38. The Crucible of Collaboration - Sam Sorich

Hello, creatives, and welcome back to the podcast! So sorry for being out for a while, but we have been busy with this 8beats project. Which we will be talking a bit about today.  We’re talking with Sam Sorich, director at Glass Darkly Films… the guy who came up with the whole project. I can’t wait for you to meet him. Ever since he and I met at seminary, his radical commitment to being different has inspired me, including his stint living in a van and his passion for a new wave of Catholic cinema.

The subject today is the crucible of collaboration, and how to get through the insecurities of art making. 

If you’ve ever worked in a participatory art like film, theatre, or music, you know the challenge of bringing an idea to life at a high level of quality, within practical limitations, and alongside other people. This is something that Sam and I and the whole team 8beats team were experiencing intensely last month. It started with a big idea, and we invited the community to collaborate. We got excited, got into teams, those teams grew to about 130 people in total, and we got to work. We put this gigantic promise out into the world, released the IndieGoGo… and then we had to rewrite a bunch of our scripts, and our IndieGoGo plateaued, and we were hit with tons of fear. Can we really do this? Will the church actually support this sort of risk? Can we trust each other to stick out the challenges and creative conflict? 

This conversation is about that journey and what we learned from it: that through trust and commitment to each other, a new creative energy is discovered that brings about better art and creates deep relationships at the same time.

Before we start, if you haven’t shared our IndieGoGo campaign for 8beats yet, please head over to the 8beats Facebook page and share our latest post. All the regional teams begin filming the stories this month, and we need your help and the help of the Catholic community to see the project through. Please collaborate with us by spreading the word, donating, and praying for the project.

Create something awesome this week, and enjoy the podcast.
 

37. What They Never Taught You About Modern Art & Modernism - Jonathan Anderson

Hello, creatives, and welcome back to the podcast. Today we’re talking about modernism and the philosophical and theological questions posed by modern art. Joining us today is Jonathan Anderson, an artist, art critic, and associate professor of art at Biola University.

We all know that modern art gets a bad rap in the Catholic world. When we compare a traditional icon to a contemporary abstract painting or traditional chant to some modern musical compositions, we find the stuff made less than about 500 years ago a little difficult to appreciate. But instead of calling for a wholesale return to tradition, we need to find a way to understand and access modern art and participate in the conversation it inspires.

Jonathan is all about the theological implications and underpinnings of modern art. He recently co-authored the book Modern Art and the Life of a Culture: The Religious Impulses of Modernism. Our conversation today gets into some of the serious philosophical and theological implications of modernism, and Jonathan provides a great context for understanding contemporary art in the modernist movement. He tells us the best way to start our own personal quest to appreciate modern art. And perhaps most importantly, he gives a definition of art that we need to all think about and discuss.  

So strap yourselves in and get your thinking caps on.

Before we get started, Catholic Creatives just launched its first major collaboration! Our team of over 100 Catholic artists and filmmakers have begun work on a groundbreaking film made by the millennial generation, for the millennial generation. The film is called 8beats, and it is an anthology film exploring the collision of the Beatitudes into our human experience. We believe these challenging stories provoke a re-examination of happiness, suffering, and the meaning of life. We’re looking for people to join us in generating stories that matter through the power of film. Go check out the project on Indiegogo, and like us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Please share our Indiegogo link to help spread the word. By supporting this project, you will be putting a world-changing idea into motion.

As always, create something awesome this week, and enjoy the podcast.

36. Art-Show Ministries and Parking-Lot Churches - Mingo Palacios

Hello, creatives, and welcome back to the podcast. This is our first ecumenical episode, and it’s going to blow your mind. We’re talking with Mingo Palacios, Pastor of Evangelism & Culture at Saddleback Church, which was the church of Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life.

In our community, we’re constantly asking how we can creatively refresh and reframe the experience of the truth for people who haven’t encountered it in that raw, life-changing way. We see the beauty of tradition but don’t want tradition to be an arbitrary stumbling block for people who need to hear the Church’s message. I think Mingo shares some incredibly important ideas that we can use in our creative ministry to the Church and the culture. I encourage you to listen and brainstorm what we could learn from his example and what we can bring to our local churches and the Church as a whole.

