- Stephani Grace – Creating Real Happinessby xk
Take On Faith – April 9, 2022
Stephani Grace – Creating Real Happiness
Stephani Grace is an author, motivational speaker, therapist and mindfulness expert. Her book, Creating Real Happiness A to Z: A Mindful Guide to Discovering, Loving, and Accepting Your True Self, comes out on May 1 on the O books imprint. She joined host Xolani Kacela for Take On Faith on KTAL-LP 101.5 in Las Cruces.
Stephani talked about ways to be in touch with the body. She opened up about being aware to overcome things society teaches that need to be unlearned. She shared how love and self-love form the ground for experiencing true happiness.
BOOK LINK: https://www.johnhuntpublishing.com/o-books/our-books/creating-real-happiness-a-z
You can reach Stephani Grace at email@example.com, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
From Author’s Website:
I didn’t have parents who were capable of loving me. My biological father was an alcoholic and a drug addict, and when I was two years old, he decided to leave my mother. This caused her to flee to Las Vegas and abandon my two older sisters and me, leaving us with my father and his new girlfriend (who would soon become his wife). I only saw my mother briefly two different times during the next five years. My dad and his new wife were deep into their addictions, so I endured a life of neglect and a lack of love. My two older sisters assumed the majority of my care, but they were not equipped to care for me as they were children themselves. They have told me that they were haunted by my being alone in my crib, wailing for human contact that first year. This set the stage for me in terms of learning that my needs were not important and that I was not worthy of love or care.
- Soroya Dean, Co-Founder of Peacemomsby xk
Take On Faith – April 2, 2022
Host Rev. Carolyn Wilkins, discusses Ramadan and spiritual activism with Soraya Dean, founder of the Muslim Women Speakers Movement, and Co-founder of Peacemoms.
- Celine O’Donovanby admin
Gifts from the Devastation
Take On Faith – March 26, 2022
Celine O’Donovan joins us to discuss her book Gifts from the Devastation. She wrote the book following her bout with breast cancer and the aftermath, which she described as a spiritual experience. O’Donovan joined us from Galway, Ireland.
Celine discussed the stresses that led up to her journey, the fear that she lived with, and how getting in touch with her creator resulted in great peace. Host Xolani Kacela welcomed her to Take On Faith on KTAL-LP in Las Cruces, NM.
You can reach Celine O’Donovan through her linktree: https://linktr.ee/celineodonovan
From Guest’s Website:
Read on to find out the story behind the book and a short extract that I hope you enjoy.
A few readers also share their feedback with you!!
If I were to sum up the overall message of the book in a few sentences, it is that all life experiences, especially the difficult ones, are here to help us grow into the fullest version of ourselves. As difficult as it can be at times, life really is unfolding for our highest good.
My experience with breast cancer taught me this. It has been a journey marked by many ups and downs but I wouldn’t change a moment of it. Although life still has its challenges, I have never felt a greater sense of meaning and purpose. It has awoken me to my true nature and brought me to a place of deep, inner contentment that is beyond compare.
I hope that by sharing my story, it will prompt you to embark on your own journey of growth and expansion. I hope it will help you reframe difficult experiences and provide you with more supportive and empowering ways of relating to life. Ultimately, I hope you discover your inner power, speak your truth and shine brightly as the highest version of yourself.
In the book I take you on my personal journey – from getting the life-changing news that I had cancer, to surrendering to it and ultimately choosing a path of transformation. It taught me that despite the inevitable pain that comes with growth, life really is happening for us, not to us.
When we shift to this perspective, we have a totally different experience of life, we see through our conditioning and limiting beliefs. We become stronger and more anchored in our inner power. We no longer live as victims. Instead we realize that we are powerful creators of our reality.
Then there is no stopping us! That is my wish for you.
- Karen V. Johnsonby xk
Karen V. Johnson
Take On Faith – March 19, 2022
Karen V. Johnson is the author of Living Grieving: Using Energy Medicine to Alchemize Grief and Loss, which was published by Hay House. She wrote the book following her 27-year-old son’s death due to a heroin overdose. She joins us on Take On Faith on KTAL-LP to discuss her book and the journey of resurrection that originates in loss and grief. She joined us from Cooperstown, NY.
