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The Created For Podcast takes a deeper dive with each of our speakers from our live event on February 23rd. The Created For podcast will continue to explore ideas around calling, purpose and making an impact in today's world.

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Samantha Holland

Samantha Holland started podcasting so she could ask people her endless questions. In addition to Created For, she hosts Listener podcast for Cru staff. A native Oregonian, Sam lives in the forest with her family and enjoys walking amongst the fir trees, greeting neighborhood cats and writing poetry on Instagram. She’d love to connect with you there. @slholland

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May 3, 2021

33 min

In this final episode of the season, Samantha Holland has a conversation with Wendy Chen, Executive Director of Cru Embark to discuss her reflections on the podcast series. Wendy shares how her family’s immigrant story connects with her calling and how limitations can become invitations. They discuss mutuality, belonging, culture and how God is writing a story in each of our lives.

April 26, 2021

29 min

Rasool Berry, teaching pastor at The Bridge Church in Brooklyn, shares his ideas on moral imagination, argument culture, and what it means to be a faithful presence. He invites us to embrace diverse perspectives, to be culture makers, to be quick to listen, and to gain the fullness and richness of what God is doing in the world. 

April 19, 2021

30 min

Hand-lettering artist, graphic designer, and community advocate Jocelyn Chung shares about her fierce loyalty and devotion to her elders and others in her Asian-American community. She invites us to expand the picture of what it means to be a creative and to live a deeply rooted life in the beloved community around us. 

April 12, 2021

27 min

Author and Bible teacher Jo Saxton invites listeners to align our lives with the Word, the way, and the work of the Kingdom of God. She discusses contextualized theology, burnout and losing your way, and what it looks like to serve God within the confinement of our current realities. 

April 5, 2021

31 min

Pastor of New Life Church in Queens and author of The Deeply Formed Life, Rich Villodas invites us into a life of discerning God’s presence. This episode explores staying present with one another despite our differences, embodiment as an outworking of the gospel and redemptive uses of technology to draw us to God and to each other.

March 30, 2021

31 min

David Robbins shares how following Jesus requires surrender, vulnerability and community. The president of Family Life, he shares his journey through a variety of realities, including the changing seasons of marriage and family, life in New York City and navigating a global pandemic. 

March 23, 2021

26 min

Even though Liz Bohannon didn’t get funded on Shark Tank, she kept dreaming. One small dream at a time, she watched a global community form through her business, Sseko Designs. She shares about creating instead of always critiquing, focusing on what we are for and not against, and what she learned from a statue in the park near her house. 

March 16, 2021

26 min

Chris Ghubril grew up bicultural, in white churches and schools, yet with 100% Arab American parents. Listen in as he describes how his story has informed the work he does to pave the way for other bicultural Christians, and to reach people across cultures for Christ. 

March 9, 2021

35 min

Elizabeth McKinney invites you to reimagine loving your next-door neighbor. In this episode, she explores giving and receiving other people’s kindness, her experiences neighboring during a pandemic, and why healthy boundaries help you love others well.

March 2, 2021

27 min

Justin Giboney shares how his own story informed his views on ideological tribes, community and social action. He invites us deeper into our calling as believers to love our enemies using our ‘moral imagination,’ to live in community, and to stay anchored in scripture.