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Talking Out Your Glass podcast
Judson Studios: Innovating in Stained and Fused Glass

Talking Out Your Glass podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 68:02


In 1897, when The Judson Studios was established in Los Angeles by the painter and professor William Lees Judson and his three sons, they could have never imagined the scope of the work their studio would produce in the 21stcentury. Under the direction of David Judson, Lees' great-great grandson, every project is approached with a cutting-edge sensibility and technological savvy, whether the client is a boutique hotel or a historic cathedral. Helmed by Walter Horace, the eldest of Lees' sons and a stained glass expert, Judson Studios thrived from the start, beautifying the booming metropolis of Los Angeles with works that represented the best in traditional and modern design. Today, Judson is the oldest family-run stained glass studio in America, still proudly offering an exquisite, handcrafted product made by local artisans, and continuing to serve the community that has sustained them through the decades. Located in the Highland Park section of northeast LA, the studio was founded in the Mott Alley section of downtown in the mid-1890s, but moved to its current location in 1920. The Judson Studios building was named a Historic-Cultural Landmark by the City of Los Angeles in 1969 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. In April of 2017 Judson Studios' Resurrection Window, the largest single composition fused glass window in the world, was dedicated. Created for the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, the groundbreaking work measures 37 feet tall by 93 feet wide. For the ambitious project, Judson Studios collaborated with world-renowned artist Narcissus Quagliata to bring then Judson designer Tim Carey's vision to life. This represented the first time a notable liturgical window was created entirely from fused glass. To accomplish the daunting task of producing this first ever fused window wall, Judson Studios expanded from their workspace in Highland Park to a new addition in South Pasadena. More than 5,000 square feet of modern factory and kiln capabilities enabled the studio, with Quagliata's assistance, to complete their most challenging commission to date.  The changes necessary for the creation of The Resurrection window have completely expanded and redefined the studio's offerings and capabilities, allowing Judson Studios to take on more work in fused glass and to collaborate with artists who don't normally work in glass. As Director of Innovation, Quagliata works with the studio to further develop capabilities in fusing while also helping to guide Judsons' growing artist development program.  Recent collaborative projects include: the Santa Clarita Fire Station 104 by Anne-Elizabeth Sobieski, commissioned by the Los Angeles County Public Arts Commission in 2020; “Embracing the World,” by Amir H. Fallah, was one of the studio's first artist collaborations in its new fusing studio in 2017; “The Muralist, ”by David Flores. Judson Studios took a design by Flores and translated it into a stained and fused glass panel. The work was displayed as part of his solo show at Sullivan Goss Gallery in Santa Barbara, California, in October of 2017; “Portals,” by James Jean, includes three panels titled “Portal Verso,” “Portal Interior,” and “Portal Recto.” Judson Studios took designs from Jean and crafted them into a stained and fused glass triptych. The work was displayed as part of his solo gallery show Azimuth at Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Tokyo, Japan, in April of 2018. Judson's 2019 collaboration with Jean titled “Gaia” is a nearly 8-foot-tall, three-dimensional crystal made entirely of fused glass and bound with lead in a custom steel frame. The piece was displayed at another of Jean's gallery exhibitions, this time at Lotte Museum in Seoul, South Korea. To commemorate the studio's expansion and growth,  Judson Studios along with Angel City Press recently released a new book, JUDSON: Innovation in Stained Glass, the first book of its kind to chronicle the studio's remarkable five-generation history. From the earliest days of the studio during the Arts and Crafts Movement, to the newly refined fused stained glass used in today's contemporary buildings, Judson Studios has been recognized internationally as among the world's finest in stained glass artistry. You can pick up your copy today by clicking here. Current president David Judson is the fifth generation Judson family member to own and operate the Studios. A supporter of the arts like his great-great grandfather William Lees, David believes in maintaining a workplace that fosters creative expression. The Studio has hosted on-site art exhibitions, and its staff includes a diverse group of artists who bring fresh eyes to this meticulous process.  

North Coast United Methodist Church
January 2 In-Person Worship from North Coast United Methodist Church

North Coast United Methodist Church

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022 49:08


3 kings, 3 gifts, and the path of Christ

Middle GA Podcasts
Park Memorial United Methodist Church -Worship Service January 2, 2022

Middle GA Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022 43:01


Here is our first podcast for the new year.  Order of Worship: Prelude – Gail Terry Welcome and Announcements – Jim Scarborough Opening Hymn – “Come, Thou Almighty King” Apostles Creed Gloria Patri Children's Time – Holly Forbes Prayers of the People/Pastoral Prayer – Rev. Loran Smith The Ministry of Tithes and Offerings Offertory Hymn – “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go” Doxology Scripture Reading – John 1: 1-18 Message – “Beginning Again” - Rev. Loran Smith Closing Hymn – “Go, Tell It On The Mountain” Benediction – Rev. Loran Smith Postlude – Gail Terry  

St. Stephen's United Methodist Fairfax Sermons
"Home by Another Way", Message from Pastor Jiyeon, St. Stephen's, Jan. 2 2022

St. Stephen's United Methodist Fairfax Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022 18:56


The Mission of St. Stephen's United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. To learn more about St. Stephen's or to view our full online service from Jan. 2, 2022, please visit wwww.ststephensfairfax.org

North Coast United Methodist Church
January 2 Worship from North Coast United Methodist Church

North Coast United Methodist Church

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022 39:25


A special presentation from The California Pacific Conference

North Coast United Methodist Church
December 26 Worship from North Coast United Methodist Church

North Coast United Methodist Church

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2021 45:33


living hands and feet of Jesus Christ.

