Rants to Revelations Radio

| with Ogun Holder | Wednesday at 9 a.m. CT
Rants to Revelations Radio

Program Overview

From mayhem to miracle, from disaster to divine, Rants to Revelations Radio finds the opportunities for spiritual growth in everyday moments. Drawing from current headlines to pop culture, Rev. Ogun and his sidekick Tina blur the lines between the sacred and the profane and bring meaning to the seemingly meaningless. The show will also feature guests who are dedicated to transforming the world for good by following their bliss.
Join the conversation by calling in, tweeting, or posting on Facebook and be sure to check out Ogun’s spiritual humor memoir Rants to Revelations.

Rants To Revelations is sponsored by:
Synergy Chiropractic - Working Together Towards Whole Health
Unity For All - Global Transformation Through Spiritual Education, Empowerment, & Engagement
Unity of Gaithersburg - Celebrating Our Divine Destiny

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.

Program Archives
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  • Episode: Shambala Kids
    Original air date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
    Episode Description:
    We're interviewing Mellisa Dormoy, founder of Shambala Kids. She is on a mission to reach and teach self-esteem, stress management, and goal attainment to children and teens all over the globe through meditation and relaxation audio and programs.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    Episode Description:
    It's a Sidekick Tsunami! Amanda and Tina make it that much more entertaining for our first live video episode. Listen here or watch on Ogun's YouTube page for some extra pre- and post-show hilarity.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, December 03, 2014
    Episode Description:
    It's time for another edition of "The Guru and The Grasshopper" with our favorite Zen teacher, Andrew Weiss. Andrew studied Zen with Zen Master Seung Sahnh, Zen Master Su Bong, and Thich Nhat Hanh. He is an ordained Brother in Thich Nhat Hanh's Order of Interbeing, and has also been ordained by Zen priest Claude AnShin Thomas in the White Plum Lineage of Japanese Soto Zen. He is the author of Beginning Mindfulness, a complete short-course in mindfulness practice and spiritual development.
  • Episode: Kristi Nelson
    Original air date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Kristi is the executive director of A Network for Grateful Living (ANG*L), a global organization offering online and community-based education programs and practices to inspire and guide a commitment to grateful living, and catalyze the transformative power of personal and societal responsibility. She has spent virtually her entire adult life immersed in the rewarding work of nonprofit leadership, fundraising, and organizational development. She has helped to lead, support, and develop organizations committed to progressive social and spiritual change, including the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Spirit in Action, Wisdom 2.0, The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, the Soul of Money Institute, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society.
  • Episode: Megachurch
    Original air date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
    Episode Description:
    What happens when the face of an organization becomes bigger than the organization itself? We see this all too often in megachurches. It takes a strong, charismatic leader to attract thousands to a megachurch, but what's the right balance of church versus pastor brand? Our panel of experienced ministers shares their insights ... It's time for another Rants Roundtable with Ellen Debenport, Hugh Hollowell, and David Hayward.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, November 05, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Wish you could wear your values? Meet Green Outfitters, a brand-new clothing line of items made from 100 percent recycled materials. This week we talk with cofounder Dianna Poindexter and the original sidekick Tina will be sitting in for the fun! Green Outfitters will launch sometime this month. Find them at www.greenoutfitters.us.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Episode Description:
    All Hallow's Eve is upon us. It's only fitting that we have a special Halloween pop culture edition! Our guests are Malayna Dawn and Stacy Macris Ros from Pop Conscious radio. The discussion started Monday when I visited their show. Now it's time for Part 2 of Halloween Spirit-uality. 
  • Original air date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Episode Description:
    LGBT people in conservative religions are often cut off from the contemplative or mystic facets of their traditions. Can prayer be a way back in? We're following up last week's Roundtable by interviewing Keisha MacKenzie. Originally from London, Keisha completed undergraduate work in English, law, and political science in Jamaica. She has graduate degrees in technical communication and rhetoric. Through McKenzie Consulting Group, she provides communication, educational, nonprofit, and other consulting services to individual and organizational clients in and beyond the Washington, D.C., metro region. You’ll find her across the Internet and offline, discussing and working on issues in institutional leadership, education, science and technology, the arts, philanthropy, social justice, and the Three Taboos: politics, religion, and sexuality.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
    Episode Description:
    It's another Rants Roundtable as Rev. Ogun hosts a panel to discuss the following issues:

    1. The Supreme Court's recent decision to not decide on marriage equality. Did they miss a golden opportunity to make history?

