Season 22: Episode 6 | A Hope That Does Not Disappoint

This week concludes our conversations with Curt Thompson, MD. Ruth and Curt examine what makes for a safe community. Why is it important to experience places of tension, hurt, and repair in the community? They also discuss the meaning of a hope that does not disappoint or put to shame. And as we turn our attention to Holy Week, they wonder: What is a psychologically healthy way to understand the concept of taking up the cross? Over on Patreon, Curt leads us in a practice to help us vulnerably give ourselves away to others in a safe and psychologically healthy way.

This season, psychiatrist, speaker, and author Curt Thompson, MD joins us to discuss suffering and how it is the place where durable and true hope is formed. We will be working through the ideas in his new book, The Deepest Place: Suffering and the Formation of Hope.


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Listen to other episodes from Season 22 Access past podcast seasons

Mentioned in the episode:
The Deepest Place: Suffering and the Formation of Hope  by Curt Thompson
The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe about Ourselves by Curt Thompson
An Invitation to Walk with Christ: Stations of the Cross Prayer Guide by Ruth Haley Barton (Transforming Resource)

This season will not follow the lectionary readings as closely as past seasons. Scripture for Lent 2024 can be found HERE. A digital version of our reflections for Lent resource, Lent A Season of Returning is available for purchase in our bookstore.

Music Credit:
Kingdom Come by Aaron Niequist
Kyrie Eleison from Lent Music in Solitude

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