Keeping Faith
Trailer: The Person Sitting Next To You

Trailer: The Person Sitting Next To You

October 14, 2020

The world's an uncertain place right now. It's true. 

 

And when times get tough, we begin to look for something - anything - to help us hang onto hope. 

 

In the past, that's meant turning to religious communities and spiritual teachers to help us interpret the signs and show us the way forward. 

 

And that can be very comforting. 

 

But what if that doesn't work for you anymore? Or what if that never worked for you at all? 

 

Who do you look to, to help you stay optimistic about the future, when you feel jaded by the fate world? 

 

Well, what if it turns out you didn't have to look very far at all? 

 

What if you could find support in the stories of people just like you - asking the same questions, working through the same challenges and still moving forward when times get tough?

 

What if your greatest spiritual teacher was the person sitting next to you? 

 

All you had to do was ask them their story. 

 

Well, that's exactly what we're doing on Season 2 of Keeping Faith! 

 

Join us starting Thursday, Oct 15 for ten new episodes about faith, hope and what - from God to Google - you put your trust in, in this uncertain world. 

 

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We’re All Deeply Spiritual

We’re All Deeply Spiritual

August 20, 2020

For our last episode of this season, we’re doing something a little different. I’m sliding into the guest seat to talk about my personal journey with faith, hope and how exploring spirituality has changed my life.

 

And who better to hop into the interview chair than our Episode 8 guest, my husband, Dave Photiadis.

 

Together we talk about my search for a faith tradition that reflects all of who I am. I share my love of sacred spaces as places to feel big feelings and ask life’s big questions.

 

And I reflect on the origin story of this podcast and my faith in millennials as a resilient, creative, spiritual generation with the capacity to change the world.

 

And we’re giving you our whole unedited conversation. Expect for a few, you know, ums and awws.

 

Because how do you stay optimistic about the future, when you feel jaded by the fate of the world?

 

Try out my spiritual practice in our Spiritual Practice Library and dive deeper into this episode's topics on our Blog at keepingfaithpod.com

 

And if you want to reach out with your thoughts on this episode or this season, send us a message at hello@keepingfaithpod.com. We'd love to hear from you!

 

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We’re Here Now. That’s What I Put Faith In

We’re Here Now. That’s What I Put Faith In

August 13, 2020

This week, we’re gleaning wisdom from generations that have come before us, as I talk to Rev. Lynn Harrison.

 

After years of frustration with her music career, Lynn took a step back. She became a Unitarian Universalist minister at First Unitarian Toronto, figuring her music would fade into the background.

 

But as she’s learned throughout her life, it’s in our moments of doubt that we learn we’re on the right path.

 

Lynn and I talk about the deep listening she’s done to figure out her calling. She shares the importance of reveling in life’s ups and downs and that being present to it all is where we find growth.

 

And she reminds us that spirituality is personal and a reflection where you are at this moment in life.

 

Because how do you take a step forward, when you’re unsure what comes next?

 

Try out Lynn's spiritual practice in our Spiritual Practice Library and dive deeper into this episode's topics on our Blog at keepingfaithpod.com

 

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Absolute Truth Doesn’t Exist And I’m Ok With It

Absolute Truth Doesn’t Exist And I’m Ok With It

August 6, 2020

After growing up in his mother’s radical faith tradition, Dave Photiadis left home on a mission to uncover the truth about life, faith and how the universe worked.

 

But as he began building new relationships and exploring faith on his own, he realized absolute truth may not exist at all.

 

Dave and I talk about his experience living a dual life within the faith of his family and out in the everyday world. He reflects on his process of coming to terms with his past and finding comfort in life’s unanswered questions.

 

And he talks about the healing power of nature and how it’s played a vital role in his own healing journey.

 

Because how do you move forward, when you’re still recovering from your past?

 

Find Dave's spiritual practice in our Spiritual Practice Library and dive deeper into this episode's topics on our Blog at keepingfaithpod.com

 

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Writing Is My Spiritual Home

Writing Is My Spiritual Home

July 30, 2020

When Rachael Simpson left her family farm for life in the big city, she knew she needed to recapture that feeling of home.

 

So she turned to the spiritual practice she’s had faith in her entire life – writing.

