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Beloved Journal

By The Revs. Rob Lee and Mandy McDow

What matters most in a world hell-bent on destruction? How do we seek to find hope, grace, love, peace, and community in the context on the here and now? Join acclaimed preachers Rev. Rob Lee and Rev. Mandy McDow as they seek to find answers from mystics and seekers, prophets and sages, journalists and activists, politicians and celebrities who are all trying to find community in the digital age. Produced by Stephanie Lee. Hosted by the Rev. Rob Lee and the Rev. Mandy McDow. Curated by Frank Lee the Poodle.
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Mandy Hale
Mandy Hale
New York Times Bestseller Mandy Hale talks about her brand new (and we mean released this week) book, Turn Toward the Sun: Releasing What If and Embracing What Is. You can purchase the book by clicking here.
17:45
June 18, 2022
Tori Williams Douglass
Tori Williams Douglass
Acclaimed educator and activist Tori Williams Douglass sits down with the Rev. Rob Lee to discuss the week's events and her podcast that educates people on the necessity to use whatever privilege we are afforded for good in this world.  Check out Tori's website here. Tori's Article mentioned in the podcast can be found here. Donate to Planned Parenthood here.
34:46
May 07, 2022
World Bipolar Day: The Rev. Rob Lee
World Bipolar Day: The Rev. Rob Lee
The Rev. Mandy McDow interviews the Rev. Rob Lee for World Bipolar Day (March 30th). Together they grapple with the illness and seek to create understanding as we all work to de-stigmatize the illness.
29:16
March 29, 2022
Athena Lee
Athena Lee
On the 1 year anniversary of becoming a forever family, Rev. Rob Lee sits down with his oldest daughter,  4 year old Athena Lee for a short, 5 minute interview.
06:22
February 11, 2022
The Rev. James A. Harnish
The Rev. James A. Harnish
The Rev. James A. Harnish joins Beloved Journal to talk about his new book Finding Your Bearings along with his 22 year ministry at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Florida. Jim brings a wealth of wisdom and compassion to his ministry and we were grateful that he stopped by. 
26:37
January 29, 2022
Ruwa Romman
Ruwa Romman
Ruwa Romman is a Democratic candidate for the 97th District for the Georgia State House. Today she talks with Rev. Rob Lee about issues of consequence for Georgia state politics and its influence on the national scene.For more information on supporting Ruwa visit www.ruwa4georgia.com
25:11
January 22, 2022
Professor Erin L. Thompson
Professor Erin L. Thompson
Professor Erin L. Thompson, author of the new book "Smashing Statues" sits down with Rob Lee for a conversation on public memory and understanding surrounding statues in our public squares. 
27:38
January 15, 2022
The Rev. Nathan Kirkpatrick
The Rev. Nathan Kirkpatrick
The Rev. Nathan Kirkpatrick, Principal Consultant at Saison Consulting stops by Beloved Journal for a conversation on calling, trajectory, risk, and trust. Join us for this informative conversation.Podcast Notes: Episode 56
27:57
October 30, 2021
Archbishop Stephen Cottrell
Archbishop Stephen Cottrell
On Beloved Journal the Rev. Rob Lee sits down with the 98th Archbishop of York, the Right Reverend and Most Honorable Stephen Cottrell. They discuss everything from the pandemic to Cottrell's new book, Dear England.
36:07
October 16, 2021
The Rev. Angela Williams
The Rev. Angela Williams
Rev. Angela Williams (she/her) is a queer Presbyterian pastor and community organizer serving as the Senior Outreach and Faith Coordinator for Texas Freedom Network and their project Just Texas: Faith Voices for Justice. Angela creates and holds space for congregations to have courageous conversations about LGBTQ equality and reproductive freedom. She finds life in experiencing music, listening to podcasts, exploring creation, and engaging in theological discussions that go off the beaten path.Links that Rev. Williams mentions during the podcast:Support local independent abortion clinics like Whole Woman's Health Alliance by making a donation here: https://bit.ly/3mKxOmJSupport TX abortion funds by donating to 9 of them here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/txfundsThe funds you're supporting are: The Bridge Collective, Fund Texas Choice, Whole Woman's Health Alliance, Inc., Jane's Due Process, Frontera Fund, West Fund, Support Your Sistah at the Afiya Center, the Lilith Fund, Clinic Access Support Network, and Texas Equal Access Fund.Follow Just Texas on social media @wearejusttx to keep up to date with people of faith in Texas who support reproductive freedom.
