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In each episode of Everyday Thin Places, birth doula Elizabeth Varaso and interfaith hospice chaplain Rachael Gallagher ​draw from their experiences supporting birthing people and dying people to explore with honesty, authenticity and humor how we can all become more truly-living people.​ Although birth and death are two of the only truly universal human experiences, we often think of them as painful, frightening and best kept behind closed doors. But behind those closed doors Rachael and Elizabeth have experienced the wonder and delight of “thin places” - those points in space and time where the line between known and unknown, between temporal and eternal, between the ordinary and the transcendent become beautifully blurred. No matter if you are the kind of person who finds the topics of birth and death thrilling, terrifying or just not all that interesting Rachael and Elizabeth’s conversations with each other and with guests from all walks of life will draw you in and keep you coming back for more. No topic is off-limits and every episode will have you seeking and savoring the everyday opportunities to visit life’s thin places.

In each episode of Everyday Thin Places, birth doula Elizabeth Varaso and interfaith hospice chaplain Rachael Gallagher ​draw from their experiences supporting birthing people and dying people to explore with honesty, authenticity and humor how we can all become more truly-living people.​ Although birth and death are two of the only truly universal human experiences, we often think of them as painful, frightening and best kept behind closed doors. But behind those closed doors Rachael and Elizabeth have experienced the wonder and delight of “thin places” - those points in space and time where the line between known and unknown, between temporal and eternal, between the ordinary and the transcendent become beautifully blurred. No matter if you are the kind of person who finds the topics of birth and death thrilling, terrifying or just not all that interesting Rachael and Elizabeth’s conversations with each other and with guests from all walks of life will draw you in and keep you coming back for more. No topic is off-limits and every episode will have you seeking and savoring the everyday opportunities to visit life’s thin places.

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United States

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In each episode of Everyday Thin Places, birth doula Elizabeth Varaso and interfaith hospice chaplain Rachael Gallagher ​draw from their experiences supporting birthing people and dying people to explore with honesty, authenticity and humor how we can all become more truly-living people.​ Although birth and death are two of the only truly universal human experiences, we often think of them as painful, frightening and best kept behind closed doors. But behind those closed doors Rachael and Elizabeth have experienced the wonder and delight of “thin places” - those points in space and time where the line between known and unknown, between temporal and eternal, between the ordinary and the transcendent become beautifully blurred. No matter if you are the kind of person who finds the topics of birth and death thrilling, terrifying or just not all that interesting Rachael and Elizabeth’s conversations with each other and with guests from all walks of life will draw you in and keep you coming back for more. No topic is off-limits and every episode will have you seeking and savoring the everyday opportunities to visit life’s thin places.

Language:

English


Episodes

Unbelieve with Marla Taviano

5/9/2022
This is a second episode with Marla Taviano because she HAS A NEW BOOK in the world! We explore the poetry within "Unbelieve - Poems on the Journey to Becoming a Heretic". From "I was wrong" to "God Loves Everyone" to "growing up evangelical" to "chirp chirp", every poem in this new book is eye-opening and relatable and honest and authentic. Everyday Thin Places appreciates its supporters. Want to support? Buy us a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/everydaythinplaces Follow along on the "Everyday...

Duration:01:07:48

Silence - Let's talk about it!

4/25/2022
Rachael and Elizabeth record an actual conversation about silence! In their conversation, Rachael discusses her thoughts on how silence can be used as a weapon. Plus, Elizabeth talks about how she's gotten curious and open to silence. SPOILER: She's starting to offer spiritual direction and is using silence as a tool. Don't forget to rate and subscribe so you never miss an episode. https://www.everydaythinplaces.com/Instagram.

Duration:00:46:59

Silence as a Thin Place

4/11/2022
Nope, this isn't a glitch or a mistake. We'll be back to talk about silence in our next episode. But for today we invite you to take 7 minutes of silence for yourself. Think of this as an experiment. As a treat. As an opportunity to experience an everyday thin place. Because sometimes there aren't words. Because sometimes silence is the friend that you need. Because there is an inner wisdom that you may not be able to hear until you turn down the noise. Because silence can be a...

Duration:00:08:45

Building a Blended Family featuring Angela Dobryznski

3/28/2022
Rachael Gallagher and Elizabeth Varaso are joined by Angela Dobrynski, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Grief Specialist. While Angela has a wealth of professional experience in the world of grief and loss, this conversation focuses on her own personal story of grief, loss and the surprises that led to her building the family that she has today. You can connect with Angela on her website angeladora.org or follow her on Facebook. Follow Everyday Thin Places on Instagram to...

