Listening At the Fire
Summer Screen Club Panel Discussion: Orange is the New Black

Summer Screen Club Panel Discussion: Orange is the New Black

October 7, 2019

*This episode has live panel event audio.

In Episode 25 of the Fountain Street Church podcast Listening At The Fire, host Virginia Anzengruber shares the panel discussion from the Summer Screen Club event focusing on the Netflix TV series Orange Is The New Black. Created by Jenji Kohan and based on teh book by Piper Kerman, OITNB is a dramedy that takes a look at the lives of the women of Litchfield Correctional Facility, and the escalating injustices perpetrated by the privatized prison complex. 

Virginia is joined by panelists Sarah Vesely (director of The Wealthy Theatre) and Shirley Griffin (co-founder of the Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival) to discuss the story theory, visual structure, and overall world of Orange Is The New Black

You can get more info by visiting the Show Notes from this event. 

Our nonprofit sponsor for this event was Citizens for Prison Reform, an organization whose "current focus is bringing unity, support and knowledge to families and supporters of prisoners, along with raising awareness among members of the Michigan legislature of the urgent need for reform of our current corrections system. The ongoing lack of oversight and accountability within the Michigan Department of Corrections, which has led to numerous human rights violations within the justice system needs to be addressed." You can support their organization by visiting http://www.micpr.org/donate.html and be sure to follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MICitizensforPrisonReform/.

As always, if you'd like to support the show, please visit https://www.fountainstreet.org/giving and specify in your donation that you'd like it to go to the continuation of this podcast. 

*The views of the host are not necessarily the views of Fountain Street Church.

New episodes of Listening at the Fire will release every other Monday at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES, GOOGLE PLAY, and most podcast apps and always at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

Episode Credits:

  • Producer/Host: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Editor/Sound Recordist: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Sound Editor: James Hughes
  • Special thanks to: Sarah Vesely and Shirley Griffin for their time and expertise in this panel event.
  • Theme song: "Alone Again" by Kingsbury. Her new song "In My Brain" is available on Spotify, and her single "Blurry Now" is featured in the newest season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, and the new music video for "All Gone" is now on YouTube.
150th Year Roundtable Discussion

150th Year Roundtable Discussion

September 10, 2019

In episode 24 of Listening At The Fire, host Virginia Anzengruber sits down with members of the Fountain Street Church 150th Year Anniversary Committee: Todd Johnson, Judy Botts, Charlie Gallmeyer, and Ruth Stein to discuss their thoughts on the monumental task of planning a year's worth of events to celebrate our 150th Anniversary. There's also mention of our very special 150th Anniversary Grand Celebration Street Party, taking place on Sunday, September 15th, on Library Pl. just outside of Fountain Street Church. For more information, please visit https://www.fountainstreet.org/fsc150.

Special thanks to James Hughes for the mixing/mastering of this episode. 

As always, if you'd like to support the show, please visit https://www.fountainstreet.org/giving and specify in your donation that you'd like it to go to the continuation of this podcast. 

*The views of the host are not necessarily the views of Fountain Street Church.

New episodes of Listening at the Fire will release every other Monday at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES, GOOGLE PLAY, and most podcast apps and always at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

This episode is sponsored by The Wealthy Theatre. A proud service of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, Wealthy Theatre is a beautifully restored historic landmark, upgraded with state of the art technology. Originally opened in 1911, Wealthy Theatre is now a community venue and free speech platform that is home to a diverse range of stage productions, concerts, movie screenings and more. With two traditional auditoriums as well as dance studios and meeting rooms, the Community Media Center’s Wealthy Theatre is equipped to host a wide variety of events. For more information on rental opportunities or upcoming events, please visit https://grcmc.org/theatre.