Karen V. Johnson is a retired federal administrative law judge who practiced criminal and energy law for more than 30 years. She is also a former U.S. Army Reserve officer and a Fulbright scholar.
Karen trained extensively in the techniques of Illumination, Soul Retrieval, Extractions of Energies and Entities, Divination. She serves as faculty at the Four Winds Society and a Master Practitioner of Energy Medicine.
From Guest’s Website:
Membership in this group is a parent’s worst nightmare and it’s a lifetime membership. I understand grief and despair. After my son crossed over, I found myself unable to relate to my old life so I retired, sold my house and all my things and traveled the world for two and a half years. Along the way, travel turned into pilgrimage. I found a spiritual path with the Four Winds Society. The teachings and practices of Modern Shamanism were a catalyst for healing and change in my own life that I want to share. I teach, I write, and I lead retreats.
But most of all, I Love.
You don’t have to lose a child to suffer. Our lives are periodically or perpetually filled with pain and suffering from abandonment, abuse, betrayal, and feeling separated from Spirit or God. I use the teachings and practices of the Medicine Wheel as the fuel to ignite suffering and transform it into Vision so that you can live life with ease and grace.
- Dana Lord Lewisby xk
Dana Lord Lewis
Take On Faith – March 12, 2022
Dana Lord Lewis, a leading authority on the Intelligence of Energy joins us today. Lewis is also the Founder of Energy Think, a wisdom and science-based modality. This work guides individuals to experience their infinite potential. Dana joins Rev. Xolani Kacela on Take On Faith, one of KTAL-LP’s flagship programs, broadcast from Las Cruces, NM.
Significantly, Lewis, who joined us from Santa Monica, California, draws on her studies of human energetics, cognitive science, classical and quantum physics. Also, she draws from spiritual teachings and law to draw from collective wisdom and teach others to find their deepest truth. She covered how this work influences individuals and organizations in the interview.
Importantly, Lewis discussed the “Thought to Reality” Roadmap, which explains how people make sense of their daily lives.
From the Guest’s Website:
Based on the principles of energetics, Energy Think offers an innovative approach to unlocking what you deeply desire. Desires look quite different from student to student – from career advancement, to family healing, to personal fulfillment, romance, affluence, and much more. If you can articulate it, this work supports you in turning your desire into reality.
Through expansionary guidance, students gain a solid – and applicable – understanding of how this invisible frontier is actually governed by many of the same principles as the physical world.
The purpose of this work is to empower students to actualize what they may have always dreamed of through understanding and harnessing the most powerful creationary asset we have – our energy.
If you are seeking to stop self-deceiving, conforming to accommodate fear-based beliefs and allowing other people to position you into feeling anything less than powerful, I invite you to take a look at what the Cadre offers.
In true power,
- Rev. Bonnie Allen Riceby xk
Rev. Bonnie Allen Rice
Take On Faith – March 5, 2022
Rev. Bonny Allen Rice, retired minister and chaplain, discusses the power of prayer and faith during the Season of Lent, war in the Ukraine and personal loss during COVID. She joined host, Rev. Carolyn Wilkins, for this episode of Take On Faith on KTAL-LP 101.5 broadcasted from Las Cruces, NM.
- Ukraine: What Faith Brings to the Fightby xk
Ukraine: What Faith Brings to the Fight
Take On Faith – February 26, 2022
Ukraine: What Faith Brings to the Fight. Rev. Xolani Kacela reflects on the Ukrainian – Russian conflict and how people of faith can respond. The typical response from American clergy about the geopolitical situation is silence. Now is a time for people of spiritual and religious conviction to demand more from their faith leaders and themselves in order to align with their spoken convictions,values, and principles.
This episode aired originally on KTAL-LP 101.5 FM in Las Cruces, NM. Listen to archived shows on lccommunityradio.org or on revdrxk.com. Listen to the episode on Podbean, Spotify, Apple podcasts, Google, and all other podcast apps.
