#whatspercolating: Podcast keeps youth ‘freshly brewed’ in their faith

MADISON -- "I love 'Freshly Brewed.' Topher, Lindsay, and Sara are the perfect combination."

Like most trends and anything else that is "cool," the youth, like the one quoted above, are on top of the latest creation of awesome for teens in the Diocese of Madison.

It’s a podcast, or "pod" -- following the common pattern of young people shortening words to make them their own.

A podcast is defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as "a program (as of music or talk) made available in digital format for automatic download over the Internet."

"Freshly Brewed" is exactly that. Each weekly installment is a chance for youth leaders in the diocese to "inspire our youth and spread the good word about what's going on," said Lindsay Becher, who works in youth formation in the Diocese of Madison's Office of Evangelization and Catechesis.

Staying connected

Becher co-hosts the show with Sara Zeman -- intern for Love Begins Here (LBH) mission trips for youth in the diocese — and Chris "Topher" Aderhold -- assistant director of Camp Gray, the diocesan camp located near Baraboo.

All three have known each other for years through Camp Gray, LBH, and other youth events and activities in the diocese.

The idea to start a podcast came from a camp conference Aderhold and Becher attended last spring.

The hope was to create podcasts to stay connected to teens after they leave camp or finish LBH for the summer.

"Our podcast is a way for us to continue reaching out to them throughout the year and continue to be a source of inspiration," said Zeman.
continue at Madison Catholic Herald

Hmm, I'll have to tune in.

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