Rad waterslide to a pool full of nuance, compassion, love, wonder, joy & free tacos
It’s hard to believe that I’ve been listening to Dustin’s music and following his work for almost 20 years. Through the formative high school and college years, at my wedding, and in the operating room during the births of both of my sons, it would be difficult to overstate the presence and subtle impact that his writing has had on my family’s life over those years. I only started following Dustin on Twitter a few years ago, and through his writing and sharing there, I found language, resources, and a community for what I now understand as the deconstruction and ongoing reconstruction of my understanding of self, God, love for others, the nature of the universe, and many of the systems in which we live and operate. Those early introductions to RHE, the Liturgists, and modern mystics like Rohr, were such desperately needed grace and freedom for me at that time, and are very much what Dustin once called the “rad waterslide to a pool full of nuance, compassion, love, wonder, joy & free tacos”. To me, this podcast, and Thrice’s latest record, Palms, are the culmination (and continuation) of a very long journey, and it’s been beyond what I had hoped it would be.On the podcast, Dustin and his guests explore life’s big questions through the lens of the good, the true, and the beautiful. Dustin has managed to pull together an all-star lineup of guests with diverse backgrounds and beliefs that have lead to some fantastic conversations about the really important stuff. Some episodes are a bit headier than others, but I feel like he’s found a good balance here. I mentioned the diverse views of his guests, but I feel like he’s been really intentional about this and it’s much appreciated. While there are some familiar and beloved guests from deconstruction/reconstruction Twitter, I’ve really enjoyed the conversation and insights from Qasim, Brian, Dr. Carse, and musicians like Gerard and Sameer. One last podcast related note, producer Andy Lara has done a fantastic job with this and his experience here has really helped Carry the Fire get off to a strong start. It’s been fun to listen to the little tweaks and optimizations happening in each episode and I really feel like this project is coming together beautifully. Tl;dr, this is it chief. Give it a listen, and if you want more of this in the world, go check out CTF’s Patreon and support if you can.
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