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RELATE | The Podcast

Thanks for checking out the RELATE podcast, where we explore how to do life better by building better relationships. Join host Casey Sundstedt and friends for a conversation about all things relationship—friendships, co-workers, marriage, family, and more. You’ll be challenged and encouraged by fresh concepts that make your relational world richer and more rewarding. 

Don't know where to begin with your group? Check out this guide to the seasons to find the right place and topic for you to jump in and engage.

 

Listen to the RELATE Podcast on iTunes—or search "Relate Podcast" wherever you find your podcasts! 

To see ALL of the Relate Podcast episodes, including the current season, click here

Don't have iTunes? Click the links below to listen! 

 

SEASON ONE: ORIGINS

Unpack how your past has impacted your present—and learn to navigate your family of origins. 

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Episode One: When Your Past is Present

Episode Two: How to Spot When Your Past is Present

Episode Three: Beautiful Beliefs

Episode Four: Healing the Negative Inputs in Our Stories

Episode Five: Why We Need Others to Help Use See Our Stories Clearly

Episode Six: Tools for Maximizing Both the Beautiful and Broken Parts of our Stories

 

SEASON TWO: THE ME IN WE

What does your current relational world look like? There’s a lot of information out there about how to be a good friend, but have you ever considered how to also honor yourself and your needs in relationships? Join the RELATE Podcast for season two, “The Me in We,” and learn how you can become more aware of how you influence your relational world. We’ll give some tips on how to balance being a great friend while making room in the relationship for our friends to care for us. Season two of the RELATE Podcast picks up at Episode Seven!

View discussion questions in the show notes for each episode.

Episode Seven: The Me in We | Approaching Friendships in Adulthood with Intentionality

Episode Eight: Do My Needs Count in the Relational Equation?

Episode Nine: How to Get What We Want: Connection in Relationships Without Forgoing Our Own Needs

Episode Ten: Approaching Your Current Relational Realities with Intentionality

 

SEASON THREE: WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT? TURNING DISAPPOINTMENT INTO DEEPER CONNECTION

Relationships bring us joy, support and connection, but the unavoidable truth is that they also often bring us disappointment. Season 3 of the Relate Podcast helps us to identify ways we are experiencing a gap between what we hoped for and what we are currently experiencing in our relationships. We will also identify some useful tools that will help us lessen the gap. Addressing our disappointment can be scary but we discuss how to proceed so that it can ultimately bring us closer to what we really want: deeper connection with those we love. This season ends with a festive and fun live podcast recording with special guest Albert Tate where we discuss how to navigate awkward conversations with our families at the Holidays.

View discussion questions in the show notes for each episode.

Episode Eleven: Turning Disappointment into Deeper Connection

Episode Twelve: Getting Clear On What is Behind Our Disappointment in Relationships

Episode Thirteen: Two Guardrails to Keep You on the Road to Having a Helpful Conversation

Episode Fourteen: Handling Awkward Conversations--Holiday Edition

BONUS! Episode Fifteen: A Relate Family Christmas

 

SEASON FOUR: NEW YEAR, NEW YOU? 

This season, we explore why we make—and often don’t keep—New Years’ resolutions. Discover how the most powerful thing we can do is learn to love ourselves and cultivate healthy change
throughout each stage of life.

Episode Sixteen: Time for Resolution and Change... Or Not?

Episode Seventeen: How to Avoid Common Pitfalls When Making Resolutions

Episode Eighteen: Ready to grow? Discover how to pursue change in a healthy, kind and lasting way

Episode Nineteen: Not all helpful motivators for growth are lovely

Episode Twenty: A Strategy For Ensuring Success As We Seek To Make Change

 

SEASON FIVE: RELATIONSHIPS IN A PANDEMIC

Episode Twenty-One: Staying Emotionally Healthy During Covid-19

Episode Twenty-Two: Staying Emotionally Healthy During Covid-19 - Part 2

Episode Twenty-Three: Mother’s Day Expectations (during a global pandemic)

Episode Twenty-Four: Father's Day & Building Intentional Relationships With Your Kids

 

SEASON SIX: LIFE'S INTERRUPTIONS

Often when we have “micro-losses” we tend to think we can just pull ourselves up and keep going, business as usual. But these smaller losses in our life tend to add up, leaving us with a general feeling of sadness. In this season we discover that sadness is really grief that needs our attention in order to be able to be healed. Sometimes as Christians we have received conflicting messages about grief but we explore the truth that it is not just okay to grieve, but our grief actually brings us closer to the heart of God.

Episode Twenty-Five: What to do When Little Losses Add Up to A Lot

Episode Twenty-Six: The Dangers of Moving from Sharing to Comparing

Episode Twenty-Seven: When Our Grief Brings Us Closer to the Heart of God