How to Be a Holy Rascal

| with Rabbi Rami Shapiro | Wednesdays at 11 a.m. CT
How to Be a Holy Rascal

Program Overview

Do you take spirituality into your own hands, bucking corporate religion in favor of finding your own path? Do you cross the boundary between religion and science or between religions themselves? Do you like a dose of humor with your Truth seeking? If you answered “yes,” you’re what we call a holy rascal!

In How to Be a Holy Rascal, Rabbi Rami Shapiro will engage in frank, humorous discussions with his band of holy rascals. These essential conversations will address what it means to be a spiritual human being in the modern world. We want you to join in the conversation too! Rabbi Rami and his guests will take your questions and provide you with roadside assistance as you travel your own spiritual path.

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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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  • Original air date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Joan Tollifson, author of Nothing to Grasp, will discuss liberation—is it an illusion? The simplicity of the Pathless Path is seeing through our stories and beliefs to the boundless of who we are.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Brian Merritt, pastor of Mercy Junction, will have a conversation with Rabbi Rami about how food and gardens are the new ministries in urban areas and the future of the church.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, September 03, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Arjuna Ardagh, an awakening coach and author, reminds us that our awareness is who we are—it is not our story, and it is boundaryless.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Dena Merriam, the founder and convener of the Global Peace Initiative for Women and managing partner of Finn Partners, offers that most of our world problems are just how we see, hear, and speak. And what does Divine Feminine have to do with any of it?
  • Original air date: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Andrew Harvey, a man of many books and an important spiritual teacher for our age, talks about the Dark Night of the Soul and that the spiritual journey is not always rosy. What can we do to help the planet as it goes through its dark night of the soul?
  • Original air date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Harris Zafar, national spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, lecturer, and author of Demystifying Islam, is not afraid to call out and criticize distorted perceptions and distortions of Islamic teachings. 
     
  • Original air date: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Dale Allen Hoffman, an Aramaic lecturer and author, breaks down a few prayers in Aramaic and English, with Rami breaking down in Hebrew. A feisty conversation about going beyond text, and the words, to truly experience life.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Thomas Moore was a monk for 12 years, a musician, a university professor, a psychotherapist, and author of many books, including the best-selling book Care of the Soul. He will be talking about his new book, A Religion of One's Own, and finding spiritual practices in everyday life.
     
  • Original air date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Our guest is the Rebbe-on-the-Road, Rabbi Goldie Milgram, who will be talking about Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi who passed on July 3. Reb Zalman was one of the founders of Jewish Renewal. He called himself a Jewish Practitioner with Universal Truth.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Robert Wicks is a man who knows how to handle stress. His work has taken him around the globe to help relief workers, veterans, and refugees, to name a few. His writings intersect psychology and spirituality, the mind and spirit. It is a beautiful thing. 
     
  • Original air date: Wednesday, July 09, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Debra Zaslow is a wonderful nationally known storyteller and author. On today's show, she will talk about her new book, Bringing Bubbe Home. This is a larger topic of what do we do with our elders who are dying and who have been "difficult"? What is the healing for them and for ourselves?
     
