Unity Family Matters

| with Rev. Jennifer Holder and Ogun Holder | Thursday at 1 p.m. CT
Unity Family Matters

Program Overview

Good parenting doesn’t happen by default. It is intentional. It is a decision about who you will be and what you will do in your family life. Your hosts Rev. Jennifer and Ogun Holder want you to experience the “light” side of parenting—realizing your divine identity while raising your children to know they are “the light of God.” Every week we offer insight based upon Unity principles, talk with today’s prominent experts in spiritual parenting, and address your questions and comments from spiritual perspectives.

This program was originally called Spiritual Parenting in Unity and was hosted by Revs. Jennifer Holder and Linda Martella-Whitsett . In August, 2009, Ogun Holder joined Rev. Jennifer Holder as co-host of Unity Family Matters to continue the dialogue about spiritual parenting and expand to other topics important to families.

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The ideas and opinions expressed on this program do not necessarily reflect the teachings of Unity. Unity respects a wide range of spiritual thoughts and beliefs, as reflected in the diverse range of subjects presented on Unity Online Radio.

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  • Episode: All Good Things
    Original air date: Thursday, November 29, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Tune in for the final farewell episode with Revs. Ogun and Jennifer.
  • Episode: Larry Davis
    Original air date: Thursday, October 18, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Our favorite special education advocate Larry Davis returns as we discuss how to talk to our children about death.
     
  • Episode: Kristen Moeller
    Original air date: Thursday, October 04, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Today we chat with Kristen Moeller, best-selling author of Waiting for Jack: Confessions of a Self-Help Junkie: How to Stop Waiting and Start Living Your Life. Her book encourages us to seek our own inner guru rather than waiting for someone else to give us the answer.
  • Episode: Larry Davis
    Original air date: Thursday, September 20, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Special Education Advocate Larry Davis joins us to talk about Prayer and how we broach the topic with the children in our lives.
  • Episode: Rick Hanson
    Original air date: Thursday, August 30, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Our guest today is Dr. Rick Hanson, neuropsychologist and co-author of the best-selling Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom and companion book, Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time. We'll talk about simple practices to retrain our brain to think happiness, joy and peace.
     
  • Episode: Sallie Felton
    Original air date: Thursday, August 23, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Today we welcome Sallie Felton, life coach, inspirational speaker, and best-selling author of If I'm So Smart, Why Can't I Get Rid of This Clutter? We discuss strategies to clear the physical, mental and emotional clutter from our lives.
  • Episode: Allan Lokos
    Original air date: Thursday, July 26, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Jennifer and Ogun welcome meditation teacher and author Allan Lokos. Allan is the author of Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living and Pocket Peace: Effective Practices for Enlightened Living . Founder and guiding teacher of The Community Meditation Center in New York City, he was selected as one of “10 Buddhist Teachers to Follow on Twitter,” and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Tricycle magazine, The Huffington Post, Beliefnet, Back Stage newspaper, Positively Positive and in the anthology, Audacious Creativity.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 19, 2012
    Episode Description:
    This internationally best-selling author of titles such as Don't Sweat the Small Stuff in Love and Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Women shares insights from her new book Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms: Simple Ways to Stress Less and Enjoy Your Family More . Learn more about Kristine and the book online at www.dontsweatmoms.com.
  • Episode: Larry Davis
    Original air date: Thursday, July 12, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Special Education advocate and parent Larry Davis leads a thought-provoking discussion on parenting from the concept that a soul agreement was made between parent/caregiver and child before either one came into being. Learn more about Larry online at www.specialeducationadvocacy.org.
     
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 05, 2012
    Episode Description:
    It's article review day! Jennifer and Ogun discuss a spiritual parenting article titled "7 Hidden Secrets." Find the article online at www.dailysalt.org/parenting.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 14, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Regular guest, special education advocate and parent Larry Davis joins us for a special tribute to dads for Father's Day. 
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 07, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Revs. Jen and Ogun talk about kids in transition, summer camp ideas and replenishing your Positive Parenting Toolbox.
  • Episode: Susan Kay Wyatt
    Original air date: Thursday, May 24, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Rev. Ogun interviews one of Unity Family Matters' favorite guests, Susan Kay Wyatt. Susan talks about her newly released album and the trials of fifth grade girls. They also discuss attachment parenting and Time magazine's recent shocking cover. Find out more about Susan and her music at www.susankaywyatt.com.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 10, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Special education advocate and regular guest Larry Davis returns to help us pay homage to mothers on this special Mother's Day edition. Together we explore the spirituality of motherhood and the gift mothers can give to themselves.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 03, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Special guest Maureen Healy shares the secrets of raising happy children. Maureen is the founder of Growing Happy Kids and author of the book by the same name. She has a thriving practice, working directly with parents and children, fostering their positive emotional health and building their skills. Find out more at www.growinghappykids.com.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 26, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Revs. Jen and Ogun share "10 Steps to a Great Marriage," based on a blog post by writer, speaker, singer-songwriter, poet and philosophy professor Peter Bolland.
