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The podcast of the Diversity and Spirituality Network

Sep 4, 2019

Ten years ago, Laura Tucker participated in the now infamous Spiritual Warrior retreat in which three people died. These deaths lead to the conviction of the retreat’s leader, James Arthur Ray, of three counts of negligent homicide, and became a case study of the excesses of charismatic leadership. The story of that...


Jul 2, 2019

Peruvian Miguel Angel Pimentel is a theater director, a playwright and human writes activist, who is also a traditional Andean healer, or “paco.” In this podcast, he shares the thread that unites these pursuits, explains how he views play and creativity as part of his spiritual path and expands on the importance of...


Jun 13, 2019

When he was young, Jess Lederman was an atheist and thought people who believed in God were fools. But one day, his wife heard a radio interview with Francis Collins, the eminent geneticist and devout Christian who like the Ledermans spent the earlier part of his life as a nonbeliever.

Lederman in some respects followed...


Improvisation and Mindfulness

May 17, 2019

One of the founders of the improvisation and mindfulness movement talks about improvisation as a life practice, the connection between spiritual practice and improvisation. and what it means to live an improvised life.
 
Back in 2013, Ted DesMaisons assembled a group of improvisors at a San Francisco Zen monastery to...


Mar 26, 2019

What does society lose when religion no longer is a safe topic for discussion in public spaces? How has the role of religion changed in parts of the world that are increasingly secular? What are the unexpected consequences of laws designed to prevent discrimination based on religious preferences?

These questions are...