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Welcome to "A World of Difference," where host Lori Adams-Brown takes you on a global journey through the lens of her diverse experiences. Having spent decades in Asia and growing up in South America, Lori's life embodies a mosaic of cultures, languages, and perspectives. In this podcast, Lori invites you to celebrate diversity while exploring the profound impact of understanding our differences. Through engaging conversations, she delves into the beauty of various cultures and the invaluable lessons they offer. From language nuances to distinct ways of life, each episode is a testament to the power of listening and learning from one another. Join us for thought-provoking discussions on belonging and the internal and external barriers to fostering inclusion. Whether you're in the business world, volunteering for nonprofits, fostering faith-based communities, or championing social impact, these conversations will inspire you to embrace our differences and forge a collective path toward meaningful change. Discover how our diverse perspectives can synergize to create an inclusive and sustainable world. Tune in to "A World of Difference" for insightful dialogues that illuminate the transformative potential of understanding, empathy, and collaboration across cultures. Join Lori as she pulls up a seat for you at the table to bring your differences to the discussion as you make a difference with us.

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Welcome to "A World of Difference," where host Lori Adams-Brown takes you on a global journey through the lens of her diverse experiences. Having spent decades in Asia and growing up in South America, Lori's life embodies a mosaic of cultures, languages, and perspectives. In this podcast, Lori invites you to celebrate diversity while exploring the profound impact of understanding our differences. Through engaging conversations, she delves into the beauty of various cultures and the invaluable lessons they offer. From language nuances to distinct ways of life, each episode is a testament to the power of listening and learning from one another. Join us for thought-provoking discussions on belonging and the internal and external barriers to fostering inclusion. Whether you're in the business world, volunteering for nonprofits, fostering faith-based communities, or championing social impact, these conversations will inspire you to embrace our differences and forge a collective path toward meaningful change. Discover how our diverse perspectives can synergize to create an inclusive and sustainable world. Tune in to "A World of Difference" for insightful dialogues that illuminate the transformative potential of understanding, empathy, and collaboration across cultures. Join Lori as she pulls up a seat for you at the table to bring your differences to the discussion as you make a difference with us.

    Adoptee Centered Approaches: Walking with Those Impacted by Adoption with Cameron Lee Small

    Adoptee Centered Approaches: Walking with Those Impacted by Adoption with Cameron Lee Small

    Are you ready for the unexpected? Dive into the world of adoptee-centered approaches with Cameron Lee Small, a licensed clinical counselor and transracial adoptee. Get ready to be moved as we unravel the layers of grief, loss, and empowerment in the adoptee journey. But that's not all—there's an exclusive deeper conversation waiting for you. Join us in the Difference Maker community to explore how you can be part of making a difference. It's a special place, and we'd love to have you there. So, get ready to join the conversation and make a difference together. Are you in?
    In this episode, you will be able to:

    Embracing Grief and Loss: Discover ways to navigate the complex emotions of grief and loss in adoption, fostering empathy and understanding for your child's experience.

    Impact of Transracial Adoption: Explore the profound impact of transracial adoption on an individual's identity, gaining insights to support your child's unique journey.

    Mental Health Support: Learn how to provide crucial mental health support for adoptees, fostering a nurturing environment for their emotional well-being.

    Adoptee-Centered Approaches: Delve into adoptee-centered approaches that prioritize your child's needs and experiences, nurturing a deeper connection within your family.

    Building Empathy: Gain valuable insights into building empathy within your adoptive family, creating a supportive and understanding environment for your child's identity exploration.



    My special guest is Cameron Lee Small
    Meet Cameron Lee Small, a licensed clinical counselor, transracial adoptee, and mental health advocate based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Having been born in South Korea and adopted into a family in the United States, Cameron brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to the adoption landscape. With a background in psychology and counseling psychology, he has channeled his insights into authoring a memoir, "This is Why I Was Adopted," which serves as an interactive workbook for adoptees and families. Cameron's expertise extends to delivering adoption-informed essays, public speaking, and training sessions on adoptee-centered approaches. His work delves deep into the mental health needs of adoptees and their families, offering a compassionate and informed perspective that resonates with those navigating the complexities of adoption. His private practice, Therapy Redeemed, specializes in the mental health needs of adoptees and their families wherever they may be in their own adoption journey.
    His newly released book is The Adoptee's Journey: From Loss and Trauma to Healing and Empowerment.

