This week on the podcast Hannah Gierhart makes her first appearance (she’ll be back as a recurring co-host on the semi-regular)! We chat through her story and why she identifies with the idea of being a spiritual misfit.

For any of you who grew up as a church kid in the 90s you can prepare to play Bingo while listening with categories including Psalty the singing songbook, DC Talk, The Donut Man and more. (If you have no idea what any of these words mean, don’t worry, you’re the normal one, and we only reference them in passing).

Amidst the banter and crackling sound effects of our fireside chat, Hannah shares in greater depth about the cognitive dissonance that can occur when you begin to experience seemingly conflicting brands of Christianity, or indeed different models of Jesus himself.

If you’re feeling deep in the dissonance, listening to Hannah might give you hope that working through it and finding the gold amidst the mud, is possible. More than that, worthwhile.

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Episode title: ’Hannah Gierhart is processing the cognitive dissonance’.

Sara M. Saleh on Palestine, liberation and poetry Spiritual Misfits Podcast

Sara M. Saleh is a human rights lawyer, community organiser, writer and the daughter of migrants from Palestine, Egypt and Lebanon. She has many very impressive achievements to her name including being the first poet to win both the Australian Book Review’s Peter Porter Poetry Prize and the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize, which she did back to back in 2020 and 2021. Sara’s debut novel Songs for the Dead and the Living is out now (link below where you can buy).  Sara is one of the voices that has been a helpful guide for me in recent weeks as we’ve seen the Israeli government cause enormous levels of destruction and loss of human life in Gaza. This conversation is really helpful for decoupling anti-zionism and anti-semitism and understanding why it’s so dangerous when these are conflated. It’s so obvious, as you’ll hear throughout this conversation that Sara holds a fierce commitment to any group of oppressed and suffering people, while striving for solutions that do not simply flip who is oppressing who. The way she speaks about liberation is so generous and beautiful and just. We talk about the limits of identity politics and the deep solidarity that can be found in shared values — and there’s just so much wisdom here. Listen deeply, share widely, and take whatever actions you can — great or small — in the direction of justice.  Sara’s website: ‘Songs for the Dead and the Living’: Sara on Instagram: @instasaranade‘A guide to Palestine for beginners’ (this is a fantastic doc): to the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network: up to our mailing list: our online Facebook community: the pod: us an email: Spiritualmisfits@outlook.comView all episodes and access transcripts at:
  1. Sara M. Saleh on Palestine, liberation and poetry
  2. Noah Small on the nature of God, love and kindness (a little episode with big heart)
  3. Radhika Sukumar-White on lament, suffering and inclusive community
  4. Michael Frost & Shane Meyer-Holt on the other side of 'mega'
  5. Mikali Anagnostis and Gabi Cadenhead on Gen-Z spirituality and Marion St

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