St. Stephen's United Methodist Fairfax Sermons
"Chosen Home", Message from Pastor Forrest, St. Stephen's, Dec. 26 2021

St. Stephen's United Methodist Fairfax Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2021 24:47


The Mission of St. Stephen's United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. To learn more about St. Stephen's or to view our full online service from Dec. 26, 2021, please visit wwww.ststephensfairfax.org

North Coast United Methodist Church
December 26 Worship from North Coast United Methodist Church

North Coast United Methodist Church

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2021 37:09


Look for the way to grow from our strength

St. Stephen's United Methodist Fairfax Sermons
"Invited Home", Christmas Eve Message from Pastor Rob, St. Stephen's, Dec. 24 2021

St. Stephen's United Methodist Fairfax Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 14:49


The Mission of St. Stephen's United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. To learn more about St. Stephen's or to view our full online service from Dec. 24, 2021, please visit wwww.ststephensfairfax.org

North Coast United Methodist Church
Christmas Eve Worship from North Coast United Methodist Church

North Coast United Methodist Church

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 46:05


Christ was born for this, Christ was born for this.

Ray County Voices
"Holiday Traditions: Past, Present and Future"

Ray County Voices

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 38:07


"Ray County Voices" examines  a few area holiday traditions. And one soon-to-be holiday tradition. Guests:Brandon Quick, Richmond High School principal, discusses the fundraising campaign Raise the Roof to assist families in need. Launched this year, the intention is for Raise the Roof to be an annual fundraiser during the holiday season. Steve Mendoza, Ray County undersheriff, discusses Shop with a Sheriff, an annual holiday event that allows youngsters of families in need to buy Christmas presents for themselves. Rev. Cathy Myers with the Richmond United Methodist Church discusses the church's holiday traditions, including decorating for the church and its outreach to those in need. Notes:Coverage of the Shop With a Cop events staged by the Richmond and Excelsior Springs police departments is in the Richmond News' Dec. 24 print and e-editions, provided by Jack "Miles" Ventimiglia, editor-in-chief.  For the e-edition, visit our website, https://www.richmond-dailynews.com/.Clarifications: Brandon Quick's father, Lonnie Quick, is a retired Richmond fire chief.  Kevin Jermain is the Richmond varsity basketball coach. Chad Snyder's duties include serving as Richmond varsity girls basketball coach. Nick Persell coaches varsity football and varsity baseball at Richmond High School. Matt Habermehl is Richmond's athletic director. The Kansas City kitchen referred to during the Steve Mendoza interview is Kansas City Community Kitchen, overseen by NourishKC.Music featured in this episode: "Silent Night," melody composed Franz Xaver Gruber; "Greensleeves" (also the melody for "What Child Is This?"), traditional; "Picardy" (also the melody for "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence"), traditional. All selections arranged by Shawn Roney, and performed by Sacred and Secular. To be a sponsoring business or a supporting patron of this podcast series, contact Sharon Donat, media specialist with the Richmond News and Town & Country Leader, by email at  sharon@leaderpress.com or by calling the Richmond News at (816) 776-5454.

North Coast United Methodist Church
Longest Night from North Coast United Methodist Church

North Coast United Methodist Church

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 38:10


North Coast United Methodist Church
Longest Night from North Coast United Methodist Church

North Coast United Methodist Church

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 36:40


This time of year is not completely filled with joy and cheer. This is our conversation to voice the grieving that is felt by many, even in the lights of Christmas.

KJAN
Heartbeat Today 12-20-2021

KJAN

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 10:07


Jm Field visits with Jan Highfill about the Cass County Choral Society "Morning Star & More" concert on Tuesday, December 21 and Wednesday, December 22 at 7:00 pm at the United Methodist Church in Atlantic.

Middle GA Podcasts
Park Memorial United Methodist Church - Worship Service - December 19, 2021

Middle GA Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2021 28:50


Today's Order of Worship: Prelude – Jack Harrington Welcome and Announcements – Ben Sandifer Opening Hymn – “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice” Apostles Creed Gloria Patri Lighting of the Advent Wreath – Jim, Julie and Cameron Scarborough Special Music – “What Child Is This” – Ben Sandifer (Flute), Stephanie Tyner (Autoharp) Prayers of the People/Pastoral Prayer – Rev. Loran Smith The Ministry of Tithes and Offerings Offertory Hymn – “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” Doxology Children's Christmas Program – Holly Forbes Christmas Music – “He Is Born” Christmas Music – “O Come, All Ye Faithful” Special Music – “Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem” – Dona Gurley, Stephanie Tyner (Vocals), Ben Sandifer (Guitar) Benediction – Rev. Loran Smith Postlude – Jack Harrington      

St. Stephen's United Methodist Fairfax Sermons
"Seeking Sanctuary", A Message from Pastor Rob, St. Stephen's, Dec. 19 2021

St. Stephen's United Methodist Fairfax Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2021 19:30


The Mission of St. Stephen's United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. To learn more about St. Stephen's or to view our full online service from Dec. 19, 2021, please visit wwww.ststephensfairfax.org

White Rock UMC
Church & Society - Rev. Lisa Garvin, Chaplain at SMU and board member of the General Board of Church and Society

White Rock UMC

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 54:22


Rev. Lisa Garvin joined Rev. Phil Dieke for our December gathering of Church and Society. Lisa is the Chaplain and Minister to the Southern Methodist University (SMU) campus. She also serves on the board of the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS). In their conversation Lisa and Phil discuss the importance of Church and Society as the advocacy/justice branch of the United Methodist Church. Lisa shares how her role works not only with individuals, but also the institution as a whole seeking to transform individuals while also making systemic changes. See below for links to a variety of resources that are referenced throughout the conversation. GBCS webinar links: “Envisioning a Just Transition Panel Discussion” (12/9/2021) “EN-Roads Climate Interactive Workshop” (12/9/2021) “Indigenous Climate and Water Justice” (12/8/2021) “Climate Change and Front-Line Communities" (12/8/2021) “Theological Reflection on Climate Justice” (12/7/2021) “Climate Justice as a Global Movement” (12/6/2021) Michael Pollan's book "This is Your Mind on Plants" Nicolle Wallace Trilogy Jame's Hollis' book "Living an Examined Life" To catch up on previous episodes of our Church and Society, check out our YouTube Playlist.

