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As the Crow Flies

As the Crow Flies

By Lance Lukin
A podcast for anyone working in maritime ministry.
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S1 E15 Wrapping Things Up for the Year
In this episode, we consider the year that was and reflect on the chaos that has ensued.  We also consider what might be emerging for each of us, and what God might be doing in our midst.  We also look forward to the year ahead, and topics that will be covered when As the Crow Flies returns for Season Two starting in March 2021.
12:13
December 22, 2020
S1 E14 The Value of Working Together
Since 1969 the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) has championed ecumenical partnerships at both the global and the local levels.  In this episode, we are joined by Dr Jason Zuidema, the General Secretary of ICMA, and together we consider both the benefits and challenges of working together.    
41:16
December 10, 2020
S1 E13 The Role & Place of Volunteers
For the longest time, Maritime Ministries have relied on volunteers for a myriad of roles.  In many ways, volunteers are the backbone of what we do.  But attracting volunteers and keeping them engaged isn't easy.  In this episode, we are joined by the Executive Director for The Mission to Seafarers in Seattle, Washington, Mr Ken Hawkins who has devoted his life to nurturing a strong and focussed volunteer culture.   In his eleven years at the helm of The Mission in Seattle, he has built a phenomenal team of passionate volunteers who don't just give their time to the work, but through the story that Ken tells, they have become his team of ambassadors for the work wherever they go.  Today Ken shares some of his incredible insights.
50:12
November 26, 2020
S1 E12 The Power of Listening Part 2
In the second of a two-part series on listening, we consider some of the essential skills of effective listening.  We are joined again by our special guest, the Reverend Dr Lynne Baab author of The Power of Listening: Building Skills for Mission and Ministry who has studied the art of listening for over two decades.  She shares more of her incredible and insightful wisdom with us.
56:00
November 12, 2020
S1 E11 The Power of Listening Part 1
The world is filled with noise and distraction.  We are bombarded with noise wherever we go.  Today, more than ever people want to be heard, they want us to listen.  Yet listening intently can be exhausting and something that is hard to do.   In this episode, we discuss the power of listening and why listening well to others is so vitally important.  We are joined by a special guest, the Reverend Dr Lynne Baab author of The Power of Listening: Building Skills for Mission and Ministry who has studied the art of listening.  She shares her wisdom with us.
41:48
October 29, 2020
S1 E10 The Importance of Ongoing Professional Development
It is no secret that the people who work or volunteer for us are a hugely important factor in the success of our organisations.  Ensuring that our people have the right skills to succeed in their role is critical.  In a world that is rapidly changing it is important to keep on top of the changes in our sector and to ensure that we are maintaining best practice.  Ongoing professional development is one means of keeping our skills current.  In this episode, we discuss the importance of ongoing professional development.  We are joined by a special guest, the Reverend Canon Garry Dodd from Australia.
41:30
October 15, 2020
S1 E9 The Place, Power & Potential of Ritual
Ritual and ceremony are important markers in our lives.  We celebrate births, coming of age, graduation, marriage and retirement.  We commemorate life with funerals and memorial services.  In the maritime ministry sector, we are often asked to mark significant events, and this often involves a liturgy, a ritual or a ceremony of some kind.  In today's episode, we are joined by a special guest and one of my good friends, Sande Ramage, who has done a considerable amount of thinking about ritual and the role it has in our lives.
44:17
October 02, 2020
S1 E8 Supervision
In this episode, we consider the role and place of professional supervision as a part of self-care and reflective practice.  Using the kairos circle as a model we unpack a couple of instances that sit uneasily and reflect on what we might learn from them and how we might approach them differently in the future.
33:57
September 20, 2020
S1 E7 Suicide - The 'S' Word Part Three
The third of a special three-part series focusing on suicide.  This episode will consider how to take appropriate action when we perceive that someone might be having thoughts of suicide.  This will be explored further through a case study of a brief encounter with a seafarer.  We will also consider what might happen if we ask someone about suicide and we get it wrong, or they try to avoid answering.
38:28
September 04, 2020
S1 E6 Suicide - The 'S' Word Part Two
The second of a special three-part series focusing on suicide.  This episode will consider in-depth what some of the signs of suicide might be and how to look out for them.  This will be explored through a case study of a brief encounter with a seafarer.
48:26
August 20, 2020
S1 E5 Suicide - The 'S' Word Part One
The first of a special three-part series focusing on suicide.  This episode will consider the prevalence of suicide, what the Bible has to say, and what some of the signs of suicide might be.  
33:53
August 07, 2020
S1 E4 Providing for Seafarers Mental Health
COVID-19 has had considerable impacts on the lives of seafarers.  Crew changes are restricted in many jurisdictions and access to shore leave, and shore-based welfare support has become increasingly difficult or is denied in many ports.  As a result seafarers are struggling to get home at the end of their contracts, or even to get access to Seafarer Centres and the much-needed WIFI connections to home.  All of this is having negative impacts on seafarers mental health.  In this episode, I am joined by Aaron Ironside, the National Chaplain for the Sailors' Society in New Zealand and a trained mental health worker.  Together we will consider the impacts that this is having and some simple things that can be done to help seafarers to navigate these difficult times.  
38:53
July 21, 2020
S1 E3 Advocacy
As COVID-19 shakes the world the plight of seafarers has become ever more urgent.  In this episode, we explore the power, place and importance of advocacy as it pertains to maritime ministry.
27:45
July 06, 2020
S1 E2 Self-Care
One of the biggest issues facing anyone in ministry or any other helping profession is burnout.  In this episode, we explore the important issue of self-care, and look at why it is important.  We will consider the signs and symptoms of burnout and a number of important self-care tools which can help to alleviate the risk of burnout in ministry. 
30:12
June 18, 2020
S1 E1 Digital Chaplaincy
In this episode, we explore the world of digital chaplaincy and internet-based tools such as the Mission to Seafarers' Chat to a Chaplain.  We will also consider some of the skills needed to make digital platforms more effective for those connecting through them.
32:48
June 04, 2020
Pilot
A taste of what As the Crow Flies is all about, a podcast designed for those working in Maritime Ministry.  Created through funding from The Mission to Seafarers, As the Crow Flies aims to provide information, education and inspiration to anyone working in maritime welfare.
03:38
June 03, 2020