Making Room on the Pew

Making Room on the Pew

By Making Room on the Pew
A podcast for the church misfits & outcasts.
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Episode 18: The Best of 2019 (& Our 2020 Words of the Year)
Join Bailey and Sarah on this special holiday episode as they discuss their favorite books, movies, TV shows, and sermons of 2019. They also share the biggest lesson they each learned last year, why there's a few episodes missing from the podcast (hint: HONEYMOON), and give an adoption update since there finally is an update to be given! Then they wrap up this episode by talking about their words of the year for 2020 and why they chose them.  . . .  Favorite Books of 2019:  Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark Bad Blood by John Carreyrou Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow Dear Girls by Ali Wong  Remember God by Annie F. Downs Scoot Over and Make Some Room by Heather Avis (Heather was also on episode 13: How to Scoot Over and Make Some Room with Heather Avis!) Reforesting Faith by Matthew Sleeth, M.D. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance  . . .  Want to support the podcast? We're over on Patreon and we would be honored to partner with you to further this work. Even just $1 per month really helps, but we'll accept support of any size :) Check out the perks each supporter receives depending on the level of giving here!  . . .  Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review if this content is encouraging you or positively impacting you in any way. If you share on social media, make sure to use #MakingRoomOnThePew and tag me @baileyjowelch on Twitter and Instagram! 
59:04
January 7, 2020
Episode 17: Laura Jean Truman is Sparking Our Imaginations This Advent Season
Laura Jean Truman is a writer and substitute bartender living in Atlanta, GA. She holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of New Hampshire and an MDiv from Emory University: Candler School of Theology. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @LauraJeanTruman and on her blog at laurajeantruman.com.  Join us as we talk about the Advent color debate (blue v. purple), being an Enneagram 1 during Advent, and what Laura Jean loves most about this season of the church calendar.  . . . Connect with Laura Jean on Twitter and Instagram at @LauraJeanTruman and on her blog at laurajeantruman.com.  . . .  Connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @baileyjowelch and at baileyjowelch.com.  . . .  Want to help me reach my goal for #Dressember? Head over to https://www.dressember2019.org/fundraiser/bailey-welchpomerantz. . . .  Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review if this content is encouraging you or positively impacting you in any way. If you share on social media, please make sure to use #MakingRoomOnThePew and tag me! 
32:08
December 10, 2019
Episode 16: Learning that Advent is a Waiting Game with Lyndsey Medford
Lyndsey Medford is a writer, speaker, activist, and author of the guided journal, Making Friends With My Body and God. She also manages autoimmune disease and a tiny front-yard garden. Lyndsey holds a Master's degree in Theology from Boston University, but she's most proud of her improv theater and gluten-free baking skills; her family; and her rescue dog Miya's dainty high-fives. She writes regularly on her email newsletter, "Justice and Joy," and at lyndseymedford.com. Join us as we talk about what Advent is, why it's important, Mary's role in Advent, and why Lyndsey loves this season in the Church calendar.  . . .  Connect with Lyndsey on Twitter and at lyndseymedford.com.  . . .  Connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @baileyjowelch and at baileyjowelch.com.  Want to help me reach my goal for #Dressember? Head over to https://www.dressember2019.org/fundraiser/bailey-welchpomerantz. . . .  Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review if this content is encouraging you or positively impacting you in any way. If you share on social media, please make sure to use #MakingRoomOnThePew and tag me! 
30:19
December 3, 2019
Episode 15: Thanksgiving and the Importance of Gratitude
Join Bailey and Sarah on this special holiday episode as we discuss Thanksgiving, historical inaccuracies of the holiday, and how it actually started (hint: Abraham Lincoln). We also give an update on the status of our adoption journey and talk about what we're most thankful for this year. And, of course, we discuss our least favorite and most favorite holiday food! . . . The poem shared in the middle of this episode is written by Kaitlin B. Curtice, a Native American Christian author and speaker. Find it here!  . . .  Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review if this content is encouraging you or positively impacting you in any way. If you share on social media, make sure to use #MakingRoomOnThePew and tag me! 
37:25
November 26, 2019
Separated at the Border with Gena Thomas
Gena Thomas is a writer and advocate living in Tennessee with her husband of 10 years, Andrew, and their two children. After living as missionaries in Mexico for four years, Gena now writes books and works as an instructional design specialist at a nonprofit that equips local churches with a theology of holistic development. Join us as Gena and I talk about her new book and the incredible true story which birthed it. Weaved in with the telling of this story, we also discuss immigration, the crisis at the border, the foster care system, transracial adoption, and white savior complexes.  . . .  Connect with Gena on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and at genathomas.com. Grab her book Separated By the Border: A Birth Mother, A Foster Mother, and a Migrant Child's 3,000-Mile Journey.  . . .  Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review if this content is encouraging you or positively impacting you in any way. If you share on social media, please make sure to use #MakingRoomOnThePew and tag me! 
