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The Spirit of Things is an adventure into religion and spirituality. It explores contemporary values and beliefs as expressed through ritual, art, music, and sacred texts.

Copyright: Copyright 2017, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Christian Minority Communities

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 18:05:00 +1000

Christians from China, Pakistan, Malaysia and Israel, share their experiences living as minority communities with unique challenges that call upon their faith, courage and hope for a better future.Mike Perreau, Director General of the United Bible Societies (BSA)

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Judaism welcomes LGBTI Jews

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 18:05:00 +1000

Two rabbis from the opposite sides of Judaism, Orthodox and Progressive, say Jews are no less loved in the eyes of God.Jewish Gay Pride (SGT Fun)

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20/20 Series Part 1 - Heading to the Millennium

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 18:05:00 +1000

Celebrating 20 years on the religious front line with a new monthly series called 20/20. We begin with the search for an authentic Australian spirituality, and the years heading into 2000 when people were running for cover, predicting the Apocalypse.The Y2K millennium bug was expected to cause computer meltdown (Getty)

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Fiona Horne Flying High

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 18:05:00 +1000

Def FX rock star, witch, author and TV personality, Fiona Horne promoted paganism as the vehicle of self empowerment, but it wasn't until she gave up alcohol and became a pilot that her life and her spirituality significantly improved.Fiona Horne Fire Eating

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Priest, Detective, Lover

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 18:05:00 +1000

Canon Sidney Chambers is a young, committed priest, who is also a detective. But his love life is in turmoil. James Runcie's Grantchester Mysteries, now a popular TV series, addresses moral and social issues for a post-church society.The latest book in the series of Grantchester Mysteries

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Tom E Lewis: Bridging the Divide

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 18:05:00 +1000

Born to a Welsh father and Aboriginal mother, Tom E Lewis builds bridges between cultures and peoples through theatre and music. He's on a quest for understanding and unity, which he believes are deeper than the things that divide us.Tom E Lewis on the beach, Numbulwar, Gulf of Carpenteria

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Greg Sheridan's Australia

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 18:05:00 +1000

Greg Sheridan, AO, has some advice for Christians -- still the majority faith in Australia -- start thinking and acting like a minority and you'll get a better hearing in the public square. The Australian journalist reflects on how much Australia has changed since his youth growing up Catholic, and how his own life and views have changed along with it.Greg Sheridan, AO (ABC Compass)

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What's Behind the Buddha's Smile?

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:05:00 +1000

The Buddha's Smile exhibition at the NGV of artworks from all over Asia points to the central beliefs of Buddhism, including No Self. Curator Wayne Crothers and Philosopher Monima Chadha take a journey into Buddhist belief, and suggest why Vincent Van Gogh loved Japanese woodblock prints.Our Gods, Laughing Buddha by Australian Chinese artist, Liu Xiaoxian, loan to NGV.

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Who cares for sex offenders?

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 18:05:00 +1000

Peter Powell, a Uniting Church minister and psychologist, has worked with sex offenders for more than 20 years. He's seen sex offenders change, and even be reconciled with their victims, but few psychologists are willing to work with them.Peter Powell counsels sex offenders (RK)

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Robe to Riches: a Chinese pilgrim route

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 18:05:00 +1000

Descendants of the Chinese who came to Australia in the 1850s, retrace their route from Robe, SA to the Victorian gold fields, and tell stories of hardship, survival and generosity.Shu Cheen Yu singing We Still Call Australia Home on the steps of the Victorian Parliament, Melbourne.

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The Shared Table Project

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 18:05:00 +1000

Newly arrived Christian refugees from Syria and Iraq make friends with Jewish women over plates of food they've prepared together.Shared Table banquet of 11 dishes at Emanuel Synagogue, Sydney.

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Ginn Fourie's Forgiveness

Sun, 28 May 2017 18:05:00 +1000

Ginn Fourie's daughter was killed by the Azanian People's Liberation Army, under the command of Letlapa Mphahlele. She decided to forgive the killers and Letlapa, with whom she founded the Lyndi Fourie Foundation which promotes conciliation in South Africa and abroad.Ginn Fourie addressing One Heart Many Voices, Catholic Mission Conference, Sydney, 2017 (CM)

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In sickness and in death...

