The Evolving Peacemaker

| with Rev. Leona Evans and Matthew J. Evans | Tuesdays at 3 p.m. CT
The Evolving Peacemaker

Program Overview

The Evolving Peacemaker, based on the Gandhi philosophy of nonviolence, contains a set of principles and practices designed to guide us on a powerful journey of self-discovery and enlightenment. It opens with the premise that peace is not a one-time achievement but a lifelong practice that starts with our willingness to “be the change we wish to see in our world,” one thought and one action at a time.

Our mission as evolving peacemakers is to do all we can to help shift the consciousness of our planet from a culture of violence to a culture of peace. It is a process that requires patience, persistence, and the willingness to see ourselves and all of humanity as a sacred work in progress. Each week, we will share insights from the timeless philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi to help listeners experience greater awareness of their inner power and embrace a philosophy of nonviolence.

The ideas and opinions expressed on this program do not necessarily reflect the teachings of Unity.

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  • Original air date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
    Episode Description:
    Leona and Matthew discuss a workshop they presented to high school students who are engaged in project-based learning, an innovative approach to education. The students were part of a social justice team seeking more effective ways to share their voice in the world.
     
  • Original air date: Tuesday, November 07, 2017
    Episode Description:
    As evolving peacemakers, we need to come up with new methods and loving strategies to deal with the stress of the holidays. In this episode, Leona and Matthew discuss the ways acceptance and gratitude can have transformative effects.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
    Episode Description:
    During Gandhi's time, there were scientists who were beginning to see the dangerous implications of climate change. Very few people paid attention. As the decades went on, more and more people came to understand the seriousness of the situation, and now many are taking action to reverse climate change by doing things to reduce their carbon footprint. Everyone can find ways to contribute to the well-being of our planet, and each effort is important.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
    Episode Description:
    In order for us to truly forgive, we need to do more than think about it. We need to delve deeply into our consciousness, discover what has triggered us, and use our divine wisdom along with prayer and meditation to embrace our pain and love ourselves to wholeness. On this broadcast, Leona shares valuable tools to help us heal our pain of the past. 
  • Episode: Do Unto Others
    Original air date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    Episode Description:
    Leona and Matthew discuss the painful issues around sexual harassment in the workplace and the spiritual principles that can help those affected find inner peace and a renewed sense of self-worth. They also share tools for forgiveness.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
    Episode Description:
    On this episode, Leona and Matthew share the timeless wisdom in the story of Beauty and the Beast. By analyzing the film, they find archetypes within the story that relate to each one of us on our journey from a culture of violence to a culture of peace.  
  • Original air date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    Episode Description:
    The archetypes in literature are actions, characters, or situations that represent universal patterns in human nature or the collective unconscious. In this episode, Leona and Matthew work with the metaphors and symbolism of Stephen King's iconic story It, which deals with the traumatic consequences of living with fear. Gandhi has stated, "The enemy is fear. We think it is hate, but it is really fear." In order to experience peace in our lives, we need to understand our fears and find ways to transform them. We do this by rising above the level of the problem to the level of the solution. 
  • Original air date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
    Episode Description:
    Film and literature have blessed us with accounts of the hero's journey, which depicts humanity's ongoing path from innocence to enlightenment. While there are many stages and facets involved in the hero's journey, certain key elements always remain the same. Gandhi lived out his hero's journey on an international level and reminded us of the power of love that heals, transforms, and accomplishes the seemingly impossible. In this episode, Leona and Matthew delve into the archetypal tale of The Wizard of Oz, where each character represents a powerful aspect of our own consciousness and provides us with valuable tools to guide us on our own hero's journey.
     
  • Original air date: Tuesday, September 05, 2017
    Episode Description:
    In this episode, Leona and Matthew analyze the importance of acknowledging and accepting the shadow side of our nature by discussing the arch-typical account of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde. We learn the dire consequences of disowning our shadow and work with ways to transform the darkness and bring it into the light. In this way, we become free to express our wholeness. 
  • Original air date: Tuesday, August 22, 2017
    Episode Description:
    There are times during the course of our daily activities when we encounter situations that are unexpected, unwanted, and unsolicited. Occasionally, the issues seem so overwhelming, and we doubt that we have the capacity to handle them. On this broadcast, Leona and Matthew discuss powerful spiritual principles that can lift us from the level of the problem to the level of the solution.
     
  • Original air date: Tuesday, August 08, 2017
    Episode Description:
    Matthew's 21st birthday brings up discussions about how to use our inner wisdom as we move through life's challenges. The hosts also discuss the power of unconditional love, which is always present to guide and sustain us.
     