  • Episode: Larry Davis
    Original air date: Thursday, April 12, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Join Rev. Jennifer and special guest Larry Davis, special education advocate, as they discuss the power of communication with our kids and family members. Bringing spiritual principles into our conscious daily living contributes to the peace on the planet we intend to see. One conversation at a time, we create a conscious planet through conscious parenting and family living.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 05, 2012
    Episode Description:
    As the Holder family enters the last stages of their move, they talk with the ultimate globe-trotting family, Billy and Elizabeth Bradley, aka the Sattvic Family. They are the authors of The World as a Classroom, and we'll be talking about everything from family travels to unschooling to vaccinations to holistic living. Find out more about them at www.sattvicfamily.net.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 29, 2012
    Episode Description:
    As the Holder family enters the last stages of their move, they talk with the ultimate globe-trotting family, Billy and Elizabeth Bradley, aka the Sattvic Family. They are the authors of The World as a Classroom, and we'll be talking about everything from family travels to unschooling to vaccinations to holistic living. Find out more about them at www.sattvicfamily.net.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 15, 2012
    Episode Description:
    On today's program, we delve deeper into the Season For Nonviolence and connect it to the Internet viral movement KONY2012.
  • Original air date: Monday, March 05, 2012
    Episode Description:
    How do we give our children and teens the skills to be great leaders? Jennifer and Ogun share their thoughts with guest Barbara Jones, creator of the Growing Leaders Seminar for Teens. Find out more at http://9twentyfour.com/growingleaders/.
  • Episode: Amy Allen
    Original air date: Thursday, March 01, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Revs. Jennifer and Ogun say "Let's Eliminate Negative Thinking" about our family relationships during this season of Lent. Special guest play therapist Amy Allen joins the program to share her thoughts about talking to children about loss and grief.
  • Episode: HeartMath
    Original air date: Thursday, February 09, 2012
    Episode Description:
    As Valentine's Day approaches Revs. Jen and Ogun are joined by guest Larry Davis on the topic of HeartMath. What could me more perfect for a celebration of love than learning how to live from the heart?
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 02, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Special education advocate Larry Davis returns to the program to discuss "The Dream Within"—the expression of God in each and every one of us and our children. Check out Larry online at www.specialeducationadvocacy.org.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 26, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Revs. Jen and Ogun welcome Aida Havel, attorney at law, to the program. Aida specializes in collaborative law and shares her insights about spiritual separation and divorce as well as co-parenting after divorce.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 19, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Revs. Jennifer and Ogun share some big news and ideas about how to keep the family grounded during times of transition.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 12, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Ready to simplify your family life? Our guest Sam Davidson will give us tips on how to do just that. He is the author of 50 Things Your Life Doesn't Need and Simplify Your Life: How to De-clutter and De-stress Your Way to Happiness and is co-founder of Cool People Care. Connect with Sam at www.samdavidson.net and www.coolpeoplecare.org.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 05, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Revs. Jennifer and Ogun invite you to set your family intention for 2012, and they discuss how women are the hope for changing the world.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 15, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Just trying to get through the holidays? How about shifting from "surviving" to "thriving?" Jennifer and Ogun share their top 10 tools for thriving with family during the holidays.
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 17, 2011
    Episode Description:
    We're joined today by special guest Claudette Chenevert aka The Stepmom Coach. She'll be sharing tips on how blended families can stay sane and make the most out of the holidays. Claudette is a Master Certified Stepfamily Foundation Coach on a mission to provide support, guidance and resources to those women and men entering the “Instant Family” realm by offering workshops, teleseminars and coaching. Find out more at www.stepmomcoach.com.
  • Episode: Enjoy Parenting
    Original air date: Thursday, November 03, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Our special guest is Scott Noelle, parent, life coach and author of The Daily Groove: How to Enjoy Parenting Unconditionally! Scott is the creator of the PATH Program which provides extraordinary support and resources in the art of parenting based on Partnership, Authenticity, Trust and Heart. Learn more about Scott, the PATH Program, and how to get into a Daily Groove at www.enjoyparenting.com.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 20, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Special guest Sandy Blackard brings another installment of Say What You See: The Missing Step in Parenting and Personal Growth. Sandy is a parent, author, parent coach and founder of Language of Listening, a pathway to profound understanding of ourselves and our children. Find out more about Sandy and this transformative program at www.languageoflistening.com.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 06, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Revs. Jen and Ogun as they explore the consciousness of having siblings. They also share from their own personal experience of having and being siblings.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 22, 2011
    Episode Description:
    In this episode Dr. Roxanne Daleo joins us as we "Stress-Proof Ourselves and Our Children for School Success.” Dr. Roxanne trained in relaxation and stress-reduction techniques at Harvard Medical School's Division of Behavioral Medicine and is the founding director of MindWorks for Children.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 08, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Looking for some spiritual family rituals? Join Jennifer and Ogun as they explore practical ways to bring spirituality into everyday life.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 01, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Ogun and Jennifer as they discuss everything you and your family need to know about the upcoming school year and how to get “Back to School, Back to Basics.”
