Sacred Inclusion Sampler: Volume One
Sacred Inclusion Sampler: Volume One Selected excerpts from some of the best interviews in the first three seasons of the Sacred Inclusion Network podcast. >... Read More
The Wounded Leader
Ten years ago after participating in an infamous sweat lodge in which three people died, Laura Tucker talks about what she's learned in the event's aftermath and how charismatic leaders sometimes go astray.
An Atheist’s Conversion
When he was young, Jess Lederman was an atheist and thought people who believed in God were fools. But one day, his wife heard a... Read More
The Poet, The Buddhist, The Trans Warrior
The Poet, the Buddhist, the Trans Warrior Esteemed poet Diana Goetsch talks about anti-gay and anti-trans attitudes within the American Buddhist community, how people fiercely... Read More
A Sufi Approach to Business
A Sufi Approach to Business Fourth generation entrepreneur Mark Silver is a pioneer in the integration of spirituality and business. He believes that commerce... Read More
From Diversity to Radical Inclusion
One of the founders of the Diversity and Spirituality Network talks about the integration of diversity and spirituality; the need for diversity and inclusion work to evolve; and the role on inclusive, spiritually-oriented networks such as the Diversity and Spirituality Network in in an increasingly secular age.
New Religious Movements
Pejoratively called "cults" by some, there are by some estimates more than 300 New Religious Movements in the United States and tens of thousands worldwide. These include offshoots of established religions, congregations with unique scriptures, and "New Age" churches that claim celestial origins. Some of these groups last less than a decade, whereas others span generations. W. Michael Ashcraft, the Philosophy and Religion Department Chair of Truman State University, has been studying New Religious Movements for most of his professional life. The author of the recently published book, A Historical Introduction to the Study of New Religious Movements, Ashcraft here discusses the anticult movement that flourished in the '60s and '70s, why some groups survive and others don't, and the similarities between New Religious Movements of the nineteenth century and those of the present day. He also draws distinctions between those groups with negative cult-like tendencies and those that are more benign.