Soul Search – ABC RN

Soul Search explores contemporary religion and spirituality from the inside out — what we believe, how we express it, and the difference it makes in our lives

21 November 2021, 7:05 am

Much Ado About Religion

Shakespeare's world was marked by social change, spiritual tumult and cosmic disorientation – Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne, Europeans were exploring the Americas, and a heliocentric model of our solar system was taking shape. Join us as we explore the religious landscape of Elizabethan-era England, and how the Bard grappled with emerging ideas about self, the supernatural, and humanity's place in the cosmos.
Duration: 54:07

14 November 2021, 7:05 am

Making peace with our unpeacefulness: Claude AnShin Thomas' path from war to Zen Buddhism

Claude AnShin Thomas enlisted in the US Army at 17, served as a helicopter gunner and crew chief in the Vietnam War, and was awarded numerous medals and a Purple Heart – all before becoming ordained as a Zen Buddhist monk. He carries the responsibility for much death and destruction, but has learned to live peacefully with unpeacefulness and is helping others do the same.
Duration: 53:57

7 November 2021, 7:05 am

Life as we think it: poetry and philosophy for the everyday

How do we navigate the mundane of the everyday, the ordinariness of life, without becoming dull to its depth, beauty and capacity to surprise? A poet presents his award-winning meditation on walking around Wagga, and an ex-priest takes us on a mental excursion through the history of philosophy to explore the wisdom of the stoics, epicurans, and many of the world's greatest thinkers.
Duration: 54:06

31 October 2021, 7:05 am

Forgiveness up close: a look at mothers and daughters, Kierkegaard, hope and humility

What does forgiveness look like in the messiness and chaos that is real life? A filmmaker shares the intimate and courageous story of her own tumultuous relationship with her mother, and her journey towards love and acceptance. A professor describes forgiveness as a work of love, and explains the difference between the act of forgiveness and the virtue of forgivingness – and the importance of both.
Duration: 54:05

24 October 2021, 7:05 am

Sacred landscapes: suburbia

Are suburbs spiritual deserts or sacred wellsprings? In the places where most of us live our day to day lives, where do we go to find joy and hope, beauty and grace – and how do we experience the transcendent and divine?
Duration: 54:06

17 October 2021, 7:05 am

Sacred Landscapes: solastalgia and spirituality in a melting world

Glaciers matter to the people who live near them – but how do these communities respond as more and more ice melts away? A priestess of the Icelandic religion of Ásatrú explains how ancient Norse mythology orients her towards nature, and a professor shares how her experiences on the Himalayan glaciers revealed a deep connection between spirituality and the lived reality of climate change.
Duration: 53:52

10 October 2021, 7:05 am

Sacred landscapes: snow and the high country

Soul Search returns to our Sacred Landscapes series that explores the connections between spirituality and place. We turn to the cool climates with our guides – Dr Jonica Newby and Professor Jakelin Troy – taking us into the coldest regions of Australia and deepening our understanding of the spiritual importance of snow.
Duration: 54:06

3 October 2021, 7:05 am

Elaine Pagels on secret gospels, grief and religion

Professor Elaine Pagels has spent decades seeking to understand religion and, as her latest book reveals, this isn’t a merely academic exercise but a quest bound up with her own experience of life and bereavement.
Duration: 53:57

26 September 2021, 8:05 am

Church and State in Germany: Political Theology from Karl Barth to Angela Merkel

It's the end of the Merkel era in Germany. We take a look at the faith and politics of this remarkable leader who has been at the helm of Europe's largest economy for almost 16 years. Then, we step a little further back in German history to explore the life and work of Karl Barth, a prolific theologian who was one of the main authors of the Barmen Declaration – a document resisting the Nazification of the church.
Duration: 54:06

19 September 2021, 8:05 am

Saints, bullies and believers

What happens when a sceptical writer immerses herself in peak Christian belief at a creationist museum? What happens when a Christian minister confronts the past and present horrific failures of the church? Hear from authors Sarah Krasnostein and John Dickson about what they learned when they confronted belief and unbelief, how it moved and changed them.
Duration: 54:07

12 September 2021, 8:05 am

700 years of Dante and The Divine Comedy

"Abandon all hope, ye who enter here." To mark 700 years since Dante's death on 14 September 1321, we're taking a close look at his life and masterpiece, The Divine Comedy. Join Dr Meredith Lake and a host of Dante experts and enthusiasts as we journey from hell to purgatory to paradise.
Duration: 54:08

5 September 2021, 8:05 am

Short-Distance Relationships: Soulmates

Soulmates. Star-crossed lovers, couple goals, my other half. Or besties, brother-from-another-mother, my person. Whatever form they come in, they're the people we can't live without. So, what role do soulmates have in shaping our thoughts and ideas, emotions and behaviours, and all the significant and trivial aspects of our daily lives?
Duration: 54:09

