Recording conversations with my father, a Presbyterian minister



Recording conversations with my father, a Presbyterian minister


My 95-year-old father, a Presbyterian minister and also a mission worker in the Philippines during the 1950s and 60s, is living under lockdown in a senior residence in Philadelphia. To ease his isolation, last summer I began recording conversations between him and his children. His mind is still sharp, his passions are strong, and his imagination just keeps expanding, perhaps more so because of his confinement in a two-room apartment. The conversations touch on many topics including the roots of his commitment to justice issues, Presbyterianism, his love for his family, and his views of the afterlife. To share these marvelous conversations, I created (with my father's consent) a podcast called Keeping Dad Alive. You can listen on your favorite podcast app and on the web at



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