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Earth Makers: Sacred Stories & Queer Spaces

210 EpisodesProduced by Joey ArmstrongWebsite

Join creator/host Joey as she creates queer space for all persons to show up authentically and listen to some healing stories. Warm the kettle. Take some deep breaths. Listen. All are welcome. No exceptions. Support this podcast:

210 Episodes | 2020 - 2021


September 24th, 2021


The new podcast format takes off with a story about Ents, love without conditions, and hard break ups.


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Update: Your Story Matters

August 29th, 2021


Joey Bear is back with some changes…

Queer Stories: Turning Toward the Light of the Moon

June 27th, 2021


Joey shares a personal story about childhood, astronauts, moths, and the Moon. It gets pretty queer! 

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"Guard Your Heart"

June 19th, 2021


Joey helps us unpack "guard your heart" language found in the Christian scriptures. What does it mean? Is it helpful? Should we use it at all?

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Pride 2021: Speak From The Fire 🔥

June 4th, 2021


We reflect on what we mean when we say “pride” and why real, helpful pride comes from the fire inside. Also, listen to The Life She Wrote podcast …

Memorial Day 2021: So That Hearts May Be Changed

May 31st, 2021


Joey memorializes a true story of compassion and empathy from a queer perspective


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We the Freaks

May 29th, 2021


CW: suicide, terrorism, transphobia. Joey is back and she is filled with passion and ire today! You are not mistaken and you are not a mistake. Don’t forget that. Check out QuakerSpeak on YouTube and the story of the …

New Update: You Don’t Have to Rush to Do Anything

May 10th, 2021


Joey gives us a brief update about the future of the podcast and a nugget of wisdom from her teacher. More episodes are coming!


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Ask a Trans Person About Resurrection!

April 3rd, 2021


Joey invites us to wrestle with the spiritual concept of Resurrection as we approach the pagan and Christian holy feast day of Easter Sunday 2021. …

What's the Deal with "Sin"?

March 27th, 2021


Joey invites us to wrestle with the word "sin" and the teachings, philosophies, and theologies behind it and why it seems to have "staying power" in …

Don't Consume Toxins (The Fifth Precept of Buddhism)

March 19th, 2021


CW: Mass shootings, white supremacy, toxic masculinity. Joey finishes the series on the Five Precepts of Buddhism by reflecting on where we find …

Tell The Truth (The Fourth Precept of Buddhism)

March 5th, 2021


Joey continues the series on the Five Precepts and discusses how lying is not necessarily always the opposite of the Truth. We also reflect on lying …

Getting Spiritually Naked with David Hayward, The Naked Pastor

February 26th, 2021


Earth Makers is so excited to welcome David Hayward aka The Naked Pastor to the podcast! David is an Earth Maker who expresses his spiritual care for others primarily through cartooning, painting, and writing. David …

Do Not Engage in Sexual Harm (The Third Precept of Buddhism)

February 20th, 2021


Content Warning: sex, rape, sexual assault, sexual harrassment, etc. are discussed.

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Valentine's Day 2021 Bonus Episode: Love is Complicated

February 14th, 2021


Joey shares their reflections on the complications and complexities of the human experience of love on this Valentine's Day 2021. Follow Joey on …

Do Not Steal (The Second Precept of Buddhism)

February 12th, 2021


We continue our series on the Five Precepts of Buddhism. We wrestle with the role "theft" plays in our day to day lives and how to manage our …

Do Not Kill (The First Precept of Buddhism)

February 8th, 2021


Joey begins their series on the Five Precepts of Buddhism with a look at our engagement with physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual violence. The …

Is this Podcast for Me?

January 31st, 2021


Joey does the work of Earth Makers "apologetics" today as they answer the hard question: Is it possible for a spiritual care podcast to be for …

Update: Some Small Changes

January 23rd, 2021


We are moving to being a once a week podcast!


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“He’s Not My President” & Other Delusions

January 20th, 2021


We begin season 3 with a conversation about delusion and suffering.


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The Valley of the Shadow of Dysphoria (End of Season 2)

January 9th, 2021


Joey reads their recent essay “A Fish and Her Shadow” and tells their story of transness and dysphoria. You can find the essay at


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Update: Where is Earth Makers Headed?

December 27th, 2020


Joey updates everyone on how they are healing and on the future of the podcast and of the Earth Makers Collective!


