On a Mission
Conversations with People Who Get Real and Go Deep
Episode 24: Justice & Community in Central America with Kate Carter
February 22, 2021 09:56 AM PST
Kate Carter has lived a life dedicated to social justice. She became a Jesuit Volunteer in 1978, serving in Montana. She went on to work for JVC and became deeply involved in Central America solidarity work. She was a key member of a group that was bringing news of the oppression of the poor in Central America to faith communities in the U.S. during the tumultuous 1980s and 90s. We talked about what she’s learned from observing democratic elections in Central America, how those learnings apply here in the U.S., Catholic connections across borders, and where she discovered her passion for hospitality and community. Listen in.Episode 23: A Wild and Precious Life with Emily Win
February 14, 2021 04:22 PM PST
**Trigger warning: we talk about sexual violence in this episode; listen with caution.**
Emily Win is a writer and podcaster who is navigating so many intersections. She’s a queer person, a person of faith, and a person of color. And now she’s a Californian too! I came to know about her through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. It’s a volunteer program in the United States and a few other countries where folks learn how to live lives devoted to community, simple living, spirituality, and social justice. Anyway, she recently gave a presentation for JV alumni entitled "What do the Mass and queer poetry have to do with one another?" And I was like - I need to get this person on the podcast.
She has incredible insights on the transformation of a primarily male image of God to that of a female image of God. You’ll love hearing about how coming out helped her feel closer to God, what she learned during her Jesuit Volunteer year, and see if you resonate with what she has observed about California spirituality. Listen in.
Find more Emily at www.emilyrosewin.com
Find detailed show notes at www.molleendupreedominguez.comWork, Motherhood, and Spirituality with Maureen Dunn Fetscher
February 07, 2021 09:14 AM PST
Well, I did something different this week. See, I reached out to my old friend, Maureen Dunn Fetscher, to talk about her business, Mata Traders. We were best pals in middle school and then went separate ways for a long time. We’ve been in very loose touch, but we circle back about every 10 years… and this is our 10-year circle back. Maureen went on to become this impressive fair trade entrepreneur. She established her company, Mata Traders, almost 14 years ago in Chicago. The company has partnerships with women’s cooperatives in India and Nepal and sells their clothing and jewelry here in the U.S. It’s such a cool story. She spent her 20s and 30s building this business, which is thriving and doing so much good in the world. Simultaneously, she has evolved now into the role of managing partner and has hired a new managing director to run the day-to-day operations of the business. So, hers is actually a story of what happens after you’ve worked your tail off in your 20s and 30s and are ready to evolve. Also, p.s. she now has three kids - an 8 year old and twin 15-month-olds.
And Maureen reached back to me to suggest that we have a different kind of podcast - instead of me just interviewing her, she wanted to record our conversation. That is, a back-and-forth of me asking her questions but also her asking *me* questions. So that’s what we did. What you’re about to hear is really an unscripted conversation between two women who were middle school friends about 30 years ago catching up on work, motherhood, and spirituality. I hope you enjoy listening!
Find complete show notes at www.molleendupreedominguez.comEpisode 21: Radical Catholicism with Abby Rampone
January 31, 2021 10:46 AM PST
Abby Rampone is the Communication and Activities Coordinator for Call to Action USA. It’s an organization dedicated to reform in the Roman Catholic Church. She grew up in a Catholic family in Vermont, but really became committed to her faith while in college, so much so that she felt called to attend seminary. She just finished her Master of Divinity degree in 2020, and now she’s committed to full time work of change in the Catholic Church. They want to see full inclusion of LGBTQ+ individuals in the Catholic Church, ordination justice for all genders, and anti-racist actions from the top down in Catholic communities. We talked about her involvement with Dorothy Day’s community, Mary House, in New York City, the Re/Generation Project to activate young people in the work of Call to Action, and why she says activists should not forget about charity when working for change. Listen in.
