By Catherine McNiel and Ann Boyd

Catherine McNiel: Fearing Bravely

"Overcoming evil with good and with love — I can’t think of anything more active and intentional and subversive." — Catherine McNiel

Join us for this conversation with writer and theology student Catherine McNiel as we discuss the call to love our neighbor, what that call looks like in the world of academia, and the grace we need to get there.

Let me invite you into a conversation with Catherine McNiel — writer, theology student, and second time guest on the podcast. Catherine has just released a new book entitled Fearing Bravely: Risking Love for Our Neighbors, Strangers, and Enemies. In our conversation, we talk about Jesus’s call to love our enemies and the implications of this call on our lives today. We dig deep into the parable of the Good Samaritan and sift through issues of individual and systemic responsibility, and talk about the unique ways we can practice this element of faith in university and professional settings. The thing I love best about Catherine’s book and about our conversation is the way Catherine approaches this skill of loving others through a lens of spiritual formation, weaving it all together with practical exercises that enfold us in a place of spiritual safety. Catherine pastors her readers and listeners through this journey with great care, and at the very end, she even offers some fresh thoughts on loving others in relationship to Russia’s war on Ukraine, a world event that began just days before we recorded this episode.

So have a listen! We're so glad you're here.

— Ann Boyd

You can listen on iTunes or at All Shall Be Well: Conversations with Women in the Academy and Beyond. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

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About the Author

Catherine McNiel writes about the creative and redemptive work of God in our real, ordinary lives. She is the author of Fearing Bravely: Risking Love for Our Neighbors, Strangers, and Enemies, Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline, and All Shall Be Well: Awakening to God’s Presence in His Messy, Abundant World. Catherine studies theology while caring for three kids, two jobs, and one enormous garden.

Ann is the Women Scholars and Professionals Podcast host and the interim editor for The Well. She has worked for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship since 1997, exploring her interests in community, spiritual formation, and writing. Ann has a BM in Music Education from Northwestern University and lives in Chicago, Illinois with one husband, two spunky teenage daughters, and three snuggly cats. You’ll often find Ann baking sweet treats in the kitchen while listening to a podcast or audiobook.

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