Holding it(,) Together
By Jennifer Castro
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Mennonite Church USA’s Women in Leadership Project has teamed up with The Mennonite, Inc., to produce Holding it(,) Together, a podcast that will delve into lives and experiences of people across Mennonite Church USA. We’ll connect with folks from all over the country: people living into the fullness of who God created them to be, people stepping out in faith and standing in their conviction, individuals who are doing their best, one day at a time, to love God and neighbor, midwifing new systems and new ways of being in the world. Our stories and interviews are with people like you and me, those of us who daily encounter mundane responsibility, joy and struggle, imperfection in the midst high aspirations, accomplishment and disappointment. Too often in the context of faith and lived experience, the stories we tell are stories of overcoming, of success, of all that is waiting on the other side. On this podcast, we want to notice the beauty of the process, to paint pictures of authentic and whole people. Here, we recognize that to live out our convictions and co-create new ways of being in the world, we need one another. We need each other to hold together with us all that we carry in our journey of becoming. We need each other to bear witness to the process, because yes, some days we do shine, we are successful beyond our wildest imaginings. But most days, we’re just holding it together.
||CleanYvette Blair||This is the last of our Women Doing Theology shorts featuring our main-stage presenters at the upcoming #WDT18 conference in November. At the conference we’ll get to know our presenters’ thoughts and ideas, but we wanted to offer an opportunity to g||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMalinda Elizabeth Berry||This is the second of three Women Doing Theology shorts featuring our main-stage presenters at the upcoming #WDT18 conference in November. At the conference we’ll get to know our presenters’ thoughts and ideas, but we wanted to offer an opportunity||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Breaking Silences: Mental Illness||If you live with mental illness, it can be too easy to believe you are all alone. We believe we must pretend that "everything's fine," because sharing our reality with others is just too terrifying. Jill Stemple helps us to break silence around mental i||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Breaking Silences: Wholeness||As we seek to make meaning of the darkness in our life's story, how do we take back power from the events that we've allowed to define us and embrace wholeness? In this episode, we break silences with Claire DeBerg, as she reads her essay, "Choosing Lov||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCarolina Hinojosa-Cisneros||In three Women Doing Theology shorts, we're introducing our main-stage presenters at the upcoming #WDT18 conference in November. At the conference we'll get to know our presenters' thoughts and ideas, but we wanted to offer an opportunity to get to know||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Breaking Silences: Failure||Why is it so difficult to talk about our failure? In the second episode of our “Breaking Silences” series, Jenny talks with three women: Elizabeth Soto Albrecht, Linda Gehman Peachey and Marathana Prothro, to explore failure — how it shapes who we||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Breaking Silences: Singleness||This summer we’re focusing on “Breaking Silences” and talking about things we’ve typically avoided. We’re choosing to release shame, fear and discomfort as we courageously face conversations that have been put off for too long. In this episode||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Women in Leadership: Nancy, Sue, Janet, Emily and Shirley||We conclude our series “Women in Leadership” with a talkback episode. We’ve invited five women from across the country to consider one event, experience or interaction that significantly shaped their leadership. Their stories are as unique as the||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Women in Leadership: Melissa||How do we as women in leadership navigate through expectations about our bodies imposed upon us by the white patriarchy that is embedded within our faith communities? What do we have to strip away? What do we have to let go of? We continue our series||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Women in Leadership: Gayle, Malinda and Alison||What is imagination’s role in resistance? How does personal transformation influence systemic change? How do we hold the tension of all that we’re working for together with finding joy in our journey? Jenny talks with three women – connected throu||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Women in Leadership: Chris||In October of 2016, Chris Hoover Seidel wrote, For the Body Tells Me So, an article exploring the disconnection and trauma inside her physical body as metaphor for the church, and our collective trauma and disconnection. What could it look like to stand||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Women in Leadership: Iris and Michelle||Privilege and opportunity, growth into leadership, spiritual journey, culture, encountering joy. Iris de León-Hartshorn and Michelle Armster have been friends for over 30 years. In this first ever episode of Holding it(,) Together, find stories, wisdom||3/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Thanks for stepping out and taking a risk in the creation of this empowering podcast for Mennonite women! It’s edgy and very timely. Love Addie’s music! I applaud you all!