Earlier this spring, Chris Schoon and I had the great pleasure of recording two Open to Wonder podcast conversations as part of our series on faith practices. We spoke with Heidi De Jonge about the practice of remembering and with Amy Peterson about the practice of hospitality.
As a huge fan of Heidi De Jonge’s writing on the Reformed Journal blog and of Amy Peterson’s book Where Goodness Still Grows: Finding Virtue in an Age of Hypocrisy, I was so excited when each of them said “yes!” to our invitation.
We learned so much as we listened to them. I think you will too. Check out the details below.
Open to Wonder, Season 3
Heidi De Jonge began keeping a diary when she was 9 years old. And, unlike some of us whose diaries will never see the light of day, Heidi regularly reads excerpts of her diaries to her three daughters. I know, right? It’s a practice she describes as “equal parts embarrassing and glorious” and it’s one of several ways Heidi is intentional about remembering the goodness of God in her life and that of her family.
During our conversation with Heidi you'll hear how her family marks baptism birthdays with cupcakes, creeds, and a reminder of God’s love; about the importance of holding difficult memories, and of course, those diaries.
You'll find our conversation with Heidi here: Marking Milestones of God’s Goodness l Faith Practices: Remembering.
Amy Peterson’s understanding of hospitality—a practice she believes is at the heart of Christian identity—was formed during an experience she had as a 22 year old living in Southeast Asia. More recently it’s been shaped by the details she discovered while researching the Biblical story of Lydia, during weekly meals she shares with students who have been "repeatedly rejected by the Church and their families," and in the hands of the unhoused man who offers her candy over breakfast.
Don't miss our conversation with Amy about hospitality, identity,...and kitty litter. You'll find it here: Making Room for Connection, Kitty Litter and All l Faith Practices: Hospitality.
For even more resources on the faith practices visit the Faith Practices Project. And for ideas on how to use the Open to Wonder podcast episodes (Seasons 2 and 3) as a way to jumpstart small group or church wide conversations, check out:
- How to Get People of All Ages Talking About Faith Practices
- Why This Podcast May Be Perfect for Your Next Church-Wide Small Group Study