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

"Conversion of the Heart as a Critical Tool Towards Economic Justice" is our fourth topic of this 4-part series with Raphael Mkuzi

Send your questions for this 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

Host: Raphael Mkuzi is a 2nd year PhD student at The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and in the field of Historical and Cultural Studies of Religion (HCSR), having concentration in Comparative Religion. Originally, he is a catholic priest from Malawi, Africa with academic background in ‘Interreligious Dialogue and Peacebuilding Between Muslims and Christians.’ He did his Advanced Masters degree in Systematic Theology in the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, Europe. Right now, his research interest is on the theme: Interreligious/Interfaith Peacebuilding Through Economic Justice in the Context of Malawi, Africa. Accordingly, he is taking courses in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. 

"Economic Justice and Interreligious, Intercultural and Political Peace" is our third topic of this 4-part series with Raphael Mkuzi

Send your questions for this 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

Host: Raphael Mkuzi is a 2nd year PhD student at The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and in the field of Historical and Cultural Studies of Religion (HCSR), having concentration in Comparative Religion. Originally, he is a catholic priest from Malawi, Africa with academic background in ‘Interreligious Dialogue and Peacebuilding Between Muslims and Christians.’ He did his Advanced Masters degree in Systematic Theology in the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, Europe. Right now, his research interest is on the theme: Interreligious/Interfaith Peacebuilding Through Economic Justice in the Context of Malawi, Africa. Accordingly, he is taking courses in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. 

"Religions and Ethics" is our second topic of this 4-part series with Raphael Mkuzi

Send your questions for this 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

Host: Raphael Mkuzi is a 2nd year PhD student at The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and in the field of Historical and Cultural Studies of Religion (HCSR), having concentration in Comparative Religion. Originally, he is a catholic priest from Malawi, Africa with academic background in ‘Interreligious Dialogue and Peacebuilding Between Muslims and Christians.’ He did his Advanced Masters degree in Systematic Theology in the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, Europe. Right now, his research interest is on the theme: Interreligious/Interfaith Peacebuilding Through Economic Justice in the Context of Malawi, Africa. Accordingly, he is taking courses in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. 

"Beyond Capitalism, Socialism and Welfare Economy: Working Toward a Profound Economic Justice" is our first topic of this 4-part series with Raphael Mkuzi

Send your questions for this 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

Host: Raphael Mkuzi is a 2nd year PhD student at The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and in the field of Historical and Cultural Studies of Religion (HCSR), having concentration in Comparative Religion. Originally, he is a catholic priest from Malawi, Africa with academic background in ‘Interreligious Dialogue and Peacebuilding Between Muslims and Christians.’ He did his Advanced Masters degree in Systematic Theology in the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, Europe. Right now, his research interest is on the theme: Interreligious/Interfaith Peacebuilding Through Economic Justice in the Context of Malawi, Africa. Accordingly, he is taking courses in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. 

“Braving Confinement” is a 4-episode conversation series that introduces academic concepts and methods such as “social location” and “intersectionality” through interviews with female-identified persons. This series focuses on 4 separate women in their 20s and 30s and how they explore, discover, and/or re-imagine their passions and purpose in the world (i.e. vocation) and continue to navigate identity in the midst of confinement, the COVID-19 pandemic, and political unrest.

In this 5th and final episode, Rev. Dan interviews Porsia about the series.

Curator: Rev. Dan Senter

Host: Porsia Tunzi is a Ph.D. student at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Porsia holds an M.A. in American Studies from Pepperdine University, and a B.S. in Psychology and Theology and Religious Studies from Saint Mary's College. She brings to this podcast her current research in family, gender, race, social ethics, and sociology, as well as her background as a resident minister at the University of San Francisco and an adjunct professor of American Studies and Religious Studies at a variety of California colleges.

In this final episode, Porsia interviews Ruth, a theology teacher and horse wrangler, and braves topics like social location, education, liberation theology, praxis, and self-care.

“Braving Confinement” is a 4-episode conversation series that introduces academic concepts and methods such as “social location” and “intersectionality” through interviews with female-identified persons. This series focuses on 4 separate women in their 20s and 30s and how they explore, discover, and/or re-imagine their passions and purpose in the world (i.e. vocation) and continue to navigate identity in the midst of confinement, the COVID-19 pandemic, and political unrest.

Curator: Rev. Dan Senter

Host: Porsia Tunzi is a Ph.D. student at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Porsia holds an M.A. in American Studies from Pepperdine University, and a B.S. in Psychology and Theology and Religious Studies from Saint Mary's College. She brings to this podcast her current research in family, gender, race, social ethics, and sociology, as well as her background

In this third episode, Porsia interviews Erin, a Senior Marketing Operations Manager and secular humanist, and braves topics like self-care, communication, feminist methodology, privilege, and passion.

“Braving Confinement” is a 4-episode conversation series that introduces academic concepts and methods such as “social location” and “intersectionality” through interviews with female-identified persons. This series focuses on 4 separate women in their 20s and 30s and how they explore, discover, and/or re-imagine their passions and purpose in the world (i.e. vocation) and continue to navigate identity in the midst of confinement, the COVID-19 pandemic, and political unrest.

Curator: Rev. Dan Senter

Host: Porsia Tunzi is a Ph.D. student at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Porsia holds an M.A. in American Studies from Pepperdine University, and a B.S. in Psychology and Theology and Religious Studies from Saint Mary's College. She brings to this podcast her current research in family, gender, race, social ethics, and sociology, as well as her background

In this second episode of Braving Confinement, Porsia interviews Lydia, academic success coach at the University of San Francisco and first generation college student, and explores topics like social location, Buddhist spirituality, loss, resiliency, and positioned perspectives.”

“Braving Confinement” is a 4-episode conversation series that introduces academic concepts and methods such as “social location” and “intersectionality” through interviews with female-identified persons. This series focuses on 4 separate women in their 20s and 30s and how they explore, discover, and/or re-imagine their passions and purpose in the world (i.e. vocation) and continue to navigate identity in the midst of confinement, the COVID-19 pandemic, and political unrest.

Curator: Rev. Dan Senter

Host: Porsia Tunzi is a Ph.D. student at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Porsia holds an M.A. in American Studies from Pepperdine University, and a B.S. in Psychology and Theology and Religious Studies from Saint Mary's College. She brings to this podcast her current research in family, gender, race, social ethics, and sociology, as well as her background

In this first episode of Braving Confinement, Porsia Tunzi interviews Naomi, director of Campuses at San Francisco Hillel and Omaha, Nebraska native, and explores topics like social location, family, religion, intersectionality, passion, and privilege

“Braving Confinement” is a 4-episode conversation series that introduces academic concepts and methods such as “social location” and “intersectionality” through interviews with female-identified persons. This series focuses on 4 separate women in their 20s and 30s and how they explore, discover, and/or re-imagine their passions and purpose in the world (i.e. vocation) and continue to navigate identity in the midst of confinement, the COVID-19 pandemic, and political unrest.

Curator: Rev. Dan Senter

Host: Porsia Tunzi is a Ph.D. student at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Porsia holds an M.A. in American Studies from Pepperdine University, and a B.S. in Psychology and Theology and Religious Studies from Saint Mary's College. She brings to this podcast her current research in family, gender, race, social ethics, and sociology, as well as her background as a resident minister at the University of San Francisco and an adjunct professor of American Studies and Religious Studies at a variety of California colleges.

In this final series episode, Pravina Rodrigues talks about how the Goddess in her ultimate form as Aditi, which means “unbound,” “infinite,” and “freedom” grants liberation to the Shakta devotee. 

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.

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