 

Episode Credits:

  • Producer/Host: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Editor/Sound Recordist: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Mixing/Mastering: James Hughes
  • Special thanks to: Todd Johnson, Judy Botts, Charlie Gallmeyer, and Ruth Stein
    Theme song: "Alone Again" by Kingsbury. Her new song "In My Brain" is available on Spotify, and her single "Blurry Now" is featured in the newest season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, and the new music video for "All Gone" is now on YouTube.
Homelessness, Housing First, and How We Can Help

Homelessness, Housing First, and How We Can Help

August 26, 2019

In Episode 23 of Listening At The Fire, the podcast from Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, host Virginia Anzengruber takes a deeper look at the homelessness and housing insecurity crisis facing America, and the Housing First model of approaching that crisis.

Virginia speaks with Rev. Kelly VanBrouwer, Associate Director of Heartside Ministry in Grand Rapids, "a relationship-based social service agency that has provided for our neighbors in the Heartside area for over 35 years. Strong partnerships and collaborations with other community agencies help us to create a safe, vibrant and opportunity-rich community."

Virginia also speaks with Jeffrey King, Director of Advancement and Communication at Community Rebuilders, a nonprofit organization based in Grand Rapids that is committed to the model of Housing First in their advocacy, that works with state and local agencies to end homelessness in West Michigan. 

Lastly, Virginia speaks with James McNorton, one of the many homeless congregants of Fountain Street Church, to hear about a pilot project he is developing in partnership with FSC, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, and Heartside Ministry -- comfort kits and resource packets for those who are newly experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity. If you are interested in donating to James' Comfort and Resource Project, please reach out to Virginia at VAnzengruber@fountainstreet.org or visit fountainstreet.org/giving and specify in your donation that you would like it to go to James' project. 

To learn more about housing insecurity in America, please visit https://www.hud.gov/ -- the national website for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Please consider donating financially to Heartside Ministries, Community Rebuilders, and if you're unable to donate monetary resources, please consider donating your time and energy into advocacy for those who need it most. 

 

As always, if you'd like to support the show, please visit https://www.fountainstreet.org/giving and specify in your donation that you'd like it to go to the continuation of this podcast. 

*The views of the host are not necessarily the views of Fountain Street Church.

New episodes of Listening at the Fire will release every other Monday at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES, GOOGLE PLAY, and most podcast apps and always at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

This episode is sponsored by The Wealthy Theatre. A proud service of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, Wealthy Theatre is a beautifully restored historic landmark, upgraded with state of the art technology. Originally opened in 1911, Wealthy Theatre is now a community venue and free speech platform that is home to a diverse range of stage productions, concerts, movie screenings and more. With two traditional auditoriums as well as dance studios and meeting rooms, the Community Media Center’s Wealthy Theatre is equipped to host a wide variety of events. For more information on rental opportunities or upcoming events, please visit https://grcmc.org/theatre.

Episode Credits:

  • Producer/Host: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Editor/Sound Recordist: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Special thanks to: Rev. Kelly VanBrouwer, Jeffrey King, and James McNorton
  • Theme song: "Alone Again" by Kingsbury. Her new song "In My Brain" is available on Spotify, and her single "Blurry Now" is featured in the newest season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, and the new music video for "All Gone" is now on YouTube.
Summer Screen Club Panel Discussion: The Handmaid’s Tale

Summer Screen Club Panel Discussion: The Handmaid’s Tale

August 12, 2019

In episode 22 of Listening At the Fire, host Virginia Anzengruber moderates another panel discussion from our Summer Screen Club series - this time focusing on the Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale. Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, this series focuses on a dystopian future where a tyrannical religious government relegates women to class systems that force them to bare children for government officials. 

Virginia is joined by panelists Sarah Vesely (director of The Wealthy Theatre) and Shirley Griffin (co-founder of the Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival) to discuss the story theory, visual structure, and overall world of The Handmaid's Tale

Unfortunately, some audio issues prevented the entire session from recording, so you will hear a bit of a jump in topics, but if you'd like to follow along with some of what was discussed in the gap of missed audio, please find the slideshow and panel notes here: Show Notes.

As always, if you'd like to support the show, please visit https://www.fountainstreet.org/giving and specify in your donation that you'd like it to go to the continuation of this podcast. 

*The views of the host are not necessarily the views of Fountain Street Church.