    The key moments in this episode are:
    00:00:02 - Introduction and Sponsorship by Betterhelp (10% off your first month of therapy)

    00:01:42 - Cameron's Personal Journey as an Adoptee

    00:02:32 - Cameron's Newly-Releasing Book

    00:09:41 - Navigating Difficult Conversations About Adoption and Race

    00:14:47 - Supporting Adoptees in Navigating Identity and Attachment

    00:16:10 - The Impact of Adoption on Identity Development

    00:18:09 - Challenges of International Adoption Narratives

    00:21:25 - Connecting with Birth Culture

    00:25:54 - Support and Empowerment in Adoption

    00:27:41 - Understanding the Impact of Adoption

    00:31:31 - Exploring Identity and Ambiguous Loss

    00:33:13 - Reconnecting with Birth Family

    00:36:40 - Ongoing Journey of Reunion and Adoption

    00:38:41 - Unresolved Grief and Parenting Strategies

    00:46:19 - Supporting Adoptees Throughout Life

    00:47:09 - Gratitude for the Guest

    00:47:56 - Understanding Grief in Adoption

    00:48:54 - Centering the Adoptee's Experience


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    • 53 min
    From Tax Preparer to Award-Winning Food Writer: An American's Journey of Self-Discovery in France with Steve Hoffman

    From Tax Preparer to Award-Winning Food Writer: An American's Journey of Self-Discovery in France with Steve Hoffman

    Are you ready to uncover the unexpected link between French cuisine, midlife acceptance, and the resilience found in a tiny winemaking village? Join Steve Hoffman, an award-winning writer and memoirist, as he shares his journey of cultural immersion and self-discovery. You won't want to miss the open loop of his unique insights that are sure to stir a sense of wonder within you. Keep an eye out for his upcoming memoir, "A Season for That: Lost and Found in the Other Southern France," for a deep dive into his transformative experiences.
    BIG REVEAL: Get ready to savor the flavors of life and the unexpected truths that come with it.
    In this episode, you will be able to:

    Embracing cultural differences to thrive in a new environment.

    Discovering the enriching rewards of extended stays in one foreign location.

    Unveiling the impact of French cuisine on the global culinary landscape.

    Capturing and sharing personal experiences through the art of memoir writing.

    Nurturing and navigating the unique upbringing of third culture kids in France.



    My special guest is Steve Hoffman
    Steve Hoffman, a Minnesota-based tax preparer and food writer, has achieved recognition for his culinary expertise, including the prestigious 2019 James Beard MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award. His contributions have been featured in esteemed publications such as Food and Wine, the Washington Post, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. With an upcoming memoir titled "A Season for That: Lost and Found in the Other Southern France," Hoffman provides a unique perspective on cultural adaptation, the global influence of French cuisine, and the complexities of raising third culture kids in France. Through his extensive experience and compelling storytelling, Hoffman offers valuable insights into navigating culture shock abroad and the profound impact of French culinary traditions on global food culture. His expertise and passion for cross-cultural experiences make him a valuable resource for individuals seeking to enhance their understanding of cultural immersion and resilience.
    The key moments in this episode are:
    00:00:02 - Introduction and Sponsorship

    00:02:05 - Steve's Background and Career Journey

    00:08:59 - Finding Identity in France

    00:11:55 - Embracing Present Circumstances

    00:14:06 - Acceptance and Family

    00:14:54 - The Human Experience and Cultural Influence

    00:16:27 - Analytical Brain and Creativity with Food

    00:19:29 - Influence and Personal Commitment

    00:23:56 - Finding Satisfaction in Deep Commitment

    00:27:48 - Travel Advice

    00:28:49 - Embracing the Unexpected in French Polynesia

    00:30:15 - French Influence in Southeast Asia

    00:32:05 - Exploring Mediterranean French Cuisine

    00:35:10 - Overcoming Culture Shock

    00:37:29 - Embracing Cultural Diversity Through Food

    00:43:01 - The Immersive Read and Deeper Topics

    00:43:23 - The Importance of Pre-Orders

    00:43:46 - Embracing New Cultures

    00:44:51 - Connecting Through Food

    00:51:08 - Final Thoughts and Takeaways

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    • 52 min
    Navigating Burnout Through Inner Work with Andrew Lang