29:18
September 11, 2021
Dean Luke Powery
Dean Luke Powery
The Rev. Dr. Luke Powery is Dean of Duke Chapel and a national leader in the field of preaching. He is also a professor at Duke Divinity School. He sits down with Beloved Journal to talk preaching in the age of COVID-19, the important issues of our time, and the necessity to be one's self in the pulpit. 
45:50
August 18, 2021
Dr. Peter A. Singer, OC
Dr. Peter A. Singer, OC
Dr. Peter A. Singer is the Special Advisor to the Director-General of the World Health Organization, a group on the frontlines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. He takes time to speak with Mandy and Rob about the Delta Variant and vaccine equality across the world.
37:13
August 07, 2021
The Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis
The Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis
Beloved we have the Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis. She is the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She talks with host Rob Lee on the importance of preaching in the time which we find ourselves. Don’t miss this!
30:33
July 31, 2021
Elizabeth Hagan
Elizabeth Hagan
Elizabeth Hagan is a pastor and author. She has been a pastor for 15 years and graduated from Duke Divinity School. Never shying away from difficult conversations, she joins Mandy and Rob to talk about her new book, Brave Church.
22:29
July 10, 2021
Melanie Vaughn
Melanie Vaughn
Melanie Vaughn is a Christian Educator in North Carolina actively dying of cancer. She sat down with the Rev. Rob Lee to discuss death, life, and things in between. This podcast aired on her 58th birthday (June 29th 2021).
15:26
June 29, 2021
Jim Winkler
Jim Winkler
Jim Winkler is the President of the National Council of Churches. Founded in 1950, this organization seeks to foster understanding and build friendships across denominational lines. Jim has been president of the organization since 2014—before that having served as General Secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society in Washington D.C. He is the son a Methodist preacher and has deep roots in the church as an active layperson.
27:40
June 26, 2021
The Rev. Jim Keat
The Rev. Jim Keat
The Rev. Jim Keat is Digital Minister at the Riverside Church located in New York City. He talks about his work and its importance even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic but especially in the midst of it. 
29:09
June 12, 2021
Dr. Chi-Cheng Huang, MD
Dr. Chi-Cheng Huang, MD
Dr. Chi Huang is the Executive Director of General Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and an Associate Professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He joins Rob and Mandy to talk about the rise in Asian American and Pacific Islander discrimination, harassment, and attacks. Join us for this important episode. 
18:24
May 29, 2021
Kelly Carlin
Kelly Carlin
The daughter of famed comedian George Carlin is a force to be reckoned with in her own right. She sits down with the Revs. Rob Lee and Mandy McDow to talk about her dad, her spirituality, and her hopes for the world. 
35:19
May 22, 2021
Rabbi Emily Cohen
Rabbi Emily Cohen
Rabbi Emily Cohen of the West End Synagogue in New York, New York stops by for a chat with the Rev. Rob Lee. Join us for this meaningful interfaith conversation!
30:37
May 15, 2021
Jay Bakker
Jay Bakker
The son of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker is now making his own way as a very different type of pastoral presence on the landscape of Christendom. Today we sit down with Jay Bakker to discuss his famous (or infamous) televangelist parents and his own coping with ministry during a pandemic. 
37:21
May 01, 2021
Larissa May
Larissa May
Larissa May, founder of Half the Story shares with us about social media empathy, mental health on a screen, and how we all need to be having this conversation. 
23:42
April 27, 2021
The Very Rev. Canon Gary Hall, PhD
The Very Rev. Canon Gary Hall, PhD
The Very Rev. Canon Gary Hall, PhD is the Interim  Dean of the Bloy House and the former Dean of Washington National Cathedral. He speaks of the need to asses theology and how we do it well in the 21st century, his time in Washington, and his confidence to do the right thing when it counts.
30:41
April 20, 2021
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) discusses the Biden Administration's infrastructure plan, the push for DC statehood, and other important issues on today's episode of Beloved Journal.