29 August 2021, 8:05 am

Short-Distance Relationships: Strangers

Strangers. We pass them in the street. We live next door to them. We have conversations with them online. What brings strangers together, and what keeps us apart? Why do our interactions with strangers matter? In this episode we explore interactions between strangers in our pandemic world, and in a community reeling from tragedy.
Duration: 54:05

22 August 2021, 8:05 am

Short-Distance Relationships: Siblings

Siblings. Most of us have them, and they're the closest and longest relationships many of us will have in our lifetimes. So, how do sibling relationships shape us? And what can we learn from brothers and sisters in religious traditions, fairytales and folklore?
Duration: 54:05

15 August 2021, 8:05 am

Jane Goodall on humanity and hope

Acclaimed ethologist and 2021 Templeton Prize winner, Jane Goodall, tells us about the many teachers who have gifted her with lessons on humanity and hope: from her childhood reading tree to her first dog, the Gombe forest and, of course, her beloved chimps.
Duration: 53:57

8 August 2021, 8:05 am

Planting peace: from Hiroshima to Pine Gap

As the Tokyo Olympics draws to a close, we mark another significant date on the calendar: Hiroshima Day. Hear from two women about their work to spread peace around the world by planting Hiroshima A-bomb survivor trees in 36 countries so far – and counting.
Duration: 54:06

1 August 2021, 8:05 am

Why atheism is more than mere unbelief

A lapsed Catholic and a professor of theology on why there's a whole lot more to atheism than mere unbelief, and how atheists and theists may have more in common than you think.
Duration: 54:07

25 July 2021, 8:05 am

The secret paintings and spiritual courage of Hilma af Klint

Join Soul Search host Meredith Lake and curator Sue Cramer as they take you on an audio tour of Hilma af Klint's works of incredible vibrancy and power that demonstrate her spiritual adventurousness and bravery – incredible, massive paintings that were kept secret for decades after her death.
Duration: 53:57

18 July 2021, 8:05 am

The Muslim Cameleers: The lives and legacies of Australia's little-known outback pioneers

Muslim cameleers have a rich history in Australia – that you may not have heard much about. They're the men who transformed the economic, cultural and spiritual life of many outback communities at the turn of the 20th century.
Duration: 54:07

11 July 2021, 8:05 am

Indigenous theologian Garry Deverell on grounded spirituality

What are the possibilities for a grounded spirituality, in the aftermath of colonisation? Indigenous theologian Garry Deverell has lived the search for a spirituality that connects land and body. He joins Meredith Lake to discuss ritual, reconnection and reconciliation.
Duration: 54:05

4 July 2021, 8:05 am

Heal Country: NAIDOC week with Brooke Prentis and Aunty Rev Denise Champion

This NAIDOC week Meredith Lake hands over the mic to guest presenter Brooke Prentis. Brooke is a Wakka Wakka woman who was born on Yidinji country, grew up mainly in Gubbi Gubbi country, but now lives on Gadigal land in Sydney. She's also an Aboriginal Christian leader and she shares about her journey of faith, the Aboriginal Christian leaders that inspire her, and what she's up to in her current role as CEO of Common Grace, a Christian movement in Australia.
Duration: 53:52

27 June 2021, 8:05 am

A jump, a kick and a prayer: Religion at the Olympics

In the lead up to the Olympic Games in Tokyo we look at the relationship between religion and sport. We speak to young Christian athlete Nicola McDermott, Olympian and Shia Muslim Hayder Shkara, and Japanese writer Shotaro Honda Moore.
Duration: 54:07

20 June 2021, 8:05 am

Sacred Landscapes: the mountains and spiritual freedom

Mountains have often been the location for spiritual experiences, or breakthroughs. On Soul Search today, we're turning to the mountains in our third — and final — episode on Sacred Landscapes. We meet Dr Thomas Michael, an expert on the religious significance of mountains in Eastern and Western thought, and Gary Khor, Grandmaster of tai chi, who goes on regular journeys to sacred mountains in China.
Duration: 54:07

13 June 2021, 8:05 am

Sacred landscapes: the forest as mirror and sanctuary

Trees have a special place in the human imagination and they feature in many of the world’s cultural and religious traditions. The ancient Hebrew poets even imagined trees themselves shouting for joy in praise of a divine creator. Today we explore the forest as a sacred landscape in Northern Ethiopia, and at the Wat Buddha Dhamma Monastery nestled within the Dharug National Park in New South Wales.
Duration: 54:05

