Soul Forum

A weekly journey across the landscape of the collective soul. Each episode seeks to orient our lives to the unfolding experience of spirituality, ethics, sexuality and gender roles, civic engagement, our role in the ecosphere and more. Curated by Dan Senter in his role as guide to a progressive christian congregation in the California, Bay Area, and active participant in the commons. Featuring emerging scholars from around the world studying at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Give yourself a moment to journey a little deeper into the human experience. Welcome to Soul Forum.

Send your questions for any episode to SoulForum@oslc.net and you may be selected to join the speaker in a live Q/A Zoom Forum.

Curator: Rev. Dan Senter, Our Savior’s of Lafayette & Creekside Commons | http://oslc.net
Editing: April Bell, Tree of Life Legacies
Artwork: Kyra Glover Find her work on-line or on Instagram @thelivingline

Pravina Rodrigues covers the historical development of Goddess’ theology in the Hindu tradition. In this episode a discussion on how the many forms of the Goddess reconcile diversity and opposition in the universe, informing both religious diversity and phenomenal diversity.

Curator: Rev. Dan Senter

Podcast Host: Pravina Rodrigues is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Theological Union's  Center of Dharma Studies, in Berkeley, CA. She is Newhall Teaching Fellow (2017, 2018, & 2019), and Interreligious Collaborative Research Fellow (2019). She is Assistant Editor for Springer’s Journal of Dharma Studies, and associate Editor of a multi authored Volume titled Sustainable Societies: Interreligious & Interdisciplinary Responses. She has received her Masters in Comparative Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, BA in Sociology from SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, and Bachelors of Theology from St. Pius X College, Mumbai. Her research interests include postcoloniality in Hindu-Christian comparative theology, methodology in comparative and interfaith theology, comparative mysticism, and faith and pluralism.

Having covered the historical development of Goddess’ theology in the Hindu tradition, in this episode, Pravina Rodrigues talks about the Goddess’ form as One, None, and Many. Exploring the way diversity and plurality are grounded, contained, emanate, and manifest from and in the “One,” that is the goddess.

Curator: Rev. Dan Senter

Podcast Host: Pravina Rodrigues is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Theological Union's  Center of Dharma Studies, in Berkeley, CA. She is Newhall Teaching Fellow (2017, 2018, & 2019), and Interreligious Collaborative Research Fellow (2019). She is Assistant Editor for Springer’s Journal of Dharma Studies, and associate Editor of a multi authored Volume titled Sustainable Societies: Interreligious & Interdisciplinary Responses. She has received her Masters in Comparative Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, BA in Sociology from SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, and Bachelors of Theology from St. Pius X College, Mumbai. Her research interests include postcoloniality in Hindu-Christian comparative theology, methodology in comparative and interfaith theology, comparative mysticism, and faith and pluralism.

Pravina Rodrigues covers the historical development of Goddess’ theology in the Hindu tradition.

In this episode, Pravina covers how the goddesses in the Vedic period transform into the Great Goddess in the puranic period, who stand independent of a male divinity in addition to the wider cosmology that  supports the worship of all form and phenomena within the Hindu tradition.

 

Curator: Rev. Dan Senter

 

Podcast Host: Pravina Rodrigues is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Theological Union's  Center of Dharma Studies, in Berkeley, CA. She is Newhall Teaching Fellow (2017, 2018, & 2019), and Interreligious Collaborative Research Fellow (2019). She is Assistant Editor for Springer’s Journal of Dharma Studies, and associate Editor of a multi authored Volume titled Sustainable Societies: Interreligious & Interdisciplinary Responses. She has received her Masters in Comparative Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, BA in Sociology from SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, and Bachelors of Theology from St. Pius X College, Mumbai. Her research interests include postcoloniality in Hindu-Christian comparative theology, methodology in comparative and interfaith theology, comparative mysticism, and faith and pluralism.

Finding Your Inner Eco-Chaplain: In this episode, we interview Eco-Chaplain Lauren Van Ham.  Lauren has been a local advocate and speaker at many eco-centric festivals and events in the Bay Area.  Lauren has served as a chaplain in both healthcare and corporate settings, and seminary Dean at The Chaplaincy Institute. Her passion for spirituality, art, and Earth's teachings construct her focus in eco-ministry, grief & loss, and sacred activism. She is a guest writer for “Progressing Spirit,” an online publication exploring theology, spirituality, and public events. She holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Naropa University. Lauren is a spiritual director and serves as guest faculty for several schools in the Bay Area. 