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 25, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join us and special guest author, Kathleen Wilson, for a lively discussion about the ever-changing parent/child relationships.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 18, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join us for a lively discussion on how to grow your youth and family ministry with our special guest, Rev. Ross Campbell.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 04, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Jennifer and Ogun as they continue their discussion on parenting and the Enneagram, the set of nine distinct personality types used to define our basic personality, strengths and weaknesses.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 28, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Jennifer and Ogun as they discuss parenting and the Enneagram, the set of nine distinct personality types used to define our basic personality, strengths and weaknesses.
  • Episode: I Understand
    Original air date: Thursday, July 21, 2011
    Episode Description:
    In this episode we feature I Understand by Jay Woods and Brandon Nagel. “I Understand” began in 1999 as the title of a poem. Today, I UNDERSTAND offers organizations a spirit-led set of 12 principle life skills of understanding through curriculums and supporting items that establish inclusive, peaceful, global coexistence through understanding.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 30, 2011
    Episode Description:
    How do we give our children and teens the skills to be great leaders? Jennifer and Ogun share their thoughts on the matter with guest Barbara Jones, creator of the Growing Leaders Seminar for teens. Find out more about it at http://9twentyfour.com/growingleaders/.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 23, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Having trouble balancing the roles of parent and partner? Guest Marty Babits shares how we can be more effective parents by paying more attention to our relationship with our partner. Marty is the author of The Power of the Middle Ground: A Couple's Guide to Renewing Your Relationship. Find out more about Marty and his book at http://www.powerofthemiddleground.com/.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 26, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join us as we talk with Claudia Carawan, a multitalented musician (singer/songwriter, pianist, producer and performer of many instruments) who has been inspiring fans with her positive heart and soul music for many years.  
  • Episode: Kathy Kirk
    Original air date: Thursday, May 12, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Kathy Kirk, author and creator of Applied Spirituality, returns to share on developing a deeper spirituality through parenting.
  • Episode: Roxanne Daleo
    Original air date: Thursday, May 05, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Dr. Roxanne Daleo joins us to take a look at the new brand of talk therapy and why our children are in danger of losing their health.
  • Episode: Mellisa Dormoy
    Original air date: Thursday, April 28, 2011
    Episode Description:
    In this episode, Mellisa Dormoy of Shambala Kids returns to talk about developing spiritual and emotional life skills for kids.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 14, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Ogun and Jennifer and special guest Lily Berkley for a discussion of “Oneness Blessing.”
  • Episode: Roxanne Daleo
    Original air date: Thursday, April 07, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join us as Dr. Roxanne Daleo returns to share her insights on how to cultivate spiritual optimism in ourselves and our children.
  • Episode: Larry Davis
    Original air date: Thursday, March 31, 2011
    Episode Description:
    In this episode, special education advocate Larry Davis returns to talk about the spirituality of fatherhood.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 24, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join us and special guest Laura Ramirez as she shares what Native American wisdom can teach us about parenting.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 03, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Jennifer, Ogun and special guest Susan Kaye Wyatt—singer, songwriter, producer, writer, performer and speaker who's favorite title is MOM—as they discuss the practical how to's of everyday parenting with a spiritual focus.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 24, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join us as we welcome special guest Annie Burnside, author of Soul to Soul Parenting: A Guide to Raising a Spiritually Conscious Family. Annie will share how to infuse greater spiritual awareness into everyday life, as well as inspire deeper meaning and connections within family. Find out more at www.annieburnside.com.
  • Episode: Kathy Kirk
    Original air date: Thursday, February 17, 2011
    Episode Description:
    In this episode, Kathy Kirk, author of The Earthling's Quick Start Guide, adapts her 10 Principles of Applied Spirituality to parenting. Find out more at www.appliedspirituality.com.
  • Episode: Scott Noelle
    Original air date: Thursday, February 10, 2011
    Episode Description:
    On this episode we are joined by special guest Scott Noelle, author of The Daily Groove: How to Enjoy Parenting … Unconditionally, to talk to us about the Attraction Parenting approach. Find out more at www.enjoyparenting.com.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 03, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Featuring Dr. Roxanne Daleo exploring the levels of stress we live in every day and what spiritual practices can do to navigate this pace of life.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 27, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Jennifer and Ogun with special guest Sandy Blackard discussing "Say What You See," solutions, examples and stories to deepen family connections and simplify life.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 20, 2011
    Episode Description:
    What is Conscious Parenting? Join Jennifer and Ogun for a Conscious Parenting interview with Dr. Shefali Tsabary, a clinical psychologist with a private practice in New York who also conducts regular workshops on Mindful Living and Conscious Parenting around the world.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 13, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Jennifer and Ogun as they kick off a new year for Unity Family Matters with special guest Scott Dykema of New Dream Studio, featuring the new book Keep Dreaming—an inspiring story for the young and young at heart!