KTAL-LP 101.5 FM
- Xolani Kacela, Ph.D.by xk
Xolani Kacela, Ph.D.
Take On Faith – February 12, 2022
Xolani Kacela, Ph.D., the host of TOF, spends the episode discussing how intuition impacts our daily lives and decision-making. This episode broadcasts originally on KTAL-LP 101.5 in Las Cruces, NM.
According to Xolani Kacela, Ph.D., intuition refers to the capacity to know something without having to reason through it. You just know and trust your inner feedback loop. Intuition develops over time as you build your experience and through consistent practice.
You must feed your intuition using experience, best practices (traditions), reasoning, and by studying people and the world. However, not any old information source will do. It is important to identity trusted sources who provide objective content.
Kacela introduced his new newsletter, called The Intuitionist, which originated as a result of intense feedback he received on the topic recently. The newsletter, which is hosted on the platform, Substack, will be released monthly on second Thursdays.
Excerpt from The Intuitionist:
How intuitive are you in your romantic relationship? Intuition is a vital element in any robust and fulfilling relationship. This suggestion may sound counterintuitive to you if you are a concrete thinker. Trust me, you need to open your mind and allow your gut instinct to lead you instead of thinking so hard.
One way to tell how well your intuition works is through mind-mapping. It sounds techy, but mind-mapping is totally organic, that is, person-to-person. All you have to do is allow your partner to read your mind freely and confirm when they guess accurately. The more you confirm, the better you and your partner can intuit each other’s wants and needs. Read more here…
- Sandra Jackson & Patty Rumpzaby xk
Sandra Jackson and Rev. Patty Rumpza
Take On Faith – February 5, 2022
Our host, Rev. Carolyn Wilkins, interviewed Rev. Dr. Sandra Jackson and Rev. Patty Rumpza of Golden Heart Spiritual Communities about The Alabama Civil Rights Experience in April. The program originally broadcast on KTAL-LP FM in Las Cruces, NM.
You can reach Rev. Dr. Sandra Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org and Rev. Patty Rumpza at email@example.com.
From Guests’ Website:
From the wellspring of the Science of Mind, within New Thought teachings and the wisdom found in other paths, the founders of Golden Heart have come together to offer their hearts and minds in service to the idea of healing the belief in separation and creating communities of wholeness.
With a shared focus on developing both individuals and Spiritual Communities, our goal is to offer practical and valuable coaching, classes, and hands-on support that foster growth in the realm of Spiritual awareness and life-affirming effect. When we agree on purpose and work in principle, the possibilities abound and become an ever-present reality. We can’t wait to see how Spirit will continue to express as you!
As our name implies, Golden Heart is committed to the idea that we live our best lives when we recognize and nurture the communities that exist in the microcosm of ourselves (mind, body, and Spirit) as one unique whole. In the macrocosm of the larger world, the healthy collaboration of individuals results in the well-being of all involved. Our dedication is to offer a meaningful suite of services focusing on fine-tuning the good and reimagining possibilities.
Our approach is not a rainbow and butterflies approach to living but a practical pathway to life’s meaningful and positive expression in all its wonder-filled forms. We’ll start by introducing you to the two leaders who form the backbone of Golden Heart and, collectively, have committed themselves to the service of Transformation. They have both built lives on the premise of the possible and cannot wait to share it with you.
- Pathik Strandby xk
Take On Faith – January 22, 2022
Pathik Strand is the author of a new book, Flowering Into Awareness: A Spiritual Manifesto for the 21st Century. The book comes out January 28. He joined Rev. Xolani Kacela, host of Take On Faith, for a lively conversation about the nature of consciousness.
Strand’s book is described as “a collection of passionate and inspiring essays on the nature of reality, as seen from the perspective of the unity of all life.” During the interview, Strand shared his understanding of the world’s most pressing problem: the lack of self-knowledge in the world.
The solution, according to Strand, is knowing oneself, accepting consciousness as all there is, and living and giving love in ways to the world. Tune in for a lively conversation about consciousness, or awareness, and how it can change your life.
