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The Village Elder
Dr. Stephen Campbell and Dr. Bob Boyle
Bob & Stephen seek out, sit with, and learn from wisdom wherever it may be found.
Feb 6, 2024
Episode 15: The Dance Between the Big Picture and Minutia
Bob & Stephen are back after a long hiatus! They talk together about some of the changes that have been happening in their lives and how those changes are revealing an interesting dance between seeing the big picture and the minutia of life. Welcome back to exploring wisdom with the Village Elder!
Mar 15, 2022
Facing Change - Part 1
Bob & Stephen discuss some thoughts on facing change as individuals and organizations using a framework called the Transtheoretical Model or Stages of Change Model as a guide for their conversation. Please share your thoughts and reflections with them at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Feb 9, 2022
And We're Back!
After a year-long hiatus, Stephen & Bob are back at it! Join them as they catch up with each other on the wisdom they have encountered and what they have learned from it this past year. If you are interested in being a guest on the show, or you have topic ideas for Season 2, feel free to send a message to info at findmycenter dot net!
Dec 17, 2020
Living Out the Sacredness of Everything
Bob & Stephen continue their discussion on the sacredness of everything and move into the practical. Join them as they talk about how this idea turns into choices and perspectives in our everyday lives. And since this will probably be the final episode of the year, both Bob & Stephen wish you a wonderful holiday season!
1 hr 17 min
Nov 26, 2020
The Sacredness of Everything
Bob has had an idea rolling around for a bit that he wants to process with Stephen. Join them as they discuss The Sacredness of Everything!
Oct 21, 2020
The Journey of Forgiveness
Bob & Stephen are back! In this episode they talk about a concept Stephen has been working on for a while, but recently developed some more concrete ideas about it. It's all about The Journey of Forgiveness and the freedom that can be a part of traveling this journey. To view the illustration of the Journey of Forgiveness and to read Stephen's blog about it, click here!
Sep 5, 2020
Footholds of Liberation
Join Bob and Stephen as they discuss the following quote from Brian McLaren: "God’s message of love is sent into the world in human envelopes. If you want to see a great spiritual migration begin, then let it start right in your body. Let your life be a foothold of liberation." This is from a section of Brian's book, The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian (Convergent: 2016), and was quoted in the August 19, 2020 Daily Meditation from the Center for Action and Contemplation, which can be found at this link: https://cac.org/a-disruption-of-the-spirit-2020-08-19/
Aug 9, 2020
In this episode, Bob and Stephen continue their journey of trying to understand racism, anti-racism, and white privilege through a conversation with Tom & Janelle Galbraith. Stephen first became acquainted with their family several years ago when they moved to Redding and started attending the church he was pastoring. As an interracial couple with three daughters, they share their unique perspective from their lives, as well as some great ideas for how we can all keep moving forward together as community. Enjoy the chat!
1 hr 1 min
Jul 27, 2020
A Pattern for Transformation
In this episode, Bob & Stephen talk through a pattern for understanding and framing the ongoing process of transformation in our lives. Built on the simple idea of Order-Disorder-Reorder they first became familiar with through the writings of Fr. Richard Rohr, they guide you through the diagram they have developed for this pattern. Unfortunately, the diagram couldn't be uploaded to the show notes here, but check it out on findmycenter.net, and don't forget to email your reflections and comments to email@example.com.
Jun 30, 2020
A Framework for Movement
In response to the ongoing global dialogue around race and equality, Bob & Stephen have both encountered pushback that has caused them to ask some deeper questions. In this episode they discuss a possible framework based on the Wesleyan Quadrilateral that may help people think and respond to those questions in ways that help us all move forward in our lives.
Jun 18, 2020
A Conversation on Racial Justice with Juliette Read
In this episode, Bob and Stephen seek out, sit with, and listen to the wisdom of Juliette Read - a 30 something mother and wife from Redding, CA. Juliette had a moment several years ago that launched her on a journey of discovery around the issues of race and her own white privilege, and how she needed to become a voice in the midst of that world. During the episode, several resources are referenced: Juliette's Instagram for her journey @Rethinking_Us https://www.instagram.com/rethinking_us/ Lisa Sharon Harper's Instagram account @lisasharper Lisa Sharon Harper - Founder and President, @freedomroad.us and Host #freedomroadpodcast . Author of several books including #verygoodgospel and #forgiveusbook. *linktr.ee/lisasharper* Latasha Morrison - Author of Be the Bridge https://latashamorrison.com https://bethebridge.com The Podcast with Brene' Brown and Ibram X. Kendi https://brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-with-ibram-x-kendi-on-how-to-be-an-antiracist/ https://www.ibramxkendi.com
1 hr 6 min
Jun 5, 2020
Episode 4 - A Lament for Today
In this solo episode, Stephen shares some of what will be coming in the next episode, as well as some resources and a personal Lament. Red Lining in cities and neighbors in during the New Deal under FDR. Brene' Brown's podcast, Unlocking Us, and the episode with Ibram X. Kendi 8cantwait.org *A Lament for Today* By Stephen Campbell June 5, 2020 God, my heart is broken today. It’s broken over the collective pain I can feel in the air. It’s broken over my brothers and sisters of color, that they have had to endure lives of dehumanization, and that I have not only not understood that, but I have also contributed to it. It’s broken over the ways You and Your words and symbols are being used and manipulated for personal power and privilege. It’s broken over the scenes I’ve watched where people of power continue to lord that power over others to the point of physical harm and even death. It’s broken over the clear reality that our world is motivated more by fear, greed…
May 18, 2020
All Truth is God's Truth
Bob introduces Stephen to a phrase related to "truth" he first heard and wrestled with in graduate school. Together they discuss how their encounters with wisdom related to Truth over the years has shaped their understanding of that idea.
Apr 25, 2020
Letting go of Certainty
In this episode, Bob & Stephen discuss the ways encountering wisdom has caused them to let go of certainty by embracing doubts and questions in their lives. They talk about the natural form that journey takes from order, to disorder, to reorder, and how that can be life giving for us.
Apr 7, 2020
Episode 1: The Intro
Welcome to The Village Elder Podcast! We are so glad you're here. In this opening episode, Bob & Stephen take time to introduce themselves, talk about the concept of "seeking out, sitting with, and learning from wisdom," and reflect on the uniqueness of the time we are all in right now.