For People with Bishop Rob Wright
What is the Church with Special Guest Bishop Will Willimon

For People with Bishop Rob Wright

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 31:25


What is the church? There was an age in North America where the church was simply a part of everyday life. In current times, the church is counter-cultural. But what does that even mean? In this episode, Bishop Wright has a conversation with special guest Bishop Will Willimon on these questions. They share their beliefs of what the church is and their understanding of how a diverse community of people called the church can live out the Gospel by serving people they've never met. Listen in for the full conversation. The Reverend Dr. William H. Willimon is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at the Divinity School, Duke University. He served eight years as Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he led the 157,000 Methodists and 792 pastors in North Alabama. For twenty years prior to the episcopacy, he was Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.He is the author of roughly one hundred books. His Worship as Pastoral Care was selected as one of the ten most useful books for pastors in 1979 by the Academy of Parish Clergy. Over a million copies of his books have been sold. In 1996, an international survey conducted by Baylor University named him one of the Twelve Most Effective Preachers in the English-speaking world.Willimon's articles have appeared in many publications including The Christian Ministry, Quarterly Review, Plough, Liturgy, Worship and Christianity Today. For many years he is Editor-at-Large for The Christian Century. He has written church curriculum materials and video for youth, young adults, and adults. His Pulpit Resource is used each week by thousands of pastors in the USA, Canada, and Australia. A 2005 study by the Pulpit and Pew Research Center found that Bishop Willimon is the second most widely read author by mainline Protestant pastors.

St. Stephen's United Methodist Fairfax Sermons
"A Home For All", A Message from Pastor Rob, St. Stephen's, Dec. 12 2021

St. Stephen's United Methodist Fairfax Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2021 17:18


The Mission of St. Stephen's United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. To learn more about St. Stephen's or to view our full online service from Dec. 12, 2021, please visit wwww.ststephensfairfax.org

Forsyth Magazines
Centenary United Methodist Church's Pastor Glenn Kinken

Forsyth Magazines

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021


Centenary UMC Pastor Glenn Kinken stops by to tell the story of how he discovered his passion for preaching, how he pushes through his fear of public speaking, and the importance of grace in Centenary UMC's mission. Learn more about Centenary UMC's fellowship groups, all of Centenary's upcoming Christmas-related events throughout the month of December, and one of Pastor Glenn's plumbing horror stories. www.centenary-ws.org

United Methodist People Podcast
Simplifying The Distracted Brand of the United Methodist Church - Part 1. With Indiana Conference Lay Leader David Johns and Indiana Bishop Julius C. Trimble

United Methodist People Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 23:39


In Episode 53 of the United Methodist People Podcast Rev. Dr. Brad Miller talks with Indiana Conference Bishop Julius C. Trimble and Indiana Conference Lay Leader David Johns about simplifying the distracted branding of The United Methodist Church. Episode 53 is part 1 of this conversation wh9ich will continue on Episode 54. David Johns is a retired automotive industry executive who brings his expertise in branding and marketing cars to his love of the United Methodist Church and his passion for Jesus Christ. David and Bishop talk to Brad about the multifaceted nature of the United Methodist Brand the assets and liabilities of how the United Methodist Brand is viewed by the public. The conversation turns to the need to simplify the message of the United Methodist brand to focus on "keeping our eye on the ball" of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This is part 1 of a 2 part conversation which will be resumed on Episode 54 of the United Methodist People Podcast focusing on the sacred worth of all people. “Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences.” ― John Wesley

Trinity UMC Podcast
Second Pot 022: The One with the Signs

Trinity UMC Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021


Welcome back, listeners! This week Pastors Caleb and Serena continue to reflect upon Trinity's Christmas Quest. Hear what they are learning and experiencing from their time in study of scripture and reflection. Pastor Serena asks a question about Luke 1 and Pastor Caleb makes an astute observation about self-awareness and self-consciousness. We hope you enjoy this episode of the Second Pot Podcast. As always, the views and opinions expressed on the Second Pot Podcast are those of Caleb and Serena and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The United Methodist Church, Grove City Trinity United Methodist Church, or any other professional organization to which they belong. Content provided is not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything.

Means of Grace
Young Clergy Hope for the Future

Means of Grace

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 35:41


With much anxiety due to the pandemic and uncertainty about the future of the United Methodist Church, a significant number of pastors have considered quitting full-time ministry in the past 18 months. In this episode, Kim Ingram and Jesse Enniss converse with some of our younger leaders, Rev. Meredith Martin, Rev. Duncan Martin, and Rev. Paul Brown, about their hopes for the future of the United Methodist Church.

