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Life is busy, but you can do good right where you are, and The Do Gooders Podcast is here to help. Join Christin Thieme, editor of The Salvation Army's Caring Magazine, as she interviews guests for ideas to make an impact—from what it means to do good, to where to discover joy, what it is really like to be homeless or how to raise kind kids. If you want to be inspired and find tangible tips for simple actions you can take for good, this is the podcast for you.

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Life is busy, but you can do good right where you are, and The Do Gooders Podcast is here to help. Join Christin Thieme, editor of The Salvation Army's Caring Magazine, as she interviews guests for ideas to make an impact—from what it means to do good, to where to discover joy, what it is really like to be homeless or how to raise kind kids. If you want to be inspired and find tangible tips for simple actions you can take for good, this is the podcast for you.

    102: Finding the good life through philosophy with Dr. Meghan Sullivan

    102: Finding the good life through philosophy with Dr. Meghan Sullivan

    Could you guess the most popular undergraduate course at the University of Notre Dame?
    If you guessed a philosophy class, titled “God and the Good Life,” you are correct.
    But it’s not the Philosophy 101 you may have taken in college. It’s “built on the idea that philosophy is care for our souls.”
    That our day-to-day stressors and everyday questions about what’s good and what makes a good life are in fact philosophical questions.
    And now you can sit down for class too, but in a fun and approachable way through a new book, titled “The Good Life Method: Reasoning Through the Big Questions of Happiness, Faith and Meaning,” co-written by Notre Dame philosophy professors Meghan Sullivan and Paul Blaschko.
    Turning to figures like Aristotle and Plato, you’ll explore love, finance, work and faith as you dive into the big questions and create your own “good life plan.” 
    As Meghan says, philosophy belongs everywhere. And she’s on the show to bring some of it to us today.
    Dr. Meghan Sullivan is the Wilsey Family College Chair in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, director of the God and the Good Life Program, and director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. She studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and went on to earn a doctorate in philosophy at Rutgers University.
    Meghan has worked with thousands of students to help them start to articulate a purpose and how to hold onto it. She’s here to help us reflect on happiness and meaning, too.
    So allow me to introduce to you today Dr. Meghan Sullivan
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    FIGHT FOR GOOD. Give to The Salvation Army.

    • 43 min
    101: Hope in Jesus brings light this Christmas with Commissioner Doug Riley

    101: Hope in Jesus brings light this Christmas with Commissioner Doug Riley

    This season, we’ve been talking a lot about hope in The Salvation Army.
    Hope, by definition, is a feeling of optimism—it’s based on expecting a positive outcome.
    That’s what Commissioner Doug Riley will tell you.
    He’s the Territorial Commander of The Salvation Army in the western U.S.
    He was commissioned as a Salvation Army officer—or pastor—alongside his wife Colleen in 1995. He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and has now spent nearly three decades in pastoral leadership.
    And he’ll also tell you, our hope is in Christ.
    This is the time of year we celebrate the power of hope, the most wonderful time of the year—Christmas. 
    And just as there was great hope for those living in the time of Jesus’ birth, there is great hope for us today.
    Commissioner Riley is on the show today to share more about the hope we find in the Christmas story and its reminder that darkness will give way to the light. 
    EPISODE SHOWNOTES: Read more.
    WHAT’S YOUR CAUSE? Take our quiz.
    STUDY SCRIPTURE. Get inside the collection.
    GATHER WITH CARING MOMS. Join the group.
    BE INSPIRED. Follow us on Instagram.
    FIGHT FOR GOOD. Give to The Salvation Army.

    • 21 min
    100: The love of a mother at Christmas with Fehrn Hesse, aka Mama

    100: The love of a mother at Christmas with Fehrn Hesse, aka Mama

    This is a very special episode as it’s our 100th episode of this show!
    When I sat down to plan this season and saw episode 100 would fall just before Christmas, I wanted to make sure we had a really special guest.
    And we do.
    I am so excited today for this episode on the nostalgia and traditions of family at Christmas with one of my favorite people in the world, Fehrn Hesse. Otherwise known as Mama, my grandmother.
    She instilled in our family a love of Christmas.
    To sing it loud for all to hear.
    To watch every heart be light.
    To bask in the inescapable glow of making spirits bright.
    I love Christmas for the way it brings us together—one song, one cookie, one smile, one movie at a time.
    In my family, I’ve named myself the Chief Holiday Cheermeister—and that love of the wonder and true meaning of this season is due in large part to our family matriarch, Mama.
    Not only has she raised our family, Mama also taught as a professor in the nursing department at Mt. Saint Mary’s for 24 years and worked for 40 years as a mother-baby nurse at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California. 
    If you’ve met her, you’ve probably received a hug from her. She radiates love and encouragement and it’s a real gift to me this season to get to talk with her here about the love of a mother at Christmas.
    EPISODE SHOWNOTES: Read more.
    WHAT’S YOUR CAUSE? Take our quiz.
    STUDY SCRIPTURE. Get inside the collection.
    GATHER WITH CARING MOMS. Join the group.
    BE INSPIRED. Follow us on Instagram.
    FIGHT FOR GOOD. Give to The Salvation Army.

