Thorns and Thistles
In such uncertain times, there are certainly many difficult spaces for football/soccer athletes, coaches, and teams to navigate. Whether issues stemming from COVID-19 and lockdown, to sequestering for a month-long tournament to get back to soccer, or the racial tensions and strife that are rippling throughout US cities and around the world — just a normal day can be overwhelming — before adding all these things into the mix.
Where does a chaplain fit into the mix of that? And where and how does a chaplain to an elite women’s soccer team serve? Listen to today’s podcast to get special insight into the women’s game of soccer in the US and the work of a chaplain to help a team remember to find joy and care for one another..
In today’s From the Touchline episode, special guest, Portland Thorns Chaplain and Soccer Chaplains United’s own Christina Garber joins me to talk about the Thorns, the upcoming NWSL Challenge Cup tournament this weekend, and some of the unique challenges facing women in professional soccer.
From the Touchline is a short-feature (usually 10-15 min) podcast with Rev Brad Kenney, Founder and Executive Director of Soccer Chaplains United and Volunteer Chaplain to the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. Rev Brad and occasional guests touch on various issues around the topics of faith, family, and football (soccer).
Also, don’t forget that you can listen in our app, SoccrChapUtd, in the Apple and Google store.