Episode 146: Being Hope

Incarnational Ministry in the Midst of Racial Unrest and COVID-19 with Erin Sigmund

November 10, 2020

Being hope.

What does it look like when racial unrest and a pandemic are pushing in on your very way of life?

Instead of hope, you could get stuck in despair.

In this conversation with Erin Sigmund, Director of Discipleship at One Church in Louisville, Kentucky and seminary student at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, shares how her Connectedness talent theme is helping her see the big picture.

Erin candidly shares how her life, faith, and leadership are being shaped in the midst of a season of transformation. With humility and curiosity, she models the compassion and self-compassion required to be a white woman seeking to be an ally to her African American brothers and sisters. She confronts the challenges and messiness of being a leader in a multi-ethnic congregation all the while remaining steadfast in God’s promise of hope.

Explore with Erin how being open to changing your mind, altering your perspective, and being present to the person God places in your path can bring hope. From walking the streets of Louisville in prayer to joining in protests and confronting a cancel culture, Erin creates a space of hospitality for you.

Consider with Erin how you are God’s masterpiece.

Questions for Reflection

  • What is one place in your leadership you need to take a step back and look at the big picture?
  • What is one place in your leadership you need to lean in closer and look in the mirror at who God is inviting you to become?

Mentioned in this Episode

One Church Louisville Kentucky


Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

Beloved Toni Morrison

Stamped by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds


CliftonStrengths Mentioned in this Episode

  • Connectedness

People exceptionally talented in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links among all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has meaning.

  • Strategic

People exceptionally talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

  • Belief

People exceptionally talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their lives.

  • Maximizer

People exceptionally talented in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.

  • Individualization

People exceptionally talented in the Individualization theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how different people can work together productively.