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The Open Door Sisterhood Podcast

Longtime friends and authors Krista Gilbert and Alexandra Kuykendall share relatable, practical and fun conversations on faith, motherhood and leadership. Often inviting another friend into the conversation, listeners will be inspired to take that next step, do that hard thing, and encourage their family and friends to do the same as we walk through the doors God opens. Let's be world changers for good right where we are!
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Sep 29, 2020

As a nation, we are talking about race. For some these conversations have been going on for generations and for others open conversations about race are new territory. No matter where you find yourself in the larger conversation, this episode is for you.

Both of our guests are professional hard-conversation-havers. Maggie John is Producer and Host of the Canadian television show Context Beyond the Headlines where she does just that, gives context to the day's headlines from her studio outside of Toronto. Shannon Polk is both an attorney and pastor, in the process of merging two congregations (one predominantly white the other predominantly black) into one in Flint, Michigan. They are trusted voices here at the sisterhood and we are so glad to have them for not one, but two episodes as we dive into how to talk about race.

We recorded these episodes a few weeks ago. Even since recording, the headlines have highlighted the reality, tension, and pain surrounding these conversations. They are difficult, yet important, which is why we are not avoiding them. We are approaching them together, as a unified sisterhood, fighting for a better way to have hard conversations.

Sep 22, 2020

Suicide and mental health are increasingly important social issues. In the United States suicide rates continue to rise, and many psychologists and counselors warn we are in a mental health crisis. It is wise for us to learn and pay attention, for ourselves, our children, and those we love.

Kayla Stoeklein’s world changed suddenly and dramatically when her husband, a well known mega-church pastor in California, committed suicide. She was left as a widow and a single mom of three young sons. Kayla talks about her experience today and what she has since learned about mental health, suicide, and grief.

Sisters, this is a topic we can’t ignore. There are too many hurting, isolated, and burdened. If you find yourself in this place, we care, and you are not alone. If you are walking with a loved one who is struggling with depression and suicidal ideation, you also are not alone. We are carrying burdens together. Listen in.

 

HARD CONVERSATIONS SERIES: SUICIDE & MENTAL HEALTH

Suicide and mental health are increasingly important social issues. In the United States suicide rates continue to rise, and many psychologists and counselors warn we are in a mental health crisis. It is wise for us to learn and pay attention, for ourselves, our children, and those we love.

Kayla Stoeklein’s world changed suddenly and dramatically when her husband, a well known mega-church pastor in California, committed suicide. She was left as a widow and a single mom of three young sons. Kayla talks about her experience today and what she has since learned about mental health, suicide, and grief.

Sisters, this is a topic we can’t ignore. There are too many hurting, isolated, and burdened. If you find yourself in this place, we care, and you are not alone. If you are walking with a loved one who is struggling with depression and suicidal ideation, you also are not alone. We are carrying burdens together. Listen in.

 

SOME THINGS YOU HEARD ON THE SHOW

How to Journey Through Grief and Loss with Linda Lawrence Hunt

Suicide Prevention Hotline: Call 1-800-273-8255

On Anxiety and Depression with Kay Warren (podcast episode)

What You Need To Know About Suicide Podcast Episode

 
Sep 15, 2020

We are diving into the topic of hard conversations. There are some general principles that apply when having respectful, mutually honoring conversations around difficult topics, and then there are a few specific topics that carry a particularly heavy burden. Sexuality is one of those hot button issues of the day that triggers high emotions. We hear from listeners often that this is one of those topics that easily brings up anger, controversy, or shame. Here at the sisterhood we want to give you useful, practical tools that help you in your actual lives. We created this series, and selected this topic, with you in mind.

Our guest, Dr. Juli Slattery, is cofounder of Authentic Intimacy. She is a psychologist who has dedicated her career to helping women have these hard conversations. She walks us through God's good intention for our sexuality, the varying components (it's not just physical!), and how to broach the subject when needed. From sexual abuse, to infidelity, to pornography, and masturbation, Juli doesn't shy away from the ways sexuality can be misused. But she also promises there is healing and hope.

If you are needing to have a hard conversation with someone in this area because one or both of you are struggling, Juli reminds us that gentleness and humility will bring us back to God's design for desired intimacy. An episode packed with both information and encouragement, it will help you talk about sexuality with grace and love.

Sep 8, 2020

Hard conversations are a part of life. This is especially true in our current climate. In this new series titled, “Hard Conversations,” we will be tackling how to move through these interactions with conviction, grace, and respect.

Today we bring on Daniel Darling, author and Senior Vice President of National Religious Broadcasters, to talk about how we engage in helpful and sharpening conversations on social media.

Many of us engage on social media to discuss current issues, and it’s important for us to think through how to do that well. Others ignore all posts regarding current events and opinions, and that may not be the way to go either.

Join us as we strive to have healthy and productions hard conversations.

Sep 1, 2020

We know that this is a school start like no other. It is an especially uncertain time for college students and seniors in high school. We bring you a sisterhood expert to help navigate conversations with the young people you love about school and life decisions during COVID. Emily Jamieson is an academic and life coach for young people. She spends her days helping them navigate school and life decisions and knows the unique circumstances and feelings they are experiencing right now.

In this interview Emily not only gives us insight into what college students and high school seniors are thinking and feeling, she gives us practical approaches to conversations that might be difficult. From how to give feedback to a resistant teenager, to fostering moments of creativity together, her ideas are grounded and based on years of mentoring young adults. For any grown up trying to support young people in the middle of a pandemic, for any parent wondering how to get their teenager out of their funk, for any loving mentor that is working to guide a student's decisions, you won't be disappointed in this conversation.

In true sisterhood style this episode is both practical and inspirational as we talk through how to best support college students and high school seniors during a pandemic.

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