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Podcasts for Quarantines

As employees of the CRC we’re working from home as much as possible to do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19.  So we’re sharing some of our favourite podcasts with each other and with you! Here’s our wide ranging list of fantastic content.  We hope that whether these podcasts are biblical or scientific you’ll enjoy some of our (personal) favourites.  

Cindy Stover - Justice Mobilizer, Canadian Ministries

Reconcile: Everyday Conversations from the Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan

This is the podcast that I so dearly needed! Our friends at the MCC have struck on an idea that is phenomenal in its simplicity; recording the conversations, stories, and actions of everyday people who are practicing reconciliation as best as they can. I love the candid stories of how messy it can be, how hard and long and uncomfortable it can be, but also how life-changing it is for both settlers and our Indigenous neighbours to keep trying at it, together. By demonstrating how all of us normal, non-superheros can take the Truth and Reconciliation Comission's calls to action seriously, and work to implement them in our everyday lives, this podcast helps us to see how possible reconciliation is, if we're willing to do it. 

Becky Jones - Volunteer and Communication Specialist Disability Concerns and Safe Church

When I take my daily social distance walk, I am never alone. Before I head out the door, I download today's release of That Sounds Fun. To quote Annie F. Downs, creator and host of the show, her focus is on "the everyday goodness of a real and Present God." Typically podcasts drop on Monday and Thursday, but since she is in full quarantine lockdown in Nashville, we get short, funny podcasts everyday as we all try to get through this! 

Victoria Veenstra - Justice Communications Team Coordinator (Office of Social Justice, Centre for Public Dialogue, Canadian Indigenous Ministry Committee) 

Java with Julie is one of the podcasts I’ve been most inspired by lately!  I love that the guests enter into deep conversations (over coffee). Even on the sensitive subjects Julie and her guests are honest and vulnerable. In particular I’ve been returning to episode #289 “How to Choose Unity (Even when you disagree).  

Megan Herrema - Communications Coordinator (Office of Social Justice and Faith Formation Ministries)

This Podcast Will Kill You: I have a streak of curiosity for all things biology, so this satisfies that intellectual itch. Each episode focuses on a different infectious disease, and it definitely has a biology-bent, but the hosts regularly talk about how injustices in society make some populations more vulnerable to disease and poor health.. They also list tons of sources for their research and for learning more about public health.

Hope Zigterman - Mobilizing and Advocacy Fellow

I highly recommend Rough Translation! The podcast travels the world and shares stories from other cultures on issues that we often find ourselves discussing in America. Covering everything from yoga, dating, and fake news to education, race, and women’s rights, the podcast introduces the listener to different worldviews and new ways to approach familiar questions. It’s a great listen for those wanting to step outside of their comfort zones and challenge themselves with new ideas.

Kendra David - Immigration and Justice Specialist

My honest answer is that I don't really listen to podcasts, at least not at my initiative. What I DO really enjoy is Librivox audio recordings. People from around the world volunteer to record themselves reading books that are now in the public domain. It's free, and it's fun starting a book and not knowing who all of the readers will be, and what they will sound like! 


The Do Justice podcast is coming your way soon!  We’ll be releasing our first season of episodes.  Stay tuned to our emails and social feeds for updates on the full release. 

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