A World That Works

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A World That Works

Program Overview

What exactly is Spiritual Social Action? What makes it different than social action? Each week host Rev. Deborah Olive highlighted a Unity ministry, project or social organization making a positive difference on the planet. Joined by Spiritual Social Action leaders, she engaged in spirited dialogue and dove deeply into spiritual principles that support you in being the Spirit of God.

This archived program will inspire and awaken you to a greater awareness of the spiritually motivated actions that create a world that works for all.

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  • Original air date: Monday, December 13, 2010
    Episode Description:
    About to retire, Dr. Denny and Paula Lofstrom from Unity Church of Overland Park, Kansas, heard a call to practice “mission medicine” in South Africa. That was 18 years ago. They experience miracle after miracle as God’s work, through them, transforms medicine in Tanzania. Their story is a powerful expression of spiritual social action based on our Unity principles.
  • Original air date: Monday, December 06, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Libby and Len Traubman have a long history of facilitating the intricacies of Christian-Muslim interfaith dialogues. Together they shepherd the Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue, established in July 1992, whose principles of living together apply universally to relationships between diverse citizens and with Earth herself. Join us as we discover how they create “Me” to “We” experiences!
  • Original air date: Monday, November 29, 2010
    Episode Description:
    For anyone who’s ever wondered, How can I get involved in interfaith ministry? Or, Our interfaith group is meeting in my city, but something seems to be missing, this is the series for you! Today Revs. Steve and Abigail Albert discuss life beyond the Golden Rule. They share "What If Thinking," plus what the Golden Rule is in each faith and how to expand that to the “Platinum Rule” to help create peaceful relationships with others.
  • Original air date: Monday, November 22, 2010
    Episode Description:
    For anyone who’s ever wondered, How can I get involved in interfaith ministry? Or, Our interfaith group is meeting in my city, but something seems to be missing, this is the series for you! Today Revs. Steve and Abigail Albert will teach the taboos of how not to behave, demonstrating which actions might unintentionally insult someone from a different faith.
  • Original air date: Monday, November 15, 2010
    Episode Description:
    For anyone who’s ever wondered, How can I get involved in interfaith ministry? Or, Our InterFaith group is meeting in my city, but something seems to be missing, this is the series for you! Today Revs. Steve and Abigail Albert will share five steps to letting go of the fear of meeting new people and how to step out beyond your comfort zone to meet, interact with, and learn from new people of various faiths who are not just like you.
  • Original air date: Monday, November 08, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Revs. Maryanne and Philip Boynton are developing a rich interfaith ministry, woven into the Unity churches of the New England Seacoast and beyond. Their focus on Oneness and the common ground across all faith traditions and spiritual teachings provides a new basis for awakening and healing. Join us as we speak to them today about the healing powers of exploring and experiencing our common ground.
  • Original air date: Monday, November 01, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Today host Rev. Deborah Olive asks, “What have we learned from our guests featuring interfaith ministries in Unity? How can we engage interfaith in our personal lives and ministries? What resources are available to support our quest for greater understanding?” We invite you to visit www.agnt.org and click on the Season for Interfaith Celebration link. 
  • Original air date: Monday, October 18, 2010
    Episode Description:
    One woman’s dream to transform kids through art and her connection at the Fatima School in Cartago, Costa Rica, inspired Atlanta Unity to make a difference in the lives of 400 youths, ages 6 to 12. On this life-transforming trip, 16 missioners delivered art supplies, food, prayers, love and donations. Would they do it again? Absolutely! The trip was memorable, fulfilling, empowering and surprisingly easy.
  • Original air date: Monday, October 11, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Would you like to see your community come together in unity across religious boundaries? Tune in to hear how a small interfaith group working for peace in the Middle East attracted more than 700 people to their second Interfaith Walk, 30 miles east of Los Angeles.
  • Original air date: Monday, October 04, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Rev. Laura Bennett and Doreen Lake share the exciting interfaith work being done through Unity Renaissance in Chesapeake, Virginia. Be inspired by peace walks, dialogues, meals, fair trade festivals and more. For a peek into this dynamic community, visit www.unityrenaissance.org.
  • Original air date: Monday, September 27, 2010
    Episode Description:
    How do we educate our children to create a world that works for all? Grammy Award-winning songwriter Bunny Hull employs the creative arts to do just that. Join us for a rich discussion about “Dreaming Our World.”
  • Original air date: Monday, September 20, 2010
    Episode Description:
