The Second Way Podcast has officially launched! In each episode, I’ll talk with folks about how they seek peace, purpose, and meaning in their lives. Click here to listen now. New to the podcast? Start with episode one!
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Episode 01: Ministry (Start here!)
In this opening episode, you’ll be introduced to survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida and learn more about what I hope this podcast will become. Growing up, I believed I had been called to ministry. That idea was quickly turned on its head, however, when I decided to finally come out as a gay man. My relationship with religion and spirituality was further complicated after surviving a violent sexual assault. As a way of introducing you to me and the vision for the future of the Second Way podcast, we will discuss all of these topics and more. Click here to listen!
Episode 02: Pulse (Pulse Orlando Series)
Episode 2 introduces the series on Pulse nightclub. Before talking with our guests in this series, I wanted to set the stage a bit about why places like Pulse are so important in the first place. Click here to listen!
Episode 03: Functional Depression
In this episode I discuss my struggle with depression over the past year and some strategies that have helped me get back on track. This episode also welcomes back the podcast after an unplanned hiatus – more episodes and blog posts coming your way soon! Click here to listen to Episode 3.
Episode 04: Christine Leinonen (Pulse Orlando Series)
Christine’s son Christopher (or as many of us knew him, “Drew”) was murdered along with 48 others at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida over two years ago. Christine shares with us how her Catholic faith has changed significantly since the loss of her son, and how she has also found new meaning and purpose through activism and caring for other LGBTQ youth. Christine now sees herself as an advocate for Drew’s legacy, leveraging her experience as an attorney and former state trooper to help prevent future acts of hate and gun violence. Click here to listen!
Episode 05: Brandon Wolf (Pulse Orlando Series)
Brandon shares with us how the experience of surviving Pulse but losing his two best friends has influenced the ways he seeks peace, purpose, and meaning in life. We also discuss Brandon’s activism, nonprofit work, issues of gun safety, and the need for LGBTQ+ safe spaces. Click here to listen!
Episode 06: Angel Colon (Pulse Orlando Series)
Angel suffered six gunshot wounds and a shattered femur from the mass shooting on June 12, 2016 at Pulse nightclub. While lying on the floor wounded, Angel prayed for forgiveness and promised God that he would worship him for the rest of his life. Since that time, Angel’s faith has come to play a dominant role in every aspect of his life. It has also shifted his thinking on what it means to be gay and the life he chooses to now live. (Episode not yet available. Please check back!)