Rev. Gena Davis: YogaMass, Christianity, & Embodied Prayer

June 22, 2017

In our final episode of Season 2, Reverend Gena Davis reads from her beautiful book entitled Yoga Mass: Embodying Christ Consciousness.  In YogaMass, we create and participate in an embodied liturgy, expressed through movement and breath.  Rev. Davis bridges yogic principles and practices with Christian spirituality and worship as a path for bringing the whole body to the experience of spiritual awakening.  

The Reverend Gena Davis Episcopal priest, yoga educator, and founder of YogaMass.  She serves a mission congregation in Houston, Texas, and is an active collaborator with the Institute for Spiriutality & Health. 

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Andrew Miller: Love’s Proper Place in the Medical Encounter

May 30, 2017

In Season 2, Episode 9, Andrew Miller reflects on his journey as a medical student, and the discernment around medically treating patients while also feeling called to care for individuals with a loving spirit.   Andrew is a fourth year medical student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a recent graduate of Theology, Medicine, and Culture Fellowship at Duke Divinity School.  He reads from his paper entitled: “Love’s Proper Place in the Medical Encounter,” which he first presented at the 2017 Conference on Medicine and Religion, in Houston. 

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Dr. John Graham: A Personal Story of Relationship, Spirituality, & Medicine

May 23, 2017

In Episode 8 of Season 2, Dr. John Graham shares his poignant story of a pivotal experience as a young surgeon, the medical emergency that brought him together with a young boy and his family, and the spiritual impact that lead to a lifelong bond.  Dr. John Graham, D.Min., is the President of the Institute for Spirituality & Health (ISH).

 

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Dr. Andy Achenbaum: The Roads We Choose

May 16, 2017

Welcome to Episode 7 of Season 2.  Today's episode is shared in the spirit of the season of school graduations and the transition from spring ... onward.  Dr. Andy Achenbaum reflects on the choices brought along the life journey – roads traversed, roads left unexplored, and the differences along the way.  Dr. Andy Achenbaum is holds the Gerson and Sabina David Professorship of Global Aging at the University of Houston and is Scholar in Residence at the Institute for Spirituality & Health.

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Kathi Beasley: Hope, Reassurance, and the Other Side of Life

May 9, 2017

Welcome to Episode 6 of Season 2.  Today, Kathi Beasley takes us into the other-worldly realms of what is often called a near death experience, or NDE.  For Kathi, this emerged as part of a slow and debilitating health issue that was, as she says, “like watching grass grow.” She careened into a place of darkness that at first, terrified her, but in time, transitioned into something miraculous, and overwhelmingly positive: a near death experience.  Kathi reflects on the landscape of the end of life, which often stirs fear and anxiety of the unknown.  She brings her story with the hope of reassurance, sharing an encounter that brought what Kathi describes as "a soul healing that was custom made with care just for her," bringing hope and healing fro the other side of life.

Kathi has spent most of her life telling other people’s stories in film and photography as a producer, editor, and writer.  She recently received numerous awards for a one woman documentary she shot on location in West Africa called “The Woe of Bo Town” which chronicles the trials of women in underdeveloped countries who have little access to healthcare during childbirth. But in this instance, she describes what compelled her to want to do outreach and mission oriented work.  This story is adapted from ISH’s Healing Stories Event held in February 2017.

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Virgil Frye: National Prayer Day

May 4, 2017

Today we host a special feature, in honor of the National day of prayer.  Virgil Frye, Executive Director of LifeLine Chaplaincy, shares spiritual reflections and a prayer from his writings around home, affirmation, and resting in God. Virgil began work as a chaplain at M.D. Anderson Hospital in 1985, and since then, has engaged with thousands of patients and family members in his ministry.  He also provides professional leadership and direction for volunteer chaplains and student interns.  Virgil writes stories, poems, and is the author of two books.

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Dr. Nathan Carlin: Religion, Psychology, & Healing

May 2, 2017

Welcome to Episode 5 of Season 2.  In today’s episode, welcome Dr. Nathan Carlin as he reads from the preface of his book, “Religious Mourning: Reversals and Restorations in Psychological Portraits of Religious Leaders.”  In this reading, Dr. Carlin explores how healing experiences around the study of religion from a psychological perspective is an essential part of the personal and academic journey.  Dr. Nathan Carlin is an Associate Professor in the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.  He also holds a faculty appointment at the Institute for Spirituality and Health.     

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Dr. Jeffrey Kripal: Exploring the Unexplained, A Chapter Reading

April 25, 2017

Welcome to Episode 4 of Season 2.  Are we willing to believe in things we cannot see, or in new things that appear to us?  What if this means moving away from our immediate perception of what is real? And how does this invite us to explore our internal life, experience, and connection with others? 

In today’s episode, we welcome Dr. Jeffrey Kripal as he reads from his book The Super Natural: A New Vision of the Unexplained, co-authored with Whitley Strieber.  Dr. Kripal is a Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University, and is on ISH’s faculty.  A full audio-version of the book narrated by Stephen Bell Davies is now available through websites including Amazon.com and Audible.com.

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Karen Abercrombie: Out of Despair, The Gift of Life

April 18, 2017

Welcome to Episode 3 or Season 2.  In today’s episode, Karen Abercrombie reads her poignant article, titled “Out of Despair, the Gift of Life,” from the December 2016 issue of Houstonia magazine.  Karen writes about the tragic loss of her sister at the hands of a drunk driver.  For Karen, her story is also one of salvation.  Through her sister's donation of life-saving organs and tissue, over 80 lives were saved or enriched.  As part of this experience, Karen was deeply touched by the warmth and care her family received through relationship with Elena Mendoza, a Family Care Services Supervisor with LifeGift, in Houston, Texas.  Karen and Elena are photographed here, together.  We hope you enjoy.

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Rev. Robert Kidd: A Personal Turning Point

April 11, 2017

Welcome to Episode 2 of Season 2.  In honor of this week's religious celebrations, including Passover and Holy Week, today's episode is a reflection on faith, discernment, and journey.  What are the turning points in our lives?  In today’s episode, Rev. Robert Kidd one of these transpired as a college student, as he wrestled with his spiritual belief system, and ventured into unexplored doubts and questions.  What he learned was greater than the answers themselves; he learned to listen in a way that would shape the course of his life.  Robert Kidd, MDiv, BCC, is Houston Methodist Director for Spiritual Care and Values Integration.  He engages in ISH speaking activities and conferences, and is a former ISH board member.  

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