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The Common Cult Podcast explores subcultures that range from enthusiastic hobbyists to borderline cult-like groups. Join hosts Eryn and Heather on a sometimes zany, sometimes serious, sometimes contemplative journey as they explore and discuss these subcultures.
 
Sacred Ordinary Days with Jenn Giles Kemper explores faith where it hits the pavement of work, relationships, creativity, and real life. Inspired by Jenn’s curiosity and faith (and her work as a minister and spiritual director) we’re crafting a show to help you meaningfully explore your own life with Christ — and ultimately lead you to become more wholly human and more fully faithful. On Tuesdays, join us for a conversation with folks whose words, work, and witness have shaped our team’s und ...
 
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You are what you think about. Like attracts like. You have the power to manifest your own reality. Do these phrases sound familiar? Do you resonate with these phrases? Do you think manifesting culture can be problematic? This week we are taking on the topic of "Manifesting Babes" or, more accurately, internet manifesting culture and how it's influe…
 
Did you know September is the new January? Next to the beginning of the year, the start of school and the fall season marks the next most popular time to purchase a new planner which means this is the perfect time to talk about planner people! Are you a planner person? What are the most popular types of planners and why do they have such cult follo…
 
Its back to school time which means it's the perfect time to do a show that's been in our back pocket for a while: high school cliques! Whether you loved or hated high school, the friend groups you were associated with likely shaped your experience. What it is about high school cliques that can feel a little culty? Listen in as we chat about it and…
 
In a world where people can be absolutely certain about absolutely everything, we think the culty characteristic of holding tight to certainty is one worthy of discussion. It's time for another "Culty Characteristics" show and this week we are talking about what absolutely certainty means, why it's a culty characteristics, and where it shows up in …
 
Join us this week for a very special conversation with author and podcaster, Sarah Bragg. We talk about Sarah's new book, the cult of motherhood, what it means to raise yourself, finding your security and confidence in motherhood, minimizing polling when making decisions, and so much more. We hope you enjoy this special treat of a conversation!…
 
This topic has had documentaries and books written about it's culty activity! You may or may not have heard of WeWork (and you probably have not heard of Church of the Master Angels), so join Heather and Eryn as they deep dive both in an old episode of their Patreon show Cult Watch! Heather & Eryn will be back soon with new common cult and true cul…
 
Today we are chatting with author, blogger, and podcaster Laura Tremaine! In today's conversation we talk about her new book Share Your Stuff, I'll Go First. We talk about the cult of bookstagram and book people and we share books we've read with a cult-like following. We discuss whether or not they were worth the hype. Then, in true Laura Tremaine…
 
When you think about something that is not technically a cult but a lot like a cult, fraternities and sororities are right up there in things that light up our cult-o-meters. Full disclosure: we were both a part of sorority! Listen this week as we check our biases and talk about some of the nuance and seriousness of the problematic parts of these o…
 
This week we're talking about another characteristic of a cult; mind altering behavior. What do you think of when you hear that term? Brain washing? Mushrooms? While it's true that those are some of the methods true cults have used to alter members mental states, mind control and mind altering methods are more prevalent than you may think.…
 
Does influencer culture rub you the wrong way, and you can't quite put your finger on why? Does the fan-girling culture around influencers feel a little culty to you? What is the intersection between influencer culture and cults if any? Are instagram bots taking over the world? Why is our generation immune to marketing but then we fall under the in…
 
Friend of the show Leigh Ann Hearn is back with us again to talk group fitness crazes with cult like followings. Listen in as we discuss why Richard Simmons is missing, how Bikram came to popularity and why he fled the county, and whether or not Les Mills has cults within the larger organization. If anything this episode may make you want to get up…
 
Plant People! Some of the kindest people on the internet and in real life, this niche of enthusiastic hobbyist definitely have their own culture. Join us with week as we chat with Maria from Bloom and Grow Radio about how plant people culture, using plants to reconnect with others in real life, and letting plants help us disconnect from screens.…
 
Welcome to a special episode of Cultwatch, a feature normally reserved for our Patreon members. Today we are giving you an exclusive look into what we do on Cultwatch. Today we are discussing where cults intersect with Rachel Hollis and girl boss culture, the College Admission scandal, Q-aMom and more.…
 
Chick fil A Moms, Trader Joes Hoes, Costo Fanatics and Taco Bell moms, oh my! Listen in this week as we discuss Chick Fil A mom valet, people who factor in proximity to Trader Joes when purchasing a home, the mom who had her maternity photos done at Taco Bell and SO much more. This week we are talking about foods and food stores with cult like foll…
 
Rev. James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, best-selling author, and editor-at-large of America magazine. Father Jim, as he graciously lets us call him, joins Jenn Giles Kemper to explore why he believes prayer is, well, for everyone. In this warm and welcoming episode, Father Jim and Jenn discuss Ignatian spirituality, the power of imagination in o…
 
Experienced spiritual director and award-winning author Dr. Barbara Peacock joins Jenn to share the compelling, beautiful ways in which African American women and men throughout history have approached soul care, prayer, and spiritual direction. Dr. Peacock also gives a glimpse into how a great cloud of witnesses has shaped her vocation and persona…
 