    2. The decision to legalize same-sex marriage is up to the states. Can they be relied on to honor the desires of the people or will it come down to the leanings of a given judge?

    3. What can churches and spiritual communities do to be more welcoming to all, regardless of orientation and identification?
  • Original air date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Zen teacher Andrew Weiss returns for another installment of "The Guru and The Grasshopper." This week we explore the seeming paradox of releasing attachments and manifesting our reality through the core concepts taught by the Law of Attraction and the third Unity principle. Andrew has studied mindfulness meditation for many years in the United States, Europe, and Asia. His early studies of Zen focused early on in the Korean tradition with Zen Master Seung Sahnh and Zen Master Su Bong. In 1989 he met the Vietnamese Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh, and in 1991, he was ordained a Brother in Thich Nhat Hanh's Order of Interbeing. In 1999, he was ordained by zen priest Claude AnShin Thomas in the White Plum Lineage of Japanese Soto Zen. He is the author of Beginning Mindfulness, a short-course in mindfulness practice and spiritual development.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    Episode Description:
    The founding member of The Pharcyde. We'll talk about the role spirituality plays in his life and music. Click here for more information about Tre and to get a free download!
  • Original air date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
    Episode Description:

    It's time for another pop culture episode with special guest Malayna Dawn of the Pop Conscious podcast on Unity Online Radio. This week we'll talk about our favorite shows and movies we've seen before but just have to watch over and over again when we're channel surfing. And is channel surfing coming to an end with DVRs and on-demand streaming? Finally, a brief review of Monday night's Emmy Award winners.

  • Original air date: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
    Episode Description:
    It's another episode of "The Guru and The Grasshopper" as Zen Guru Andrew Weiss returns to Rants. This week we'll talk about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, and what spiritual responses we can embrace. Andrew's early studies of Zen focused early on in the Korean tradition with Zen Master Seung Sahnh and Zen Master Su Bong. In 1989, he met the Vietnamese Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh, and in 1991, he was ordained a Brother in Thich Nhat Hanh's Order of Interbeing. In 1999, he was ordained by zen priest Claude AnShin Thomas in the White Plum Lineage of Japanese Soto Zen. Andrew is the author of Beginning Mindfulness, a complete short-course in mindfulness practice and spiritual development.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Psychologist Laurie Helgoe reveals that half of Americans are. Introverts gain energy and power through reflection and solitude. Dr. Helgoe is the author of Introvert Power, a groundbreaking call for an introvert renaissance and blueprint for how introverts can take full advantage of their hidden strength in daily life.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
    Episode Description:
    It's time for another Rants Roundtable! A provocative study reports that, on average, religious people score lower on intelligence tests than nonbelievers. Does having faith make us rely less on research and critical thinking? And with religious disaffiliation on the rise, weddings are on the decline; church weddings even more so. Is marriage still being considered a tie to religious institutions? Is there still a spiritual significance to having your wedding in a church?
  • Original air date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    Episode Description:
    What's trending right now in TV, movies, music, and online? How much of our lives is influenced by what's on our screens and in our speakers? It's the Pop Culture Edition with guests Malayna Dawn (host of Pop Conscious) and Jackie Fuller (host of Interfaith Connections).
  • Original air date: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    Episode Description:
    It's "The Guru and The Grasshopper" edition as Zen teacher and author Andrew Weiss returns to the show. This week we learn the Zen perspective on exploring our dark side. Andrew is an ordained Brother in Thich Nhat Hanh's Order of Interbeing, and the author of Beginning Mindfulness, a complete short course in mindfulness practice and spiritual development. Learn more at beginningmindfulness.com.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, July 09, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Special guests Brian Foreman and Cassandra Lawrence join Ogun and Amanda to talk about the Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby ruling. And is World Cup football the great global connector? 
  • Episode: Mindfulness
    Original air date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    Episode Description:
    This week we delve into the topic of Mindfulness with author and Zen Guru Andrew Weiss. Andrew has studied mindfulness meditation for many years in the United States, Europe, and Asia. His early studies of Zen focused on the Korean tradition with Zen Master Seung Sahnh and Zen Master Su Bong. In 1989 he met the Vietnamese Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh, and in 1991, he was ordained a Brother in Thich Nhat Hanh's Order of Interbeing. He is the author of Beginning Mindfulness. Visit www.beginningmindfulness.com for more.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
    Episode Description:
    For the past decade, Jack Gordon has created dynamic visual content for community development organizations focused on human rights, public health, environmental conservation, and education. He's a dedicated interfaith organizer and helped to build bridges between the diverse religious communities in the Washington, D.C., area as a member of the Executive Board of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington.

