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Soul Search explores contemporary religion and spirituality from the inside out — what we believe, how we express it, and the difference it makes in our lives

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    • 4.4 • 166 Ratings

Soul Search explores contemporary religion and spirituality from the inside out — what we believe, how we express it, and the difference it makes in our lives

    From Iraq to Alice Springs — a pilgrim for peace

    From Iraq to Alice Springs — a pilgrim for peace

    When Donna Mulhearn quit her job to go travelling, she found herself on an unusual path. First, to an Irish monastery, then to Baghdad during the Iraq War where she volunteered as a human shield. Later, she would break into a highly secure facility in Australia's Red Centre, all in the name of peace — and her pilgrimage isn't over yet.

    Donna Mulhearn is a labyrinth facilitator, pilgrim and storyteller. A former journalist and political advisor, when she discovered a contemplative spirituality it changed her religious outlook and set her on a new journey. She is the author of Ordinary Courage, which tells the story of her time in Iraq as a human shield.

    • 54 min
    Queer flourishing as resistance with Benjamin Oh

    Queer flourishing as resistance with Benjamin Oh

    "It's not coming out, but inviting in." For Benjamin Oh, storytelling is an act of courage and hospitality, sharing his multilayered identity: gay, Chinese, Catholic. Benjamin has been an advocate for LGBTIQ+ people inside the Catholic Church and beyond for 20 years.

    Benjamin Oh is co-Chair of Equal Voices, a national ecumenical alliance of LGBTIQA+ Christians and allies in Australia. He is also the Chair of Rainbow Catholics Interagency Australia and Convenor of the GLBTIQA+ Interfaith & Intercultural Network (GIIN) and national Convenor of the Asian Australian Alliance.

    He is a contributor to Blessed Are Those Who Mourn, a collection of Chinese Tongzhi Catholic's tales and the Amplify Queer Faith portrait collection.

    • 54 min
    Rethinking prosperity

    Rethinking prosperity

    How much stuff is too much? It's a question rarely asked here in the 'Lucky Country', but it has become central to the life of Jonathan Cornford, a political economist and theologian exploring new ways of thinking about money and consumption.

    Dr Jonathan Cornford is a political economist, historian and theologian. He's also the co-founder of Manna Gum, a ministry in 'good news economics' exploring alternative economic ethics. His most recent book is Ecology and Everyday Economics.

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    The science and spirituality of mindfulness

    The science and spirituality of mindfulness

    The nature of consciousness is a subject of enormous interest to both science and religion. Modern, secular mindfulness techniques have their foundation in ancient Buddhist thought, but it's only recently that neuroscientists have given serious attention to what actually happens in the brain when we meditate.

    Dr Sara Lazar is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and leads the Lazar lab for Meditation Research at Massachusetts General hospital. She is one of the world's leading researchers into the impact of mindfulness techniques on the brain, and has been a yoga and meditation practitioner since 1994.

    The Venerable Thubten Dondrub is resident teacher at Buddha House in Adelaide and has been an international teacher with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition for nearly 50 years.

    • 54 min
    The stories that stick with us — Keerthik Sasidharan and the Mahābhārata

    The stories that stick with us — Keerthik Sasidharan and the Mahābhārata

    Keerthik Sasidharan grew up with stories from the great Indian epics. They fired his imagination, and they've stayed with him through all kinds of changes — including moving from India to New York City. Now he is reimagining the Mahābhārata, one of the major Sanskrit epics of ancient India.

    Keerthik Sasidharan is an author and essayist based in New York City. His first book is The Dharma Forest, published by Penguin India in 2019.

    More info
    Read Keerthik Sasidharan's piece in Aeon magazine, The Way of Dharma
    Listen to the episode of Soul Search mentioned in this episode, The music of doubt, grief and transformation

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    Hope and healing in Rwanda and beyond

    Hope and healing in Rwanda and beyond

    Thirty years after the Rwandan genocide, Rwandans are working towards a better future for the country, and each other — including the perpetrators of the violence. Also, an Australian doctor works tirelessly all over Africa to heal women of fistulas — a medical condition related to childbirth that's almost unheard of in wealthy countries.

    Emmanuel Kwizera is a Partnership Facilitator with Compassion International and a former sponsor child. He survived the Rwandan genocide at the age of five and has since become a leader of the Rwanda alumni association, with over 10,000 Compassion alumni who support children in poverty. He is also a children's pastor at his Pentecostal church.

    Dr Andrew Browning AM is Medical Director at the Barbara May Foundation. His book is A Doctor in Africa: The Australian surgeon changing the lives of women in Africa. He has completed over 8000 free fistula operations all over Africa. He is the nephew of Valerie Browning, who appeared on Soul Search in 2022.

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
166 Ratings

166 Ratings

Random Carrot ,

Briliant program

Your most sensitive exploration of spirituality and meaning of life is much appreciated . Interview with Robyn J. Whitaker , is so refreshing .

Katarapko ,

ABCRN Soul Search

Thank you Meredith for your interviews which share wise thinking that enriches our lives.

'Toosh' ,

Mennonites & Megachurches Jan 2022

Thankyou Meredith Lake, as always your interview style allowed your guest to relax into their topic to present with clarity. A tricky interview with real-life pathos. You didn’t flinch or shy away from the challenge. Your questions guided & supported Kate to share her honest & wrenching views with the listeners, which her life’s big challenge has taught her.

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