Spiritual Essence #216

We accept many roles in this life: parent, co-worker, friend. Most of us do this willingly, and yet may wonder if there is a deeper essence of spirit that exists within our selves. Today we speak with interfaith minister Jacob Watson, and Hancock Lumber president, Kevin Hancock, about the ways in which they have more intimately connected with their own spirits, and encouraged others to do the same.


Interfaith minister Jacob Watson

Jacob Watson

Jacob Watson is an interfaith minister who writes about spiritual life. His books include Morning Blessing Letters: A Book of Daily Gifts and most recently, Essence: The Emotional Path to Spirit. He is the founder of the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine and co-founder of the Center for Grieving Children.

Kevin Hancock, president of Hancock Lumber Company

Kevin Hancock

As president of Hancock Lumber Company, Kevin Hancock leads a sixth-generation family business that has operated since 1848. A graduate of Lake Region high School and Bowdoin College, Kevin travels often to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, where he has connected with residents and key organizations. Kevin has created a nonprofit called “The Seventh Power” to support initiatives on the reservation. He recently published his book titled, Not For Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse, about his personal journey to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, as well as the history and modern day life of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.