Greetings!
Last week I went to The Podcast Movement —the world’s largest annual gathering of podcasters and the podcast industry.
It’s also the first secular conference I’ve attended in more than 20 years. While I was a bit nervous, I was able to encounter people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs. In fact, my friend made me this shirt as a conversation starter. Not only did I want to meet Catholics who have expertise in audio content, I hoped to meet and glean wisdom from everyone I encountered.
I had more people than I expected tell me they were raised Catholic, or used to be Catholic — which is consistent with social science research. One man, who mostly practices Buddhism now, at first spoke to me like I was a superstitious dinosaur (even though he’s 10 years older than me). As we talked, he was pleasantly surprised by how much we have in common when it comes to how to treat other people.
The Word of God says every person is created in His image, so even those who don’t know Him can teach me something about who God is.
Yours in Christ,
Church Life Today: God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son. You’re familiar with that, aren’t you? But have you ever really thought about what that is saying. God loved the world. This world. This world that does not love God very well, and in fact more often rejects God that welcomes him. God loved this world so much that He gave this world what is most precious, most intimate, most beautiful: his only begotten Son. And you know what can embody and manifest that kind of love? Filmmaking. And television. You probably didn’t see that coming. And you probably haven’t thought about the art of filmmaking or television in quite the way that my guest today thinks about it. But that’s why we’re here: to listen to what he has to say about it. Our guest is Doug Tooke, Vice President for Ministry Advancement at Outside Da Box Films and Renovo Media Group. No one has ever had a boring conversation with Doug Tooke. You are going to enjoy this conversation.
American Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky will be leaving Tokyo with four medals, making her the most decorated female swimmer of all time – and her Catholic alma maters are proud. Ledecky is a native of Maryland and an alumna of Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, an all-girls independent Catholic school in Bethesda.