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The Social Thread Podcast

The Social Thread Podcast

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With Social Thread you can be part of a community where you will belong, thrive and explore life on your own terms.
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Assessing Your Life
Rob, Robert, and Amy discuss what celebrities people think they look like, loneliness, individualism vs. collectivism, and how helpful (or not) checklists are in evaluating your life on a regular basis.
November 1, 2020
Winging It
This week Rob, Robert, and Amy talk about making it up as we go, karma, and how to embrace waiting. This was originally streamed as an episode of Social Thread Live, which can be viewed on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. (Arizona) on our Facebook page.
October 25, 2020
Joe Webb Talks About Building Communities For Spiritual Exiles
Joe joins Rob and Robert to talk about building new types of faith communities for those who feel like they don't fit in or are missing something from their current spiritual journey.  Joe Webb is the creator and curator of Accidental Tomatoes, an online community for people who are looking for a new way of being the church beyond institutional boundaries. He is the founder and lead facilitator of New Wineskins, an ecumenical discussion group that meets bi-weekly in a local brewpub.  This is a crossover episode that will also appear later on the Accidental Tomatoes podcast.
October 18, 2020
Alter Egos
In a crossover episode from Explore Your Faith Live, Rob, Robert, and Amy talk about the parts of ourselves we hide from the world, why good people stand by and let bad things happen, and what is really important in life.
October 11, 2020
Jason Isaak Talks About Faith, Politics, and Public Service
Jason Isaak is the Advisor to the Attorney General of the Sate of Arizona. A Tucson native, Jason worked for the public affairs firm Policy Development Group from 1998 until 2018 where he represented clients at all levels of government – local, state, and federal.  Prior to joining PDG, he served as legislative director for Congressman Jim Kolbe and spent nearly eight years in his Washington, DC office.  In 2018, Jason returned to the public sector where he serves in his current role. Jason is also the host of the Arizona Originals Podcast where he interviews "Arizona’s leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs from every walk of life." Learn more about Jason and his podcast at
October 4, 2020
Awkward Silence as a Spiritual Practice
This episode we're trying something a little different. This is the audio from our Explore Your Faith Live that takes place on Facebook every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. Arizona time. We model a shortened version of what we do at our Explore Your Faith Meetups on Zoom every week. Check out the episode as Rob Rynders, Robert Payne, and Amy Notbohm talk about tact, stoicism, and awkward silences as a spiritual practice. If you'd like to be a part of these kinds of conversations check out
September 27, 2020
Cathy and Gil Stafford Talk About Interfaith Wisdom, Spirituality, Community, and Pilgrimage
"The Wisdom School is this wonderful integration of going deeper into spirituality, it's not about religion. It's also exploring that idea we can sit in community, in a trusted community, and be called to have our own opinions, thoughts, and there's no judging, there's no saving, there's no fixing anybody." Cathy and Gil stafford are the founders of Wisdom's Way Interfaith School. You can learn more about their work at
September 20, 2020
Micah Bournes Talks About Poetry, Race, Justice, and Faith
"Fight evil with poetry." Poet, musician, and speaker, Micah Bournes, joins to podcast to talk about racism, injustice, creativity, and faith. Micah's latest book is called Here Comes This Dreamer and is available on Amazon.    Learn more and support Micah's work at and on Patreon.
September 13, 2020
Jared Byas Talks About Why Love Matters More
Jared Byas joins the podcast to talk about his new book "Love Matters More." He says that when we use the phrase "speaking the truth in love" we use it as a weapon rather than something that is helpful. He argues that in order to reclaim this phrase that the emphasis needs to fall on the "in love" part. Jared is an author, speaker, leader, and the co-host of The Bible For Normal People Podcast.
September 6, 2020
John D'Anna : Telling the Stories of the Overlooked and Forgotten
"If you want to give voice to the voiceless, sometimes you have to listen to voices you don't really want to listen to." John D'Anna is a journalist and 27-year veteran of The Arizona Republic. He joins the podcast to talk about his faith journey and telling the stories of the overlooked and forgotten. You can follow his work on Twitter: @azgreenday and of course by subscribing to your area's newspaper and support local journalism.
August 30, 2020
Kristen Gallagher: How to Learn More About Yourself Through the Enneagram
Kristen is the pastor of Reno First United Methodist Church and an enneagram "enthusiast." She says that "If you’re open to what God is saying to you or what your heart is saying to you then you can take anything and use it for good."
August 23, 2020
Matt Sandoval - How Buddhism Brought Me Back to Church
Matt joins the podcast to talk about his faith journey and how the practice of Buddhism led him to be a more compassionate Christian.
August 16, 2020
Tony Minear - Reading the Bible in Context
Tony Minear joins the podcast to talk about how reading the Bible in context helps us see how our understanding of God has evolved over time.
August 9, 2020
Healthy Boundaries
Rob and Robert discuss the importance of setting healthy boundaries in life and on a journey of faith.
August 2, 2020
Be Kind to Yourself
Rob and Robert talk about self-compassion and how mindfulness can help when we're experiencing stress, depression, or anxiety.
July 26, 2020
Getting to Know Yourself
Rob and Robert discuss that loving yourself begins with getting to know yourself by doing a deep dive on your personality and what makes you tick.
July 19, 2020
What it Means to Be Generous
Rob and Robert discuss how being generous helps us be better neighbors.
July 12, 2020
Learning From Other Wisdom Traditions
Rob and Robert discuss why not just respecting, but learning from, and even celebrating, other faith and wisdom traditions deepens our own faith and makes us better neighbors.
July 5, 2020
What is Empathy?
Rob and Robert discuss empathy and why it is core to what it means to love our neighbor.
June 28, 2020
Who is My Neighbor?
Rob and Robert discuss that loving our neighbor begins with getting to know our neighbor.
June 21, 2020
What's Your Spiritual Practice?
Rob and Robert talk about the benefits of adopting a spiritual practice and share what practices are most meaningful to them.
June 14, 2020
You Are Not Alone
Rob and Robert share about their own faith journeys and how hearing the stories of others can help us feel part of a larger community.
June 7, 2020
Let's Talk About the Bible!
Rob and Robert talk about the importance of sacred texts for those on a journey of faith. They share their own views of how they interpret the Bible for guidance on their own journeys.
May 31, 2020
Who or What is God?
Rob and Robert talk about how their conceptions of God have changed over time.
May 24, 2020
Welcome to Social Thread
In this episode Rob and Robert share the story of Social Thread and discuss what it means to explore your faith.
May 17, 2020
Introducing the Social Thread Podcast
In just a few days we’re launching a podcast where we’ll help you belong, thrive, and explore your faith on your own terms.
May 11, 2020