Today on the podcast Rachael and Elizabeth talk with Philadelphia-area-based pastor and author, Matt Gorkos. Matt has built Storied Church Ministry Consulting , focused on cultivating connections through stories. One of his latest efforts: The Storied Church: A Strategy for Congregational Renewal explores the power of a good story and how harnessing that power can be impactful in the church and beyond.
Matt mentions a children’s book series written by Kobi Yamada with beautiful illustrations by Mae Besom. The titles are “What Do You Do With a Problem?” “What Do You Do With An Idea?” And “What Do You Do With A Chance?”
Matt would love to point listeners to the Human Library Project.
Also mentioned in this episode: What is God Like? by Rachel Held Evans and Matthew Paul Turner.
In this special mini episode, Elizabeth interviews Rachael about the last six months of living back in her home state of Florida! Rachael talks about her latest projects and how this new lifestyle has become a thin place for her. Thanks for listening!
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On this week's episode, Elizabeth Varaso shares about her latest thin place endeavor.
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Rachael and Elizabeth celebrate miniature things. Elizabeth shares about her household's delight in the thin places of miniature things and Rachael talks (again) about her love of small dogs. Then, we talk about the power of miniature things working their ways into places that larger things cannot: little things can have huge impacts.
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This week Rachael and Elizabeth are hosting a conversation with David Richman, author of the book Cycle of Lives: 15 People's stories, 5,000 miles and a Journey through the Emotional Chaos of Cancer.
After losing his sister June to cancer, David was inspired to push the limits of what his body was capable of, and to engage his heart and mind with the emotional journey of those who have been diagnosed with cancer, their loved ones and the medical professionals who treat them.
You can find out more about David and his book as well as purchase Cycle of Lives at his website: david-richman.com You can also follow Cycle of Lives on Facebook.
All of the proceeds from the book go to a collection of cancer research and treatment facilities, but in particular David would encourage you to give a gift to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida on behalf of Rachael.
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This week, we bring you a conversation about generosity as a thin place.
More than anything, this episode felt like a really fun, yet super meaningful time of reflection.
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In celebration of the 65th episode of our podcast, this episode is all about nostalgia (New Kids on the Block, I Love Lucy, Goosebumps, etc.)! We are honored to take you on a nostalgic journey!
Rachel & Elizabeth have referenced this conversation so many times recently that it seemed worthy of a replay! Even with Halloween just having passed, you may still be in the mood for a good horror film, and the insights that film scholar and expert Jennifer Moorman has to offer will have you experiencing, yes, even horror films, as a thin place.
Jen shares about how she developed a love for horror films, how monsters in horror films can help "outsiders" to feel empowered, and the power of the unknown that horror filmmakers tap into in order to scare us.
We also discuss how death and birth are often explored in horror films and how these films can actually comforting and even a thin place when we are feeling anxious.
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Rachael and Elizabeth discuss activism and theology as a thin place with Dr. Drew Hart. Drew is a writer and a speaker on topics of justice black theology, Anabaptism, and white supremacy and he follows in a long line of theologists who have done theology on the fly in the midst of struggling with justice and liberation. You’ll want to check out Drew’s books: Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism and Who Will Be A Witness? Igniting Activism for God’s Justice, Love, and Deliverance.
Mentioned on the show:
Inverse Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/inverse-podcast/id1358332600
Common Hymnal: https://commonhymnal.com/
Messonghi Trust: https://www.patreon.com/msingitrust