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Update: Real Talk with Joey

December 16th, 2020


Joey is taking a break from the podcast.


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“How Do I Maintain a Relationship with Someone Who Chose Hate?”

December 14th, 2020


Joey reflects with us on wrestling with relationships in a divided political landscape.


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Beauty and the Beast and the Story of Change

December 9th, 2020


Joey reflects on crying while listening to the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack and how change and being wrong can make a good story.


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On Christianity: Why Does the Cross Matter?

December 7th, 2020


Part 1 in a series on the beliefs and teachings of Christian spiritual traditions.


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Hi, I’m Joey and I’m an Addict, Pt. 1: Co-Dependence

December 4th, 2020


CW: addiction. Joey tells their story about addiction and recovery, Part 1.


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Twenty-Four Brand New Hours

December 2nd, 2020


Joey explains the #100daysofmeditation challenge and invites us to reflect on a meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh found in Peace is Every Step, published by Bantam Books in New York in 1991. The excerpt is found on pgs. 5 …

Gratitude for This (Joey’s Story, Continued)

November 28th, 2020


CW: suicidal ideation/intent, addiction, drug use, alcohol use, trauma. Joey gets real with everyone about why they are grateful for life. The …

Thanksgiving 2020: Hard Times with Gratitude

November 26th, 2020


A special Thanksgiving meditation on gratitude in 2020


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Gratitude for Others

November 23rd, 2020


We begin our gratitude practice for the week by focusing on others. The Jack Kornfield meditation can be found at


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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020: Softer To Me

November 20th, 2020


We reflect on the soft heart of life in the face of this solemn Transgender Day of Remembrance.


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Workshop: Forget Faith

November 18th, 2020


In today’s workshop, we examine the ways in which faith is problematic and the ways in which it helps. We discuss faith vs. the Kingdom/the Dharma.


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You Will Not Be Annihilated

November 16th, 2020


Joey invites us to reflect on where we find our value and worth and our fear of loss and annihilation.


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Moving On From Abuse with Joshua Berwald

November 13th, 2020


CW: physical and emotional abuse. Political abuse. Alcohol consumption. Racism. Joshua Berwald of the Bread. Wine. Movies. podcast joins us and …

“How Can I Welcome the Stranger When the Stranger is Someone Who Hurt Me?”

November 11th, 2020


1. Lots of exciting new announcements!! 2. We wrestle with the mandate of Jesus the Christ to welcome the stranger in such a divisive time.


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The Good News of Impermanence

November 9th, 2020


We reflect on how nothing lasts and how that feels and what is true.


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After the Election

November 8th, 2020


We pause to reflect on the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as POTUS and VP.


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In the Dark

November 6th, 2020


How do you wrestle with uncertainty in the face of a bizarre, stressful election process? Let’s find out!


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“Remember, Remember the 5th of November...”

November 5th, 2020


Today we wrestle with acceptance and approval and anxiety and privilege.


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Nov. 3, 2020

November 3rd, 2020


The blessing today comes from Jan Richardson’s book Circle of Grace published by Wanton Gospeller Press in Orlando in 2015. Please reach out to

Joey’s Story (But Not the Whole Story)

November 1st, 2020


Joey reads the introduction to their new in-progress book on spirituality and invites their listeners to be a part of their story of recovery.


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Halloween Spooky Story time: Way Back When

October 31st, 2020


Joey reads a scary short story they wrote to help distract from the stress of the days we currently live in! Grab some hot cider and a blanket! It’s gonna be spooky!


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What If I’m Afraid of the Election?

October 30th, 2020


Day 1 of spiritual care during the Election. The quote is found in The World According to Mr. Rogers by Fred Rogers, pg. 161, published by Hachette Books in New York in 2003. Email Joey at or on …

Workshop: Belief vs. Practice

October 28th, 2020


Hey! It’s our first EarthMakers Workshop! Bring a writing utensil and a piece of paper! See you there!


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Introducing Earth Makers Workshops & Other Important News

October 26th, 2020


1. Workshops are coming! 2. Please review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. 3. The 5 Year Plan on Earth Makers Collective is under way! 4. If you are …

Throwing Pies

October 23rd, 2020


We reflect on how we respond to demeaning behavior and the temptation to act out in a demeaning way. The selections come from: 1. The Mister Rogers Effect by Dr. Anita Knight Kuhnley, published by BakerBooks in Grand …

“...the Story isn’t finished.”