    On the heels of 9/11 and in the face of the media frenzy over the proposed Muslim Community Center at Park 51 in New York City, callers share their personal or community experience of interfaith awareness. This is YOUR show!
  • Original air date: Monday, September 13, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Trebbe Johnson, founder of Radical Joy for Hard Times, brings a unique perspective to environmental recovery. The health of a people is intricately connected to the health of the natural world. Thus where nature has been damaged, it can be healed by meeting it with love, curiosity and reverence, as we would a beloved relation who is suffering—for that is what our planet is.
  • Original air date: Monday, August 16, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Rev. Keith Cox, champion of the Malawi School Projects, leads youth and young adults in making a difference in the lives of Malawi families. His ability to inspire collaboration resulted in a partnership with Building With Books to catapult the success of this leading-edge New Thought adventure.
  • Original air date: Monday, August 09, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Peggy Dean, executive director of the Jean Houston Foundation, summarizes our series about social artistry, following 14 days of immersion with social artists from around the globe. Fasten your seatbelts as Peggy shares the results of the Social Artistry Summit, Congress and Leadership Institute. And listen for the vision of the future. This show rocks!
  • Original air date: Monday, August 02, 2010
    Episode Description:
    What happens when what we’re doing doesn’t work? How can we tap the collective wisdom of community in new and effective ways? Tricia Webster, social artist, leadership development consultant and change-catalyst, facilitates communities and organizations to break through limitations of the past and co-create what they thought was impossible.
  • Original air date: Monday, July 26, 2010
    Episode Description:
    What social changes can one—or two—people make in a large well-established school? Karen Johnson and Woody Howard will delight and inspire you with the ways they’ve engaged social artistry at the Horace Mann School in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.
  • Original air date: Monday, July 19, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Rev. Linda Reppond, managing director of International Youth and Family Ministries for United Centers for Spiritual Living, has a passion for living and a love for young people that is evident in all she does. Tune in to discover social artistry in creation of new programs for youth and family ministries.
  • Original air date: Monday, July 12, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Today’s guest, Dick Dalton, welcomes students to his Personal and Community Health class as co-creators of the future. Tune in to hear what he teaches to encourage students in the quest to live intentionally, rather than mindlessly!
  • Original air date: Monday, July 05, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Janet Sanders and Rob Work bring unique perspectives to the creation of innovative leadership in international projects. These United Nations projects are working! Today’s show features the Nepal Project.
  • Original air date: Monday, June 28, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Don’t miss Dr. Jean Houston, scholar, philosopher and researcher in human capacities, one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time. One of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement, Dr. Houston brings profound insights into being the change we seek in the world. 
  • Original air date: Monday, June 21, 2010
    Episode Description:
    This week’s featured social artist, Marguerite Shinouda, shares her work with The Green Justice Project. This Project has a two-pronged approach to helping former prisoners transform their lives and avoid reincarceration. They receive a Green Job Training, such as solar installation and weatherization, as "outer work." And for "inner work," we are accessing Jean Houston's re-story-ing techniques and Bo Lozoff's mindfulness techniques.
  • Original air date: Monday, June 14, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Social artist MariElena Granger joins us to share empowering, insightful and inspiring stories of transformation in rural Zambia through social artistry training.
  • Episode: Swamp Gravy
    Original air date: Monday, June 07, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Swamp Gravy is a community development theatrical production that crosses the boundaries of race, class, age and gender in rural Georgia. Since 1992, a new performance based on the stories garnered locally, performed by volunteers, and professionally produced has played to sold-out audiences. Swamp Gravy, founded by today’s guest, Joy Jinks, has started a national movement in local empowerment through the power of story.
  • Original air date: Monday, May 17, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Discover how social artistry, a vehicle for the important work of humanity’s awakening, is both similar and unique relative to our Unity teachings. Tricia Webster, a social artist who epitomizes successful collaboration, shares the application of social artistry to creating community vision, action and collaboration. 
  • Original air date: Monday, May 10, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Today's guest is Jean Houston, scholar, philosopher and researcher in human capacities. She is one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time, one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement and founder of the International Institute for Social Artistry.