From Guest’s Publicist:
Flowering into Awareness was born from my many years of spiritual quest and the impact this journey has had on me and my life.
The greatest challenge in writing a book like this was to express concepts and ideas that can’t fully be put into words. This had to be done in a way that is easily accessible to the reader.
In the context of spiritual enquiry, it is very important to ask questions, even if those questions may never be answered.
Humanity is currently in the process of a spiritual awakening, but what does that mean? What is spirituality? What do we understand by that word?
A fundamental spiritual transformation is now an urgent necessity, but what does such a transformation entail, and how can it come about?
Peace on Earth will be a reality only when the power of love is greater than the love of power. Love is intrinsic to our nature, and thus we all have the ability to love unconditionally.
- Elise Brenner, Ph.D. and Nancy Spatz, M.D.by xk
Elise Brenner, Ph.D. and Nancy Spatz, M.D.
Take On Faith – January 18, 2022
Elise Brenner, Ph.D. and Nancy Spatz, M.D. co-authored the book, Reiki: A Self-Practice To Live in Peace with Self and Others, published by O-Books, a John Hunt imprint. They joined Rev. Xolani “xk” Kacela for an enlightening conversation about Reiki on Take On Faith, KTAL-LP in Las Cruces.
During the interview, Brenner and Spatz, explored Reiki beginning with its origins in the early 20th century. Also, they talked about its five precepts, how the practice promotes resilience, and how hands-on self-practice heals individuals and the world.
You can reach Elise Brenner at firstname.lastname@example.org and and Nancy Spatz at email@example.com, respectively.
From the Publisher’s Website:
How is Reiki practice like a snow globe, a palm tree, and an anchor?
As we navigate life’s unpredictable squalls and waves of adversity, we aspire to settle like the snow in a snow globe, feel rooted like the base of a palm tree in a storm, and be anchored like a steady ship.
Reiki: A Self Practice to Live in Peace with Self and Others provides readers with self-Reiki how-tos for putting these metaphors into action to build an inner mind-body unshakable foundation, and to relieve the suffering of others. This book opens a door to a mindful way of living with ease rather than struggle.
Whether it is fear of coronavirus, receiving texts in ALL CAPS, a frightening diagnosis, or worry over a child, the self-Reiki practices introduced here will alleviate pain and overwhelm, ushering in mindfulness, resilience, and recovery capacity.
- Revs. Carolyn Wilkins & Xolani Kacelaby admin
Take On Faith – January 1, 2022
Revs. Carolyn Wilkins & Xolani Kacela look ahead to 2022 and share their expectations, hopes, and dreams. They discuss what they view as goals and objectives for our leaders and the impact on people of faith and religion. This episode of Take On Faith broadcast on KTAL-LP 101.5 FM features the two co-hosts, only.
- Revs. Xolani Kacela & Carolyn Wilkinsby xk
Take On Faith – December 25, 2021
Revs Xolani Kacela & Carolyn Wilkins look back on 2021 and share their take on the year’s highlights. They discuss what they view as major events and the impact on people of faith and religion. This episode of Take On Faith broadcast on KTAL-LP 101.5 FM features the two co-hosts, only.
- Dr. Samar Khalilby admin
Dr. Samar Khalil
Take On Faith – December 4, 2021
Dr. Samar Khalil appeared as a guest on this Take On Faith episode. She discussed Islam and the role of women in Islam with Rev. Xolani Kacela, the show host. She joined the program from her home in Las Cruces.
Dr. Samar Khalil serves as the Vice President of Sisters Affairs at the Southern New Mexico Islamic Center in Las Cruces. She also works as a Graduate Program Specialist, Sr. at the Dean of Academics Office in the College of Engineering at NMSU.
- Rev. Gordon Clay and Mrs. Lisa Baileyby admin
Rev. Gordon Clay and Mrs. Lisa S. Bailey
Take On Faith – November 27, 2021
Rev. Gordon Clay and Mrs. Lisa S. Bailey appeared as guests on Take On Faith. They discussed their shared ministry and marriage with Rev. Xolani Kacela, the show host. Rev. Gordon Clay and Mrs. Lisa Bailey joined the program from Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rev. Bailey serves as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Las Vegas, NV. He is also a Board-Certified Clinical Chaplain and Pastoral Counselor with the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy.
