Saturday, February 11, 2017

Knowing Me Ministries Episode 29 | Errors In Thinking Revisited


Michael revisits a topic that aired in episode 27 about Errors in Thinking. In episode 27 which aired on February 3rd, Michael discussed the signs he sees around Portland, Oregon and commented about he hears from people. He addressed the more subtle errors he see and hears.

 

Knowing Me Ministries Podcast Episode: 027

Title: Errors in Thinking on Homelessness

Host: Michael Davis

Podcast Producer and Post Production: Mary Anne Funk

Knowig Me Ministries Website


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Friday, February 3, 2017

Errors In Thinking About Homelessness


Knowing Me Ministries Podcast Episode: 027
Title: Errors in Thinking on Homelessness

Michael discusses the signs he sees around Portland, Oregon and comments he hears from people. He addresses the more subtle errors he see and hears.

Error In Thinking One: We need to move the homeless around from time to time so they will be motivated to change.

Reality: It does the opposite, Michael teaches. When you have to settle, pack and move on again and agin it creates disorientation and people give up. Having a comfortable spot as a human being helps us stay focused.

Error In Thinking Two: They are all so messy and trashy.

Reality: They don't have any more than the average homeowner, it is just that they live in a glass house, they don't have a way to hide their mess the way the rest of us do. Michael discusses the lack of garbage service and a lack of space to protect their belongings as homeowners have. Just because you can see it, doesn't make it worse than your own messes. Michael provides ways you can help.

Errors In Thinking Three: They Don't Want To Change. Michael often hears, “why do you help them, why should I help them, they don't want to change”
Reality: They do want to change, but they often feel stuck.
Michael suggests thinking about things you've had to change and times you've been unwilling to change or struggled to change. Michael shares his personal experience of being stuck in homelessness.

Solution: Trusting them that they want to change. Become a friend to them, help them realize their goals. Developing a relationship and asking them what do you want in life and how can I help you accomplish that.

Errors in Thinking Four: They are illegally camping. Michael gives the definition of camping and discusses what camping means and he questions the idea of illegal camping.

Reality: Camping is getting away from your every day life: they can't get away from their every day life.

Challenge to the listeners: Separate camping from surviving.people are not camping to understand that they are a community of humans trying to survive together and take care of each other. They are a community of survivors.

 


Knowing Me Ministries Podcast Episode: 027

Title: Errors in Thinking on Homelessness

Host: Michael Davis

Podcast Producer and Post Production: Mary Anne Funk

Knowig Me Ministries Website


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Friday, January 27, 2017

Beyond the Snapshot


Today's episode helps us to see beyond the snapshot that we take of someone when we first see them and the judgements we place on them at that moment. It helps us to see that there is more to a person than what you see in a single moment. Today's episode helps us to understand that change doesn't happen over night and if we truly want to help someone, we must be there for the long haul.

On today's podcast, Michael talks with his long time friend, Steve Fletcher

Michael and Steve met each other nine years ago when Steve was homeless and deep in his addictions. Meeting Michael was the most significant event that started him on the path of recovery, Steve told us. It was then that Steve's life began to turn around as Michael ministered to him in a way that made sense to Steve. 

Steve Fletcher shares his story with Knowing Me Ministries on today's podcast episode. Photo by Mary Anne Funk Steve talks about how his addictions affected his life, how it caused him to lose his job and how he became homeless. He talks about what his life was like before becoming homeless and he talks about that defining moment in which he put drugs down for good.

Two years ago, Steve found out he has liver cancer and without treatment he was going to die within six months. "Living was the first thing that crossed my mind", Steve said. "I'm not a statistic, I'm a human being."

While homeless, Steve stayed productive by working side jobs and helping others who were homeless. 

Steve shares his personal experience and understanding of how to help people who are homeless and who are into their addictions and Mike talks about how being a friend and being there over the long haul is important. It takes patience and a lot of love. 


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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Social Teachings of The Church: A 3 Part Series Episode 3


This is part 3 of a 3 part series in which Michael Davis and Charles Catterall discuss the lessons taught in the book: The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, which outlines what the Catholic Church teaches on issues of social justice.