    This is part of a 13-week series about social artistry that explores this emerging field and the vehicle it provides for the important work of humanity’s awakening.
  • Original air date: Monday, May 03, 2010
    Episode Description:
    LoveLight ministries, led by Robin Goff, is raving about 18-year-old Dillon Zavala, who is acting on his intention to heal the world. Supported by Belinda Lightheart, LUT, from his home church of Unity Church of the Hills in Austin, Texas, Dillon is conducting HIV testing, providing outreach, youth leadership and co-creating a camp to make a positive difference in the lives of people in South Africa.
  • Original air date: Monday, April 26, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Teddy bears, Habitat for Humanity, AIDS Walk, EarthCare, Easter baskets, food to Africa, backpacks for local kids and so much more. Rev. Patricia Bass, senior minister of Unity Church of Overland Park, Kansas, a vibrant seven-day-a-week ministry involved in sacred service and spiritual social action since the early ‘90s, shares the joys and possibilities of engaging a spiritual community in spiritual social action.  
  • Original air date: Monday, April 19, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Rev. Kyra Baehr answers the question, After the dialogue, now what? If you have interest in interfaith work, tune in to hear the latest from the Arizona InterFaith Movement, one of the leading-edge organizations for changing consciousness through interfaith collaboration.
  • Original air date: Monday, April 12, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Rev. Julie Montague, chair of the Association of Unity Churches International, is our guest on this exciting and informative episode that celebrates the Circles of Divine Love expressing through spiritual social action in our movement. Don’t miss this preview of the exciting ways spiritual social action comes to life at our People’s Convention in San Diego!
  • Original air date: Monday, April 05, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Rev. Kathy Long, Unity minister and founder of EarthCare in the Northwest Region of our Association, is today’s guest. Her enthusiasm, wisdom and knowledge of ecosystems, biodiversity and the unique role of New Thought teachings in the healing of our planet bring hope. Today we focus on water, concluding the show with a “Water Blessing.”
  • Original air date: Monday, March 29, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Will Tuttle, author of the best-selling book The World Peace Diet, is the Zen master of connecting the dots of spirituality, ecology and food choices. He offers a holistic approach to world peace and the opportunity to be happy, healthy, evolved stewards of the planet.
  • Original air date: Monday, March 22, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Revs. Deborah and Kelly, the voices for A World That Works, will explore a potpourri of topics that highlight five seasons. A time of reflection and acknowledgement, this is Kelly’s last episode as co-host. 
  • Original air date: Monday, March 15, 2010
    Episode Description:
    In the study of the Twelve Powers, we discover that even love can be overdeveloped. Rev. Marilyn Muehlbach returns as our guest to explore the motives for engaging in spiritual social action. Is it addiction, passion or compassion?
  • Original air date: Monday, March 08, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Spiritual social action holds the heady excitement and heartfelt promise of A World That Works. It’s wise to “look before you leap” rather than dive straight into your first SSA project. A brief survey of the territory will help you navigate your project and to avoid the pitfalls so you can fulfill the promises with joy, ease and grace.
  • Original air date: Monday, March 01, 2010
    Episode Description:
    The spiritual social action conversation is gaining momentum in Unity and in our New Thought movement for good reason. It’s our next step. It embodies the very essence of our teachings. It profoundly touches the lives of both those who are serving and those who are being served. Have you wondered, What is spiritual social action and what makes it a unique form of outreach? Is SSA just another name for mission work? What are the basic principles of SSA? What makes a project an SSA project or a ministry an SSA ministry?”
  • Original air date: Monday, February 15, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Today’s guest is singer/songwriter Karl Anthony, an artist who doesn’t take the traditional entertainment industry path. Instead, his life-enriching concerts and social action touring are heart-centered journeys for change. Karl’s service-directed music career began with leading the first Russian/American Youth Summit in Moscow. A global traveler, he shares his music in venues as diverse as 20,000-seat concert arenas to homeless shelters. He’s received the Gandhi/King Season for Nonviolence Peace Hero Award several times for his humanitarian efforts. Find out more at www.karlanthony.com. Today we’ll discover how Karl came to be a voice for change and the exciting places his music is going. We’ll discuss lyrics that are a bit edgy, challenging us to move deeper into our hearts and to act from a conscious place of oneness to create a world that works for all.
  • Episode: John Kinyon
    Original air date: Monday, February 01, 2010
    Episode Description:
    In this episode, Deborah and Kelly are pleased to welcome John Kinyon, who specializes in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and particularly in NVC mediation—applying the language, skills and principles of NVC to the process of mediating conflict within oneself and with others, and supporting others who are in conflict. John has offered communication and conflict resolution to people around the world, including working in the Middle East. John’s emphasis is developing principles and practices for NVC and mediation as a spiritual practice for co-creating a world that works for all.