6 June 2021, 8:05 am

Sacred landscapes: religion and ecology around the Pacific

How do the places we love shape our sense of the sacred? And how are our spiritual lives nurtured by the bush, the mountains — or even the sea? In the first episode of our 3-part series Sacred Landscapes, we hear from Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-founder and director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University, who tells us why religion and spiritual matter in the Anthropocene. Then we hear from Rev Dr Jione Havea, a pastor from Tonga, on what it means to him to belong to the islands and to their seas.
Duration: 54:05

30 May 2021, 8:05 am

The wisdom of deep listening: Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann and Fleur Magick Dennis

Many Indigenous languages have a word that means something like ‘deep listening’. In Ngan'gikurunggurr, a Northern Territory language, that word is dadirri. We hear from renowned Aboriginal elder and Senior Australian of the Year, Dr Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann, who advocates for a kind of listening — a quiet awareness — that sums up a whole way of being. We also meet Wiradjuri and Wailwaan woman Fleur Magick Dennis on a different kind of meditation and ethical reflection this Reconciliation week.
Duration: 54:06

23 May 2021, 8:05 am

Seeking the simple life: from everyday economics to meditation

Do you ever look around and think, there must be a better way to do life, here? On Soul Search, we’re meeting people asking the big question of how to live well in the world as we find it. We hear from Dr Jonathan Cornford, a political economist on a mission to live more slowly, gently, and simply, and Asher Packman, the current President of Meditation Australia.
Duration: 54:05

16 May 2021, 8:05 am

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev on karma, the pandemic, and politics in India

Today, an exclusive interview with Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. He’s a Ducati-riding yogi and spiritual teacher, who has caught the attention of millions worldwide, and there's a lot to discuss — from karma to COVID-19 and politics in India. We also hear from Associate Professor Monima Chadha, an expert on classical Indian thought, to talk about the origins of the concept of karma, and the misconceptions surrounding karma today.
Duration: 54:06

9 May 2021, 8:05 am

Alexander Hamilton and the religion of the American Revolution

Irrespective of whether or not you are a fan of Lin Manuel Miranda’s musical, Hamilton, it’s a fascinating and provocative take on the early American republic. So what are some of the questions the Musical opens up about religion and the American Revolution?
Duration: 54:03

2 May 2021, 8:05 am

The Pope and the working man’s paradise: Rerum Novarum at 130

Once upon a time, Australia was described as 'a workingman’s paradise.' But does that ring true – either in the past, or now? On Soul Search we’re looking at work, and at one of the world’s most influential discussions of it. 130 years ago this month, Pope Leo XIII, put out a statement on capital and labour known as Rerum Novarum, a controversial document, even in 1891, and it had a big influence here in Australia.
Duration: 53:57

25 April 2021, 8:05 am

Green Buddhism with Professor Stephanie Kaza

How can we live in proper relationships with other species? We often consider environmental questions in terms of science, or perhaps economics or even politics. But what can religious perspectives - like Buddhism - add to the conversation? As the world marks Earth Day on April 22, on Soul Search we're revisiting a conversation with Professor Stephanie Kaza.
Duration: 54:06

18 April 2021, 8:05 am

How the Tibetan Book of the Dead resonates with the living, plus the global ethics of Hans Küng

The Tibetan Book of the Dead is the most famous Buddhist text in the West, selling more than a million copies since the first English version was published in the 1920s. But why does the book of the dead resonate so deeply with the living? And, in our diverse and often divided world, can different faiths seek peace together? Catholic priest, writer and theologian, Hans Kung passed away recently. We revisit his ideas.
Duration: 54:06

11 April 2021, 8:05 am

Poetry and worship with Sara Saleh, and Turkish Sufi Cemalnur Sargut

American poet W.H. Auden said that 'poetry, might be defined as the clear expression of mixed feelings.' On Soul Search today, we meet two religious poets. Sara Saleh is an award-winning Arab-Australian Mulsim poet whose attuned to the messiness of life and the ambiguities of faith, and contemporary Sufi master Cemalnur Sargut, who is one of Turkey's leading spiritual teachers.
Duration: 54:07

4 April 2021, 8:05 am

Art at the edge of time: Makoto Fujimura, plus the 2021 Blake Prize

On this Easter Sunday as Christians remember the death and resurrection of Jesus, we are joined by internationally renowned artist Makoto Fujimura as he reflects on suffering, humanity, time, and creativity. And we travel to the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in Western Sydney, to take a look at the 66th Blake Prize exhibition — one of Australia’s longest running and most prestigious prizes for religious and spiritual art.
Duration: 54:06