Mingo also tells us how Led Zepplin helped kick off his first youth pastor job, how his church started an incubator program for young entrepreneurs and creatives, and how he helped his church reach out to the unreachable with microsite services in parking lots and laundromats.

Before we get started, if you haven’t signed up to participate in 8 Beats yet, the deadline is July 21st, which in real time is tomorrow. Over 80 filmmakers, designers, marketing professionals, and artists from across North America are creating 8 short films inspired by the themes of the eight Beatitudes. There’s still lots of opportunity for collaboration, and you definitely want to be a part of this, so sign up!

As always, create something awesome this week, and enjoy the podcast.

35. Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Leadership - Matthew Sanders

Hello, creatives, and welcome the podcast, where we talk to leaders working out in the world about how they bring their professional skills and faith together to change the culture.

If you’ve ever been to the official Vatican website, it might tempt you to despair of good design in the Vatican. However, there is top notch work being done out there, and today we are talking to someone who is making it happen. When Matthew Sanders looked at the design coming out of the Vatican and didn’t just critique or groan, he said, I think I can help. So he moved across the world to do something about the church’s communication problem.

Matthew Sanders has served in the military, worked at an archdiocese, and now is the founder and managing director of Longbeard, a digital design agency based in Rome and Toronto.

Today, we’re talking about what kind of approach we need to take as professional lay people to help the Church’s message spread in the world and on the digital continent. We also talk about why there should be more homilies about Captain America. I’ve personally worked with Matt and the Longbeard team in the past and can testify to his humble leadership. He puts his words into action, so take heed!

Before we get started, we just went live with our first group wide collaboration. It is called 8 Beats. Over 80 filmmakers, designers, marketing professionals, and artists from across North America have been divided into eight regional teams. Each team will produce and distribute a 5-12 minute short film inspired by the themes of the eight Beatitudes, done at the highest quality possible and distributed with all the power of modern marketing strategy.

Why? We want to build community. This movement isn’t a Facebook page- it's like minded people creating deep and lasting relationships with each other. We want to see lifelong friends, professional teams, or partnerships created here- and who knows, even marriages. We wouldn’t be Catholic if we didn’t want to help people find their vocations amiright?

So this collaboration is an important next step for us in developing real relationships, going beyond a facebook group

You can find out more at www.8beatsmovie.com 

As always, create something awesome this week, and enjoy the podcast.

34. Megan Mastrioanni & Jacob King - Vulnerable Ministry and the Launch of Anthem

Hello, creatives! We’re here to talk about something awesome that happened this weekend and the people who made it happen. We’re talking about the launch of Anthem, rebrand of the youth and young adult office of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Joining us are Megan Mastrioanni and Jacob King, who are leading the charge up there in the diocesan office. 

While you’re listening, unless you’re in the car or something, go visit anthemphilly.com, which was designed by our friends at Glass Canvas. You need the full experience because this is like no diocesan office you’ve seen before. There’s literally a grunge-style GIF of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It’s amazing.

This launch is so important not just for Philly but for the mission of the New Renaissance. The need that the Church has for this kind of branding, strategy, and vision is exactly what we talked about at the Summit. But as you’ll hear from Megan and Jacob, this isn’t just about graphic design or videography or branding. All those things are built on a basis of vulnerability and authenticity. It’s an expression who Megan and Jacob and the rest of the team in Philly are, and how they approach living an authentic Catholic life in the modern world. Community in faith and collaboration in mission is what makes this happen. That’ exactly why Catholic Creatives exists and why we’re excited to have these two as our guests today.

In this podcast, we talk about the process of the rebrand, the risks they’re taking in pushing the envelope, and how vulnerability and community have made all of this possible.

So listen to their story, and then visit the website, like their Facebook page, and say a prayer for them. They’re doing something incredible for the Church and they need all the support we can give them.

As always, create something awesome this week, and enjoy the podcast.

33. Ashley Crouch - The Power of Having a Bigger Vision

Hello, creatives! This week, you’ve got a question to answer, one that you probably don’t ask yourself enough, something that is challenging and maybe even daunting to all of us. And that question is: just how big is your dream?