  • Original air date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Sera Beak, a Harvard scholar and author of Red, Hot, and Holy, will talk to Rami about how we can open up to our Divine Feminine Super Powers. 
  • Original air date: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Hemant Mehta, the Friendly Atheist, is a high school math teacher, author, and sold his soul on eBay. As the younger generation moves toward being the "nones," who guides them on their constitutional right of freedom from religion? This is a big topic.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, June 04, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Brian McLaren, a prominent author and the man who is shaking up Christianity, was named one of the 25 most influential evangelists in 2005 by Time magazine. Rami and Brian have a wonderful conversation about the church and being spiritually independent, the Other, and finding God in unexpected places.  
  • Original air date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Carrie Newcomer, a Quaker singer and peace activist, knows no boundaries in performing in front of a global audience. She has performed from the prestigious Carnegie Hall to small rural villages in Africa. Be sure to listen to how embracing our truest self will leave us astonished. 
  • Original air date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
    Episode Description:
    David Robert Ord, editor at Namaste Publishing and coauthor with Kurt Johnson of The Coming of the Inter-Spiritual Age, talks about his journey from a Christian Fundamentalist in England to an Inter-Spiritual seeker in the United States. Be sure to hear about the principles of Inter-Spiritual Wisdom.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Jana Riess, creator of Twible, expresses the Bible chapters in 140 characters on Twitter ... talk about brevity and wicked humor! Rami and Jana will explore how pop culture influences biblical studies and issues.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, May 07, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Christian Piatt is a self-descibed God Nerd. His new book, Blood Doctrine, asks the question, Could Science resurrect Jesus? Listen and see how Christian is pushing the boundaries of Christianity.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Pamela Bloom, award-winning journalist, visionary writer, vibrational sound healer, and live presenter for Braco, the Croatian Healer. Pamela works with people on many levels of creativity and healing. Inspiration comes in all forms; listen today and become inspired.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Michael Dowd, a progressive Christian minister and eco-theologist and author of Thank God for Evolution, will be joining Rami today. His stories and message are inspiring. Enjoy this discussion on Big History and the Epic Story of Evolution.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Carolyn Baker taught history and psychology for years, then the wake-up call happened. This world is a mess. She is the writer of several books, including Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times, in which she says we should prepare for the world changes to come rather than try to prevent them. Yes, the world is a mess, and yes, despair can teach us about joy.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Ruth Broyde Sharone, interfaith peace activist, author of Miracles and Minefields and producer of God and Allah Need to Talk, knows that when doing interfaith work, you must stretch from your core and let the work sting, then you know you are doing the real work. Ruth's work beautifully represents the Hebrew words Tikkum Olam, bringing light in and healing the world.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Kay Lindahl, the founder of The Listening Center, conducts workshops on Listening as a Spiritual Practice. True listening is a creative force that can transform relationships. The next time you feel the need to say something, step back, breathe, and ask yourself, how can I listen now? Something amazing could happen.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Mary Ann Brussat, cofounder of Spirituality and Practice, has been one of the forerunners on the spiritual-cultural themes. What do spirituality and pop culture have in common?
  • Original air date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Ed Bastian, Ph.D, executive director of Spiritual Paths Foundation and mentor to host Rami Shapiro, has written books on inter-spirituality. In this episode, learn about spiritual learning styles and deep questions as tools to create your own spiritual path.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Ralph Singh, the CEO of Wisdom Thinkers Network, is a sikh who's mission is to create a more civil society through powerful wisdom stories from different traditions. How do you "Light the Way"?
     

  • Original air date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Joan Borysenko and her husband, Dr. Gordon Dveirin, will join Rami to talk being spiritual eclectics ... Body/Mind/Spirit integration, the Shadow Self, and finding your spiritual guidance. They are the dynamic Duo.
     
