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Midwifery - Martha Nieman & Brenda Gagnon

Martha Nieman and Brenda Gagnon are nurse midwives in Eau Claire with a few decades of experience between them. They share of the spiritual nature of their work and how it flows from and is rooted in their spiritual lives.

Connor Lynch's Song of the Soul

Conner Lynch is a senior at Eau Claire Memorial High School with a passion for punk rock music, and a dedication to living out his values - things like his opposition to war and violence, and his personal commitment to respecting his own body and well-being.


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Gaylord Oppegard/Veterans for Peace

Gaylord Oppegard served in the military from 1962-1965. But it was not until 2004 and after 30 years as a Methodist, that he took part in his first action opposing war and standing for peace.

Jennifer Eddy's Song of the Soul

Jennifer Eddy is an Eau Claire physician with a love of things French, including the language and the country. She and her husband were married there and own a small residence in the south of France. Jennifer was raised to be a rationalist but lived out the maxim that kids tend to react in opposition to their parents. She was a philosophy major and sought a spiritual home in many places, including the Taizé community of France, with Quakers, and with the Episcopal church.


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J.E. McNeil/Center on Conscience & War

J.E. McNeil, of the Center on Conscience & War describes the message and work of that organization, helping those seeking conscientious objector status, and those in the military seeking to get out, whatever the reason, and the spiritual roots that led her to this work.

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Sarah Pederson's Song of the Soul

Sarah Pederson is owner of Gaia Massage and has recently completed training as a yoga teacher. She combines the fruits of her Roman Catholic upbringing with her deep interest in Eastern spirituality as part of her spiritual journey.

Through Gaia Massage, located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Sarah provides Massage Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Reflexology, Usui Reiki and Jin Shin Acupressure.


Jill Sternberg
Jill Sternberg/Gamaliel Chair in Peace & Justice

Jill Sternberg was the first graduate of UW-Milwaukee's Peace Studies Program she is the Sept/Oct 2005 Gamaliel Chair in Peace & Justice. She has established a peace center in East Timor, training men and women in non-violence. Jill self-designed the first Peace Studies Major at UW-Milwaukee and has established herself as a gifted and creative leader.

Sandra Lyons
Sandra Lyons/Bernadine Franciscan Sisters

Our guest is Sandra Lyons of the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters. Sandra shares the roots and fruits of her life, including her years as a nurse midwife and her current passion as the director of Justice, Peace and Earthcare for her congregation.

Sharon Jensen-Olson's Song of the Soul

Sharon Jensen-Olson was raised Catholic, ran away from home definitively at the age of 14, and has not found a spiritual home that seems to fit for her yet. She loves singing along with the radio, with pop and country topping her list of musical favorites. And besides that, she is Mark Helpsmeet's little sister, by 2 years!


Traci Ohlman's Song of the Soul

Traci Ohlman grew up ELCA Lutheran, but in a somewhat conservative congregation. Very active until in her 20's, she came to a major upset in her life, leading her to search on, including some years as a Unitarian and currently interested in Buddhism, but not firmly rooted anywhere.


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