How can the Church challenge polarization? - The Whole Church Podcast

Episode 190

How can the Church challenge polarization?

Have you noticed how polarized our culture has become both in and out of the church? Joshua Noel interviews Fr Aaron Wessman, author of "The Church's Mission in a Polarized World" and vicar general and director of formation for the Glenmary Home Missioners ( He has a PhD from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium in systematic theology, and is a guest lecturer at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.


What is polarization in simple terms? What is polarization in society? What does polarization mean in politics? What is polarization in psychology? What is polarization in ecclesiology? Have you lost contact family, friends, or other loved ones over cultural issues? Do you feel strained in your relationships at Church? How can we heal from division in our culture? Is the Church functioning as an agent of division or unity?


In this episode, we explore:

  • How polarization has impacted our whole society
  • How Catholic and Protestant believers can learn from each other
  • The purpose of missioners in the Catholic Church
  • What sets the Glenmary community different from other Catholic groups


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Joshua Noel

I am from Knoxville, TN. Grew up in Florida and Charlotte, NC. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies, am preparing to attend Law School at the University of South Carolina, have co-hosted "The Whole Church Podcast" with my best friend TJ Blackwell for four years, and I have been involved in local ministries for 15 years now. I'm pretty huge into hermeneutics, U.S. Constitutional Law, and Biblical theology, and my favorite TV show is "Doctor Who".

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TJ was born and now lives. He now co-hosts The Whole Church podcast

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