32 episodes

Vine and Fig co-founder Patrick Flores and his husband Jacob Flores share the stories that inspire us from the perspective of affirming Queer Catholics. Every week we invite on a guest to share a real story from their life and discuss how it has impacted them.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 37 Ratings

Vine and Fig co-founder Patrick Flores and his husband Jacob Flores share the stories that inspire us from the perspective of affirming Queer Catholics. Every week we invite on a guest to share a real story from their life and discuss how it has impacted them.

    Season 1 Finale! | feat. Zinzy Nev Geene & Patrick Weston

    Season 1 Finale! | feat. Zinzy Nev Geene & Patrick Weston

    Zinzy and Patrick W join the Flores boys to recap the highlights of season one and talk about how Vine & Fig can do its part to work for change during the Black Lives Matter uprisings around the world. Plus we hint at what big changes are coming in Season Two!

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    • 54 min
    The Story of the Baby Pilgrim

    The Story of the Baby Pilgrim

    The Flores boys have moved to Dallas this week and didn't have time to interview anyone but your favorite queer Catholic hosts weren't going to leave you hanging! We still shared a couple stories from our lives with you about our favorite sacred places, the value of good urban planning, and our lives with the saints.


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    • 19 min
    The Hollywood Writer's Story | feat. Dorothy Fortenberry

    The Hollywood Writer's Story | feat. Dorothy Fortenberry

    Have you ever gone to help someone and thought to yourself, "oh yeah, this is one hell of a good deed?" And then have you ever fallen flat on your face when you went to do it? Today's guest thinks that's a pretty good metaphor for the Catholic life, and she's got a story to prove it.
    Dorothy Fortenberry is not only a devoted Catholic, but she's also a writer and producer on the hit show "The Handmaid's Tale." We talked about what faith is really all about, sticking it out in a church that acts like it doesn't want you, and the need for utopian stories in a world like today's.

    Dorothy Fortenberry
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    • 52 min
    The Story of the Gay Friends | feat. Sam McKenzie Jr.

    The Story of the Gay Friends | feat. Sam McKenzie Jr.

    Do you remember the first time you met someone who was gay and didn't see it as a conflict with their Christianity? Do you remember how revolutionary that seemed? Even a little bit dangerous?

    Today we talked with writer and essayist Sam McKenzie Jr. about a friendship that challenged him to accept his sexuality. Both were Christian and both were gay, but only one thought those pieces of their life could go together.

    Come hear a story about the value of lifelong friends and the power of seeing someone live out what you thought was impossible.

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    • 30 min
    The Story of the Hetero Ally | feat. Adam Gautille

    The Story of the Hetero Ally | feat. Adam Gautille

    A fight in the parking lot, a 6'5" drag queen, a new translation of the Mass parts, and Evanescence. How did we fit all that into one episode? Adam Gautille, that's how.

    We talk a lot about how Vine & Fig is a community for queer Catholics, but it's also for Catholic allies. Straight folks need a place where they can learn more about the LGBTQ community within their churches, and the truth is, we need them to understand and to speak up.

    So this week we invited Adam Gautille, a professional musician and music minister at a Catholic Church and official straight guy to explain how he went from a conservative in Texas, to a proud friend of the community who gets wild at gay bars and makes sure to use the right pronouns leading choir practice, all just from listening and learning to love queer people. It's an inspiring conversation that gives a lot of hope for the future of the Church!

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    • 59 min
    The Doubting Pilgrim's Story | feat. Rosemary Mahoney

    The Doubting Pilgrim's Story | feat. Rosemary Mahoney

    If you wanted to believe, to remain a part of the church, but after all you've been through just couldn't, how far would you go to try? Our guest today is the author Rosemary Mahoney and she did something many LGBTQ Catholics will be familiar with - she kept trying to make it work.
    Her book the Singular Pilgrim is about her time following six different pilgrimages around the world, attempting to figure out what makes belief work. Why is it some have it and others don't? And is it possible to get it back once you've lost it? We talked with Rosemary about all of that, and maybe most importantly, whether or not the Catholic Church is worth fighting to stay a part of, when so much inside you tells you it's no longer your home.

    Rosemary Mahoney
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

jkennedy26 ,

Much needed for queer Catholics and our allies

I continually feel seen, heard, and healed by the work of Vine and Fig. This is God’s work, through and through. Thanks, guys.

JimMartin ,

Remarkably thoughtful

Each episode welcomes listeners to accompany fellow Catholics and Christians in their unique paths In deepening their faith life, as each describes how they found and pursued their vocation. Big thumbs up to the two co-hosts and members of their community.

patrickfweston ,

A much needed podcast

This podcast is very much needed in the queer Catholic community. Resources that affirm queer relationships from a Catholic perspective are rare. Pat and Jacob provide relevant insights into day-to-day events, but also tie conversation topics back to the history of the Church at large. All in all, an excellent podcast.

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