153 episodes

A podcast about reimagining the good life through the lens of disability, faith, and culture. Host Amy Julia Becker interviews guests in conversations that challenge assumptions about the good life, proclaim the inherent belovedness of every human being, and help us envision a world of belonging. 

Reimagining the Good Life with Amy Julia Becker Amy Julia Becker

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 59 Ratings

A podcast about reimagining the good life through the lens of disability, faith, and culture. Host Amy Julia Becker interviews guests in conversations that challenge assumptions about the good life, proclaim the inherent belovedness of every human being, and help us envision a world of belonging. 

    Exploring the Good Life with Meghan Sullivan, Ph.D.

    Exploring the Good Life with Meghan Sullivan, Ph.D.

    Send us a Text Message.What does it mean to live a good life? How do we find meaning and happiness in our everyday lives? In this episode, Amy Julia Becker sits down with Meghan Sullivan, co-author of The Good Life Method and philosophy professor at Notre Dame, to explore:The narrow American understanding of the good lifeHow to help students (and all of us) explore the big questions about life, purpose, and meaningHow individuals with intellectual disabilities contribute to our understanding ...

    • 46 min
    Chasing the Intact Mind with Amy Lutz, Ph.D.

    Chasing the Intact Mind with Amy Lutz, Ph.D.

    Send us a Text Message.In a society often obsessed with intelligence, can we reimagine a good life that encompasses joy, meaning, and respect for all? What does it mean to respect and support individuals with profound intellectual disabilities? What role do those most intimately involved in providing care have in advocacy? Professor Amy Lutz, Ph.D., author of Chasing the Intact Mind, joins Amy Julia Becker to discuss:How the severely autistic and intellectually disabled were excluded from the...

    • 54 min
    Hope That Heals in a World That Hurts with Katherine Wolf

    Hope That Heals in a World That Hurts with Katherine Wolf

    Send us a Text Message.How do you hold onto hope in the midst of suffering? How can we trust in the goodness of God in a world of pain? What does the good life look like in the midst of disability and uncertainty? Katherine Wolf, author with Alex Wolf of Treasures in the Dark, survived a catastrophic stroke at the age of 26 and continues her recovery to this day. She offers thoughtful answers to these questions as she talks with Amy Julia Becker about: Her personal journey of suffering a...

    • 49 min
    Bringing Politics Under the Power of Love with Michael Wear

    Bringing Politics Under the Power of Love with Michael Wear

    Send us a Text Message.We are heading into another contentious Presidential election. For people of faith, for people who care about character and gentleness and values, for people who are inclined to disengage from politics altogether, what are we to do? Michael Wear, author of The Spirit of Our Politics, joins Amy Julia Becker to talk about:His work as a staffer in the Obama White House (Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships)How political anger and polarization malform individ...

    • 46 min
    How to Honor Limits in a World That Doesn’t with Micha Boyett

    How to Honor Limits in a World That Doesn’t with Micha Boyett

    Send us a Text Message.What's the difference between limitations and brokenness? What does it mean to be blessed? How can a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism be a part of a flourishing life? Micha Boyett, a writer, poet, and mom, joins Amy Julia Becker to talk about her new book Blessed Are the Rest of Us. They explore the intersection of blessing, limits, and longing within the context of the Beatitudes, including:The meaning of 'blessed' and how it relates to the gifts and challeng...

    • 55 min
    When Your Church and Political Group Turn on You with Nancy French

    When Your Church and Political Group Turn on You with Nancy French

    Send us a Text Message.{Please note that we discuss abuse in this episode.}How do we love people across our political and social divides? What are the costs and gifts of loving our political neighbor? Nancy French, author of Ghosted: An American Story, talks with Amy Julia Becker about:Her experiences as a ghostwriter for GOP politicians and her decision to leave the industryPolarization within the church and the political landscapeInadequate responses to abuse from both the church and the cu...

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

Jucampbe ,

Belonging

As a mother of a son with Down Syndrome, this podcast of belonging in our Christian community hits close to home. Dr. Kenny was raw and real and gave me language and understanding from a perspective I will never fully understand - my son’s perspective. It was helpful to hear as part of our journey of belonging.

mk<3happy ,

Soooooo good!

I can’t even remember how I accidentally found this podcast but I’m SO thankful that I did!! I started with the episode about crt and I could have wept while listening just because I loved how the focus was on peacemaking while also objectively looking at truth (as opposed to passionate ranting, polarization etc). I can’t wait to listen to more episodes - I’ve already shared this one with about 15 people!!

Capuchie ,

Very important!!

Wow, I love this podcast. Amy Julia does a fantastic job selecting and interviewing guests on hard and fascinating topics. I have learned so much and highly recommend this podcast to anyone interested in the gospel and racial justice, privilege, disability, and many other interesting issues.

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