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Doug Brouwer

In this episode, Kate Kooyman has a family conversation with her uncle, Doug Brouwer and her cousin, Sarah Brouwer. Doug and Sarah are both ministers ordained by the Presbyterian Church, and they discuss Doug's book Chasing after Wind: A Pastor's Life and reflect on their experiences in ministry and the generational changes they have observed. 
June 16, 2022

Kyle Meyaard-Schaap

In this episode, Rev. Kate Kooyman talks with Rev. Kyle Meyaard-Schaap, who is the Vice President of the Evangelical Environmental Network. He attended Calvin University and Western Seminary, and has also served as the National Organizer and Spokesperson at the Young Evangelicals for Climate Action. They discuss Kyle's advocacy for climate change throughout his life, what he has learned about his faith through this work, as well as advice for those who want to become involved in climate change advocacy.
July 29, 2021

Meredith Anne Miller

In this episode, Kate Kooyman talks with Meredith Anne Miller, a mom, pastor, and writer with over 20 years of experience in children’s ministry and curriculum. Meredith holds a Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary, as well as a B.A. in Religious Studies and Spanish Language & Literature from Westmont College. Meredith and her husband started Pomona Valley Church in 2019, and she has been involved with the work of the Fuller Youth Institute since 2007.
July 1, 2021

Wes Granberg-Michaelson

In this episode Kate Kooyman talks to former RCA General Secretary Wesley Granberg-Michaelson about his new book "Without Oars: Casting Off Into a Life of Pilgrimage." "Pilgrimage" becomes a metaphor for the journey of faith, based not on making one's beliefs fit into a confessional box, but on where one walks.
May 20, 2021
As We See It

Whom Shall We Fear?

I’ve been thinking lately about fear. There are books already written – and probably a library’s worth on the way – about the way that fear has been used to influence politics. Fear of immigrants is used for political marketing the way fear of failure is used by Gatorade and fear of not-belonging is used by GAP. Fear is powerful. In John 10, Jesus tells us he is the gate. He’s setting up a contrast when he says he’s the…
January 1, 2019

I’m Sick of Appreciating Teachers

Don’t get me wrong, teachers are my heroes. This week, my son’s kindergarten teacher discovered that he had been unknowingly playing with another child’s vomit on the playground – somehow thinking it was “slushy snow” leftover after the spring melt – and she calmly sent him straight to the bathroom to wash his hands. She’s a saint. What if appreciating teachers went beyond a Hallmark card and a latte? If you think teaching is easy, you have never spoken to…
October 31, 2018
As We See It

This Is about Race

I sat in a room recently with moms and dads who learned about how they can prepare their families in the event of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid. I learned about the importance of having a plan – collecting documents and birth certificates, authorizing someone to pick children up from school, ensuring children born in the United States  are registered in the country of their parents’ birth so they aren’t rendered stateless should the family have to relocate. I…
April 30, 2018

Extreme Hardship?

I had the opportunity to meet with a congressman a week ago. Sitting near me at that meeting was a woman who had taken the morning off work in order to be there. She had carefully prepared to tell her life story in only three minutes, in hopes of convincing the congressman to support immigration reform that would improve the lives of the more than 13 million undocumented immigrants who live in the United States today. She explained that she…
October 1, 2009

A Little “Already” in My “Not Yet”

I hosted a last-minute New Years party last January--some close friends, some cocktails, and some board games. No big deal, really, but I think I'll remember that party for a long time. We made a couple of prophesies that night that ended up being fulfilled, which is always exciting--something cool to add to your resume as you're looking to become a pastor. The first happened when we clinked glasses after the ball dropped, and someone looked ahead to the coming…
January 1, 2009