About Benjamin Monroell Edwards

I am the youth director at a transitional housing program in Denver, CO called Joshua Station. I live in Denver with my wife, Nicole, my daughter Emery and my dog Zero.

Finding Yourself: Music & Contemplation with Erin Mae Lewis & Steve Eulberg

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While Steve and I met each other only minutes before pressing “record”, Erin Mae Lewis and I have been friends for more than 10 years. For the past several years she has been working as a professional musician, travelling across the country taking her gift of song to people from all walks of life, inviting them into the little known world of the Mountain Dulcimer. Steve and Erin were in Denver doing shows together and were gracious enough to stop by my office for a chat. I had a blast weaving together seemingly separated strands into one conversation that was a true gift to me. I know you’ll enjoy it too. Thanks for listening.

Erin’s Website: https://www.erinmaemusic.com/

Steve’s Website: http://www.steveeulberg.com/

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Politics, Friendship, & Cynicism with Josh Mesker

 

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Josh Mesker and I have been friends ever since we met at our Alma Mater in 2004. He was an enthusiastic, politically engaged guy, while I was just getting my feet wet in the world of spiritual formation and theological study. Our friendship has defied the odds as I have struggled more and more with political cynicism and he has engaged at deeper and deeper levels, even serving for a season as an elected official.
Despite our disagreements, Josh’s words have often caused me to pause and think about politics in new and dynamic ways. This conversation offers a taste of those many conversations we’ve had over the years. Thanks for listening!

 

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Du Bois, Racism, & Hope with Paul Deaderick

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Paul Deaderick is an 84 year old man I met while leading a book study on The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois. Listening to his stories during those 6 weeks opened my eyes to our country’s racial struggles in ways that have helped me to dive deeper into the conversation. I invite you to join me as I listen once again to stories about his life as well as his words of wisdom learned through struggle, perseverance, and a never ending sense of hope that often characterizes the African American voice during the Civil Rights Movement.

 

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Episode #5 Father Scott Jenkins

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Father Scott Jenkins is considered by many to be a giant in Denver. His influence spans great distances through a variety of communities. About ten years ago he encountered a new (to him) stream of the Christian faith known as Celtic Christianity. His life has been dramatically impacted by this moment and his latest adventure of retiring from the Priesthood to launch a brand new Denver non-profit is the latest expression of that impact.

Our conversation is fun and extremely engaging for anyone interested in scratching the surface of this incredibly rich and deep ancient Christian tradition. Enjoy!

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Episode #4 Rob Dodd

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In Episode 4 of Crossing Over I have the privilege of walking down memory lane with Rob Dodd, a former college classmate. Rob lives an exciting life in Orlando filled with family adventure, full-time work, and a constant pursuit of what it means for him to follow Jesus in his specific context. Our conversation weaves in and out of several topics, including Racism and Theology, offering a spark for future dialogue to whoever takes the time to listen.

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Episode #3 Ryan Corwin

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In episode 3 of Crossing Over, my friend Ryan Corwin joins me from Sterling, Kansas in a conversation that is sure to engage you. Ryan did a research project for his Masters Program that involved combing Twitter for hashtags related to Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, and Blue Lives Matter. His findings gave us a lot to talk about and are sure to pique your interest as well. Thanks for listening!

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Episode #2 Nicole Edwards, Bereavement Doula

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In episode #2 Nicole Edwards officially becomes my most frequent guest. If you listened to episode #1 then you heard Nicole say that she is a Birth and Bereavement Doula. While some aren’t totally clear on what a Birth Doula does, the world of a Bereavement Doula might be even more mysterious to most listeners. October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and in this episode Nicole tells difficult stories, shares meaningful information, and invites us all into the sacred space of mourning when a child has been lost.

You can visit Nicole’s website and blog by clicking the links below!

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