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 16, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Join Jennifer and Ogun as they explore ways to create a family-centered conscious holiday.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 02, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Today our special guest Laurette Lynn, speaker, writer, education and homeschool advocate, and host of the Unplugged Mom radio show (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/unpluggedmom), will discuss the many facets of homeschooling.
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 18, 2010
    Episode Description:
    In this episode we will explore practical strategies to support parents in communicating with their child/teen's school.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 28, 2010
    Episode Description:
    On the program today, special guest Michiko Jane Rolek (also known as ZenMommie) of FunZen Bakery gives us soul recipes to nurture our spirit. Michiko—which means "child's way of beauty and wisdom" in Japanese—is an author, teacher, lecturer and life coach. She was born into a famous Zen lineage, as her great-grandfather was Shigetsu Sasaki (and also known as Sokei-an), the first Zen Master to make his home in America. Learn more about Michiko at www.funzenbakery.blogspot.com.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 14, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Today Jen and Ogun will address listener emails and questions. We invite you to tune in to hear the discussion!
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 07, 2010
    Episode Description:
    On today’s program, Jennifer and Ogun will share some more of their favorite resources for conscious parenting.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 30, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Today author Cami Walker of 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life, talks with Jennifer and Ogun about the international movement of daily giving inspired by her own healing journey.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 23, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Join us today as we talk with special guest Amy Allen, M.Ed, LPC, NCC, for a discussion about spiritual practices within the family.
  • Episode: Larry Davis
    Original air date: Thursday, September 16, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Join us today for a discussion with special guest Larry Davis about spiritual parenting tools that we can learn from Inspired Advocacy.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 09, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Today’s program focuses on prayer, children and teens. Our special guests are Rev. Diane Venzera, a certified spiritual educator, licensed Unity teacher and an ordained Unity minister with a focus in youth and family ministry, and speaker, writer and educator Rev. Dr. Jane Simmons.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 02, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Join Jennifer, Ogun and Dr. Barnsley Brown of Spirited Solutions Professional Speaking and Coaching for their discussion, “How Spirit-Filled Women Beat Stress and Burnout.”
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 26, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Joining us today is Steven Butler to discuss spiritual tools for children. Steven is a consultant with Southeast Children's Ministry.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 12, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Join host Ogun Holder and special guest host Denise Blake as they explore the roller coaster ride in the parent/child relationship. Surprise guests include Joy Holder, daughter of Jennifer and Ogun, Rosalin Holder, Ogun's mother, and Taylor Blake, daughter of Denise.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 05, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Rev. Wendy Craig-Purcell talks about her new book Ask Yourself, as well as her homeschooling adventures.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 29, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Want to get your kids meditating? Mellisa Dormoy from ShambalaKids joins us to share new meditation material just for kids.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 15, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Rev. Linda Martella-Winslett and her children join us to continue our discussion of the value of Unity principles in family life.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 08, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Guest Tim Armstrong, college sophomore, discusses the value of Unity principles in his upbringing and everyday life.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 01, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Jen and Ogun review their favorite parenting and relationship books.
  • Episode: Will Bowen
    Original air date: Thursday, June 24, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Will Bowen, author and creator of "A Complaint Free World," joins us to talk about his new book, Complaint-Free Relationships, as we continue to honor fathers.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 27, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Today's guest is Erin Kurt of ErinParenting.com, here to talk about taking care of Mom.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 20, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Join in for the discussion with today's guest, Ronda Underriner, on the adventures of step-parenting.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 29, 2010
    Episode Description:
    This week we explore The Power of the Middle Ground: A Couple's Guide to Renewing Your Relationship, with author and psychotherapist Marty Babits.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 22, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Join Ogun and Jennifer as they focus on the use of the Twelve Powers to co-create a conscious planet through concious family living. Listen in for a "sneek peek" at the Twelve Powers and Parenting book they're writing!
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 15, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Join Ogun and Jennifer as they focus on the use of the Twelve Powers to co-create a conscious planet through concious family living. Listen in for a "sneek peek" at the Twelve Powers and Parenting book they're writing!