    Navigating Burnout Through Inner Work with Andrew Lang

    If you're feeling overwhelmed and burnt out from the demands of the education system, then you are not alone! Many educators find themselves struggling to navigate the pressures of teaching and managing their own well-being in the midst of it all. The constant juggling act of meeting expectations, dealing with student needs, and managing personal stress can leave you feeling exhausted and depleted. If you're looking for a way to break free from this cycle and find a sense of balance and purpose, then you are in the right place!
    In this episode, you will be able to:

    Cultivate inner peace and resilience through transformative inner work practices.

    Discover the profound impact of somatic exercises on mental well-being and emotional balance.

    Enhance your resilience and well-being through personal development strategies tailored for educators.

    Unleash the power of creativity for emotional healing and self-discovery.

    Equip yourself with effective strategies to navigate and prevent educator burnout.


    My special guest is Andrew Lang
    Andrew Lang is an educator in the Pacific Northwest, an alumnus of Richard Rohr’s Living School for Action and Contemplation, and core facilitator of the Inner Work Cohort. He is the author of Unmasking the Inner Critic: Lessons for Living an Unconstricted Life and writes frequently on the importance of questioning the narratives we’ve been handed and how we can bring together our personal inner work with collective activism and healing. You can find more of his work and offerings at www.AndrewGLang.com.
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    The key moments in this episode are:
    00:00:02 - Introduction and Sponsorship by Betterhelp

    00:03:53 - Andrew's Journey as an Educator

    00:09:55 - Posture Shift and Personal Development

    00:12:08 - Impact of the System on Educators

    00:13:25 - Transformation and Inspiring Stories

    00:14:45 - The Impact of Narratives

    00:16:36 - Shifting Responsibilities

    00:20:22 - Unpacking Cultural Narratives

    00:24:47 - Fear of Change

    00:26:33 - The Practice of Resilience

    00:29:56 - Grounding Practices for Wellness and Resilience

    00:30:53 - Impact of Somatics and Trauma

    00:32:48 - Providing Tools for Healing

    00:35:31 - The Power of Poetry and Music

    00:43:08 - Inner Work Cohort and Practice-Oriented Learning

    00:44:22 - Embracing the Journey Together

    00:44:49 - Integration of Learnings

    00:46:09 - Exclusive Deep Dive

    00:47:06 - Appreciation for Educators

    00:48:28 - Summer Break and Refreshment

    Resources Andrew mentioned:

    Resmaa Menakem, My Grandmother's Hands


    Gabor Maté, The Myth of Normal


    Mirabai Starr, Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics



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    Christa Brown on Baptistland: Exposing Clergy Abuse and Institutional Betrayal in the SBC, Part 2

    Christa Brown on Baptistland: Exposing Clergy Abuse and Institutional Betrayal in the SBC, Part 2

    Does it sound familiar to be promised change in a faith community, only to be let down time and time again? Perhaps you've been told that praying and hoping for change is the answer, but the pain of unfulfilled promises and ongoing trauma lingers. Are you tired of empty words and unmet expectations, especially when it comes to addressing clergy sexual abuse and spiritual trauma? It's time to acknowledge the impact and seek real solutions. Let's dive into empowering advocacy and validation of experiences. Join us in finding healing and change with abuse survivor and advocate Christa Brown in part 2.
    In this episode, you will be able to:

    Discover strategies for surviving clergy sexual abuse and reclaiming personal power.

    Explore the profound impact of spiritual abuse within faith communities and find ways to heal.

    Gain insights into the history and current efforts of the Southern Baptist Convention in addressing clergy abuse.

    Learn effective ways to advocate for change within religious organizations and support fellow survivors.

    Uncover the importance of professional counseling in the journey towards healing from trauma.


