The Listening Chair
Co-hosts During COVID-Meg Calvin & Miranda Priddy

Co-hosts During COVID-Meg Calvin & Miranda Priddy

April 25, 2020

What does it mean when you have a growing number of questions in your faith life?
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What guests most surprised us this past season?

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Which guest gave us the silent treatment and we're still mad? ;) 
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Which answers were the most perplexing?
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How many letters are in Miranda's full legal name? 15? 32?
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How will season 3 be different?
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What career field are we most excited to explore?
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Should YOU get cozy in the LIstening Chair?

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Join us in this season 2 finale as we share our hopes for season 3 and what brought us the most joy and surprise from season 2.
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Sadly, COVID-19 kept us away from our studio at Southwestern College, so we had to record from our home. Oh, yes there were plenty of interruptions from offsprings and our k9 loves, but like all of us who are now working from home--we stayed positive, stayed the course and GOT IT DONE! (And edited out the interruptions to assure a pleasant experience for your ears.

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Thank you, Dear Listener, for joining us on this journey as we explore how stories of career, vocation and God's voice intertwine and new episodes will start dropping again in September. (We'll be back in the studio recording new ones in July.)

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Comment or DM us on the ole' social media if you or someone you know needs to get cozy in the Listening Chair as a guest and Listen with you soon!
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The Happiest Doctor–Hilary Mawia Shovkov

The Happiest Doctor–Hilary Mawia Shovkov

April 18, 2020

Could you imagine being an eleven-year-old in your mom’s clinic and prescribing meds when your mom stepped out? 

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How would you move differently if you lived in a place where it was looked down on to be a Christian?

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How are pediatricians different from other doctors? 

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Could the root of all of our greatest challenges in life be the same issue/trigger? 

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What is one thing that God always does no matter what life is throwing at us?

How can we take professional risks even when we are nervous? 

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All of this and more is explored as Dr. Hilary Mawia gets cozy in The Listening Chair. Please your ears on Spotify, iTunes, or wherever else you get your podcasts on. Want to know about Hilary and her work, keep readin’!

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Dr. Hilary Mawia is a believer, wife, Pediatrician, and alumni of Southwestern College who was born and raised in Yangon, Myanmar. She moved to Winfield at age 18 to attend Southwestern where she majored in Biology.

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After graduating, she studied medicine at Ben Gurion University, Medical School for International Health in Beer Sheva, Israel where she met her now-husband, Jenya Shavkov while volunteering at a Messianic Jewish Church. Upon graduating from medical school, she moved to New York City to pursue her residency training in Pediatrics at Harlem Hospital, New York.  

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After residency, as a new wife, she felt God directing her to return to Israel to support her husband while he finished his studies in Architecture. Currently, Hilary is preparing to start her fellowship in Neonatal Intensive Care at Soroka Hospital in Israel and loving her life as a housewife to her husband, Jenya and dog-mom to their Shar-pei-Pitbull mix, Macho.

A Homily of an Underdog–Bishop Richard Wilke

A Homily of an Underdog–Bishop Richard Wilke

April 11, 2020

Could you imagine being a pre-teen who drove a hearse for your Dad’s funeral home? 

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Was the church more or less political 40+ years ago?

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Why do so many young clergy professionally burn-out too soon? 

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What can go wrong when you get distracted and begin doing work that God didn’t make you to do? 

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When does it pay off to play small professionally? 

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Could the author of 6 books that have sold over 2 million copies *really* have been the underdog in the ‘race’ for the seat of Bishop? 

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All of this and more is explored as the co-author of DISCIPLE Bible Study and the founder of our Institute for Discipleship, Bishop Richard Wilke gets cozy in the Listening Chair Podcast. 

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Want to know more about him? Keep reading and listen on spotify, itunes, or wherever else you get your podcast on. 

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Bishop Richard Wilke (Dick) is a retired UM bishop and is the author of 6 books including DISCIPLE Bible Study which he co-authored with his late wife Julia Wilke. It has nearly two million graduates in more than 10,000 congregations from 30 denominations and is available in several languages.

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Dick served thirty years in ministry in Kansas, leading rural, suburban, and university congregations. For eleven years, he was the senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Wichita, a downtown congregation with a statewide televised ministry.

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He is currently serving as Bishop-in-Residence at Southwestern College in Winfield KS, which also holds the Institution that he and Julia founded (that also hosts this podcast). 