    Jackie Fuller is a communications professional who has worked for various public health organizations in Washington, D.C. She also volunteers with local interfaith organizations and participated as a speaker at symposiums focusing on religious tolerance and understanding. Jacqueline is an aspiring entrepreneur who is in the process of rebuilding her own television production company with a focus on interfaith relations. Check out her show Interfaith Connections.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Do you have a book in you, but feel stuck? Do you have a message you need to share with the world? If you’ve said “YES!” then let Alice help to get your book published and adored by your readers. She is an experienced editor-for-hire and published author who will help you achieve writing confidence and publication success. Learn more at http://www.aliceosborn.com/.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, May 07, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Jackie Woodside offers coaching, training, and consciousness-based psychotherapy. Jackie created a spiritually-oriented coaching program titled “The Curriculum for Conscious Living,” which includes three courses: Life Design, Life Mastery, and Living a Transcendent Life. Jackie leads spiritual retreats and has spoken at numerous Unity churches around the country. 
  • Original air date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Located in Mission, Kansas, Creative Nectar Studio is Kansas City's home for process painting workshops. Jenny Hahn and Stephanie Gray facilitate classes, one-on-one sessions, and paint parties for groups, individuals, and businesses, using painting for process as a tool for self-discovery within a nonjudgmental environment. 
  • Episode: Jon Gordon
    Original air date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Jon Gordon's best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, and college coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals, and nonprofits. He is the author of The Wall Street Journal best-seller The Energy Bus, The No Complaining Rule, Training Camp, The Shark, and The Shark and the Goldfish, Soup, The Seed, and his latest The Positive Dog. Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Fox and Friends, and in numerous magazines and newspapers.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Inner Explorer was founded as a nonprofit organization with the vision of enhancing educational outcomes and revolutionizing the way children learn. Through our mindfulness programs, children begin to embody their highest potential, and as a result, bolster academic performance, creativity, social and emotional aptitude, and well-being. We expect this will lead to a more compassionate, joyful, healthful, loving, and peaceful world.
  • Episode: Susan Kay Wyatt
    Original air date: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Susan Kay Wyatt is a singer, songwriter, and parent with a passion and message to empower and inspire people of all ages to find their own unique gifts and live a life of joy that expresses them.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Lisa Natoli is the cofounder and executive director of the Teachers of God Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to inspiring, supporting, and encouraging others to emerge from conflict to know the peace and joy of God through the practice of A Course in Miracles. They offer online classes, workshops, and retreats that help people transform their lives.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, March 05, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Red Sweater Project collaborates with developing communities to create affordable, accessible, and advanced educational opportunities for children in rural Tanzania. Tanzania is suffering from a shortage of teachers and schools, and children living in rural areas must travel long distances or attend expensive boarding schools. Red Sweater Project operates schools within villages, providing education and health services within the community. With more than 15 years of experience in relationship development and program management in the biotech sector, Rachel Clark's role as Ambassador Liaison is to align supporters with the mission and goals of the organization. Clark's additional area of interest is in public health.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Jennifer Lipski is the cocreator of MyMetaWorld, an energetic and dynamic free online metaphysical community celebrating creativity, compassion, and awareness. "Our mission is to increase mindfulness and awareness through pertinent and timely news, research, events, education, and information about the extraordinary energy and vitality within and around us all, and how we can mindfully and compassionately strive for a more verdant and peaceful world."
  • Original air date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
    Episode Description:
    John Noltner is a freelance photographer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, specializing in images of people, lifestyle, and travel. In 2009, John founded "A Peace of My Mind," a multimedia art project that fosters public dialogue about issues related to conflict resolution, civic responsibility, and peace. With black and white portraits and oral histories, more than 50 subjects describe what peace means to them, how they work toward it in their lives, and some of the obstacles they encounter. 
