Living Uncommon

Living Uncommon

We are living in a time of tremendous change. Living Uncommon acts as a place of inquiry about how Christians should live their lives in a divisive, emotionally charged climate. We hope these conversations inspire you to live an uncommon life of grace, conviction, and purpose. The Living Uncommon podcast is sponsored and supported by Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. ... Show More

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Suicide rates are on the rise, and in almost every age group, researchers are seeing an increase of individuals struggling with mental health issues. How should we, as Christians, respond to the mental health crisis in our country? Today we chat with a professional counselor and a psychiatrist to get a bird’s eye view of mental health, understand how the two fields of psychology and psychiatry interact, and what we can do to move f... Read more

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When we talk about immigration, gun violence, marginalized people groups, or any other hot topic, we often deal primarily in numbers. It’s easy to forget that behind each statistic is a person and a story. Today we chat with Paul Calhoun, a photographer passionate about restoring humanity to the issues of our day through the use of photography. What happens when we live out of curiosity, when we start really listening and paying at... Read more

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September 12, 2019 66 min

The history books don’t tell the story of Native people well or accurately; they often skip over the horrors and injustices inflicted on them in the name of God, government, or both. In this episode, we sit down with Tim Young Eagle, executive director of Lutheran Indian Ministries, to grapple with the Church’s role in perpetuating and even leading the colonization of Native people and the generational trauma that resulted from it.... Read more

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We’re grateful for all the guests who took time out of their schedule to spend a few hours sharing their stories, experiences, and expertise with us. In the final episode of the first season, we take a look back over the past nine episodes to rehash some of the conversations that stood out to us.

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We’re joined by Rev. Dr. John Nunes, president of Concordia College New York, for a talk about theology at the margins—in particular what it looks like to re-think reformation Christian theology from the perspective of marginalized people. As a jumping off point we’ll be looking at the 2017 book Wittenberg Meets the World: Reimagining the Reformation at the Margins. This book is a kind of commemoration of the 500-year anniversary o... Read more

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The two guests on this episode share a unique history that has seen them through almost three decades of working together at Concordia University. Rev. Dr. Ferry and Dr. Cario are two historians who made up the history department of Concordia in the 90s and now today they’re leading the university as president and provost, respectively. Listen in to hear from them why history matters, what it can teach us today, and how it continue... Read more

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Over the centuries, rhetoric has evolved and taken on many different forms. In a digital age where almost everyone has access to a public platform via social media, rhetoric is now everywhere. But how are we to digest all of these messages? How do we differentiate between the helpful and the destructive? Dr. Erin Laverick, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences at CUAA, is joining us to look back over the history of rhetoric, an... Read more

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The first wave of Gen Z is finishing up their first year of college, making the college campus an interesting blend of Millennials and Gen Z students. Particularly on a Christian campus, how do we engage with these students in a meaningful way that points toward God? For this episode, we’re at our sister campus in Ann Arbor, joined by campus pastor Randy Duncan and dean of students John Rathje to talk about building authentic conne... Read more

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May 9, 2019 44 min

How should Christians interact with the arts? Is there room for faith in the arts? What about the Church—what relationship should it have to the arts? In this episode, we’re talking with Cameron Anderson, a lifelong artist and writer, about his personal experience with the intersection of the two. We’re also saying goodbye to one of our hosts, Tim, during this episode—his final one before he packs up for a move across the lake to M... Read more

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What is truth? How do we find truth—or is truth something that we create? Are those means reliable? In this episode, we’re inviting a philosopher and a scientist to the show to talk about how the two fields define truth, where they clash, and how they can work together.

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On this episode of Living Uncommon, we’re joined by Heather O’Neil and Brad Alles, both professors in the School of Education at Concordia University Wisconsin. Listen in as Brad and Heather discuss their most powerful moments as educators, bringing Christianity into the classroom, facilitating discourse in the classroom, and how the parent-teacher relationship has evolved.

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March 28, 2019 46 min

On this episode of Living Uncommon, we’re joined by Rev. Patrick Ferry, PhD, President of Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. Tune in as Dr. Ferry shares about his faith background, 22 years of service as president, the future of Christian higher education, and Concordia’s intentional, inclusive culture.

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March 13, 2019 14 min

Meet the hosts of the Living Uncommon podcast, learn about the purpose behind the project, and get a sneak peek at the conversations coming up in season one.

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