Middle GA Podcasts
Park Memorial United Methodist Church - Worship Service - December 5, 2021

Middle GA Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2021 39:54


Prelude – Seiler Rivers Welcome and Announcements – Ben Sandifer Opening Hymn – “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing” Apostles Creed Gloria Patri Children's Time – Holly Forbes Lighting of the Second Advent Candle – Becki  & Ben Sandifer Prayers of the People/Pastoral Prayer – Rev. Loran Smith The Ministry of Tithes and Offerings Offertory Hymn – “The First Noel” Doxology Scripture Reading – Luke 3: 1-6 Message – “Preparing The Way For The King” - Rev. Loran Smith Closing Hymn – “Joy To The World” Benediction – Rev. Loran Smith Postlude – Seiler Rivers  

St. Stephen's United Methodist Fairfax Sermons
"Laying The Foundation", A Message from Pastor Rob, St. Stephen's, Dec. 5 2021

St. Stephen's United Methodist Fairfax Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2021 21:32


The Mission of St. Stephen's United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. To learn more about St. Stephen's or to view our full online service from Dec. 5, 2021, please visit wwww.ststephensfairfax.org

Apollos Watered
Episode 16: Deep Conversation w/Timothy C. Tennent

Apollos Watered

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 52:34


Is there a design for the body? Often today we hear people say, “I am not what my body is.” What place does our understanding of the body play in our theology? What difference does that make in regards to such subjects as gender reassignment surgery? Homosexuality? Abortion? Euthanasia? Eating disorders? Today on Apollos Watered, we welcome Dr. Timothy C. Tennent (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh, Scotland) to the show to discuss his book, For the Body: Recovering a Theology of Gender, Sexuality and the Human Body. Dr. Tennent has served as President of Asbury Theological Seminary and Professor of World Christianity since 2009. He is a frequent conference speaker around the country and throughout the world. Prior to his coming to Asbury Theological Seminary, Dr. Tennent was the Professor of World Missions and Indian Studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1984, he has pastored churches in Georgia, and in several of the largest churches in New England. Since 1989, he has taught annually as an adjunct professor at the New Theological College in Dehra Dun, India. He is the author of numerous books and articles. Prior to his most recent book, he has written Building Christianity on Indian Foundations, Christianity at the Religious Roundtable, Theology in the Context of World Christianity, and Invitation to World Missions: A Trinitarian Missiology for the 21st Century. Dr. Tennent and his wife, Julie, reside in Wilmore, Ky. They have two grown children, Jonathan and Bethany. You can learn more about him https://timothytennent.com/ (here) and get his latest book https://www.amazon.com/Body-Recovering-Theology-Sexuality-Resources/dp/0310113172/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=timothy+tennent&qid=1638577576&sr=8-1 (here).

Trinity UMC Podcast
Second Pot 021: The One with All the Singing

Trinity UMC Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021


It's Advent - the start of the new Christian year! This season, Trinity is on a quest to draw closer to Jesus in order to live as fearless, selfless dicisples. Today, Caleb and Serena talk about why we engage in spiritual disciplines and what they are learning through scripture reading and reflection. For listeners who have been following Christianity Today's podcast “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill,” Caleb offers some reflection on the work of God and why the words we use matter.Intro: 0 - 01:30Discussion: 01:30 - 28:30Conclusion: 28:30 - 30:30 RESOURCES MENTIONED IN TODAY'S EPISODE:If you want to be part of Trinity's Christmas Quest, you can download the guide here.You can learn more about Seedbed's Advent Experience by visiting their website. We highly recommend purchasing The Christian New Year!We hope you enjoy this episode of the Second Pot Podcast. As always, the views and opinions expressed on the Second Pot Podcast are those of Caleb and Serena and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The United Methodist Church, Grove City Trinity United Methodist Church, or any other professional organization to which they belong. Content provided is not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything.

Middle GA Podcasts
Park Memorial United Methodist Church - Worship Service - November 27, 2021

Middle GA Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 53:02


Order of Worship: Prelude – Sue Tomlin Welcome and Announcements – Steve Gurley Opening Hymn – “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” Apostles Creed Gloria Patri Children's Time – Holly Forbes Blessing of the Advent Wreath Lighting of the First Advent Candle – NeSmith and Campbell families Blessing, Lighting and Decorating of the Crismon Tree Prayers of the People/Pastoral Prayer – Rev. Loran Smith The Ministry of Tithes and Offerings Offertory Hymn – “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks” Doxology Special Music - Sue Tomlin Scripture Reading – Luke 21: 25-36 Message – “Watching and Waiting” – Rev. Loran Smith Closing Hymn – “Angels We Have Heard On High” Benediction – Rev. Loran Smith Postlude – Sue Tomlin  

St. Stephen's United Methodist Fairfax Sermons
"Homesick," A Message from Pastor Jiyeon, St. Stephen's, Nov. 28, 2021.

St. Stephen's United Methodist Fairfax Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 19:45


The Mission of St. Stephen's United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. To learn more about St. Stephen's or to view our full online service from Nov. 28, 2021, please visit wwww.ststephensfairfax.org

St. Stephen's United Methodist Fairfax Sermons
"The King And The Kingdom<" a Message from Pastor Rob St. Stephen's, Nov. 21, 2021

St. Stephen's United Methodist Fairfax Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 17:41


hank you for listening to this message. The Mission of St. Stephen's United Methodist Church in Burke, Va., is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. To learn more about St. Stephen's or to view our full online service from Nov.21, 2021, please visit wwww.ststephensfairfax.org

Wake Up with Randy Corporon
Wake Up! With Randy Corporon - Nov 20, 2021 - Hr 1

Wake Up with Randy Corporon

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 48:06


In the 1st hour Randy talks about last weeks meetup at the United Methodist Church, before talking about todays event "Freedom Fest" with AE4HF (Airline Employees for Health Freedom). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Rector's Cupboard
Becoming Church with Luke Edwards

Rector's Cupboard

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 57:37


Do you attend church? Is church something that you used to attend?   Luke Edwards is Associate Director of Church Development for the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Luke has written a book called “Becoming Church: A Trail Guide for Starting Fresh Expressions”. Luke's work and writing address the reality that church is changing. The default model of a bunch of people in a big room facing the front which has become a stage is not the only way of gathering. Fresh Expressions helps people who are interested in gathering, but may not be interested in church as we have known it.   We had a great time speaking with Luke and we are grateful for people who have gone up ahead on the trail.