  • Original air date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Edie Weinstein, The Bliss Mistress, beams and she is all about creating powerful relationships. What would it be like to be blissful as a normal state, make your ordinary life into an extraordinary one?
  • Original air date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Margaret Placentra Johnston, author of Faith Beyond Belief, is a former optometrist who has a clearer vision for healing in the debate of believer and nonbeliever among religions. Why do good people leave the Church? Does it begin with a little doubt?
  • Original air date: Wednesday, February 05, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Rev. Susan Sparks, a pastor, stand-up comedian, and former attorney, believes that there is spiritual power in humor. We agree! Come listen to Susan's down-home stories and how laughter is key to forgiveness for yourself and others.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Swami Beyondananda, aka Steve Bhaerman, will help us enlighten up and brighten up our day with his cosmic humor and share his wisdom to compassionately overcome our obstacles in life.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Tim Miner, cofounder of OUNI, is a pilot and law-enforcement interfaith minister. Tim has big visions about the interfaith and interspiritual movement. This is the fastest-growing demographic. How does it affect you?
  • Original air date: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Matthew Fox, the ex-priest, author, collaborator of the Techno-Cosmic Mass, has so many titles and accolades—where do we begin to introduce him? Rabbi Rami and Matthew have known each other for years. Today's episode will be more of a conversation between two Holy Rascals than the usual interview.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, December 18, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Sohaib Sultan is one of the growing numbers of Muslim chaplains at universities and is the author of Koran for Dummies and the Qur'an and Sayings of Prophet Muhammad. Please listen about his work with students and in Christian and Muslim relations.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Rabbi Debra Kolodny, executive director of Nehirim and Rabbi to Portland P'nai Or synagogue, will be discussing her work as an LGBT Jewish activist and spiritual leader. This show is eye-opening regarding how the Hebrew text and Torah can be misinterpreted and how Debra's core work is inclusivity to all.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, December 04, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Lynn Woodland, author of Making Miracles, will discuss how miracles help us experience God and what we can do to experience more miracles in our lives. Find out why Rami is a miracle skeptic.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Rabbi Ted Falcon of the Interfaith Three Amigos will be our guest. Honestly, who knows what these meshgenah rabbis will discuss—Kabbalah, Interfaith, and Holy Rascalness. Be sure to tune in for a laugh.
  • Episode: Kathe Schaaf
    Original air date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Kathe Schaaf brings women together for unique conversations and transformational leadership gatherings. She sees that as the old systems of greed and power crumble, the feminine wisdom emerges. And the great news is it is happening NOW.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Beth Katz, the executive director for Project Interfaith and RavelUnravel, is on a mission to combat cultural and religious myths by creating space for individuals to share their powerful stories.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, November 06, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Our special guest, Sharif Abdullah, founder of Commonway Institute, is committed to creating a society that works for all beings. This is a sacred act. Join us to hear about his world travels and what it will take to create a spiritual civilization for the 21st century.
     
  • Original air date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Glennon Doyle Melton, founder of Momastery and author of Carry on, Warrior, will entertain Rami with her life stories and family tales. Glennon is disarmingly honest about it all. She is definitely a Holy Rascal.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Adam Bucko, author of Occupy Spirituality, is the spiritual director to many of New York City's homeless youths. His radical vision of social change is so simple and so profound: Sit with the homeless youths in contemplation, let them experience silence, and witness the change. 
     
  • Original air date: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Elizabeth Dabney Hochman, founding editor of KidSpirit Online, a spiritual and creative outlet for teenagers, joins Rabbi Rami to discuss how this former opera singer saw the need for teens to express their views in a safe environment. This is an outstanding website with loads of resources for teens and youth workers.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, October 09, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Rabbi David Zaslow has a new book, Jesus: The First Century Rabbi. This is a bold book that challenges Christians in Jesus' commitment to his Jewish faith.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, October 02, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Do CEOs need Spiritual Intelligence? Cindy is on the cutting edge with the new emergence of conscious capitalism. Her book SQ 21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence is the missing piece for the different intelligences (IQ, EQ) for business leaders. Can spirituality change the face of doing business?
     
  • Original air date: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Are Genesis, Dark Green Religion, and Avatar changing our story? In his newest book, Avatar and Nature Spirituality, Bron Taylor explores the emerging story about our planet. Rami and Bron talk about the changing narrative in Genesis and how the blockbuster movie Avatar was a force in challenging people's stories about the environment.

  • Original air date: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Can I be spiritually independent and religious too? Carl McColman, author of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism and others, will ponder with Rami on spiritual labels. Are they good or a hindrance? Why do we wear them? What language can we use to celebrate and forge our spiritual identities without being pigeonholed? 
  • Original air date: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Can the ancient wounds between the genders be healed now? Gender crisis is a collective spiritual crisis. No society can be truly equal with imbalances to the masculine and feminine energy. Satyana Institute has developed powerful healing transformation workshops around the globe to help heal the riff and power struggle between the sexes. This is important work, gender reconciliation. 