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November 19, 2019
How to Scoot Over and Make Some Room with Heather Avis
Heather Avis is a writer, social media influencer, and - as she puts it - shouter of worth. (I love that so much.) She and her husband Josh live in California with their three kiddos, all of whom are adopted, Macyn, Truly, and August. Both Macyn and August have Down Syndrome and Truly is Guatemalan and African-American while the rest of the Avis family is white. Join us as Heather and I talk about adoption, white privilege, and what it means to be a truly inclusive community.  . . .  Connect with Heather on Instagram and at heatheravis.com.  If you love Heather as much as I do, make sure to grab her books, The Lucky Few and Scoot Over and Make Some Room!  . . .  Connect with me on Instagram and Twitter @baileyjowelch and at baileyjowelch.com.  . . .  Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review if this content is encouraging you or positively impacting you in any way. If you share on social media, make sure to use #MakingRoomOnThePew and tag me! 
40:46
August 6, 2019
PSA: Everyone Has Mental Health
Join Bailey and Rev. Sarah as they talk about mental health, why there is such stigma around it, and what the Bible says about mental health. They also talk about Demi Lovato and some practical ways to take good care of your mental health.  . . .  Episode Highlights:  02:23 Why is there such a stigma around mental health?  07:40 What does the Bible say (or NOT say) about mental health?  17:16 How do we handle shame about mental health?  20:36 Why pastors don't talk about mental health (and why we need them to)?  30:15 Demi Lovato & mental health  33:54 What are practical ways to take care of your mental health?  . . .  Manda Carpenter's online mental health course, Stronger than the Struggle  Why God Won't Go Away by Andrew Newberg, M.D., Eugene D'Aquili, M.D., Ph.D., AND Vince Rause
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July 23, 2019
How to Find Healing After Being Hurt by the Church
Join Bailey & Rev. Sarah as they talk about the Church. They discuss the Early Church in Acts, what church should look like, and how the little, local churches have the power to change the institutional Church for the better. Bailey also talks more about how she's been hurt by the church and cries, not once, but twice! (So you know it's going to be good!) . . .  Episode Highlights:  04:26 What does Sarah actually believe about how the Universe was created?  13:30 What's the difference between the Church and church?  16:10 What do you do when there's not the space you need in church?  22:30 When did we first see the Early Church emerge in the Bible?  31: 48 Why should Christians go to church?  38: 04 What if you've been too hurt by the Church and Christianity to go back to church right now?  . . .  Recommended Resources:  Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith by Sarah Bessey 
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July 16, 2019
No One Has the Monopoly on God
Join Bailey & Rev. Sarah as they talk about what making room on the pew actually means and how we can all be involved in breaking down the barriers around church, God, the Bible, and the Gospel for the misfits and outcasts. They also talk about what theological issues they disagree on and their own experiences being excluded from church and church leadership.  . . .  Episode Highlights: 3:00 Introducing the new podcast format!  07:45 What theological issues do Sarah & Bailey disagree on?  16:15 How have Sarah & Bailey been excluded from the church and church leadership?  38:10 What does it actually mean to "make room on the pew for the church misfits and outcasts"? . . .  Recommended Resources: The Pentecost Paradigm: Ten Strategies for Becoming a Multiracial Congregation by Jacqueline J. Lewis and John Lanka  Scoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs by Heather Avis  Flickers of Hope: Daily Invitations to Find God in the Midst of Sorrow by Bailey Welch-Pomerantz  "What makes the gospel offensive isn't who it keeps out, but who it lets in." -Rachel Held Evans 
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July 9, 2019
BONUS: I wrote a book!
Grab your copy of Flickers of Hope: Daily Invitations to Find God in the Midst of Sorrow on Amazon here!  . . .  Connect with me on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter @baileyjowelch and at baileyjowelch.com.  . . .  Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review if this content is encouraging you or positively impacting you in any way. If you share on social media, please use #MakingRoomOnThePew and tag me! 
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April 24, 2019
Rev. Emmy Kegler is a Seeker of Lost Coins
Rev. Emmy Kegler is the pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Northeast Minneapolis (gracenempls.org) and the founder and editor of Queer Grace, an encyclopedia of online resources around LGBTQ life and faith (queergrace.com). She pastors a small servant-hearted neighborhood congregation in Northeast Minneapolis focused on feeding the hungry and community outreach, and is co-leader of the Queer Grace Community, a group of LGBTQ+ Christians in the Twin Cities who meet for worship, Bible study, and fellowship. . . . Connect with Emmy on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter and at emmykegler.com.  Pre-order Emmy's new book, One Coin Found: How God's Love Stretches to the Margins here.  . . .  Connect with me on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter @baileyjowelch and at baileyjowelch.com.  . . .  Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review if this content is encouraging you or positively impacting you in any way. If you share on social media, please use #MakingRoomOnThePew and tag me! 
