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Simon Thomas explores human endurance through the toughest times. In a series of interviews with well-known celebrities and notable people, he discovers how crisis and desperation can lead to hope and inspiration for a new and happy life. In each episode, we find out that there are so many others experiencing mental anguish, who have lived through the most difficult times. We hear how many have overcome tragedy to live happy and fulfilling lives.
 
Insights and resources for Christian leaders to deepen your relationship with Christ, the congregation and your local community. The church and your community need you to lead. LeaderCast covers faith topics that trip us up, hold us back, and guide us forward…all so you can lead a movement of Jesus followers.
 
In this first collection of stories following the characters from the "Anne of Green Gables" series, we see 12 vignettes into the lives of the other inhabitants of Avonlea. The case of Ludovic Speed as mentioned in "Anne of the Island" is finally detailed, along with another appearance by Anne Shirley herself in "The Courting of Prissy Strong". We meet some old friends and many new ones from "The Island", in stories both sweet and poignant. An old lady finds happiness in being a "fairy godmo ...
 
Kadian first fell in love with Apple as a nine-year-old when he acquired his first iPod touch. He loved the aesthetics of this Apple product, its intuitive interface which allowed him to access a whole world of knowledge. He purchased his first MacBook Pro by shoveling snow and by selling his old train set, keyboard and other beloved items on Amazon. Kadian was renowned for his evangelical pursuit to convert everyone, even strangers, to Apple products. By fourteen, he had built an impressive ...
 
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In different seasons of life, rest, relaxation, and play look different. What is fun when you’re a parent of small children and serving youth in the church...during a pandemic? Join Sam Heaton as he shares his experience of leading, loving, and living as a follower of Jesus in the midst of seasons filled with change. If you ever found yourself worn…
 
Sam Ward is a British hockey player who has represented England and Great Britain scoring an incredible 72 goals in 126 caps. He's a Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, and played for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympics. While following his ambition is to represent his country again at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, Sam's hopes of a second Olympics were …
 
Richard Marson maybe not a name many of you will know. For over thirty years, Richard has been an important figure within the TV industry. He's worked on some of the most recognizable programs in British television from Top of the Pops to the Paul Daniels Magic Show to Going Live. Richard is best known for the years he spent as a talented producer …
 
Let's Play When was the last time you stopped and played? If you’re thinking, “C’mon, kids, play. Adults don’t play,” stick with us to learn why play is so important. To begin, let’s define what we’re talking about. Play is time spent without purpose. According to Dr. Stuart Brown, there are reasons why adults need play: Because we’re created to pl…
 
James Taylor was just 19 when he became the youngest professional cricket player to score 1000 championship runs in a season. He went on to make the move to Nottingham where he became captain, and by the age of 21, had made his debut for England. He represented his country over 30 times, but then in 2016, whilst warming up for a pre-season game aga…
 
Transgender women, and trans sex workers in particular, know what it means to be marginalized, overpoliced, and underprotected. In season two of The Village, host Justin Ling investigates the stories of two women, Alloura Wells and Cassandra Do, whose deaths remain unexplained, and whose cases expose the systems that failed them. More episodes are …
 
Let’s chat about joy for a second. What brings you joy? When you listen to a group of Christ-centered leaders, share their wisdom on rest, relaxation, and play, it creates an atmosphere of encouragement. This week, in part 2 of “What’s your best wisdom for rest, relaxation, and play?” nine different leaders explore the challenges of rest and the jo…
 
It may suprise you that 60,000 women and men are stalked in the UK each year. Tracey Morgan was 22 years old, happily married and living in Hampshire. But after her and her husband became friends with a colleague at the Naval Base she worked for, Tracey's life took a sinister turn. A man she tried to help with his mental health issues soon became h…
 
What is fun for you? Yes, we’re really asking. Here’s why: this week and next, the episodes are filled with fun and joy. You’ll hear from 16 leaders over the next two weeks. Each one shares their insights in joy-filled ways, even when they struggle with rest, relaxation, and play. As we dive into part 1 of this 2-part mini-series, we hope you’ll re…
 