Our guest and the person who inspires this question is Ashley Crouch, founder of Appleseed Communications. Ashley was homeschooled in Arkansas, studied theology at the University of Dallas, was a founding team member of Verily magazine, and now runs a PR firm that brings the power of media to the stories of women entrepreneurs around the world. 

As you can hear from that quick description, Ashley has had some interesting changes in her life. Going from raising chickens in Arkansas to founding a PR firm is a pretty dramatic shift. I don’t know about you, but I can definitely relate to not always knowing where my life is headed and sometimes wondering what God is working for me. As entrepreneurs, even as members of Catholic Creatives, we can’t know exactly how things are going to work out, but as people of faith, we need to have a huge vision for the future. We have to believe that the businesses we’re starting, the projects we’re creating, and the work we’re doing is going to change the world and that God will bless that work and make it fruitful.

In this podcast, Ashley talks about why business can be the greatest catalyst for cultural change, how dreaming big guides her work each day, why celebration and having a tribe are essential for entrepreneurs to avoid burnout, and why Catholic Creatives need to be multilingual when it comes to talking about beauty.

Before we get started, a huge thank you to all of our patrons on Patreon. You’re the ones who are pushing us to the next level with the resources to grow and become sustainable. If you haven’t signed up yet, visit our page and think about becoming a patron yourself.

And while you’re listening, think and pray about that question: how big is your dream? Because it’s probably not big enough. The world is more open than ever to entrepreneurs and creatives. Let’s not put a limit on what God can do through our lives.

Create something awesome this week and enjoy the podcast.

32. Therese Bussen & Anthony D'Ambrosio - Creating an Experience of Truth

Hello, creatives! We are back with a little bit of a twist on the podcast: this week, I am being interviewed by Therese Bussen with the Archdiocese of Denver. Therese was one of the first members of Catholic Creatives. We got to know her through her work on the FOCUS blog, where she wrote some of the most forward thinking and honest articles in the Catholic world, with titles such as, Jesus Doesn’t Alway Fill Your Emptiness, and Why That’s Ok, so it was an honor to be talking with her today.

One of the major questions we get asked as a group is why beauty and creativity are so important for the Church. With all the big problems we’re facing as Catholics, it seems like worrying about websites or branding and liturgical music should be the least of our problems.

But we believe that the greatest force of evangelization and social change in our world is beauty. It isn’t about making things pretty -- it’s about creating an authentic experience of truth that has the power to change someone’s life. 

Today, we're discussing why Catholic Creatives exists, why beauty is essential for the growth of the Church, how to create an experience of truth rather than just preach to people, and what we as creatives can do to take our calling of creativity more seriously. For those of you who have joined the group recently or haven't heard the full story of how we got started, this conversation is a crash course.

A quick reminder: one of the most important aspects of our group is community -- getting to lend each other support and insight for our creative endeavors. If you’re a new member or just haven’t seen it yet, you should check out our Patreon page. Patrons get access to monthly online meeting and discussions with fellow creatives and guest speakers, as well as first dibs on tickets for the next Summit which, if you talked to anyone who went to the first one, you won’t want to miss. So go sign up on Patreon!

I hope you all have an incredibly productive week, and that this discussion helps get you thinking about how to fulfill your personal vocation to creativity in a more complete and authentic way. Enjoy.

31. Benji Vega - High Performance Leadership

Hey there fellow co creators,
Thanks for joining in. Welcome to the CC podcast where we find the most excellent creative Catholics out there and tease out their insights on life, faith, and creative work. This podcast is a very vulnerable conversation between myself and Benji Vega, Art Director at Pyro, a branding agency whose clients are some of the largest brands in the world (Lucas Arts being one). He has consistently produced award winning work, and specializes in directing teams of creatives, enabling them to operate on the highest level of excellence. In this conversation we talk about his conversion to Christianity- how the Holy Spirit has impacted his career, and about how he saved a million dollar production by riding on a cop’s segway.

Quick Announcement:
We believe that Catholic Creatives as a movement is called to be the connecting point for creatives and the people who need them. Ie. we want to pair you with the JOBS, Gigs, and collaborations that will help you achieve your dreams. We are currently getting about 4 post requests in the FB group PER DAY for freelance gigs and full time jobs.