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 08, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Children experience and deal with death differently than adults. How do we respond? What should we say or do? How should we be? Parent educator and family relationship coach Judy H. Wright joins us to talk about this sensitive issue.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 25, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Special education advocate Larry Davis returns to talk about enhancing the parent-child-school relationship.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 18, 2010
    Episode Description:
    New Thought singer/songwriter Bukeka shares music from her new album as well as tales of parenthood.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 11, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Today we talk with Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker, authors of Attached at the Heart: 8 Proven Parenting Principles for Raising Connected and Compassionate Children.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 04, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Today we talk with Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker, authors of Attached at the Heart: 8 Proven Parenting Principles for Raising Connected and Compassionate Children.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 18, 2010
    Episode Description:
    This week we welcome Warren and Francie Potter as we talk about the ever-changing face of family.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 04, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Ever wonder what a child raised with Unity principles turns out like? Join us this week to hear adults who were raised in Unity share their stories.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 28, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Join us as we chat with Law of Attraction author Connie Domino about her latest book, The Law of Forgiveness.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 21, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Join husband and wife team Jennifer and Ogun as they explore ways to create a conscious planet through conscious family living. This week's guest is Steve Viglione of the I AM Foundation, an organization that gives books to millions of children worldwide.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 14, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Join husband and wife team Jennifer and Ogun as they explore ways to create a conscious planet through conscious family living. This week's guest is Andrew Weiss, author of Beginning Mindfulness: Learning the Way of Awareness.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 07, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Join husband and wife team Jennifer and Ogun as they explore ways to create a conscious planet through conscious family living. This week's guest is The Association of Unity Churches Children's and Family Ministry Coordinator Kathy Kellogg.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 17, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Join husband and wife team Jennifer and Ogun as they explore ways to create a conscious planet through conscious family living. Our special guest this week? YOU! This show is dedicated to the listeners. Call us and share your favorite holiday traditions and stories. What was your best childhood memory? What is your most treasured parent moment? Horror stories? Too funny to believe? We want them all! Come spend some holiday time with us.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 10, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Join husband and wife team Jennifer and Ogun as they explore ways to create a conscious planet through conscious family living. During the busy holiday season, how do we continue to parent from the heart? Our guests are Linda and Ty Hatfield.
  • Episode: Toni Lapp
    Original air date: Thursday, December 03, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Join husband and wife team Jennifer and Ogun as they explore ways to create a conscious planet through conscious family living. This week we talk about raising a child with special needs. Our guest is Toni Lapp, editor of Unity Magazine® and parent of a child with autism.
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 19, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Join husband and wife team Jennifer and Ogun as they explore ways to create a conscious planet through conscious family living. This week we take a look at books written for the conscious child. Special guests are authors Mari Howerton and Susan LeBarre.
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 12, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Join husband and wife team Jennifer and Ogun as they explore ways to create a conscious planet through conscious family living. This week we welcome Angel Carlton, creator of the Free 2 B U leadership club for youth and other programs based on the teachin
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 05, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Join husband and wife team Jennifer and Ogun as they explore ways to create a conscious planet through conscious family living. This week our guest is author and parenting/family counselor Naomi Aldort.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 29, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Join husband and wife team Jennifer and Ogun as they explore ways to create a conscious planet through conscious family living. This week we talk with Unity Youth and Family Ministry pioneer Rev. Diane Venzera.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Join husband and wife team Jennifer and Ogun as they explore ways to create a conscious planet through conscious parenting and family living. This week our special guest is Dr. Alan Nelson, Church Leadership Specialist. This prolific author has used his skills and experience to develop a transformational new leadership program for children called KidLead.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 15, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Join husband and wife team Jennifer and Ogun as they explore ways to create a conscious planet through conscious parenting and family living. Our special guest this week is singer/songwriter Susan Kay Wyatt. She is the composer of inspirational and children’s motivational music and the proud parent of Elizabeth.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 08, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Join husband and wife team Jennifer and Ogun as they explore ways to create a conscious planet through conscious parenting and family living. This week we look at implementing Nonviolent Communication in our family relationships. Our special guest is Sura Hart, co-author of Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 01, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Join husband and wife team Jennifer and Ogun as they explore ways to create a conscious planet through conscious parenting and family living. This week we look at implementing Nonviolent Communication in our family relationships. Our special guest is Sura Hart, co-author of Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 24, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Join husband and wife team Jennifer and Ogun as they explore ways to create a conscious planet through conscious family living. This week Lily Berkley, youth director at One Community Spiritual Center shares about their unique Spy Kids Camp.
  • Episode: Teen Dream Camp
    Original air date: Thursday, September 17, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Join husband and wife team Jennifer and Ogun as they explore ways to create a conscious planet through conscious family living. This week Rev. Kevin Ross and his wife Anita will share about their empowering Teen Dream Camp and being new parents.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 10, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Join husband and wife team Jennifer and Ogun as they explore ways to create a conscious planet through conscious family living. This week's show explores connecting through bedtime stories featuring authors George Proudfoot and Laura Garfield.
  • Episode: Sandy Blackard
    Original air date: Thursday, September 03, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Join husband and wife team Jennifer and Ogun as they explore ways to create a conscious planet through conscious family living. Today’s guest is Sandy Blackard.
  • Episode: Larry Davis
    Original air date: Thursday, August 27, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Join husband and wife team Jennifer and Ogun as they explore ways to create a conscious planet through conscious family living. Today’s guest is Larry Davis
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 20, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Join husband and wife team Jennifer and Ogun as they explore ways to create a conscious planet through conscious family living. Today’s guest is Rev. Jane Simmons.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 23, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Special education advocate Larry Davis talks with Jennifer and Linda about how our dreams for our children can uplift and support them rather than get in their way.