KFRM's
On The Front Porch with Phil Kasper 11/17/2021: Pastor Reuben Langat

KFRM's "On the Front Porch" Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 48:25


Phil talks with Pastor Reuben Langat of The United Methodist Church, Clay Center.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

United Methodist People Podcast
Leadership in A Time of Ambiguity-The State of The United Methodist Church with Bishop Julius Trimble

United Methodist People Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 24:27


Indiana Area Bishop Julius Trimble joins Rev. Dr. Brad Miller on the recurring Be Encouraged segment on the United Methodist People Podcast. In Episode 50 the conversation centers around Leadership in a time of ambiguity in the United Methodist Church. Bishop and Brad talk through the present state of affairs in the United Methodist Church in November of 2021 with the church still many months away from General Conference 2022 when some decisions may be made regarding addressing the conflict in the church over matters of human sexuality. Bishop shares his experiences in The Council of Bishops and how there is a concerted emphasis among the episcopacy to embrace this defining time in our church in a more loving way. A conversation was also had about how local church lay leaders and pastors can approach dramatic decisions around such matters as disaffiliation with a season of prayer and considering the impact such decisions would have on those in our local churches who would be excluded by the decisions made. Be encouraged with Bishop Trimble is a regular segment on The United Methodist People Podcast with Rev. Dr. Brad Miller. In January 2022 Bishop Julius Trimble will be launching his very own podcast "Be Encouraged" with Bishop Julius Trimble emphasizing his call to be a voice of encouragement to the church. The purpose of The United Methodist People Podcast is to strengthen the connection in the United Methodist Church through conversation and commentary and is published by Rev. Dr. Brad Miller an Elder in the Indiana Annual Conference. https://www.unitedmethodistbishops.org/ (https://www.unitedmethodistbishops.org/)

St. Stephen's United Methodist Fairfax Sermons
"A Drunken Spectacle," a Message from Pastor Forrest, St. Stephen's, Nov. 14, 2021

St. Stephen's United Methodist Fairfax Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 23:47


Thank you for listening to this message. The Mission of St. Stephen's United Methodist Church in Burke, Va., is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. To learn more about St. Stephen's or to view our full online service from Nov. 14, 2021, please visit wwww.ststephensfairfax.org

People of PS
People of PS: Christy Heno (1 of 1)

People of PS

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 39:31


Tune in to hear Head of School, Dr. Mark Carleton, chat with Dean of Faculty, Christy Heno, in a new episode which is now live and available for download on our People of PS Podcast. Christy Heno graduated from LSU with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and received her Masters of Education from Walden University. Christy was an elementary school teacher in Richardson ISD, Tyler ISD and Houston ISD for eight years. Following this, she served as the Director of Children's Ministries at St. Luke's United Methodist Church and then moved to Presbyterian School where she has worked for the past 14 years in various positions including Chaplain, Early Childhood and Lower School Head and now Dean of Faculty. Christy is also the Houston Representative for Camp Mystic and author of two books, My Tummy Talked in Church Today and The Christmas Pageant.In 2016 Christy became a Gallup Certified CliftonStrengths Coach to help individuals discover what is best about themselves and how their strengths contribute to their daily performance. Hear more on the podcast about how she utilizes CliftonStrengths in her new position as Dean of Faculty to create more of a cohesive, happier and high-functioning work environment at the School.

MyCom Church Marketing Podcast: Find Your Audience, Tell Your Church’s Story and Share God’s Message of Grace and Hope

On this episode of the MyCom Church Marketing Podcast, Dan talks to Rev Todd Rossnagel, the Director of Communication Strategies for the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. Todd, a podcaster himself, talks about how churches can and should start to consider starting a podcast themselves. For more information on Todd, you can take … Continue reading "MyCom podcast Ep. 067: Podcasting as Church Marketing"

Get Your Spirit in Shape - United Methodist Podcast
Food, faith & finding connections with Annette Spence

Get Your Spirit in Shape - United Methodist Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 26:24


For more than 20 years, Annette Spence has told the stories of the Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church, in her role as editor of the The Call, the conference's weekly newsletter. Many of these stories are about how churches eat together and use food in their ministries. Today we talk to Annette about … Continue reading "Food, faith & finding connections with Annette Spence"

Online Ministry Mastermind
A Schism and Nobody Came: what may come of the UMC split

Online Ministry Mastermind

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 45:17


In his recent Religion News Service article, Jacob Lupfer writes about the divisions in the United Methodist Church, "In any ecclesial conflict there are non-combatants who don't really understand what all the fighting is about. But in this case particularly, the muddling Methodist middle that has historically tempered the impulses of extremists is indifferent to the impending schism. Most laity and many clergy are not nearly so invested in moving the Methodist divorce along as those at the extremes." Jacob and I talk about his article and the distinct possibility that the impending split in the UMC may not unfold as many predict.

The KGEZ Good Morning Show
American Legion Post 137 Adjutant Ron Boespflug 11-11-2021

The KGEZ Good Morning Show

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 6:19


American Legion Post 137 Adjutant Ron Boespflug joined the KGEZ Good Morning Show with John Hendricks and Robin Mitchell on Monday November 1, 2021 to talk about 21 Bells Event to be held November 11 at 11 am at the United Methodist Church, a solemn reminder of the sacrifice and service of veterans of the Great War, and all veterans.