  • Original air date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017
    Episode Description:
    Rev. Leona Evans and Matthew Evans discuss the concepts of understanding and knowledge. Understanding involves much more than the accumulation of knowledge. Knowledge provides us with information, while understanding adds the component of clarity which enhances our ability to find meaning and purpose in what we know. Real understanding involves good judgement and the ability to look beyond appearances instead of making assumptions. It is a process that takes time, attention, and a willingness to learn from our mistakes. 
  • Original air date: Tuesday, July 18, 2017
    Episode Description:
    Respect is the first principle in Gandhi's philosophy of building rewarding and successful relationships. On this broadcast Leona and Matthew share valuable insights on how to develop genuine respect for ourselves and others.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, July 11, 2017
    Episode Description:
    Even though there are times when we cannot resolve our differences with others, we always have the option to "agree to disagree." This is when we each allow the other to have his or her own opinions and concur that what we have in common is greater and more enduring than our differences. The process of agreeing to disagree involves understanding that there is more than one valid perspective on any given topic and that it is possible to disagree with another without feeling personally diminished or defeated because we have not convinced the other that our way is right.
     
  • Original air date: Tuesday, June 06, 2017
    Episode Description:
    Gandhi stated, "Ahimsa does not simply mean nonkilling. It means not to injure any creature by thought, word, or deed ... Ahimsa is the attribute of the soul and therefore to be practiced by everybody in all the affairs of life." Leona and Matthew discuss ways of experiencing this love within ourselves and toward others. 
  • Original air date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017
    Episode Description:
    Leona and Matthew continue discussing the importance of developing a personal mission statement (credo), clarifying our deepest values, and learning to express our beliefs in loving and creative ways. 
  • Original air date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
    Episode Description:
    Peace begins within each of us. Gandhi taught that peace was a way of life, not just a tool for conflict resolution. As Evolving Peacemakers, we are called upon to examine our beliefs and heal past wounds so we can become more of our authentic selves and be coherent in our thoughts, words, and actions. In this broadcast, Leona and Matthew examine the importance of getting in touch with our personal credo so that we can avoid inner conflict and clearly express our unique individuality.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, May 02, 2017
    Episode Description:
    Leona discusses ways to see ourselves as spiritual beings who are learning to have a human experience, not the other way around. This includes relaxing into the many facets of our humanity and understanding our role as the eternal student—ever learning, ever growing into deeper levels of self-acceptance.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    Episode Description:
    Leona and Matthew discuss a delightful visit to Unity of San Luis Obispo by author, speaker, and peace activist Barbara Gaughen-Muller. They also discuss ways to bring peace into our environment and help children learn peacemaking skills.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    Episode Description:
    Leona and Matthew discuss the subtleties of passive-aggressive behavior and share entertaining anecdotes of their own attempts to deal with their hidden anger.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
    Episode Description:
    Leona and Matthew define peace as more than a tool for conflict resolution, but a philosophy of life. They discuss Gandhi's philosophy of Satyagraha and his innovative and powerful understanding of defining and managing the nature of anger.
  • Original air date: Tuesday, April 04, 2017
    Episode Description:
    Leona and Matthew discuss the process of creating their book, The Evolving Peacemaker: A Commitment to Nonviolence. Highlights include interviewing Arun Gandhi for Matthew's film A Quest For Peace: Nonviolence Among Religions, the importance of the arts in global peacemaking, peace as a process, and an introduction to Gandhi's principles of nonviolent action.

Host Bio

Rev. Leona  Evans
Leona Evans is the author of The Evolving Peacemaker: A Commitment to Nonviolence. She has a master’s in religious studies and is an ordained Unity minister, spiritual counselor, and former chair of the Metaphysics Department at Unity School of Christianity. She is the coauthor, with Carol Keefer, of two books: Nothing Is Too Good to Be True! and Spirituality and Self-Esteem. She also collaborated on the two-CD set, Meditations for Transformation: Awakening the Soul Through the Enneagram. A former Broadway actress, recording artist, and cabaret performer, Leona is the senior minister at Unity of San Luis Obispo, California.
 
An accomplished actor, musician, and award-winning young filmmaker, Matthew Evans was born in 1996 and is a native of San Luis Obispo, California. A professional musician, Matthew sings and plays double bass. He is also a documentary filmmaker whose mission is to produce movies and videos that entertain, educate, and inspire audiences to find value and meaning in their lives and in the world. 
A highlight of Matthew’s filmmaking career was receiving the first Teen Art of Making Peace Award in September 2014 from the Peace in the Streets Global Film Festival.

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