The goal of Wide Open Spaces is to build bridges between people on different sides of the political and religious spectrum through having humanizing conversations about controversial topics. New episode every Tuesday. WideOpenSpacesPodcast.com.
E20: Do I Need A Counselor or God?
Are my "demons" literal demons or am I struggling with mental illness? Do I need a doctor or should someone pray over me? My sister Hannah and I share a conversation about our experiences with interactions between mental health and spirituality. Hannah shares about her journey with an eating disorder, we talk about encounters with evil spirits and whether these encounters were actually spiritual or just mental, and we share about our stories of finding a good counselor or spiritual mentor.
One of the best books I've read in years, The Mindful Catholic:
E19: Indigenous Culture, Catholic Faith ft. John and Andrea McLean
Join me as I speak with John and Andrea Mclean, a couple from Ojibwe First Nation and Metis families, who love their Catholic faith, and who have created a flourishing, multicultural family through the gift of adoption and foster care. We speak about their experience of celebrating both their Catholic faith and Indigenous culture, the grief of the residential schools, the catharsis of self-discipline, how to build bridges in the midst of cultural tensions, and the beauty of building a family through the gift of adoption and foster care (amongst other things!).
E18: The Problem of Celibacy? ft. Father Warren Dungen
Is “forced celibacy” causing problems in the Catholic Church? Is the corporate side of the Catholic Church too slow to make important changes? In Episode 18, I speak with married Ukrainian Catholic priest Fr. Warren Dungen about the idea that introducing married priesthood into the Roman Catholic Church may or may not be the answer to some of the issues that the Church is facing.
Response by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on protecting minors from harm:
For more information on the married priesthood, Adam Deville's book:
E17: The Problem With Peace ft. Professor Wendy Kroeker
In this era of seemingly constant controversy and division, the hope for building sustainable and substantial bridges across the divide can seem thin. On Episode 17, I spoke with Professor Wendy Kroeker, Ph.D. who has been working professionally in the field of peace and conflict transformation for over 25 years, living all across the world facilitating peacebuilding conversations in the midst of conflict zones. Wendy shares her stories of adventure from working on international peacebuilding task forces and offers her practical wisdom on how to have effective, dignified, and relationship-building conversations about the most controversial topics.
E16: What is Masculinity? ft. Brett Powell
Today I speak with leadership educator Brett Powell about his perspective on the self-giving nature of a masculinity that is grounded in sonship, the passivity-inducing power of pornography, and whether or not gender roles make sense for the flourishing of the human person.
Brett's Website: Leadership Where It Matters Most
Brett's Podcast: The Way of the Heart
E15: The Man Who Walked 24 Marathons and Fasted 44 Days ft. Tristen Durocher
630 km of walking on foot. 44 days of fasting on nothing but tea. A mission to compassionately spread awareness about the suicide rates in the northern regions of Canada. On Episode 15, I speak with Metis activist and fiddler Tristen Durocher as he shares on the adventure of his 2020 summer, his experience growing up in a Northern Metis community, and his perspective on the relationship between Christianity and his Indigenous heritage. With a story that transcends political parties or religious affiliations, Tristen is one of the most gracious, yet also passionate, people I have had the chance to speak with - ever.
Would give this 10 stars if I could!
Intelligent, impassioned, unique
The podcast is unique because the dialogue feels so incredibly organic, genuine, and vulnerable. Furthermore, it explores topics from new directions: talking about sensitive and important things like Christian purity culture, BLM, and the like in ways I’ve never thought about them before. This podcast is building bridges, and gives hope that intelligent and humane disagreement is possible in the world today.
Jenny is well articulated and I am thoroughly enjoying this podcast. I am reminded to be more mindful of having humanizing conversations with those I disagree with instead of going into battle mode 😉