New episodes of Listening at the Fire will release every other Monday at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES, GOOGLE PLAY, and most podcast apps and always at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

Planned Parenthood of Michigan: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-michigan

Episode credits:

  • Producer/Host: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Editor/Sound Recordist: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Special thanks to: Sarah Vesely and Shirley Griffin for their time and expertise in this panel event.
  • Theme song: "Alone Again" by Kingsbury. Her new song "In My Brain" is available on Spotify, and her single "Blurry Now" is featured in the newest season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, and the new music video for "All Gone" is now on YouTube.
The Challenges of an Independent Church in 2019

The Challenges of an Independent Church in 2019

July 30, 2019

In episode 21 of Listening At The Fire, the podcast from Fountain Street Church, host Virginia Anzengruber sat down with Rev. Christopher Roe (Minister for Spiritual Life and Learning), Rev. Dr. Fred Wooden (Senior Minister), and Jack Woller (Executive Director) to have a roundtable discussion about the challenges of an independent church in 2019. 

 

Church decline statistics:

 

To reach out to Virginia regarding ads on Listening At The Fire, please email: VAnzengruber@fountainstreet.org for more information.

 

*The views of the host are not necessarily the views of Fountain Street Church.

New episodes of Listening at the Fire will release every other Monday at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES, GOOGLE PLAY, and most podcast apps and always at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

 

Episode credits:

  • Producer/Host: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Editor/Sound Recordist: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Special thanks to: Rev. Christopher Roe, Rev. Dr. Fred Wooden, and Jack Woller for their time and energy in the making of this episode.
  • Theme song: "Alone Again" by Kingsbury. Her new song "In My Brain" is available on Spotify, and her single "Blurry Now" is featured in the newest season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, and the new music video for "All Gone" is now on YouTube.
Summer Screen Club Panel Discussion: Shrill

Summer Screen Club Panel Discussion: Shrill

July 15, 2019

In Episode 20 of Listening At The Fire, host Virginia Anzengruber shares an edited panel discussion from the first of our Summer Screen Club events focusing on Shrill - the hilarious and poignant series on Hulu starring Aidy Bryant - based on the novel "Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman" by Lindy West. 

One night each month this Summer, Fountain Street Church will host a panel discussion featuring regional non-profit organizations, and film & television experts to dissect, analyze, and discuss some of today’s most thought-provoking TV shows. All Summer Screen Club events are free and open to the public. You watch the shows at your own pace, on your own schedule. Once a month we will meet to talk about them. It’s like a book club that you can binge watch.

The Summer Screen Club is presented as part of Fountain Street Church's new education initiative: The Learning Commons. To find out more about The Learning Commons, please visit: hhttps://www.facebook.com/TheLearningCommonsAtFSC.

Panelists for this event include Sarah Vesely, Director of the Wealthy Theatre; and Lydia VanHoven-Cook, Co-Founder of The Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival and Board Member of Better Body Image Conference (our non-profit sponsor for this event).

Special thanks to our media sponsor for this series: Grand Rapids Community Media Center, who are committed to broadening media literacy in West Michigan and beyond. To find out more about all of these organizations, please check out the links below!

For more information on future Summer Screen Club events (all FREE and open to the public, and hosted at Fountain Street Church), please visit: https://www.fountainstreet.org/screen-club.

 

The Poetry of Fountain Street Church

The Poetry of Fountain Street Church

July 1, 2019

In Episode 19 of Listening At The Fire, host Virginia Anzengruber illuminates the history of the show's title, which is borrowed from a book of poetry that was published at Fountain Street Church in 1998. 

Virginia reads the preface, by editor Linda Rosenthal, and then invites you to listen to a selection of poems from this book, read by current Fountain Street Church members and staff -- many of whom are poets themselves. 

