Episodes

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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Rumors of Doing Good: S2 E7 Measuring Success in Unlikely Places

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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Rumors of Doing Good: S2 E5 Listening as an Act of Love

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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Rumors of Doing Good: S2 E3 When Grief Hits Home

S2 E2 Bill & Eve Perry – Hippies Running a Community Cafe

In today’s conversation Rob and Ken are joined by Bill and Eve Perry who were running a bustling fruit and veg shop in the heart of the East End of London, England when they felt a divine nudge to close down the shop in 1995 and open a community space called The Garden Cafe.

The cafe aims to bring the local community together and improve quality of life for folks who live nearby through providing delicious meals and running community projects with a particular emphasis on young people and those with learning difficulties as well as mental health issues.

Listen in as Bill and Eve share their remarkable journey of running a vibrant cafe as they sought to live out the values of Jesus in their local community.

Bill was born into the bombsites and debris of East London’s Docklands, with it working class slums but at the same time into a vibrant community. “I was always aware that my life was a journey, a journey towards the light, and ‘something other’.”

Meanwhile Eve comes from Melbourne Australia. Married at 18 to a merchant seaman from eat London, Eve left Australia the next year to sail to London to meet his family, with every intention of returning to Australia after a couple of years.

However, that all changed in September 1978.

Looking back on events at that time, “…we now realise that we were brought together for a reason, to share in a journey that would continue for the rest of our lives.”

“We were chosen, not because we were anything special, but then again we were not ordinary either. In the eyes of the world, just a couple of crazy unimportant hippies, yet God chose us to be a part of a power expression of ‘The Kingdom of God’ on earth. We were to build a place of ‘Spirituality’ and ‘Belonging’, where all would find a home and find The ‘Christ’ within themselves, and each other.

These days Bill and Eve have retired and find themselves being still, knowing God listening and waiting patiently for what’s next.

The Garden Cafe is still up and running today serving meals Mondays-Fridays from 9am-3.30pm at 5 Cundy Rd, London E16 3DJ, UK.

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Rumors of Doing Good: S2 E2 Bill & Eve Perry – Hippies Running a Community Cafe

S2 E1 Becoming a Spectator

Join Ken and Rob  as they kick off season two of Rumors of Doing Good talking about becoming curious instead of imposing their own rules when engaging different cultures as well as their experiences of engaging and respecting the cultural norms of folks who live outdoors as well as the anarchist community in their adventures of doing good.

Cultural norms are the guidelines by which one lives. They are the common expectations, standards and rules that people in a social group follow to influence their behavior. Growing up in a particular culture, cultural standards are frequently learnt and reinforced via parents, friends, teachers and others.

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Rumors of Doing Good: S2 E1 Becoming a Spectator

S1 E13 I Wasn’t Expecting That!?!

Have you ever found yourself on the receiving end of doing good? What happened and how did it make you feel?

Often times when we seek to do good in the communities that we are part of, we can get caught up thinking that we are the ones doing the good. But what about the times when we unexpectedly find ourselves on the receiving end from those we are journeying with?

Join Ken and Rob in this final conversation of season one of Rumors of Doing Good as they share their experiences of being surprised when the tables have turned in their journeys with folks who live outdoors as well as punks, squatters and the activist community.

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Rumors of Doing Good: S1 E13 I Wasn’t Expecting That!?!

S1 E12 Blessi Kumar – Making Space for Folks with Tuberculosis in the Developing World

In today’s conversation Rob & Ken are joined by Blessi Kumar, a health activist from New Delhi, India. For the past ten years, Blessi has been passionately advocating on behalf of folks with TB in the developing world. She is the co-founder of the Global Coalition of TB Activists which seeks to destigmatize as well as create space at the table for folks with TB when it comes to policies, healthcare as well as social norms. Listen in to Blessi’s story of journeying with folks with TB as well as why this is such an important issue in the developing world.

The Global Coalition of TB Activists have produced a series of books entitled Conversations of Resilience in the War Against TB, sharing stories of children, women and men with TB who have experienced stigma. Their stories can be read/downloaded here:

Childhood TB and Stigma

Women and Stigma

Men and Stigma

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Rumors of Doing Good: S1 E12 Blessi Kumar – Making Space for Folks with Tuberculosis in the Developing World

S1 E11 Everybody Now – Climate Emergency & Sacred Duty

We’ve caused a turning point in the Earth’s natural history. Everybody Now is a podcast about what it means to be human on the threshold of a global climate emergency, in a time of systemic injustice and runaway pandemics. Scientists, activists, farmers, poets, and theologians talk bravely and frankly about how our biosphere is changing, about grief and hope in an age of social collapse and mass extinction, and about taking action against all the odds.

On 19th October 2020, Everybody Now is being released by podcasters all over the world as a collective call for awareness, grief and loving action.

With contributions from:

Dr. Gail Bradbrook – scientist and co-founder of Extinction Rebellion
Prof. Kevin Anderson – Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester
Dámaris Albuquerque – works with agricultural communities in Nicaragua
Dr. Rowan Williams – theologian and poet, and a former Archbishop of Canterbury
Pádraig Ó Tuama – poet, theologian and conflict mediator
Rachel Mander – environmental activist with Hope for the Future
John Swales – priest and activist, and part of a community for marginalised people
Zena Kazeme – Persian-Iraqi poet who draws on her experiences as a former refugee to create poetry that explores themes of exile, home, war and heritage
Flo Brady – singer and theatre maker
Hannah Malcolm – Anglican ordinand, climate writer and organiser
Alastair McIntosh – writer, academic and land rights activist
David Benjamin Blower – musician, poet and podcaster

Permissions:

The song Happily by Flo Brady is used with permission.
The song The Soil, from We Really Existed and We Really Did This by David Benjamin Blower, used with permission.
The Poem The Tree of Knowledge by Pádraig Ó Tuama used with permission.
The Poem Atlas by Zena Kazeme used with permission.
The Poem What is Man? by Rowan Williams from the book The Other Mountain, used with permission from Carcanet Press.

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Rumors of Doing Good: S1 E11 Everybody Now – Climate Emergency & Sacred Duty