Julie Kramer spends time with Rev. Xolani Kacela on this episode of Take On Faith. She is the author of two books, Discover Your Calling and her latest book, Grief to Gratitude. Kramer is an expert in hospital chaplaincy having spent time with over 10k patients. Today, we’ll hear her discuss her unique method of helping people work through personal grief and anxiety and how they can come out whole.
James Goi, Jr. joined host Xolani Kacela for a conversation on Take On Faith from his home in San Diego, California. During the talk, Goi discussed his interesting faith journey. He grew up in a Catholic family in New Jersey and made his way to California as a young adult. Much of the conversation focused on his book, The New Normal. During this episode of Take on Faith, Goi was reflective and engaging. He provided deep insights into how human beings live in the world using spirituality as a guide. He lives by his own principles developed over many years of study.
Rich Kirkpatrick joins host, Xolani Kacela, for a lively conversation from his home in Long Beach, California. Kirkpatrick discussed his winding faith journey as a member of many faith communities. He authored The Six Hats of the Worship Leader. His work focuses on building the life of the church and he consults, coaches, and speaks to church leaders. In this episode of Take on Faith, Kirkpatrick provided a clear picture of how he hopes his music changes people and the world. Listeners will enjoy this conversation.
This week's host Rev. Carolyn Wilkins interviews Las Cruces City Counselor and Executive Director of NMCafe Johana Bencomo and NMCafe Community Organizer Abraham Sanchez.
Host Xolani Kacela's guest Marla Goldberg, an energy healer, intuitive, speaker, and author is on this episode of Take On Faith. She discusses how her 14 healing modalities helped overcome a difficult upbringing and abusive marriage. Goldberg also talked about Spiritual Response Therapy. She joined us from her home near Charlotte, NC.
Rev. Don McCreary is a retired from the Disciples of Christ (Christian Church). Before retirement, he served as CEO of Christian Church Homes of Northern California. During this episode, host Xolani Kacela, and Rev. McCreary discussed his work in low income and senior housing. An expert on housing, Rev. McCreary focused on how people find and pay for senior housing. Importantly, McCreary discussed why your housing costs should not exceed 30% of income. He also described how seniors might go about finding affordable housing in their senior years. If you anticipate retirement or seek low-cost living, you’ll benefit from listening.
Fr. Gabriel Rochelle Rev. Xolani Kacela's guest on this episode of Take On Faith. Fr. Gabriel is the pastor of the St Anthony of the Desert, Las Cruces NM, a mission of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, which he and his wife, Pani Susan, founded in 2007. He is also a seminary and university professor. They discuss Eastern Orthodoxy and its place in the pantheon of Christianity. Fr. Rochelle provides several insights in how faith and religion play into the ways our culture and politics is taking shape today. He also discusses how faith is experienced by millennials and those influenced by theories which refute science.
Rev. Chuck Freeman, Executive Director of the Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry (TXUUJM), is the guest on this episode. He joined guest host Rev. Carolyn Wilkins for an in-depth look at the ways that faith intersects with legislative and social justice concerns. They explored Rev. Freeman's work with TXUUJM and his efforts to combat racism and dismantle White supremacy in local governments throughout Texas. They also discussed current issues, such as the recent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and the forces that enabled that event. Tune in for a lively and informative conversation.
This week's episode features members of the Desert Spirit Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPs) of Las Cruces: Lora Jackson Legare, Victor Gibbs, and Cassandra Calway. They lead us on an enlightened journey into the world of paganism. We explore the different traditions under the pagan umbrella, the many facets of pagan spiritual practices, how Wiccans find hope and inspiration, and the ways that paganism helps people deal with life's troubles by being in community and caring for one another. Listeners can find the faith group on their Facebook page.
Host Xolani Kacela's guest is Sterling Cruze who discusses his life as a black gay man growing up in California, Tennessee, and Arizona. He talked about being raised in both Christian and Catholic faith communities, then shifting to Judaism. Cruze provided details about his sexual orientation and evolving toward accepting who he is as a gay man. He also illuminated his work as a author, salesperson, including insight to retail and auto sales, then opened up about acting and the impact of studying improv at Second City in Chicago on his personal and spiritual life.
His book is 'The Diary,' www.sterlingcruze.com
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