13:55
April 13, 2021
Illa Garcia
Illa Garcia
Today on Beloved Journal, the Rev. Rob Lee talks to Illa Garcia, the founder of the Millennial Nutritionist. She is committed to a healthy and better lifestyle for the Millennial generation and has garnered a following that attests to her important work. 
19:16
March 30, 2021
Don Lemon
Don Lemon
CNN Anchor Don Lemon joins the Rev. Rob Lee to talk about Don's new book, "This is the Fire: How I Talk to My Friends About Racism." 
16:07
March 20, 2021
Erica Smith
Erica Smith
Erica Smith is running to be the Democratic nominee for the Senate seat being vacated by North Carolina Republican Senator Richard Burr due to his retirement in 2022. Today she sits down with the Rev. Rob Lee to talk her platform and policy implications for North Carolinians.
30:40
March 13, 2021
Stuart Hazeldine
Stuart Hazeldine
English producer, director, and screenwriter Stuart Hazeldine sits down with the Rev. Rob Lee to talk filmmaking and the broader conversation that it invokes.
36:59
January 23, 2021
Inaugural Prayer Announcement from Rev. Rob Lee
Inaugural Prayer Announcement from Rev. Rob Lee
Our favorite guest host, Molly Smith interviews the Rev. Rob Lee about his participation in the 2021 Presidential Inaugural festivities. 
20:03
January 19, 2021
Brigadier General Ty Seidule
Brigadier General Ty Seidule
General Ty Seidule, Professor Emeritus of History at West Point and Chamberlain Fellow at Hamilton College sits down with the Rev. Rob Lee for a conversation on Ty's book, "Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner's Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause" that is due out for publication on January 26th.
33:45
January 16, 2021
Brian McLaren
Brian McLaren
Brian McLaren is a well-known theologian, activist, and author. His new book "Faith After Doubt" will be released on January 5th 2021. You don't want to miss it. Rob sits down with Brian for a conversation about his new book. Pre-Order here: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/faith-after-doubt/
30:08
December 19, 2020
The Rev. Sarah Heath
The Rev. Sarah Heath
The Reverend Sarah Heath is an ordained United Methodist clergywoman. If that isn’t unusual enough, she is also an actress, an author, a dancer, a designer, a podcaster, a self-proclaimed nerd, and a dog mom. She sits down with our host the Rev. Rob Lee to talk restoration and redemption. 
30:20
December 12, 2020
Lauri Lyons + Patt Gunn
Lauri Lyons + Patt Gunn
Today our host Rob Lee speaks with Patt Gunn and Lauri Lyons who are working on the Rest With Honor Savannah Project. For more information on Rest with Honor visit www.belovedjournal.com/podcast/rest
30:49
November 21, 2020
Molly Smith and Rob Lee on the Pulpit and the Paper
Molly Smith and Rob Lee on the Pulpit and the Paper
We just couldn’t fit all the nice things Molly has to say about this book on the back cover—so she’s back as our guest host to interview our regular host, Rob Lee. They sit down and talk about Rob’s newest book, the Pulpit and the Paper: A Pastor’s Coming of Age in Newsprint. The book is an anthology of newspaper articles from Rob’s newspaper column in The Statesville Record and Landmark from 2011-2019.
29:15
November 15, 2020
Dr. Peter A. Singer
Dr. Peter A. Singer
Dr.  Peter A. Singer is the Special Advisor to the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO). He sat down with host Rob Lee to discuss the global pandemic and the need for structural reform to move past the inequalities of our time. 
31:32
November 14, 2020
Drag Queen Connie Conover
Drag Queen Connie Conover
Local North Carolina Drag Queen Connie Conover speaks with the Rev. Rob Lee about the Drag Scene in 2020, activism, and her drag family.
28:15
October 17, 2020
Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax
Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax
The 41st Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia and 2021 gubernatorial candidate Justin Fairfax sits down with the Rev. Rob Lee for a conversation.