CTA's Re/Generation program: https://www.cta-usa.org/news/regen21
Find full show notes at www.molleendupreedominguez.com/podcastEpisode 20: Owning Your Value with Neha Sampat
January 24, 2021 10:09 AM PST
Today we’re talking to Neha Sampat. She is the Chief Executive Officer , founder, coach, and consultant at GenLead|BelongLab, where she focuses on building belonging and true inclusion. She is an expert on Imposter Syndrome and internalized bias, generational diversity, and BELONGING. “Cool, Molleen. How do you know her?” The short answer is that we were introduced by a neighbor - we live in the same city… now. And it turns out - we lived in the same city 30 years ago when we were both growing up in Naperville, a large suburb of Chicago. We didn’t know each other then, but connecting about our “Naperville experiences” is an illustration of the impact of belonging. Spoiler alert: her experience as a brown-skinned child of recent immigrants from India and *my* experience as a white-skinned Irish-looking girl with two U.S.-born parents were a LOT different. It’s all about belonging and not-belonging - a subject upon which Neha is now a professional expert. She is a belonging strategist and offers her skills to companies about how to foster cultures of belonging in their workplaces AND she works with individuals to coach them in finding belonging at work, at home, and - most importantly, she says - within themselves. You are going to love her practical advice for unearthing your own power, her encouragement to go deep with your emotional courage, and how to foster communities of inclusion wherever you find yourself. Listen in.
Find complete show notes at www.molleendupreedominguez.comEpisode 19: Getting Real with Gabrielle Blair
January 17, 2021 07:12 AM PST
Today we are talking with Gabrielle Blair. You might know her from blogging and social media as Design Mom. She is a powerhouse in the world of blogging and design. She has six (!) children and currently lives in Normandy, France where she’s renovating a couple of properties, blogging many times a week, and basically killing it as an entrepreneur. In our conversation, we talk about Mormonism 101, her personal spirituality, and her take on divisive political issues. Listen along as Gabrielle takes us on a basic sex ed class emphasizing how to prevent unwanted pregnancies (and she’s the mother of 6 - we best listen). We go behind the scenes of the writing and publication of her pieces about gun violence, dealing with Trump supporters, plus - don’t miss why she says men have zero interest in lowering the number of abortions in the United States. Trigger warning: we talk about suicide within the LGBTQ+ community and gun violence in the U.S. and also the impact of guns in suicide Also - a warning - this podcast talks about adult topics like abortion and gun violence. Parents, I encourage you to exercise caution when deciding whether to listen within earshot of the young ones.
Find complete show notes at www.molleendupreedominguez.comEpisode 18: A Radical, Eucharistic Life with Jamie L. Manson
November 23, 2020 06:39 AM PST
Jamie L. Manson wrote the column entitled Grace on the Margins for the paper for 12 years. She recently left that post to become the President of Catholics for Choice.
We talk about her journey as an out-lesbian Catholic journalist. We talk about reproductive health as a human right. We talk about her deep sacramental spirituality. We talk about Pope Francis...who, by the way… does he read Jamie’s columns? Take a listen and see what you think.
November 16, 2020 09:42 AM PST
Zinzy Nev Geene is a Dutch queer Catholic activist and facilitator. She lives in Amsterdam where she has a day job as a digital designer and, on the side, she fosters safe places for queer people to “just be.” She calls it being a queer facilitator. She is on the board of the emerging organization Vine and Fig co, a online space for queer Catholics to find support along their spiritual journeys.
We talk about what ‘queer’ means. We talk about a lot of Catholic stuff, including novenas and uncomfortable pews. You don’t want to miss what she observes about Christianity on Pinterest and the authentic reality of Christianity in our lived human experiences.
* trigger warning: there is some talk in this episode about violence done to queer people in the world.
Be sure to check out the show notes for this episode at www.molleendupreedominguez.comEpisode 16: Holy Boldness with Lydia Tinajero Deck
November 09, 2020 02:08 PM PST
Wondering what it would be like to have a woman deacon at your Catholic parish? One who has a day job as a medical doctor? Let’s daydream together while we listen to Lydia Tinajero Deck. This is On a Mission - Episode 16!
Find links to all the cool things Lydia mentions at www.molleendupreedominguez.comEpisode 15: Doing the Work Your Soul Must Have with Casey Stanton
October 18, 2020 02:56 PM PDT
Today is Casey Stanton Day! I first heard about Casey through the Catholic Women Preach movement. Her homily knocked me off my feet. It’s so good. She’s a community organizer, a pastoral minister, and a superb preacher. It was such a blast to talk with her. Be sure to check out the show notes for this episode at molleendupreedominguez.com where you can hear Casey preach and learn more about the journey toward women's ordination in the Catholic Church.
This is a space where I get real and go deep with my guests. They are all folks who are living out their callings, paying close attention to their lives, and each doing so with special flair. I’m your host Molleen Dupree-Dominguez. I’m a minister, teacher, writer, and general people-enthusiast, and I can’t wait to share some of these thought-provoking people with you- folks who are ready to get real and go deep.
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