On a Mission, Episode 11: Cameron Bellm

Today I’m talking with Cameron Bellm. About a year ago, she started publishing her writing on Instagram- and, y’all, it blew up!

She started publishing prayers during the Pandemic of 2020… they resonated… and they were shared and repurposed all over the world. She collected those pandemic prayers in an ebook. And now she’s writing a hardcover book. It’s about paying attention as a spiritual practice and being a contemplative in action. It will be out in hard copy in March 2022. 

She’s a writer, scholar, and mother who lives in the Seattle area. We talk about Russian literature, not needing to be God’s lawyer, and discerning what is ours to do. I think you’re going to love a sneak peek into the spirituality of such a sincere and thoughtful human being. 

Episode 33: Episode 33: Preaching Hope with Kayla August On a Mission

Kayla August is a vibrant, up-and-coming leader in the U.S. Catholic community. Maybe you heard her preach on Christmas Eve 2020 on Catholic Women Preach. Maybe you heard her speak at the 2021 FutureChurch Feast of St. Mary of Magdala. Maybe you heard her just last month at Saturdays with the Saints at Notre Dame University speaking about Thea Bowman. Like I said, she’s all around. Currently, Kayla is pursuing a doctorate in Religious Education with an emphasis in preaching. You might find yourself asking *why* would a Black, Catholic, U.S. woman pursue such a degree? You’ve got to hear her answer to that question. She is flying on faith, and she reminds us that journeys are one step at a time. Listen for Kayla’s distinction between evangelization and proselytization, the importance of sitting in gratitude, and how to love a Church that doesn’t always love you back. Links we talked about in the episode:Boston College School of Theology and MinistryDr. Sr. Jamie PhelpsKayla August preaches for Christmas Eve Kayla August at Notre DameDiscerning DeaconsSister Thea BowmanKayla speaking at Saturdays with the Saints on Thea BowmanKayla’s bio page on Boston CollegeSupport the podcast at buymeacoffee.com/molleen
  1. Episode 33: Episode 33: Preaching Hope with Kayla August
  2. Episode 32: Episode 32: Catholic Climate Covenant with Anna Robertson
  3. Episode 31: Episode 31:: Priestess with Erin Duffy-Burke
  4. Episode 30: Episode 30: Modern Catholics with Maureen Day
  5. Episode 29: Episode 29: Beauty in Broken Places with Elizabeth Bowler

She mentions Greg Boyle, a Jesuit priest who established Homeboy Industries has written two fabulous books: Tattoos on the Heart and Barking to the Choir. 

Read more from Cameron! 

Follow her on Instagram: @krugthethinker

Her praying the news prayer guide

Her ebook: Prayers for a pandemic

Her monthly prayer column for the Jesuit Conference. Here is the latest one!

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