Duration:00:45:40

Advance

3/14/2022
Rachael and Elizabeth talk all about ADVANCING (most notably, the Battle of Little Round Top, chemotherapy, and athletic training). Also, Elizabeth shares about an advance she received in order to help her neighbors and her family. Everyday Thin Places appreciates its supporters! Want to support? Buy us a coffee! Sign up: https://www.everydaythinplaces.com/donate.html Follow along on the Everyday Thin Places Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/everydaythinplaces/

Duration:00:42:21

Retreat

2/28/2022
On this very special edition of "Everyday Thin Places", it's finally time for our first ever Everyday Thin Places RETREAT!!!!! We discuss our differing opinions on taking baths, our motivations for being in water, what we think about retreat, and some ideas for small everyday opportunities for retreats before we make the big announcement that we're hosting a retreat! To register for our upcoming virtual retreat on Saturday, May 14, make sure to head to www.everydaythinplaces.com/retreat To...

Duration:00:36:05

Oruguitas y Mariposas

2/14/2022
Rachael Gallagher and Elizabeth Varaso break down the everyday thin places we experienced in the Disney film, Encanto. Encanto is amazing, and if you haven't seen it yet, do yourself a favor and go watch this movie on Disney+. We will share some spoilers in this episode, but the movie is still worth watching even if it's been "spoiled". And of course, because this IS Everyday Thin Places, we talk about birth and death and the magic and gifts that these universal experiences are. Encanto is...

Duration:00:43:03

Your Chrysalis with Melissa Jill Clark

1/31/2022
Life Coach, Melissa Jill Clark joins us on the Everyday Thin Places podcast to talk about having all we need within us now, yoga as embodied prayer, and Melissa's poem that was recently published in book form: Your Chrysalis: A Message of Hope for End of Life. We really talk about everything. Yoga? Yes. Fulfilling our legacies? Obviously. Birth and death? Of course. Everyday Thin Places is powered by listeners like you! To keep all our Everyday Thin Places content ad-free, consider buying...

Duration:00:32:58

Stories for Community-building featuring Matt Gorkos

1/17/2022
Today on the podcast, hosts Rachael Gallagher and Elizabeth Varaso 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...

Duration:00:40:51

Happy Old Year, Happy New Year! (Again!)

1/3/2022
Today on the podcast we go down memory lane - 2021 has been another doozy. We reflect on our hopefulness and cautious optimism last year at this time. Rachael reflects on the struggles that existed in 2021 as well as her ideas of how life would be once vaccines became available, and then Elizabeth shares her resolution that she made last year and that she's carrying into 2022. Thanks for listening! Instagram

Duration:00:22:18

Rachael's Recent Thin Places

12/27/2021
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! Contribute to the show at https://ko-fi.com/everydaythinplaces. Email us at everydaythinplaces@gmail.com.

Duration:00:24:37

Elizabeth's Latest Thin Places

12/20/2021
On this week's episode, Elizabeth Varaso shares about her latest thin place endeavor. Featuring: Everyday Thin Places is powered by subscribers like you! To keep all of our Everyday Thin Places content free and ad-free, consider buying us a cup of coffee to keep us going. Follow along with Everyday Thin Places on Instagram. As always, reach us at everydaythinplaces@gmail.com.

Duration:00:22:20

Miniature Thin Places

12/13/2021
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. You can email the podcast at everydaythinplaces@gmail.com. Follow the podcast on Instagram.

Duration:00:16:12

REPLAY (Episode 29): Hanukkah featuring Dr. Liam Robins

12/6/2021
Just in time, it's the last night of Hanukkah and so we are replaying this episode from last year. In this episode, Rachael Gallagher and Elizabeth Varaso are joined by Dr. Liam Robins to discuss Hanukkah, embracing Judaism as an adult, the "thin place" experience of lighting the Hanukkah candles, and more. Buy us a cup of coffee: https://ko-fi.com/everydaythinplaces

Duration:00:45:20

Cycle of Lives featuring David Richman

11/29/2021
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...

Duration:00:47:16

Happy Thanksgiving (& Receiving)!

11/22/2021
Rachael and Elizabeth give thanks for each other, for this podcast, and for our listeners. Plus, we take some time to share how you can help to support the podcast. Everyday Thin PLaces is powered by subscribers like you! To keep all our Everyday Thin Places content ad-free, consider making a donation by buying us a cup of coffee! https://ko-fi.com/everydaythinplaceshttps://www.everydaythinplaces.com/Instagram.

Duration:00:07:05

Generosity as a Thin Place

11/15/2021
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. Featuring: Check back to see the still TBD "Brenda's Choice" cause to support. Also, please, please! Follow Everyday Thin Places: https://www.instagram.com/everydaythinplaces/?hl=en Everyday Thin Places is powered by generous listeners! To keep all of our Everyday Thin Places content free and accessible to all,...

Duration:00:43:41

Nostalgia as a Thin Place

11/8/2021
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! https://www.everydaythinplaces.com/Instagram@everydaythinplaces

Duration:00:40:00

REPLAY (Episode 22) : Horror Films featuring Jennifer Moorman

11/1/2021
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...

Duration:00:36:38

Activism and Theology as Thin Places featuring Dr. Drew Hart

10/25/2021
Rachael Gallagher and Elizabeth Varaso 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...

Duration:00:41:51