28 March 2021, 7:05 am

Remembering for the future: Danielle Celermajer and Michael Twitty for Pesach

What kind of memory do we need to face an uncertain future? Jewish communities are asking that right now, as they recall the ancient exodus out of slavery in Egypt. Professor Danielle Celermajer reflects on how we might face up to the climate crisis, and African-American and Jewish culinary historian, Michael Twitty, explains how food and memory are inextricably linked.
Duration: 54:06

21 March 2021, 7:05 am

The invisible beast: slavery today and in history

What does it mean to face up to slavery today? What exactly does slavery look like in the modern world? Were the convicts slaves? And what about Indigenous Australians? Jacob Sarkodee, Chief Impact Officer for the International Justice Mission and Jane Lydon, author of Anti-slavery and Australia: No slavery in a free land? join the program.
Duration: 54:03

14 March 2021, 7:05 am

What is our life for? Henry David Thoreau’s search for justice

Today, we’re heading into the woods for a fresh look at nineteenth century philosopher-poet, Henry David Thoreau. What was Thoreau’s vision of the good life, and of the just society? Alda Balthrop-Lewis's new book is being hailed as a once-in-a-generation interpretation of Thoreau, and she joins Meredith Lake to discuss the man who wrote one of the great classics of American literature: Walden.
Duration: 54:05

7 March 2021, 7:05 am

Mending the world: Eva Cox and Gemma Dashwood for International Women’s Day

Is it women who need to change, or the society and the institutions we live with? That’s our question as the world marks International Women’s Day this week. We are joined by an icon of the feminist movement, Eva Cox and Paralympic swimming champion, medical doctor, and ordained Anglican deacon, Gemma Dashwood.
Duration: 54:06

28 February 2021, 7:05 am

I believe? Ben Myers on creeds in the contemporary world, Lent and Bob Dylan

What does it mean to believe? To say 'this is what I believe the truth to be'? Today on the show, theologian Ben Myers joins Meredith Lake in discussing the ancient Christian statement of belief, known as the Apostles' Creed. And, our mini-series on faith and sex concludes with a look at the role of intimacy in Hinduism.
Duration: 53:14

21 February 2021, 7:05 am

From Crikey! to Karma: Religion in Aussie English

Today on Soul Search we saunter through the world of words. Two Australian lexicographers Sue Butler and Amanda Laugesen explore how words come about in a dictionary – and how religious words like karma, temple, and Zen entered popular use. Then part two of our series on faith & sex continues with a look at the role of intimacy in Islam.
Duration: 54:05

14 February 2021, 7:05 am

Tradition and change: From Lunar New Year to Basant Panchami, plus religion & sex

Is it possible to be traditional and unconventional at the same time? To be steeped in a culture — but also open to change? Today on Soul Search we have a variety of stories that explore just that - from Lunar New Year, to the Indian subcontinental festival of Basant Panchami, and a new series on faith and sex.
Duration: 54:06

7 February 2021, 7:05 am

New Norcia’s nuns and the riddle of reconciliation

Today on Soul Search we head to New Norcia in WA — the only monastic town in Australia. Founded by Spanish Benedictine monks over 170 years ago, New Norcia is a place with no smooth or easy stories; a place that stays with you - for better or for worse.
Duration: 54:06

31 January 2021, 7:05 am

Casper ter Kuile: How everyday practices build joyful belonging

On Soul Search today, Meredith Lake chats to podcaster and author Casper ter Kulie whose been thinking about a big question: How do we make meaning as communities, and deepen our sense of connection to one another?
Duration: 54:05

24 January 2021, 7:05 am

Reconciliation as a pilgrimage to justice

Today, we meet two visionary people on the long pilgrimage towards justice. Dr Anne Pattel Gray is a globally recognized expert on Black theology, and the first Indigenous Australian to be awarded a doctorate in theology in the 1990s. We also speak to Uncle Alf 'Boydie' Turner, the grandson of the legendary Yorta Yorta leader William Cooper whose lifelong pursuit of justice remains remarkably relevant today.
Duration: 54:05

17 January 2021, 7:05 am

Pádraig Ó Tuama: The pain and poetry of reconciliation

As Brexit reshapes the Irish border, poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama reflects on the role of storytelling in fractured societies.
Duration: 54:06

10 January 2021, 7:05 am

Beyond belief: theosophy in Australia

An in-depth discussion about the radical, spiritual movement - theosophy. What made theosophy so compelling to an influential minority of Australian society?
Duration: 54:06

3 January 2021, 7:05 am

Remarkable women — from Indigenous health to the Navy

Join Meredith Lake as she meets two remarkable women who beat the odds. Lisa Jackson Pulver was once a runaway teen. Today, she is a leading figure in the field of Indigenous health and education; and Kamala Sharma Wing was once the only female - and Hindu - in her trainee cohort. Today, she is a Lieutenant in the Navy.
Duration: 54:05

