Online Resources

MORSL Meditation Resources

See our recently curated collection of faith-based meditation resources here.

Virtual Worship and Podcasts

ONLINE SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY/WORSHIP (alphabetical)

Anglican/Episcopal (Christ Church Cathedral)

Catholic

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Canada

Jewish (Reform)

Mennonite

Muslim

Presbyterian (St. Andrew & St. Paul)

Quakers (Society of Friends)

Unitarian Universalist

United Church (St James Church)

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PODCASTS RECOMMENDATIONS

Our Top 5 Picks this Season

  • Interfaith Voices: “Interfaith Voices is an independent public radio show fostering interfaith understanding by providing engaging conversation about religion, across many traditions and beliefs. We explore how faith intersects with culture, public policy, and the news of the day.” Episodes include “Faith communities respond to rising hate,” “Trans in the Eyes of God,” and “Modern paganism, ancient spirituality.”
  • BBC Heart and Soul: “Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.” Recent episodes include “Walking the Kartarpur Corridor for Guru Nanak,” “Joining the mosque I planned to destroy,” and “A female rabbi in training.”
  • Tell Them, I Am: “Tell Them, I Am is about the small moments that define who we are and who we are not. The stories are universal. The voices are all Muslim. With a new episode every weekday this Ramadan, host Misha Euceph opens a window into the lives of Tan France, Alia Shawkat, Ramy Youssef, Reza Aslan, Mercedes Iman Diamond and others.”
  • Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: “This podcast creates time in your week to think about life’s big questions. Because reading fiction doesn’t help us escape the world, it helps us live in it. Each week, we explore a central theme through which to explore the characters and context, always grounding ourselves in the [Harry Potter series]. We’ll engage in traditional forms of sacred reading to unearth the hidden gifts within even the most mundane sentences. On this podcast, we ask: What if we read the books we love as if they were sacred texts?”
  • On Being: “A Peabody Award-winning public radio show and podcast. What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? And who will we be to each other? Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives. Hosted by Krista Tippett.” Examines universal themes of life through discussions with politicians, artists, scientists, etc. Recent episodes include “David Trueur: Language Carries More Than Words” about the Ojibway language, and “Ta-Nehisi Coates: Imagining a New America.”

 

OTHER WORTHY LISTENS

Interfaith/World Religions

  • Research on Religion Podcast: “Our goal for this podcast series is to make scholarly research on religion interesting, relevant and accessible to a broad audience. We intend this audience to include other scholars, clergy members and any one else who has an interest in religion. The conversational format of our podcast is designed to facilitate a jargon-free discussion of major topics within the social scientific study of religion. In addition to featuring academic research, we are also committed to highlighting the insights of individuals who are involved in the day-to-day operation of religious organizations, people we call “practitioners.” This may include members of the clergy, government officials, legal professionals or those who operate religious charities…This is not a podcast series on theology; there are a vast number of websites on the internet that deal with theological issues. Instead, our focus is on the social scientific study of religion.”
  • Spirits and Spirituality: “Recorded live at the Museum of Jewish Montreal, join talk radio legend Tommy Schnurmacher, the Rabbi Avi Finegold and a rotating, round-table panel of guests from the arts, the media and the academic and religious communities for a bi-weekly conversation on faith and life over a couple of cocktails.”

