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Episode 52: Discomfort in Love

11/5/2018
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Karen Lauer helped guide First Unitarian of Des Moines into becoming a Sanctuary Church. Now she is preparing to sponsor two transgender asylum seekers. This is her story of learning to lean into discomfort as she lives in love for others. UU toolkit: https://uucsj.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Sanctuary-Toolkit-2017.pdf Interfaith...

Duration:00:23:25

Episode 51: From South Sudan to Iowa (rebroadcast)

10/22/2018
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In honor of our ongoing series on immigration, we are replaying a conversation with John Kanyo, a refugee from South Sudan. Downtown Disciples is an LGBTQ+ affirming congregation in Des Moines Iowa that proclaims #blacklivesmatter. downtowndisciples.org @DTdisciplesDSM

Duration:00:18:51

Episode 50: Alienage

10/8/2018
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Glen Wagstaff of Intervivos law firm explains how estate planning can provide many solutions to the legal struggles that non-citizens face in the US. downtowndisciples.org @DTdisciplesDSM http://www.intervivosplan.com

Duration:00:22:48

Episode 49: Just Like Us

9/24/2018
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Oscar Rosales has spent many years doing ministry in some of the most difficult situations; incarceration, detention, isolation. Through it all he has learned to see Jesus in every place - from prison to ESL classes to the churches that he works in. Note: this episode contains descriptions that some listeners may find difficult. @dtdisciplesdsm downtowndisciples.org iowaballoonartist.com

Duration:00:18:11

Episode 49: Rent for Existing

9/10/2018
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Despite popular misconceptions, Iowa is home to a large and growing immigrant population. In her position as director of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Erica Johnson is at the center of immigration organizing in the state, spearheading initiatives like the Iowa Sanctuary movement and developing policy responses at the local and state level. @dtdisciplesdsm @afsciowa http://iowasanctuary.org/

Duration:00:20:04

Episode 47: The Border

8/27/2018
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Recently our producer, Spivey Knapik, had a chance to visit the US/Mexico border at Tijuana. This episode is a conversation between her and Emily about what it is like to experience the border wall and some of the conundrums that arise from it’s existence. @dtdisciplesdsm instapics: @sspiveyk

Duration:00:22:35

Episode 46: Neither And

8/13/2018
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Mariah Himes has a life long relationship with the church. And like most relationships, this one has seen it's share of struggles, changes, and new joys, particularly as pertains to gender roles and perspectives on mental health. Note: This episode contains discussion of depression and references to suicide. likemicahpodcast@gmail,com downtowndisciples.org @dtdisciplesdsm

Duration:00:20:43

Episode 45: Announcement

7/30/2018
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Pastor Emily Ewing joins Pastor Debbie to announce some exciting new changes to this podcast! likemicahpodcast at gmail dot com downtowndisciples.org @dtdisciplesdsm

Duration:00:17:35

Episode 44: Prompting

7/16/2018
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Mike Simonson has many stories to tell. In episode, he shares about his Catholic heritage, acceptance of his gay identity, and the many ways in which he hears and responds to the prompting of the spirit.

Duration:00:16:53

Episode 43: Sharing Sorrow

7/2/2018
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Suffering is foreign to none of us. Today’s guest, Mairi McGilvrie, and Pastor Debbie, share their insight into how community can help us through our personal sorrows and give us strength to confront injustices in our society. They also discuss the story of Gideon from Judges Chapter 6. Downtowndisciples.org @dtdisciplesdsm

Duration:00:21:08

Epsiode 42: Pride 2018

6/18/2018
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Pride week is wrapping up in Des Moines, and we are celebrating with the story of Kaitlyn and Nicole Finneran's love and faith. [Rebroadcast] downtowndisciples.org @DTdisciplesDSM

Duration:00:21:26

Episode 41: Third Birthday

6/4/2018
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Pentecost marks the third year of Downtown Disciples! This episode is a special celebration of our community.

Duration:00:13:35

Episode 40: We Belong to God

5/21/2018
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Bill Douglas' life has taken him from Pennsylvania to Brazil to Iowa; from the mission field to the center of Democratic Socialism. Nancy Thompson (episode 35) leads a conversation with him about his journey and his commitment to pacifism. Pastor Debbie joins for a discussion of Romans 8. downtowndisciples.org facebook.com/downtowndisciples @DTdisciplesDSM

Duration:00:15:09

Episode 39: Donna Red Wing (Rebroadcast)

5/7/2018
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We celebrate the life and mourn the death of longtime activist and friend of Downtown Disciples Donna Red Wing. In her honor, we offer this rebroadcast of a conversation between Donna, her wife Sumitra, and friend Mary Dyer following our screening of Proposition 9 hosted by Downtown Disciples last year.

Duration:00:19:29

Episode 38: The Nations, Pt. 2

4/23/2018
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This is the second half of Pastor Debbie’s conversation with Rich and Sheri Faye Rosendahl. Sheri discusses her upcoming book Not Your White Jesus, an evaluation of white American Christianity’s confrontation of social issues in comparison against the words of Jesus. They also discuss Matthew 25 and the implications that has for people of privilege as they try to follow Christ and be in...

Duration:00:15:41

Epsiode 37: The Nations, Pt. 1

4/7/2018
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A few years ago, Rich & Sheri Faye Rosendahl found their passion for the Middle East, found each other, and founded a relationship-building non-profit called The Nations. This is the first part of Pastor Debbie’s conversation with them, where they talk about their work of building relationships, following Christ, learning hospitality, traveling to Palestine and Lebanon, and breaking apart myths about the Middle...

Duration:00:19:20

Episode 36: Lent (rebroadcast)

3/26/2018
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Pastor Debbie and John Noble discuss the pain and difficult joy of Lent and the cross, and what it means to build a community that embraces hardship. Originally aired March 27, 2017. Listen for an update on our Holy Week happenings in 2018!

Duration:00:20:48

Episode 35: Change

3/12/2018
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As today's guest Nancy Thompson can attest, life changes, faith changes, and perception changes. But does God change? Nancy, Pastor Debbie, and the prophet Jonah proffer their insight and questions into that very conundrum.

Duration:00:18:54

Episode 34: Called to Be

2/26/2018
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ELCA pastor Emily Ewing shares their story of living into the call of queerness, ordained ministry, and immigrant rights activism. Emily and Pastor Debbie also discuss the Daughters of Zelophehad in Numbers 27, and the implications their story has for modern seekers of justice. And Harry Potter! Check us out at downtowndisciples.org http://facebook.com/downtowndisciples Twitter @DTdisciplesDSM Check Emily out...

Duration:00:24:03

Episode 33: Sheep, Goats, and Cancer

2/12/2018
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Amy Patterson is no stranger to death. On today’s episode, she shares her story of cancer, healing, and the deep sense of connection she feels to all that is. Pastor Debbie leads a discussion on Jesus’ Parable of the Sheep and the Goats.

Duration:00:24:03