A massive thank you to our readers: Meredith Bradley, Jean Reed Bahle, Danny Heck, Rev. Dr. Fred Wooden, Nessa McCasey, and Neil Kaufman. The list of poems read in the episode is below:

  • "The Squirrels in Loring Park" by Sherryl Acey (read by Meredith Bradley)
  • "Attitude" by Barbara N. Amberg (read by Danny Heck)
  • "Donna" by Virginia Minor Rankin (read by Rev. Dr. Fred Wooden)
  • "Working with Words" by Beth Sanders (read by Nessa McCasey)
  • "To the Beach" by Ralph K. Rye (read by Jean Reed Bahle)
  • "Wet on Wet" by Virginia Braley (read by Neil Kaufman)
  • "Retro-Life" by Marion H. Smith (read by Meredith Bradley)
  • "The Dragonfly" by Sarah A. Borisch (read by Danny Heck)
  • "October 25th Thanksgiving in Grenada, West India" by Virginia Minor Rankin (read by Rev. Dr. Fred Wooden)
  • "Like Dorothy" by Gail Rutgers (read by Nessa McCasey)
  • "On the Fringes" by Beth Sanders (read by Jean Reed Bahle)
  • "Felis Domestica" by Patricia Clark (read by Neil Kaufman)
  • "Before You Can Let Go" by Meredith Bradley
  • "Still Births" by Ted Damstra (read by Danny Heck)
  • "For Dian (My Sister)" by Gail Rutgers (read by Nessa McCasey)
  • "Grace" by Beth Sanders (read by Jean Reed Bahle)
  • "Y'all" by Neil Kaufman
  • "Snow" by Lauren Farrar, Age 10 (read by Danny Heck)
  • "The Peace I Need" by Nessa McCasey
  • "Fear and Invisibility" by Neil Kaufman
  • "Does the Loving Do Us Any Good?" by Nessa McCasey
  • "Educating You Strength to Yourself" by Neil Kaufman
  • "Right to Own Your Life" by Nessa McCasey
  • "The Rear View" by Jean Reed Bahle

 

Connect with the many poetry groups available for participation at Fountain Street Church:

Spiritual Expressions: contact Nessa McCasey at poetnessa@gmail.com

Join Nessa in a safe, healing writing group. This workshop does not require that you have writing skills or experience; rather, Nessa brings prompts to encourage discussion and personal expression (as a journal entry, memoir or an essay, even a list of words). There is no judgment or critique of writings. Each participant may choose to share or keep private their writings. She models positive responses which tend to inspire a love-fest of creative expression; she has worked with many people who have found the pleasure of their own wellbeing through creativity. As a certified poetry therapist, Nessa McCasey works with individuals, couples, and groups to facilitate their writing in a healing manner. Poetry therapy is part of the expressive arts in Healing (as are music therapy, arts therapy, etc.). She is a mentor with--and the past Director of--the International Academy for Poetry Therapy, an education/training organization for the field of poetry therapy/therapeutic writing. A graduate of the University of Michigan in English, she offers courses (including online) in poetic forms, poetry as healing, writing through life's transitions, creative coaching/problem-solving. Suggested donation of $15. https://fscspiritualexpressions.wordpress.com

Friday Morning Poetry Group: contact Louisa Nally at pnally@comcast.net

Poet Neil Kaufman can be found at: https://thefolktransformer.bandcamp.com/

A Pilgrim’s Tale: Fred Wooden in South Africa

A Pilgrim’s Tale: Fred Wooden in South Africa

June 17, 2019

In Episode 18 of Listening At the Fire, the podcast from Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, host Virginia Anzengruber invites Rev. Dr. Fred Wooden to share a travel log story from his most recent pilgrimage -- this time to Cape Town, South Africa. Fred regales us on his somewhat perilous guided journey up Table Mountain, his visit to the National Museum, and his musings on why travel is part of his spiritual process. 

For more information on Table Mountain, please visit: https://www.tablemountain.net/ and https://www.capetown.travel/explore-cape-towns-iconic-table-mountain/ and https://tablemountainnationalpark.org/

If you enjoy this episode, please leave us some feedback -- we'd love to potentially make some of Fred's travel logs a bit of a recurring series on the podcast. 

 

Episode credits:

Producer/Host: Virginia Anzengruber

Editor/Sound Recordist: Virginia Anzengruber

Special thanks to: Rev. Dr. Fred Wooden for sharing his journey.

