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Host Debra Rienstra interviews a different guest each week, exploring the idea of refugia from a variety of perspectives, from biology to worship to politics. Refugia are places of shelter where life endures in times of crisis. We’re exploring what it means for people of faith to be people of refugia.

Refugia Debra Rienstra

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 11 Ratings

Host Debra Rienstra interviews a different guest each week, exploring the idea of refugia from a variety of perspectives, from biology to worship to politics. Refugia are places of shelter where life endures in times of crisis. We’re exploring what it means for people of faith to be people of refugia.

    #22 Living Together in a World of Wounds: Dave Koetje and Summing Up Season 2

    #22 Living Together in a World of Wounds: Dave Koetje and Summing Up Season 2

    Biologist Dave Koetje returns to reflect with host Debra Rienstra on major themes from Season 2.


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    • 45 min
    #21 Infrastructures of Holiness: Fred Bahnson on Arks, Intercessory Forests, and Gregarious Hermits

    #21 Infrastructures of Holiness: Fred Bahnson on Arks, Intercessory Forests, and Gregarious Hermits

    Writer Fred Bahnson explores the distinction between arks and refugia. He describes his visit to the church forests of Ethiopia and his involvement in the community garden movement, and he ponders the role of metanoia and mystical connection in a refugia faith. 


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    • 52 min
    #20: Imaginative and Messy: Kathryn Mae Post on Religion Journalism and Reconstructing Faith

    #20: Imaginative and Messy: Kathryn Mae Post on Religion Journalism and Reconstructing Faith

    Kathryn Mae Post describes her own process of reckoning with a faith crisis, engaging in anti-racism work, and starting out in religion journalism at a time of major cultural and religious transition.


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    • 37 min
    #19 Love Thy Downstream Neighbor: Tim Van Deelen on Sorrow, Anger, and Conservation Biology.

    #19 Love Thy Downstream Neighbor: Tim Van Deelen on Sorrow, Anger, and Conservation Biology.

    Wildlife biologist Tim Van Deelen reflects on the spiritual challenges of wildlife conservation and considers the call to value the commons and engage in strategic activism. 


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    • 42 min
    #18 Where Beauty is Happening: Katerina Parsons on International Development, Ripple Effects, and Hunger for Deep Roots

    #18 Where Beauty is Happening: Katerina Parsons on International Development, Ripple Effects, and Hunger for Deep Roots

    Katerina Parsons reflects on refugia in international development settings, on engaging in advocacy and activism as a young adult, and on feeling restless and place-starved at once.


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    • 41 min
    #17 Dreaming of Eloheh: Randy Woodley on Following the Harmony Way

    #17 Dreaming of Eloheh: Randy Woodley on Following the Harmony Way

    Randy Woodley brings Christian and indigenous worldviews into instructive conversation, describing his quest to establish Eloheh Farm, a place where people can reconnect with land and recover indigenous farming practices.


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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

littlegale ,

A Refugia Faith!

Thank you, Debra, for your work and for this podcast. I really enjoyed your conversation with Fred Bahnson, someone whose insights and writing I have recently come to value and appreciate. I’m looking forward to gleaning new insights from your other guests!

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Host Debra Rienstra interviews a different guest each week, exploring the idea of refugia from a variety of perspectives, from biology to worship to politics. Refugia are places of shelter where life endures in times of crisis. We’re exploring what it means for people of faith to be people of refugia.

JoolsGR ,

A gem!

Refugia is a gem of a podcast! Debra hosts the conversations with an ease and curiosity that make for an enjoyable, familiar listening experience even as the topics are wide-ranging and thought-provoking.

Climate breakdown is a given (that acknowledgement in itself is encouraging - now we can get real). So how can people of faith think about and enact hope? Is there hope? What can we learn from pockets of resistance, diversity, and communal flourishing - refugia- where life persists even through great adversity?

I love the season 2 episode with Bill McKibben and have enjoyed the way Debra connects the dots between guests from very diverse fields. If you’re a Christian who cares about the planet and the church, take a listen.

jeffbouman ,

Little Pockets: Refugia

I listened to this conversation about little pockets of refugia, and micro-counter cultural spaces while running around Margaret Island on a Saturday morning. The island plays the role of a refugium for me while temporarily living in Budapest, so it was a fitting place to listen in on a thought-provoking introduction to an important and timely topic. Five stars, highly recommend.

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