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The Institute for Discipleship was formed as an extension of the Wilkes’ life-long ministry and service to the Church immediately after the Wilkes finished writing the fourth and final DISCIPLE manual. Richard resides in Winfield, Kansas, and the couple has four children,  nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Building the Body & Mind–Michelle Collins

Building the Body & Mind–Michelle Collins

April 4, 2020

What can go wrong if we separate the secular and sacred in our life?

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What is an impressive amount to squat at the gym?

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Can the gym be therapy?

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Is grief involved when you outgrow a church?

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How many books can one read in one week? 

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What makes the podcast,'Book Ish' different than any other podcast out there? 

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All of this and more is explored as Michelle Collins got cozy in the Listening Chair podcast.

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Michelle is a Budding Psychologist, Podcaster and Gym Rat.

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She is a wife and mother to 4 grown children. She served in the US Marine Corps and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Psychology as well as additional degrees in Biblical Studies and Christian Counseling. An introvert dedicated to fitness of both body and mind, Michelle possesses the rare ability to participate in a discussion and see both sides without disparaging those with whom she might disagree.

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She is currently writing a book on the grief cycle applied to religious deconstruction. Her book comes out in 2020. She hosts the podcast, “Book Ish: The Cannon Continues” that's dismantling the sacred/secular divide book by book. 

 

Illustrating Faith–Jerrell Conner & Jeroll Rodgers

Illustrating Faith–Jerrell Conner & Jeroll Rodgers

March 28, 2020

****This episode includes a SUPER-SWEET giveaway for listeners! :)****

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What would it be like to be in business with a good friend who's skills are different than yours? 

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What is Alpha & Omega Con and why is it more fun than Comic-Con?

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What is one thing that all great storytellers do?

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How can X-men develop our spiritual health?

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What is this I hear about a giveaway? Can you tell us more about that?

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All of this and more is explored as co-founders of the illustrated novel and comic book company, Eggizo Entertainment, Jerrell Conner and Jeroll Rodgers got cozy in the Listening Chair. 

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They also want to invite listeners to join them in a special sampling of their first novel; “The Trials of Samson”. Available as a FREE download on our website, or pre-order a copy of the full paperback version today.

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Connect with them and their work here: https://www.eggizoentertainment.com/ and to know more about them, keep readin'. 

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Jeroll Rodgers / Creative Director - new to the world of Comics, Rodgers’ background actually began working with in a low-income housing development with at-risk youth. Having always been a fan of Batman, X Men and so many other legendary Superhero genres, Rodgers envisions the Eggizo universe full of characters that people of all ages and backgrounds can connect with. Working alongside Conner, Rodgers assists in the creative and business development of Eggizo.

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Jerrell Conner / Art Director / Visual Development / Branding - Creator of the graphic novel series Revelations: The Prophets. Conner has worked in the Arts & Entertainment industry for over 15 years with clients such as; EA Games, IMAX, Machinima, MTV, Interscope, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Reach Records, Universal, Starbucks, and Disney.

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WHO IS EGGIZO?

Eggizo Entertainment was co-founded by Jeroll Rodgers, Jerrell Conner, and Frederick K Price Jr in 2015 when the three came together and combined concepts and stories that Rodgers + Conner had been developing for a couple of years with stories that Price had been writing since 2010. All to form one massive universe of characters and story-lines that showcase dozens of significant historical figures with an authentic and completely fresh approach. Today Rodgers + Conner continues to expand on the Eggizo universe. Telling new stories across the medium of Comics, Novels, and Educational books!

Windows to Pastoral Care-Damian Carruthers

Windows to Pastoral Care-Damian Carruthers

March 21, 2020

What does a German pastor think of the patriotism of most American churches?

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What is this religious movement that started in the UK and now is in the US known as the 'Fresh Expressions' movement and what do yoga mats have to do with it?

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What is one easy way to hear God?

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What do millennial pastors do things differently than former generations?

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All of these and more are explored as Rev. Damian Carruthers got cozy in the Listening Chair podcast. 

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Connect with Damian on Insta today at @Damian_1989 and to know more about him and his work, keep readin'! 

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Damian Carruthers is a Pastor in the UMC Germany and is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary of Washington DC. He was appointed as a pastor of probation to a three-point charge in the North of the Black Forest and was ordained in May 2019.