  • Original air date: Monday, January 25, 2010
    Episode Description:
    On this week's episode, Kelly and Deborah come together in their virtual coffee shop to talk about the situation in Haiti, as well as the lessons we have learned from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the tsunami in Southeast Asia in 2004. What can we do as individuals and spiritual communities to respond to the immediate needs of Haiti as well as support its long-term rebuilding? Join us as we come together again to co-create a world that works for all.
  • Original air date: Monday, January 04, 2010
    Episode Description:
    The 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions was held Dec. 3–9 in Melbourne, Australia. With more than 6,000 attendees, 650 programs and 1,000 presenters, the impact of this gathering will bless us for many weeks, months, years. Join Revs. Deborah Olive and Kelly Isola as Deborah discusses the call to action from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the actions faith leaders around the world are taking right now to co-create a world that works for all.
  • Original air date: Monday, December 14, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Deborah Olive, minister of Unity Church of Olympia, co-chair of the Spiritual Social Action Ministry Team, and co-host of A World That Works, has returned from the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions, held in Melbourne, Australia. This year’s theme is “Making a Difference: Hearing Each Other, Healing the Earth.” More than 6,000 people attended, representing faith traditions, cultures and nations from around the world. New Thought was represented by ore than 200 delegates (from all 10 threads within our movement) and presented five programs. Our creation and sponsorship of the Season for Nonviolence, under the umbrella of the Association for Global New Thought, clearly demonstrates our involvement and contribution to spiritual social action. This is an introduction and overview of an event with mire than 1,000 presenters and 650 programs.
  • Original air date: Monday, December 07, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Join us for a profound and inspiring conversation with the founder and director of the Bodhi Spiritual Center, Mark Anthony Lord. His most recent creation, Liberation 2010, is an LGBT friends and family spiritual conference dedicated to empowering LGBT people as well as friends, family members and supporters to establish a greater sense of acceptance, affirmation and empowerment within themselves. From this liberated self, we will collectively co-create more inclusive societies, a world free of homophobia, a world that works for all. 
  • Original air date: Monday, November 30, 2009
    Episode Description:
    This week Kelly talks with Cynthia Phillips, founder of the Solet Initiative of Phoenix, Arizona, a not-for-profit organization devoted to supporting the growth of vibrant, sustainable communities and businesses around the world (www.solet.org). Through network and organizational development, educational and cultural events and media productions, the Solet Initiative serves as a catalyst for building awareness of environmental and social issues while providing the avenues for action and engagement, to co-create a world that works for all.
  • Original air date: Monday, November 23, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Ned Kelley and Rachel Simpson, ministerial students at Unity Institute®, share insights about the key role Next Generation Unity (18 to 35-ish year olds) plays in the creation of a world that works for all. 
  • Episode: Barbara Fields
    Original air date: Monday, November 09, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Dr. Barbara Fields, co-founder and executive director of the Association for Global New Thought, will share insights into the key role of the Peace Generation (25- to 35-year olds) in the creation of a world that works for all. 
  • Original air date: Monday, November 02, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Daniel has performed his profound, heart-opening original music for more than 1 million people in 45 states and Canada since beginning his music career in 1999 ... selling 70,000 CDs and receiving thousands of standing ovations along the way. His poetic and evocative message of peace, love and compassion across all nations, cultures and faiths has found overwhelming acceptance wherever he has performed. Tune in for an inspiring and exciting conversation with Daniel.
  • Original air date: Monday, October 26, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Our Season for Nonviolence focus this week is on children and family involvement. We discuss a number of tools made available through the Association for Global New Thought. We start with “64 Ways in 64 Days to Bring Peace to the Family.” Kelly shares favorite children’s books, and we mention curricula for peace and nonviolence made available to the schools. During the 10th anniversary year of SNV, a new program, Peaceport, was created for youth. More resources are available on our blog—or go to www.agnt.org and click on Season for Nonviolence.
  • Original air date: Monday, October 19, 2009
    Episode Description:
    A Season for Nonviolence, January 30–April 4, is a national 64-day educational, media and grassroots campaign dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform and empower our lives and our communities. Inspired by the 50th and 30th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this international event honors their vision for an empowered, nonviolent world. Tune in to discover simple ways you and your community can become involved or how you can take your work for peace and nonviolence to the next level. 