World-renowned artist Makoto Fujimura, author of “Art + Faith: A Theology of Making,” draws from his deep well of reflections on creativity and the spiritual aspects of “making” in this poetic, inviting conversation with Jenn Giles Kemper. Experienced in the Japanese art of Kintsugi (mending broken ceramic with lacquer and gold to create something …
 
Be all that you can be. Unlock your potential. Just do it. These are all expressions that can be traced back to the Human Potential Movement. You might know more about this movement that you think as it's affected much of the cultural zeigtgeist. Today we chat about the history of the human potential movement and it's first and modern day leaders. …
 
Are you a Disney person? Ever wonder what it's like to work at Disney or why someone would choose to go to Disney every month?? Is the world of Walt Disney a cult or is it truly the happiest place on earth? Listen in as ponder these questions. We chat about those die hard Disney fans, what draws them to the most magical place on earth, and the most…
 
This week we are giving you a sneak peek into our very first Patreon episode where Eryn joins a cult! We also give you guys updates on NXIUM and Dave Ramsey. Listen in this week to get a taste of what it's like over on Patreon. Come join us on Patreon for the FULL episode where we give you the scoop on Twin Flames, all the culty news updates and Er…
 
What becomes of the brokenhearted? Pandemic-tide rages on. Our hearts are battered and bruised. Some of us have lost jobs. Others of us have lost loved ones. We wonder when we will get to share meals with neighbors again and worship together like we used to. We wonder if—and when—racial and economic injustices will be restored, redeemed, and reconc…
 
What is hope to you? Something that gets you through the day? Or something elusive that feels just out of touch? In this fifth week of Sacred Ordinary Days communal prayer, Kayla Craig, liturgist-in-residence and podcast producer at Sacred Ordinary Days, hosts this time of reflection and prayer to help you on your journey of becoming more wholly hu…
 
Listeners! We have a treat for you. Today we are chatting cults with Broadway star, actor and playwright, Justin Collette! Justin played Dewey in School of Rock and Cupcake on Netflix's Cupcake and Dino. More recently he has written and will star in a musical...all about cults. Join us as we have a hilarious + insightful conversation about our mutu…
 
Naming our fears doesn’t make us weak—it makes us brave. Join us as we pray for the fears that so easily entangle us. How do we discern when our fear is our God-given intuition, protecting us? And how do we discern when it’s a lie taking root in our hearts, wrapping around us like a weed to prevent us from walking the path of love God intends for u…
 
Beloved, when was the last time you rested? Like, truly shut everything down and simply...breathed? Sabbath can often feel like an admirable—but unrealistic—sentiment for our very full, very ordinary lives of taking out the trash, meeting the work deadlines, and scrambling to make (or order in) dinner. You’re a parent? Your kids need you. You’re on…
 
This week we're talking about the cult following that Paleo and Whole30, a brand of Paleo, has developed. What started as a tiny corner on the internet has now ballooned into a multi million dollar organization, Whole30 has helped thousands of people lose weight, heal their bodies, discover food intolerances, and find food freedom. But has it becom…
 
Join us in our second week of prayer as we pray for the lonely. And really, when we’re doing that? We’re praying for all of us. In our human limitation, it’s difficult to fathom that the God of all things does not leave or forsake us, even in the moments we feel most desperately alone. Maybe you’ve felt misunderstood and all alone as you reflect on…
 
The enneagram has developed a cult like following over the last several years. Is it worthy of all the buzz? Why do people love it and why are some over it? Did you know the enneagram is controversial in some religious circles? Listen in as we discuss all this and more plus BONUS: our husbands weigh in on why they think people wanted and show on th…
 
For the next six weeks, we’re inviting you into an intentional time of prayer with a series of bonus episodes. No perfect words or serene locales necessary. We’re praying from our glorious, unglamorous ordinary spaces — and in doing so — accepting the invitation to waltz with the Maker who delights in our very being. We’re still working on podcast …
 
Listen to the unedited conversation between Tsh Oxenreider and Jenn Giles Kemper, available now! On Thursdays following a newly-released interview episode, we’re releasing the long-form conversation. We hope it feels like you are sitting in a chair at the table with us. As we were producing our latest episode, On Journeying: Travel, Traditions, and…
 
Merry Christmas! Today we have a culty + festive treat for you. Buckle us as Heather, Eryn and special guest and friend of the show Leigh Ann discuss the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas. Who are these men when they're not shaking their bellies like a bowl full of jelly? What is The Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas and how does one beco…
 
Writer and travel guide Tsh Oxenreider joins host Jenn to talk about journeying through shadow and light during Advent — and using the Psalms to map the way. Tsh shares about navigating different faith traditions and forging a new path for herself — a path that, as it turns out, has been well-tread by centuries of Christians before her. Tsh and Jen…
 
Listen to the unedited conversation between Scott Erickson and Jenn Giles Kemper, available now! On Thursdays following a newly-released interview episode, we’re releasing the long-form conversation. We hope it feels like you are sitting in a chair at the table with us. As we were producing our episode of Sacred Ordinary Days with Jenn Giles Kemper…
 
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