Jay blades is the stylish star of the wonderful BBC hit show the repair shop the show where his team of talented craftsmen and women bring downtrodden family heirlooms back to life and then reunite them with their often emotional owners. Part of the show secret is Jay's charm, style, wit and warmth. A man who always shows compassion and empathy to …
 
It's another Pride spent apart in the midst of a global pandemic, but maybe this is the chance we need to re-evaluate what Pride means. This week Thomas and Tranna welcome Syrus Marcus Ware and Rodney Diverlus, brilliant artists, activists, and co-editors (alongside Sandy Hudson) of Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada. In…
 
Rest, relaxation, and play are possible...even with demanding schedules. Ministry and leadership are demanding. There's no way around that fact. But, ministry and leadership are life-giving when we care for ourselves as leaders. In today's short episode we offer two ideas to make rest, relaxation, and play possible in your life. And they’re easier …
 
Tony Bellew is a name known to many who follow the world of boxing. He grew up in Wavertree in Liverpool, and by the age of just eighteen, was strapping on a bulletproof vest and working as a bouncer. His childhood had almost as many knocks as he took in the ring, with the end of his parents relationship and finding himself expelled from school at …
 
We have a big question, but a short episode for you this week. It continues our theme of rest, relaxation, and play. Here it is: What are the ingredients for joy and meaning in your life? “Ingredients for Joy and Meaning,” is all about taking a moment to name what it looks like when things are going really well in your family. Said just a bit diffe…
 
Join Simon Thomas as he explores human endurance through the toughest times in the second series of his podcast Life Interrupted.In a series of incredible interviews, with guests including Katie Price, Tony Bellew, Jay Blades and more, he discovers how the more desperate times can lead to hope and inspiration for a new and happy life.In each episod…
 
Chosen Family goes pop as Tranna and Thomas welcome comedian and judge from RuPaul’s Drag Race: Down Under, Rhys Nicholson. Rhys gives us the inside scoop on what goes on behind the scenes, the best advice he received from Ru, and how he uses comedy to make important statements on queer rights. Plus a very special edition of Obsessions with guest T…
 
Are you ready for a different angle on rest, relaxation, and play? This week, tune in as we talk to someone whose work it is to facilitate the experiences that most of us participate in for entertainment, relaxation, and fun. Amy Burgess is a mom, the Rosie Red mascot for the Cincinnati Reds, as well as an Executive Director and Choreographer for C…
 
Where do those three things fall on your priority list? If you’re like many people these are the first things that fall off our priority list when busyness creeps in. Did you know that 35% of Americans don’t get 7-9 hours of sleep a night? Or that 77% of the US workforce does not take all the paid time off they earn in a year? As we continue explor…
 
Thomas and Tranna discuss the idea of being unremarkable and what it would be like to move through the world if there wasn’t so much pressure on trans and gender non-conforming folks to disclose and explain their identity. Who better to join the exchange than Sam Feder, the brilliant director of the groundbreaking Netflix documentary, Disclosure. C…
 
Holy Moments. You’ve experienced these moments. Time stands still. You’re overcome with the presence of God. You might even question whether the moment is really happening. You’re standing on holy ground (ok, in this case, we were sitting, recording a podcast). Holy moments can’t be crafted, predicted, or rehearsed. They simply unfold. And when the…
 
If you want to build community, or deepen community connections, join us for Episode 178 as we seek to model grace-filled, curious conversation about topics we can sidestep in our communities. Episode 178 is Part 1 of a two-part conversation with April Casperson. April serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the West Ohio Conference. …
 
Mother’s day has Thomas a little triggered as he talks to Tranna about the complex relationship he shares with his mom. It’s the perfect opportunity for these two to talk to award-winning writer, andrea bennett, whose brilliant collection of essays, Like a Boy but Not a Boy, examines and redefines parenthood from a non-binary perspective. Also on t…
 