October 21st, 2020


We reflect on story and meditate on Padraig O’Tauma’s poem from his book In the Shelter, published by Hodder & Stoughton in Great Britain in 2015. The selection is found on pg. 5.


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Before the Weighted Blanket: Thoughts on Having a Hard Day

October 19th, 2020


Joey reflects on their hard day and takes the time to be transparent with you. The meditation is found on pgs. 112 & 113 in Circle of Grace by Jan Richardson, published by Wanton Gospeller Press in Orlando in 2015. …

When Fear Becomes a God

October 16th, 2020


We reflect on False Evidence Appearing Real through a blessing from Circle of Grace by Jan Richardson, published by Wanton Gospeller Press in Orlando in 2015. The selection is found on pgs. 34-36.


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“What If I Don’t Like Myself?”

October 14th, 2020


We reflect on our value and worth through the poem “Leavings” by Naomi Shihab Nye found in Cast Away, published in 2020 by GreenWillow Books in New York.


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You Don’t Have to Impress Anybody

October 12th, 2020


We reflect on our fear of losing people and relationships. We let go of our need to impress.


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“How Do I Practice Self Care in 2020?”

October 7th, 2020


Joey invites us to reflect on how we take care of ourselves in the hellscape clusterfu** that is 2020.


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Autumn: The Hard Work of Going Home

October 5th, 2020


CW: death and dying. What do you need to let go of today? Let Autumn be your teacher.


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Thoughts and Prayers (and other problems)

October 2nd, 2020


If you plan on thinking and praying about someone but won’t practice service, your prayers are powerless. Laying the hammer down today.


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After the Debate

September 30th, 2020


What can separate us from the Love of a higher power?


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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (Love & Spirituality, pt. 1)

September 28th, 2020


CW: rape, assault, abuse, trauma, drug use. We begin our series on Love, wrestling with the difference between “liking” and “loving.”


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Trust in the Slow Work of G-d

September 25th, 2020


A response to Wednesday’s episode on waiting through a simple reflection on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s poem. Interested in exploring amazing, quality, heartfelt spiritual direction? Check out Zanny Johnson’s work at


September 23rd, 2020


CW: suicide. There are all kinds of waiting. Anticipatory, excited waiting. Anxious, suffering waiting. Where do you find value in waiting?


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Stories of Recovery: The Rule Rather Than the Exception

September 21st, 2020


CW: overdose, death, suicide, addiction. Joey shares their story of an old friend called Matt. Sometimes, memories are all we have.


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We Are Not As Wise As We Think We Are

September 18th, 2020


We reflect on the spiritual gift of wisdom, wrestling the ego, and truth-telling.


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September 16th, 2020


We talk about what it means for the inside to show on the outside. Joey shares their story of coming out as trans and non-binary. 💙🌈 email Joey at or on Twitter @RevJoBear if you feel alone …

Our Space Suit Problem

September 14th, 2020


We reflect on freedom from the approval of others through the teachings of Ram Dass.


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Stories of Recovery: A Box of Darkness

September 11th, 2020


Today, celebrating Recovery Month 2020, Joey shares a personal story of reconciliation from their recovery journey.


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Precious, Loved, and Worthy

September 9th, 2020


We reflect on our preciousness, beloved ness, and worthiness with the Non-Binary Auncle from TikTok. Follow them @thaddeusshafer on TikTok!


A Brief Update on the Pod

September 8th, 2020


Friends, no episode today! Just a brief update! See you tomorrow morning and every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday moving forward.


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Taking a Break & Getting Some Rest

September 3rd, 2020


Joey’s body is telling them to take a break and get some rest. Are you getting the rest you need? See you in a few days!


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What Good Are Scarecrows Anyway?

September 2nd, 2020


We reflect on our sense of uselessness in the face of suffering and global injustice. The readings came from


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“God is Waiting to Be Un-Shrunk”

September 1st, 2020


We reflect on the nature of God, identity, and gender today through Glenn Thomas Rideout’s poem, “god is no noun.”


