22 episodes

This is the show that seeks to strengthen communities by connecting people through stories. Hosted by the founders of The Facing Project non-profit organization, J.R. Jamison and Kelsey Timmerman, each month’s show carries a theme and features performances of stories that follow The Facing Project's model. This podcast features extended commentary on the stories, leaving listeners with the courage to share their own stories and the empathy to listen to others.

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    • 5.0, 24 Ratings

This is the show that seeks to strengthen communities by connecting people through stories. Hosted by the founders of The Facing Project non-profit organization, J.R. Jamison and Kelsey Timmerman, each month’s show carries a theme and features performances of stories that follow The Facing Project's model. This podcast features extended commentary on the stories, leaving listeners with the courage to share their own stories and the empathy to listen to others.

    S02 E09 - First But Never Alone

    S02 E09 - First But Never Alone

    Half of today’s students are the first in their families to attend college. But at a time when college is more expensive than ever, how do these students succeed? On this show, a first-generation student who works 30 hours a week to support her family while balancing classes shares her experience with us; and we sit down with Mary Henley, Director of Pathways to Academic Student Success at Central Michigan University, and one of the administrators who helped the student on her journey. Join J.R. and Kelsey as they discuss First But Never Alone. Stories: 47,000 Things. An anonymous story from Facing College at Central Michigan University. Performed by Amanda Hummer. Music Used in This Episode: "Rondo" by Pierce Murphy . Released under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License . From the Free Music Archive.

    • 31 min
    S02 E08 - Big Changes in Small Towns

    S02 E08 - Big Changes in Small Towns

    Think about your community . . . What’s changed? Was your parents’ childhood different from your own? And then ask yourself . . . What do you imagine your community will be like in another generation? On this episode, a man wonders what the future will hold for his small Colorado community; and we sit down with James Fallows, a correspondent from The Atlantic and co-author of Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America. Join J.R. and Kelsey as they discuss Big Changes in Small Towns. Stories Featured: The Evolution of a Small Agricultural Town: An anonymous story as told to Adam Swanson from Facing Change in Northern Colorado. Performed by Carl Frost. Music Used in This Episode: "Beat Poets" by Snake Oil Salesmen . Released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) License . From the Free Music Archive.

    • 34 min
    S02 E07 - Dying to be Perfect

    S02 E07 - Dying to be Perfect

    Mr. Rogers said, “Even though no human being is perfect, we always have the chance to bring what’s unique about us to life . . . in a redeeming way.” But for some that’s easier said than done. On this show, a woman’s search for perfectionism leads to a battle with anorexia; and we sit down with Claire Mysko, the CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association and author of "You're Amazing!: A No-Pressure Guide to Being Your Best Self". Join J.R. and Kelsey as they discuss Dying to be Perfect. Stories: More Than a Vase: ReNae’s story as told to Alyssa Witbeck from Facing Depression in Cache Valley, Utah. Performed by Melinda. Music Used in This Episode "Smiles Throughout the Sky" by Kai Engel Released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) License . From the Free Music Archive.

    • 33 min
    S02 E06 - Faith, Identity, and Life-Changing Chance Encounters

    S02 E06 - Faith, Identity, and Life-Changing Chance Encounters

    In the span of a life, you’ll interact with thousands of people but only a handful of those will impact you in such a way that changes your perspectives and ideologies forever. On this episode, a young chaplain from a conservative, anti-LGBTQ background provides spiritual care to a dying woman whose wife sits at her bedside. We also sit down with the storyteller to learn where he is now. Join J.R. and Kelsey as they discuss Faith, Identity, and Life-Changing Chance Encounters. Stories: "20 Minutes Changed My Life"; Will Grinstead’s story as told to Tom Steiner from Facing LGBTQ+ Pride in Muncie, Indiana. Performed by Jay Moorman. Music Used in This Episode: "Run Hound" by Cellophane Sam Released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License . From the Free Music Archive. "Hymn for the 81%" by Daniel Deitrich Used by special permission from the artist.

    • 32 min
    S02 E05 - Living to Work and Working to Live

    S02 E05 - Living to Work and Working to Live

    Imagine that you have a sudden illness and your entire life changes. What would happen with your job? On this episode, we hear a story mash up from Des Moines, Iowa: one told from the perspective of an employee whose son was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, and the other from her supervisor who became one of her biggest supporters. We also sit down with Miriam Lewis, the chief diversity and inclusion officer for Principal Financial. Join J.R. and Kelsey as they discuss Living to Work and Working to Live. Stories: 1. This Disease Will Not Define Us. Jaci Strube’s story as told to Brandy Sexton from Beyond Face Value: A Facing Project by Principal Financial. Performed by Chandra Ford. 2. Showing My Support. Sean Dowling’s story as told to Allie Windergerst from Beyond Face Value: A Facing Project by Principal Financial. Performed by Larry Beck. Music Used in This Episode: "Split Even" by Drake Stafford . Released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License . From the Free Music Archive.

    • 28 min
    S02 E04 - Life Without A Home

    S02 E04 - Life Without A Home

    More than half a million Americans experience homelessness each night. On this episode of The Facing Project we hear from a man in Fort Wayne, Indiana, who shares his life not as a homeless person . . . but as someone who happens to live. . . outside. We also sit down with Lauren Knill of The Empowerment Plan, an organization that breaks the cycle of homelessness through employment. Join J.R. and Kelsey as they discuss Life Without A Home.  

    Stories 



    Outside Living\
    James’s story as told to Danee Pye from Facing Homelessness in Fort Wayne, Indiana.\
    Performed by Michael Brockley.    


    Music Used in This Episode



    "Friends and Apples" by Alpha Hydrae\
    Released under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication.\
    From the Free Music Archive.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

dmc226 ,

Stories unite us

I’ve been following the work of The Facing Project for some time, and I am loving this new podcast format which reaches beyond individual communities to a broader listening base. Well done, Kelsey and J.R.! Keep making a positive difference in the world by sharing these stories!

Alctej ,

Powerful & heartfelt

I abosolutely love the work The Facing Project does in helping to promote greater understanding and bridging the gaps between various unique communities. The stories they share are powerful and heartfelt and they provide an opportunity to reach beyond the first impressions people may carry to understand the shared humnanity in each of us.

Jmitchnicknametaken ,

The is powerful!

The Facing Project is a powerful way for everyday people to share the ordinary and extraordinary parts of their lives to engage in relational growth and change. Stories are powerful and this podcast proves it.

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