Beth’s BookCast
The Mary Experiment - Interview with Dianne Vielhuber

Beth’s BookCast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 59:43


There is so much pressure these days to do it all. This is why Dianne decided to conduct the Mary experiment. She decided to focus on being, instead of doing. This book was so helpful to me! I am so excited to share our conversation with all of you. Hard-working. Dependable. Consistent. Reliable. These words appropriately describe Dianne Deaton Vielhuber. Raised on a small Wisconsin dairy farm, her parents instilled these and other traditional Midwest values. Dianne earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Agricultural Journalism. After working in communications and marketing within agriculture for many years, she felt called to serve overseas as a missionary. After a life-changing year teaching English at a university in Almaty, Kazakstan, Dianne expected to return to the business world. Rather, God called her into pastoral ministry. Dianne earned a Master of Divinity from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary while serving as a student pastor. Ordained an elder within The United Methodist Church, Dianne served five churches over a 20-year span. These days, Dianne yearns for new words to describe her: Grounded in God. Relatable. Practical faith journey. Assisting others to journeying with God. She writes regularly for her blog, Simple Words of Faith, where she explores finding God in our ordinary lives. Dianne journeys through her life with Hubby Rick. They have six grandchildren and Rick's adult children. A self-proclaimed recovering over-doing Martha, Dianne incorporates Mary-like attitudes in her life through gardening, reading and exercising. They have remodeled a 110-year-old Victorian farmhouse in south-central Wisconsin. Find Dianne at her Website and you can purchase her book Here. To support this podcast, and for more bookish content, head to patreon.com/bethsbookcast. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/bethsbookcast/support

United Methodist Women: Faith Talks
Faith Talks: Native American Heritage Month

United Methodist Women: Faith Talks

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 52:00


November is Native American Heritage Month! Listen in as Faith Talks honors the rich ancestry and traditions of the Indigenous Peoples of America and discusses the tremendous debt our nation owes the Native American community.Our guests for this edition of Faith Talks will include the Rev. Carol Lakota and other leaders of the Native American International Caucus, an advocacy group within and outside of The United Methodist Church.Visit http://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/faithtalks to hear more episodes of Faith Talks and to join the next conversation.

St. Stephen's United Methodist Fairfax Sermons
"Be Glad And Rejoice In His Salvation," a message from Pastor Rob, St. Stephen's, Nov. 7, 2021

St. Stephen's United Methodist Fairfax Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 20:14


The Mission of St. Stephen's United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. To learn more about St. Stephen's or to view our full online service from Nov. 7, 2021, , please visit wwww.ststephensfairfax.org

Metro Sights & Sounds
Rev. Dr. Laura Alexander-Elliott

Metro Sights & Sounds

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 34:47


A conversation w/ Rev. Dr. Laura Alexander-Elliott, a United Methodist clergy in Western NC Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is presently under appointment by the Bishop in WNCC in extension ministry as the is the Executive Director of Soaring Unlimited Haiti.  Ordinary people doing extraordinary work. How the Church is addressing the Haitian Crisis. 

Voices In My Head (The Official Podcast of Rick Lee James)
Episode 439 - William Willimon - The ABCs of Christian Faith

Voices In My Head (The Official Podcast of Rick Lee James)

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 33:56


Dr. William Willimon Bestselling author, popular preacher and teacher, Will Willimon, has just published one of his liveliest books, God Turned Toward Us: The ABCs of the Christian Faith. “The challenge of the Christian life is learning to talk Christian. Somebody has got to tell us, give us the words that open the door to the faith called Christian,” says Will in his introduction. The book takes terms like Atonement, Christ, Incarnation, Justice, Creed and speaks about them in wonderfully accessible ways. The vocabulary begins with an essay on, Abortion, and runs all the way to Zacchaeus. Will's signature humor and mischievousness comes through, along with his truth-telling witness to the theological riches of the Christian faith. Bishop Kenneth Carder calls this a “sometimes jarring, always interesting, consistently insightful, and persistently provocative invitation to ‘talk the talk and walk the walk' of Christian discipleship.” Whether a new or longstanding Christian, God Turned Toward Us is sure to enliven your faith. Dr. William Willimon currently serves as Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School and oversees the Doctor of Ministry program there. Will has served as Bishop for the United Methodist Church in northern Alabama for eight years. A prolific author and preacher, Will continues to serve the Church by offering an unapologetic attempt to articulate the language of the Christian faith on the page and in various pulpits around the country. https://willwillimon.com/about/

Activist Theology Diaries
Justice Is a Way of Life - A Conversation with Dr. Cari Jackson

Activist Theology Diaries

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 50:57


Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson is director of spiritual care and activism for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, leading RCRC's mission to equip, galvanize and collaborate with faith and community leaders advocating for reproductive dignity and freedom. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC), Dr. Cari has served as pastor of congregations in UCC, United Methodist Church and Presbyterian Church-USA, incorporating spirituality and social justice. As a social healer, she has developed the Taking Back My LifeTM program for the healing and empowerment of survivors of sexual assault. She has served as adjunct faculty at Union Theological Seminary and One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. Dr. Cari holds a Ph.D. in Christian Social Ethics, Master of Divinity, Juris Doctor, and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology. She is the author of five books including Love Like You've Never Been Hurt and For the Souls of Black Folks: Reimagining Black Preaching for 21st-Century Liberation. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– To support this podcast, please visit https://activistheology.com/give. To follow Activist Theology on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook: @activistheology To be in touch with Dr. Robyn: robyn@activistheology.com or @irobyn To be in touch with Rev. Anna: anna@activistheology.com or @unholyhairetic The Activist Theology Podcast is an Irreverent Media Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Activist Theology Podcast
Justice Is a Way of Life - A Conversation with Dr. Cari Jackson