  • Original air date: Monday, October 12, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Reinventing Our World: Three Transformative Social Innovations to Change the Game
  • Original air date: Monday, October 05, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Inspired by her visit to the Parliament of World's Religions in 2004, Rev. Charline returned to her ministry and asked the following question in the fertile.
  • Original air date: Monday, September 28, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Rev. Kelly Isola, co-chair of the Spiritual Social Action Ministry Team, certified BePeace Trainer and co-host of A World That Works, has just returned.
  • Original air date: Monday, September 21, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Environmental changes are rapidly changing the face of our planet. As many debate whether global warming is real, others are engaging powerful actions that may seem like a drop in the bucket. But these drops are adding up. Isn't it time to ask, What can I/we do?
  • Original air date: Monday, September 14, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Peace is breaking out in Costa Rica as more than 40 nations attend the Global summit. And peace is breaking out through Unity's second annual 11 Days of Global Unity project.
  • Original air date: Monday, August 24, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Tune in for A World That Works when Deborah Olive and Kelly Isola interview Revs. Matthew Long and Jan Chase, Unity ministers who are active in their communities and are creating extraordinary 11 Days of Global Unity events. 11 Days of Global Unity is an annual worldwide promotion of peace and sustainability with more than 200 concerts, festivals, webcasts and other events culminating on September 21, the U.N. International Day of Peace. Join in for a warm, delightful and inspiring conversation with Matthew Long and Jan Chase and get inspired to create your own 11 Days of Unity celebration.
  • Episode: Be Peace
    Original air date: Monday, August 03, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Today's guest is Rita Marie Johnson, founder of the Rasur Foundation in Costa Rica. She went to Costa Rica in 1993 to help strengthen its national model of peace. As a result, a new "peace package" is being implemented: a Ministry for Peace that collaborates with a national Academy for Peace, which trains peace teachers in the practice of BePeace. Listen this week to hear how this new model is inspiring hope around the world as people realize that similar models could be replicated in their countries.
  • Original air date: Monday, July 27, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Kelly and Deborah are pleased to welcome Rev. Temple Hayes from First Unity Campus in St. Petersburg, Florida. Temple is the chairwoman and passionate advocate of Life Rights, a Peace Through People Initiative that combines human rights, civil rights, religious rights ... ALL RIGHTS. Join us for a powerful discussion about helping people live the principle of respecting the right of all to live in freedom and peace, as well as respecting the diversity of our world.
  • Episode: Blessed Unrest
    Original air date: Monday, July 20, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Kelly and Deborah return for their metaphysical cup of coffee to discuss ideas inspired by Paul Hawken’s book, Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came Into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming. We travel from the Big Bang to Cultural Creatives to the Largest Movement in the World: millions of grassroots organizations seeking to make the world a better place.
  • Original air date: Monday, July 13, 2009
    Episode Description:
    International teen ministry coordinator for the Association of Unity Churches International, and the difference teens are making in our world through spiritual social action. She shares with our audience an exciting new program called Peace Ambassador Training, where teens learn the practice of BePeace® then share this with their YOU communities and begin to move into more spiritual social action in their regions. Upon graduating from YOU, they embark on international service trips. Join us for an inspirational hour about the Youth of Unity.
  • Original air date: Monday, July 06, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Charley’s lyrics open the heart and create a sense of universal oneness that is such a vital part of spiritual social action. He has traveled the world and has many stories of healing and service. Tune in for a warm, delightful and inspiring conversation with Charley!
  • Episode: Eric Petersen
    Original air date: Monday, June 29, 2009
    Episode Description:
    In honor of Independence Day, the hosts interview Eric Petersen, author, attorney and expert on the life of Thomas Jefferson. Eric will discuss the principles that guided Thomas Jefferson and, due to his enormous influence, the founding of the United States of America. Asserting that all people are created equal and that each person shall be granted the individual right to discover, develop and contribute their unique gifts was revolutionary. We take the view that the founding of the United States of America was a grand spiritual social action project based on spiritual principles that are timeless and continue to bless our world.
