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The Allender Center Podcast features Dr. Dan Allender and his team engaging topics on healing and restoration through the unique intersection of theology and psychology. Through questions submitted by listeners, stories, interviews, and conversations, we engage the deep places of heartache and hope that are rarely addressed so candidly in our culture today. Join us to gain refreshing insight into understanding your story, handling relational struggles, recovering from trauma and abuse, and more.

The mission of The Allender Center is to help people tell their stories with awareness and integrity, and to train them to listen to the stories of others with care, artistry, and skill so that they may foster redemption and healing in their lives. The Allender Center is a pioneering organization committed to boldly engaging the impact of trauma and abuse, providing healing and teaching to individuals, couples, and communities, and training professionals to listen and enter into stories in a way that facilitates transformation and hope. For information on all our programs and live events, visit theallendercenter.org

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    • 4.7 • 391 Ratings

The Allender Center Podcast features Dr. Dan Allender and his team engaging topics on healing and restoration through the unique intersection of theology and psychology. Through questions submitted by listeners, stories, interviews, and conversations, we engage the deep places of heartache and hope that are rarely addressed so candidly in our culture today. Join us to gain refreshing insight into understanding your story, handling relational struggles, recovering from trauma and abuse, and more.

The mission of The Allender Center is to help people tell their stories with awareness and integrity, and to train them to listen to the stories of others with care, artistry, and skill so that they may foster redemption and healing in their lives. The Allender Center is a pioneering organization committed to boldly engaging the impact of trauma and abuse, providing healing and teaching to individuals, couples, and communities, and training professionals to listen and enter into stories in a way that facilitates transformation and hope. For information on all our programs and live events, visit theallendercenter.org

    Trauma and the Body in Pandemic

    Trauma and the Body in Pandemic

    We’re coming up on a full year of living in the midst of not only a global pandemic, but multiple crises on a national, communal, and personal scale. So today, Dan and Rachael dive into a much-requested topic from our listeners: What is trauma, and what happens to our bodies in the midst of trauma? It’s important to name and honor what you’re experiencing as many of us, if we’re being honest, are not doing well, having hit our “pandemic wall” long ago. You’ll hear our hosts begin to provide language and a framework for how trauma impacts our brains, our physical bodies, and share examples of what this looks like from their own experiences.
    It is our hope that by providing these definitions and categories you will be able to name what is happening in your body, be more prepared to engage trauma, and be able to tend to yourself, your family, and your community in this season.
    Resources:
    Register for “Trauma and the Body,” an online event exploring the impact of trauma on relationships, self, and body
    Listen to the podcast episodes Dan refers to on “Not Doing Well”
    Listen to a podcast episode from the beginning of the year titled “Love and Courage in a Global Pandemic”

    • 32 min
    Connection in Relationships

    Connection in Relationships

    Picking up their conversation from last week, Dan and Cathy turn their attention to uncovering the roots of conflict in relationships and how we can move towards true connection. Oftentimes conflict arises because we cannot name what we truly need, or we cannot see past our own contempt—ultimately there is something keeping us from seeing the other well. Redemption is possible, but we must be willing to engage our conflict in a way we’ve not experienced before.
    Resources:
    Listen to the first episode in this series, “Conflict in Relationships”
    Purchase access to the recording of the one-day conference “From Conflict to Connection: A Conference for Couples”
    Listen to a podcast that introduces the archetypes of orphan, widow, and stranger: “Calling and Character: Prophet, Priest, King”
    Listen to a podcast episode titled “Reconnection in Marriage with Dr. Dan Allender and Dr. Steve Call”

    • 33 min
    Conflict in Relationships

    Conflict in Relationships

    There is no doubt that we are living in a time that heightens levels of conflict and contention in our relationships. Having just finished a one-day conference on this topic, Dr. Dan Allender and Cathy Loerzel talk today on the podcast about their recent, personal experiences with conflict, particularly in this pandemic era. In this season, the ways we engage in and relate to conflict look different. You’ll hear Dan and Cathy talk about the reality of this conflict, what we can learn from our styles of relating in conflict, and how, underneath it all, is a deep-seated war with desire.
    Resources:
    Purchase access to the recording of the one-day conference “From Conflict to Connection: A Conference for Couples”
    Listen to a podcast episode on “The Reality of Marriage in COVID-19”
    Read a blog post by Jay Stringer titled “Good Enough Parenting in a Time of Crisis”

    • 31 min
    Keeping Sabbath

    Keeping Sabbath

    “How is your Sabbath?” As he opens the conversation on this week’s podcast, Dr. Dan Allender invites us to consider this question of ourselves. You’ll hear him and Rachael discuss the particulars of their own Sabbath practices, the wildness and play they each experience, and how Sabbath is not bound to a certain day or strict code of conduct. A true Sabbath is meant to engage both beauty and heartbreak, to stretch us, to grow us, and to show us the places where we long for the Kingdom of God in the here and now. 

    • 23 min
    Sabbath, Explained

    Sabbath, Explained

    A “day of delight” is not an easy topic to engage in the midst of this season. Nevertheless, it is a vital practice that is needed more than ever before and, as Dan surmises, is less engaged than at any other time. Listen as Dan and Rachael engage the true meaning of Sabbath, how it is meant to be a taste of the coming Kingdom of God and what we are meant for, and common misconceptions that accompany this day of restoration.

    • 28 min
    Racial Reconciliation with Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil and Wendell Moss

    Racial Reconciliation with Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil and Wendell Moss

    This week on the podcast, Wendell Moss, a Teaching Staff member of The Allender Center, hosts special guest Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil for a conversation about her work in racial reconciliation. Dr. Salter McNeil is internationally recognized for her work in reconciliation, is an Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies at Seattle Pacific University, and is the Associate Pastor of Preaching and Reconciliation at Quest Church in Seattle. You’ll hear more about Dr. Salter McNeil’s background, the transformative changes she’s made in her work of racial reconciliation and her exhortations to both the White evangelical church and People of Color in the church.

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
391 Ratings

391 Ratings

Cara.95 ,

Full of Wisdom

This show is fascinating and special to me. I appreciate Dan and Rachel’s transparency, carefulness, and wisdom. Thank you for the hours spent creating this and keeping the quality high. I thank God for you both!

Lcurly ,

New Age Mystic Movement Unfortunate

Ive been such a fan if the Allendar Center and the past good work accomplished, For more than a year Ive began hearing things that do not align with the word if God. The week of January 5 definitely confirmed it to me. Im so disappointed that such brilliant counselors have allowed the New Age blaspheme and even promoting of practices emergent church into the Allendar Center. It is terribly sad that the pride of man, overcomes even the wisest of man while discussing narcissism. They think they become wiser than the Holiest of Holy God. Your promotion of the mystical Robert Rohr / Chuck DeGrout book promoted Enneagram has been heart wrenching. My continued prayer for truth to be revealed and repeated of to the Allendar Center.

ReleasedFromBondage ,

Keep the political opinions out

I would occasionally listen to this podcast, however I just can’t bring myself to listen again after Rachel tipped her hand in November and revealed her political opinions. I don’t listen to this podcast to get political opinions. Please keep those to yourself.

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