In Layman's Terms

 

About Todd 

Todd serves as communications director for the Great Plains Conference of The United Methodist Church and is a participant in Lay Servant Ministries. He has served in his current role since February 2015. Prior to that, he served as a journalist with Gannett Co. Inc., for 20 years, the last 14-plus years as executive editor of Spectrum Media in St. George, Utah.

 

 

 

 




This podcast, hosted by Todd Seifert, explores concepts of discipleship by telling the stories of a person, a congregation or even a community. Some episodes feature interviews. And some involve Todd providing reflections on scriptures from the Bible. 

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Featured Episodes

Response to Racism

In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis — and following our previous episode titled "Black Lives Matter," we explore how people can respond to help end racism. In this episode, we talk openly about what white people can do to help, and we explore what it means when we say "white privilege," how to educate ourselves and other ways to help bring about change — from stopping racist chatter at the water cooler to speaking up to casting ballots.

Our featured guests are the Rev. Junius Dotson and the Rev. Steve Spencer. We also talk to the Revs. Kyle Reynolds, Portia Cavitt, Dee Williamston and Pastor Ronda Kingwood.

This episode debuted June 24, 2020.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Lives Matter

The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day weekend 2020 sparked outrage. Video of the incident shows a police officer with his knee pressed down on the man's neck for almost nine minutes.

In response, people have taken to the streets in protest. They are voicing their anger and telling their stories.

This episode aims to tell the story of the African-American experience through the words of six black pastors in the Great Plains Conference: Rev. Dee Williamston, Rev. Dr. Kevass Harding, Pastor Ronda Kingwood, Rev. Robert Johnson, Rev. Portia Cavitt and Rev. Kirstie Engel.

This episode debuted June 6, 2020.

 

This episode, which told the story about rebuilding the destroyed town of Greensburg, Kansas, was the debut episode for "In Layman's Terms," and it won the "best in class" award — the top award for the denomination — in the audio category in the 2019 United Methodist Association of Communicators awards contest. Download and listen to the episode here.

 

Adapting Worship

This series examined how pastors and churches adapted their worship services and pastoral care during the COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying stay-at-home orders in Kansas and Nebraska.

 

Lenten Series

During Lent in 2020, Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr., episcopal leader of the Great Plains Conference of The United Methodist Church, was the featured guest for a special series of episodes that explored the seven final sayings of Jesus from the cross.

 

Podcast Archive

More episodes, including Bible reflections, are available on Todd Seifert's website.