But we can’t all be wading through 5 job posts that may or may not be relevant to us in order to find the cool conversations, so we haven’t been pushing them out to the broader group.
So for for us to help connect you (dear creatives) to potential work opportunities, we need to build and maintain a new site for you that is capable of this. For this, we need funds and manpower. So if you would like more jobs gigs and access to collaborations, support us through patreon: www.patreon.com/catholiccreatives. OR… you can volunteer your time with us to help build it.
Since I have the mic, I am totally going to make my own job/ collaboration pitch, and no one can stop me.
Catholic Creatives is forming a team of developers and designers to do a kick ass website redesign. If you are interested in being a part of that team and working with some incredibly talented developers / designers get connected with us at hello@catholiccreatives.org.


 

30. Dr. Italy - Early Church & Pagan Culture

This conversation was between myself and one of the most eminent scholars in the early church fathers- a man who also happens to be my father: Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio “The Greyer” as we call him.  He was the valedictorian of Catholic University of America,  he holds a PHD in Theology, is currently is professor at Catholic Distance University and is a renowned speaker. He runs Crossroads Initiative, which started out doing youth and young adult ministry as a rock band in the 80’s, and that is transmuted into an organization dedicated to helping the world rediscover the adventure of the Christian faith. 

We asked him to come onto the podcast because, one of the major conversations happening in the group and in the Church at large is centered around the question: How should we deal with secular, pagan culture?

Implicit in this question is another- There is this tension between tradition and creativity- how do we value the treasures of the church that we know and love, while at the same time valuing and adapting to modern secular culture for the sake of innovation? This tension is especially present when we grapple with conversations about liturgy. For those of us that are grappling with questions of how how do we integrate cultural art with our Catholic heritage, I wanted to bring Dr. Italy onto the cast so that we could talk about how the early church approached these questions. The conversation was deeply enlightening.

Crossroads Initiative 

Christians, The Soul of the World - Letter to Diagnetus

News: As a community of creators of artists of freethinkers, we are seeing our movement grow in the church. Unity between artists and people within this grassroots coalition is happening: collaborations between members have sky rocketed in the last year.

But for all of this to move to the next level, and for us to really see the New Renaissance realized, we need to connect with the Medicis of our age- the successful business owners, executives, and financiers who can invest in the ideas and projects.

Finally, big news- as you know, we have pledged to pick a single project that we believe could make massive impact in culture and that could facilitate collaboration across all types of creatives within the group. So the news is that we have found that project and been working behind the scenes to get it ready for your involvement. SO. We have a huge collaboration stewing right now.

We will have news for you on that in the coming weeks. But consider this the teaser. If you want an opportunity to work with amazing people, to grow in community and in your skill sets… its coming.

 

 

29. Steve Lawson: How Healthy Conflict Creates Healthy Organizations

 

Marcellino interviews Steven Lawson, the Director of Communications for Dynamic Catholic, a fast growing nonprofit that develops innovative learning-systems to inspire people to rediscover the genius of Catholicism. While working towards his childhood dream to become an animation director in New York City, Steve had a profound conversion experience that lead him into his current work.

This conversation is at once startlingly frank and incredibly hope filled, as they speak about creating a better wold, about management, and about how healthy conflict creates healthy culture in organizations.  What would happen if the Church was hopeful and creative and inspired?

Steve's advice:

  • Awareness of self will make you a more effective leader and manager.
  • Take ownership over your problems. It is very freeing to achieve self-mastery over one's subconscious reactions and communication. 
  • Everything we do has to align with hope.
  • Creativity is a hopeful experience.
  • "Catholicism is inherently creative and life-giving"

Resources: 

 

28. Jack and Jamie McAleer - From Selling Donuts to Making Movies

One of our guests may be familiar to you-- Dan Johnson from 4pm Media, winner of the Collaboration of the Year Award 2017.  But the other two interviewees are perhaps less known in this group- yet they have had a powerful influence in the Catholic world, albeit from behind the scenes. Jack and Jamie McAleer, major players in the growth of the Krispy Kreme dynasty, are the Financeers behind 4pm media.  They are board members of Legatus and Franciscan, and they started 4pm Media with their son in law in order to set a new standard for art and media in the church.  

