This Global Spirit episode explores the powerful role that intentional communities have played for many hundreds of years in supporting the well-being, growth and transformations of many individuals. The program visits two contemporary communities to witness their most important practices, and to access their potential to transform consciousness and catalyze positive societal change. The program features Zen Buddhist Abbot Roshi Joan Halifax of the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, N.M., and Christian... [see more] youth activist Adam Bucko, who heads the Reciprocity Foundation, which has become a sanctuary for homeless youth in New York City. Both guests bring considerable compassion and many useful insights as they apply their traditions, their experiences and their hearts to work with young LGBT and other communities of need in the U.S.
GLOBAL SPIRIT is a unique television series that investigates philosophical and existential issues of the 21st century, tracing the eternal, yet still evolving human quest for meaning, truth and wisdom. The 12-part series brings together ancient wisdom traditions, with the perspectives of world religions and modern science to help viewers define who we are as human beings, and explore how this affects our relationships with our families, communities, environment and the world at large. Weaving compelling filmed segments with informed, engaging studio conversations, GLOBAL SPIRIT offers an intimate, discovery-filled viewing experience. Presented by composers and musicians Carlos and Cindy Santana and hosted by writer and spiritual seeker Phil Cousineau, the series brings together a rich mixture of philosophers, writers, scientists, religious and spiritual teachers, and practitioners of a wide range of faiths and traditions. GLOBAL SPIRIT gives viewers an opportunity to discover how people of various perennial philosophies around the world think, believe and address life's core, eternal questions. While shedding new light on different dimensions of faith, belief and identity, each one-hour program serves to promote understanding, tolerance and respect for different traditions and world views.