If you’ve been a part of a community, you’ve likely experienced conflict within that community. Sometimes our differences are easy to explore together. At other times, the conflict leads to division. The challenges to leaders during these seasons are great. But, if you’re willing to reimagine who God is inviting you to be, you just might experience…
 
What is community? Community is about the inter-relatedness of people. In other words, it starts with relationships. It’s about belonging to something larger than ourselves. Community helps people say, “I am a valued part of this body and have contributions to make”. When we see ourselves as a part of a community, we think about how we are related …
 
It’s a dream-come-true moment for Thomas and Tranna as they welcome rockstar, writer, producer, and queer icon Linda Perry! From mega success in the 90s, fronting the band 4 Non Blondes, to writing and producing some of the biggest hits of the early 00s for Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, and Pink, Perry is back behind the mic for the first time …
 
At the intersection of Jesus, accountability, and corporate life is our guest, Courtney Hilbert. Add Courtney’s passion for leading youth, writing Christian fiction, baking and you find a woman of integrity who embraces accountability in the workplace, church, and in the ministries she leads. If you’ve ever wondered how faith and corporate life int…
 
Stories, history, current reality, and Scripture come together in this week’s conversation with Charles Boayue Jr. Charles is a District Superintendent in the Michigan Conference of the UMC and takes us on a leadership journey to point to the importance of accountability. You’re invited to explore both the full picture and details that accompany ac…
 
What’s your personal accountability practice? Not sure what we mean? Listen to Episode 173 with Jessica Moffatt and explore the intersection of courage and accountability. Jessica is a pastor and coach who helps teams listen for God’s voice to make faithful decisions. First, we explore how humility, offering ourselves to God, and self-awareness con…
 
Tranna and Thomas welcome none other than Saturday Night Live cast member Bowen Yang for a wide-ranging conversation! Now in his third season as a player on the show, Bowen has already made comedy history by being the first Chinese-American and only current gay man in the cast. Bowen is also the co-host (with BFF Matt Rogers) of the wildly popular …
 
Is accountability a bad word? Short answer: NO! It’s the fuel for productivity, engagement, and growth for leaders. When there is clarity and responsibility, accountability becomes a positive force for change and growth. Why then, do so many of us despise accountability? When accountability is used in punitive ways, it often leads to shame and blam…
 
What happens when you ask 15 leaders for their best wisdom on self-awareness? You get stories, poignant reminders, examples, challenging circumstances, diverse perspectives, and enough wisdom to fill several volumes. Whether you choose to listen all at once or in several sessions, these leaders remind us how God is with us deepening our self-awaren…
 
Tranna shares the discovery of an old VHS tape of her 6th grade ski trip, which allows her to reconnect with her 12 year old self. The theme of reconnecting with our inner child continues in conversation with photographer and writer, Samra Habib, winner of Canada Reads 2020 for the brilliant We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir. Thomas h…
 
In our conversation today, we’re talking with Barry Burns about leadership and self-awareness. As a pastor, District Superintendent, and Dean of the Cabinet, Barry offers us wide-angle and close-up views of how self-awareness comes into play in leadership. We explore the impacts of social media and seasons of ministry as well as how self-care and h…
 
What is your first memory of becoming self-aware? How about your most recent memory? The reality is, we are never finished growing in self-awareness. In our conversation this week with Rae Lynn Schlief, we talk about self-awareness through different seasons of life and ministry. From the first moment of radical self-awareness in the midst of clinic…
 
Lynsey Crombie is a best selling author, businesswoman, and TV personality. But behind Lindsay's success is a much darker story. She first came to prominence when by sheer chance, she landed a role on channel for obsessive compulsive cleaners, which evolved to a regular slot on ITV this morning, where she shared not just her love of cleaning, but a…
 
It’s an extra special episode of Chosen Family, as Thomas and Tranna welcome dance music legend Róisín Murphy, who’s celebrating 25 years in music! This episode is a love letter to nightlife and the dream of being reunited on the dance floor once again. Plus: surprise guest Crystal from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK S1, and T&T share their obsession with G…
 