Activist Theology Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 50:57


Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson is director of spiritual care and activism for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, leading RCRC's mission to equip, galvanize and collaborate with faith and community leaders advocating for reproductive dignity and freedom. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC), Dr. Cari has served as pastor of congregations in UCC, United Methodist Church and Presbyterian Church-USA, incorporating spirituality and social justice. As a social healer, she has developed the Taking Back My LifeTM program for the healing and empowerment of survivors of sexual assault. She has served as adjunct faculty at Union Theological Seminary and One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. Dr. Cari holds a Ph.D. in Christian Social Ethics, Master of Divinity, Juris Doctor, and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology. She is the author of five books including Love Like You've Never Been Hurt and For the Souls of Black Folks: Reimagining Black Preaching for 21st-Century Liberation. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– To support this podcast, please visit https://activistheology.com/give. To follow Activist Theology on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook: @activistheology To be in touch with Dr. Robyn: robyn@activistheology.com or @irobyn To be in touch with Rev. Anna: anna@activistheology.com or @unholyhairetic The Activist Theology Podcast is an Irreverent Media Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Pastor Brian Podcast
S5:E2- Rev. Dr. Chris L. Pierson- "The Gospel, Salvation, Cross-Racial Pastoring, and Preaching Amid Racial Violence"- Monday, November 1st, 2021

Pastor Brian Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 42:30


Welcome to Episode 2 of Season 5! Today we speak with Rev. Dr. Chris L. Pierson, Senior Pastor of Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton, IL. This summer was the 5th Anniversary of Pastor Chris beginning his pastorate in Wheaton. Today we focus on one particular day: his second Sunday and sermon at Gary Church on Sunday, July 10th, 2016. Even though Pastor Chris had served in various pastorates on the southside of Chicago, cross-racial appointments in Aurora, IL and Roselle, IL, and as Director of Connectional Ministries for the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church for 15 years (right before his appointment to Wheaton) . . . this Sunday was unique.  He was a black man coming to pastor in the predominantly white, wealthy, and western Chicago suburbs. The circumstances of his starting ministry in Wheaton different, but so were the 7 days leading up to that Sunday.  It was a horrible week of bloodshed, death, and hard questions about systemic racism, policing, and revenge. And into all of that hurt and pain, Pastor Chris stepped into the pulpit to preach the gospel to a new congregation. Pastor Chris' Sermon from Sunday, July 10th, 2016Luke 10:25–37 Revised Common Lectionary for that WeekFor a greater context of events from this day in 2016:The Killing of Michael Brown and the Ferguson Protests in Ferguson, MO The  Police Shooting of 17 year old black student Laquan McDonald in Chicago The Killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA in 2016The Police shooting of Philando Castile, near St. Paul, MN in 2016Man shoots and kills 5 Dallas, TX police officers in 2016 We begin with a prayer (00:40), our lunch menu (01:43), Rev. Dr. Chris L. Pierson's own story of personal faith and salvation in Christ (02:11), his feelings on a new pastorate in 2016 (06:05), cross-racial appointments (pastorates) and friendship with former Gary Church pastor (and now Bishop) Rev. Dr. Tracy Malone (09:45), the racial context of that time and the events of violence leading up to Sunday, July 10th, 2016 (14:09),  his picking of scripture and  gospel theme for his sermon (22:05), his personal experience of racism, violence, and the police (27:59), advice for young preachers in times of conflict, mourning, and injustice (36:26), Pastor Chris prays for the Church (39:45), final thanks and blessing (41:49).And finally, the menu for our lunch:Braised Chicken with Mustard and HerbsSteamed Jasmine RiceSkillet-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Pecorino Romano 

For the Life of the World / Yale Center for Faith & Culture
Will Willimon / Gospel Oddity: The Purpose of Pastors and the Problem with Self-Care