27 December 2020, 7:05 am

Professor Mona Siddiqui on living gratefully

The medieval mystic Meister Eckhart once said, “If the only prayer you said in life was ‘thank you’, that would be enough.” It sounds simple, doesn’t it? But there’s more to gratitude than it seems. In this episode, Professor Mona Siddiqui – one of Britain's most influential public intellectuals – tells RN’s Meredith Lake about her project on Christian and Muslim approaches to gratitude. 
Duration: 54:05

25 December 2020, 6:05 am

Soul Search special on Christmas Day

What monks knew about the emotions of isolation.
Duration: 25:17

20 December 2020, 7:05 am

An unexpected Christmas

Today on the show we’ll take a look back on the year that was with writer and storyteller, Julie Perrin, whose journey of faith and doubt infuses the way she writes about the world around her. And, former chef-turned-Christian pastor, Simon Holt, on the way Collins Street Baptist Church will celebrate Christmas this year.
Duration: 52:53

13 December 2020, 7:05 am

Stories that change us: Hanukkah, Vida Goldstein and beyond

Have you got a holiday reading list already on the make? Or perhaps, in light of Hanukkah or Christmas, it’s a time to dwell with profound stories of faith? Literary critic Tali Lavi and award-winning biographer Jacqueline Kent join Meredith Lake to discuss the stories at the heart of Hanukkah, and the story of suffragist and feminist, Vida Goldstein.
Duration: 54:05

6 December 2020, 7:05 am

'The world's largest minority' — International Day of People with Disability

On Soul Search today, we're marking the International Day of People with Disability. According to the UN, about one billion people around the world live with a disability — that includes 1 in 5 people in Australia. In this episode, we'll hear from Abdulah Hamimi, a young Muslim man from Melbourne who suffered a spinal injury when he was only eighteen, and Dr Louise Gosbell, a scholar at the forefront of a new area of Biblical Studies - reading the Christian gospels from a disability perspective.
Duration: 54:05

29 November 2020, 7:05 am

Zen & the calligraphy of the universe with Lindy Lee, plus activist Rima Vesely-Flad

Today on Soul Search, we encounter meditation and stillness in unexpected places. From the streets in the U.S. at the height of the Black Lives Matter protests, to the third floor of Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art. We meet U.S. activist and Dharma practitioner Dr Rima Vesely-Flad and Lindy Lee, one of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists whose work is saturated in Zen philosophy.
Duration: 54:06

22 November 2020, 7:05 am

Pentecostalism goes mainstream

One of the biggest religious trends of the century thus far has been the rise of Pentecostalism around the globe — and our Prime Minister Scott Morrison is just one of its 650 million adherents. So what is Pentecostalism, who represents it, and what's its story here in Australia?
Duration: 54:06

15 November 2020, 7:05 am

Your planet: from Europe’s first eco-mosque to the Carteret Islands in Papua New Guinea

Ursula Rakova's home in the Carteret Islands of Papua New Guinea is in danger of being washed away. The Catholic community organizer reflects on the challenges of relocating the Islanders, and the role faith plays in her life. And, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad on Europe's first eco-mosque, combining Islamic ideas of nature with green technologies.
Duration: 54:04

8 November 2020, 7:05 am

Always Was, Always Will Be: NAIDOC Week in the Torres Strait and NSW Hawkesbury region

Dr Rose Elu, an elder from Saibai Island, reflects on the impact of climate change on the Torres Strait, and the role faith plays in fostering her connection to the land. And, what does the recovery of Aboriginal place names for Dyarubbin (the Hawkesbury River) mean about how we remember the past, and think about the future?
Duration: 54:05

1 November 2020, 7:05 am

Dami Im’s pop and the Celtic roots of Halloween

She’s graced pop’s biggest stage, but for Dami Im it all began with singing gospel songs in South Korean churches. She joins Meredith Lake to talk about the role faith plays in her life and music, and how she makes sense of it all. And, the Christian and pre-Christian roots of Halloween.
Duration: 54:07

25 October 2020, 7:05 am

Orthodoxy now

We're all familiar with the idea of a film festival — but what about a festival devoted to a particular faith? On Soul Search today, Meredith Lake chats with Chris Vlahonasios, curator of the world's only online Orthodox Christian film festival called 'Byzanfest,' and Andrew Smith, Priest at the Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church in Brisbane.
Duration: 54:05

18 October 2020, 7:05 am

Ten years on: Mary MacKillop, the 'patron saint of trouble makers'

