Being a Good Neighbor with Julius Rivera (Ep 39)

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Resist and Restore: a spiritual life podcast · Being A Good Neighbor with Julius Rivera (Ep 39)

In this Episode:

Jonny interviews our friend Julius Rivera on being a good neighbor. Julius, a Philadelphia native, helped to establish the Hagert Playground on his block. He shares his experience of growing up in Philly, the changes in his neighborhood as a result of gentrification, creative solutions to issues that don’t involve authorities, and helping people by a focus on human dignity and holistic assistance, among a lot of other topics around urban and civic engagement! A great conversation packed with Julius’ wisdom and insight on how to be a positive force within a community. Also, some convo on the wonders of connection via this podcast and ending as always with a little Show and Tell: Wendell Berry, the inspiration of children, being a peacemaker, and strangers out of nowhere coming to a Sunday meeting.


Interview with Julius Rivera:

Spiritual Show and Tell:

“And now above and beyond the birds’ song, Andy hears a more distant singing, whether of voices or instruments, sounds or words, he cannot tell. It is at first faint, and then stronger, filling the sky and touching the ground, and the birds answer it. He understands presently that he is hearing the light; he is hearing the sun, which now has risen, though from the valley it is not yet visible. The light’s music resounds and shines in the air and over the countryside, drawing everything into the infinite, sensed but mysterious pattern of its harmony. From every tree and leaf, grass blade, stone, bird, and beast, it is answered and again answers. The creatures sing back their names. But more than their names. They sing their being. The world sings. The sky sings back. It is one song, the song of the many members of one love, the whole song sung and to be sung, resounding, in each of its moments. And it is light.” ― Wendell Berry, Remembering

Jonny’s blog post on the war in Afghanistan ending

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Resist and Restore is a podcast by Circle of Hope. We’re extending the table of our dialogue! Tune in bi-weekly as the Circle of Hope pastors—Rachel, Ben, Julie, and Jonny—sit down to dialogue about faith, God, Jesus, the spiritual life, and everything in between. Available on Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and more.

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