Episode 110: A conversation with Joanna Wojtkowiak on death rituals and symbolic immortality in contemporary Dutch culture.

Recently, she has been studying existential concerns at the start of life: what does our origin mean to us? What is the meaning of our beginning? What does it mean to bring life into the world? By comparing and contrasting existential concerns at birth and death she tries to unravel processes of meaning, with specific focus on embodiment and relationality. In the past, she has studied concepts of symbolic immortality (notions of a “postself”), ethics of end-of-life decision-making and the role of secular or personal spirituality. Other research interests are: identity theory, relational and narrative perspectives, ritual as intervention/method used in pastoral care, interdisciplinary research and mixed-methods.

Bonus Drop: Dr. John Outlines the “ISM” vs. “WASM”

Dr. John relates the “ISM” of alcoholism to the human condition, a yearning to fill the void, a yearning for wholeness and connectedness. With Mike & Glenn, he discusses the viewpoint that we don’t need AA to tell us that drinking makes life s*&% or that if you don’t drink your life will be better. What we need AA for is that even when we don’t drink and things get better, even when we clean up our act, we still have a hole in our soul, still yearn, still hunger. If alcohol is the only thing that fills that void, it’s easy to relapse. Which makes working the program, going to meetings and staying connected important on the path to recovery.

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Recorded at Audiohive Podcasting: https://www.audiohivepodcasting.com

In collaboration with Care Addiction Center: https://www.careaddiction.com

Welcome Steve G – A Story of Experience, Strength & Hope

Steve G joins Sober.Coffee at a table for three and gives us a glimpse into his life and how he found sobriety. A sneak peek – it took losing everything over a 20 month period, being homeless and living in the back of a Jeep Renegade, then finding himself in a surprise intervention to get Steve on the path to recovery. 

Now, 30 years sober, Steve still goes to a lot of meetings. Why? Because nothing will so much ensure immunity from drinking as intense work with other alcoholics. Besides sponsoring others, going to meetings, and being available to meet for coffee – Steve focuses on sober living, and is the Executive Director for RCOSA, a sober living community in Chicago.

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Mentioned in this episode:

RCOSA: https://www.rcosa.org/

Blue October Home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJTMBGFJVkk&feature=youtu.be

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Visit Sober.Coffee website: https://www.sober.coffee

Sober.Coffee on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sober.coffeepodcast/

Recorded at Audiohive Podcasting: https://www.audiohivepodcasting.com

In collaboration with Care Addiction Center: https://www.careaddiction.com

A conversation with Anne Francis

Anne teaches pastoral theology in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth and is Visiting Lecturer and Supervisor at the Margaret Beaufort Institute in Cambridge, England. She supports ministry colleagues in her Pastoral Supervision practice. Anne is married with three adult children. She loves swimming in the Atlantic at first light, throughout the year. She recently published her book Called: Women in Ministry in Ireland based on interviews with female Christian ministers across the denominations from the four corners of Ireland.

Bonus Drop: Dr. John 1 – Step One – “You’re F&#@cked”

Dr. John joins the Sober Coffee shop with Mike & Glenn to explore Step 1 and why it is more complicated than it appears. After all, rarely will a person fail if they thoroughly follow the path. Yet 90% fail. Why?  Because they don’t embrace the first step – you’re f&#@cked. Learning to live this reality is how you get better. Listen in for a deeper dive.

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For more about this podcast:

Visit Sober.Coffee website: https://www.sober.coffee

Recorded at Audiohive Podcasting: https://www.audiohivepodcasting.com

In collaboration with Care Addiction Center: https://www.careaddiction.com

Church, Prison, and Public Office Pt 2

Mike and Garland picks up where they left off on Episode 15 discussing when he goes to prison and the transformation of his life before being release. They also cover where he was inspired to public service and how it  lead him to working with the Joliet Housing Authority and Will County Executive Board. Doc sums up the interview with how through our failures we can find our calling, purpose and destiny.