Theme song: "Alone Again" by Kingsbury. Her new song "In My Mind" is available on Spotify, and her single "Blurry Now" is featured in the newest season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, and the new music video for "All Gone" is now on YouTube.

 

PRIDE Celebration 2019

PRIDE Celebration 2019

June 10, 2019

In Episode 17 of Listening At The Fire, host Virginia Anzengruber shares excerpts from Fountain Street Church's First Annual PRIDE Celebration that was held on June 2nd. 

To watch the entire service, please visit our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwF9OdMlZK8

Special thanks to our A/V Coordinator Danny Heck and the entire PRIDE Celebration steering committee, all of our speakers, performers, and musicians for lending their time, talents, and stories to this beautiful celebration.

As Danny said during the service, "To the allies in the room, I have a suggestion: understand your privilege -- it informs your every move. Allyship is not an achievement. It's a lifelong endeavor towards battling oppression. And it's a growing process that takes a lifetime to cultivate. For the queers in the room: let's reclaim the life and liberty that has always rightfully been ours, and finally be free to pursue our happiness together."

 

Drag Performance of "This is Me" by Dia Elektra: https://www.instagram.com/dia.elektra/

Performance of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Amber Kilpatrick, Mark Lavengood and Dutcher Snedeker: 

https://www.facebook.com/AmberKilpatrickYoga/ 

https://www.facebook.com/marklavengoodmusic/

 

Thank you to the sponsor organizations for this event. Please follow their links below to find out how you can participate in community and be a supporting ally:

Grand Rapids Pride Center: https://www.grpride.org/

Grand Rapids Trans Foundation: https://grtransfoundation.org/

Free Mom Hugs Michigan: https://www.facebook.com/FreeMomHugsMichigan/

Arbor Circle: https://arborcircle.org/

Drag Brunch Grand Rapids: https://www.facebook.com/DragBrunchGR/

HQ Grand Rapids: https://hqgr.org/

Red Project: https://redproject.org/

The World is Turning Turtle

The World is Turning Turtle

May 19, 2019

In Episode 16 of Listening At The Fire, the podcast from Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we take another look at the last 2 weeks of Sunday 11AM sermons from our Minister of Spiritual Life and Learning, Rev. Christopher Roe. 

As we pay homage to our historic 150 years of Fountain Street Church programming, Rev. Roe challenges us to not only accept and embrace the anxiety we feel in the transitional nature of year 151 and beyond; but in part 2 of his series, offers up a true alternative future of Spiritual Life and Learning opportunities at FSC, West Michigan and beyond: The Learning Commons at Fountain Street Church. 

NPR article about Allendale, MI Public Schools fight for sexual education: https://www.npr.org/2019/04/01/706944327/when-the-conversation-doesnt-include-you-lgbtq-sex-ed-in-a-small-town

 

Church decline statistics:

https://news.gallup.com/poll/248837/church-membership-down-sharply-past-two-decades.aspx

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theatlantic.com/amp/article/517785/

https://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/attendance-at-religious-services/

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/11/what-should-america-do-its-empty-church-buildings/576592/

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/08/religious-participation-survey/496940

https://www.apnews.com/f15241378057486ea437cad490a2ed67

 

More information will be released about The Learning Commons in the coming weeks and months. Be sure to follow Fountain Street Church on all of our social media channels, and stay up-to-date with all of the latest news at fountainstreet.org

 

*The views of the host are not necessarily the views of Fountain Street Church.

New episodes of Listening at the Fire will release every other Monday at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES, GOOGLE PLAY, and most podcast apps and always at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

 

Episode credits:

Producer/Host: Virginia Anzengruber

Editor: Virginia Anzengruber

Sound Recordist: Conor Bardallis

Special thanks to: Rev. Christopher Roe for his challenging words

Theme song: "Alone Again" by Kingsbury. Her new song "Blurry Now" is available on Spotify, and is featured in the newest season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, and the new music video for "All Gone" is now on YouTube.