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A Cartoonist Searching for Liberation- David Hayward (The NakedPastor)

A Cartoonist Searching for Liberation- David Hayward (The NakedPastor)

December 14, 2019

How do you know when God is pushing you to change careers?
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What’s the biggest difference between a Creative who is successful and one who is not?
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What did the NakedPastor’s (David’s) first painting sell for? $0.99, $50, or $1,350?
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How often should you “read above your head”?
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What life situations call for you to go against your conscience?
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All of these questions and more are explored as cartoonist, author and coach, @NakedPastor, David Hayward got cozy in the Listening Chair Podcast.

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Connect with him and his art at http://nakedpastor.com/ . 

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David Hayward was ordained to the ministry in 1987 and left in 2010. 

 

He’s been running the nakedpastor blog since 2005 where he posts his provocative cartoons and articles.

 

He launched an online community called The Lasting Supper, a place for people to change without being judged or instructed, and where they can learn to become spiritually independent.

 

He’s been cartooning, making art, writing, speaking, and coaching around his core passions: personal authentic freedom, the power to change our own lives, and the creative spirit to make our world a better place. 

 

He and his wife live in eastern Canada. They have three adult children.

A Molecular Biologist Crossing Party Lines-Joann Hoskins

A Molecular Biologist Crossing Party Lines-Joann Hoskins

December 7, 2019

What is holding scientists back from eliminating ALL mosquitos? (Hint: ethics.) 

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What is a placenta milkshake? 

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What's riveting about the inside of a cell?

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When one moves a lot as a kid, how does this benefit her?

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If one is thinking of also becoming a molecular biologist, what steps should he/she take?

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All of this and more is explored as retired molecular biologist, Joann gets cozy in the Listening Chair. Join us on Spotify, apple podcast, podbean or wherever else you get your podcast on. 

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Learn more about Women4Change.org today. 

JoAnn Hoskins is a graduate of the University of Kansas and graduated from Indiana University with an MS in Microbiology and Immunology. She worked for Eli Lilly as a senior scientist in molecular biology for 27 years. During that tenure, she was awarded 27 patents, published 27 scientific papers, and presented at several international conferences. Since retirement, she has become an inaugural board member of Women4Change, a non-partisan group of women working to educate and engage women in the civic process to make positive changes in the community.

Parents and Publishers- Rafael and Teighlor Polendo

Parents and Publishers- Rafael and Teighlor Polendo

November 30, 2019

What is theological about the show 'Arrested Development'? 

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Is there a special VIP spot at airports that's JUST for flight attendants?

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How does becoming a parent change one's creative process? 

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All this and more is explored as the founders of Quoir Publishing Co.,  Rafael and Teighlor Polendo, got cozy in the Listening Chair. She's also a flight attendant and he is a graphic designer. 

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Get cozy in the Listening Chair Podcast on Spotify, Podbean, Apple Podcast, or wherever else you get your podcast on. Connect with the many books and podcasts of Quoir at Quoir.com today. 

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Rafael Polendo is an award-winning creative with over 19 years of experience in design and marketing. Teighlor Polendo is a flight attendant with a background in interpersonal and organizational communication studies. Together, they founded and own Quoir—a boutique publishing company whose books and podcasts aren't afraid to challenge assumptions, see beyond comfort zones, and expand the collective Christian consciousness. They live with their son, Leonidas, in Orange, California.

 

A Missionary of Many Tongues–Collins Etchi Ako

A Missionary of Many Tongues–Collins Etchi Ako

November 23, 2019

What is the most important thing that United Methodists need to keep in mind during this season of dissension? 

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How many languages does one need to know to conduct seminars on conflict management, peace, sustainable development, and interfaith dialogue on a global scale? 

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How does God's voice sound different in the midst of turmoil? 

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All of these and more are answered in our RICH conversation with Rev. Collins Etchi Ako. 

