Take On Faith listeners may be interested in knowing that host Xolani Kacela has been a guest on Randy Harris' Monday show Think Again talking about his new book Jumpstart Your Allyship: Five Easy Steps to Ally with BIPOCs (Black, Indigenous People, and other people Of Color).
The Rev. Sherman Z. Logan, Executive Minister of First Unitarian Universalist of Richmond, VA was the guest on Take On Faith. He joined host, Xolani Kacela, for a far-ranging conversation about his unique role at FUU. They also discussed his role as a board member of the UUA.
Rev. Erin J. Walter is a community minister ordained in the Unitarian Universalist tradition and also plays bass for two bands: Parker Woodland and Butch County. She joined host Xolani Kacela from her home in Austin, Texas. Erin Walter talked about her life as a minister in liberal faith. She discussed the sacred part of her ministry many people don’t see. Walter shared much needed wisdom. In particular, she described ways to build bridges over our differences. The pandemic affects us all, she said. She described how her UU ministry affects the people she serves. A member of the Texas UU Justice Ministry, her work often focuses on social justice. She put light on how listeners can change their neighborhoods by being humble.
Rev. Xolani Kacela is his own guest for this episode of Take On Faith. During the show, he discusses some of the challenges churches faced and still face during the pandemic. Kacela explores the struggles to build on-line community, fear, anxiety, and ways to practice reconciliation in the midst of great divisions facing us all.
Valerie Mason John, also known as Vimalasara, teaches Buddhism in the Triratna Buddhist tradition. She joined host Xolani Kacela from her home in Vancouver, British Columbia for this episode of Take On Faith. Valerie Mason is the award-winning author of 10 books, and the co-author and co-founder of Eight Step Recovery: Using The Buddha’s Teaching to Overcome Addiction. Vimalasara shared many powerful life experiences. Those included: how they discovered Buddhism after years of life in foster care, on the streets, and in prison as a youth. Importantly, they found themselves surrounded by people who meditated. That sparked their curiosity about practicing meditation. Valerie Mason John discussed their Buddhist practice and how it helped them adopt a new mindset to overcome “stinking thinking,” which they discussed on their 2013 TEDx Talk.
Rev. Carolyn Wilkins' distinguished guest was Rabbi Emeritus Lawrence Karol formerly with Temple Beth-El in Las Cruces, NM. He reflected on his journey of religious tradition that extended to his community and family. As we approach Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we were honored to have Rabbi Karol share the significance of these High Holy Days for Jewish communities around the world.
Rabbi Daniel Cohen, Senior Rabbi at Congregation Agudath Shalom in Stamford, Connecticut, joined host Xolani Kacela to discuss his book, What Will They Say About You When You Are Gone, published by Health Communications. Rabbi Cohen and xk discussed the seven principles for living a life of legacy. Also, they dug into the meaning of “reverse engineering” one’s life that describes how to live one’s true purpose and realize one’s “divine potential.”
The conversation covered many topics from the book, to include embracing meditative minutes, finding Elijah moments, and bringing light into the world through act of goodness.
Take on Faith with co-host Rev. Carolyn Wilkins and her guest is Teresa Valenzuela. They discuss Teresa's path as a bi-lingual educator, spiritual practitioner/counselor and community service advocate. Her goal is to 'pray it forward'.
Robert Gill, Jr. wrote the book Happiness Power: How to Unleash Your Power and Lead a More Joyful Life, which he published on Teaching Press. He joined host Rev. Xolani Kacela for a lively conversation. Robert Gill, Jr. shared many important insights about happiness and the research he’s gathered in response to recognizing how many Americans experience unhappiness. He talked about the various “powers” that happiness creates for people. Much of it, he shared, originates from being an optimist. Also, Gill discussed the benefits of optimism and how people can learn how to be happy. He explained the relationship between happiness and gratitude. Furthermore, explored how things, including money, related to happiness. Gill got into self-kindness and generosity as paths to joy and happiness.
Dr. Matthew Welsh founded the Spiritual Media Blog, which hosts interviews and resources for readers and communities. He joined host Rev. Xolani Kacela for a lively conversation, sharing his story of leaving his law career, earning a Ph.D. in psychology, and going into practice. He also sees patients at the Veteran Affairs Center in Indianapolis. Importantly, the interview covered how mental health and spirituality merge. Surprisingly, Matt Welsh revealed half of his blog’s content is targeted to people seeking resources for a better life. Most of his guests practice non-traditional spirituality. Dr. Welsh shared how writing his novel helped him deal with important life issues and discover his purpose.
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