Lisa Bailey works in the social justice arena with the Showing Up for Racial Justice Las Vegas chapter, the boards of No Racism in Schools #1865, and the Artivists. Lisa was an advance reader for The Black UU Survival Guide.
During the talk, they gave witness to life as Unitarian Universalists. Each spoke about their experiences being in a mixed marriage. Rev. Gordon Clay and Mrs. Lisa S. Bailey also shined light upon the challenges of leading a white church.
Interestingly, the Bailey’s provided insight to the limits of a BIPOC leader in a white church. They spoke about the differences between Black church ministry and white churches. They offered insights to what keeps the two worlds apart.
You can reach the Gordon C. Bailey or Lisa S. Bailey on their YouTube channel, The Bailey View.
From Guests’ Church’s Website:
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Las Vegas exists as a religious community. The valley-wide ministry shares the principles of Unitarian Universalism and provides a sanctuary and a voice for spiritual seekers. It serves as a force for social justice in the greater community. Here, we challenge members, friends, and visitors to think for themselves, grow spiritually, and express and live their values.
- Mariel Ford Clarkeby xk
Mariel Ford Clarke
Take On Faith – November 20, 2021
Mariel Ford Clarke, author of Where After: WHERE Do Our Loves One Go AFTER they die? was the guest on this episode of Take On Faith on KTAL-LP. Clarke visited with Rev. Xolani Kacela for a chat about her book, her work in energetics, and how she helps people cope with death and loss. She joined Rev. Kacela from her home in Galway, Ireland.
During the conversation, Mariel Ford Clarke took listeners on a deep dive into her journey through death, or the other side. She discussed dying, experiencing deep peace, and life after death. The experienced resulted in a life change which she shares with readers in her book.
Among the topics discussed included her early life with psychic parents, her take of where people go AFTER death, and the power of love to change souls. Clarke brings high energy to her work. You’ll enjoy learning about the field of energetics, how death impacts life, and Clarke’s interesting book.
You can reach Mariel Ford Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org. On Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
From Guest’s Website
It has been my privilege to count Mariel as one of my very dear and trusted friends since we first met many years ago at a workshop I ran in England. [And] later, at workshops she organized for me with a friend in Ireland.
She is a totally luminous personality, a lighthouse set on the hill. She offers guidance and wisdom to many seekers of all backgrounds. Her work in the angel field has brought peace and comfort, guidance and strength to many seekers. I am sure [she’ll] continue to do so through her website.
Being in the company of Mariel is like sitting in a flower-covered meadow in the spring next to a dancing, bubbling, singing stream.
She is the very essence of love, unconditional goodness and deep caring. Her integrity – for me the most fundamental human quality with love – is rock solid, and her love just flows and bathes those who come into her presence.
Author of The Gentle Art of Blessing
- Rev. Abhi Janamanchi and Rev. Katie Romano Griffinby xk
Rev. Abhi Janamanchi and Rev. Katie Romano Griffin
Take On Faith – November 13, 2021
Rev. Abhi Janamanchi and Rev. Katie Romano Griffin were guests on Take On Faith. They serve as senior and associate minister at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, MD. You’ll love this lively talk with host Rev. Xolani Kacela.
During the talk, Rev. Abhi Janamanchi and Rev. Katie Romano Griffin discussed Unitarian Universalism and how they approach multi-cultural and multi-faith ministry. Wise and clear, they opened up about how BIPOC leaders do their work in mostly white churches. They laid out how important it is to reach beyond race to build beloved community.
Importantly, they reflect on Cedar Lane’s mission. They spoke about Spirit Experience, a special service the church offers. You’ll learn how they manage cultural differences and other leadership challenges. Both guests kept it 100.