After working as a store and dough factory manager, the younger Mr. McAleer, now 40, moved into marketing.

Rising to exec VP-brand development, he worked to restore Krispy Kreme’s original logo and ‘50s-style store design, deployed miniaturized equipment that lets patrons see doughnuts made, and added neon “hot” lights to tell passersby when fresh doughnuts were cooking.
— https://www.qsrmagazine.com/news/krispy-kreme-exec-mcaleer-leave-post

The McAleers are modern models of the Medicis- the family that sponsored much of the art of the Medieval Renaissance.  We talk in this podcast about how they had their spiritual awakening in faith, how they left Krispy Kreme, and helped to found a Catholic production company with their son in Law.

resources: Family Fortunes

Thanks to our Patreon members who have helped to make this podcast possible. Check out our patreon page to find exclusive content from the 2017 Summit, and to support the movement. www.patreon.com/catholiccreatives
 

27. Kate Hazen: How to Become Cool with Being Wierd

Meet Kate Hazen, a graphic designer, brand architect, creative genius extraordinaire.


She is one of the most excellent creative directors that I have ever met, and she has so much to offer our group in terms of pushing us to think bigger and with less constriction. In this convo we talk about the time she designed a LARPing game for her company’s conference. We also talk about how she became cool with being weird, about tattoos, and about the CC Summit.


We also just wanted to thank all of you new patrons- through Patreon and through support on the website. It’s been such a blessing to see the ways we as a community have begun to give time, advice, and resources to this movement in order to grow and to become sustainable. So thank you, and know that we are working to build up huge new value into the community.

26. Patrick Langrell: Why Digital Marketing For Ministry?

(And why we should all get off of our phones)

In this interview, Marcellino talks to Patrick Langrell (Adjunct lecturer in Philosophy & Senior Digital Media Analyst for the Arch Diocese of LA). They talk about the importance of Analytic thinking and of digital marketing for reaching more people with better messages.

They get into the ways that Patrick has used this to grow a pro life clinic and target abortion minded women. They also talk about their personal difficulties with technology and their desire to bypass it in search of authentic personal communication.

Patrick is a Renaissance man with an international reputation for successful engagement in communications, events, and digital & social media. He also is a sought after public speaker, a researcher and consultant in policy and ethics. He contributes to high-level diocesan and public policy…. and to the development of the Catholic intellectual tradition and evangelisation initiatives. His work with Matt Meeks and the others from the Archdiocese of LA is really exciting, and we are looking forward to hearing about that at the Summit, where he will be giving a workshop specifically about the unique circumstances in which Catholic Creatives find themselves at this particular moment in the church.  

But he is not the only one who we will be present from the Archdiocese of LA. The Diocese of LA has become one of our major sponsors- coming on as a Patron of the Arts. They will be sponsoring the first session of the summit, "The New Renaissance." 
As you probably already know, LA has a reputation for being one of the epicenters of innovation for communications in the church. They have (by normal diocesan standards) a huge team with what I believe is around over 15 employees totally dedicated to helping churches and Diocesan branches market themselves better. We are excited to partner with them to make the new Renaissance happen.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/plangrell

Linked In: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-langrell-51539225/ 

25. Julio Quintana - The Vessel, Terrence Malick, and Raising a Million Dollars

This podcast features an interview with Director Julio Quintana. Julio just released his first feature film- which is always a big deal. But he also raised 1 million to do it, got Martin Sheen to act and had the master Terrence Malick as executive producer. Their influence in the film is visible, giving it a spiritual, cinematic gravitas that is really undeniable.

(Here is the trailer)

So in this not only do we we talk about the film, we get into all sorts of other good stuff like beauty and perseverance and the hard work of making it as an artist.
The struggle with making money making good art.

Btw, the the vessel came out in digital release yesterday, so if you haven't got a chance to watch it yet highly recommend doing so. the links are in the show notes.

Blue Ray

Itunes

Hulu 

A quick announcement before we get into that, as many of you know the Catholic Creatives Summit is developing and moving very quickly in terms of being materialized and we're excited to announce a new sponsor that just jumped on board. Word on Fire just decided to become a sponsor. We are so grateful to them for their support for good media in art they've always been a leader in that in the church so I'm we're just excited to have them as a partner.

