Join us for a conversation with Jay Stolar, a songwriter and producer known for developing signature sounds for artists in multiple genres. In the 2 years since he shifted his main focus from being an artist to a writer/producer his songs have amassed over 200 million streams and been recorded by artists ranging from Selena Gomez to John Legend.
Join us for a conversation on the psychedelic peer support line & why we need it with Hanifa Nayo Washington, award winning cultural artivist and the Cultivator of Beloved Community for the Fireside Project, which aims to help people fulfill the potential of their psychedelic experiences by providing compassionate, accessible, and culturally responsive peer support, educating the public, and furthering psychedelic research.
Join us for a conversation on reimagining the role of religion in a changing world with Elan Babchuck, Founding Director of Glean Network, an incubator and network for entrepreneurs who are building new models of faith in action, and Director of Innovation at Clal, a think-tank focused on the future of faith in America.
Join us for a conversation on prosocial spirituality with Jeff Genung, co-founder of Contemplative Life, a non-profit organization that connects people and communities with transformative practices, and co-founder of Transformation365.org, an experiential practice network.
Join us for a conversation on wisdom for rebels with David Fuller, a multi-skilled journalist, filmmaker and the founder of Rebel Wisdom, a platform to make highly complex ideas accessible to as many people as possible.
Join us for a conversation on the state of religion and young people with Dr. Josh Packard, Executive Director of Springtide Research Institute, accomplished researcher and academic with an expertise in the sociology of religion and new forms of religious expression.
Join us for a conversation on contemplative spirituality for the 21st century with Fr. Adam Bucko, director of The Center for Spiritual Imagination at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, NY and member of The Community of the Incarnation, a "new monastic” community dedicated to democratizing the gifts of monastic spirituality and teaching contemplative spirituality in the context of hearing and responding to the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth.
Join us for a conversation on how to create equitable spiritual spaces with Christian Watkins, Associate Minister in the United Church of Christ in Connecticut and a Global Co-Missioner with Global Ministries in Istanbul, Turkey.
Join us for a conversation on ACT for clergy and pastoral counselors with Dr. Jason Nieuwsma, a clinical psychologist who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center and who serves as the Associate Director for VA Mental Health and Chaplaincy.
Join us for a conversation on financial models of spiritual community with Elan Babchuck, Founding Director of Glean Network, an incubator and network for entrepreneurs who are building new models of faith in action, and Director of Innovation at Clal, a think-tank focused on the future of faith in America.
Join us for a conversation on storytelling and organizing with Marshall Ganz, the Rita E. Hauser Senior Lecturer in Leadership, Organizing, and Civil Society at the Kennedy School of Government, where he teaches, researches, and writes on leadership, organization, and strategy in social movements, civic associations, and politics.
Join us for a conversation on Zen Buddhism and religious violence with Brian Victoria, who holds a M.A. in Buddhist Studies from Sōtō Zen sect-affiliated Komazawa University in Tokyo, and a Ph.D. from the Department of Religious Studies at Temple University.
Join us for a conversation on building the Sacred Design Lab with Casper ter Kuile, co-founder of Sacred Design Lab, a co-host of the podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text and a Ministry Innovation Fellow at Harvard Divinity School.
Join us for a conversation on spiritual direction for the non-religious with Sarah Cledwyn, a spiritual guide and healer who holds a Master of Arts in Theology and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from St. Catherine University.
Join us for a conversation on nuns, nones, and modern day expressions of Benedictine spirituality with Katie Gordon, co-founder, national organizer, and network weaver with Nuns & Nones, a collaboration between Catholic Sisters and spiritually diverse millennials that seeks to create communities of care, contemplation, and courageous action.
Join us for a conversation on journaling as a spiritual practice with Christina Baldwin, a writer and seminar presenter of 30+ years experience. She has contributed two classic books to the renaissance of personal writing, including the well-known classic, Life's Companion, Journal Writing as a Spiritual Practice, revised and reissued in 2007 after 100,000 original sales.