    My special guest is Christa Brown
    Christa Brown is an inspiring figure who has dedicated her life to advocating for survivors of clergy sexual abuse within the Southern Baptist Convention. As the author of the newly released book Baptistland, she bravely shares her own experiences of abuse, betrayal, and transformation, shedding light on the reality of clergy sex abuse and cover-ups within the US's largest protestant denomination. With a background as a retired appellate attorney, a mother, and a grandmother, Christa brings a unique perspective and unwavering determination to demand reforms and bring about change within religious organizations. Her insights and experiences offer valuable knowledge and empowerment to those navigating the complex journey of healing from trauma and seeking justice. Follow Christa on X/Twitter.
    Listen to the first of the 2 part EPS here.
    The key moments in this episode are:
    00:00:02 - Introduction and Sponsor Message

    00:02:00 - Trigger Warning and Introduction of Guest

    00:03:13 - Skepticism and Empty Promises

    00:11:37 - Cultivating Skepticism

    00:14:39 - Applause for Perpetrators

    00:16:46 - Lack of Consequences for Harmful Behavior

    00:19:10 - Lack of Change in Leadership

    00:22:23 - Troubling Hotline Operations

    00:25:02 - Spiritual Abuse and Inappropriate Prayers

    00:30:22 - Seeking Accountability and Restitution

    00:34:31 - Challenges of Changing from Within

    00:36:07 - Call to Action and Concerns

    00:37:24 - Importance of Christa's Voice

    00:38:12 - Impact of Christa's Memoir

    00:39:38 - Invitation to Join the Difference Makers Community for an exclusive EPS with Christa Brown and much more

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    Why Whistleblowing as a Former Woman Pastor in a Southern Baptist Church Has Nuance


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    • 41 min
    Christa Brown on Baptistland: Exposing Abuse and Coverup in the Southern Baptist Convention, Part One

    Christa Brown on Baptistland: Exposing Abuse and Coverup in the Southern Baptist Convention, Part One

    Uncover the shocking reality of the Southern Baptist Convention's actions with clergy sexual abuse survivor, Christa Brown. From disturbing cover-ups to unexpected alliances, her story will make you question everything you thought you knew. Stay tuned for a powerful journey of resilience, advocacy, and the quest for justice. You won't want to miss the unexpected twists and turns in part two of this eye-opening conversation.
    In this episode, you will be able to:

    Discover the resilience and strength in clergy sexual abuse survivor stories, inspiring hope and empowerment.

    Uncover the lasting effects of spiritual abuse in adulthood and how to navigate healing and growth.

    Understand the role of the Southern Baptist Convention in abuse cover-ups, shedding light on the importance of accountability and transparency.

    Advocate for child abuse survivors and learn how collective action can bring about meaningful change and support.

    Explore the impact of living abroad on worldview, gaining a broader perspective on cultural influences and personal growth.


    My special guest is Christa Brown
    Christa Brown, a retired attorney and a strong advocate for child abuse survivors, brings a wealth of experience and insight to the conversation. With her new book, "Baptistland," she courageously shares her own journey of abuse, betrayal, and eventual transformation, shedding light on the pervasive issue of clergy sexual abuse within the Southern Baptist Convention. As one of the top ten religion newsmakers of 2022, Brown's unwavering commitment to uncovering the truth and demanding reforms within the denomination has made a significant impact. Her resilience and determination have not only inspired survivors but also sparked conversations about the crucial role of advocacy and collective action in addressing spiritual abuse.
    X (Twitter): @ChristaBrown777
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    The key moments in this episode are:
    00:00:02 - Trigger Warning: Discussion of Abuse

    00:01:09 - Introduction to Christa Brown

    00:03:36 - Living Abroad and Changing Worldview

    00:07:07 - Family Dynamics and Abuse

    00:16:43 - Delay in Reckoning with Abuse

    00:17:54 - The Power of Sharing Stories

    00:19:25 - Southern Baptist Convention's Amicus Brief

    00:21:44 - Lack of Accountability

    00:24:48 - Words vs. Actions

    00:33:26 - Call to Action

    00:34:57 - Importance of Checks and Balances

    00:35:37 - Continuing the Call to Action

    00:36:05 - Sitting in Darkness

    00:37:09 - Preview of Next Week's Episode

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    • 39 min
    Beyond Borders: How a Third Culture Kid Learned to Love Across Differences with Michael Sullivan

