19 episodes

What is The Rising? It's the longing we feel deep in our bones for the more beautiful world that our hearts know is possible. It's the thrill that runs through our veins as we each step into our power and purpose to make that world a reality. It's the love and solidarity that binds us together as we fight for freedom and work toward justice. Rebekah and Chelsea are spiritual directors and activists who want to connect you to resources and practices that can inspire you to find your own sacred activism and sustain you during these difficult times of change.

The Rising: Spirituality for Revolution Rebekah Berndt and Chelsea MacMillan

    • Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 29 Ratings

What is The Rising? It's the longing we feel deep in our bones for the more beautiful world that our hearts know is possible. It's the thrill that runs through our veins as we each step into our power and purpose to make that world a reality. It's the love and solidarity that binds us together as we fight for freedom and work toward justice. Rebekah and Chelsea are spiritual directors and activists who want to connect you to resources and practices that can inspire you to find your own sacred activism and sustain you during these difficult times of change.

    E19 Fierce Compassion with Lama Willa Miller

    E19 Fierce Compassion with Lama Willa Miller

    Practitioners of meditation are often accused of navel-gazing, ignoring the problems of the real world. But with the rise of Engaged Buddhism and Ecodharma, it is clear that many practitioners are not satisfied with simply finding inner peace and want to use their practice to meet the needs of a hurting world. And in fact, Buddhism has had a long history of teaching fierce compassion - as evidenced by images of "wrathful deities." Compassion isn't just being nice; compassion is speaking truth to power and taking bold action.

    Join us as we talk with Lama Willa Miller who is an expert in Tibetan Buddhism and Tantric practices, which are ways of working with the manifest. Tantra is a valuable tool for changemakers who are building a more just world and can offer ways of transforming the self for the sake of others. As the Bodhisattva vow says, none of us are free until all of us are free.

    Willa B. Miller, PhD is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship in Boston, MA and its retreat center Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, NH. She was authorized as a dharma teacher and lineage holder (lama) in the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism after completion of two consecutive three-year retreats in the nineties. She is an editor, author and translator and holds a doctorate from Harvard University in Religion, and is currently Visiting Lecturer in Buddhist Ministry at Harvard Divinity School. Her academic teaching interests include Tantra and the Body, Buddhism and Ecology, and Buddhist Contemplative Care, among other topics. Outside of academia, her teaching specialties include the body as a door to awakening, natural meditation (mahamudra), and heart-cultivation (lojong). She is interested in the practical integration of meditation into daily life, and has participated as an advisor in several scientific studies on meditation.

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    E18 Democratizing Wellness with Kerri Kelly

    E18 Democratizing Wellness with Kerri Kelly

    Who Is Allowed To Be Well?
    Yoga, mindfulness, and all manner of "wellness" practices have become a big business. As western culture encounters the wisdom of other cultures, it often appropriates and co-opts that wisdom, with the result being that many of these mind-body wellbeing practices are now seen as the provenance of the wealthy and privileged. 

    Kerri Kelly came to yoga after years in a corporate marketing career left her burnt out and disconnected. As she experienced her own personal healing, she started to ask deeper questions about who had access to these practices and what responsibility the privileged had to the rest of the suffering world. In this episode we discuss the ways in which wellbeing is intricately connected to movements for justice.

    Note: Kerri joins us from her coworking space, so you may hear some background noise.

    Kerri is the founder of CTZNWELL, an emerging movement to mobilize people into a powerful force for wellbeing for all. She spent seven years as Executive Director of the non-profit Off the Mat, Into the World and is currently on faculty. She is relentless in her commitment to elevating leaders, groups and projects to next-level social change makers through her work with The Catalyst Collective, an innovative consultancy designed for mission-based individuals, groups, and organizations that want to be successful and make a difference in the world.

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    • 59 min
    E17 Sacred Fire: The Dark Feminine with Vera de Chalambert