For the Life of the World / Yale Center for Faith & Culture

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 44:44


As the political world casts a leery eye on Christians—especially as the meaning of "Evangelical" changes—the focus on the meaning and purpose of the pastor is especially relevant. Amidst our consumeristic, narcissistic culture, what does it mean to pursue self-care? How does caring for oneself square with caring about what Jesus cares about? (Even and especially when Jesus cares about you?) Upholding the call of the pastor to take on the cares of Christ, Will Willimon (Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School) suggests we've developed a disordered approach to self-care, proving the triumph of the therapeutic and mimicking our consumeristic world rather than embodying the oddity of the Christian Gospel. Interview by Evan Rosa.This episode was made possible in part by the generous support of the Tyndale House Foundation. For more information, visit tyndale.foundation.Introduction (Evan Rosa)What is the purpose of a pastor? To teach you how to think (or vote)? To reassure you that you're safe? To heal your wounds? The goal of pastoral ministry is surely in question right now. Everything from the toxic masculinity of the bully pulpit, to the pastor as political pollster, to the staggering need to be cool of hipster celebrity pastor—there's lots of ways to go wrong in pastoral ministry, and a razors edge of getting it right. It's a demanding job. Perhaps its so demanding because the primary call of the pastor is to take up the cares of Christ, speaking the truth when the truth hurts, listening from both sides of the conversation between God and the Church, comforting the grieving when there's plenty in your own life to grieve, standing with the marginalized and oppressed when its the unpopular, difficult thing.That is to say: it's a dangerous world, the world of pastoral ministry. But as my guest on the show today suggests, this danger ought to be faced with courage and eyes wide to the cares of Christ.Will Willimon is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School and author of over 100 books, including Worship as Pastoral Care, Accidental Preacher, Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony (with Stanley Hauerwas), and his most recent, God Turned Toward Us: The ABCs of the Christian Faith. He's been a pastor in the United Methodist Church for a long time, including an 8 year stint as a Bishop.Will Willimon is concerned about the direction the church is headed and is asking uncomfortable but necessary questions. Amidst our culture of consumerism, narcissism, where the vision of flourishing reaches no higher than getting whatever it is you want most, how does caring for oneself square with caring about what Jesus cares about? (Even and especially when Jesus cares about you?) Upholding the call of the pastor to take on the cares of Christ, Will Willimon suggests we've developed a disordered approach to self-care, proving the triumph of the therapeutic and mimicking our consumeristic world rather than embodying the oddity of the Christian Gospel.About Will WillimonThe Reverend Dr. William H. Willimon is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at the Divinity School, Duke University. He served eight years as Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he led the 157,000 Methodists and 792 pastors in North Alabama. For twenty years prior to the episcopacy, he was Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. He is author of over 100 books, including Worship as Pastoral Care, Accidental Preacher, Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony, and his most recent, God Turned Toward Us: The ABCs of the Christian Faith. His articles have appeared in many publications including The Christian Ministry, Quarterly Review, Plough, Liturgy, Worship and Christianity Today. For many years he was Editor-at-Large for The Christian Century. For more information and resources, visit his website.Show NotesHow Will Willimon became a pastor and educator in pastoral ministryWhat is the purpose of pastoral ministry?EquippingMutuality of care in Christian communityThe sermon as conversation between the preacher, the congregation, and GodPreaching as "double listening"Helping and caring, overemphasizing the role of help and care in pastoral ministryWill Willimon and Stanley Hauerwas recent article: "The dangers of providing pastoral care"The triumph of the therapeutic in pastoral ministry"... how tough it is in a kind of therapeutic culture to do pastoral care, because our care keeps getting captured by certain secular, therapeutic mindsets.""Jesus healed, but had an odd, ambiguous relationship to his healing.""Our care is offered in tension."Wading into people's pain is dangerous territory.Christ as "wounded healer"Flourishing as opposed to curing or healing"Jesus loves to take sick, hurting people in pain and give them a job to do—that is be a Christian disciple."Is ministry a therapy for me?Triumph of the therapeuticConsumerism, possession, and life without limitsWillie Jennings's After WhitenessT.S. Eliot: "Why should people love the church?"Christian humilityThe oddness of the Christian GospelJesus on marriage"Jesus has a different idea of what it means to be a human being."The modern myth of the role-less selfThe role of the community in supporting the individual"I wonder what God is doing with your pain right now.""Is the corporate practice of Christianity optional?"Hauerwas: "How do you minister to people in a pandemic who think that death is optional or think that death is an injustice God has worked on them?"Muddling throughEmbedded in communityTo whom are we responsible?How to become a community worthy of the name of "community in Christ"?"Maybe in God's hands, the present moment is not a call for lament and despair, but a call for: 'Wow. Let roll with Christ.'"Production NotesThis podcast featured pastor and educator Will WillimonEdited and Produced by Evan RosaHosted by Evan RosaProduction Assistance by Martin Chan, Nathan Jowers, Natalie Lam, and Logan LedmanA Production of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture at Yale Divinity School https://faith.yale.edu/aboutSupport For the Life of the World podcast by giving to the Yale Center for Faith & Culture: https://faith.yale.edu/give

Global Tennessee
Conversation with Belmont President Jones | "Global Nashville with Karl Dean"

Global Tennessee

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 41:31


The Tennessee World Affairs Council in association with Belmont University Center for International Business and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Global Nashville with Karl Dean A Conversation with Belmont University President L. Gregory Jones Global Nashville explores the issues and developments that mark the city and region as part of the global network. Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean talks with community leaders about their insights and perspectives. Join him on October 26th as he talks with Belmont University's new President, Dr. L. Gregory Jones, about his ideas on global engagement and the mission of Belmont to produce citizens ready for the world. --- About Dr. L. Gregory Jones Known for his entrepreneurial leadership and fundraising ability, Dr. Greg Jones served as the longtime dean of Duke Divinity School from 1997-2010 and again from 2018 until becoming Belmont's president on June 1, 2021. Between 2010 and 2018, he served in a variety of roles, including vice president and vice provost for global strategy at Duke University and also as provost and executive vice president of Baylor University. In addition, he has served in advisory and strategic roles with several foundations and educational institutions in the United States as well as in Armenia. During his time at Duke Divinity, Jones strengthened the School's financial trajectory, diversified the faculty and staff and led a strategic planning process that garnered great enthusiasm for the school's future, all while setting new records for gifts to the Annual Fund and to the Divinity School overall. In addition, he currently serves as a senior fellow at Leadership Education, which he founded, and senior fellow at the Fuqua-Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics, both at Duke University. He is passionate about re-shaping cultures within and across organizations and has coined the term “traditioned innovation” to capture how he re-frames complex challenges to seize significant opportunities. Jones' tenures as dean were marked by significant growth in Duke Divinity School. More than $102 million was raised under his leadership in The Campaign for Duke (1998-2003), and major new initiatives begun during his tenure include the Center for Reconciliation, the Thriving Rural Communities Program, the Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation, the Clergy Health Initiative, the Reynolds Program in Church Leadership and numerous international partnerships, especially with the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, the United Methodist Church in Cote d'Ivoire, and the Center for Reconciliation's Great Lakes Initiative which embraces the central-east African region. As Duke's Global Strategist, he led initiatives in China and India as well as helped to engage work in Singapore.