 

Rachael and I talk about her life as a writer, finding magic and meaning in the everyday moments we often overlook.

 

She shares her passion for exploring history as a way to connect to her roots. And she reflects on home as a spiritual place – one you can create anywhere.

 

Because how do you feel at home, no matter where you are?

 

Find Rachael's spiritual practice in our Spiritual Practice Library and dive deeper into this episode's topics on our Blog at keepingfaithpod.com

 

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I Changed Faiths. It Was A Question Of Integrity

I Changed Faiths. It Was A Question Of Integrity

July 23, 2020

When Kate Werneburg decided to convert from Catholic to Anglican in her early 20s, for her it was a question of integrity.

 

And this pursuit of integrity has become central to her entire life.

 

Kate and I talk about the process of making your faith your own as an adult and finding practices and rituals that reflect who you are.

 

And she talks about her life as a theatre artist and how this work is informed by her commitment to creating justice and equality for all.

 

Because how do you stay true to your values, when you’re still figuring out what they are?

 

*Please note this episode very briefly mentions suicide. 

 

Find Kate's spiritual practice in our Spiritual Practice Library and dive deeper into this episode's topics on our Blog at keepingfaithpod.com

 

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Now Is Ok, Even When I’m Not

Now Is Ok, Even When I’m Not

July 16, 2020

While recovering from an eating disorder in the hospital, Megan Bjella stumbled upon the contemplative practices of mindfulness, meditation and yoga – which changed the course of her life.

 

Megan and I talk about healing as an act of faith and how movement’s been central to restoring her relationship with her body.

 

And she reflects on how she’s learned to trust the present moment. And to take the journey of healing one step at a time.

 

Because how do you take a step forward, when you’ve taken a step back?

 

Find Megan's spiritual practice in our Spiritual Practice Library and dive deeper into this episode's topics on our Blog at keepingfaithpod.com

 

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I Left My Religion And Found My Faith

I Left My Religion And Found My Faith

July 9, 2020

Rachel Hearn was a devout Christian when a high school history class on the historical Jesus led her down a path of spiritual questioning and away from her Christian faith.

 

But instead of disappearing from her life, faith and spirituality became more important to her than ever.

 

Rachel and I talk about her swing from Christian to atheist, and how her years of personal exploration have landed her somewhere in between.

 

She shares her passion for asking life’s big questions and how she puts faith in the process of change.

 

And she reflects on how spirituality has become foundational to how she builds relationships and finds community.

 

Because how do you find your centre, when you’ve given up what you believe?

 

Find Rachel's spiritual practice in our Spiritual Practice Library and dive deeper into this episode's topics on our Blog at keepingfaithpod.com

 

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I Bashed My Brains In And I’m Grateful For It

I Bashed My Brains In And I’m Grateful For It

July 2, 2020

When a wakeboarding accident left Leah Nielsen unable to read, walk straight or use a computer, she knew her life would never be the same.

 

But that turned out to be a blessing.

 

Leah and I talk about how in the 5 years since her accident, she’s had to lean on her faith for everything.

 

She shares her struggle with depression and grief. But how through her suffering, she’s realized she isn’t alone.

 

And she reflects on how losing the life she planned has given her opportunity and purpose she wouldn’t otherwise have.

 

Because how do you find your footing, when you can’t walk in a straight line?

 

Find Leah's spiritual practice in our Spiritual Practice Library and dive deeper into this episode's topics on our Blog at keepingfaithpod.com

 

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Even An Atheist Can Find A Higher Power

Even An Atheist Can Find A Higher Power

June 25, 2020

When James Hampton stepped into his first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting as an atheist, being asked to find a higher power didn’t come naturally.

 

But he soon discovered an incredible sense of calm in giving over his fears and doubts to something greater than himself.

 

Now 4 years sober, James and I talk about the ease he’s found in sitting with discomfort and the faith he’s grown in the power of prayer.

 

And he reflects on his work as a high school drama teacher and the faith it gives him in the goodness of humanity.

 

Because how do you handle challenge, when you’ve let go of the one thing you’ve used to cope?

 

Find James' spiritual practice in our Spiritual Practice Library and dive deeper into this episode's topics on our Blog at keepingfaithpod.com

 

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