  • Episode: AWAKENING!
    Original air date: Thursday, April 16, 2009
    Episode Description:
    In this program, Linda and Jennifer discuss courage and the "innate potential" of your child with Dr. Roxanne Daleo. Tune in to hear ways for children to calm down, find inner peace, and improve attention, concentration, confidence and creativity. We will discuss the use of guided imagery relaxation audio CDs, music, energy and mindfulness practice to show how children reveal the presence, depth and power of inner life and their gifts.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 02, 2009
    Episode Description:
    No need to be at a loss when your child experiences loss. Sandy Blackard, founder of “Language of Listening,” teaches us how to be at ease with discomfort over loss.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 26, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Dr. Roxanne Daleo joins Linda and Jennifer for this week’s program to share about her guided imagery and relaxation journeys for children. This week's feature is “The Way of the Bear,” helping children cope with angry feelings in a positive way.
  • Episode: Let Them Be!
    Original air date: Thursday, March 05, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Special Education advocate Larry Davis invites us to stop saving our kids from their experiences, to trust instead that every consequence of every choice leads them to their good.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 26, 2009
    Episode Description:
    What did you say? Join Jennifer and Linda in conversation with Sandy Blackard, author of the Say What You See and Add a Strength program. Learn tools and techniques for communicating in compassionate ways with the kids in your life.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 19, 2009
    Episode Description:
    An interview with author Ginger Hodge about her book When Donkeys Fly, which teaches “no matter who they are or what others may say, anyone can go anywhere and do anything as long as he or she believes.” Named “Most Outstanding Inspirational/ Motivational Book” by the Mom’s Choice Awards.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 12, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Explore new coping strategies and effective relaxation techniques for children. These easy-to-use tools will be shared by guest expert Dr. Roxanne Daleo, Harvard educator and therapist, who has over 12 years’ experience working with children and families. Listen in for new ideas and resources!
  • Episode: Let Them Go!
    Original air date: Thursday, February 05, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Special Education advocate Larry Davis speaks of how to let go when our children are not who we imagined they would be.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Spiritual coach Beth Sabet teaches how the most widely accepted spiritual practices of devotion, prayer, meditation, and service are directly related to our role as parents and caregivers and how we can use these practices to develop a more authentic and sacred relationship with our children.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 22, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Spiritual parenting isn't limited to just the primary caregiver; it takes a whole village, and that includes anyone who's invested in the life of a child. Join Linda and Jennifer with special guest, Teri Wilder, New Thought songwriter and musician, for a conversation highlighting the invaluable experiences of children and families when we all come together as a village to raise a child.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 15, 2009
    Episode Description:
    To familiar tunes, Kay Hornsby, M.Ed., sings of animals’ characteristics that reflect our divine human powers.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 08, 2009
    Episode Description:
    Kicking the new year off with conscious family intentions. Join this week's guests, Dr. Carla Wakefield and Rob Slusher, as they highlight Native American family rituals to strengthen our family intentions and connections.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 18, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Everyone knows that the holidays are ripe with emotions. For our children, there can be a whirlwind experience of delight and disappointment. Join Jennifer and Linda as they speak with expert Sandy Blackard. She'll offer valuable insight in using the "Say What You See" tool to create more peace this holiday season.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 11, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Reduce tensions and conflicts arising from extended family expectations, culture clashes, and competing spiritual practices that can consume us at this time of the year.
  • Original air date: Thursday, December 04, 2008
    Episode Description:
    What is the spiritual focus of Christmas for kids in Unity? Join Linda and Jennifer as they highlight Unity's newest publication Countdown to Christmas, a children's Advent booklet. They'll share personal holiday insights and hear from parents about spiritualizing Christmas in their family traditions and practices.
  • Episode: Thanksliving
    Original air date: Thursday, November 20, 2008
    Episode Description:
    An attitude of gratitude is considered a primary spiritual practice. How can families extend the practice beyond our once-a-year national holiday? How are our lives made better by becoming living expressions of thanks?
  • Original air date: Thursday, November 06, 2008
    Episode Description:
    A New Earth for Kids, developed by North Star Family Matters magazine in conjunction with Unity Church of Overland Park, uses a new “Engage Aloud” format to bring conscious awareness to kids of the principals, beliefs, and practices of spirituality.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 30, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Join us this week as Linda and Jennifer share ideas of "walking the talk" of prosperity teachings and parenting. Special guest Bukeka Newby Shoals, New Thought singer/songwriter, shares inspiring stories of faith and prosperity parenting.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 23, 2008
    Episode Description:
    When a woman has a positive, empowered experience giving birth to her child, the tone is set for confident spiritual parenting. Linda and Jennifer speak with Robyn Thompson, MSW, MPH, LMSW, one of the founding directors of the South Texas Birth and Women’s Health Collaborative; and Joi Brock, LM, CPM, professional midwife.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 09, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Where can teens go to explore the power of intention and imagination? Who will step into the leadership of the next generation? Rev Kevin Ross speaks with Linda and Jennifer about Teen Dream Camp. Join us to find out more about this movement that identifies and awakens young dreamers and ignites the dreams within the hearts of the next generation of socially conscious, empowered, global leaders.
