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
Host Xolani Kacela interviews Tess Whitehurst, a spiritual guide, author, and blogger discusses her work practicing magical and intuitive arts. The author of several books, Whitehurst unravels the mystery underlying living magically everyday, a theme of her book, You Are Magical. The conversation explores many aspects of magical arts, to include: living intentionally, diet and exercise, mindfulness, finding love and romance, and confronting society's systemic problems. Tune in for lively conversation.
This week's host Rev Carolyn Wilkins guest is Rev. Connie L. Habash, MA, LMFT author of Awakening from Anxiety: A Spiritual Guide to Living a More Calm, Confident, and Courageous Life whose work involves counseling, yoga, meditation, and spirituality. In today’s show they delve into the issue of anxiety that can effect us all including spiritual practitioners. Her website is https://www.AwakeningSelf.com.
Host Xolani Kacela's guest Rabbi Larry Karol, now retired, discuss his calling to serve as a Rabbi, the process of retiring from Temple Beth El in Las Cruces, and his love of music both secular and religious. Rabbi Karol is an accomplished musician, performer, and composer.
Join a lively conversation with host Xolani "xk" Kacela as he interviews Air National Guard Chaplains, Lt. Col. Gary Ortiz and Maj. Joseph Kamphuis, as they discuss the intricacies of military chaplains, to include: their roles and responsibilities, life during deployment, unique pastoral authority, and how chaplains fit into the military as officers. Both chaplains are members of the 150th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland AFB, NM.
Host Xolani Kacela's conversation with the Rev. Dr. Russell Elleven focuses on his work as a Unitarian Universalist minister who specializes in grief, death and dying, and animal chaplaincy. Elleven provides keen insights about why people struggle with dying and the benefits of confronting loss willingly and bravely. A two-time cancer survivor, Elleven shares parts of his personal journey to holistic living and how people will benefit from purposeful life-planning.
Rev. Carolyn Wilkins fills in for Xolani Kacela who is away, to host Rev. Jared Carson of Peace Lutheran Church of Las Cruces. Pastor Carson discusses his own spiritual path and the charitable work of Peace Lutheran Church's congregation. They delve into the issues facing our community and the efforts interfaith communities can make to create positive change.
Host Xolani Kacela interviews one of the founding hosts of Take On Faith Ricky Chavez. An atheist, Ricky discusses his views with XK.
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