Becky Garrison, Secular Church, Sept 29 – October 12

Becky Garrison returns to Progressive Spirit to talk about alternative spiritual communities. Secular church but not “church.” Not religious but a place to connect, find meaning, do worthwhile things. We’ll hear about

  • The Portland Round–the visual arts, slam poetry, and music come together for intimacy and collaboration,
  • Sex Positive Portland — “members plan and host events centered around understanding and exploring all aspects of human sexuality, relationship styles, kink, gender and orientation,”
  • Prismhousepdx — “a community connected through cannabis,”
  • Sacred Circle Dance Community — “no previous experienced required, just a desire to dance,”
  • Gary Austin Workshops — “free the actor to make better choices by committing to the unknown, getting out of her head, and being in the present moment.”
  • Set List Show — “Stand-Up Without A Net”
  • and the Orchard Kitchen in Whidby Island near Seattle that is building community through food and sustainability.

Becky is a religion writer and her credits include work for The Washington Post’s On Faith column, The Guardian, Believe Out Loud, Killing the Buddha, American Atheist Magazine, Perceptive Travel, The Revealer, The Humanist, Religion Dispatches and the now defunct Wittenberg Door.

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Pacifica Radio Network
WETS, 89.5, Johnson City, TN- Th 8p and Su 2p (Eastern)
WPVM, 103.7, Asheville, NC- Su 8a (Eastern)
WEHC, 90.7, Emory, VA- Su noon, M 1p
KBOO, 90.7, Portland, OR- TBA — Beloved Community 2nd Fr 9-10a (Pacific)
KZAX, 94.9, Bellingham, WA- Su 8a (Pacific)
KCEI, 90.1, Taos, NM-TBA
Via podcast Sunday, October 9th.

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Larry Hurtado, Destroyer of the Gods, September 29 – October 5

Why was Christianity so odd in its time and how did it change the way we think of religion today?

Larry Hurtado is Professor Emeritus of New Testament Language, Literature,and Theology in the school of divinity at the University of Edinburgh.   His research has focused on the origins and development of what he calls “devotion to Jesus” in earliest Christianity. He is an author of numerous books and an authority on the Gospels (esp. Gospel of Mark), the Apostle Paul, Early Christology, the Jewish Background of the New Testament, and New Testament Textual Criticism.

We discuss his latest book is Destroyer of the Gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World.

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Thursday, September 29th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, October 2nd at 8:30 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, October 2nd at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, October 2nd at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, October 3rd at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, October 5th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
On KBOO, 90.7 TBA
Via podcast Sunday, October 2nd.
For stations through Pacifica Audioport.

Thomas Krattenmaker, Confessions of A Secular Follower of Jesus, September 22-28

Tom Krattenmaker is a writer specializing in religion in public life. He is the author of Onward Christian Athletes and The Evangelicals You Don’t Know. Formerly of Portland, he is now communications director at Yale Divinity School. He is not a believer in God or the supernatural. But he digs Jesus.  In his latest book, Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower, he talks about Jesus as a resource for those who don t have religious beliefs.

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Thursday, September 22nd at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, September 25th at 8:30 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, September 25th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, September 25th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, September 26th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, September 26th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
On KBOO, 90.7 TBA
Via podcast Sunday, September 26th.
For stations through Pacifica Audioport.

New Show! The Beloved Community on KBOO and Pacifica!

I am thrilled to have passed the audition and to have a new show on KBOO in Portland and on the Pacifica Radio Network.   It is called The Beloved Community and it is a 60 minute show that airs every second Friday from  9 to 10 a.m.

Here is the lowdown for this show!

Truthout calls Sarah Jaffe’s new book, Necessary Trouble: Americans In Revolt, “one of the most essential books of the year.”

I speak with Jaffe about her description of a new activism that has arisen since the crash of 2008. She writes about the anger and frustration that led to the Tea Party, the Occupy Movement, Occupy Foreclosure, Student Debt Resistance, OURWalmart, Black Lives Matter, and more.

She discusses what links these movements together, the people behind them, their strategies, and announces a call for all of us to make some necessary trouble for the sake of our nation and each other.

She will generously donate several copies to listeners who make pledges to KBOO during the show. The Beloved Community is a show for activists with interviews and resources we need to create the Beloved Community.

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Friday, September 9th at 9 am on 90.7 KBOO
Pacifica Radio Audioport
Podcast

Carrie Newcomer, The Beautiful Not Yet, September 15-21

Carrie Newcomer is a songwriter, recording artist, performer, and educator. She has released 15 albums. She was on Progressive Spirit when it was called Religion For Life a couple of years ago when her album A Permeable Life and its companion book, A Permeable Life: Poems and Essays was released.   She is with me again to talk about her latest album, The Beautiful Not Yet, and its companion book, The Beautiful Not Yet: Poems, Essays, and Lyrics.

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Thursday, September 15th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, September 18th at 8:30 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, September 18th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, September 18th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, September 19th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, September 19th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
On KBOO, 90.7 TBA
Via podcast Sunday, September 18th.
For stations through Pacifica Audioport.

Chade-Meng Tan, Joy On Demand, Sept. 8-14

Chade-Meng Tan (Meng) is a Google pioneer, award-winning engineer, international bestselling author, thought leader and philanthropist. He is Chairman of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, and Co-chair of One Billion Acts of Peace, which has been nominated seven times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

But that isn’t why he is a happy guy.  He was happy before he was successful.  He has learned the skill of accessing joy on demand!   Science can now measure what ancient wisdom discovered through centuries of practice:  joy is accessible.  We talk about his book, Joy On Demand:  The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within.

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Thursday, September 8th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, September 11th at 8:30 am on WPVM, 103.7.
Sunday, September 11th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, September 11th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, September 12th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, September 12th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
On KBOO, 90.7 TBA
Via podcast Sunday, September 11th.
For stations through Pacifica Audioport.