  • Original air date: Thursday, October 02, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Why “stranger danger” messages miss the mark; what not to do when your child expresses fear of another person; how can the emotion “fear” be healthy …a nd more when Sandy Blackard, founder of Language of Listening, joins Jennifer and Linda.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 18, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Is it possible to create peace in our daily lives? What are some ways our children be the peacemakers of our time? Explore these questions and more with special guest, Naomi Drew, pioneering educator in the field of peacemaking and conflict resolution in public education. She's the author of Peaceful Parents, Peaceful Kids as well as Hope and Healing: Peaceful Parenting in an Uncertain World. Email your questions in advance or call to speak with her in person.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 11, 2008
    Episode Description:
    On this special World Day of Prayer, join Jennifer and Linda as they speak with Association of Unity Churches International board members Rev. Eileen Goor and Rev. Julie Montague as they share about the development of prayer consciousness in children, ways in which Unity ministries teach children about prayer, and stories of how children demonstrate the light that they are through their own prayers.
  • Original air date: Thursday, September 04, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Can we create an optimum environment for children’s creativity in the home? By observing children at play, can we learn about their spirits? Can families benefit from shared creative activity? These and other topics this week when Jennifer and Linda converse with Montessori educator, Unity Youth Ministry leader, and Mom Dorothy Carrera Harman.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 28, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Mary Lou Wright and Brenda Gustin, educators at Sacramento Valley School, give us a peek into an educational environment where children are granted intellectual independence and their individuality is championed. With no predetermined curriculum, no test-taking or formal classes, guess what? These children are succeeding in life!
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 14, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Association of Unity Churches International Youth of Unity coordinator Jane Simmons speaks with Jennifer and Linda about some of the most important issues for teens today and how they can be supported; how their spirits can be nurtured; how they can make the difference in the world.
  • Original air date: Thursday, August 07, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Join Jennifer and Linda as they present some of the latest curriculla offered by Unity. Rev. Kathy Kellogg will discuss the new Uniteens program, "Navigating Change," and Rev. Diane Venzera will share one of her many courses. Get back into the swing of things with Unity teachings that support our Youth and Family Ministries.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 31, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Good parenting doesn’t happen by default. It is intentional. It is a decision about who you will be and what you will do in your family life. Your hosts Jennifer and Linda want you to experience the “light” side of parenting—realizing your divine identity while raising your children to know they are “the light of God.”
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 17, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Grandparents talk about ways they influence, uphold and nurture their grandchildren’s spirituality, regardless of the distance between their homes or the frequency of physical contact.
  • Episode: Preteen Spirit
    Original air date: Thursday, July 10, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Honoring our preteens (11-14) in their spiritual unfoldment. This age is a time for questioning, so bring your questions and challenges to our expert, Joanne Burns, CSE, LUT, Uniteen Consultant for the SCUCA Unity Region.
  • Original air date: Thursday, July 03, 2008
    Episode Description:
    As conscious spiritual parents, we want our children to be rooted in divine love, the magnetizing, harmonizing and unifying power. Harmony in the home appears threatened, however, when children argue, fight or take advantage of each other in an effort to gain their parents’ favor. We’ll sort out fact from fiction, myth from truth as we talk with parents who are practicing Unity principles when sisters and brothers vie for attention.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 26, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Would you like to reconnect with who you are? Do you desire a life or meaning and connection? Would you like to be part of a Personal Renewal Group? Join us for answers to these and other questions as Renee Trudeau highlights her book, The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal. Completing our family focus month on Spiritual Parenting in Unity, we celebrate the sacred call to motherhood.
  • Original air date: Thursday, June 05, 2008
    Episode Description:
    This month we kick off our Family Focus Series. In honor of Father’s Day and spiritual parenting, Jennifer and Linda welcome real life dads who are committed to raising their children to remember they are the lights of God no matter what. Our guests will share their experiences of foster care and adoption and shared custody. Bring your hearts and prepare for an hour of inspiring and heartwarming real-life stories that support all of us in choosing the path of spiritual parenting.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 29, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Children diagnosed with “disorders” such as autism and ADD are too often viewed according to their “disability” and the challenge of providing for their “special” needs. Special Education Advocate Larry Davis visits with co-hosts Linda and Jennifer to explore the phenomena of rising numbers of special needs kids born at this time in human evolution.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 15, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Back by popular demand, Sandy Blackard, founder of “Language of Listening,” joins Jennifer and Linda to expand on her amazingly simple and profound practices for parents. These simple tools draw forth, notice and emphasize, and celebrate the good in our children as well as affirming what our children “can do”.
