Sacred Ordinary Days with Jenn Giles Kemper explores faith where it hits the pavement of work, relationships, creativity, and real life. Inspired by Jenn’s curiosity and faith (and her work as a minister and spiritual director) we’re crafting a show to help you meaningfully explore your own life with Christ — and ultimately lead you to become more wholly human and more fully faithful. On Tuesdays, join us for a conversation with folks whose words, work, and witness have shaped our team’s understanding of God and practice of faith. (Plus, we’re featuring lots of good music, prompts for your reflection and practice, and plenty of invitations into a community of kindred spirits!)
Prayer for the Lonely
Join us in our second week of prayer as we pray for the lonely. What has loneliness looked like in your life? Maybe you’ve felt misunderstood and all alone as you reflect on the church tradition you grew up in. Maybe you’ve felt politically lonely. Emotionally misunderstood. Spiritually isolated. Professionally adrift. Loneliness takes many forms, but at its core, it’s one of the most universal human experiences. (Ironic, isn’t it, that we so easily believe no one else could possibly understand?)
Sacred Ordinary Days producer and liturgist Kayla Craig reads a small meditation, some scripture, a prayer from a Celtic prayer book, and a new prayer she has written for our community of kindreds.
A Communal Call for Prayer: Prayer for the Overwhelmed
For the next six weeks, we’re inviting you into an intentional time of prayer with a series of bonus episodes. Sacred Ordinary Days liturgist and podcast producer Kayla Craig hops behind the mic with a special invitation for our community of kindreds, reads a prayer for the overwhelmed, and shares some Scripture, too.
We’re still working on podcast interviews, but we believe this time of prayer together is so important that for the next six weeks, you’ll find audio versions of the prayers on our podcast to ensure these messages are accessible, even if the only way you can pray is with a little gentle guided listening when the news-cycle feels overwhelming.
[Unedited] Tsh Oxenreider with Jenn Giles Kemper
Listen to the unedited conversation between Tsh Oxenreider and Jenn Giles Kemper, available now! On Thursdays following a newly-released interview episode, we’re releasing the long-form conversation. We hope it feels like you are sitting in a chair at the table with us. As we were producing our latest episode, On Journeying: Travel, Traditions, and Turning to the Psalms with Tsh Oxenreider, we realized something: There’s SO much that falls on the cutting room floor. As you’ll hear in this conversation with Tsh, she and Jenn both dove much deeper into Tsh’s cross-cultural living experiences, her work as a guide on Literary London trips, and her discernment process as she has walked unexpected paths in her vocation.
On Journeying: Travel, Traditions, and Turning to the Psalms with Tsh Oxenreider
Writer and travel guide Tsh Oxenreider joins host Jenn to talk about journeying through shadow and light during Advent — and using the Psalms to map the way. Tsh shares about navigating different faith traditions and forging a new path for herself — a path that, as it turns out, has been well-tread by centuries of Christians before her. Tsh and Jenn discuss spiritual pilgrimages, finding meaning from cultures outside their own, and sifting out gifts and graces in the Psalms. They also dive into book recommendations and their favorite seasonal songs, and Tsh reads an excerpt from her new book, Shadow & Light.
[Unedited] Scott Erickson with Jenn Giles Kemper
Listen to the unedited conversation between Scott Erickson and Jenn Giles Kemper, available now! On Thursdays following a newly-released interview episode, we’re releasing the long-form conversation. We hope it feels like you are sitting in a chair at the table with us.
As we were producing our episode of Sacred Ordinary Days with Jenn Giles Kemper with Scott, we realized something: There’s SO much that falls on the cutting room floor. As you’ll hear in this conversation with Scott, he and Jenn both dove much deeper into the exact places where vulnerability touches vocation, creativity, family life, and spiritual leadership.
You’ll hear more of his fun, funny, provocative nature come out -- including when Jenn accidentally prompted him to tell a vasectomy story. They talk about their families by name, prayer lives, evolving work as spiritual directors, the enneagram, making art, embarrassing moments, and how leaders (especially those in the Church) need to be living out what they’re teaching in private, personal ways...or as Scott succinctly says “smoking what you’re selling.”
On Vulnerability: Prayer, Art, and Parenthood with Scott Erickson
Artist and storyteller Scott Erickson joins host Jenn Giles Kemper to explore vulnerability through prayer, creativity, and parenthood. Jenn brings her natural curiosity and her experiences as a spiritual director to the chat, inviting listeners to ponder their own vulnerabilities in this season of Advent.
Throughout the episode, Scott and Jen explore rekindling the wonder of God-with-Us. Scott shares about the “hauntings” he feels in his vocation and Jenn reveals which recent life experiences have been highlighting her own vulnerabilities at Sacred Ordinary Days -- and in her personal life, too.
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Jenn puts out an interesting, spiritually intellectual podcast. It is well curated and in perfect Jenn style, is warm like a good cup of hot tea.
Refreshing & real
Jenn does a tremendous job asking the real questions of spiritual formation & discipline in today’s world. Lovely conversation & resources.
Authentic, Welcoming, Deep Conversations
Jenn is a warm and welcoming host whose background as a spiritual director and minister comes out in her interviews and narration. I like the music and produced nature of the podcast — and that the unedited, longer conversations are available, too. Love these first few episodes with Scott Erickson (@scottthepainter) — can’t wait to hear more!