    E17 Sacred Fire: The Dark Feminine with Vera de Chalambert

    Most of the world's major religious traditions have been developed in and shaped by patriarchy. They emphasize masculine deities and male (often celibate) leadership. While efforts to reclaim the feminine aspects of divinity and spirituality have been underway for several decades now, in the past few years there has been an explosion of fierce feminine leadership in political, cultural, and spiritual arenas. Vera de Chalambert's essay "Kali Takes America" went viral in 2016 after the election of Donald Trump. Her exploration of the dark goddess Kali who destroys the world in order to save it anticipated the wave of feminine anger and activism that has arisen in the wake of the #metoo revelations. We sit down with Vera to talk more about the feminine divine, her darker side, and why all of us need this sacred feminine fire now more than ever. Vera starts off the interview with a powerful soliloquy that blew us away, and we're so excited to share her wisdom with you.
    Vera de Chalambert, MTS, is a spiritual storyteller and Harvard educated scholar of comparative religion working at the feet of the Great Mother. She offers healing process work and spiritual direction via Skype, writes and teaches classes on mindfulness in the modern world and the divine feminine. She gives talks and presentations around the world and was a speaker at SAND Science and Nonduality Conference in the US and Europe and Sister Giant in Washington DC. Vera holds a Bachelor’s degree in religion and literature and a Master's degree in comparative religion from Harvard Divinity School. Her healing work is informed by rich insights from both Eastern and Western philosophies. She is a graduate of Barbara Brennan School of Healing and a student of Jason Shulman's Nondual Healing work. You can find her online at healingawakening.com.

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    • 1 hr 31 min
    E16 Psychedelics on the Spiritual Path with Katherine MacLean and Colin Pugh

    E16 Psychedelics on the Spiritual Path with Katherine MacLean and Colin Pugh

    Religious leaders of traditional religions are often skeptical of the short-lived mystical experiences that entheogens like psilocybin, LSD, MDMA, etc. can bring about, even though those who have taken these consciousness-altering substances often report profound insights into the human mind and soul. At the same time, many people who have used psychedelics eschew the rigid dogma of religious institutions. Scientists have thrown themselves into the mix of this controversial topic by showing how various substances can not only lower anxiety and ease PTSD, but also inspire qualities like forgiveness and compassion. Can spiritual practice and psychedelic use come together?

    Katherine MacLean and Colin Pugh think so and join The Rising to discuss how these substances can, and should, be integrated with spiritual practice and community support - and how this can change for the better not only oneself, but the lives of others as well.

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    E15 Changing Movements From Within: Spiritual Direction & Movement Chaplaincy with Perry Dougherty and Ed Cardoza

    E15 Changing Movements From Within: Spiritual Direction & Movement Chaplaincy with Perry Dougherty and Ed Cardoza

    Social justice work isn't work that you go into just because you need a job or a paycheck. The desire to be part of creating a more just and equitable society is a calling from within as well as a manifestation of the interconnectedness of our world. Because people working on the front lines of justice so often bring their whole selves to the work, self-care and self-reflection are crucial aspects of forming changemakers who can lead from a place of integration and embodiment of the values they most want to see in the world.

    Movement chaplaincy is transforming our social movements by bringing spiritual care and guidance to activists. Through spiritual direction, an ancient practice of accompaniment that manifests across wisdom traditions, changemakers explore how they relate to themselves, others, and humanity. This, in turn, can help build healthier and more sustainable movements by growing self-awareness, strengthening relationships within organizations, and amplifying the impact those organizations have on the world. The folks at Still Harbor are on the forefront of this emerging field and join The Rising on Episode 15 to discuss the importance of this work that is changing the way we do social justice.

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    E14 What is Theopoetics? Centering Creativity, Imagination, and The Arts in Spirituality With Lakisha Lockhart and Callid Keefe-Perry

    E14 What is Theopoetics? Centering Creativity, Imagination, and The Arts in Spirituality With Lakisha Lockhart and Callid Keefe-Perry

    Western religious culture is often suspicious of creativity and imagination. Artsreligionculture.org (ARC) is seeking to change that. We talk with Lakeisha Lockhart and Callid Keefe-Perry about how they're seeking to bring academic theology and religious conversation out of the ivory tower and down to earth by collaborating with artists, poets, and activists. We also talk about ARC's upcoming conference and how you can be be part of it.

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    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Juan Carlos Arean ,

A breath of fresh air

The Rising is a podcast that offers a fresh perspective on the intersection of spirituality and activism. It is practical and inspiring. Rebekah and Chelsea are prophetic voices in the youth-led movement to heal our planet and its people. It is always a gift to listen to their sharing from the heart and to the amazing guests they bring to the table. Keep the good work going!

Alissa Fleet ,

Voices for an engaged spirituality for social change

There are many who perceive a new form of spirituality emerging, and hosts Chelsea and Rebekah find the most amazing voices of people who are in the midst of this shift. Listening to them makes you feel like you are not alone in wanting an engaged spirituality to ground your activism for social change.

cdp90 ,

Great hosts and a great podcast

This awesome podcast covers two topics that are not always housed together: inner transformation and outer/social change. Rebekah and Chelsea are wise, compassionate hosts who have explored spirituality from a number of angles, which allows them to ask the deep questions that seem to be outlining a path forward to our future. Highly recommended!

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