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A blog and podcast about radical Gospel living, nonviolence, simple living, social justice, service, community and contemplation.

Messy Jesus Business Sister Julia Walsh

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A blog and podcast about radical Gospel living, nonviolence, simple living, social justice, service, community and contemplation.

    Adrienne Alexander: Lobbying for Laborers

    Adrienne Alexander: Lobbying for Laborers

    Season 5, Episode 2 of Messy Jesus Business podcast, hosted by Sister Julia Walsh.

















    "Little by little, you can make a difference in people's lives."-Adrienne Alexander









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    In this episode of Messy Jesus Business podcast, Sister Julia Walsh talks with Adrienne Alexander about her family's faith beginnings and how she got involved in politics, social justice and the labor movement. They talk about progress, how it can be slow, yet worthwhile.







    "I play a lot of defense in my job, but it is incredibly rewarding when you do have those wins that steel you for the next 10 years," Adrienne says.







    They discuss labor negotiations and the mess of lobbying for justice.







    "Solidarity is something that's kind of counter-cultural, especially in American individualistic society when everybody's just...trying to personally get ahead," Adrienne explains.







    Sister Julia and Adrienne also take a look at the labor issues of 2022, including the fight for fair wages, and the importance of protecting essential workers and immigrants who are most vulnerable to risk. And they explore how Adrienne finds hope in the midst of messy politics.







    ABOUT THE GUEST:







    Adrienne Alexander has worked at AFSCME Council 31 since 2010 and currently serves as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. She serves on the boards of the Catholic Labor Network and Arise Chicago, a nonprofit organization that works at the intersection of faith and workers' rights. Adrienne is a graduate of Agnes Scott College, a small, women’s college in Georgia, and earned her Master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two daughters, where they attend St. Benedict the African.







    Contemplative Moment is adapted from the Prayer for Labor Day.







    MESSY JESUS BUSINESS is produced and hosted by Sister Julia Walsh, and edited by Charish Badzinski.







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    Jennifer Grant: Childlike Wonder and the Mystery of Faith

    Jennifer Grant: Childlike Wonder and the Mystery of Faith

    Season 5, Episode 1 of Messy Jesus Business podcast, hosted by Sister Julia Walsh.









    "I want to dignify and honor the real emotions that kids have, whether it's joy or grief."- Jennifer Grant









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    In this episode of Messy Jesus Business, Sister Julia Walsh talks with author Jennifer Grant about how the call to serve can be both internal and external, and the importance of staying focused on the spirit of the call and the work itself.







    They discuss how writing about faith and the mystery of God for children has helped Jennifer have fresh eyes when looking at God's work in the world.







    "I'm not interested in complicated theology...but I am interested in sparking kids' curiosity about the divine and I am interested in learning more about myself and where God is working in the world," Jennifer explains.







    Lastly, they explore how nature can bridge divides among humanity, even in times of polarization.







    ABOUT THE GUEST:







    Jennifer Grant is the author of six books for adults, including, "Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter." Her latest, "Dimming the Day," features reflections on nature as night falls. She has also authored a number of children's books. In addition to writing books, Jennifer works as an editor and editorial consultant, and curates the "Faith and Food" page for CompassionateChristianity.org.







    Jennifer received her master's degree in English literature with concentrations in fiction writing and critical theory from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She is a member of the 2030 Collaborative's Faith-Based Coalition for Global Nutrition, a founding member of INK: A Creative Collective and she serves on the board for gendernation.org.







    MESSY JESUS BUSINESS is produced and hosted by Sister Julia Walsh, and edited by Charish Badzinski.







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    • 48 min
    AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez: Discipleship, Decolonization, and Discomfort

    AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez: Discipleship, Decolonization, and Discomfort

    Season 4, Episode 10 of Messy Jesus Business, hosted by Sister Julia Walsh.









    "When I say everyone belongs, everyone belongs."







    - AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez

















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    In this episode of Messy Jesus Business, Sister Julia Walsh talks with AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez about how she found her way to Christianity and justice work. They talk about creativity and social change, how they can inspire conversations in movements and how art can be therapeutic. And they explore how imitating Jesus could actually cause discomfort and division in the short term, yet the end goal is unity.







    "We need to focus on systems just as much as we focus on relationships," AnaYelsi explains.







    Sister Julia and AnaYelsi also discuss the mess of decolonization, how it requires community and intentionality. And they take a look at the importance of establishing radically welcoming spaces, welcoming those who resist and are uncomfortable, and offering warmth, kindness and love to invite others into the struggle with us.







    ABOUT THE GUEST:







    AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez (she/her/hers) is an IndoLatinx mujerista offering education, coaching, consulting, writing, and art––all intended to assist people in building an interlocking framework for justice. She is the founder of En Conjunto—a collective of people of color working independently at the intersection of justice and spirituality. She is also the cocreator of the Digital Dine-In Project: a virtual dining and learning experience bringing people together from around the world. She is an independent practitioner but partners as a co-coordinator with Liberation School South and serves on the boards of the Festival Center and Many Languages One Voice in Washington, D.C.