This week marks ten years since Mary MacKillop — Australia’s first and so far only Catholic saint — was canonised by Pope Benedict XVI. But how much do you know about Mary? And why is she informally remembered as the 'patron saint of trouble makers'? On Soul Search today, Meredith Lake finds out with the help of Sister Mary Ellen O’Donoghue and Carole Cusack, Professor of Religious Studies.
Duration: 54:06

11 October 2020, 7:05 am

100 years of the Baha'i Faith in Australia and Buddhist mindfulness for couples

2020 marks 100 years since the introduction of the Baha'i Faith to Australia. As they mark their centenary, we take a look at the beginnings of the faith and find out more about the local community. And, a Buddhist psychotherapist on how mindfulness can help couples under pressure.
Duration: 54:07

4 October 2020, 7:05 am

What monks knew about the emotions of isolation

Have you ever considered that emotions have a history — even an emotion like loneliness, which so many of us have been feeling lately? On Soul Search today, Meredith Lake dives into the history of emotions with Dr Dawn LaValle Norman and Dr Jonathan Zecher from the Australian Catholic University.
Duration: 54:05

27 September 2020, 8:05 am

The Bigger Picture: Elaine Pagels on secret gospels, grief and why religion

In the final episode of our series The Bigger Picture, we're joined by renowned scholar of Princeton University, Professor Elaine Pagels. Professor Pagels has spent decades seeking to understand religion, and as her latest book reveals, this isn’t a merely academic exercise, but a quest bound up with her own experience of life, and bereavement.
Duration: 53:52

20 September 2020, 8:05 am

The Bigger Picture: Indigenous theologian Garry Deverell on grounded spirituality

What are the possibilities for a grounded spirituality, in the aftermath of colonisation? Indigenous theologian Garry Deverell has lived the search for a spirituality that connects land and body. He joins Meredith Lake in part three of our series The Bigger Picture, to discuss ritual, reconnection and reconciliation.
Duration: 53:52

13 September 2020, 8:05 am

The Bigger Picture: Hugh Mackay and Nyadol Nyuon on the inner self

What is the inner self? What is there deep down, that makes us who we are and enables us to keep going? In part two of our series The Bigger Picture, we meet Melbourne-based lawyer and writer Nyadol Nyuon, and social researcher Hugh Mackay, who joins Meredith Lake from Canberra.
Duration: 54:06

6 September 2020, 8:05 am

The Bigger Picture: Tom Holland on Christianity and the making of the western mind

What do the #metoo movement, political secularism and the widespread sympathy for Black Lives Matter have in common? According to historian Tom Holland, they all point to the residual influence of Christianity on the west. In the first episode of our 4-part series The Bigger Picture, best selling author and historian Tom Holland chats to RN's Meredith Lake.
Duration: 54:05

30 August 2020, 8:05 am

#religion: social media influencers of faith

#religion. Videos with that tag have over 600 million views on Tik Tok, the video sharing app popular with teenagers. It’s clear that social media is changing how we express and explore faith. On Soul Search today, meet the vegan priest on Instagram Jennie Hogberg, hijabi influencer Yasmin Jay, and Rabbi Lee Weissman who goes by Jihadi Jew on Twitter.
Duration: 54:05

23 August 2020, 8:05 am

Sasha Sagan on meaning, wonder and her father, Carl Sagan

Sasha Sagan joins Meredith Lake to discuss her new book, For Small Creatures Such As We, and the long-term task of processing the life - and loss - of her famous father, the astronomer Carl Sagan.
Duration: 54:06

16 August 2020, 8:05 am

Oxford mathematician John Lennox on AI, science and religion

For National Science Week, Soul Search is joined by two scholars who have thought deeply about AI and its implications for what it means to be human. Professor John Lennox is an internationally renowned writer and speaker on the interface of science and Christianity, and Dr Nikki Mirghafori is both an AI scientist and Dharma teacher in the Theravada tradition of Buddhism.
Duration: 54:05

9 August 2020, 8:05 am

Max Weber at 100: On modernity and a disenchanted world

It's been 100 years since the death of the great German intellectual, Max Weber. He was only fifty-six at the time, but left behind several landmark works and a whole new discipline — sociology — that still affects how we view religion now. In this episode, Meredith Lake chats with Sociology Professor Adam Possamai on Weber's legacy before speaking with Associate Professor of Sociology Anna Halafoff about her research into how Gen-Z relates to religion.
Duration: 54:05

2 August 2020, 8:05 am

Mona Siddiqui on gratitude and the way of Islam

The medieval mystic Meister Eckhart once said, “If the only prayer you said in life was ‘thank you’, that would be enough.” It sounds simple, doesn’t it? But there’s more to gratitude than it seems.  Professor Mona Siddiqui – one of Britain's most influential public intellectuals – tells RN’s Meredith Lake about her latest project on Christian and Muslim approaches to gratitude. 
Duration: 53:56