24. Elise Crawford: Empathy & Defining Your Audience

Today we are taking a break from the break from the podcast hiatus to bring you an interview with Elise Crawford. As we announced in the group, we've been taking a break from our podcasts in order to plan for the Catholic Creatives Summit in March. But since Elise is going to be speaking at the Summit, we thought it might be a good way for those of you who are coming to get to know her before you see her there. 

So Elise is awesome. She started Ringlet Studio, a creative agency that specifically focuses on working with female entrepreneurs. Why is that cool? Because it's super niche. She picked a very defined audience. Which is painful because it is exclusive; and I don't care who you are, a business owner or some one who works in ministry- we all struggle so so hard with picking a niche and sticking to it. 

It is so easy to fall prey to generalism and over inclusivity, and these issues are rampant in our ministries and businesses. So in this podcast Marcellino asks Elise a lot about how to be more targeted and clear with our audiences. They also talk about her acting role playing Helen Keller, and how it taught her empathy. This empathy has characterized her life and ministry since. 

Resources: 
https://www.amazon.com/Life-Beloved-Spiritual-Living-Secular/dp/0824519868

https://emyth.com/ 

https://www.amazon.com/Big-Leap-Conquer-Hidden-Level/dp/0061735361

23: Brandon Vogt: Data Driven Ministry & Catholic Aesthetic

Merry Advent, fellow makers. This podcast is Marcellino’s conversation with Brandon Vogt, Fr Baron’s right hand media man at Word On Fire. Their talk ranges from Brandon’s conversion to the Catholic Aesthetic and its influence on Brandon’s understanding of creativity and story. Interesting stuff for sure. 

Brandon's work has been featured by some little networks like NPR, FoxNews, CBS, Vatican Radio, Our Sunday Visitor, National Review, and Christianity Today. He is a convert to Catholicism, and also a convert from the engineer life to the life of a media guru and author. He has written SIX books. You can learn more about his work here: http://brandonvogt.com/ 


Here is the latest from the Catholic Creatives team:

First. The summit plans have been moving along really well. www.ccsummit.xyz

We do still have twenty or so tickets left so if you have an invite- be sure to grab those in the next couple of weeks. Some feedback that we got on that was that it seems heavy on design and film- so we are going to be adding some workshops for copy writing, marketing strategy, fundraising, understanding data, and archetypal story telling. If you have any other feedback for us, just shoot us an email at Hello@catholiccreatives.org. 

22. Leah Murphy: Pirates of the Caribbean & Gender In the Creative Industry

Leah Murphy currently serves as a video editor at Life Teen International. She has six years of experience in leadership positions including campus ministry, TV station management. She has also successfully avoided ever seeing a Star Wars movie, which is as we all know… a huge shame.

In this interview with Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Leah talks about her creative genesis as an artist, and her transition from youth group teen to professional artist. Also, as a woman who has studied Theology of the Body and who has worked for years in the creative industry that is largely populated by men, Leah has a perspective on gender that is particularly thought provoking. They get into her background and the origins of her creativity, but when they begin to talk about power and gender later in the podcast the conversation goes to a very different level.

See her work here: http://lifeteen.com/cym/resources/videos/

Before we get into that- announcements.
We’ve got a lot going on as an organization right now. On Saturday the 10th of December, we are doing a small meetup in downtown Dallas- exactly one year from the meetup that we did last year, in which we fixed ugly bulletins. You can learn more about that meetup here: http://www.catholiccreatives.org/dallasmeetup/

This year, we are tackling the problem of problems. The real enchilada, as it were. The Vatican Website. Why.
If you are in driving range of Dallas Tx, print out a page of the website that you particularly loathe, and bring that to the meetup.

Finally, invites for the Summit in March are away, and tickets are moving quickly. We only have about 25 or so left, and we will sell out. So if you have been invited, get your spot. If you haven’t been invited and you feel like you should be, hit us up. We also have some volunteer opportunities if you are interested in coming but you don’t have the means. Let us know.
 