39:25
October 11, 2020
The Rev. Dr. Jerusha Neal
The Rev. Dr. Jerusha Neal
The Rev. Dr. Jerusha Neal, Assistant Professor of Homiletics sits down with the Rev. Rob Lee for a conversation on her new book, "The Overshadowed Preacher: Mary, the Holy Spirit, and the Labor of Proclamation." *We do not own the rights or profit off the music played during this podcast
41:29
October 02, 2020
Molly Smith Interviews Rob Lee
Molly Smith Interviews Rob Lee
On our 25th episode friend of the Podcast, Molly Smith interviews our podcast host Rob Lee on all the things you might not know about him. Enjoy this fun episode!
20:16
September 19, 2020
Abbi Smithmyer
Abbi Smithmyer
Abbi Smithmyer, a PhD student at West Virginia University discusses her work with National Parks and Historic Sites and the need to be honest about history. She received her Bachelors of Arts Degree in History at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. She recently graduated with her MA in History from West Virginia University this past May. 
25:59
September 12, 2020
Dr. Benjamin Boone
Dr. Benjamin Boone
Fulbright Scholar, saxophonist, and Professor of Music at California State University-Fresno Dr. Benjamin Boone joins Rob Lee to discuss growing up in Statesville, Ben’s relationship with Rob’s late uncle, and his new album “The Poets are Gathering” due out October 16th, 2020.More info: www.belovedjournal.com
40:10
September 05, 2020
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry is the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church. He sits down with our host the Reverend Rob Lee to discuss his view of love and how it has the power to save us all. You won't want to miss this.
45:16
August 29, 2020
Alice Wilder
Alice Wilder
Alice Wilder is a freelance podcast producer and reporter from lots of places, but mostly North Carolina. She worked on the award winning series "Trump, Inc." with New York Public Radio and ProPublica. She's interested in covering disinformation, extremism and religion. 
26:38
August 22, 2020
Ali Velshi
Ali Velshi
Ali Velshi, MSNBC anchor and reporter sits down with the Rev. Rob Lee to talk the consequential nature of the upcoming months for the United States of America. 
34:46
August 15, 2020
Dr. Ryan Andrew Newson
Dr. Ryan Andrew Newson
Dr. Ryan Andrew Newson is the author of the new book Cut in Stone: Confederate Monuments in Theological Discussion (BaylorPress 2020). He teaches courses in theology, ethics, and at the intersection of theology and science, particularly the growing field of biomedical humanities at Campbell University. 
37:15
August 08, 2020
June Joplin
June Joplin
The Rev. June Joplin recently came out to her congregation she was pastoring as a transgender woman. The congregation voted to terminate her contract citing "theological differences." Today she sits down with the Rev. Rob Lee to talk about how she learned to love and helps us in learning the right tools to be an ally to those in the transgender community. 
36:08
August 01, 2020
Beloved's Mental Health Roundtable
Beloved's Mental Health Roundtable
Today we have a special episode, a roundtable discussion with the Rev. Rob Lee interviews David Finnegan-Hosey, the Rev. Tuhina Rasche, and Chase Masterson. If you need help the United States National Suicide Hotline is 1-800-273-8255.
53:11
July 26, 2020
Bill Shapiro
Bill Shapiro
Beloved Journal sits down with Bill Shapiro, former editor-in-chief of LIFE Magazine and Life.com. He's also an author and deep thinker. We really enjoyed this conversation and we hope you do as well.
28:01
July 18, 2020
Jason Kander
Jason Kander
Beloved Journal sits down with Jason Kandor, former Missouri Secretary of State and activist who works for enabling voters to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Rev. Lee and Jason speak about the importance of voting and offer detailed approaches for community engagement. 
31:32
July 11, 2020
Susan Bro
Susan Bro
Susan Bro, the mother of the late Heather Heyer stops by Beloved Journal to speak to the Rev. Rob Lee about shared experiences since the Charlottesville protests in 2017. At those riots and protests her daughter, Heather Heyer was killed by a white supremacist. Since then she has started the Heather Heyer Foundation that motivates young people for social change and activism.
25:16
July 06, 2020
Will Willimon
Will Willimon
Bishop William H. Willimon is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke University Divinity School. The former Bishop of United Methodists in North Alabama speaks to Rob on the importance of remembering that by confronting the realities of our time, God is also working with us to confront those realities. 