    Beyond Borders: How a Third Culture Kid Learned to Love Across Differences with Michael Sullivan

    Are you ready for a living abroad story with an unexpected twist? What if I told you that a TCK, who has traversed the globe and faced earthquake disasters, is now crowd-funding a memoir that unveils his journey through polarized worlds? This is not your ordinary travelogue. Join me in uncovering the heart-wrenching and inspiring stories that have shaped Michael Sullivan's life. Stay tuned for a peek into a world where personal growth and societal impact collide in unexpected ways. Trust me, this is a narrative you don't want to miss.
    In this episode, you will be able to:

    Discover the transformative benefits of therapy for personal growth and self-awareness.

    Navigate the unique challenges and growth opportunities of being a Third Culture Kid.

    Unleash the power of personal storytelling through memoir writing for self-discovery and connection.

    Learn how to build bridges and foster understanding in a polarized world.

    Explore the profound impact of immigration on personal and societal levels.


    My special guest is Michael Sullivan
    As the host of the "Where Are You From? A TCK Podcast," Michael Sullivan brings a wealth of personal and professional experiences to the table. Growing up and living as an expat in different countries, from Thailand to the Philippines, and now residing in Turkey as an English language expert, Michael's journey as a Third Culture Kid (TCK) is both captivating and insightful. His forthcoming book, "Building Bridges: Can We Love and Relate in a Polarized World," dives into the impact of immigration and the challenges of cultural identity, offering a fresh and empathetic take on these pertinent issues. With his unique blend of memoir storytelling and global perspective, Michael is a compelling guest for anyone seeking personal growth, self-awareness, and a deeper understanding of the world's diverse cultures.
    We don't have to be completely comfortable with the way other people think, but we certainly can learn something from them. - Michael Sullivan
    The key moments in this episode are:
    00:00:02 - Introduction to the Podcast and Guest

    00:01:03 - Sponsorship and Personal Growth

    00:02:40 - Welcoming Michael Sullivan

    00:05:28 - Connection through Global Experiences

    00:12:21 - Immigration and Understanding Perspectives

    00:16:03 - Journey from Venezuela to New Mexico

    00:17:12 - Unresolved Grief and Pain

    00:18:07 - Bridging First and Third Worlds

    00:20:51 - Overcoming Fear and Embracing Differences

    00:31:53 - Hope for the Future

    00:33:25 - The importance of understanding others

    00:34:48 - The necessity of facing challenges

    00:37:03 - The process of healing and growth

    00:40:17 - Finding purpose in adversity

    00:43:53 - Crowdfunding the book

    00:48:02 - Building Bridges and Making a Difference

    00:48:40 - Exclusive Interview with Michael Sullivan

    00:49:15 - Join the Difference Maker Community

    00:49:40 - Connect and Share in the Community

    00:50:28 - Keep Making a Difference
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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

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29 Ratings

AshCapsho ,

Such a great podcast

This podcast truly lives up to its name by delivering thought-provoking content that opens up new avenues of understanding. Lori’s meaningful conversations about our diverse world is a delight to listen to. - Ash & The Capsho Team

Marebee01 ,

So grateful for this podcast!

As a former missionary, Lori brings highly necessary criticism of American predominantly white Evangelicalism. American Christianity cannot help but be shaped and formed by white, predominantly male European values. Lori’s voice and viewpoints are shaped by the faith and views of other cultures, which are present in America but generally drowned out by the loudest voices in white Evangelicalism.

Having worked and been deeply involved/invested in an American mega church, she is also uniquely poised to be able to speak to the toxic behaviors she experienced there. Behaviors that are often not visible to those on the outside or attend more casually but still have just as big of an impact.

Steve Fredlund ,

Great host!

I really enjoyed being a guest on the show. Lori does a wonderful job of leading the conversation keeping her audience in mind.

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