Fire and Tears, April 14-26

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth was one of the leaders of the civil rights movement along with Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Abernathy.  But he was in many ways unsung.  Middle Georgia State University Professor Andrew Manis talks about the legacy of Fred Shuttlesworth.   In 1999, he wrote A Fire You Can’t Put Out: The Civil Rights Life of Birmingham’s Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth.  This book is in the process of being made into a film.

I also speak with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.    He is a Georgetown University sociology professor, a New York Times contributing opinion writer, and a contributing editor of The New Republic, and of ESPN’s The Undefeated website.  In January he released Tears We Cannot Stop:  A Sermon to White America.

Powerful spokespersons for truth about race past and present.  Fire and tears.

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Embracing Comic Tragedy, April 6 – 19

Mary Astor’s biggest role was Brigid O’Shaughnessy.  Brigid was the love interest of Sam Spade played by Humphrey Bogart in the film, the Maltese Falcon.

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But Mary Astor is most famous for what happened off screen and was recorded in her diary.   Caricaturist Edward Sorel brings her story to life in the book he wrote and illustrated, Mary Astor’s Purple Diary:  The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936.

I also speak with a young minister, who at the age of 37 was diagnosed with a form of cancer usually reserved for men in their 60s and 70s.  Jason Micheli tells his story in his book, Cancer is Funny:  Keeping Faith In Stage Serious Chemo.

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Cannabis and Spirituality, April 6-12

Stephen Gray is the author of Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally. On October 1st, 2015, Oregon joined Washington and Colorado as the third state to legalize recreational use of cannabis. Now that it is easy as going to one of the many cannabis shops in the state and choosing from a wide selection of strains, many who perhaps haven’t used cannabis since college or are curious and using it for the first time may have many questions about the plant.

Many misconceptions about cannabis abound. It is much maligned and misunderstood. Today we will address questions such as: What are its effects? What is a good dosage? Why do some people have negative experiences with it (such as paranoia or anxiety)? Is it addictive? Is it good for society to legalize cannabis?

We are also going to talk about the spirituality of cannabis. How can cannabis be an ally in spiritual practice?

I also speak with Michael Eric Dyson, author of Tears We Cannot Stop:  A Sermon to White America about police brutality, racism and the killing of teenager Quanice Hayes by Portland police.

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Justice for Quanice Hayes: An Interview with Venus Hayes and Teressa Raiford, March 22 – April 5

Hear this episode Wednesday, March 22nd at 9 am on 90.7 KBOO!

On February 9th 2017 in Northeast Portland, a 17 year old child, Quanice Derrick Hayes was shot three times, twice in the chest and once through the head at point blank range. He was shot and killed by Portland Police Officer Andrew Hearst.

The family of Quanice Hayes is calling on Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler who also serves as police commissioner to instruct the district attorney to seek an indictment for Officer Hearst.

The mother of Quanice Hayes, Venus Hayes, and the lead organizer of “Don’t Shoot Portland”, Teressa Raiford, speak with me about their struggle for accountability, transparency, and justice.

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Transitions and Transformations: Conversations with Anthony Flaccavento and Deshna Ubeda, March 16-29

Progressive Spirit is now one hour!   Beginning March 23rd you will hear Progressive Spirit Thursday evenings from 8 to 9 pm on WETS FM in Johnson City, Tennessee.  See below for other stations that have carried Progressive Spirit.  Ask your local public radio station to carry Progressive Spirit! 

The theme of this episode is transitions and transformations.  Here are two people who see changes on the ground and are helping direct them toward a more flourishing outcome.

My first guest ever on this program, when it was called Religion For Life, is Anthony Flaccavento.  He returns to discuss his book, Building A Healthy Economy From the Bottom Up: Harnessing Real-World Experience for Transformative Change.    In 1995 he founded Appalachian Sustainable Development and is now the president of SCALE Inc., a private consulting business that supports ecologically healthy economics.

In this book he provides examples of  locally-based economies that are thriving all over the country.  At the same time, he says that we are losing the battle at the policy levels both locally and nationally.  His book is a call to action for entrepreneurs, scholars, policymakers, community activists and all citizens to re-think economy and act for a way of justice and commonsense from the bottom-up.

Deshna Ubeda is the director of Progressive Christianity Dot Org.  She is directing The Embrace Festival, May, 4, 5, and 6 in Portland.  Similar to Burning Man, Beloved, and Wild Goose, the Embrace Festival will feature presentations, art, music, dance, community and food for the purpose of building sacred community and inspiring social transformation.  Here is its vision:

In May 2017, people from all over the world will gather in Portland, Oregon to share knowledge and wisdom, learn from each other, celebrate, be inspired, and find the tools needed to create and enliven local movements within our communities. Together we will explore sacred oneness, Christ Consciousness, Buddha Nature, eco-spirituality, social justice and the way of universal and personal transformation that honors the Divine in all.

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Sacred Community and Social Transformation, March 10 – April 13

Deshna Ubeda is the director of Progressive Christianity Dot Org.  She is directing The Embrace Festival, May, 4, 5, and 6 in Portland.  Similar to Burning Man, Beloved, and Wild Goose, the Embrace Festival will feature presentations, art, music, dance, community and food for the purpose of building sacred community and inspiring social transformation.  Here is its vision:

In May 2017, people from all over the world will gather in Portland, Oregon to share knowledge and wisdom, learn from each other, celebrate, be inspired, and find the tools needed to create and enliven local movements within our communities. Together we will explore sacred oneness, Christ Consciousness, Buddha Nature, eco-spirituality, social justice and the way of universal and personal transformation that honors the Divine in all.

One of the presenters at the Embrace Festival is Gretta Vosper, an atheist minister in the United Church of Canada.  She is the leader of an exciting community in Toronto that has been under fire from its larger institution for moving beyond the language of the church.   Gretta discusses the work of this community and her own struggles with the larger institution.

Brett Webb-Mitchell brings sacred community and transformation outdoors and revisits the ancient practice of pilgrimage.  He is the author of ten books and in his latest, Practicing Pilgrimage, he provides a trail map as to how pilgrimage can be a path for liberation and social justice.

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Gretta Vosper, Creating Communities of Conscience, March 9-23

Progressive Spirit is now one hour!  (Technically 54 minutes to accommodate top of the hour news).    Ask your local public radio station to carry Progressive Spirit!

I am thrilled to have my conversation with Gretta Vosper be the first show in the now expanded Progressive Spirit!

Gretta Vosper is an atheist minister in the United Church of Canada. She is the author of With or Without God: Why The Way We Live is More Important Than What We Believe and Amen: What Prayer Can Mean In A World Beyond Belief.

She is the leader of an exciting community in Toronto, West Hill United Church, that has been under fire from its larger institution for moving beyond the language of the church.

Gretta discusses the work of this community and her own struggles with the larger institution. Because of her theological views she was reviewed and declared to be “unsuitable” for ministry.

Is there a larger story, though? Gretta also talks about how the liberal United Church in order to grow has accepted into its clergy pentecostals and fundamentalists without examining their theology.  The result, according to Gretta, is a church that is losing its progressive principles in order to increase its numbers.

In this interview she discusses her review process with the denomination, what she means by “atheist”, the doublespeak of clergy who use the word “God” but do not mean it the way it is commonly understood, and the need for communities who want the ethical and spiritual vitality of a community without the archaic language of theism.

Hear previous interviews with Gretta here and here.

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