Collins is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church providing administrative and liaison support in the East Congo Episcopal Area in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He holds four degrees from the Protestant University of Central Africa in Yaounde and fromUniversity of Yaounde: a bachelor’s in political science, a bachelor’s in theology, a master’s in social science and international relations, and a master’s in theology. Collins is presently enrolled in his second year for a Doctor of Ministry in Organizational Leadership at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore – Kentucky, USA

Born into a Presbyterian family and orphaned at an early age, Collins became a United Methodist in 2001 and began working closely with the Cameroon Mission in 2007. Missionary service has been on his spiritual radar since that time. He has a special interest in ministries of justice and reconciliation.

Collins is married to Anne Greta Nkondock Mbondy and the couple has four children. 

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Connect with him and his work at umcmission.org.

A Comedian in the Carpool Lane - Kerri Pomarolli

A Comedian in the Carpool Lane - Kerri Pomarolli

November 16, 2019

How frequently in a stand-up act does a good comedian make the audience laugh? (The answer will shock you.)
Have you ever wondered what it takes to write a good Hallmark film? (Hint: Puppies.)
Can miracles really happen in comedy clubs??
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Find out all of this and more as Comedian, Actress, and Author, Kerri Pomarolli gets cozy in the Listening Chair.
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Also, Kerri’s latest book, ‘Confessions of a Proverbs 32 Woman: How I Went from Messed Up to Blessed Up Without Changing a Single Thing’ with its companion devotional JUST Dropped. Buy it today on Amazon.
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Kerri Pomarolli is a stand up comedian, author, actress and supermodel wannabe. She has been on The Tonight Show 29 times, General Hospital, Young and the Restless, Comedy Central and many more. She has been on Nick at Nite, Netflix, and enjoys touring the country with her clean comedy and Christian events. She's worked with everyone from Jay Leno to Carol Channing and is passionate about writing. She's written several books including "Moms Night Out And Other Things I Miss" that came out with the hit motion picture. She is so excited to be a writer for the Hallmark Channel as well. She is also a screenwriter and works in television writing and lives with her two comedy inspirations; Lucy and Ruby in California.
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More info at kerripom.com   @kerripom  https://www.facebook.com/KerriPomarolli/

Neighbors and Brutal Bears - Adam and Ashley Barlow-Thompson

Neighbors and Brutal Bears - Adam and Ashley Barlow-Thompson

November 9, 2019

Do you ever wonder what the church of the future will look like? 

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Are all personality tests the same? 

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What do bears have to do with banjos?

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How many organizations can one couple start?

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All these and more are explored in this witty and wise episode with Adam and Ashley. 

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Ashley and Adam Barlow-Thompson are United Methodist Clergy serving in Wichita, KS. Ashley is a Deacon is the Director of Outreach at Calvary UMC. She works to connect her local church with the world. She is also involved in the UMC on a denominational level as a jurisdictional delegate. Adam works at the Neighboring Movement a nonprofit that works to encourage great neighboring. Together they started the Neighboring Movement and are also co-owners of Servants By Design a personality and communication curriculum used in thousands of churches across the globe.  

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Connect with them at https://www.servantsbydesign.com/ 

and https://neighboringmovement.org/

 

Interviews from Summit Youth Academy

Interviews from Summit Youth Academy

November 2, 2019

Meg & Miranda sat down with seven different teens during the 2019 Summit Youth Academy.

We asked the questions - What is your earliest memory of God?

What's your earliest memory of being asked what you want to be when you grow up?

What have you learned this week?

In the mix of all of this, other fun topics came up such as the moon landing, teenage Meg's job at Brookshires, and the possible conspiracy of birds not being real. 

We had a blast. Hope you think so, too!

The Listening Chair is an outlet of the Institute for Discipleship (IFD).

This episode is sponsored by the Summit Youth Academy - a week for high school juniors and seniors to explore their faith, learn Wesleyan theology, and connect with other youth.

