Being Known
Pepper Sweeney and Curt Thompson

It is the desire of every human heart to be known and to know that we are still loved. 

That’s what the new Being Known podcast seeks to explore. