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The UpWords Podcast

The UpWords Podcast

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An initiative of Upper House in Madison, WI. Through conversations with thinkers, scholars, and leaders, we explore the life of the mind and the questions of soul--to enrich our university, our community, and the Church.
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Healing, Power, and Christianity in Ghana | Paul Grant

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Church Conflict & Hope: The Colossian Forum | Rob Barrett
Science for the Church co-founder Drew Rick-Miller interviews Rob Barrett, chief operating officer of The Colossian Forum, an organization specializing in conflict resolution. Rib shares about his journey to this work, the philosophy and practice of "The Colossian Way," and some of the key areas of church conflict around issues of faith and science. The UpWords Podcast is an initiative of Upper House. This episode was produced in partnership with Science for the Church. Send us a message at podcast@slbrownfoundation.org. Credits: music by Micah Behr, audio engineering by Andy Johnson, graphic design by Madeline Ramsey.
35:42
April 12, 2021
The Beauty of Multiethnic Identities | A "Mixed Blessing" Conversation
Rebecca hosts a group of multiethnic Christians to reflect on the unique beauties--and challenges--of living out mixed ethnic and cultural identities. Along with Rebecca the group includes Aiden Detienne, Niccole Khail, Peter Shackelford, and Chandra Crane, author of Mixed Blessing: Embracing the Fullness of Your Multiethnic Identity (IVP, 2020).  This conversation follows a live event at Upper House that can be viewed here. We welcome comments on this episode at podcast@slbrownfoundation.org. The UpWords Podcast is produced by Upper House. Music is by Micah Behr, audio engineering by Andy Johnson, graphic design by Madeline Ramsey.
01:11:31
April 5, 2021
Through the Eyes of an Architect | Peter Tan
Melissa speaks with Peter Tan, the Chief Design Officer at Strang, Inc., an award-winning architecture, engineering, interior design and planning firm in Madison, WI. Together they cover the spiritual significance of space, how architects are responding to COVID realities, the missional significance of buildings, and much more.  We welcome comments on this episode at podcast@slbrownfoundation.org. The UpWords Podcast is produced by Upper House. Music is by Micah Behr, audio engineering by Andy Johnson, graphic design by Madeline Ramsey.
01:08:18
March 29, 2021
Art + Faith | Makoto Fujimura
Cam Anderson, Associate Director at Upper House, talks with friend and fellow artist Makoto Fujimura about his new book, Art and Faith: A Theology of Making (Yale University Press, 2021). They cover a wide range of topics including the nature of creativity, imagination and faith, and an artist's response to the world's brokenness. Makoto Fujimura is a world-renowned artist, writer, and speaker. Of his many accolades, he founded the International Arts Movement and served as a presidential appointee on the National Council of the Arts from 2003-2009. His other books include Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for Our Common Life (IVP, 2017). We welcome comments on this episode at podcast@slbrownfoundation.org. The UpWords Podcast is produced by Upper House. Music is by Micah Behr, audio engineering by Andy Johnson, graphic design by Madeline Ramsey.
01:12:01
March 15, 2021
Healing, Power, and Christianity in Ghana | Paul Grant
Eric Carlsson interviews friend and fellow UW history alumnus Paul Grant on Paul's new book, Healing and Power in Ghana: Early Indigenous Expressions of Christianity (Baylor, 2020). Paul shares about his upbringing as a missionary kid, his fascination with the Gold Coast, and his efforts to try to understand both missionaries and Ghanan Christians on their own terms. The book, and this discussion, shed light on major themes in the history of global Christianity--a subject American Christians all too often ignore.  Paul Grant is a lecturer in history at UW-Madison, UW-Platteville, and North Park University, and he resides in Madison with his family.  The UpWords Podcast is produced by Upper House. Music is by Micah Behr, audio engineering by Andy Johnson, graphic design by Madeline Ramsey.
01:01:21
March 1, 2021
The Laziness Myth | Christine Jeske
Melissa recently interviewed anthropologist Christine Jeske about her new book, The Laziness Myth: Narratives of Work and the Good Life in South Africa (Cornell, 2020). Christine's extensive fieldwork in South Africa is the basis for this wide-ranging conversation on the nature of vocation, the structural barriers to vocational fulfillment in both South Africa and the United States, and Christine's reflections on how Christians should reimagine the "good life" in the twenty-first century.  Christine Jeske is an Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL) and author of several books. She is also an alumnus of UW-Madison. This conversation originally aired as an Upper House live event titled "When Work Doesn’t Work: Grappling with Vocation and the 'Good Life'" and can be viewed in its entirety here. The UpWords Podcast is produced by Upper House. Music is by Micah Behr, audio engineering by Andy Johnson, graphic design by Madeline Ramsey.
51:25
February 15, 2021
