Walk Talk Listen Podcast

Virtual Walk Talk Listen with Rachel Parent (episode 28)

Rachel Parent (born 1999) is a Toronto-based activist for issues related to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in foods, and especially government regulation in regard to food labeling. She is the founder of the non-profit Kids Right To Know. Rachel's interest in genetically modified foods began when she was 11 years old.She was required to research material for a school project and chose the subject of GMOs, when she found it troubling that Canada did not require food manufacturers to put labels on genetically modified foods. She refers in the podcast to a ten-minute interview on the Lang and O'Leary Exchange to debate her position that GMO labeling should be mandatory and that GMOs should be independently tested (she was 14 years old at that time!). At the end she also mentions another organization she has established focusing more on the arts and earth: Gen-Earth.org. If you want to even know more about Rachel after this podcast, listen to The Beatles and Paolo Nutini. :)
 
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Virtual Walk Talk Listen with David Hales (episode 27)

David Hales served as President of the College of the Atlantic, Chair and President of Second Nature, the managing organization of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, and as Director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. He led environmental policy and sustainability programs for the US Agency for International Development. As a diplomat, he has represented the USA in numerous negotiations on climate change, urban affairs and policy, and biodiversity. He served in the Carter administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior. He was the first American to serve as Chair of the World Heritage Convention. At present he serves on the board of trustees of the Parliament of World's Religions and is the chair of the board of trustees of The Future Generations University. He recently played an instrumental role in the publication of a new edition of the book Faith for Earth: A Call for Action made available by the Parliament of World's Religions and UNEP. We talked about David's dance with truth and meaning while listening to the song Monster of the band Steppenwolf.
 
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Virtual Walk Talk Listen with Eunice Kamaara (episode 26)

Eunice Kamaara is a professor of Religion at Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya, and International Affiliate of Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis (US). She holds MPhil in Religion, MSc. in International Health Research Ethics, and PhD in African Christian Ethics. Her three-in-one public role involves teaching/training, research, and community service. She trains on Advanced Research Methodology including Research Ethics and Integrity; Transformative Teaching and Learning; Gender Mainstreaming; Higher Education Management; Quality Management; Project Planning and Development including Monitoring and Evaluation; Adolescent Sexual/Reproductive Health; and HIV Prevention and Intervention. She conducts trans/multi-disciplinary and community participatory research on gender, character values, and holistic health, and has over 100 publications.  Eunice is passionate about translating research findings into practical development through policy influence and community uptake. She is President of the Eldoret Based Gender and Development Network (EldoGaDNet), a community participatory self-development agent. She enjoys mentoring adolescents and youth.  She has served on the  board of Church World Service. Her public role overlaps with her private role as mother, daughter, wife, sister, aunt, neighbor, among others. She is Presbyterian by birth, Roman Catholic by marriage, and Christian by choice. Eunice is a Top 30 WHO Africa health innovator: https://www.afro.who.int/news/who-innovation-challenge-announce-30-finalists-africa-health-forum-cabo-verde The book mentioned in this podcast is: Humankind . A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman.
 
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Virtual Walk Talk Listen with Sharon Eubank (episode 25)

Sister Sharon Eubank is the first counselor in the general presidency of the Relief Society, the Church’s organization for its six million female members ages 18 and over. She is also the President of Latter-day Saint Charities, the humanitarian organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sharon was scheduled to accompany Maurice during his 100 mile 2020 campaign but this had to be canceled as a result of the pandemic. Episode 25 will give you some idea what these two would have discussed if they would have walked together and it is much more than only about the wonderful collaboration of LDS Charities and CWS or about the Toy store Sharon once owned. Sharon is very hopeful for our future and our youth in particular and believes strongly in the power of service via platforms like Just Serve, CROP Hunger Walks or Best Gift
 
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Virtual Walk Talk Listen with Vy Nguyen (episode 24)

Vy Nguyen is Executive Director at Week of Compassion with the Disciples of Christ (Christian Church). He places special emphasis on connecting younger generations to the faith-based humanitarian and development work. Vy formerly served as a CWS staff member in the fundraising office based in Northern California. A former refugee himself, he not only shares his experience of fleeing his country of birth Vietnam, but also asks us to imagine what a life would be during which you don't really know what tomorrow will bring.
 
For more information about his organization, go to www.weekofcompassion.org. Or follow them on twitter or instagram.
 
