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The podcast of the Diversity and Spirituality Network

Dec 14, 2018

Just before the Dark Night came calling, Fiona Robertson felt she was on top of the world. She was the co-founder of an award winning health project, had a charismatic new boyfriend, and felt more physically fit than any time in her life.

Yet in quiet moments she felt that something wasn't quite right. The material...


Nov 20, 2018

How do non-religious people – which now comprise nearly 30% of the American population – face the coming of death? That’s the subject of Dr. Christel Manning’s John Templeton Foundation-funded research project.

Although a fair amount is known about how religious people face the certainty of their demise,...


Oct 18, 2018

For Jules Munns, the art of improvisation he's devoted his life to is much more than simply a type of theatrical performance. Improv, he says, is  as an activity that helps people uncover previously hidden aspects of their selves and thus become more fully human.

Munns here explores the notion of improvisation as...


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...