S2 E12 Josh Hawk – Partnering with the city To House Folks without Homes

In today’s final conversation of season two of Rumors of Doing Good podcast, Ken  & Rob  are joined by Josh Hawk who  helps lead  St. Johns Church  in Portland Oregon which was born when two local churches merged together when they realized they were better together than apart. With limited resources, they made a decision to partner with the city of Portland to provide a stable tiny house community for the most vulnerable in order to fulfill their calling to love their neighbors.

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Rumors of Doing Good: S2 E12 Josh Hawk – Partnering with the City To House Folks without Homes

Bio:

Josh Hawk is an avid snowboarder born and raised in St Johns of North Portland, Oregon where he resides with his wife and three kids. He is currently a co-pastor of St Johns Church which began in late 2020 when two deeply rooted North Portland churches joined together. St. Johns Wesleyan Church and St. Johns Christian Church, two churches who have been steady and dependable in the St. Johns neighborhood for around a century, decided to bring together their gifts and vision in order to better serve Jesus.

S2 E11 Being Human Kind

You might have heard the expression, “A little bit of kindness goes a long way”. Join Rob and Ken as they share and reflect on their experiences of how practicing goodwill with others can do wonders for the person we are helping as well as ourselves.

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Some practical ideas on how you can start practicing kindness today:

  • Be kind to strangers
    By surprising someone and being nice to them, you can turn his or her entire day around. Hold the door open for the person behind you, share a snack with a co-worker who forgot their lunch, let someone go ahead of you in line, or smile at someone who looks like they’re having a bad day.
  • Be generous
    Everyone goes through tough financial times at some point in their lives. If you are able to, be generous financially. You don’t have to empty your entire wallet—instead, give a generous tip to your waiter when you go out to eat. Share some snacks with your friends when hanging out. Leave a dollar bill or even five dollar bill behind in a public space for someone to find.
  • Be friendly
    It doesn’t take much to be friendly, yet friendliness is sometimes hard to find. Get to know someone new at school or at work. Call a friend that you haven’t talked to in a while. Spend time with an elderly relative who could use the company. Just having a lighthearted conversation or taking the time to talk shows someone that you care.
  • Volunteer
    There are many charities and organizations that could use extra support. Why not volunteer for a cause that you care about? You could help your school’s PTA with an event, help out at a charity run, or volunteer at your local animal shelter. Giving your time to a good cause will be much appreciated—and you’ll feel good about it too.

S2 E10 Turinawe Samson – Creating Space for the LGBTQ Community

In today’s conversation, Ken & Rob are joined by Turinawe Samson from Kampala, Uganda where he seeks to create space for the LGBTQ community as well as creating spaces for dialogue and understanding in a society that is actively hostile towards the LGBTQ community. Samson believes that “every human being should be respected simply for being who they are, a part of Life’s creation.” Through his teaching and activism, Samson is working for a new generation – one that is open-minded, open-hearted, diversity-embracing, and committed to serving all of humanity.

About Samson:

Turinawe Samson is a Ugandan humanitarian and a human rights educator. Founder of Universal Love Alliance (ULA), a human rights organization that works to empower Ugandan communities   towards an inclusive and diverse society of gender-based equality, peaceful and harmonious living. The dream of ULA is to have Uganda and Africa in general free from discrimination based on religion, race, marital & health status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.  To that end tolerance, inclusiveness, love and compassion, and dialogue and reconciliation are all central themes of Samson’s work. He emphasizes that “ignorance can be defeated through education, poverty through hard work and possession of capital, and internal schisms and separatism through unity”. Samson is working for a new generation who are reading and thinking and loving all human beings, open and sharing of their knowledge, and in the service of humanity.

Rumors of Doing Good: S2 E10 Turinawe Samson – Creating Space for the LGBTQ Community

S2 E9 The World Can Be a Sh*tty Place

In today’s conversation, Ken reads a page from his dairy about the time he had the runs but nevertheless needed to go out and take care of some errands when he noticed he wasn’t exactly alone. Join us as we reflect on how the world can be a shitty place for the most vulnerable among us.

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S2 E8 Zion Tauamiti – Nurturing Wellbeing Amongst Māori Youth

In today’s conversation Rob and Ken are joined by Zion Tauamiti, Samoan born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand where he currently lives to this day working with young people as a wellness chaplain.

At the age of 33 Zion suffered a cardiac arrest and subsequently went into
coma for six days. As a result of this life changing event, Zion was inspired
to start an organization called Healing Song Pese Wairua in order work with Maori and Pacific young people with the aim of increasing their well-being that is undergirded by the Māorian values of
Whānau which emphasizes connection with family.

