Ep08 - Mona Haydar Interview

March 14, 2019

Mona Haydar is a Muslim chaplain, performance artist, activist, and rapper. She grew up in Flint, Michigan as a Syrian American, and practices a life of sacred activism, poetry, contemplation, and advocacy for living gently upon the Earth. Mona was kind enough to record a greeting and introduction for us in anticipation of her presence at the SDI Conference, Seeking Connection Across Generations, in March 2019 in Bellevue, Washington, USA. Her song “Hijabi (Wrap My Hijab)” has been watched more than 5 million times on Youtube.

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Ep07 - Interview with Imam Jamal Rahman

March 13, 2019

Imam Jamal Rahman is a popular speaker on Islam, Sufi spirituality and interfaith relations. Since 9/11/2001 Jamal has been collaborating regularly and actively with Rabbi Ted Falcon and Pastor Don Mackenzie. Affectionately known as The Interfaith Amigos, they travel the country sharing a message of inclusive spirituality. 

Along with his Interfaith Amigos, he has been featured in the New York Times, on CBS News, the BBC and various NPR programs. Co-founder and Muslim Sufi minister at Interfaith Community Sanctuary and adjunct faculty at Seattle University, he is a former host of Interfaith Talk Radio and travels nationally and internationally, presenting at conferences, retreats and workshops.   

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Ep06 - Rabbi Amy Eilberg

March 7, 2019

SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE!!!

In this special episode, SDI Executive Director Reverend Seifu interviews Rabbi Amy Eilberg.

Rabbi Amy Eilberg is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.  She serves as the Coordinator of Jewish Engagement for Faith in Action Bay Area, a multi-faith, multi-racial social justice organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. She teaches Jewish civil discourse to a variety of rabbis, synagogues and Jewish organizations. Rabbi Eilberg also serves as a spiritual director and interfaith activist and as Senior Faculty for The Mussar Institute. She has a book titled ,From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace,. She received her Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in 2016. 

This conversation was recorded using web conferencing software, so fair warning that the audio may sound a little squeaky at times. 

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Ep05 - Reverend Felicia Parazaider

March 4, 2019

In this week’s podcast, SDI Executive Director Reverend Seifu interviews Reverend Felicia Parazaidar. Reverend Felicia is an ordained interfaith minister and a radical sacred activist, rooted in nonviolence philosophy. She founded a ministry called the Revolution of Love. Based on the Vision Statement – Revolution of Love is a “bold ministry of spiritual renewal and outreach dedicated to peace, transformation, and love.”  

Please note that the interview was recorded over web conferencing software, and the audio can be a little squeaky at times. Hopefully it’s not too distracting. 

One of the questions we’ve been receiving from people lately, is just what does InterFaith dialog look like. And we’ve found that the simplest way to describe this, is that those who engage in spiritual practices acknowledge that these are “forms” – holy words and names, rituals, sacred texts, and that these diverse and beautiful forms point us toward awareness and communion with a deeper Essence – which some call Love, God, Spirit, The Universe, Beyond the Beyond, or The Ground of All Being. However it is named, this Essence gives our lives meaning, and purpose, and dignity.  

How do you know and understand that Essence. How do you “come home to God?” as Reverend Felicia puts it? SDI deeply appreciates and respects the various and diverse “forms” that each of us brings to our Public Square of Spirituality. 

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Ep04 - Abbot Genjo Marinello on Otherness and on being “The Stranger”

February 25, 2019

In this episode Rev. Seifu Anil Singh-Molares interviews Abbot Genjo Marinello.

They chat about a variety of topics including Listening, Otherness, and on being “The Stranger” and the tools used to address both internal and external prejudice.

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Ep03 - The Contemplative Activist

February 20, 2019

This episode is the third and last part in our initial 3-part series about the meaning of Spiritual Direction/Companionship and this episode focuses on contemplation and immersing ourselves in silence. We also chat about activism and how these two seemingly dissimilar activities can be merged and intertwined into one.

A round table discussion lead by our Executive Director Rev. Seifu and hosted by Matt Whitney with the rest of the SDI staff commenting.

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Ep02 - Oneness and Connection

February 11, 2019

This episode is the second in a series about the meaning of Spiritual Direction/Companionship and this episode focuses on universal connections.

A round table discussion lead by our Executive Director Rev. Seifu and hosted by Matt Whitney with the rest of the SDI staff commenting.

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Ep01 - SDI is for Everyone

February 4, 2019

This episode is the first in a series about the meaning of Spiritual Direction/Companionship, who it's for, how it works, where it comes from, how to apply it, etc., etc., etc.

A round table discussion lead by our Executive Director Rev. Seifu and hosted by Matt Whitney with the rest of the SDI staff commenting.

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Ep00 - Introduction to the SDI Encounters Podcast

January 28, 2019

This episode is the initial introduction to SDI (a 29 year old 501c3 non-profit) and also what our plans are for this podcast series.

Matt Whitney interviews SDI Executive Director, Rev. Seifu Anil Singh-Molares about SDI, the meaning of life and a few other morsels of thought provoking goodness.

In this podcast series we will offer a wide range of perspectives, stories, interviews and conversations centered on spiritual direction and spiritual care.

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