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Being in Our Bodies

August 31st, 2020


CW: reflections on eating disorders, body image distress, gender dysphoria, self harm, addiction, and suicidal ideation and intent. We practice being …

The Spirituality of Aspberger’s and Addiction Recovery with Patrick Hendricks

August 30th, 2020


Joey’s sponsor and dear friend, Patrick Hendricks, recovering addict, gay spiritual leader on the spectrum and volunteer service warrior talks about …

Chadwick Boseman (1976-2020): Grief, Loss, and Pneuma

August 29th, 2020


CW: An episode in which we talk about the pain of grief and loss and remembering to breathe. Black Women Radicals can be found on Twitter @blkwomenradical and at


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Fundamentalism is Addiction

August 28th, 2020


Joey explores the dangers of our attachments to fundamentals. Be warned: you might not like what they have to say.


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Right Concentration

August 27th, 2020


We conclude our series on The Noble Eightfold Path. How do we concentrate on what is right over what is easy?


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Right Mindfulness

August 26th, 2020


Wanna be here now? Let’s practice!


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Right Effort

August 25th, 2020


We reflect on the power and existence of grace in order to try our best. The reading comes from

“Yours For Fixing Up the World” A Statement on the Shooting of Jacob Blake

August 24th, 2020


We pause to reflect on the recent police shooting of innocent, unarmed black man, Jacob Blake. Email Joey at or tweet …

Right Livelihood

August 23rd, 2020


Before you judge your neighbor’s job and way of life, what does yours look like? The selections are found in

Right Action

August 22nd, 2020


CW: references to racist policing and the murder of George Floyd. How are we doing the least amount of harm as possible? How are we leaving no trace? …

Right Speech

August 21st, 2020


Let’s practice thinking before we speak, together and engaging in helpful listening practices. Let’s abolish the violence of gossip together. The …

Right Intention

August 20th, 2020


Why did you do that? Slow down and reflect on the reason behind your choices.


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Right View

August 19th, 2020


We begin our series on The Noble Eightfold Path taught in Buddhist spiritual traditions w/examining accurate vs. inaccurate perception. The quote …

My Friend Anger

August 18th, 2020


We reflect on the helpful nature of anger through Love and Rage by Lama Rod Owens, published by North Atlantic Books in Berkeley in 2020. The …

I Am

August 17th, 2020


Where is God? Who is God? Right here. In this.


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Our Managers

August 16th, 2020


CW: eating disorders and body image distress. We reflect on our perfectionism and people pleasing. Email Joey at should you …

Our Firefighters

August 15th, 2020


CW: there is talk of abuse, suicide, addiction, self harm, and eating disorders. We continue our series in Internal Family Systems by examining our reactive protectors. The selection was found on pg. 25 in High Magick …

Our Exiles

August 14th, 2020


We continue the series on Internal Family Systems by visiting the wounded childhood parts of us. Email Joey at or find them on Twitter @RevJoBear


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Our Spiritual Center

August 13th, 2020


CW: mention of suicidal ideation/intent. We begin our new series on Internal Family Systems theory. Do you believe you have everything you need in your core self?


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Step 12: Service

August 11th, 2020


Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to all addicts, and to practice these principles in all …

Step 11: Spiritual Awareness

August 10th, 2020


We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with our HP, praying only for knowledge of Her will for us and the power to carry that out.


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A Brief Update

August 7th, 2020


Joey (they/them/theirs) is going on a trip for their wedding anniversary! See you on Monday!


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Step 10: Perseverance

August 6th, 2020


We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.


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Step 9: Justice

August 5th, 2020


We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.


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Step 8: Compassion

August 4th, 2020


We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. Please email Joey at if you need some spiritual care today.


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Step 7: Humility

August 3rd, 2020


We humbly asked our Higher Power to remove our shortcomings. Follow Isabel Rae McKenzie @birdpoems on Twitter and find her work on!


Step 6: Willingness

August 2nd, 2020


We were entirely ready to have our Higher Power remove all these shortcomings.


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Step 5: Integrity

August 1st, 2020


We admitted to our Higher Power, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. Email Josiah at if you need help with your 5th step!


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Step 4: Courage

July 31st, 2020


We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.


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Step 3: Faith

July 30th, 2020


We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of our higher power...


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Step 2: Hope

July 29th, 2020


We continue our series on the 12 Steps. CW: this episode features a personal story about a miscarriage. Please take care of yourself and stop listening if that’s what you need.