Janamanchi and Romano Griffin engaged Xolani Kacela in a must-hear conversation. It will tickle your senses. You’ll want to share this podcast with all your friends!
You can reach Rev. Janamanchi at: email@example.com; Facebook; Twitter.
You can reach Rev. Romano Griffin at: firstname.lastname@example.org; Instagram; Facebook.
- Darby Berryhillby xk
Take On Faith – October 23, 2021
Darby Berryhill, author of 7th Heaven It Was Not, and member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, was the guest on Take On Faith on KTAL-LP. Berryhill sat down with Rev. Xolani Kacela for a chat about her life as a pastor’s kid, or PK.
Berryhill’s book portrays in clear detail the lives that preacher’s kids endure. She writes about many struggles. They include living up to family and friends’ thoughts of who she should be, feeling pressure to put on “airs,” and attending four high schools during her teen years.
The book is a great read for listeners who have grown up in clergy families raising children. It’s a short and eye-opening narrative.
- Rev. Sherman Z. Logan, Jr.by xk
Rev. Sherman Z. Logan, Jr.
Take On Faith – October 9, 2021
The Rev. Sherman Z. Logan, Executive Minister of First Unitarian Universalist of Richmond, VA was the guest on Take On Faith. He joined host, Xolani Kacela, for a far-ranging conversation about his unique role at FUURV. They also discussed his role as a board member of the UUA.
From Guest’s Church Website:
History of First UU RVA
THE ROOTS of liberal religion in Richmond, Virginia began early in the 19th Century when missionary circuit riders drifted in from the northeastern states spreading a new religious message. In 1830 Rev. John B. Dods spent six months in the city, organizing the first joint denomination of Unitarians and Universalists.
In 1831, their new meeting house was dedicated as the First Independent Christian Church of Richmond and John B Pitkin was the first minister to be installed by representatives from both faiths. The unconventional views of Christianity espoused by Rev. Pitkin attracted Richmond’s young intellectuals and businessmen.
Over the next 30 years the church struggled with the ever present financial problems, a succession of transient ministers and the conflict of how to justify their position as a Christian Church. In 1862 the society’s minister, Rev. Alden Bosserman, was arrested in a “sweep” by Richmond’s Confederate Administration along with several well known Unionist Richmond merchants. They were suspected to be operating a ‘Union Underground’ designed to move Union soldiers caught behind the lines back into the North and assist occasional slave runaways.
Bosserman, along with Franklin Stearns, Burnham Wardwell, G. W. Frosst and Charles Palmer, was lodged in a slave jail designated for political prisoners awaiting their court hearing; former U.S. Senator, John Minor Botts, spent two months on the second floor of Lumpkin’s slave jail with a view of Shockoe Bottom’s factories through its barred windows.
The Richmond Dispatch (04/03/1862) lists Rev. Bosserman among Castle Godwin’s prisoners. His congregation, suspected to be an abolitionist front, continued to live with the indignity of the smear tactics aroused by their leader’s arrest for treason and a hostile community that took advantage of any opportunity to misrepresent their beliefs. After five months in prison, living under deplorable wartime conditions, Rev. Bosserman was released as part of a prisoner exchange.
Virginia’s secession from the Union proved to be the death-knell for the church on Mayo Street. As the war continued, the exceptional prosperity of the city disappeared under the strain of the political situation. Slave discontent turned into rebellion, an embargo had closed the city’s port, businesses began to fail and banks suspended specie payment. The weather was bitterly cold, cholera was rampant and there were food riots. Without leadership or the means to meet their financial obligations, the church disbanded officially in 1875.
RE-ESTABLISHMENT began with Sunday night meetings in the home of D.R. Wilson. At first, it was just a few friends getting together to read liberal literature and share their religious ideas. As more people joined the group, the American Unitarian Association (A.U.A.) initiated a mission effort. Early in 1893 Rev. George L. Chaney came to Richmond and began holding services in Belvidere Hall. A Women’s Alliance and a Sunday school were organized and the congregation grew under Rev. Chaney’s leadership. On December 31, 1893 eighteen people stepped forward to sign the Bond of Union that would formally create the First Unitarian Church of Richmond.
