40 episodes

A Better Story is about seeking the sacred and holding it loosely.
We explore the spirituality of authors, artists and scholars, usually with a sense of levity. Guests give us a glimpse of the sacred: those times they were drawn toward living more vibrantly, acting more justly, seeing others more humanely - and into better stories. Along the way, we pick up pieces to build a better faith, and hopefully a better world.
You can also check out A Better Story: B Sides, which explores how the Bible can be sacred in surprising and subversive ways.

A Better Story Sam Altis

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A Better Story is about seeking the sacred and holding it loosely.
We explore the spirituality of authors, artists and scholars, usually with a sense of levity. Guests give us a glimpse of the sacred: those times they were drawn toward living more vibrantly, acting more justly, seeing others more humanely - and into better stories. Along the way, we pick up pieces to build a better faith, and hopefully a better world.
You can also check out A Better Story: B Sides, which explores how the Bible can be sacred in surprising and subversive ways.

    #38. Amy and Dr. Jeffrey Olrick: Wired for Connection

    #38. Amy and Dr. Jeffrey Olrick: Wired for Connection

    From an early age, we're wired to connect, particularly with our parents. Amy (author, advocate) and Jeffrey Olrick (psychologist) join the podcast to talk about how attachment works and how it invites us into more human ways of parenting. Whether you're in the middle of parenting or reflecting on how you were parented, their insights are eye-opening and life-giving. 

    To dig deeper, make sure to check out their new book The 6 Needs of Every Child: Empowering Parents and Kids Through the Science of Connection. You can find out more about their work at https://www.growingconnected.com/ and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. 

    • 54 min
    #37. Karen Gonzalez: Immigration, Refugees and Jesus

    #37. Karen Gonzalez: Immigration, Refugees and Jesus

    In the United States, the last three years have been catastrophic for immigrants and refugees and the systems that are meant to welcome them. With misinformation everywhere, Karen Gonzalez is here to clear a few things up. She helps us understand how “just get in line” isn’t an option for most and how refugees are being intentionally mistreated. She also gives us insights from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures and helps us answer the question, “What can I do to help?”.

    Make sure to check out Karen’s book The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong and get in touch with her at https://www.karen-gonzalez.com/.

    • 53 min
    #36. Andre Henry: Racial Justice, Hope and Nonviolence

    #36. Andre Henry: Racial Justice, Hope and Nonviolence

    Andre Henry is about the work of social change, particularly when it comes to undoing racism. He sat down to talk about that work - push back, hope, nonviolence and more. Along the way, he gives us several history lessons, plenty of reading recommendations, and a new understanding of an old story. 

    To find more about Andre, visit http://www.andrerhenry.com/ and check out his podcast, Hope and Hard Pills. 

    Resources Mentioned in this Episode:
    Mothers of Massive Resistance by Elizabeth Gillespie McRae
    On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis
    Blueprint for Revolution by Srdja Popovic
    The Radical King by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Cornel West (Editor)
    This is what an antiracist America would look like. How do we get there? by Ibram X Kendi

    • 1 hr 12 min
    #35. Dr. Jennifer Kaalund: Negotiating Identity

    #35. Dr. Jennifer Kaalund: Negotiating Identity

    Dr. Jennifer Kaalund (womanist scholar, Iona College faculty) helps us understand how identities are negotiated, especially for early Jesus followers. She unpacks the complex identities that made up the recipients of Hebrews and 1 Peter, seeing parallels with the African American Great Migration. Along the way, she helps us understand some of the ugliest passages in the Christian scriptures.

    To hear more from her, check out her book, Reading Hebrews and 1 Peter with the African American Great Migration, or find her commentaries on Working Preacher.

    • 49 min
    #34. Lyz Lenz: God Land

    #34. Lyz Lenz: God Land

    Lyz Lenz (journalist, author) set out after the 2016 election to explore what the hell was happening with faith and politics in middle America. What she found was complex, infuriating, deeply human and more personal than she expected. The fracture lines emerging throughout the country were undeniable in her own marriage.

    She sat down to talk about all of it- faith, politics and divorce. She unpacks these realities in her incredibly compelling new book God Land, which you should absolutely order.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    #33. Michael Gungor: This

    #33. Michael Gungor: This

    Michael Gungor (The Liturgists, Gungor) stopped by to talk about THIS, which happens to be both the title of his new book and a way of describing what exactly is going on here. This one gets weird in all the best ways!

    • 1 hr 4 min

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