8 episodes

Deep, unmediated interviews with religiously unaffiliated and affiliated Americans who have insightful views on spirituality, connection, and the search for meaning. Weekly conversations with host Kathryn Elliott, a journalist and spiritual integration coach who enjoys interfaith, intercultural dialogue and authentic conversation that brings people together. || New episodes uploaded weekly on Tuesdays.

Unaffiliated: The Search for Meaning Kathryn Elliott

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

Deep, unmediated interviews with religiously unaffiliated and affiliated Americans who have insightful views on spirituality, connection, and the search for meaning. Weekly conversations with host Kathryn Elliott, a journalist and spiritual integration coach who enjoys interfaith, intercultural dialogue and authentic conversation that brings people together. || New episodes uploaded weekly on Tuesdays.

    Dinner with Friends | Ben von Bredow

    Dinner with Friends | Ben von Bredow

    In Episode 7 of Unaffiliated, host Kathryn Elliott talks with a man named Ben von Bredow about “Friday night dinner,” a complex, tradition-laden gathering that he participated in for two years while studying in the United States. In the midst of ‘Turkish tea service,’ cordial smoke breaks, and post-dinner exchanges of poetry and song, Ben discovered a group of people committed to mutual self-expression and hospitality.
    Also in this episode, Ben explains why “strangers must be tamed,” (drawing from children’s book The Little Prince) and describes the philosophy of ‘personalism,’ which he says is at the heart of Friday Night Dinners.
    Interested in hosting a Friday Night Dinner?
    Access a typical Order of Events for the dinner here.

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    kathrynecompany.com

    • 39 min
    Clean and Community Minded | Rabbi Sara Luria

    Clean and Community Minded | Rabbi Sara Luria

    In Episode 6 of Unaffiliated, host Kathryn Elliott talks with Rabbi Sara Luria, co-founder of the Beloved Community and mother of three. Sara leads and builds wide-open community by bringing the depth and history of the nourishing and cleansing rituals found within Judaism to people outside of traditional Jewish boundary lines. It's a home-based experiment that both broadens and deepens connection between people, and especially meets the needs of families with young children.

    Learn more at belovedbk.org.

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    • 45 min
    How to Forgive Your 6th Grade Bullies | Simone Ellin

    How to Forgive Your 6th Grade Bullies | Simone Ellin

    In Episode 5 of Unaffiliated, host Kathryn Elliott interviews Simone Ellin, a freelance writer who decided to track down the women who bullied her in middle school (read her HuffPost article about it that went viral). Simone and Kathryn dig into peer exclusion, building resilience in children, and the poignancy of going back to someone who has hurt you.

    Help Simone with her book research:
    Do you have a story about bullying or peer exclusion? Write to SimoneEllin(at)gmail.com.

    Simone is an associate editor at JMoreLiving.com. Her writing has been published in Pregnancy, Baltimore, Style, Girls' Life, Inside Philanthropy, Lilith, Jewish Woman, Baltimore Jewish Times and other publications.

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    • 43 min
    The Brain and Spiritual Experiences | Sharon Hogan

    The Brain and Spiritual Experiences | Sharon Hogan

    On Episode 4 of Unaffiliated, host Kathryn Elliott talks with Sharon Hogan, a school psychologist and former adjunct professor who has a personal interest in the neuroscience of spiritual experiences. Sharon shares her perspective as a humanist, atheist, free thinker, and scientist. Where do language and spirituality reside in the brain? What if that part of the brain was surgically removed? How does this relate to Reeses peanut butter cups? This and more, when you listen in.

    ---> Feel free to check out Sharon's blog here and her memoir about growing up with an autistic sister in the 1960's and 70's, here on Amazon.

    More books discussed in Episode 4:
    Living with a Wild God (by Barbara Ehrenreich) - hardcover
    The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness (by Karen Armstrong) - paperback
    Lying Awake (by Mark Salzman) paperback
    The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief (by Francis Collins) - paperback
    Aging with Grace: What the Nun Study Teaches Us About Leading Longer, Healthier, and More Meaningful Lives (by Dr. David Snowdon) - paperback
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    • 39 min
    Comfort for Lonely Travelers | Sy Castells

    Comfort for Lonely Travelers | Sy Castells

    On Episode 3 of Unaffiliated, host Kathryn Elliott talks with Sy Castells, a transgender writer, poet, and activist from the Cleveland area. Their wide-ranging discussion touches on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and suffering; exploring ultimate questions with science fiction; and the importance of showing presence by listening.

    --> Check out honest and entertaining articles by Sy Castells on Sy's Medium page.

    Best of Science Fiction Roundup
    Learn more about some of our favorite space-related TV shows (all featured in this episode) at the links below!

    Stargate SG-1
    Dr. Who
    Star Trek: The Original Series
    Star Trek: The Next Generation 


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    • 37 min
    The Basis of Human Connection | Vijay Parthasarathay

    The Basis of Human Connection | Vijay Parthasarathay

    On Episode 2 of Unaffiliated,  host Kathryn Elliott talks with Vijay Parthasarathay, an anthropologist and cultural strategist who cares deeply about human dignity and the art of vulnerable connection. Together they discuss empathy, validation, and the common good from agnostic and Christian viewpoints.

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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Ericka Sylvester ,

Such a significant podcast!

Love this podcast. The guests and questions are so deep and thought provoking. For anyone searching for deeper spiritual meaning in their life, check it out!

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