 

Curator: Rev. Dan Senter

In this episode, we interview Lee Van Ham, author of the book “The Liberating Birth of Jesus.”   Lee, reflects on the role of the cosmos within this story and its implications for how we integrate the traditional Christmas stories into our own spiritual lives, and our responsibility to the biosphere.

Is it a birth story that can help us reverse our planet's perils? Join Soul Forum Host Dan Senter as we explore a more robust notion of God and the Cosmos.

Lee Van Ham is the director of a US-Mexico nonprofit, Jubilee Economics and has spent much of his years in congregational life exploring the interplay between ecology, spirituality, and economics. You can find his book “The Liberating Birth of Jesus'' on Amazon

 

Curator: Rev. Dan Senter

Use this episode as a guide to move you into a moment of celebration on winter solstice. Light a candle and move outdoors to experience the night air and pause to honor the longest of nights.

Reflections provided by our Podcast Host, Dan Senter along with music and poetry created for this special night of the year.

-Music Provided by Singer/ Songwriter - Laura Zucker 

-Poetry Provided by Poet, Writer, Teacher - Drew Dellinger  

 

Curator: Rev. Dan Senter

To honor this year’s Winter Solstice, Podcast Host Dan Senter interviews some of the special people who have helped craft the annual Solstice Celebrations for Creekside Commons of Lafayette, CA.  Singer/ Songwriter - Laura Zucker,Fire Arts Performer - Amber Tang, and Poet, Writer, Teacher - Drew Dellinger all bring their wisdom and reflections on this, the longest of nights.

In addition to the interviews in Episode 1,  Episode 2 will provide a short moment of reflection for you to use as you honor winter solstice.

This episode features music written for the night by Laura, Drew’s poetic readings, and reflections by our Podcast Host.

 

Host: Dan Senter

 

Curator: Rev. Dan Senter

Creating Your Own Action Plan: Inspired by the story of the hummingbird told by Prof. Wangari Maathai, this series invites us to consider being conduits of life-giving change both individually and collectively.  While facing challenges locally and globally we will explore sure-footed action-oriented strategies that move us from passive bystanders to transformational agents. 

 

Episodes will cover: 

   9) Assessing the “Signs of Our Times” 

   10) A Change-Agent Model from the Hebrew Tradition

   11) Learning From Change Agents Throughout History

   12) Creating Your Own Action Plan

 

Send questions for the speaker to SoulForum@oslc.net  Your question may be selected for our final Q/A Forum.

 

Host: Rev. Gideon M. M’Imwonyo Mbui is a Ph.D. Theology and Ethics student at the Graduate Theology Union in Berkeley, CA. 

 

Curator: Rev. Dan Senter

Learning From Change Agents Throughout History: Inspired by the story of the hummingbird told by Prof. Wangari Maathai, this series invites us to consider being conduits of life-giving change both individually and collectively.  While facing challenges locally and globally we will explore sure-footed action-oriented strategies that move us from passive bystanders to transformational agents. 

 

Episodes will cover: 

   9) Assessing the “Signs of Our Times” 

   10) A Change-Agent Model from the Hebrew Tradition

   11) Learning From Change Agents Throughout History

   12) Creating Your Own Action Plan

 

Send questions for the speaker to SoulForum@oslc.net  Your question may be selected for our final Q/A Forum.

 

Host: Rev. Gideon M. M’Imwonyo Mbui is a Ph.D. Theology and Ethics student at the Graduate Theology Union in Berkeley, CA. 

 

Curator: Rev. Dan Senter

A Change-Agent Model from the Hebrew Tradition: Inspired by the story of the hummingbird told by Prof. Wangari Maathai, this series invites us to consider being conduits of life-giving change both individually and collectively.  While facing challenges locally and globally we will explore sure-footed action-oriented strategies that move us from passive bystanders to transformational agents. 

 

Episodes will cover: 

   9) Assessing the “Signs of Our Times” 

   10) A Change-Agent Model from the Hebrew Tradition

   11) Learning From Change Agents Throughout History

   12) Creating Your Own Action Plan

 

Send questions for the speaker to SoulForum@oslc.net  Your question may be selected for our final Q/A Forum.

Host: Rev. Gideon M. M’Imwonyo Mbui is a Ph.D. Theology and Ethics student at the Graduate Theology Union in Berkeley, CA. 

Curator: Rev. Dan Senter

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