42:50
March 27, 2019
Kat Armas is an Egalitarian
Kat Armas is a writer and podcaster who's passionate about theology, coffee, and the ways the two intersect. She is currently living in Los Angeles, California, and is pursuing a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Theology at Fuller Seminary. Kat and her husband own a coffee roasting company. Their goal is to provide the best cup of joe, while building deep and meaningful connections with farms and communities overseas.  . . .  Connect with Kat on Twitter @kat_armas and at katarmas.com.  Listen to her podcast called, "The Protagonistas" here.  Grab a bag of coffee from Kat's coffee roasting company here.  . . .  Connect with me on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter @baileyjowelch and at baileyjowelch.com.  . . .  Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review if this content is encouraging you or positively impacting you in any way. If you share on social media, please use #MakingRoomOnThePew and tag me! 
1:04:44
March 19, 2019
Hearing God's "Yes!" Over the World's "No" with Rev. Sarah Welch-Pomerantz
Rev. Sarah Welch-Pomerantz is the first woman pastor under 40 and the first queer pastor of Community Church of Cedar Grove. She lives with her wife, Bailey, and their two cats in northern New Jersey. Join us as we talk about being a queer woman pastor, Sarah's path to ordination, and how to have positive interfaith conversations.  . . . Connect with Sarah on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter and at revsarahpomerantz.com.  . . .  Connect with me on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter @baileyjowelch and at baileyjowelch.com.  . . .  Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review if this content is encouraging you or positively impacting you in any way. If you share on social media, please use #MakingRoomOnThePew and tag me! 
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March 13, 2019
Steve Austin is Teaching Us How to Catch Our Breath
Steve Austin was a pastor when he nearly died by suicide. He is the author of two Amazon bestsellers, From Pastor to a Psych Ward, and Catching Your Breath. Join us as we talk about mental health, fear-based theology, and  . . . Connect with Steve on Instagram & Twitter @iamsteveaustin and at iamsteveaustin.com. Grab Steve's latest book, Catching Your Breath here.  . . . Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @baileyjowelch and at baileyjowelch.com.  . . . Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review if this content is encouraging you or positively impacting you in any way. If you share on social media, please use #MakingRoomOnThePew and tag me! 
1:02:52
January 29, 2019
Manda Carpenter Believes the Church is for Everyone
Manda Carpenter is a writer and foster parent living with her husband Eric in Chicago, IL. Join us as we talk about the hard and beautiful ministry of foster care, how to survive your evolving theological beliefs, and who Manda thinks the Church needs to get better at welcoming in.  . . .  Connect with Manda on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter @mandacarpenter and at mandacarpenter.com.  Get involved with #MonthlyLettersOfEncouragement here.  Grab Manda's new devotional, Space: An Invitation to Create Sustainable Rhythms of Work, Play, and Rest here.  . . .  Connect with me on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter @baileyjowelch and at baileyjowelch.com.  . . .  Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review if this content is encouraging you or positively impacting you in any way. If you share on social media, please use #MakingRoomOnThePew and tag me! 
44:46
January 22, 2019
B.T. Harman, On How to Support Christian Parents of LGBTQ Children
B.T. Harman is a writer and advocate for compassionate, grace-filled relationship--even when there are disagreements about fundamental ideas and theology. B.T. is the writer of Blue Babies Pink: A Southern Coming Out Story and the creator of Harbor, an online support group for Christian parents of LGBTQ children. Join us as we discuss being a gay Christian, how to foster grace-filled relationships with those we fundamentally disagree with, and how to better support the parents of LGBTQ kids.  . . .  Connect with B.T. on Instagram & Twitter @bt_harman and at btharman.com.  Want to read more of B.T.'s story? bluebabiespink.com Interested in the Harbor program? harborhere.com  . . .  Connect with me on Instagram & Twitter @baileyjowelch and at baileyjowelch.com.  . . .  Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review if this content is encouraging you or positively impacting you in any way. If you share on social media, please use #MakingRoomOnThePew and tag me!
47:39
January 15, 2019
Shannan Martin is a Church Misfit
Shannan Martin is a writer and speaker living as a grateful neighbor with her jail-chaplain husband, Cory, and their four funny children in Goshen, Indiana. Join us as we talk about how to neighbor well, the problem with the American penal system, and being church misfits. . . .  Connect with Shannan on Instagram & Twitter @shannanwrites and at shannanmartinwrites.com. Grab Shannan's new book, The Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking Up To God's Goodness Around You here.  . . .  Connect with me on Instagram & Twitter @baileyjowelch and at baileyjowelch.com.  . . . Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review if this content is encouraging you or positively impacting you in any way. If you share on social media, please use #MakingRoomOnThePew and tag me! 
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January 8, 2019
Welcome!
Hosted by writer Bailey Jo Welch, this is a podcast for the church misfits and outcasts.
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November 11, 2018