26 July 2020, 8:05 am

Living tradition: Ivan Moody on composing Orthodox music, and Latvia’s folk revival

How do musicians give new expression to ancient beliefs and practices? Ivan Moody is an Orthodox priest and one of the world’s leading composers of contemporary Orthodox music, taking ancient traditions of chant into new spaces for the twenty first century. And, we meet two young Latvian-Australians who are reviving the pre-Christian folk traditions of Latvian culture and belief.
Duration: 54:05

19 July 2020, 8:05 am

Faith in a changing world: Archbishop Glenn Davies and Archbishop Anthony Fisher

A special broadcast from New College at the University of New South Wales, where, for the first time in Australian history, Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, and Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Anthony Fisher, share the stage to lecture together on the theme of ‘faith’.
Duration: 54:05

12 July 2020, 8:05 am

Stories from the sea: from ancient myths to merchant ships

As some churches mark Sea Sunday this week, we turn to the ocean as place of work and ministry. And, a deep dive into stories of sea monsters, unruly oceans, and massive floods that are widespread in many of the world’s religious and mythological traditions.
Duration: 54:05

5 July 2020, 8:05 am

Contemplating hope: Sarah Bachelard and David Newheiser

How can we have hope when so much is unknown and uncertain? Reverend Dr Sarah Bachelard and Philosopher Dr David Newheiser join Meredith as part of ABC's Your Mental Health Week, to discuss hope and the role faith can play in dealing with crises.
Duration: 54:06

28 June 2020, 8:05 am

Rumi, Hafez and Sufi poetry in surprising places

Rumi's poetry is beloved around the world, but has his specifically Sufi Muslim insights been translated away? And we'll also head to the NSW mining town of Broken Hill, where historian Samia Khatun found a mysterious 150-year-old book of Bengali Sufi poetry at the old mosque. So how did it get there, and how did reading it change her?
Duration: 54:05

21 June 2020, 8:05 am

YA author Claire Zorn on writing, mental illness and moral imagination

How can stories help us – and help young people – navigate a sometimes lonely world? As part of RN's Big Weekend of Books, award-winning YA author Claire Zorn joins Meredith Lake to discuss writing, faith, the ethics of imagination, and her own sometimes difficult experience of learning to find her place in the world.
Duration: 54:07

14 June 2020, 8:05 am

Green Buddhism with Professor Stephanie Kaza

How can we live in proper relationships with other species? We often consider environmental questions in terms of science, or perhaps economics or even politics. But what can religious perspectives add to the conversation? What do religions like Buddhism have to offer as we face up to the ‘hot mess’ of climate change and ecological degradation?
Duration: 54:05

7 June 2020, 8:05 am

L-FRESH The LION and Manika Kaur: Sacred Sounds

Today on Soul Search, two Australian musicians taking their Sikh inheritance in new sonic directions. 
Duration: 54:05

31 May 2020, 8:05 am

Reconciliation as a pilgrimage to justice

Its reconciliation week – another point on the long pilgrimage towards justice. Today we will introduce you to Dr Anne Pattel Gray – a globally recognized expert on Black theology, and the first Indigenous Australian to be awarded a doctorate in theology in the 1990s. We also speak to Uncle Alf 'Boydie' Turner, the grandson of the legendary Yorta Yorta leader William Cooper whose lifelong pursuit of justice remains remarkably relevant today.
Duration: 54:07

24 May 2020, 8:05 am

Beyond belief: theosophy in Australia

An in-depth discussion about the radical, spiritual movement - theosophy. What made theosophy so compelling to an influential minority of Australian society?
Duration: 53:52

17 May 2020, 8:05 am

Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, and James Hillman in search of The Wild Soul

In search of the soul, and a new way of thinking about our environment.
Duration: 54:07

10 May 2020, 8:05 am

Spiritual impulses: Charity

We have all heard the phrase ‘charity begins at home.’ But what kind of charity begins at the ashram? Or the church? Or the mosque?
Duration: 54:07

3 May 2020, 8:05 am

Joy and stillness under stress

What brings you joy, even under stress? Is there a peace that transcends even the most difficult circumstances? What can we draw on, when the world goes dark? And how can we emerge again, to live more deliberately?
Duration: 53:52

26 April 2020, 8:05 am

What can religious communities teach us about prejudice?