Sun, 21 May 2017 18:05:00 +1000

How do people care for the aged, the sick and the dying? What makes them do it? A personal and professional exploration of medical, spiritual and practical carers displays a profound personal investment in the relationships between carer and cared for.The carer and the gentleman (Ulrichcarljoho, Flikr, CC)

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Fighting sexism in Islam

Sun, 14 May 2017 18:05:00 +1000

Fighting sexism is not new in Islam, but today the Muslim women who are at the forefront of change are determined to have a lasting impact, including Susan Carland with her new book Fighting Hislam.Dr Susan Carland is the author of Fighting Hislam

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Dances of Universal Peace

Sun, 07 May 2017 18:05:00 +1000

The Dances of Universal Peace is a worldwide movement under the spiritual direction of Shabda Kahn, where people from all traditions come together to chant and dance in a circle, opening their hearts to the Divine and to each other in friendship.Dances of Universal Peace Colorado (Dances of Universal Peace Colorado)

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Gay Christians

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 18:05:00 +1000

Gay Christians speak about their faith, their relationships and their hopes for the future as Tasmania's Upper House debates the churches' exemption from anti-discrimination legislation.Rose and Jen have been together 20 years (RK)

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Jewish Anzacs

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:05:00 +1000

Mark Dapin's Jewish Anzacs shows that, contrary to popular perception, Jews served in the Australian military far out of proportion to their numbers, earning VCs and dying for their country, and Felix Sher talks about the unexpected death of his son Pte Greg Sher.Wing Commander Julius Cohen, of Moree NSW, was a dashing comic strip-style hero who actually appeared in his own comic strip in the Melbourne Argus in 1942. (Melbourne Argus.)

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Reinventing Church in Tasmania

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 18:05:00 +1000

When economic decline threatened to close the doors of Tasmania's churches including its oldest church, a bold new experiment to 'call out' people from the community into leadership proved successful.Altar windows at St Matthew's, New Norfolk, Tasmania (RK)

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Jewish choral music and Passover

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 18:05:00 +1000

Jewish Choral Music & Passover.

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Do Science and Faith Comfortably Coexist?

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 18:05:00 +1000

Do science and faith comfortably coexist?

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Are You Spiritually Connected?

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:05:00 +1100

Are You Spiritually Connected?

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Marriage of Love and Justice

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:05:00 +1100

Marriage of Love and Justice.

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Indigenous Christians Celebrate the Bible

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 18:05:00 +1100

Indigenous Christians Celebrate the Bible.

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Robot Religion

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 18:05:00 +1100

Robot Religion.

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The problem of pain

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:05:00 +1100

The Problem of Pain.

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Huston Smith's World Religions

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:05:00 +1100

Huston Smith's World Religions.

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You will meet a tall, dark stranger

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 18:05:00 +1100

Thousands of people consult psychics in Australia every week looking for help in their relationships. Does it mean they're losing control of their lives?

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Monsieur Mayonnaise

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 18:05:00 +1100

Monsieur Mayonnaise, a secret family history.

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How fragile we are

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 18:05:00 +1100

Psychiatrist, Tanveer Ahmed, thinks the decline of religion may be to blame for the epidemic of depression, dysfunction and drug abuse, while the lack of an over arching shared sense of meaning and boundaries is creating a fragile nation. Psychotherapist Winsome Thomas grew up in the Salvation Army but left it for an expanded spirituality which has helped her heal fragile lives including her own.Broken glass (CreativeCommons)

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Listening to the Land

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:05:00 +1100

Listening to the Land.

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Elena Kats-Chernin: Dreams, Energies and Spirits

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:05:00 +1100

Elena Kats-Chernin: Dreams, energies and spirits.

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Yoga Ethics

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 18:05:00 +1100

Yoga ethics.

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Grief Monger

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 18:05:00 +1100

Grief Monger.

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Christmas Under Fire

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 18:05:00 +1100

Christmas Under Fire.

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Seasons of Birth

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 18:05:00 +1100

Seasons of Birth.

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We are committed

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 18:05:00 +1100

We are committed .

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Australian Religious Thought

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:05:00 +1100

Australian Religious Thought.

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Together for Humanity

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 18:05:00 +1100

Together for Humanity.

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Aleppo at the crossroads

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 18:05:00 +1100

Aleppo at the crossroads.

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The Faces of Mercy

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 18:05:00 +1100

The Faces of Mercy.

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The Venetian Ghetto

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 18:05:00 +1100

The Venetian Ghetto.

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The Atheist Minister

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 18:05:00 +1100

The Atheist Minister.

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Be Kind to Yourself

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:05:00 +1100

Be Kind To Yourself.

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Sufis: Islam's musical mystics

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 18:05:00 +1100

Sufis: Islam's musical mystics.

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Orthodoxy: Marriage, Monks, Martyrs and Mary

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 18:05:00 +1100

Orthodoxy: Marriage, Monks, Martyrs and Mary.

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Aspire to Interfaith

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 18:05:00 +1100

Aspire to Interfaith.

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Young Single and Hindu

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:05:00 +1000

Young Single and Hindu: the colours of love .

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Padraig O'Tuama: pain is a poem

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:05:00 +1000

Padraig O'Tuama: pain is a poem.

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Esalen and the quest for higher consciousness

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 18:05:00 +1000

Esalen and the quest for higher consciousness. Esalen for over 50 years the home of the human potential movement in California. (anon)

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Higher Consciousness

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 18:05:00 +1000

Higher Consciousness.

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