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Step 1: Honesty

July 28th, 2020


We begin our series on The 12 Steps, a sacred text of recovery, with the spiritual principle of honesty. Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over our addictions, that our lives had become unmanageable.”


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Embodied Spirituality

July 27th, 2020


We reflect on bodies and embodied thought and practice through the work of Jane Vennard in her book Fully Awake and Truly Alive. Published by …

Juneteenth 2020 Minisode

June 19th, 2020


We take a short pause to hear from BIPOC voices on anger and rage as a path of liberation. Happy Juneteenth! The quotes are found in Love and Rage by Lama Rod Owens, published by North Atlantic books in Berkeley in …

Letting Go (End of Season 1)

June 15th, 2020


Trigger Warning: There are discussions of suicide in this episode. See you next season! Thanks for all the support! If you use Apple Podcasts please help Josiah out by writing a review and leaving …

“So I Decided.”

June 14th, 2020


We reflect on facing the past and making decisions through Padraig Ó Tauma’s poem “Jacob and Esau.” The poem can be found at


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Why I Call Myself a Mystic

June 13th, 2020


Josiah talks to us about his experience as a mystic and reads to us, again, from The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr, published by Convergent in New York in 2019. The selection is found on pg. 1.


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“Christ” is Just a Word

June 12th, 2020


We reflect on our problems with words and how we can reframe words like Christ through Richard Rohr and Caryll Houselander’s work. The selection is found in The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr, published by Convergent …


June 11th, 2020


We reflect on the Divine feminine and meditate on a prayer from Wild Mercy by Mirabai Starr. Published by Sounds True in Boulder in 2019. The …

The God Problem

June 10th, 2020


We reflect on the word and concept “God” and meditate on the words of 13th century mystic Meister Eckhart through Meditations with Meister Eckhart by Matthew Fox and published by Bear & Company in Rochester, VT in …

Spiritual Care and the BIPOC Arts: Poetry and Justice

June 9th, 2020


We reflect on poetry as an act of justice in Layli Long Soldier’s poem, “38.” The excerpt is found in the collection Whereas, published by Graywolf …

Noah and Queer Eye

June 8th, 2020


Despite all evidence to the contrary, God loves you. Please watch Queer Eye Season 5, Episode 1 on Netflix.


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Spiritual Care and the Arts: Star Wars and Togetherness

June 7th, 2020


We reflect on how a story from a galaxy far, far away has helped make togetherness possible.


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Spiritual Care and the Arts: The Movies As Holy Scripture

June 6th, 2020


Josiah reads his article from 2018 on finding the Divine in the movies. The article can be found at


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True Self Care Is Not the American Way

June 5th, 2020


We reflect on finding value in self care first. Email Josiah at


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LGBTQ+ Spirituality

June 4th, 2020


Josiah, a queer guy, leads us on a reflection of how to love who we actually are through the work of Peter Sweasey found here:


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“What Do You Do With the Mad That You Feel?”

June 3rd, 2020


We reflect on the gift of anger through Rev. Fred Rogers’ song published in 1968.


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Goals Are Overrated

June 2nd, 2020


We reflect on our addiction to goals and goal setting through a passage from This: Becoming Free by Michael Gungor. Published in Petaluma by Roundtree Press in 2019.


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Quiet Love

June 1st, 2020


We practice listening to the language of the suffering. Josiah’s email is


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“When I Am Very Still”

May 31st, 2020


We reflect on being the calm in the eye of the storm through a poem by Josiah Armstrong.


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Confession: I Want to Believe

May 30th, 2020


Josiah confesses where he’s at with theistic belief and how sometimes belief is a drug we recover from.


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White Spirituality is Disconnection: An Official Statement from Earth Makers

May 29th, 2020


In light of recent events, Rev. Josiah Armstrong states the official position of Earth Makers on racism and spirituality. No meditation today.


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#adulting (The Inner Life)

May 28th, 2020


We rethink the episode on the inner voice of the adult and we practice Gathas.


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George Floyd, Rest in Power (1974-2020)

May 27th, 2020


We reflect on the racist violence of white policing that murdered George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN on 05/26/2020. What can we do? 1. Make space for …

Dams in the River

May 25th, 2020


We reflect on the flow of spirituality and the things that we allow to block the flow. This: Becoming Free is by Michael Gungor and it was published by Roundtree Press in Petaluma in 2019. The quote is found on pg. v.

