The Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina launched their diocesan podcast, entitled Mission: Joy! on April 12, 2021. With new episodes released monthly, the diocese has now released three additional episodes on May 3, 2021, June 7, 2021, and July 13, 2021 for a total of four episodes available for streaming on https://www.mission-joy.com/ or your favorite podcasting app.
Episodes of Mission: Joy! feature members of diocesan staff in conversation on a range of topics but with one major focus: seeking joy. The podcast is dedicated to sharing stories that inspire and transform us to be people of God, with topics ranging from women in ministry to faith and social media. As a collaborative project amongst members of diocesan staff, episodes also cover a wide range of ministries and special interests of the Diocese of WNC.
The pilot episode, titled, “Seeking and Finding Joy with Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry” features a conversation between diocesan bishop José A. McLoughlin and Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church Michael B. Curry. In this 47-minute episode, the two bishops reflect on the challenges of the past year and discuss how we as the Body of Christ can seek joy even in the most challenging of times.
The following three episodes are entitled Faith and the Enneagram: A Conversation with the Rev. Dr. Chelsea Yarborough, Faith and Social Media: A Conversation with the Diocesan Youth Council, and Construyendo Puentas: A conversation on the Latino experience with the Rev. Canon Anthony Guillén and the Rev. Samuel Borbón. All episodes can be listened to online and offer additional resources for further reading and learning in response.
Mission: Joy! is available for streaming on Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. Please follow Diocese WNC on Facebook and Instagram to receive updates about new episodes. Episodes are released monthly and announced on social media.