    • 22 min
    99: You can volunteer and be the reason somebody believes in goodness with Dustin Wallace

    99: You can volunteer and be the reason somebody believes in goodness with Dustin Wallace

    It’s the season of giving. 
    Giving love, giving thanks. Giving to a red kettle near you.
    And while those bells ring, it’s also a season when many give of their time. 
    They volunteer.
    Each year more than 3 million people of all ages volunteer their time, talents and resources to assist The Salvation Army's work across the U.S. These volunteers are critical partners in helping The Salvation Army fulfill its promise of "Doing the Most Good."
    And yes, 3 million people is a lot of people. So I’d like to introduce you to just one of them today. 
    Dustin Wallace is a long-time Salvation Army volunteer because he loves it. 
    He’s a graduate of The Salvation Army’s addictions rehabilitation program and now attends The Salvation Army corps, or church, in Seattle. He regularly volunteers alongside his husband—from distributing meals or hygiene items to those experiencing homelessness, ringing the bell at a kettle or assisting in the toy distribution at Christmas.
    He’s here to share more about his experience with the organization, why he chooses to give back and why he believes anyone can be the reason somebody believes in goodness. 
    EPISODE SHOWNOTES: Read more.
    WHAT’S YOUR CAUSE? Take our quiz.
    STUDY SCRIPTURE. Get inside the collection.
    GATHER WITH CARING MOMS. Join the group.
    BE INSPIRED. Follow us on Instagram.
    FIGHT FOR GOOD. Give to The Salvation Army.

    • 17 min
    98: How The Salvation Army is fighting pandemic poverty with Kristen Baluyot

    98: How The Salvation Army is fighting pandemic poverty with Kristen Baluyot

    You’ve probably heard the term “pandemic poverty.” 
    Maybe you were lucky and were able to work from home when the pandemic took hold of our communities. 
    Or, you may know the reality of that poverty more intimately with the loss of a job, loss of income, loss of a way to make ends meet at all. 
    The Salvation Army has seen the reality firsthand as we’ve served more than 31 million Americans this past year. That’s a 34 percent increase from the previous year.
    And the need for services continues today. 
    Kristen Baluyot is The Salvation Army’s social services director in Denver. 
    She’s worked throughout the pandemic to keep people in their homes, to stave off eviction and prevent homelessness.
    As she’ll tell you, she wants to enrich lives—especially over these past 20 months for those who’ve received the unexpected knock of poverty. 
    Listen in for more about the state of pandemic poverty today and how The Salvation Army is working to prevent homelessness in Denver.
    EPISODE SHOWNOTES: Read more.
    WHAT’S YOUR CAUSE? Take our quiz.
    STUDY SCRIPTURE. Get inside the collection.
    GATHER WITH CARING MOMS. Join the group.
    BE INSPIRED. Follow us on Instagram.
    FIGHT FOR GOOD. Give to The Salvation Army.

    • 25 min
    97: On living with a grateful heart

    97: On living with a grateful heart

    By now, you’ve no doubt heard of the power of gratitude.
    Scripture tells us it’s God’s will for us to be thankful in all circumstances.
    And science has proven the benefits of a regular practice of gratitude for the mind and body.
    So in this week of Thanksgiving, we’re pulling from our archives and adding to it.
    In this episode of the Do Gooders Podcast, hear highlights from our favorite episodes on living with a grateful heart.
    Hear from Dr. Rick Weissbourd, Harvard University’s Faculty Director for Making Caring Common, who shared in Episode 05: Five Strategies for Raising Kind Kids.
    Hear from Dr. Robert Emmons, who’s considered the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, and who shared in Episode 27: What is gratitude and how can we foster it.
    Hear from Commissioners Doug and Colleen Riley, leaders of The Salvation Army in the western U.S., about the gratitude we find in Scripture from episode 68 How to find gratitude.
    Hear from Pete Greig, a writer and church planter who co-founded and leads the 24-7 Prayer movement around the world, and who shared in Episode 71 A simple guide for how to pray today.
    And finally, hear from our own Caring Magazine Managing Editor Hillary Jackson on the blessings of now.
    EPISODE SHOWNOTES: Read more.
    WHAT’S YOUR CAUSE? Take our quiz.
    STUDY SCRIPTURE. Get inside the collection.
    GATHER WITH CARING MOMS. Join the group.
    BE INSPIRED. Follow us on Instagram.
    FIGHT FOR GOOD. Give to The Salvation Army.

    • 23 min

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