- Rev. Erin J. Walterby xk
Rev. Erin J. Walter, UU Community Minister
Take On Faith – October 25, 2021
Rev. Erin J. Walter is a community minister ordained in the Unitarian Universalist tradition. She also plays bass for two bands: Parker Woodland and Butch County. She joined host Xolani Kacela from her home in Austin, Texas. You will enjoy this episode of Take On Faith on KTAL-LP.
Erin Walter talked about her life as a minister in liberal faith. She discussed the sacred part of her ministry many people don’t see. Walter shared much needed wisdom. In particular, she described ways to build bridges over our differences.
The pandemic affects us all, she said. She described how her UU ministry affects the people she serves. A member of the Texas UU Justice Ministry, her work often focuses on social justice. She put light on how listeners can change their neighborhoods by being humble.
You can reach Rev. Erin J. Walter on her websites, ErinWalter.com and ParkerWoodland.com.
From the guest’s website:
Rev. Erin serves the wider community through ministry open to people of all faiths, including:
- Officiating weddings, memorials, and rites of passage
- Guest preaching, music, workshop facilitation, camp chaplaincy, retreat leadership, and spiritual direction
- Teaching Zumba for body and spirit in community settings
- Writing about ministry and music for publications including the UU World and Austin American-Statesman
Erin’s community ministry is intentionally eclectic and grounded in the first and seventh UU principles — affirming the worth and dignity of all people, interconnected across faiths and cultures, age groups and class. She is an original TXHandmaid, using arts activism to promote reproductive rights, as well as a member of the queer rock band Butch County and activist supporting human rights movements for accessibility, racial justice, immigrant rights, trans rights, and more.
MUSIC AS MINISTRY
Rev. Erin serves via songwriting and community building with her band, Parker Woodland. Their new EP “Live From LOVE Hill” is available on Bandcamp starting Friday, 9/3/21, to benefit mental health serves by the SIMS Foundation. Listen to Parker Woodland’s debut EP “The World’s On Fire (and We Still Fall in Love)” on Spotify, Youtube, and wherever you buy or stream music.
About Take On Faith Take On Faith broadcasts on KTAL-LP FM 101.5 from Las Cruces, NM. The radio show airs on Saturdays at 10 am MT. Guests share perspectives on religious, spiritual, and metaphysical aspects of life. Guests present their beliefs, ideas, and views. Frequently, xk’s guests discuss their books. Rev. xk’s guests include personalities from all faith traditions, denominations, and spiritual communities. A Unitarian Universalist minister, Rev. “xk” does not discriminate against any faith group. Once a month, the Rev. Carolyn Wilkins hosts the program. Rev. Wilkins is the spiritual leader for Inspirational Ministries in Las Cruces, NM. You can reach her at +1 (310) 801-9800 or email@example.com. Please send your suggestions for guests. Email “xk” at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also phone xk at +1 (919) 949-2002. Importantly, we seek clergy members, authors, or faith leaders. We’re especially interested in hosting people with unique viewpoints. If you fit that description, and are interested in being a guest on Take On Faith, please contact xk. Fr. Gabrielle Rochelleby adminJanuary 16, 2021 Fr. Gabrielle Rochelle Take On Faith – January 16, 2021 Fr. Gabrielle Rochelle is the guest on this episode , on KTAL-LP FM 101.5. Fr. Gabrielle is the pastor of the St. Anthony of the Desert, an Orthodox Christian mission in Las Cruces, NM. The parish is a mission of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. Fr. Gabrielle and his wife, Pani Susan, founded the church in 2007. He also serves as a seminary and university professor. Fr. Gabrielle and host Xolani Kacela discussed the Eastern Orthodox tradition and its place in the pantheon of Christianity. An expert in religion, he provided several insights to how faith and religion play into the ways our culture and politics is taking shape today. He also discussed how faith is experienced by millennials and those influenced by theories which refute science. Fr. Gabrielle Rochelle can be reached at email@example.com; 575-520-1916 (cell). Tune in for a lively conversation.