Category Archives: Season 1

033 Midwifery with the Yazidi



Our guest is Jane Drichta, co founder of the Global Motherhood Initiative. She’s a midwife and public health advocate who has recently been working with Yazidi women and has developed a woman-centered model for traumatized populations, including the Yazidi, as they face pregnancy and  delivery in difficult areas such as refugee camps and in war torn regions.

Even though she is mostly on the road or based out of Seattle, she still considers Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Webster Groves “home.” Jane was back in St. Louis over the holidays and stopped in to talk with host Barbi Click about midwifery, the Yazidi women, and upcoming opportunities around the globe.

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032 Becoming Beloved Community: the labyrinth



In this special episode we hear the second part of the Rev. Charles Wynder, Jr. conversation with the annual gathering of the diocese at convention. He breaks down the labyrinth image, and it’s four quadrants as they relate to Becoming Beloved Community, the Episcopal CHurch’s long term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice.

 

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031 Becoming Beloved Community: the context



In this special episode we hear from the Rev. Charles Wynder, Jr. He’s the presiding bishop’s Staff Officer for Social Justice and Advocacy Engagement.This past November he spoke to the annual gathering of the diocese at convention on Becoming Beloved Community, the Episcopal Church’s long term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice. The first part of his conversation sets the context for this work, and how it is vital to our faith and our church.

 

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030 Journey: one church’s conversation about full LGBT inclusion



 

This episode comes from Christ Church in Cape Girardeau and members Stephanie Miller, Chris Masters, and James Boyer talk with host Harry Leip about how their church began and continues the conversation on embracing its LGBT members, what it looks and feels like, and how the church can be a safe and welcoming space.

 

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029 From felt church mice to ministry



Calvary Church in Columbia has a light hearted ministry that raises thousands each year for the community –for food pantries, gardens, social justice organizations and some church outreach ministry. And it’s all built around hand-made felt church mice, YES! MICE! Calvary members Kay Glass and Sharon Sessions talk with Deacon Harry Leip about the history and mission of these mighty mice, the star of Calvary’s St. Nicholas Bazaar. It’s coming again to downtown Columbia MO, inside the church buildings, this (and every) first Saturday in December at 8 AM.

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028 Discerning God’s claim on our lives



This episode unpacks that dense term “discernment” and helps us imagine how a person, how a community hears God’s call to deeper ministry or to ordination. Our guest is Mike Angell, rector of Holy Communion Episcopal Church in University City and chair of the Commission on Ministry, tasked with helping Christians in that discernment journey. He and host Deacon Harry Leip weave in stories of discernment from the Bible, from their own histories, and from folks who have recently trekked through this process.

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027 Hearing the call to prevent gun violence



 

For this episode we traveled south to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to Christ Episcopal Church and spoke with member Brenda Phillips, who shares her story on becoming involved in gun violence prevention ministry with host Deacon Harry Leip. Participating in an annual pilgrimage around the places in town where violence had occurred, praying, leaving crosses, hearing from families, witnessing– was the catalyst for Brenda’s going deeper into this ministry of hope and education and presence.

 

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026 When the Standing Committee gets to sit: the bishop’s council of advice



 

Dr. Adam Pearson, member of Standing Committee, and Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in University City

In today’s conversation host Shug Goodlow and guest Dr. Adam Pearson, from Holy Communion Church, talk a bit about one of the governing bodies of the diocese, called the Standing Committee. They both serve on it currently, and talk about its purpose and work, how that work affects the health of the church, and also who might be drawn to this ministry.

 

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024 Jesus got me, the faith story of Gayle Fisher-Stewart



This episode, Jesus Got Me, shares the faith story of the Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart. Host Debbie Nelson Linck caught up with Dr. Fisher Stewart when she was a presenter the Advocacy Institute of the Center for Social Empowerment in Ferguson, on the anniversary of the shooting death of Mike Brown.

After retiring from the Washington DC police force, seminary and ordination, Gayle is now associate rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in DC, and the founder of the Center for the Study of Faith in Justice.

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023 How does a downtown church find God’s work beyond their red doors?



An intentional self-study as a beloved pastor of thirty plus years was retiring, a congregational development course challenged a downtown congregation to discern they wanted to be not only more visible in their community, but more active and engaged. It led them out the front doors, to look up and around at the connections to be made.  “We didn’t set out to start whole new social service agency. We were just trying to figure out, how can we as a faith community bring our resources, energy, talents and skills to the table to meet some of the needs we have in this community?”

With Robyn Burnett and Ken Luebbering from Grace Episcopal Church in Jefferson City and host Deacon Harry Leip.

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