  • Original air date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Bryan is a pastor, writer, and pub theologian, and author of the book Pub Theology: Beer, Conversation, and God. He insists that good things happen when we sit around the table together and talk about things that matter, and what better setting than at the pub, over a beer. Bryan currently facilitates weekly conversations at a bar in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. 
  • Original air date: Wednesday, February 05, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Tammy Mastroberte is founder, publisher, and editorial director of Elevated Existence magazine, a five-time award-winning magazine, filled with advice and inspiration from today’s top spiritual and self-help authors, as well as celebrities, all seeking to discover the Divine in body mind and soul. In Elevated Existence, you will read about a variety of topics in the New Age, spiritual, and self-improvement field, including the Law of Attraction, manifestation tools, yoga, meditation, and holistic and alternative healing methods.
  • Episode: Peter Adams
    Original air date: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Is “Atheist Spirituality” a contradiction in terms or the central tenet of the growing “Spiritual Not Religious” movement? Peter Adams, a self-described atheist and Unity congregant, joins us for a discussion around this topic.
  • Episode: Heatherlyn
    Original air date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
    Episode Description:
    Heatherlyn has been described as a "soulful, rooted, rockin’, guitar-playing singer-songwriter-artist, poet, and storydwelling traveler" with "a voice and impact about 10 times her small but very strong size.”
  • Original air date: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
    Episode Description:
    New Year, New YOU! We're starting the year with some healthy living advice from my family chiropractor and whole health physician. Dr. Amanda is currently certified as a Professional Applied Kinesiologist and continues to take seminars in various different but related modalities, including Total Body Modification and Neuro-Emotional Technique. She believes in the body’s astounding capability to heal itself of any condition and views her job as the facilitator of this healing. http://www.synergychiros.com
  • Original air date: Wednesday, December 18, 2013
    Episode Description:
    With a mission to provide a "Daily Dose of News to Enthuse," the Good News Network is a clearinghouse for the gathering and dissemination of positive, compelling news stories from around the globe. Daily stories will confirm what we already believe: Good news itself is not in short supply; the advertising of it is.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
    Episode Description:
    David Hayward, aka NakedPastor. David was baptized Anglican as a baby, came to faith in a Baptist church when he was a teenager, changed to Pentecostal in his late teens, was ordained Presbyterian, pastored a Vineyard church, and planted others. In 2010, David left the professional paid clergy. He is still passionate about how people can find and follow their own spiritual path with courage and joy, as well as in how people can freely gather and form community in healthy ways. David started a blog called nakedpastor in 2006, and initiated his public analysis of religion, religious community, and spirituality through his writings, art, and cartoons. In 2012, David launched The Lasting Supper, an online resource site and community for the spiritually independent.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, December 04, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Billy Bradley, aka Holistic Dad. Family Wellness Coach. Writer. Actor. Blogger. Husband. Parent. World Traveler. Facebook Phenom. These are a few of Billy's titles, but he's best known as Holistic Dad. He's on a mission to help the world lead an affordable, balanced, holistic lifestyle.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Nancy Peacock's first novel, Life Without Water, was published in 1996 and was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book. A second novel, Home Across the Road, soon followed. Her most recent work, A Broom of One's Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning, and Life, is about the dual life she lived as a critically acclaimed author while supporting herself working as a housecleaner. She has just completed her third novel, The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Kathleen McGinley, Holistic Wellness Life Strategies Coach, published author, adventure-based counselor, "soul healer," and retired Health/Physical Education teacher, has a passion to help make the world a better place by providing holistic, extraordinary experiences in self-discovery for individuals and groups. By engaging in Kathleen's events/coaching, individuals have experiences that help them evolve into a higher consciousness and bring them more into an alignment with their truth.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Love Wins is a ministry of presence and pastoral care for the homeless and at-risk population of Raleigh, North Carolina. They made national headlines recently when they were threatened with arrest for feeding their friends. Hugh and Love Wins serve from the premise that homelessness is not an economic issue, but a relationship issue.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Human relationships that hold you accountable are the path to true change. Research proves this. The GoalSponsors Platform packages the power of the human connection with your messaging and content to support your audience in making positive, lasting change.
