Song of the Soul invites you to a soul-level encounter. Music has the ability to proclaim the soul's language beyond what mere words can speak. That's what we seek as we invite our guests to share their Song of the Soul. You will hear the music that has charted the steps of their spiritual journey, that has provided a touchstone in the soul's dark night, and sung the hearts awe and joy when come to the Light. As you listen to Song of the Soul, you are both witness and companion to our guest's spiritual path and sacred testimony.

Song of the Soul guests provide 20-23 minutes of the music of their soul, and Mark Helpsmeet explores with them the relevance and meaning of this music to their experience. Most guests are musicians, usually sharing their own music, but some guests are simply sharing music they've been impacted by, written and performed by others.

The theme song for this program is by Cris Williamson and is called Song of the Soul. Please check out the wealth of great music Cris has gifted to the world.

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Michelle Lyons' Song of the Soul

Michelle Lyons has a BA in Religious Studies with a minor in Legal Studies, and is currently pursuing a BFA in Interior Design.

Having been raised by Buddhist parents and having attended Catholic high school, Michelle profited from her BA in Religious Studies to sort out her own views and opinions.


Ian Holzman on Song of the Soul

Interview with Ian Holzman, a 16-year-old member of Eau Claire's Unitarian Universalist Congregation.


Ian Holzman on Song of the Soul

Interview with Ian Holzman, a 16-year-old member of Eau Claire's Unitarian Universalist Congregation.


Justin Otto's Song of the Soul

Justin Otto's Song of the Soul tells of his thought and journey leading him to Christian Science, where he was a member until the summer of 2006. Justin was a senior at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, studying social work at the time of this interview. 


Roger Anderson's Song of the Soul

Roger Anderson is a former English teacher and long-time professional musician teaching guitar, bass, banjo and other instruments. Folk music is his preferred music, a form that well-expresses the non-mainstream values he's come to hold as an adult. Raised Lutheran, he tends to think of himself as non-religious.


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Ruthie Rosauer's Song of the Soul

Ruthie Rosauer is a member of Eau Claire's Unitarian Universalist Congregation and, among other things, is an enthusiastic singer, including her passion for meditative singing. Her spiritual path has including visits to Taizé, an international, ecumenical community in southern France, and to Findhorn Community in Scotland.


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Eric Nielsen's Song of the Soul

Interview and music with Eric Nielsen, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Eau Claire. Eric Nielsen's Song of the Soul includes lots of chorale music, given his long interest and participation in this and other forms of music. Eric is both the minister and member of the choir at his church, a somewhat unusual pairing to juggle.

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Sandy McKinney's Song of the Soul

A visit with Sandy McKinney, spiritual leader at Unity Christ Center in Eau Claire. 

Art Lyons
Art Lyons' Song of the Soul

Art Lyons, UW-EC student services staff, raised Catholic, but long-time Buddhist seeker, shares the music of his spiritual beliefs.

Jane Truscott's Song of the Soul

Jane Truscott, member of the First Baptist Church of Eau Claire, talks about her faith in Jesus, her travels from Australia to the USA, and the experience of her and her female partner.



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