28:36
June 27, 2020
Dr. Adam Domby
Dr. Adam Domby
Dr. Adam Domby is a Civil War Historian and Associate Professor at the College of Charleston. He is the author of the new, The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory (University of Virginia Press, 2020). He sits down with Rob to talk about Confederate memory and the Lost Cause.
57:07
June 13, 2020
Stephanie Lee
Stephanie Lee
Host Rob Lee talks with producer Stephanie Lee about COVID-19, 3 years of marriage, and how Beloved Journal came to be.
24:60
May 24, 2020
Andre Henry
Andre Henry
Activist Andre Henry addresses the need for having "hope and hard pills" in this timely episode of Beloved Journal.
30:58
May 09, 2020
Jack Jenkins
Jack Jenkins
Jack Jenkins is the National Reporter for the Religion News Service and author of the very newly released book, American Prophets: The Religious Roots of Progressive Politics and the Ongoing Fight for the Soul of the Country. This podcast centers around the intersection of politics, community and religion.
34:07
May 02, 2020
The Rev. Dr. Samuel Wells
The Rev. Dr. Samuel Wells
The Rev. Dr. Samuel Wells served as Dean of Duke Chapel in Durham, North Carolina and currently serves St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, London, United Kingdom. Today he sits down with Rob to talk about why community is important and what matters most.
34:58
April 25, 2020
Beto O'Rourke
Beto O'Rourke
Former Congressman, Senate Candidate, and Presidential Candidate Beto O'Rourke sits down with the Rev. Rob Lee to talk about building national community. 
36:37
April 18, 2020
Bishop Karen Oliveto (Easter Edition)
Bishop Karen Oliveto (Easter Edition)
For a special edition, Bishop Karen Oliveto, the first openly gay bishop of the UMC speaks to the Rev. Rob Lee about having courage and meeting people where they are. 
22:21
April 12, 2020
The Rev. Mandy McDow
The Rev. Mandy McDow
The Rev. Mandy McDow, Pastor of Los Angeles First United Methodist speaks to building community in new and peculiar places with host the Rev. Rob Lee.
27:28
April 11, 2020
Rabbi Michael Siegel (Special Passover Edition)
Rabbi Michael Siegel (Special Passover Edition)
Rabbi Michael Siegel, Senior Rabbi of Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago and the host of a well-known podcast the Pen and the Yad speaks to Beloved Journal about the importance of community, Passover, and the need for wholeness. Please note that though Passover begins this Wednesday (April 8th) We're airing the episode now to show solidarity with those who might abstain from technology during Passover. 
31:12
April 06, 2020
The Rev. Aaron Billard
The Rev. Aaron Billard
The Rev. Aaron Billard is Minister at St. John’s United Church in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. He is also the head abbot of Unvirtuous Abbey, a satirical webspace for monks in the digital age. 
24:20
April 04, 2020
Fr. James Martin, SJ
Fr. James Martin, SJ
Host Rob Lee talks with Father Jame Martin, SJ. Father Martin is editor-at-large at America, a Jesuit Magazine. He's the author of multiple books and a person who is committed to the inclusion of all God's children within the ministry of the church.Check out Beloved Journal at www.belovedjournal.com.Hosted by Rob Lee and produced by Stephanie Lee.
30:14
March 28, 2020
Chase Masterson
Chase Masterson
An intriguing conversation with Chase Masterson and Rob Lee with an announcement first heard on Beloved Journal. Chase was a break-out star on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and the host of the newsmagazine talk show Sci-Fi Entertainment. When Chase isn't gracing the television screen she is founding partner of Pop Culture Hero Coalition and active with Homeboy Industries and the USO Tours.Follow her on Twitter: @ChaseMastersonInstagram: @ItsChaseMastersonWebsite for Pop Culture Hero Coalition: https://www.popculturehero.org Twitter and Instagram for Pop Culture Hero Coalition: @SuperHeroIRLCheck us out at www.belovedjournal.com
30:11
March 21, 2020
Beloved Journal Trailer
Beloved Journal Trailer
Rev. Rob Lee and Stephanie Lee care deeply about stories and how we tell them. Join them on a journey toward a better understanding of community, friendship, and the love that undergirds us all. This is Beloved Journal.
02:26
March 19, 2020