. RESOURCES: Donate to support the Earth & Spirit Center and this podcast: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/donate/ Visit the Earth & Spirit Center homepage: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/ Stephanie’s nonprofit, iAccompany/ChooseWell Communities: https://www.choose-well.org/ Homeboy Industries: https://homeboyindustries.org/