What does it take to become a person who is deeply thoughtful, theologically well-formed, and resolutely compassionate? The Whole Person Revolution podcast with Anne Snyder features leaders like this who are pioneering fresh pathways of hope made real.
Sustaining Male Friendship
Dolph Westlund and Matt Ritsman were given unusual advice their senior year of college: If you want formative friendships to last, start a shared third thing. They took this to heart and, now seventeen years later, steward a fund pooled with twenty other friends from college. Meeting in person on an annual basis, with punctuated points of contact throughout the year, the Shade Partnership Fund is a philanthropic organization, a community, and a structure for accountability all at once.
Natality, Mary, and Feminine Wisdom
We are often told to contemplate our mortality, but how often do we contemplate our natality? In this episode, Jennifer Banks, author of the new book Natality: Toward a Philosophy of Birth, and Margarita Mooney Clayton, author of the essay “The Marian Gift of Dependence,” in our fall issue, talk about the ways that gaining a sense of our natality overcomes our more destructive tendencies of autonomy and control. The Virgin Mary in particular exhibits this kind of receptivity and dependence in a way that speaks to people of all walks of life.
Gender in Christianity, Gender in Judaism
Judaism and Christianity are inextricably bound up in one another. Even when their histories split apart, the dynamics they negotiate in modernity often echo the other’s internal dialogue and communal practice. The case of gender is no exception. In this episode, New York Times columnist David Brooks and attorney and Jewish thinker Yishai Schwartz compare and contrast the overlapping inheritances. Cited pieces include David’s “The Feminine Way to Wisdom” in the fall issue of Comment, and Yishai’s “Obligation and Inspiration,” also in Comment’s fall issue.
Men Can Be Awesome, Men Can Be Awful
For all the talk about the “crisis of masculinity,” few are providing a healthy vision for what masculinity in the twenty-first century could look like, and, perhaps more important, how men can get there. If becoming a man is better caught than taught, better modelled than talked about, what is going on that the formation seems increasingly rare in transmission? Richard Reeves, president of the American Institute for Boys and Men, and Christine Emba, columnist at the Washington Post, weigh in. Cited pieces include Richard’s “What Men Are For” in the fall issue of Comment, and Christine’s July feature in the Post, “Men Are Lost. Here’s a Map Out of the Wilderness.”
Transformation without Telos?
The buzzword of the day in education is “transformation.” But transformation for what, towards what? Philosopher Douglas Yacek reflects.
An Enduring Revival
The Taylors of Tabernacle have spent a week together seeking spiritual renewal, a practice that started two hundred years ago. Susan Thornton shares about her family tradition with managing editor Beca Bruder, explaining the vision and practical tasks required to sustain a long-enduring spiritual revival.
This podcast is such a breath of fresh air. Anne Snyder, with her lyrical prose and gracious posture, engages in deep, thoughtful discussions with people from a variety of realms and leaves the listener thinking and at times teary eyed.