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During his studies at the Theological (methodist) School of Reutlingen he found is calling in a special ministry called Fresh Expressions of Church.  He loves to think about different ways of being Church especially for people outside the church. His superintendent saw his love for this kind of ministry and gave him a special appointment for this kind of work in the Black Forest. 

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He is 30 years old now and lives alone, but he loves to share his free time with other people and to show them where God is already at work in their lives.

Worshiping Through All Emotions–Andrea Hamilton Binley

Worshiping Through All Emotions–Andrea Hamilton Binley

March 14, 2020

Does dub-step belong in sanctuaries? 

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How does one worship in the midst of losing a loved one to suicide? 

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What is the one thing that is missing from most contemporary Christian songs?

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How does the venue affect the performance of the musician? 

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All this and more is explored as a solo pop-artist turned band frontwoman, Andrea Hamilton Binley got cozy in the Listening Chair podcast. Join the conversation on Spotify, apple podcast or wherever else you get your podcast on. 

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Listen to Binley on Spotify today keep readin’ to know more about their work.

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Southern California-based worship band Binley exists to serve the global Church by creating energetic, genuine worship experiences. Lead singer Dre (Andrea Hamilton Binley), who works as a part-time worship leader at Inland Hills Church in Chino, Calif., started the band to serve local churches and young adult events with relevant, upbeat music. Observing for years that fresh, catchy songs could draw people in and create real encounters with Jesus, Dre recruited co-singer Brandon Gill, and the two began to co-write and lead together. The band’s first two singles have been placed on more than 20 Christian pop playlists including Spotify’s Official New Christian, and Premier Christian Radio in the UK.

Lights! Camera! Pastor!- Jacob Sahms

Lights! Camera! Pastor!- Jacob Sahms

March 7, 2020

A film guru, critic, and pastor joins us in the chair. Rev. Jacob Sahms shares about his work with Dove.org , ChristianCinema.com and ScreenFish.net, hosting film viewings at his church to promote social activism, and his interviews with Harry Connick Jr., Ann Curry and others!

 

A Community Development Worker Takes to the Streets-LJ Basilio

A Community Development Worker Takes to the Streets-LJ Basilio

February 29, 2020

What does the author John C. Maxwell have to do with serving at-risk teens on the streets in the Philippines?
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Are Church people apathetic on such issues as environment and poverty?
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What skills are needed to crush it as a Community Development Worker?
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What does modern-day evangelism with Gen Z teens look like?
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All of this and more is explored as LJ Basilio got cozy in the Listening Chair.

LJ is a Community Development worker—Education Officer at Kapatiran -Kaunlaran Foundation Inc. and President of National United Methodist Youth Fellowship in the Philippines. He shares on teaching literacy to at-risk teens, how author, John C. Maxwell helped him, and what modern-day evangelism on the streets could look like. 

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Connect with LJ today! 

A Funeral Assistant Helping Others Rest in Peace - Graham Donals

A Funeral Assistant Helping Others Rest in Peace - Graham Donals

February 22, 2020

What do the great outdoors have to do with your ability to forgive?

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How do those who serve in the funeral industry deal with the emotionally difficult parts of the job?

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What are the differences between the funerals of those who have a religious faith and those that don’t? (Hint: there are 2 main differences.)

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What is spiritual about the famous Cliffs of Moher in Ireland?

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When training to be a mortician, what do the assignments look like? 

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How does the show ‘family plots’ affect our faith lives? 

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All of this and more is explored as our friend, Graham Donals got cozy in the listening chair.

We love to explore the spiritual undertones of all skill sets, the journey that folks take in choosing their career, and we learned so much as we had our second guest who serves in the funeral industry join us in the studio. Listen to our friend and mortician, Chandra Snively from season 1 share here

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Graham is a husband and dog-dad who has always enjoyed religion and theology.

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However, the weight of his sins and his lack of biblical knowledge kept him from pursuing religion directly. It wasn’t until he entered the funeral industry that he determined that you don’t have to major in religion in order to do the work of God. 

 

He has a heart through his work as a Funeral Assistant at Miles Funeral Home, for working with folks of all religions in their times of grief. When he’s not serving as a Funeral Director, he is in school to become a mortician. He finds that being able to be there at a family’s hardest time is a rewarding and spiritual calling.