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107 minutes | Nov 20, 2020
Melissa Opel - Part 2
Part 2 - Melissa Opel continues her story from evangelical Christianity, to marrying her wife, Becca, to becoming a Buddhist minister.
59 minutes | Nov 6, 2020
Melissa Opel - Part 1
Melissa Opel is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and a volunteer minister at the Spokane, Washington Buddhist Temple. Her story is equal parts moving and compelling to me as someone who used to think I knew what was best for everyone else.
38 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
Special Election Episode With Return Guests
A special election episode with five of our past guests; Danielle Estelle Ramsay, Rebecca Rossi, Brittany Lovely, Joel Rodriguez, and Fitz Emerald Fitzpatrick. Listen in as they share how this election directly affects them and their many, varied communities.
67 minutes | Oct 9, 2020
Sam Quigle and Rebecca Rossi
Sam and Rebecca are married, and there was a day when they didn't think that would be possible.
61 minutes | Sep 25, 2020
Brandon Rapez-Betty is loud, proud and unapologetically gay...and it took him nearly 30 years to realize it.
74 minutes | Sep 11, 2020
Fitz Emerald Fitzpatrick - Part 2
Fitz Emerald Fitzpatrick is a white, middle-class, formerly homeless, queer, non-binary person living with a mental illness/disability and a pantheist, interfaith witch. This is the second conversation with Fitz where we dig into what exactly a pantheist, interfaith witch is. This conversation definitely provided a brand new set of lenses for me! For those of you interested in learning Mental Health First Aid as we discussed in this week's episode, here is a link to find an online class time that will work for you: https://www.compasshealth.org/events/mental-health-first-aid/
61 minutes | Aug 29, 2020
Fitz Emerald Fitzpatrick - Part 1
Fitz Emerald Fitzpatrick is a white, middle-class, formerly homeless, queer, non-binary person living with a mental illness/disability and a pantheist, interfaith witch. This is one of my most fun conversations yet!
62 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
Brittany Lovely is a multi-racial, formerly incarcerated, educated, woman with a driving passion for justice that orients every aspect of her life.
66 minutes | Aug 4, 2020
Joel Rodriguez is becoming an American citizen and he wants us to understand the world is bigger than our back yards.
71 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
Rebecca Rossi is a radical feminist, atheist, lesbian; and she just wants to help make the world a better place.
80 minutes | Jul 3, 2020
Danielle is a queer, slam poet, feminist, Methodist pastor, and woman of color...and she is the reason I started this podcast.
60 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
Pam Johnson is an African American woman working for equality and raising awareness of inequality in our school systems. She works with at-risk students at a last chance alternative high school in Seattle, and when you see this world through her lenses you will see there is much work yet to be done.
63 minutes | Jun 3, 2020
Ursula Lovely graciously shares her life as a single, black woman existing in a hostile world. Be careful looking through her lenses...there is a responsibility that comes with seeing things as they really are. 6/4/20 I need to own up to a stupid and ignorant mistake. Yesterday I released this new episode with my friend Ursula Lovely. As I was listening to our conversation again I heard myself say twice that there really aren’t any black people in Spokane, it’s a mostly white community. Not only is this very untrue, it was a completely ignorant, insensitive, and blind statement. I’m sorry I said it. I don’t really care to try and explain what I was intending to say, or provide additional context, or try to make it seem less ignorant than it was. It was simply careless on my part. I’m also not going to edit the episode. I said it, and I believe it is a good reminder to us white folks of how blind we can be...yes, even while we’re talking with our black friends about race. In efforts to meet my white fragility head on, I invite anyone to challenge any other points of ignorance I may have expressed and have not yet realized. I will own those too. That is one of the major purposes of the LENSES podcast. Ursula, however, was amazing and deeply informing. If you haven’t listened yet, please do.
64 minutes | May 22, 2020
Sam is a lesbian and one of the most grounded individuals I have ever known. Having glimpsed life through her lenses challenged me to think about the assumptions I still hold because of my own more privileged lenses.
27 minutes | May 16, 2020
What's This All About Anyway?
We all wear lenses that were given to us in childhood. You didn't have a choice. You probably haven't even realized it. We can never remove these lenses yet they color every detail, thought, opinion, and reaction we have of the world we live in. This is a podcast to explore those lenses and listen to the stories of those who are offering us new sets of lenses to add to our own. Who knew the world was as bright and beautiful as it is...?
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