  • Original air date: Wednesday, September 04, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Not if you have read Mirabai Starr's book, God of Love. Join Rabbi Rami as they explore and find the common ground of the rich Abrahamic traditions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Although there may be disagreements, there is no doubt the unifying wisdom is loving-kindness.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Ellen Bernstein, the 'Birth Mother' of the Jewish Environmental Movement, is the founder of Shomrei Adamah. Rabbi Rami and Ellen will examine religious text on the environmental movement and how we can be a better steward for the Mother Earth.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Rabbi Sandy Sasso, the trailblazing woman rabbi and author of a dozen children’s books, will talk about how to nurture the spiritual imagination of children. Her books open not only the children’s minds but their hearts and spirit about God.
  • Episode: Shefali Tsabary
    Original air date: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Rabbi Rami and Dr. Shefali discuss how parenting can be a spiritual journey and how children mirror their parents' forgotten selves. This is a very enlightening conversation that goes beyond parent/child and other relationships too.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, August 07, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Jihad is misunderstood and often misused with non-Muslims. Jihad is both the inner spiritual struggle and the outer physical struggle. With that struggle, a third meaning becomes apparent in "building a good society." Raheel Raza is the author of Their Jihad ... Not My Jihad!, a public speaker, activist for human rights, and diversity consultant. In today’s show, Raheel bridges the gap between East and West, gender equality, and interfaith dialogue.
     
  • Original air date: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
    Episode Description:
    How has Hinduism influence the American spiritual scene and what does it mean for the future of American spirituality? Explore these questions and more with Rabbi Rami and Phil Goldberg, author of American Veda.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
    Episode Description:

    From mystic to prophet—a conversation with evolutionary creator Jan Phillips about tapping into the wisdom of your inner mystic and finding prophetic ways to share the light. The Kabbalah says, "We receive the light, then we impart the light. Thus we repair the world." In this show, Jan Phillips will share a few easy steps you can take to harvest your life experience and find the jewels of wisdom born from those adventures. 
     

  • Original air date: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Peggy Price, a recently retired New Thought minister from Seal Beach, California, has extensively traveled the globe for peace initiatives, interfaith dialogue, and conflict resolution. Peggy and Rami will discuss the women in today’s spiritual leadership roles. Peggy will share stories of inspiring women from around the world.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Stereotypes destroy dialogues with Other. Tom, not being a religious person, saw a quiet movement among the evangelicals. In this episode, Rami and guest Tom Krattenmaker, a journalist specializing in religion and public life, will discuss the misconceptions of evangelicals,  how "do justly" and "walk humbly with God" are the basis of social change and Holy Rascal work.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, July 03, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Do you feel that you have outgrown your religion? What you thought was true was only half Truth? Our guest Tom Stella, cofounder of SoulLink and hospice chaplain, will be discussing his book, Finding God Beyond Religion. This will be a lively discussion in expanding parodical Christianity into  the territory of Mystery. Maybe it is time to reframe the aspects of your religion and put it into action in your daily life.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
    Episode Description:
    If a lowly rogue from Kansas can become a swami, there is hope for everyone. Listen to the swami speak of spreading the message of Love and feel his Shakti (life force) energy through the airwaves. He will put a smile in your heart. 
  • Original air date: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
    Episode Description:
    In this episode, Rami goes into a deep conversation about Islam, Sufism, and interfaith work with Jamal Rahman. They cover the topics of the meaning of miracles, God, and "the inconvenient work" of the soul and purpose.

     

     

Host Bio

Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro is widely recognized as one of the most creative figures in contemporary American Judaism. A graduate of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, he also holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Union Graduate School. An award-winning author of more than two dozen books on spirituality, his poetry and prayers are included in prayer books, both Jewish and Christian.

Shapiro was the founding rabbi of Temple Beth Or in Miami, Florida, and senior rabbi of Metivta, a center for contemplative Judaism in Los Angeles, California. He is a founder and teacher of both “Holy Rascals: Online Wisdom for Spiritual Independents” and One River Wisdom School. In addition, he writes a regular column in Spirituality and Health magazine, “Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler.”

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