    Contemplative Moment in this episode of Messy Jesus Business podcast features A Prayer for the Reckoning.







    MESSY JESUS BUSINESS is produced and hosted by Sister Julia Walsh, and edited by Charish Badzinski.







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    • 53 min
    Deacon Pablo Perez: Finding Faith Behind Bars

    Deacon Pablo Perez: Finding Faith Behind Bars

    Season 4, Episode 9 of Messy Jesus Business podcast, hosted by Sister Julia Walsh.









    "I go, and I think I'm bringing Church to them; Church is already there."







    - Deacon Pablo Perez









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    Sister Julia Walsh talks with Deacon Pablo Perez about how he became a deacon and chaplain at Chicago's Cook and Lake County Jails, after being a gang member himself.







    "I was just as reckless as they were. I was just as broken as they were," Pablo Perez explains. "That's why I know that investing time in each of those young men...is worth it. Because if I changed, I know they could change."







    Sister Julia and Deacon Pablo Perez discuss forgiveness and mercy, how our Church and society could promote these values, and the importance of truly seeing people who are incarcerated.







    "Look at them the way the Lord looks at all of us," he says.







    They also examine the mess of our criminal justice system.







    "The whole environment is messy. It's a mess that no one wants to touch. It's a mess that no one wants to clean," Pablo explains. He encourages us, instead, to respond with compassion.







    ABOUT THE GUEST:







    Pablo Perez was born in Guatemala and came to Chicago when he was four-years old, then grew up on the north side of the city. He fell in love with jail ministry in the summer of 2006, when he served as a volunteer at Kolbe House, as part of his formation to become a deacon. He was ordained a deacon in February 2008. A former gang member himself, he now works in the Archdiocese of Chicago as the Associate Director of Kolbe House and Chaplain at Cook and Lake County Jails. 







    In addition to ministering in the jail, Pablo ministers at St. Bede the Venerable Parish on the Southwest side of Chicago, where he counsels couples and trains Eucharistic ministers and lectors. He has been married for 24 years and has three children: two adults and one teenager. 







    His story is told in the film, RESTORED: Stories of Encounter - Deacon Pablo Perez.







    Contemplative Moment is an excerpt from number 16 of the Apostolic Letter Misericordia et misera.







    MESSY JESUS BUSINESS is produced and hosted by Sister Julia Walsh, and edited by Charish Badzinski.







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    • 54 min
    Beverly Lanzetta: The Freedom of Surrender to the Divine

    Beverly Lanzetta: The Freedom of Surrender to the Divine

    Season 4, Episode 8 of Messy Jesus Business podcast, hosted by Sister Julia Walsh.

















    "Once we surrender into that place of the Divine...we're moving in the waters of the holy."-Beverly Lanzetta









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    Sister Julia Walsh talks with theologian, author and teacher Beverly Lanzetta how she lives out her call to surrender to the Divine and be a contemplative guide, and how loving and surrendering God can be an innate experience.







    "Once we surrender into that place of the Divine, we're not going against anything, we're moving in the stream, we're moving in the waters of the holy," Beverly explains. "And so the more humble we are the more we get a glimpse of what's possible...and that gives us a freedom to try to paint pictures of the sacred in the world and to plant seeds."







    They also talk about the mystery inherent to interspiritual and interreligious dialogue. "I think God is big enough to hold our various expressions, the ways in which God has come to us," Beverly says.







    They also explore the mess of living a spirtual life, and how God provides groundedness.







    "You know it's like digging in soil: our hands are going to get dirty, we're going to get dirt on our hands when we dig and plant the seeds," Beverly explains.







    ABOUT THE GUEST:







    Beverly Lanzetta is a theologian, contemplative scholar and teacher, and the author of many groundbreaking books on emerging universal spirituality and new monasticism. Dedicated to a vision of theological openness and spiritual nonviolence, her work is considered to be a major contribution to what theologian Ursula King called, “a feminine mystical way for the 21st century.”Beverly is also a vowed monk of peace living in the world and an interfaith chaplain. She has formed a community of new monks—single, married, partnered, celibate, etc.—dedicated to the universal mystical heart and to the spirituality of nonviolence. She has devoted much of her life to mentoring people who seek a deeper contemplative commitment and who wish to take personal monastic vows. She has taught theology at Villanova University, Prescott College, and Grinnell College.







    MESSY JESUS BUSINESS is produced and hosted by Sister Julia Walsh, and edited by Charish Badzinski.







    Email us at messyjesusbusiness@gmail.com







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Customer Reviews

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sssseeettyyvr ,

Wonderful conversation!

Thank you for opening up such important questions in a relatable way!

MissyK312 ,

March 18th episode

Great episode that was encouraging for a Catholic who loves her church but sometimes struggles with its history. Thanks Sister!

chisoxpoet67 ,

peaceful Catholic

Looking for the Church of Merton, Day, John 23 here it is so peaceful and open thank you Sister

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