Faith-Specific

  • The RobCast: Progressive Christian pastor Rob Bell looks at the Bible, sometimes in conversation with a celebrity guest. He considers how his liberal interpretation of Christianity fits in with daily life.
  • Stories We Tell: “Judaism has a deep and rich tradition of storytelling, of passing down stories from one generation to the next. To carry on that tradition, Stories We Tell, from ReformJudaism.org, will share a new story with you every Thursday. […] each episode will give you a new story to reflect on and discuss with the people in your life.”
  • A Bahá'í Perspective: “A Bahá'í Perspective is a podcast of biographical interviews of people who have either chosen the Bahá'í Faith as a way of life or who have a relationship with the Bahá'í Faith.”
  • #GoodMuslimBadMuslim: “The #GoodMuslimBadMuslim monthly podcast featuring Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh is about the good and the bad of the American Muslim female experience. But you know, satirically & disturbingly hilarious.”
  • Feminist Mormon Housewives: “For over a decade, Feminist Mormon Housewives, a blog NPR’s Krista Tippets called “legendary”, has published essays on subjects pertinent to Mormon women. Ranging from ridiculous tales of the drudgery of homelife to heavy hitting religious critiques and feminist theory, FMH has been a bright spot that readers could turn to when they felt alone in their local wards. Since 2013 The FMH Podcast has taken those same topics and tackled them through the new medium of podcasting by hosting panel discussion, monologues, and Lindsay Hansen’s searing and provocative historical research series, The Year of Polygamy.” Find it here.
  • Buddhist Geeks: “Buddhism, meditation, mindfulness, society, technology, Tibetan Buddhism, vajrayana, vipassana, zen. Bringing Dharma to Life”
  • Inciting a Riot: “Inciting A Riot isn't just a blog concerning all things related to politics, people, and paganism; it's also a PODCAST! That's too many p's. I'm sorry. The podcast has exclusive content including: music, spirituality, sociology, etymology, book reviews, tips & tricks, as well as a host of new segments and topics added all the time!”
  • Sermon Slam: From Jewish Public Media, “SermonSlam is a poetry slam for sermons, poems, stories, narratives, plays and anything else short and on topic. We record live and post selections online.”
  • Treyf Podcast: “Treyf is an anarchist Jewish podcast recorded in occupied Tio’tia:ke (Montreal), Kanien’kehá:ka territory. The show features discussions about radical leftist politics and history, highlighting perspectives often excluded from mainstream Jewish spaces.”
  • Quaker Faith & Podcast: “Most Quakers today were not raised Quakers. In Britain, that’s as high as 87%! That’s a lot of religion education to pick up, and smaller meetings often have trouble providing education for the full learning curve from newcomer to seasoned Quaker. We hope to make it easier to learn what Quaker[s] believe. Plus, there’s a lot of variation in Quakers. Education can help us steer away from thinking “those other kinds of Quakers aren’t real Quakers.”
  • Quaker Speak: “We interview Friends of all different backgrounds and ask them the core questions of our faith. QuakerSpeak interviews are personal and intimate. We seek to give viewers worldwide an experience that is entertaining, informative, inspiring, challenging, inviting, unifying and collaborative.”

General Spirituality

  • Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations: “Awaken, discover and connect to the deeper meaning of the world around you with SuperSoul. Hear Oprah’s personal selection of her interviews with thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts. All designed to light you up, guide you through life’s big questions and help bring you one step closer to your best self.”
  • Tara Brach: ”Tara Brach, Ph.D is an internationally known meditation teacher and author of bestselling Radical Acceptance and True Refuge. Tara shares a weekly guided meditation and talk that blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices. The podcast addresses the value of mindfulness meditation and self-compassion in relieving emotional suffering, serving spiritual awakening and bringing healing to our world.”
  • The One You Feed: “The One You Feed podcast uses the parable of two wolves at battle within us as a jumping-off point for meaningful discussions about how to live skilfully amidst life’s inherent challenges. Each week on The One You Feed podcast, the show’s host, Eric Zimmer, talks with experts such as scientists, authors, researchers, psychologists, thought leaders, spiritual teachers, and public figures about how listeners can act their way into a better, more fulfilling life. These conversations center around offering listeners powerful but practical tools that they can use in their daily lives so that they suffer less and live with more joy, love, peace and fulfillment.” Episodes include “Jeff Warren on How to Meditate with a Busy Brain.”
  • The Liturgists: “Now headed into its fifth season, The Liturgists Podcast is a genre-bending, chart-topping exploration of the most interesting and pressing topics of our time through the lenses of art, science, and faith.” “The Liturgists are a global community working to subvert the barriers our society builds around religion, race, gender, ability, and sexuality. Our work is centered around compelling discussion, non-judgmental community, and thoughtful, evocative art.We believe there is room at the table for all who are hungry.” (Source) Recent episodes include
  • All Together: “From the Pope to Patti Smith -- All Together is dedicated to exploring how religion ideas, ethics and spiritual practices inform and shape our personal lives, our communities and our world. Host Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush is the Executive Editor of HuffPost Religion, which is America's most widely-read religion website.” See also: website
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