What is self-awareness for Christ-centered leaders? Our conversation with Curnell Graham offers you a way to experience self-awareness that you may not have considered. He turns self-awareness inside out and invites you to focus on God-awareness through his stories, life experience, and leadership. From acknowledging the barriers and -isms that att…
 
At the age of 17, Hope Edelman lost her Mom to breast cancer. After she lost her Dad later in life, she turned her pain into inspiration, as she began a journey to better understand the confusing world of grief. Her first book, "Motherless Daughters" was a number one New York Times best-seller, and now her latest book, "The After Grief", gives a br…
 
Find show notes for this episode at https://transformingmission.org/167 What is self-awareness? Tim and Sara highlight five aspects of self-awareness that are essential for leaders and in daily life. Explore these five aspects and listen throughout the month of March to episodes highlighting how different leaders continue to deepen their self-aware…
 
Of all the Life interrupted episodes, I don't think I've ever heard a story quite as shocking and heartbreaking as the one you're about to hear. In 2004, Rob and Paul Forkan, now known as the Gandy Brothers, spent the Christmas holidays in Sri Lanka with their mum, dad, and siblings.For a few days, at least, it was the perfect Christmas. But on Box…
 
Thomas and Tranna share and examine the reasons why they feel so creatively blocked as they address “the pandemic wall” everyone seems to be hitting. Polaris prize-winning rapper and producer, Backxwash, joins the two to talk about growing up queer in Zambia, being a DIY artist, vulnerability, and tokenization in the entertainment industry. Plus: T…
 
Can you name your four most important relationships? Yes, we’re really asking. Episode 166 is a conversation with Dennis Miller. Dennis serves as the District Superintendent of the Foothills District in the West Ohio Conference. As we conclude a month focused on relationships, Dennis reminds us of the essential relationships that nurture a leader’s…
 
The last year has been a period of life like no other, as the Coronavirus pandemic has not only gripped the UK, but the World.For months on-end we’ve been asked to live our lives in a completely different way. For so many of us we’ve spend the last year working from home. For those of us who are parents we’ve seen our children spending most of the …
 
You may have heard someone utter the phrase, “the church would be great if it weren’t for the people. And while we can smile and shake our heads in understanding, people are the church. People make up the body of Christ. So while people are complicated, relationships are at the center of the church. Our relationship with Jesus, our relationships wi…
 
Tara Howell may not be a name known to many, but her story is one that should be.She grew up in Yorkshire and Saudi Arbia, and had a successful career in advertising, spanning over 20 years.The one constant in her life was horse riding, which she had enjoyed since childhood.In 2014, when she was just 43 years old, her life was suddenly interrupted …
 
Thomas and Tranna kick off an all-new season in a world that feels turned upside down. Who better to turn to for advice on navigating these difficult days than superstar astrologer, Jessica Lanyadoo, who takes Chosen Family into the stratosphere with a deep dive on all things astrology. Plus T and T share their current obsessions: Kama La Mackerel’…
 
Do you see yourself as a leader? Do you need to see yourself as a leader to be a leader? Perhaps you’ve never paused long enough to answer either of those questions. Perhaps you assume the first is true. Therefore, the second question has yet to emerge as a question you’d consider. Or, perhaps you’ve only ever associated leadership with a title or …
 
For nearly 20 years, Dan Walker has been on our screens for BBC Sport, where he still presents football focus every Saturday. For the past four years, he's also been waking us up every morning as the host of BBC Breakfast. Throughout his career, Dan has been lucky to chat to not just some of the biggest names in politics, sport and entertainment, b…
 
If you’re missing specific relationships, there’s likely a good reason. The pandemic has removed one of the spaces we need relationships. As a result, we’ve spent more time with fewer people. Yes, it’s for a very good reason. Yes, we’ll continue to do it as long as we have to. But, anyone else just want to go to a game, concert, or performance? You…
 
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