 

21. Dr. Gregory Bottaro - Catholic Mindfulness, Meditation, and Inner Healing

Dr. Greggory Bottaro is the founder of the CatholicPsych Institute, and is an expert on self improvement He is also a successful entrepreneur, marketer, and gifted communicator.  In this episode, Anthony interviews him over his work to integrate the popular meditative “mindfulness” trend that has taken off in Silicon Valley and in the creative industry with Catholic spirituality. His course, Catholic Mindfulness, employs the cutting edge research in the field of mindfulness and the spirituality of Abandonment to the Divine Providence to help attendees gain control of their mood, find inner healing, develop concentration, and enhance their creative faculties. 

Resources:

Catholic Mindfulness

Abandonment to Divine Providence

Headspace

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Catholic Creative Summit is officially on for March 23rd - 26th 2017. An exclusive summit in Dallas for 75 of the leading Catholic entrepreneurs, creatives, and media directors in the US. We will be sending out invites this week. If you want to learn more, go to www.ccsummit.xyz.

Thanks to Matt Pinto and his team Ascension Press for jumping on as our first premier sponsor. They have been stalwart supporters of Catholic Art and media, so we are grateful for all that they have been doing to support artists.

20. Michael "Gomer:" From Apologetics to Brokenness & Better Communication

In this show Anthony interviews a New Evangelization Expert.

His name is…
GOMER.

Michael Gormley, AKA Gomer, is one of the founders of the Catching Foxes podcast, and is all about human connection in ministry. His theology and approach to communicating about the gospel is touching, vulnerable, and convicting. 
The first sentence of his bio on his website reads: “Everyone is talking about the New Evangelization, but talk is not enough.”

In this podcast we talk about his transition from Apologetics to this new and compelling approach to evangelization, and we talk about how we as members of the church can improve in our ability to communicate about the gospel. 
 

Before listening to the podcast though (or perhaps while you are doing so) you can actually help the new evangelization along by voting at the Fishers Net Awards. If you don’t know what that is- it is an effort lead by Brian Holdsworth (Catholic Creative member) who put together an online awards competition and ceremony for good catholic media. The best media in the Catholic community has been nominated, and right now the polls are open for voting. You can vote for best Catholic websites, branding, use of social media, whatever. Go and send some cudos to the people who are doing this good work, and in doing so help to bring credence to their efforts to make the church more beautiful. www.bestcatholicwebsites.com

 


Resources

 

Poetry
As King Fishers Catch Fire:

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/44389

 

That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the comfort of the Resurrection:

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/44397

 

Comedy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UahqgK60vuk

 

Lay Evangelist:
http://www.layevangelist.com/

19. Erica Tighe - Handlettering, Alcohol, & Love

This conversation super awesome with the talented Erica Tighe. A lot of the people in the group are well known for their art in Catholic circles, but Erica really embodies that spirit of CC that seeks to be excellent in the secular world as well and operate in both spheres. 

She’s been featured in Goop, the Los Angeles party planning guide, the Fashion Magazine Elle, and Verily, the Christian women’s magazine. Erica is an awesome woman that you guys should all get to know because she’s also demonstrated how to make money doing what she loves. So this conversation we get into Erica’s story. How she went from being a missionary in Brazil to making a career in hand lettering, her recovery from alcoholism, how her time with Debtors Anonymous changed the way she dealt with money, and advice to other creators on pursing their craft in faith. This is one of those podcasts that’ll get you in the feels, so I hope you’re as moved and excited by this one as I’ve been.

Announcements:

The David Initiative, our collaboration with 4pm Media, Papercastle Records, Dave Moore, Robert Feduccia, and Gretsch instruments has launched. We will be giving away a ton of Gretsch equipment a single recorded by Paper Castle, a video from 4pm and now announcing our newest partnership with AbbyFest in Philly, the band that wins will lead worship for the mass at AbbyFest, travel and accommodations paid for in full. If you want to learn more about that go to www.davidinitiative.com, or if you want to get involved in the project, give us a shout through the website.

Resources:

Debtors Anonymous:
http://debtorsanonymous.org/

Jenna's Podcast
http://www.catholiccreatives.org/podcast/2016/4/25/04-jenna

Erica’s Site:
http://beaheart.com/

Skillshare:
http://skl.sh/29fArUK

Be A Heart Etsy Shop:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/beaheart