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Every hero —including you — needs a mentor, a guide and a companion for the journey. The road you’re on can take you to uncharted territory where there’s no map, no road signs, and no way to know if you’re going the right direction. And that makes it easy to feel like you’re stuck on the island of misfit toys I believe you can benefit from the mistakes I made and the wisdom my mentors taught me. I have traveled the road you’re on and I hope you’ll think of me as your misfit mentor.
 
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We have so many designations for age groups today: Boomers, GenXers, Millenials, GenZers, etc. These designations can be helpful BUT can sometimes get in the way of important inter-generational partnerships that enable us to make a real difference in the world. No one can do it all by themselves. In today’s episode we learn how older dreamers and y…
 
Do you ever get tense? Sure, we all do but did you know that there are basically two kinds of tension? One is really good and helps you get where you want to go with your life. And the other is very bad and will, if you let it, destroy all your plans and probably you in the process. You have to know how to use the good one and not get sucked into t…
 
One thing I knwo about misfits is that we have very sensitive consciences…. And that’s because we often dont have the support of our families….and that can make us feel like we are doing somethign WRONG when we are simply BEING WHO WE ARE. THE GOOD NEWS is that there is way of out of this dillemma. In this episode you will learn how to check in wit…
 
Have you ever been in a situation in which it feels like you’re on a journey in a boat and you’ve got to navigate through a very narrow straight? On the left, rocks -- big ones. And on the right a whirlpool….A little too far right or left and you’re done. I would bet you're in a situation like this or on your way to something similar. You can’t go …
 
Everybody loves a winner and nobody wants to look like a loser. That seems harmless enough. At the same time we always have to be aware our need to have a positive social image because it has a dark side. In today's episode you'll not only learn how to keep from falling into that temptation but also how to stop wasting time, energy, and money on ac…
 
Fake and Phony solutions sound so believable. That's what makes them so poisonous. When we buy a fake and phony solution we always become immobilized and are tempted to give up on ourselves. Show Notes Fake and Phony Solutions still exist because: 1. we all have a lot of feelings we'd rather not feel 2. we want these fake solutions to be true 3. th…
 
Most of us use some “strategies” to gain a measure of control over our lives. Here are some common ones that we all use from time to time. See if you can find your favorite default strategy: • Denial • Comfortable boredom, laced with escapism • Irrepressible good humor • Fatalism • Hormonal surge of youth • Magical belief in technology • Comforted …
 
The last year everyone has had an opinion about masks. But most of us are not even aware of the mask that was placed upon us when we were little kids. And it works pretty good until.....we decide we want to switch it out for a mask that fits better and expresses who we are. Misfits need to know this if they want to move forward with their…
 
Fill in the blank: When I was thirteen I usually felt kind of (fill in the blank…) I have traveled around the U.S. and parts of Europe asking people that question in workshops and in private conversations. No matter the country, the people, or the culture, I almost always got the same answers. The power of that question is that it always reveals ou…
 
Third Culture Kids: Are you familiar with term “3rd culture kid”? A 3rd culture kid (AKA TCK’s) is someone who grew up in one culture and then found themselves in another one. Gypsies who deviate from the cultural norm and Misfits who want to do different things and do them differently are considered TCK’s. Being a TCK has a lot of benefits but lik…
 
The Spirit of Adventure Someone once said that the safest place for ships is in the harbor — but that’s not why ships were built. Likewise the safest place for you is in some kind of harbor where you’ll be safe. This leads us to a question: Is being safe the most important thing to you? Or is it more important to create something which could bring …
 
Episode 3 DESCRIPTION Saboteurs: Our Families and Us I believe every person has a personal story inside them and in that story he or she will see SEE THEMSELVES AS THE HERO OF THE STORY. And all heroes have to go on a journey. It doesn’t have to be a journey where you travel far away but it is a journey nevertheless and not every family is willing …
 
Episode 2 DESCRIPTION OBSTACLES Wouldn’t it be nice if we Misfits didn’t have to deal with so many obstacles? Maybe it happens to you: you make really good progress and then from out of nowhere comes another obstacle that pulls you back and hinders from getting to that life that you dream about; the life that has real meaning for you. In this episo…
 
Coming Out In this first episode we deal with a very common experience for those who deviate from the cultural norm or from what we were expected to do or to be. There is plenty of disappointment to go around in these situations but when you are “the disappointer” it can be brutal. Coming out doesn’t have to be the gut-wrenching anxiety-producing e…
 