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Rumors of Doing Good: S2 E8 Zion Tauamiti – Nurturing Wellbeing Amongst Māori Youth

S2 E7 Measuring Success in Unlikely Places

In trying to do good, we often measure success in a variety of ways such as how many meals we have served or how many people we have helped.

In today’s conversation, Ken and Rob take the time to talk about the ups and downs of trying to measure success in their adventures of doing good.

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S2 E6 Annika Spalde – Becoming a Vegan as a Way of Showing Care for Creation

In today’s conversation Rob and Ken are joined by Annika Spalde from Vadstena, Sweden. Annika is a deacon in the church of Sweden as well as an activist for peace, animal rights as well as climate change.

One of the many ways she commits to doing good is by practicing veganism which is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly refraining from eating anything made from animal products as well as rejecting the idea of seeing animals as a commodity. Join us as she shares with us her journey of becoming a vegan and how caring for animals in this way is connected to her spirituality.

She has published a number of books, among them A Heart on Fire and together with her husband Pelle Strindlund, Every Creature a Word of God. In 2006 she helped start a Swedish version of the Christian Vegetarian Association, called Vildåsnan.

She is currently involved in the start up of a new monastic community inspired by Saint Benedict and the environmental movement. 

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Rumors of Doing Good: S2 E6 Annika Spalde – Becoming a Vegan as a Way of Showing Care for Creation

S2 E5 Listening as an Act of Love

Oftentimes we hear what is being said, however hearing is  a lot different from listening.

In today’s conversation Ken and Rob talk about how listening is often something we take for granted when communicating with those we are journeying with. Join them as they discuss how active listening can do wonders for the person we are in conversation with- and for ourselves.

Here are some practical steps you can take to become an active listener:
1. Pay Attention

Give the speaker your undivided attention, and acknowledge the message. Recognize that non-verbal communication also “speaks” loudly.

  • Look at the speaker directly.
  • Put aside distracting thoughts.
  • Don’t mentally prepare a rebuttal!
  • Avoid being distracted by environmental factors. For example, side conversations.
  • “Listen” to the speaker’s body language
2. Show That You’re Listening

Use your own body language and gestures to show that you are engaged.

  • Nod occasionally.
  • Smile and use other facial expressions.
  • Make sure that your posture is open and interested.
  • Encourage the speaker to continue with small verbal comments like yes, and “uh huh.”
3. Provide Feedback

Our personal filters, assumptions, judgments, and beliefs can distort what we hear. As a listener, your role is to understand what is being said. This may require you to reflect on what is being said and to ask questions.

  • Reflect on what has been said by paraphrasing. “What I’m hearing is… ,” and “Sounds like you are saying… ,” are great ways to reflect back.
  • Ask questions to clarify certain points. “What do you mean when you say… .” “Is this what you mean?”
  • Summarize the speaker’s comments periodically.
4. Defer Judgment

Interrupting is a waste of time. It frustrates the speaker and limits full understanding of the message.

  • Allow the speaker to finish each point before asking questions.
  • Don’t interrupt with counter arguments.
5. Respond Appropriately

Active listening is designed to encourage respect and understanding. You are gaining information and perspective. You add nothing by attacking the speaker or otherwise putting her down.

  • Be candid, open and honest in your response.
  • Assert your opinions respectfully.
  • Treat the other person in a way that you think they would want to be treated.
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S2 E4 John Friedrick – Living in a Small Town Where Everyone Knows Your Name

In today’s conversation Ken and Rob are joined by artist and musician John Friedrick from Silverton, Oregon USA, a rural town where he has lived for the last 13 years, pastoring Oak Street Church.

Listen in as John shares about the joys of getting to know his neighbors, including starting an annual arts event focusing on inclusion and participation, and the challenges of seeking to do good in a small town where everyone knows his name.

John is interested in the relationship between nature and spirituality. He believes that the church urgently needs to cultivate humility for the good of our planet, believing that loving our neighbors includes loving generations that come after us. He received a B.S. in Community Development from OSU in 2017 and is currently shopping for the right grad program.

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Rumors of Doing Good: S2 E4 John Friedrick – Living in a Small Town Where Everyone Knows Your Name

S2 E3 When Grief Hits Home

At some point in our journey of doing good, we will probably experience grief. It can manifest itself in so many different ways such as shock or disbelief, denial, guilt anger and even depression.

Join Rob and Ken as they share and reflect on their experiences of grief and how grieving with others can be a powerful and transformative experience in doing good.

In this conversation, Rob mentions Dorothee Sölle, a German liberation theologian who wrote about the three phases of grieving when responding compassionately to a world in pain which she expounds in her book, Suffering.

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