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The podcast of the Diversity and Spirituality Network

Sep 27, 2018

It was a gradual process that led the young Yvette Flunder to question the tenets of the United Church of Christ in which she was born and raised. She couldn't reconcile her emerging beliefs with her church's patriarchal orientation and its emphasis on preparing adherents for the next world rather than addressing the...


Sep 12, 2018

Organization Development Consultant Robert Leventhal explains why there's a decline in synagogue and church attendance, how congregations can reverse this trend, and his thoughts on next generation engagement strategies. 

According to Leventhal, external force fields make it necessary for churches and synagogues to...


Aug 16, 2018

During the summer of 2018, what happened behind the scenes of two online events exposed the painful fact that the wound of race is as present in the spiritual space as anywhere else. The run-up to both of these events sparked heated flame wars, contested on one side by white women with a history of promoting progressive...


Aug 2, 2018

Esteemed poet Diana Goetsch talks about anti-gay and anti-trans attitudes within the American Buddhist community, how people fiercely protect the gender divide, and how her Vajrayāna practice sustained her during her transition. 

In between discussing these and other topics, she reads poetry from her eight collections,...


Jul 12, 2018

For some, it’s an art festival, for others, a networking event. For others, it's merely a time and place to get away from it all.

But for Maria Lambert Bridge, the 7-day annual middle-of-nowhere Burning Man event in the desert of Nevada, is all of that, but much more. It’s a time of renewal, a pilgrimage: something...