A Pastor with a Backswing - Billy Byler

A Pastor with a Backswing - Billy Byler

November 2, 2019

How is the mentality of a golfer different than that of a baseball player? What are some lies that grief tell us? Where is God in tragedy? What is the role of connections in career opportunities? How is a sports journalist similar to a pastor? 

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All these questions and more are explored in this interview with Rev. Billy Byler.

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He's in first year as the lead pastor at First Church of the Nazarene in Winfield, Kansas. He answered the call to ministry in 2012 after a seven-year career as a sportswriter in Augusta, Ga. He is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene and graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville with a degree in Mass Communications in 2005. He is also the chaplain of the Winfield Fire and EMS Department, and he lives with his wife (CJ) and 1-year-old daughter (Hazel) in Winfield.

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Connect with him and the ministry that he is a part of at https://www.winfieldnaz.org/

A Radio Host and Lessons from Grief - David Dault

A Radio Host and Lessons from Grief - David Dault

October 26, 2019

We are so fortunate to have another special edition of the Listening Chair! As a part of Southwestern College Homecoming, we moved our equipment downstairs in Deets Library, pulled out the Listening Chair from Rev. Wendy Mohler-Seib's office, had the kind folks at Fresh Ideas put together some snacks for us, and had our FIRST audience for our THIRD live show! T'was a blast!

What does Mr. Rogers have to say about the job you chose? Can any good come from singing hungover in a church choir? What can we learn from the things grief takes from us?

All of these and more are explored with our guest, Dr. David Dault. 

Dr. David Dault is the host and executive producer of the award-winning radio program Things Not Seen: Conversations about Culture and Faith. The show is distributed nationwide through PRX, the Public Radio Exchange. Along with Fr. Dan Horan, he co-hosts The Francis Effect, a podcast that explores contemporary political issues through a lens of Catholic faith. He is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary and received his Ph.D. in theological studies from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Dault currently holds teaching appointments at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Loyola University Chicago, and serves as a visiting scholar for theology and media at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. His book, The Accessorized Bible: Scripture as Commodity and Ubiquity, is forthcoming from Yale University Press, and Dr. Dault is the authorized biographer of Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann. He lives with his family in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Connect with him at thingsnotseenradio.com/ and follow him @NotSeenRadio

The Listening Chair is an outlet of the Institute for Discipleship (IFD).

Love Well - Youth 2019 Interviews

Love Well - Youth 2019 Interviews

October 19, 2019

We took the show on the road! Meg & Miranda (along with guest hosts Molly Just, Wendy Mohler-Seib, and Carly Redding) interviewed teens, young adults, volunteers, and youth leaders during Youth 2019. 

As guests joined us in the Listening Chair, we asked them:
How do you know God loves you?
How do you share your love back with God?
What do you love to do or make?

Youth 2019 had several thousand United Methodists come together for 4 days of discipleship, worship, Bible study, service opportunities, and life-changing fun! They were able to experience inspiration, support, and challenges to grow authentically as a world-changing disciple of Jesus Christ. It was a highly engaging time for young people to explore the variety of ministries of the United Methodist Church.

You'll ALSO hear us ask things like - What's your favorite thing to get from Buc-ees? Where did you get your tshirt that has Jesus riding a velociraptor? What's the opposite of fear?

The Listening Chair is an outlet of the Institute for Discipleship (IFD).

This episode is sponsored by the Summit Youth Academy - a week for high school juniors and seniors to explore their faith, learn Wesleyan theology, and connect with other youth.

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Amp It Up! Worship Band Camp - Where for or five life-changing days, high school students will be mentored and taught by local worship leaders and will have the opportunity to perform with other Christian bands, artists, and high school and college worship leaders.

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Southwestern College - a private liberal arts college, founded in 1885 by Methodists in south central Kansas. Today its Winfield campus is the residential hub that guides students to lives of meaning and service, with well-rounded academic and extra-curricular offerings attracting traditional-aged students from throughout the nation and world. Southwestern College Professional Studies provides options for online students in any location and has been named a top provider for persons serving in the military. The college continues to be affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.