  • Original air date: Monday, June 22, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Greg Tamblyn, songwriter, author, humorist and speaker joins Revs. Kelly and Deborah. Greg’s lyrics are often funny, so we discuss not only the role music can play in our spiritual awakening, but the extra boost that comes from laughter. From spiritual awakening, to a greater capacity to love, to a passion to serve as exemplified in the Bali orphanage project, we “connect the dots” to show how Greg’s music inspires spiritual social action.
  • Episode: Shoes4Unity.org
    Original air date: Monday, June 01, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Tune in to hear more about this social action opportunity—Shoes 4 Unity ...
  • Original air date: Monday, April 13, 2009
    Episode Description:
    There’s a movement emerging on Planet Earth, new ways of living that will take us beyond the crises of our age into a world that works for all. The work of the Pachamama Alliance is helping to build the movement of awake, committed, engaged people. It is an invitation they extend to everyone through the Awakening the Dreamer—Changing the Dream Symposium. Listen as our special guest this week, Mark DuBois, describes how anyone can participate in this symposium and offer it in their own community in order to discover who we can be and what we can do at this point in history—and have fun doing it.
  • Original air date: Monday, April 06, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Barbara Fields, Co-founder and project director of The Gandhi King Chavez Season for Nonviolence from 1998–present; program director of the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago; co-founder and project director of the Synthesis Dialogues With His Holiness, the Dalai Lama of Tibet; coordinator of U.S. based omni-local initiatives for Harvard Global Negotiation Project’s Abraham Walk Initiative in the Middle East and much more is today’s guest. After 12 years of grassroots initiatives through Season for Peace and Nonviolence, we explore the contributions of this project and its implications in social change.
  • Original air date: Monday, March 30, 2009
    Episode Description:
    This week Deborah and Kelly join together over a cup of coffee to talk about a powerful book, The Engaged Spiritual Life, by Donald Rothberg, who has committed his life to social change and to awakening our deeper spiritual nature. Kelly and Deborah will discuss the core of the book—ten spiritual principles for living an engaged spiritual life. The conversation highlights some basic spiritual teachings with social context and application to provide a clear guide to connecting inner and outer transformation, which is spiritual social action.
  • Original air date: Monday, March 23, 2009
    Episode Description:
    On today's program, we are speaking with Robin Goff of the Light Center in Baldwin, Kansas, about being engaged in compassionate service internationally.
  • Original air date: Monday, March 16, 2009
    Episode Description:
    In 2004 John McNeil and Christine Elliot initiated the California Department of Peace campaign at their Unity church, now called The Unity Center, with the blessing and support of their founding minister, Rev. Wendy Craig-Purcell. They join A World That Works to share their powerful story of how they became involved in this spiritual social action. They have educated and inspired thousands with knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to become powerful, SPIRITUAL, world-citizen activists.
  • Original air date: Monday, March 02, 2009
    Episode Description:
    In this program, our special guest Rev. John Strickland from Atlanta shares how his ministry is redefining mission work as an element for church growth. John believes that by reaching out and doing good works, the church is energized, and it grows in consciousness and compassion. He says, “We see ourselves now as reaching inward so that we can go out into the world with a message and works that transform the world.” Come join us for another wonderful hour of how we help co-create a world that works for all.
  • Original air date: Monday, February 23, 2009
    Episode Description:
    The current environmental situation can be an invitation for all to practice our spiritual principles by actively recognizing the face of God in each expression of creation. Guests Ron Habin and Michael McCord will inspire you with tools, projects, and passion for the greening of our earth.
  • Original air date: Monday, February 16, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Join Kelly and Deborah for an inspiring look at a Unity ministry that began with small steps and created a surprising difference in their community. Today’s guest is Tom Zender, former president and CEO of Unity.
  • Original air date: Monday, February 09, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Join Deborah and Kelly with special guests as we visit the grassroots projects that have made a difference for peace and nonviolence in their communities.
  • Original air date: Monday, February 02, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Listen as Deborah and Kelly kick-off this new radio program by engaging in a lively discussion of stories about people making a difference in our world. Be inspired as you learn to embrace Spirit in the same fun, empowering, and uplifting manner.

Host Bio

Rev. Deborah Olive
Rev. Deborah Olive is co-chair for the Spiritual Social Action ministry through the Unity Worldwide Ministries.

She serves on the Advisory Board of the Association for Global New Thought (since 1999). In 2002 she was a partner in the unprecedented collaboration between the Pierce County Government and the Interfaith Ministries in a community-wide project for the first anniversary of 9.11. She served on the Seattle Team for The Hunger Project (2001–2004).

Ordained in 1993, Rev. Deborah has served Unity ministries in Raleigh, NC, Tacoma, WA, Unity of Olympia, OR, and Overland Park, KS.

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