Welcome to the Unlikely Conversations Podcast
We often inhabit spaces in person and online where we only interact with folks who primarily look and think and act and practice faith like we do. Unlikely Conversations is a podcast hosted by Collegeville Institute board member Ellie Roscher that features unique and dynamic interviews with writers, thinkers, scholars, and artists affiliated with Collegeville Institute programs.
In season three of Unlikely Conversations, we are asking big questions about meaning, purpose, and the theology of Christian vocation. Beginning on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 tune in twice a month to hear conversations with theologians, church leaders, and clergy in the Collegeville Institute’s Communities of Calling Initiative.
- September 14, 2021What role does community play in understanding our individual vocation? And what happens when a pastor called to ministry starts to burn out?Read more »
- August 31, 2021How can congregations invite members of all ages to embrace God's communal call to serve?Read more »
- August 17, 2021In this podcast episode, two church leaders discuss how a skills sharing class transformed their understanding of God's calling.Read more »
- August 3, 2021The Unlikely Conversations podcast is back! Dr. Kathleen Cahalan speaks about how a healthy theology of vocation can help churches experience God's calling in more expansive ways.Read more »
In its second season, each episode of the podcast centered on the subject of writing, faith, and justice with alumni guests from our writing workshops.
- February 25, 2021In this episode, Nekeisha Alayna Alexis describes how her conviction to nonviolence evolved into her interest in co-liberation with animals.Read more »
- February 12, 2021On the surface, welcoming an immigrant seems kind. Karen González asks Christians to look again and push deeper.Read more »
- January 27, 2021What compels a decorated combat veteran and former missions pastor to study mysticism at a center founded by Fr. Richard Rohr?Read more »
- January 13, 2021Community organizing is often hard and contentious work. How can people stay committed when the world becomes overwhelming?Read more »
- December 16, 2020For Wesley Morris, being a good writer and pastor means embracing a "luminous darkness" as a place of transformation.Read more »
- December 2, 2020Josina Guess discusses her work as an editor, as well as her own writing on themes of race, violence, and family.Read more »
- November 18, 2020What role can fellow writers play in the creative process? And how can a desire to "change the world" backfire?Read more »
- November 4, 2020How can writers begin to claim their own voice? And how should local communities inform both writing and organizing work?Read more »
- October 21, 2020What role do writers have in expanding our imagination for what is possible? And who is tending to the spiritual needs of activists?Read more »
- October 7, 2020In Season 2 of our podcast, listen to activists and writers of faith including Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.Read more »
In its first season, each episode of the podcast featured two participants in the Multi-Religious Fellows program at the Collegeville Institute.
- July 15, 2020Our last podcast episode from this season asks: how are sacred stories about complicated women taught differently in Christianity and Judaism?Read more »
- July 1, 2020How do we teach toward curiosity in our religious institutions? How do we build interfaith relationships so when crisis happens we can support each other?Read more »
- June 17, 2020In our latest podcast episode, hear a Hindu-Jewish conversation about how religious communities are gathering, celebrating, and grieving during COVID-19.Read more »
- June 5, 2020In this podcast episode, hear a frank conversation about race between two young faith leaders in the Muslim and Buddist religious communtities.Read more »
- May 20, 2020Our third podcast episode explores the history of multi-religious work with Rabbi Barry D. Cytron and Dr. Marty Stortz.Read more »
- May 6, 2020In the second episode of our podcast, hear a Muslim-Catholic dialogue about faith and action for the common good.Read more »
- April 22, 2020Listen now to the first episode of our new podcast Unlikely Conversations.Read more »
- April 3, 2020Listen now to the trailer for Unlikely Conversations, a new podcast from the Collegeville Institute that explores civil discourse as spiritual practice.Read more »