The Inner Life: The Wise Grandparent/Sage

May 24th, 2020


We reflect on the Jizo Bodhisattva qualities of equanimity, benevolence, courage, full responsibility, engagement in life, and unquenchable optimism …

The Inner Life: The Teenager

May 22nd, 2020


We reflect on the voice that pleads, wants, defies, and demands. The poem “I Want To Be...” can be found at


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The Inner Life: The Child

May 21st, 2020


We reflect on our most basic needs through The Inner Life. Today, part 1: The Child.


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The Relentless Pursuit of Everything You Were Made To Be

May 20th, 2020


We reflect on our purpose and our identity through a story found in the book Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell. Listen to Rob’s great podcast The Robcast.


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Teachers Worth Listening To: Cari Armstrong, Yogi

May 19th, 2020


We reflect on yoga as a spiritual practice that helps us connect to our bodies, God, and all beings with the guidance and teaching of Cari Armstrong. Josiah is lucky to be married to her. You can find Cari and her yoga …

I Was Wrong

May 18th, 2020


We reflect on the rejection of cruelty and the value of being wrong. Please check out the interview with Mitch Horowitz on The Duncan Trussell Family Hour podcast and check out Hail Satan? A film by Penny Lane available …

The Masks We Wear

May 17th, 2020


Trigger warning: there are discussions of eating disorders, self harm, and sexual assault in this episode. We reflect on masks and laying them down. …

Spirituality is Connection to a Higher Power

May 16th, 2020


We reflect on words like “God” and “higher power” and embrace the mystery of it all. The article is called “Richard Rohr Reorders the Universe” and …

Spirituality is Connection to Others

May 15th, 2020


We reflect on spirituality as a necessary connection to all beings. Refuge Recovery by Noah Levine was published by HarperCollins in New York in …

Spirituality is Connection to You

May 14th, 2020


We reflect on spirituality and how we connect with ourselves, first. Wild Mercy by Mirabai Starr was published by Sounds True in Boulder in 2019. The …

You Become What You Receive

May 13th, 2020


We reflect on bread and life and sacrament. The Bread of Life article can be found at


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“Looking Mortality Straight in the Eye is No Easy Feat.”

May 12th, 2020


We reflect on facing mortality and death and our avoidance. Content warning: if death and loss are too challenging for you in this season, you may want to skip this one for now. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin …

Shame & The Rise of Skywalker

May 11th, 2020


We reflect on a few great quotes from General Leia in the final chapter of The Skywalker Saga.


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Mother’s Day 2020: Our Greatest Fear

May 10th, 2020


We reflect on the concept of “mother” today and on what actually frightens ya through Marianne Williamson’s poem, Our Greatest Fear.


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Belief is Overrated

May 9th, 2020


We reflect on attachment to belief through Christian Wiman’s poem, All My Friends Are Finding New Beliefs. The full text of the poem can be found at

Taking a Walk

May 8th, 2020


We reflect on “communing with the sublime” through walking meditation via A Philosophy of Walking by Frederic Gros. The New York Times review can be found here:

Building Sand Castles on Vesak Day 2020

May 7th, 2020


We reflect on the beauty of impermanence and letting go through a quote by the great Pema Chödrön. Happy Vesak Day 2020 to you!


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The Ninth Beatitude

May 6th, 2020


We reflect on who is on your team and how to claim your “heavenly reward” when you feel persecuted.


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The Eighth Beatitude with Joshua Berwald

May 5th, 2020


We reflect on being persecuted for the truth and the kingdom of heaven with Joshua Berwald of the Bread. Wine. Movies. podcast.


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The Seventh Beatitude

May 4th, 2020


We explore the practice of making peace and we engage in Metta meditation.


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The Sixth Beatitude

May 3rd, 2020


We reflect on purity of heart, right intention, and “seeing God.”


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The Fifth Beatitude

May 2nd, 2020


We reflect on the practice of mercy and Josiah tells a story.


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The Fourth Beatitude

May 1st, 2020


We reflect on righteousness. What is it? How do I practice it without becoming a moralist?


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The Third Beatitude

April 30th, 2020


We reflect on “strength under control” and practicing inheriting the space that has been made for us.