Join us for a conversation on religious studies after "world religions" with Chris Cotter, a Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Chester, and IASH-CTPI Duncan Forrester Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.
Join us for a conversation on the story of The Nomadic School of Wonder with Barbara Groth, founder and creative director of the Nomadic School of Wonder, who also handles Experience Design for the immersive art project known as Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Join us for a conversation on chaplaincy for spiritual rebels with Rev. Sarah Bowen, an interfaith/interspiritual minister serving on the academic staff of One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City, where she teaches both interspecies and 12-step spirituality.
Join us for a conversation on nontheistic sanctification with Gina Magyar-Russell, a licensed psychologist in Maryland who specializes in psychological and spiritual adjustment following adverse life events, with emphasis on the treatment of anxiety, mood, and spiritual problems.
Join us for a conversation on the future of belonging with Vanessa Mason, the research director at the Institute for the Future, a 52 year old nonprofit organization that helps individuals, organizations and communities think systematically about the future.
Join us for a conversation on ACT, spirituality and cultivating prosociality with Steven C. Hayes, a Nevada Foundation Professor in the Behavior Analysis program at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada.
Join us for a conversation on belonging and culturally sensitive spiritual practice with Sebene Selassie, a teacher, author and speaker who explores the themes of belonging and identity through meditation, creativity and spirituality.
Join us for a conversation with Abraham Burickson, the co-founder and Artistic Director of Odyssey Works, an interdisciplinary performance group that makes bespoke performances for one-person audiences, and Ayden LeRoux, the Assistant Director of Odyssey Works and the author of two books related to their work, Isolation and Amazement (Samsara Press, 2013), and Odyssey Works: Transformative Experiences for an Audience of One (Princeton Architectural Press, 2016) co-authored with Burickson.
Join us for a conversation with Chris Stedman, author of IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives (2020) and Faitheist (2012), who has written for publications including The Guardian, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, Pitchfork, VICE, The LA Review of Books, and The Washington Post.
Join us for a conversation with Ezra Bookman, founder of Ritualist, a boutique consultancy designing more meaningful work-life and connected communities, and the youngest member on the Board of Directors of The Secret City, an Obie Award-winning arts organization.
If you liked Tim's performance in our opening session, check out his original single, Growing Pains - recorded live for Open Div.
Tim Victor is an emerging artist, singer, songwriter, and model originating from Brooklyn, New York. We love his work, and you will too.
What is theology? What does it mean to craft your own outside of traditional institutions?
Join us for a conversation on how to build your own theology with Rev. Dr. Richard S. Gilbert, a 40+ year minister in the Unitarian Universalist tradition and author of the Building Your Own Theology adult religious education series.
Rather than "religion" and "non-religion," what does it mean to look at these phenomena as part of the broader category of worldviews and ways of life?
Join us for a conversation on the category of worldviews and ways of life and what it means for individual meaning-making and the study of religion with Ann Taves, Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara and PI of the Inventory of Nonordinary Experiences Project.
What does God have to do with money? How did ideas of money shape early Christianity?
Join us for a conversation with Devin Singh, Associate Professor at Dartmouth College and author of Divine Currency: The Theological Power of Money in the West.
Crossfit has been compared to a cult, but what does that mean? Is there a better way to understand where it fits?
Join us for a conversation on the phenomena of Crossfit, viewed through the sociological lens of a "reinventive institution" with Marcelle Dawson, Professor of Sociology at the University of Otago.
Join us for a conversation on the history and politics of Christian nationalism with Bradley Onishi, Associate Professor of Religion at Skidmore College, author of The Sacrality of the Secular, and host of the Straight White American Jesus podcast.
Welcome to the Open Div Summit podcast!
The Open Div Summit is a 4-day "pod-conference" around spirituality, meaning, and connection in the secular world.
We've brought together top academics, theologians, clergy, and secular experience designers to offer frameworks around creating meaning for oneself and others. Check back February 25-28 for our podcast drops, or find out more at summit.opendiv.org.