Science, Religion, and the Protestant Tradition | James Ungureanu
In this episode, Dan talks to historian James Ungureanu about the origins of the "conflict thesis" between faith and science. In his important new book, Science, Religion, and the Protestant Tradition: Retracing the Origins of Conflict (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019), James examines the intellectual and religious terrain of the late nineteenth century and especially John William Draper and Andrew Dickson White, two of the figures often credited with originating the conflict idea. James revises our understanding of this crucial episode, as well as discusses his own biography and his understanding of Christian scholarship. We welcome suggestions and comments on this episode at podcast@slbrownfoundation.org. The UpWords Podcast is produced by Upper House. Music is by Micah Behr, audio engineering by Andy Johnson, graphic design by Madeline Ramsey.
01:31:05
February 1, 2021
The Women of Exodus | Kelley Nikondeha
Happy MLK Day! In this episode, we replay one of Upper House's speaker events from last October, "Defiant: What the Women of Exodus Teach Us About Freedom" by Kelley Ninkodeha. Kelley is co-director for Communities of Hope, a community development enterprise in Burundi, as well as a theologian and author. When she visited Upper House, she spoke on multiple topics, all viewable on our Youtube channel. For future Upper House events see our event listings. We will periodically highlight past events alongside our new interviews and conversations. We welcome suggestions and comments at podcast@slbrownfoundation.org. The UpWords Podcast is produced by Upper House. Music is by Micah Behr, audio engineering by Andy Johnson, graphic design by Madeline Ramsey.
38:60
January 18, 2021
Learning to Lament | LaToya Wilson & Paul Kamps
In this episode, Rebecca talks to LaToya Wilson and Paul Kamps, two participants in Upper House's recent cohort on the practice of lament. They discuss the biblical basis for lament and the power of prayer, all while sharing their personal journeys. LaToya and Paul also each share a written lament.  Led by Rebecca, the cohort used Mark Vroegop's book Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy as a shared text. For more on Upper House's learning cohorts, see our events page. The UpWords Podcast is an initiative of Upper House. Send us a message at podcast@slbrownfoundation.org. Credits: music by Micah Behr, audio engineering by Andy Johnson, graphic design by Madeline Ramsey.
01:10:29
January 4, 2021
Business on Purpose | Randy Franz & Kenman Wong
In this episode, John talks to Randy Franz and Kenman Wong, two professors at Seattle Pacific University and producers for Faith & Co, a documentary film series about people who live out their businesses as their vocational callings. They discuss the backstory to the films, some of the most memorable episodes, and the broader Faith and Work movement. The Faith & Co. series, now in its fourth season, is free to watch. Courses based on the series are available at SPU's Center for Integrity in Business.  The UpWords Podcast is an initiative of Upper House. Send us a message at podcast@slbrownfoundation.org.  Credits: music by Micah Behr, audio engineering by Andy Johnson, graphic design by Madeline Ramsey.
01:15:11
December 14, 2020
Christian Faith and Science | John Lennox
In this episode, Science for the Church co-founder Greg Cootsona interviews mathematician, Christian apologist, and Emeritus Professor at the University of Oxford, John Lennox. They cover some of the core issues in the contemporary faith and science conversation, and talk about John's new film, Against the Tide. The UpWords Podcast is an initiative of Upper House. This episode was produced in partnership with Science for the Church.  Send us a message at podcast@slbrownfoundation.org. Credits: music by Micah Behr, audio engineering by Andy Johnson, graphic design by Madeline Ramsey.
47:57
November 30, 2020
Writing, Teaching, and Living into the Unknown | Marilyn McEntyre
In this episode, Melissa talks with Marilyn McEntyre about writing, teaching, and the creative life. Marilyn's work includes Make a List: How a Simple Practice Can Change Our Lives and Open Our Hearts; her most recent book, Speaking Peace in a Climate of Conflict; and her upcoming Dear Doctor: What Doctors Don't Ask, What Patients Need to Say.   Marylin's recent events with Upper House can be viewed here and here. The UpWords Podcast is an initiative of Upper House. Send us a message at podcast@slbrownfoundation.org. Credits: music by Micah Behr, audio engineering by Andy Johnson, graphic design by Madeline Ramsey.
01:05:35
November 16, 2020
The History of Modern American Evangelicalism | Darren Dochuk
In this inaugural episode, Dan talks with Darren Dochuk, professor of history at the University of Notre Dame,  about his formation as a historian, his contributions to the history of American evangelicalism, and how he hopes Christians will use his scholarship. Also, Dan and Darren run through two speed rounds of questions. The UpWords Podcast is an initiative of Upper House. Send us a message at podcast@slbrownfoundation.org.  Credits: music by Micah Behr, audio engineering by Andy Johnson, graphic design by Madeline Ramsey.
50:46
November 2, 2020
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October 23, 2020