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The Second Beatitude

April 29th, 2020


A new introduction and a reflection on practicing mourning and comfort. The book Unsubscribe is by Josh Korda and is available wherever books are …

The First Beatitude

April 28th, 2020


An introduction to the Sermon on the Mount via Dietrich Bonhoeffer and a reflection on “poverty of spirit.”


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Spiritual Bypass and Grace

April 27th, 2020


We conclude the dharma talk on the Noble Eightfold Path and we meditate on the power of grace in the face of our practice.


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The Third and Fourth Noble Truths

April 26th, 2020


We continue our series. Natalie Goldberg’s book The Great Spring was published by Shambhala Publications, Inc. in Boulder in 2016. The quote is found …

The First and Second Noble Truths

April 25th, 2020


A dharma talk on suffering and it’s cause followed by meditation.


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“All Religions Will Pass...”

April 23rd, 2020


Josiah gives a brief dharma talk on a controversial quote by pre-revolutionary Russian Orthodox philosopher and theologian V V Rozanov.


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A Cup of Coffee

April 22nd, 2020


We reflect and meditate on the interconnectedness of all beings and things.


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“Always Pray Your Own Prayers”

April 21st, 2020


Josiah shares a story about prayer and we do Metta meditation together.


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Hope is Overrated

April 20th, 2020


We reflect on expectations, attachments, and the 3 steps of self-compassion.


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April 19th, 2020


We reflect on the value of recovery through the first 3 steps of The 12 Steps.


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Wild Geese

April 18th, 2020


We reflect on our place in “the family of things” through Mary Oliver’s poem, Wild Geese.


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Why I Call Myself a Buddhist

April 17th, 2020


Josiah shares his reasons for identifying as a Zen Buddhist and utilizes a teaching from Thich Nhat Hanh for some help.


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April 16th, 2020


We explore 10 Tips for a Mindful Home by Karen Maezen Miller found in Lion’s Roar magazine, printed 9 April 2020.


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Women Teach Us: Dr. Cheryl Giles

April 15th, 2020


We explore sitting with our anger, fear, and sadness with Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and psychologist, Cheryl Giles. The essay is called Beyond …

Women Teach Us: Alice Walker

April 14th, 2020


We explore love and womanism with Alice Walker.


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Good Friday 2020 Teacher: Horatio Spafford (1828-1888).

April 10th, 2020


On this blessed Good Friday 2020, we continue our series with Horatio Spafford and his famous Christian hymn. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Call the number. Stay alive.


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Teachers Worth Listening To: Rev. Fred Rogers (1928-2003) and John Prine (1946-2020).

April 8th, 2020


Part 5: Fred Rogers and John Prine. Email Josiah at and tell him one thing you love about yourself!


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Teachers Worth Listening To: Saint Hildegard of Bingen

April 7th, 2020


Part 4: Hildegard of Bingen. We reflect on Hildegard’s thoughts through the devotional Christian Mystics by Matthew Fox, published by New World Library in Novato in 2011. The reading is found on pg. 20.


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Teachers Worth Listening To: David Foster Wallace (1962-2008)

April 6th, 2020


Our series continues with part 3: David Foster Wallace. Our reading comes from his address titled This is Water. You can find it on YouTube or a book store!


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Teachers Worth Listening To: Lao Tzu and Winnie-the-Pooh

April 5th, 2020


We reflect on Taoism through part 2: Lao Tzu and Winnie-the-Pooh. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff was published in 1983 by Penguin Books in New York.


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Teachers Worth Listening To: Rich Mullins (1955-1997)

April 4th, 2020


We begin a new series for reflection, Teachers Worth Listening To. Today, part 1: Rich Mullins.


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April 3rd, 2020


We reflect on fear and calm through a translation of Psalm 23 for children called Found by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Jago, published in 2007 by Zonderkids in Grand Rapids, MI.


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April 2nd, 2020


We reflect on hope through the poem More Honey Locust by Mary Oliver published in Evidence by Beacon Press in Boston in 2009. The poem is found on pg. 17.


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Inner Dharma, Inner Light

April 1st, 2020


We reflect on the Buddhist dharma and the Quaker light through an old story found in The Barn at the End of the World by Mary Rose O’Reilley. …

Holy Fools (In Memory of Tomie dePaola [1934-2020])

March 31st, 2020


We reflect on our holy foolishness through the prayer of St. Francis in memory of Tomie dePaola.


