Halloween and Heritage - Have Your Soul Cake and Eat it Too - 128


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By Jeff Manildi, Rev. Allen O'Brien, Rev. Bonnie Rambob, Pastor Casey Tinnin and Rev. Rajeev Rambob, Jeff Manildi, Rev. Allen O'Brien, Rev. Bonnie Rambob, and Pastor Casey Tinnin a. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Halloween and heritage, ancestors and the thinning of the veil between worlds- Rev. Raj Rambob (From episode #113) joins Jeff and Allen to talk about all this and more in Irenicast’s fourth Halloween special. In past Halloween episodes, they have discussed the supernatural, the devil and witches. This year they reflect on the holiday itself. They reflect on the larger historical development of the day and how it specifically changed for them in moving away from fundamentalist contexts.

The discussion takes them from childhood memories, how Halloween was approached in each of their fundamentalist spiritual development to what significance the holiday brings them today. Intertwined throughout the whole conversation is a concentration on heritage and ancestry.

Raj brings a particularly unique perspective to the conversation due to his Seventh Day Adventist background and Indian heritage. We’ve known for some time that Jeff comes from a Pentecostal background and Allen a more Baptist-like setting, so Raj’s background is a welcome perspective in this conversation and the overall conversation Irenciast has been bringing for the last 4 years.

This episode ends with a Horror Movie Edition of Judging a Book by Its Cover. Each host brings to the table two different horror movie titles that the other hosts have to guess the plot synopsis of.

Conversation on Halloween and Heritage (01:40)

Judging a Book by Its Cover Segment (49:04)


From Our Conversation on Halloween and Heritage

From Our Judging a Book by Its Cover Segment (Judging a Book by Its Cover has been played on episodes #007, #020, #074, #103, and #117)


A big thanks to Rajeev Rambob for joinning us this week and sharing part of his spiritual journey!

Rajeev Rambob (Raj) is spouse, of 26 years, to Bonnie Rambob. Both Bonnie and Raj are ordained ministers in the United Church of Christ. They have two adult children who are intelligent, creative, hilarious and kind.

Raj has been a K-12 educator and principal. Raj transitioned from K-12 leadership to executive leadership in the nonprofit sector. Raj's non-profit experience is largely in homelessness. Currently Raj is Executive Director of Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency (ATCAA). ATCAA is a multi-service, anti-poverty, agency that serves two counties.

Raj loves thoughtful and irreverent conversation over food and drink with family and trusted friends. You can follow Raj at...


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Jeff Manildi | co-host and producer | jeff@irenicast.com

Jeff is the Director of Discipleship at a United Methodist church on the central coast of California and co-founder of Irenicast. In addition to getting his B.A. in Theology, he also received his ordination through the prestigious online organization of The Universal Life Church whose alumni include the likes of Conan O’Brien and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Jeff loves all things that tell a story: people, movies, tv, music, comics, etc.

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Rev. Allen O’Brien | co-host | allen@irenicast.com

Allen is the pastor of a UCC church in Northern California, resident chaplain at an area hospital, and co-founder of Irenicast. He believes in the importance of education, peace, and ecology and writes for multiple platforms.

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