151–152: Short Takes—Adventures in Spirit

February 7, 2013
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We are experimenting with a different type of show this time. Instead of diving into a single huge topic, this show features short takes: thoughts, stories, and combination of ideas that have been important to each participant, that have stuck with them, that have caused them to feel more oriented in the cosmos. As it turned out in this first episode of this sort, we, not with any real planning for it to go this way, asked four folks to be on who, it turns out, truly are what one might call “spiritual adventurers.” Each has explored religion and the spiritual life through world travel, exposure to far-ranging ideas beyond typical LDS borders, and deep immersion in thought systems or ritual practices. Given this, it’s no surprise that the ideas that were shared ended up connecting in many ways, with each panelist sharing about experiences that have led them to leave the safety of surety for the risk and richness of Spirit.

This two-part episode features Phyllis Barber, Bill Hansen, Dallas Robbins, Chelsea Shields-Strayer, and Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon.

Please listen and then share your thoughts below. Share about the format, too. Would you like us to produce more shows like this from time to time? Would you like to participate in an episode like this (and, if so, please write host Dan Wotherspoon privately at mormonmatters@gmail.com)?    

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11 Responses to 151–152: Short Takes—Adventures in Spirit

  1. PaulW
    February 8, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Will you submit your podcast feeds to Sticher? This has become my default way of listening to podcasts on my android phone. I know they will take/consider user submissions, but I think it would be better coming straight from you. I think they prefer that too.

  2. Me from Cali
    February 16, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Part 2 will upload into iTunes, but for some reason Part 1 will not upload (it’s visible for upload, but will not upload).

    • Me from Cali
      February 16, 2013 at 1:43 am

      Huh, after many days of trying it finally uploaded. All is well!

  3. February 18, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    I’ve been having a lot of trouble downloading these podcasts from iTunes recently. Is anyone else experiencing this? Are there problems with the host’s servers?

    • Nonny
      February 24, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      Yes, same problem with iTunes for the last 6 episodes.

      • Dan Wotherspoon
        February 25, 2013 at 1:49 pm

        Jordan and Nonny. Still having issues? We worked hard on a solution and think we found one. Here is note I sent out last week via FB. Would love you to report after following instructions. Thanks!

        Hi Mormon Matters Listeners. Many of you apparently have had trouble downloading recent episodes via iTunes (getting 8006 error or delays in it working). We’ve been investigating and think it’s fixed now (seems like a bug worked its way into the code in either late Dec or early Jan), so now I’ve re-done all the processing of the previous 9 episodes (numbers 146 to 154) and re-pushed them to iTunes.

        So if you’ve been having trouble with iTunes as your access to the episodes, please unsubscribe to the podcast and then go to the iTunes store (a link from the MM website can take you there, too) and re-subscribe to Mormon Matters podcast. When you do, those nine should load (all will show today’s date as the date published rather than their original ones, but they should all still show up in numerical order). And hopefully all our code from here forward will be scrubbed of whatever it was that led to these weird errors.

        Sorry for the hassles you’ve been having! Much thanks to those who wrote and described their issues. That really helped us narrow down what likely was wrong. And anyone who tries this, please write me if your downloading troubles continue. Thanks!

  4. February 18, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    I’ve been having a lot of trouble downloading these podcasts from iTunes. Is anyone else having this problem. Are there problems with the host’s servers?

  5. peeej
    February 19, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Thank you all for this terrific podcast! I will listen to this one a few more times.

  6. February 26, 2013 at 10:28 am

    I really loved this format — it was a great discussion, and I hope you will do more like this one in the future

  7. Sharman Hunter Wilson
    March 14, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I loved this podcast! Isn’t it amazing how it all fit together so well? I love it when I get so excited by an idea that I have to pause the podcast and go look up people or books mentioned–and sometimes even order books right then and there! This time I had to order a collection of David Steindl-Rast’s writings. When the subject of reading came up, I was encouraged by the thought that my voracious reading habit can be thought of as a type of spiritual practice. Thinking about the books I’ve read, I can see how they have broadened my inner world and transformed how I think and behave, bit by bit. They have made me more open to the good out there in the world, as well as deepened my sadness at the injustice and pain. I just wish I could clone myself so that one of me could be reading all the time while the other me does all the other things I need or want to do.

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