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All I Really Need

March 30th, 2020


We reflect on simple truths and gifts through the lyrics of “All I Really Need,” a song written and performed by Raffi on Songs of Our World (Troubador Records Ltd., 1980).


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The Minefield of Your Mind

March 29th, 2020


We reflect on perfectionism, overthinking, and physical intuition through a selection from The Barn At the End of the World: The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Shepherd by Mary Rose O’Reilly, published by Milkweed …

The Earth Maker

March 28th, 2020


We conclude our reflection on the Trinity as articulated through the New Zealand Book of Common Prayer. Today, part 3: The Earth Maker.


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The Pain Bearer

March 27th, 2020


Trigger warning: There is discussion of eating disorders, addiction, self harm, and trauma in this episode. We continue our reflection on the Trinity through the New Zealand Book of Common Prayer. Today, part 2: The …

The Life Giver

March 26th, 2020


We reflect on the Trinity as described by the New Zealand Book of Common Prayer. Today, part 1: The Life Giver.


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“God Rid Me of God.”

March 25th, 2020


We reflect on a prayer by German mystic Meister Eckhart and how it invites us to let go of our attachment to opinions, beliefs, and assumptions.


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When the Trees Say Nothing

March 24th, 2020


We reflect on a reading from Kathleen Deignan’s compilation of Thomas Merton’s meditations on nature, When the Trees Say Nothing, published in 2003 by Sorin Books in Notre Dame. The reflection is number 4 on pg. 46.



March 23rd, 2020


We reflect on a reading from Richard Rohr and the power of compassion.


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Story Time: the robot & his cat.

March 22nd, 2020


We do some mindful listening as Josiah reads his short story “the robot & his cat” (2020) published on


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Every Day

March 21st, 2020


We reflect on gratitude practice through Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem, Every Day. This poem can be found on p. 25 of Nye’s poetry collection, A Maze Me: …


March 20th, 2020


We offer up lament through Psalm 88 during this difficult season. Warning: there are lots of swear words in this episode. Ask the kiddos to leave the …


March 19th, 2020


We break down the Serenity Prayer with part 3: Wisdom.


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March 17th, 2020


We reflect on the Serenity Prayer with part 2: Courage.


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March 16th, 2020


We break down the Serenity Prayer in 3 parts. Today, Part 1: Acceptance.


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Solitude vs. Isolation

March 15th, 2020


We reflect on a passage from Thomas Merton’s (1915-1968) book New Seeds of Contemplation (1962) and examine the differences between solitude and …


March 14th, 2020


We engage in Metta Lovingkindness meditation today for ourselves and for all beings.


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“On the Floor with a Pencil in Her Ear.”

March 13th, 2020


We reflect on a question asked by Sufjan Stevens and an answer from a systematic theologian in these chaotic and anxious times. Song - “Oh God, …

Serenity Prayer

March 12th, 2020


We reflect on our fears and anxieties surrounding the coronavirus by praying Reinhold Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer together.


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Shepherd of the Question Mark & Jeweler of the Surprise

March 11th, 2020


We reflect on hard questions from therapists and where we can go to let our guard down.


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March 10th, 2020


We reflect on the power of Aimlessness from the Buddhist wisdom of the venerable Thich Nhat Hanh.


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March 9th, 2020


We reflect on different types of nature and grace with the help of Mary Oliver’s poem, Yellow.


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Go In

March 8th, 2020


We reflect on the poem Go In by Steve Garness-Holmes and on the beauty of God as Earth Maker, Pain Bearer, and Life giver.


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“It Is Not Working for Me”

March 7th, 2020


We read an excerpt from Christian Wiman’s essay, My Bright Abyss (2013), and reflect on the difficulty of the God concept in the midst of life’s …


March 6th, 2020


We reflect on Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem, Mystery.


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Beloved is Where We Begin

March 5th, 2020


The podcast has changed. Each day, let’s remember there is earth and space made for us to show up and receive exactly what we need.


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Addendum: Being Human with Stephen Johnson

February 2nd, 2020


Our 1st episode with Stephen Johnson got cut off unexpectedly and these are some concluding thoughts. Thanks!


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Being Human with Stephen Johnson

February 1st, 2020


Manly’s first guest, Stephen Johnson, describes the value of humanness over manliness. Watch out...there’s a lot of movie and TV references! The …

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