Persuasion 190 | Pursuing Wholeness in a Viral Age

Unless you’ve been offline or off planet, you are aware of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. It is the major historical event of our time, affecting everything from work and school to church and community. We are all scrambling to figure out how to live and operate under a new normal—one without a playbook to reference. With all the upheaval, each one of us faces challenges and sorrows; life will not be the same again. Our only option is to find ways to adjust and grow and find stable footing in the One who holds every tear and hears every cry.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson kick off their series titled Growing Viral: Well-Being in the Age of Corona. Each episode of the series will look at common ways we are responding and reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic and seeing how we can move toward wholeness. All six episodes from this series were released together today and are ready for listening. This introductory conversation parses out two aspects of the current pandemic. First, there is the pandemic itself and all the ways we’ve had to alter our lives because of it. Second, there is the social phenomenon and how the changes we’re forced to make are impacting our mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Our reactions and responses reveal much about us—what we value, what we believe, and even who we are. No two people will have the same reactions because no two people have the same set of circumstances or the same personality. All these things shape how we respond when a crisis hits. Even though these responses are unique, we are each gifted the chance to see what our responses reveal about us. Therein we will find opportunities for growth and wholeness—even in the midst of a pandemic. What can we learn about ourselves in this viral age? How can we find wholeness and well-being in the midst of a worldwide pandemic? Listen in for dialogue on questions like these as we pursue wholeness together. Then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

Your Hosts

Erin Straza: Web / Twitter
Hannah Anderson: Web / Twitter

Persuasion 190 Resources & Links

Enneagram Types Under Quarantine

TV Show Producers/Writer Scripts

“Nature of Apocalyptic Scenarios,” New York Times

Did you enjoy this episode of Persuasion? Give the whole series a listen!

Persuasion 190 | Pursuing Wholeness in a Viral Age

Persuasion 191 | Practicing Lament in a Viral Age, with John Starke

Persuasion 192 | Seeking Justice in a Viral Age

Persuasion 193 | Releasing Control in a Viral Age

Persuasion 194 | Finding Goodness in a Viral Age

Persuasion 195 | Looking Ahead in a Viral Age


Theme music by Maiden Name. Produced by Jonathan Clauson.

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