Can you imagine a world free of prejudice? Where, as Martin Luther King said, people are judged by the content of their character – not by the colour of their skin. A tough ask, even at the best of times – and in the midst of a pandemic? Racism, it seems, is rearing its ugly head again.
Duration: 54:07

19 April 2020, 8:05 am

Pandemics reshaping religion

Whole empires have risen and fallen on the backs of plagues and pandemics. But what about religions? How are the worlds faith traditions shaped and reshaped by pandemics?
Duration: 54:06

12 April 2020, 8:05 am

Easter at Botany Bay

We look back to 1770, and the likely first Easter observed in Australia.
Duration: 54:04

5 April 2020, 8:05 am

Psalms and the Holy Week

What are the Psalms, and why do they they still resonate today? We meet a choir conductor breathing new life into these sacred texts.
Duration: 54:06

29 March 2020, 7:05 am

Ancient mantras for difficult times

How do you find stillness when the world seems out of joint? Today, we meet seekers of a peaceful inner life — mega stars of chant, Deva Premal and Miten; and proud Aboriginal man Levi-McKenzie-Kirkbright.
Duration: 52:49

22 March 2020, 7:05 am

Art and activism after Christchurch

How can communities change for the better? And does art have a role in countering discrimination? We speak with Muslim chaplain Ahmed Kilani, a year on from the Christchurch massacre, and James Bennett, curator of the Islamic art exhibition No god but God in South Australia.
Duration: 54:06

15 March 2020, 7:05 am

Pádraig Ó Tuama: The pain and poetry of reconciliation

As Brexit reshapes the Irish border, poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama reflects on the role of storytelling in fractured societies.
Duration: 54:06

8 March 2020, 7:05 am

Resilient women of faith

Join Meredith Lake as she celebrates International Women's Day with two women who beat the odds. Lisa Jackson Pulver was once a runaway teen. Today, she is a leading figure in the field of Indigenous health and education; and Kamala Sharma Wing went from being the only female - and Hindu - in her trainee cohort to becoming a Lieutenant in the Navy. They share their stories with Meredith.
Duration: 53:52

1 March 2020, 7:05 am

Japan supernatural & priests on screen

What can visual culture tell us about the unseen? Today, we reach back into the supernatural history of Japanese art and take a look at how recent depictions of priests in popular culture have reflected – and challenged – our attitudes towards Catholicism.
Duration: 54:06

23 February 2020, 7:05 am

Compassion according to Bill Crews

With Easter looming on the horizon, Meredith Lake takes a look at the gifts and costs of compassion with the Reverend Bill Crews, who is the subject of a new documentary.
Duration: 54:05

16 February 2020, 7:05 am

Being Sikh in Australia

How much do you know about Sikhism? The religion has experienced exponential growth in the past decade, and is currently Australia's fifth largest faith group. Meet Sikh volunteer Sukhwinder Kaur, who helped prepare a thousand meals a day for bushfire victims, farmer Molly Johal whose ancestors have been in Australia since the 19th century, and find out what happens at a Gurdwara — a Sikh place of worship.
Duration: 54:06

9 February 2020, 7:05 am

What lies beyond the grave? On Heaven, Hell and Nirvana

It's an ancient question that still fascinates us today — where do we go after we die? From Heaven and Hell, to Nirvana and Rebirth, join Meredith Lake as she explores the ways in which people have imagined the afterlife.
Duration: 53:52

2 February 2020, 7:05 am

Reconnecting to country

In Gumbayngirr country – on the mid north coast of NSW – Michael Jarrett and his community are revitalising their language. Then join Meredith Lake for a bushwalk at West Head, north of Sydney, to check out some Indigenous rock carvings. She is joined by tour guide and Guringai man Uncle Laurie Bimson.
Duration: 54:06

26 January 2020, 7:05 am

Making Australia home

So much of the religious diversity in this land is created by immigration. But what does migration – leaving, or even losing one's homeland – mean for a person's faith? What happens to their beliefs as they make Australia home?
Duration: 54:06

19 January 2020, 7:05 am

Self discovery — with a Hindu twist

What happens when stories of your homeland are shrouded in secrecy and pain? Author Aatish Taseer is the son of an Indian Sikh and a Pakistani Muslim, whose search for his roots led him to Varanasi, the ‘spiritual capital of India’. And the mother and son duo behind Counting and Cracking reveal how the play helped them understand Sri Lanka's past.
Duration: 54:05

12 January 2020, 7:05 am

Uprooting faith: Henry Olonga and Kathomi Gatwiri

Former fast-bowler Henry Olonga was forced to leave behind his career and country after he protested against the late Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe. So what gave shape to his convictions and values? And we hear how Kenyan-Australian academic Kathomi Gatwiri reclaimed her African identity after leaving religion.
Duration: 54:03

5 January 2020, 7:05 am

Peaceful Eating

Even if you find religion hard to stomach, you'll love cooking with Jeong Kwan, a Korean Buddhist nun who once starred in the Netflix series, Chef's Table.
Duration: 54:06