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 08, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Dr. Marilyn Powers of the I AM Foundation joins Jennifer and Linda to highlight the Foundation’s empowering curriculum for children based upon the I Am Affirmation Book. Dr. Powers believes “when children discover their value, they bring their value to the world.”
  • Original air date: Thursday, May 01, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Do you ever get bogged down in the day-to-day tasks of being a parent? Join Jennifer and Linda as they explore ways to rediscover and ignite the parenting passion. They’ll be joined by Rev. Kathy Kellogg, who currently serves as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator at the Association of Unity Churches International. Tune in and share in the wonderment of the parenting spiritual practice!
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 24, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Author and parent educator Sandy Blackard, founder of "Language of Listening," joins Jennifer and Linda to share her amazingly simple and profound practices for parents to draw forth, notice, emphasize and celebrate the good in our children in order to help them see the good in themselves. Unity's Twelve Powers and more come alive in this hour!
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 17, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Who makes the best advocate for your child? You do! Join Linda and Jennifer with educational advocate Larry Davis as they explore empowering ways parents can be involved in the education experience of children today. Plan to take notes and pass Larry’s inspiring four steps of inspired advocacy on to your neighbors, friends and family.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 10, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Linda and Jennifer welcome Diane Cantrell, author of the children's book Good-bye, Baby Max to speak about how we can support children who are grieving the loss of someone in their life. Diane's book teaches children it is okay to cry and mourn. But life is also about accepting the loss and moving on and seeing the emergence of new life.
  • Original air date: Thursday, April 03, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Join us for an hour of conversation with moms and dads about how Unity principles support them and their children every day in every way. By phone or by email, you can join us and share your own stories, questions and insights.
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 20, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Are you looking for ways to nurture “the whole child”—both your children and perhaps the child within yourself? Create the space in your week by tuning in with co-hosts Jennifer and Linda and special guest, Sue Woodward, editor of NorthStar Family Matters (a magazine that supports conscious parenting and empowered kids).
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 13, 2008
    Episode Description:
    The words we speak to our children reflect our beliefs and feelings and carry a vibration that either uplifts or discourages. Join the conversation with co-hosts Jennifer and Linda and their guest Steve Viglione from the I AM Foundation, and learn to say what you mean!
  • Original air date: Thursday, March 06, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Are you looking for practical, inspirational ways to create a closer family connection? Rediscover the value of creating an intention for balance and carving out that space in daily life …. Even in the midst of the busiest times of the year. Join special guest, Mimi Doe, Spiritual Parenting Guru. Remember to email spiritualparenting@unity.fm or call in live with your questions at 866-472-5794!
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 28, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Early in life children discover they can say “yes” or “no” and begin to learn about their power to make choices. Adults want their children to make the most positive, life-affirming, empowering choices. Linda and Jennifer invite you into our conversation about the spiritual power of choosing, for you and your kids.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 21, 2008
    Episode Description:
    What’s the difference between empowered kids and kids in power? Join us as we explore raising children to know and trust the guidance that is within them. Special guest Steffany Barton, R.N., will join in the conversation affirming wisdom within works!
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 14, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Our guest this week is Diane Cantrell, teacher of “Love and Logic: Helping Adults Raise Responsible Kids.” We’ll discuss why kids need riverbanks and how to gradually widen them.
  • Original air date: Thursday, February 07, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Everybody brings a different perspective of parenting to the table. What parenting practices do we use? What rituals? What religious practices? As we work together as parents, teachers and other caring adults in childrens' lives, we are modeling collaboration and the acceptance of differences. Join Linda and Jennifer, along with spiritual parenting guests, Beverly of Northern Virginia and Terri of Kansas, in exploring the richness of parenting styles.
  • Original air date: Thursday, January 31, 2008
    Episode Description:
    Parents and adults who spend time with children, this one’s for you! When we have to bathe babies, prepare meals, drive to soccer practice and piano lessons and dentist appointments … who has time for spirituality? Co-hosts Linda and Jennifer, and their guest Diane Venzera, all Unity ministers as well as parents, want to say “Let’s Get Real!” about spirituality in family life.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
    Episode Description:
    Having trouble balancing the roles of parent and partner? Guest Marty Babits shares how we can be more effective parents by paying more attention to our relationship with our partner. Marty is the author of The Power of the Middle Ground: A Couple's Guide to Renewing Your Relationship. Find out more about Marty and his book at http://www.powerofthemiddleground.com/.

Host Bio

Rev. Jennifer Holder
Revs. Jennifer and Ogun Holder have been on a spiritual parenting path since 2001.  Jennifer is currently the senior minister at Unity of Gaithersburg, Maryland, and also serves on the Board for Unity School of Christianity. She is an advocate for children and families and has inspired children and adults to co-create and experience spiritual-based and balanced relationships since 1996.

Her husband, Rev. Ogun Holder, is the senior minister and executive director of the alternative ministry Unity For All. He has written articles for Daily Word®, Unity Magazine®, and Contact magazine. His first full-length book Rants to Revelations will be published in fall 2012.

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