Stories to bridge divides and build community.
Episode 108 - Mike Radtke
Mike Radtke is the operations manager for the Madeline Island Ferry Line in Bayfield, Wisconsin. He started there as a captain and over the past 32 years, he has made the 20-minute, 2.5 mile journey between the mainland and the island thousands of times.
We talked about his observations of how Lake Superior has changed through the years, his family's long-time habit of hosting international exchange students and the beauty and richness of life in a small town.
Episode 107 - Michael Skoler
Michael Skoler describes himself as a reformed NPR correspondent, a dad, a meditator, and a backpacker. Michael is the communications director for Weave the Social Fabric Project, an initiative of the Aspen Institute, designed to address the broken social trust in America.
We spoke about his work in Africa during the Rwandan genocide, his desire to care open-heartedly and his goals to foster community at a grassroots level with the Weave Project.
Episode 106- Simran Jeet Singh
Dr. Simran Jeet Singh is the Executive Director of the Religion and Society Program at the Aspen Institute and the author of The Light We Give, How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life.
We talked about his love for basketball, his advocacy for religious pluralism and a surprise lesson he learned one day recently when he forgot his earbuds while going for a run.
Episode 105 - Shane Claiborne
Shane Claiborne is a speaker, activist and author. He founded the Simple Way, an intentional community in Philadelphia, building a neighborhood of belonging. And he leads Red Letter Christians, a group that tries to live “like Jesus meant the things he said.”
I interviewed Shane at the Sojourners office in DC right after the Moral March on Washington, led by the Poor People’s Campaign.
We talked abut living simply, living courageously and about surrounding yourself with good people.
Episode 104 - Lauren W. Reliford
Lauren Reliford is the political director for Sojourners in Washington, DC. Her work is centered on applying social theory, spirituality, research, and practice to the political policy that guides our nation.
We talked about her political theory, her efforts to influence policy makers to legislate for the common good, and her inclination to care deeply.
Episode 103 - Bill Mefford
Bill Mefford is the Executive Director of the Festival Center in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington DC. The Festival Center is an outreach of the Church of the Saviour, designed as a hub for supporting community centered ministries and nonprofits, and to train faith leaders for mission and justice.
We talked about his journey from Evangelical to liberation theology, his understanding of proximity and immersion with those who are marginalized that can lead us to liberation and his commitment to stay in relationship with people he disagrees with.
John Noltner asks the most interesting questions, and then - unlike many interviewers who want to insert an agenda or hear themselves pontificate so people know how smart they are - he listens. Lack of ego leads to peace, which is why John is a leader in peace. He does the work, he creates art out of people’s lives, and he lets them and their stories shine.
Interesting points of view
John does a good job of setting up the questions and then allows the guest to talk. The conversation flows and there are some wonderful connections made. Thoughtful podcast in this new era.
Such an interesting listen! John asks the questions we all want to ask people from all different backgrounds about Covid-19 and the way it’s changing our nation! Give him a listen