Stories From A Village Podcast: Faith in Action

By Ivy Lamb

Keith was raised Catholic, but drifted away from the church as an adult. But he never lost the commitment to service his parents instilled early on. In this episode, Keith talks about his journey back to Christianity, what drives him to volunteer his time to different causes, and how that volunteer work has deepened his relationships — relationships that became even more meaningful when Keith found himself in need of help and support.

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Stories From A Village Podcast: Recovering my Faith

By Ivy Lamb 

From childhood through adolescence, Claudia’s Quaker faith was a fundamental part of her life. But as she got older, she lost touch with that part of her identity. In this episode Claudia talks about the process of reclaiming her faith, dealing with the stigma around divorce, working on self-compassion and discovering a new church community. She also reflects on how her Quaker upbringing continues to influence her values and actions.

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Stories From A Village Podcast: Finding Hope In The Trenches of Life

By Ivy Lamb

Chris is a father, an artist, a business owner and a Christian — but he’s not likely to tell you about it. For Chris, being Christian is more about how you treat people than anything else. In this episode, he shares his journey in and out of church, dealing with the death of his parents, and his decision to embrace sobriety. Continue reading “Stories From A Village Podcast: Finding Hope In The Trenches of Life”

Stories From A Village Podcast: You’re Not Broken

By Ivy Lamb

Tamasha grew up in a former coal-mining town in Virginia with her deeply religious grandmother. She knew she wanted her life to be different than what she saw around her in her childhood, and she succeeded in realizing her vision for her life. But everything, including her faith, came crashing down when she started struggling with her mental health. In this episode, she shares openly about how her faith has shaped her life choices, her parenting, and her experiences with her mental health.

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Stories From A Village Podcast: How a Straight, 50-something Southern Baptist Came to Affirm LGBTQ Christians

By Ivy Lamb

Steve spent most of his life in what he now describes as a state of spiritual apathy toward LGBTQ Christians. In this episode, he recounts the journey that took him from a traditional Southern Baptist view of homosexuality to feeling called to stand with and fully affirm LGBTQ Christians. Steve’s story shows how that shift can be grounded in compassion, experience and a close reading of the Bible.

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Stories From A Village Podcast: Living From My Heart

By Ivy Lamb

Scott is a husband, father, and professor. Over the years, he’s slowly learned to relinquish the illusion of control. Moving past his own theories of how the world should work has been one of his greatest spiritual challenges, and yet he considers it core to the message Christianity. In this episode, he shares his journey of learning to let go, and how a recent health crisis helped him understand the profound importance of human connection. Continue reading “Stories From A Village Podcast: Living From My Heart”

Stories From A Village Podcast: Breathing Goodness Into the World

By Ivy Lamb

How do we overcome experiences of struggle and find ways to share our gifts with the world? For Chase, the answer lies partly in practices of spiritual discipline. A relatively new high school English teacher, Chase feels called to use own experiences of struggle to empathize with and encourage his students. Journaling, yoga, and self-reflection also help him stay grounded on his journey toward authenticity and “being seen

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Stories From A Village Podcast: It Is Well with My Soul

By Ivy Lamb

As the son of a Methodist pastor, Andrew grew up intimately connected to the church. His childhood experiences exposed some of the difficulties and shortcomings of the church, but they also helped Andrew discover his own call to ministry. Today, he serves at Stone Village Church as a musician and worship leader. In this episode, he shares the story of how he moved from feeling judgement and shame about his sexuality to claiming God’s love and living more fully into his gifts.

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Stories From A Village Podcast: Learning to Live Beyond Labels

By Ivy Lamb

For more than a decade, Joey identified as an atheist. Today he calls himself a Christian again, but his story isn’t what you might think. In this episode, Ivy and Joey talk about his early experiences with Catholicism, how his moral convictions led him to leave the church, and how he eventually returned to Christianity with a different perspective. His story illuminates and challenges how we think about the labels of “Christian” and “atheist.”

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Stories From A Village Podcast: PRIDE and Why it matters

Ivy sits down with Stone Village pastor John and one of the church’s worship leaders Quinn to talk about Pride. We cover it all: Why it’s sometimes difficult to “come out” as Christian to your fellow LGBTQ folk, why Pride matters to us as a Christian community, and the aspects of Pride we grapple with (hello, corporate sponsorship). We hope you enjoy the conversation and stay tuned for more episodes!

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Stories From A Village Podcast: Love Found Me

Where do we turn in our darkest moments? In this episode, Ivy talks with Aimee about how she turned to God for help, even when she wasn’t certain she belonged in church. Aimee talks openly about the long road to finding safety and acceptance after a turbulent childhood and unhappy marriage, the things she still struggles with spiritually, and how becoming a mother solidified her belief in God.

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Stories From A Village Podcast: Who I Am Called To Be

In this episode, Ivy talks to Leo, a self-described “spiritual seeker.” Leo is a gay man who came of age in the 1960s. While he wondered if he would ever find acceptance in the Catholic church, he says he never doubted the love of God. He talks about how his spirituality has served as an important touchstone throughout his life and in his relationship with his husband of 36 years.

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Stories From A Village Podcast: Seeking a resurrected life

In this episode of Stories from a Village, Ivy talks to Stacey, a life-long Christian raised in the United Methodist Church. Stacey reflects on the positive experiences she’s had in her church community and the strong Christian women who shaped her. But Ivy and Stacey also wrestle with some of the hard parts of being Christian, such as reconciling the existence of suffering with their religious beliefs. This episode was recorded in the fall of 2017.

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Stories From A Village Podcast: I love Jesus but I cuss a little

In this episode of Stories from a Village, Ivy talks with Sonya about faith, art, politics, and self-acceptance. Sonya grew up in West Virginia and learned early-on that being a good Christian meant not doing bad things like smoking, swearing, or watching R-rated movies. Today, she’s a Christian who cusses a little (and sometimes maybe a lot) but she knows that God loves her just the way she is. You can find examples of her art at sonyalucasart.com

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