Hope Talks

A podcast series produced through David’s United Church of Christ delivering stories of hope, faith, and transformational God-moments from believers in multiple faiths.

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Despite challenges, 44-year-old Katherine Harrison lives on hope that she will keep and grow her family’s fifth generation farm in Groveport, Ohio, throughout her lifetime. Her story is about her more than 600 animals, her friends, the young people she mentors, artistry and more. She says all of nature has a purpose. 

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Stories of Transformation

Hope, the idea that tomorrow will be better than today, flickers through all major faiths. In times of struggle and joy, stories have emerged of ordinary people engaged in hope.  David’s United Church of Christ shares these experiences in a bimonthly audio podcast, “Hope Talks.”
Hope Talks. Bringing you stories of ordinary people living a better tomorrow today, showing us all how to become the change we wish to see. If you have a story to share, or know someone who does, shoot us an email at hopetalks@davidsucc.net.

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A missionary and pastor from West Africa discusses his research and new book about the life of Jesus through the eyes of an unlikely disciple, Simon Peter. This podcast was recorded in three countries by a journalism student asking questions from Uganda, a journalist issuing queries in the USA, and the subject of the story coming from England. The book’s main purpose is to make Jesus known.

Yehosophat Odidi shares what it’s like to live with sickle cell anemia, including the added challenges during Covid-19 conditions in Uganda in this interview by students at Uganda Christian University.

Patty Huston interviews Nancy and Kathy, two women who have shared a seven-decade friendship. They share their health concerns, their hopes for the future, their tips for a long-lasting relationship, and a show tune or two.

Jesus prophesied that many will speak in his name (Matthew 24:5). Uganda Christian University journalism students interview a well-known, credible member of the clergy with tough questions about how Christian leaders misrepresent Biblical messages, promising hope and salvation at a cost, to desperate and gullible congregations.

In the midst of a pandemic, nearly 60 letters were exchanged between a 14-year-old and woman in her 70s who never met. Finally, after 15 months, they see each other’s faces and hear their voices. But from their own homes in central Ohio, they plan to keep writing…

Social media has awakened all manner of segregation and spawned hate speech globally. Dr. Sara Namusoga of Makerere University’s Department of Journalism and Communication in Uganda, Africa, provides her perspective about balancing self-expression with human respect.

An accomplished musician turns what she believed was her lifelong calling into helping others discover hope and life after loss.

From a large house once the site of parties overflowing with friends and family, a COVID widow in central Ohio shares her anger, pain, and hopeful road to recovery. For her, the pandemic isn’t over.

An African American husband-and-wife performing arts duo offers insights into challenges and hope during the turbulent time of unemployment and racial injustice in 2020 in this interview conducted by two university students in Uganda, Africa.

19-year-old college student Nathaniel Shaner discusses the challenges, opportunities and hope of a Christ-centered life.

Two veteran journalists — the leaders of this podcast — share their perspectives about 2lst century journalism changes and hope in this first interview collaborative with Uganda Christian University students.

A wife, mother and former teacher becomes a central Ohio exercise icon, drawing 100 people three times a week to her energetic, joyful parking lot workout.

A parks naturalist talks of building personal sanctuaries in our environment.

As the country’s most virus-vulnerable elderly in congregate settings were isolated from family members, workers inside did their best fill in the gaps. This central Ohio assisted living activities director describes how her love for the people, her ingenuity, and her Christian faith brought hope to many.

Coping with loss, fighting addiction, and finding identity.

Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch reporter Alan Johnson was known as “Dr. Death” for his observation of Ohio prison executions—21 of them—as part of his job. Somewhere in the middle of watching men die, he found God at his side. In this interview, Dr. Johnson describes that experience and his research about forgiveness and the death penalty.

A community-oriented Jewish businessman talks of the homeward pull of hope.

The talented Chinese pianist Qian Yoyo Liu describes her education and American citizenship journey while sharing her passion for music and how she took a leap to open a music school in Columbus, Ohio, called DNA Music Academy during the 2020 pandemic.

Lessons in motivation from someone who coaches frontline healthcare workers.

This Licking County, Ohio, resident is, at age 69, one of the oldest mountain biking jumpers. In addition to the attention he gets with participating in this daredevil sport, he has increasing notoriety for building mountain bike trails. Hosted by Patty Huston-Holm.

Jim Nolan interviews a retired cop and teacher of developmentally challenged adults who finds hope in volunteering.

Douglas Olum, a 34-year-old from Uganda, Africa, recently published a book about his abduction at age 11 by the Lord’s Resistance Army terrorist group. In this interview, he discusses that horrific experience, his escape, and how he has found hope and purpose in his life.