Soularize Start-Up Awardees

Uncategorized Oct 25, 2021

Start-Up Awardees

We are pleased to inform you of the Soularize 2021 Start-up Pitch Gallery Awardees:

  • In[HEIR]tance Project

  • New Wine Collective

  • The Philosophy Dream School

Advisors comments included:

The In[HEIR]itance Project builds on the long-standing tradition of art fueling social change with an innovative and compelling approach. The way they build bridges in communities, create space for difficult conversations, and open pathways for change is one of the most creative models I've seen for interfaith engagement toward social impact.

"New Wine Collective - put simply - gets it. Spiritual communities of the future embrace emergence, co-creation, flattened hierarchies, and a real sense of ownership across the board. The days of belonging to a church are waning; the days of the church belonging to you are just beginning.

Soularize received over 20 submissions and a dozen of those followed through with their final presentations. Our advisors identified their top choices...

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Speaker Spotlight: Becca Stevens, Founder | Thistle Farms

Uncategorized Oct 13, 2021
Creativity in Faith Deepens and Frees Us
Friday, October 22 @ 2pm PDT
A: I am very clear this is a trick question, but I can't help myself, I will answer it!  I don't want to prevent the future, I want to be brave enough to dive deep into it.  I believe our common future is the truth that we shall all return to the earth and our journey will return us to the source of love.  I want to learn to live and not be afraid of that future.  When I forget that is the truth of future, I get lost, wanting to grab onto things and time, and being too scared to let go. 

Becca Stevens  Founder & President, Thistle Farms
Her brand-new book Practically Divine is available now!
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Demystifying The Start-up Pitch for Soularize with Elan Babchuck

soularize startup pitch Sep 14, 2021

Hosted by Spencer Burke
Elan Babchuck - Glean Network

It does not matter what your audience learns, it matters how they feel! Learn how storytelling and an abbreviated hero’s journey can be used to put your audience in the middle of your pitch. Elan defines the six basic elements of a solid pitch and answers questions from Soularize participants. The whole conversation is informative and encouraging. If you are new to pitching a Start-up idea or want to improve an existing presentation, Elan will inspire you to go for it!

Elan Babchuck, Founding Director at Glean Network  guides us through the main elements needed in a well presented start up pitch. His positive professional presentation is effective and his enthusiasm contagious. No matter if you are presenting a start-up pitch at Soularize or just honing your presentation skills - this 52 minute instructional video is worth your time. If you want to skip to the nuts and bolts, fast forward to the core of...

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Danielle Goldstone (Founder of Innofaith) Charles Lee (Founder and Director of Ideation) Rabbi Elan Babchuck (Founder and Director of Glean Network) Discussing: Why Pitch Your Start Up @Soularize?


Do you have a unique business idea, community project, or non-profit mission that needs support or exposure? Join changemaker leaders from Ideation, innoFaith and Glean Network to learn what it takes to bring an idea to life and put together your best Start-Up Pitch to reach your goals.

Over $10,000 value in prizes and support will be awarded! Prize announcements will be made during this live webinar.

Top participants will be invited to present live to our panel of Advisors in Fullerton, CA on October 21-23, 2021.

Find Out More or Register HERE

You will also learn during this one hour conversation:

  • What are the main ingredients of a powerful pitch
  • How this year’s theme: Humane Spirituality impacts the contest, as we are invited to explore the question, how might we reframe issues to inspire human dignity to all, through the pursuit and practice of empathy, equity, and inclusivity
  • What you need to enter the Start-Up Pitch Gallery

Partner Organizations:

Ideation: Ideas are a...

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Amy Butler and Brian McLaren Discussing: Why Host A Village @Soularize?


Are you an entrepreneurial leader of a faith community, co-working space or organization? Are you looking for ways to connect your community to a global conversation centered on Humane Spirituality? 

Brian McLaren and Rev. Dr. Amy Butler discuss the role of Soularize in the early emerging church movement and where they think we are headed next and how this may apply to your own faith community.  

Learn more about the ways you can collaborate with Soularize to create your own event and reach more people in your local area.

The Village model is designed to unleash your entrepreneurial spirit, moving beyond the traditional satellite event hierarchy. Imagine joining our revolutionary hybrid learning party from the context of your own faith community, while still having a global impact.

Learn how you can create your own local event by choosing the Soularize content you want to stream and then contributing any additional content you want to share....

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Barry Taylor - Soularize Arts Curator, Discussing: Why Showcase your Art @Soularize?

Uncategorized Jul 15, 2021

We are calling artists working in any medium to join us in creating an arts environment where we can share our work and the spiritual and theological ideas that inspire our work. We are looking for art that addresses this year's Soularize theme, Humane Spirituality.

In this often divided age we live in, where people throw barbs and slogans from their ideological positions, we believe that a different kind of spirituality is called for, one that celebrates and works towards a richer expression of our humanity.

The Covid pandemic has raised anxiety and revealed many of the unhealthy practices our societies have traded in which cause inequality, suffering and despair. Many are calling for a return to ‘normal, we are calling for something more, a new normal, where different values shape the world we live, things like kindness, generosity and compassion. Art can both reveal and speak to the human condition and invite us to reflect on what it means to be human. 

If you’re...

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Soularize 2021 a global hybrid learning party for Spiritual Innovators (online and in person)

Uncategorized Jul 08, 2021


Leading Up to a Live In-Person and Virtual Event October 21-23, The Soularize Community Connects to Collaborate with Other Innovators and Creatives. 

NEWPORT BEACH, CA.  July 12, 2021 — Spencer Burke, author, speaker and founder of multiple spiritual-based businesses, is honored to announce Soularize 2021, a meeting place for spiritual innovators. Soularize is a unique platform where participants from all over the globe are able to connect, collaborate, learn, and unleash their creativity. The virtual program launched on June 1, 2021 and continues through its physical event, Soularize LIVE, October 21-23, 2021, hosted at Fullerton First Methodist Church in Fullerton, CA. The theme of this year’s 20th Anniversary Event is Humane Spirituality.

“As faith communities around the world begin to envision a post-pandemic society, our desire is to provide a space to...

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Soularize 2021 at a Glance


Soularize 2021 is a Global Learning Party

A collaborative community built just for spiritual innovators like  you. As faith communities around the world begin to envision a post-pandemic society, we need to engage,  connect, and unleash collaboration and creativity. Our desire is to provide a space to interact, discover new  and diverse voices, build relationships, and grow resources to help encourage and launch projects. 

* Engage. Soularize brings together like-minded people and new voices from the fringe. We’ll  participate in crucial conversations, get feedback, and refine our ideas. Interact with workshop content and presenters ahead of time via our app. 

* Connect. Our app enables you to connect with other attendees in multiple ways. Explore each other’s  passions and projects; set up virtual meetups; have impromptu face-to-face conversations; instantly  share contact information; participate in Soularize LIVE locally by...

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Why don’t we stay on the sidewalk?

Why don’t we stay on the sidewalk?
It seems when a new business, restaurant or parking lot pops up in my neighborhood they spend a lot of money on fencing, landscaping and design work to try to persuade pedestrians to enter their establishments where they want them to. But inevitably sidewalks are abandoned, landscaping is trampled down and sometimes even fences are reconfigured by the shoppers who are seeking entry to their destinations.
I took this photograph and named it “reality.”
No matter how clever or how well-designed or aesthetically pleasing our solutions are people will blaze their own path. We can try to defend our decisions or cast judgment on why the masses are wrong or we can acknowledge we need a reality check.
Why should ministry planning begin with observation?
In lean methodology one of the main mantras is “love the problem not your solution.“
When I share this quote it’s always...
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