I'm BAAAAAAACCCCKKKKK . after a long an unexpected hiatus the show returns bigger than ever. This episode is a LIVE show. Well, technically it was in fron of a live audience then and you are no listening on recording. Which is no different than how you normally engage it. This is the big cross over spectacular of the Via Media Network hosted by the…
 
In this episode the Padre is joined by Jennifer Wickham and Illan Emmanuel to discuss the upcoming premier of Game of Thrones. While the episode is a little bit fan boyish (or fan girlish) there is still plenty for people that haven't seen the show to chew on. Listen in as they discuss more than just the show. Listen in as they wrestle with the ete…
 
Episode 34 finds the Island in a frenzy over the NCAA basketball tournament. Joining the Padre this week is Jonathon Melton, Campus Missioner at the University of Wisconsin. The guys explore the role of the underdogs in sports and faith and why we are so drawn to them. Jonathon roots for laundry and Sean wonders what's up with all the butt slapping…
 
In this episode Rev. Brad Landry sits down to talk about running marathons. Listen in as he discovers what it has meant in his life of prayer and in his life. Hear the Padre iscuss his journey toward a healthier lifestyle and the challenges that have come with it. Can running a marathon teach us something about the nature of our faith journey? You'…
 
In this episode the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, The Most Rev. Dr. Katherine Jefferts Schori makes her way to the island to discuss the roles of faith and science. Sean and Bishop Katherine look for ways to reconcile the relationship between these two ancient foes. Listen as they seek to understand which sphere of our life each one pla…
 
In this episode the Padre sit down with Tony Carpenter and Pam Birdsong to talk about their experience of distributing ashes to go on Ash Wednesday. Listen in to learn a little about the traditions of Ash Wednesday, the importance of tradition, and the value of liturgy. Here the trio tell stories from a day that touched them deeply. Closing music p…
 
In this episode the Kyle Oliver joins the Padre for a discussion about the Church in the digital age. Does the church have to maintain its combative stance with the interwebs or is it possible to be the voice crying out in the wilderness? The guys talk about everything from the civility of the internet to the role of podcasts as a medium for the Go…
 
In this episode the Padre is joined by former PGA golfer Phil Blackmar. On the eve of the Superbowl the guys discuss how faith does impact the games we play. Yet there is also a dark side to sports. What do we do with cheating? What is chaeating? When is winning sinning? Listen to Phil turn the tables on the Padre! Tags: Episcopal, Sean Maloney, Pa…
 
This episode of Padre's Pods welcomes Rabbi Illan Emmanuel t the island once more. This week the Padre and the Rabbi talk about the recent terror outbreak in Paris. Listen to the guys as they struggle to understand the viloence. Hear them do the tough work of still being open and desirous of reconciliation for the three Abrahamic traditions. Though…
 
This week the Padre is joined by Rabbi Illan Emanuel joins the crew of riff raff. In this episode the guys have a conversation about the challenges and blessings of living in a multifaith community. Illan learns a little about Advent and the Padre learns a lot about Chanukah. Two faiths sharing common stories reveling in the joys of a shared season…
 
Aaron Evans returns to the island for a look at Christmas movie and music. Listen in as the guys discuss how the culture maybe closer to getting it right than the Church would care to admit. In their ramblings the find a way to give indulgences for Black Friday shopping! Aaron does amazing theological back flips as he conects The Santa Clause to th…
 
In this episode the Padre sits down once more with Harley Matthews. This week they talk about tattoos and faith. Hear Harley speak about his journey of becoming a living canvas, while the Padre laments his fear. Hear the guys connect getting ink to receiving communion. When Harley calls Sean out on some bad theology the fun really starts! Laugh and…
 
The continuation of episode 23. Join Jamie McAdams, Matt Wise, Chip Broadfoot, Gary Butterwort and Sean Maloney as they recite some of the important things they learned in seminary. Hear them tell tales of struggling to live in community, and the laughter and love that comes with it. Tags: Padre's Pods, Episcopal, Sewannee, Maloney, St. Bartholomew…
 
In this much anticipated episode the Padre sits down with 4 classmates from his time in seminary. Joined by the Revs. Chip Broadfoot, Gary Butterworth, Jamie McAdams, and Matt Wise the discussion is a collection of learnings and stories that are fun for everyone. Hear the Story of a baptism go wrong as well as a challenges of community. Tags: Padre…
 