  • Episode: Matt Tenney
    Original air date: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Matt Tenney believes kindness, compassion, generosity, and service are the most powerful secrets to success as a leader, and in life. Since 2006, after transforming his greatest failure into the most important experience of his life, Matt has had a successful career as a sales team leader, cofounded and led two nonprofits, and became a trainer with the prestigious Perth Leadership Institute, whose clients include numerous Fortune 500 companies. Matt is working to build a worldwide community of highly effective leaders who are devoted to serving and inspiring greatness in others.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, October 09, 2013
    Episode Description:
    How to Be #SocialMediaParents is a practical guide for parents to better understand social media and how their children are using them. Children as young as 13 are allowed on Facebook, but there are some parents giving access even earlier. Game Center on Apple products allows children to connect with anyone else on Game Center, regardless of age. How does a parent decide what is right for and with their family? How does one implement the family policy without making everyone miserable? How to Be #SocialMediaParents is a resource to help with those decisions.
  • Original air date: Wednesday, October 02, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Inspiration Campaign is an opportunity for individuals to come together and create new directions for humanity. First up is turning our mass media into a source of positive messaging, content, experiences, and invitations for us to pause, reflect, activate, and awaken the amazingness already within us all. Fifteen billboards, eight buses, and three newspapers later … positive messages have been seen over 1 million times by people in the Bay Area. And if hundreds of people can easily accomplish this, imagine what hundreds of thousands of people coming together can create!
  • Original air date: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Today's special guest is Christian Simamora, program director of Dalai Lama Fellows. Dalai Lama Fellows is a global program personally authorized by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, that envisions and works toward a world that tends to the good of the whole as well as the individual. They do this by building a global network of young social innovators working at the intersections of peace, justice and ecology. 
  • Episode: Timber Hawkeye
    Original air date: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
    Episode Description:
    Today's special guest is Timber Hawkeye, author of Buddhist Boot Camp. With a Facebook following of more than 100,000, Timber continues to recruit more soldiers of peace for the army of love. There is absolutely no reason to argue over which religion came "first" or whose philosophy is "better." The important thing is to be kind, understanding, peaceful, and compassionate, which is actually fundamental in all religions and schools of thought.

Host Bio

Ogun Holder
 Rev. Ogun Holder is an ordained Unity minister and Unity Online Radio veteran. He cohosted Unity Family Matters and Unity Happy Hour and his many titles include speaker, teacher, author, radio show host, blogger, musician, husband, parent, social media consultant, and self-proclaimed geek.
A popular and engaging speaker, Ogun has been invited to speak at churches across the country. He is the senior minister and executive director of Unity For All, a primarily online nonprofit ministry on a mission of Global Transformation through Spiritual Education, Empowerment, and Engagement. His first full-length book, Rants to Revelations: Unabashedly Honest Reflections on Life, Spirituality, and the Meaning of God, was published by Unity Books in the fall 2012.
Originally from Barbados, Ogun moved to the United States in 1994 to pursue a degree in music therapy. As a music therapist, he worked successfully with a variety of populations in schools, hospitals, adult day-care facilities, and his own private practice. He is also an experienced church music director, having served multiple Unity communities.
Ogun currently lives in the Washington, D.C., metro area with his wife and their daughter Joy. To connect with Ogun, read his blog, and listen to his talks, please visit www.ogunholder.com

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