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Virtual Walk Talk Listen with Kristin Andrus

Kristin Andrus was born and raised in California, US but lives in Utah now. She calls herself the Chief Culture Officer in her home to 6 kids, but she is also known as an exercise maniac (she is behind Free YouTube Home Workout) and is a virtual mentor of many of her social media followers (84K instagram followers). She also partakes in the company Traeger grills which is led by her husband, CEO Jeremy Andrus. Last but not least, Kristin is passionate about philanthropy and there is hardly any day that she is not trying to help, mentor and work with people who are less fortunate. Her energy is contagious and uplifting and always speaks from her heart, also in this podcast. She ends the podcast with a very important tip for all of us.
 
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Virtual Walk Talk Listen with Abhay Singh Sachal

In July 2016, Abhayjeet Singh Sachal traveled to the Arctic through the Students on Ice Foundation.  Upon returning from the expedition, he looked into the issue more. Inuit suicide rates are 11 times the national average. In general, Aboriginal communities suffer while the rest of Canada thrives. The personal connections he made during the expedition were all so strong that he realized he needed to do something about these issues affecting his new friends. After brainstorming possible solutions to the issue with his brother, Sukhmeet Singh Sachal, they came up with Break The Divide - an international network of students that would connect, communicate, and create change. At present Abhay is a student at the University of Toronto and continuous to lead Break The Divide while also being an activist and pianist. You can follow him on instagram, twitter, facebook and listen to his own podcast Different Boat, Same Storm.
 
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Virtual Walk Talk Listen with Rafael Malpica Padilla

The Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla is executive director for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Division for Global Mission and oversees a global program in more than 70 countries with 300 missionaries and volunteers, 47 division staff based in the US and annual expenditures of $29 million. Raised in Puerto Rico with Spanish as his first language, Rafael's life, faith and ministry have been shaped in the context of global mission. Rev. Malpica Padilla is an articulate theologian and he has served as associate executive director for the Division for Global Mission since May 2002.  From 1993 to 2002, he was the division's program
director for Latin America and Cuba.  He served as bishop of the ELCA Caribbean Synod from 1987 to 1993.. The synod's main office is located in Dorado, Puerto Rico.  From 1981 to 1987, he was parish pastor of Iglesia Luterana Reconciliacion, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. Rafael earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Carolina, Puerto Rico, in 1977 and a master of divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 1981.  In 1989 he received a doctorate in divinity "Honoris Causa" from Newberry College, Newberry, S.C. He and his wife, Luz D. Marzan, are the parents of three children   Rafael, Felix Javier and Karla Marie.  He is a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Crystal Lake, Ill.
 
This is about alternative reality, naval gazing, don quixote and more. 
 
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Virtual Walk Talk Listen with Chris Dorsey

Chris Dorsey currently serves as President of Higher Education & Leadership  Ministries for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), based in Indianapolis,  IN. An ordained Disciples minister, Dorsey received his Bachelor of Science from  the University of Texas at Austin and earned a Master of Divinity from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the Divinity School  of the University of Chicago. Chris has taught at a variety of academic and theological institutions and  previously served as a local church pastor, university chaplain at Clark Atlanta University, and as the  vice president of development and marketing at Chicago Theological Seminary. Previously, he served  as assistant professor of theology and preaching at Western Theological Seminary, where he taught  classes on Preaching Foundations; Race, Culture, and Reconciliation; Theologizing Violence; and the  Theologies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King, Jr.  He currently leads a ministry that works with higher education and leadership development  programs. Part of his work with young adults includes helping young people connect with opportunities  to give and to serve the common good. He is also part of the CWS Incubation Lab and will be a board member of CWS in 2021. In this podcast, Chris shares his experience as a result of working with youth as emerging leaders and explains about re-coalescing i.e the need to be able to make room for previous and present perspectives and opinions. We discuss about the topics the younger generation is concerned about and we discover what Chris worries about and he would walk 100 miles for. Chris is rather pessimistic on building on our interconnectedness, but there is still a lot to be hopeful about after listening to his perspective.
 
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Virtual Walk Talk Listen with David Beckmann

David Beckmann is President Emeritus of Bread for the World and Founder and President Emeritus of the Alliance to End Hunger. David is working in new ways for political and spiritual change to move us out of the pandemic in a way that includes progress against hunger and poverty.  As President of Bread for the World 1991-2020, he led millions of people in successful advocacy with Congress. He was awarded the World Food Prize for his contribution to the world’s progress against hunger.  David sees the liberation of hundreds of millions of people from poverty over the last generation as an experience of our loving God and an invitation to do our part. In this podcast, I ask David to elaborate on his view on the Sustainable Development Goals (more known as Global Goals) especially with regard to the US. He  also shares his view on the status of US politics and has advice on that will require a lot of work from all. Consider subscribing to his website, if you want posts and other news emailed to you about his work. He hopes you will share your thoughts and insights, so that you learn from each other. David is a big fan of my organization and we are thankful for his "commercial" during this episode.
 
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