In this episode our hero's take on the culture of the individual. As people of faith are we called to be rugged individualists, parts of the borg, or something in between. This Week the Rev. Drew Downs joins the Padre for a look at the importance of community and exactly why it is important to us as Christians. The guys discuss everything from the …
 
This week a new boat crashes onto the island. Harley Matthews joins the Padre to talk about his journey of beginning a new kind of faith community. Listen in as they talk about tattoos,punk rock, and the power God to work when we get out of the way! As always there is laughter and stoories that will hopefully reveal something new to us all. Padre's…
 
In this episode the Padre is joined by Rev. Grant Wisemen, who in a previous life was an Army Linguistics Specialist. Join the guys as they debate the struggles of being a peron of faith and a patriot. Listen as they identify pitfalls and strengths. Grant and Sean approach the topic from very different places, which lend to a robust conversation. H…
 
Listen in as the Padre is joined by a calvacade of people to discuss their dads. Hear stories of inspiration and love. Stories of Learning and loss. Learn how fathers play an integral role in the formation of people of faith. Hopefully you will have your heart warmed by the love of dads and all the mean to us. Most importantly, learn how fathers te…
 
After a nice little vacation the Padre is eager to talk about vacation and sabbath. Joined on the island this week by Rev. Brian Grantz the conversation asks what it means to slow down. Listen in as the guys explore what National Lampoons Vacation can tell us about behaving in a faithful way. Hear the guys talk about their favorite vacations as the…
 
This week the Padre sits down to talk raising kids and developing faith with his very own Mom. Darlene Maloney shares her faithful strategy of allowing her kids to see the best and the worst of what the world had to offer. Listen in as she wrestles with what it must be like to be a parent today and the challenges of single parenting. As always shar…
 
This week the Padre is joined by Rev. Andrew Thayer to discuss the resurrection and how we talk about it with kids. Listen in as they struggle with teaching hard concepts to kids. The guys discuss how most of the bible would be rated R. Laugh along as they struggle to keep it together talking about feet. Learn a little about faith! Don't forget to …
 
Listen in as the staf of St. Bartholomew's takes a couple minutes out of busy Holy Week preparations to talk about the journy. Listen in as they struggle to keep perspective of their own faith amidst the business that has to be done. Hear them talk about what the journey means to them and whatt hey are looking forward too.…
 
In this episode the Sean sits down with High School junior Austin Duenes to discuss the movie God's not Dead. Listen in as they recal the highs and lows of the film. SPOILER ALERT: they do gove away key plot points. Listen in as the boys discuss their frustrations with overly simpliied Christianity that makes little impact on complicated life. You …
 
In this episode the Padre is joined by supermom Kim Gray. Kim brings here expertice as a teacher and mother of 4 to the mic. Together they talk about the importance of lent for kids and how parents can get them involved in the season. As always there are plenty of laughs and fun along the way. As aways don't forget to share thoughts or questions wi…
 
After a brief break the Padre is back in action. This weeks guest is the Rev. Scott Gunn of Forward Movement. The guys discuss what it means to have a little laughter as part of our faith and look at a great program to learn more about the history of the Church. As always there is a lot of laughter and plenty to ponder!…
 
Joined once again by Jonathan Wickham the Padre takes on Super Bowl Sunday! The guys look at the culture of sports and entertainment, its highs and its lows. Listen as they struggle to understand the place of the spectacle that has become major sporting events in our lives as people of faith. Hear them wrestle with what it does to the athletes as w…
 
In a special tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Sean is joined by the Very Rev. Walter Brownridge for a discussion on race and reconciliation. Though longer than the average podcast it is well worth the listen. In this episode the guys talk about how fear seperates us from each other, the need for confession, and why we continue to struggle wit…
 
In this episode the Padre is joined by Matt Wise once again. After a brief interlude on A&M football they Dive into looking at New Year's resolutions and Baptism. They discuss how people of faith live a cycle that is always calling us look at ourselves deeply. The guys look at popular iagary around baptism and what it means to wade into the waters …
 
In this Christmas special the Padre sits down with his sisters for a conversation about tradition. Listen in as they discusss all the crazy stories of their family around Christmas. They also discuss how families can merge and create new tradidtions. Though the episode is on the long side it is filled with laughter and some great ideas for families…
 
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