During this special time, your host, Holly Holmquist will interview Rabbi Ted Falcon, noted for worship, teaching, counseling, and speaking. The Rabbi shares the spiritual gifts of Judaism, while appreciating that it is only one of the authentic spiritual traditions of the world. With gentleness and humor, he deeply affirms the integrity of each individual being.
With Imam Jamal Rahman and Pastor Don Mackenzie, he is one of the Interfaith Amigos. Karen Armstrong calls their “exuberant and courageous” second book, Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith (Skylight Paths, 2011), “an inspiration and example for all of us in these sadly polarized times.” Their first book is Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi & an Imam (Skylight Paths, 2009). Their third book, Finding Peace Through Spiritual Practice (Skylight Paths, 2016), explores spirituality and interfaith dialogue as tools to help heal our personal wounds, societal injustices, and the environment. He is co-author with David Blatner of Judaism For Dummies and author of A Journey of Awakening: Kabbalistic Meditations on the Tree of Life.
Ordained in 1968 at the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Rabbi Ted served in Los Angeles as a congregational and then a campus rabbi. In 1975, he earned a doctorate in Professional Psychology, with research focused on the nature of meditative and mystical states of consciousness. Since then, his work has bridged the psychological and the spiritual, encouraging deeper integration for greater freedom of personal action and understanding.
The model for the meditative synagogue began in Los Angeles in 1976, after Rabbi Ted and a small group gathered for High Holyday meditations, born out of his need to explore this form of Jewish worship. He shared both meditative practices and teaching with that group, and in 1978 officially formed Makom Ohr Shalom, a Synagogue for Jewish Spirituality.
For her part, Holly guides listeners as they learn to operate from your spirituality in everyday life, particularly in the pursuit of living life with purpose. Regardless of religious affiliation or absence thereof, Open Conversations shows you why we are all connected spiritual beings navigating our way through a spiritual world. The thought-provoking show features wide-ranging discussions with various guests from different faiths and walks of life, centered on living life with purpose and spiritual awareness.
Holly’s spiritual work began in 2003 when she accepted an apprenticeship with a Native Healer in Nashville, TN. Two years later, she was ordained as a holistic minister through a hands-on-healing program known as Divine Intervention.
Always a spiritual seeker, Holly has led the work-life balance of both teacher and student around spiritual studies and education. Holly’s spiritual education is varied and includes both religious studies and metaphysical studies. Along with her in-depth spiritual research, Holy also has over 13 years experience with financial institutions as a representative, a loan officer and manager.
With a background in finance, coaching and development, and spiritual study, Holly has designed classes and workshops that explore our beliefs and behavior around money, as well as the core beliefs we live by. Today she works as a Day Minister and Spiritual Mentor. Through private phone and web sessions she mentors clients to live from their authentic selves.
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