This episode focuses on family and work.

In this series, we are looking into the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church which outlines what the Catholic Church teaches on issues of social justice. This three part series will give an overview of the book and then look at various subjects such as work and family, poverty and homelessness

 

Links associated with this series:

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace Amazon Page

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace: Vatican Website

St Therese Church of Portland, Oregon

 

Podcast Information:

Podcast Show: Knowing Me Ministries

Podcast Title: Social Teachings of The Church a three part series on The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Host: Michael Davis

Guest: Charles Catterall of St. Therese Church of Portland, Oregon

Producer, Audio Recording and Editor: Mary Anne Funk


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Thursday, January 12, 2017

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In addition to his weekly podcast episodes, once a month, Michael Davis from Knowing Me Ministries does an In The News podcast focusing on news about the homeless and homeless issues.

This month, Michael talks about a recent fire at Forgotten Realms, a community camp organized by homeless individuals in Portland, Oregon. The residents of Forgotten Realms have lived there for over a year, with the city government's knowledge. They put together a code of conduct that was required by the city. They have been helpful in the neighborhood. A faulty heater, caught one of the resident's dwelling on fire and it spread to a neighbor's house.  After the fire, the city began the process of "sweeping" displacing the resident's of Forgotten Realms. An accidental fire by a faulty heater, has caused the total eviction of Forgotten Realms. Michael addresses the double standard's we have as a society. If a fire broke out in your neighbor's garage, would your entire housed neighborhood be forced to move?

 

Also in this episode, Michael discusses the supposed ending of veteran homelessness in Portland, Oregon.

Upon finishing local news, Michael turns the discussion to what is happening to our houseless communities throughout the United States.

Michael urges all of us to get involved in our communities helping the homeless. You can do this by helping someone who is homeless, helping community organized camps with what they need or donating resources to organizations helping people who are homeless in your community.


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Friday, January 6, 2017

Social Justice and how it can be carried out in our world


Social Justice and how it can be carried out in our world.

This is part 1 of a 3 part series in which Michael Davis and Charles Catterall discuss the lessons taught in the book: The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

This episode focuses on liberation and social justice, what the book addresses and teaches about both topics, and how we can carry out social justice in our world. They talk about the Church who put together the compendium and what the Catholic Church is doing to get this teaching out there.

Michael gives a break down of the book while discussing the topics addressed in the book. Charles talks about what strikes him most from the book. Together they talk about solidarity, living together in our communities, social justice, liberation and more. They talk to the listener on how to get the book and how to put what they have discussed into practice.

Links associated with this episode:

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace Amazon Page

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace: Vatican Website

St Therese Church of Portland, Oregon

Knowing Me Ministries Website

 

 


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Monday, January 2, 2017

Empowering The Poor | Knowing Me Ministries Weekly Podcast


In this episode, Michael Davis talks with Matt Cato, who works at the office of Life, Justice and Peace for The Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon. The office is responsible for the social justice element of the catholic faith. They educate on what this element teaches so they can build a just world. One of the elements is no-one is more important than another: everyone is invited to the table. 

Michael's discussion with Matt Cato is about empowering the poor and going into detail about what solidarity is about and the importance of addressing the root causes of poverty. 

Link associated with this episode:
Knowing Me Ministries - http://www.knowingmeministries.org
Office of Life, Justice & Peace with the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon
https://ljp.archdpdx.org/

Links to organizations mentioned within this episode discussion:
Community Alliance of Tenants - http://oregoncat.org/
Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good (MACG) - http://iafnw.org/macg

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odcast Information:
Host: Michael Davis
Guest: Matt Cato of the Office of Life, Justice & Peace with the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon.
Producer and Editor: Mary Anne Funk


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Saturday, December 24, 2016

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In today's podcast, Mike interviews our producer's husband, Mark Funk. Mark is a Portland, Oregon resident and tile setter. His job takes him all over Portland. Mike talks with Mark about his interactions with the houseless community, about his opinions on how the government is handling homelessness in our area and his opinion on how people are treated who are homeless by the city and by others in our community.

 

Along with using his skills to provide for his family, Mark also donates his time and skills to helping people who are homeless.

 

 


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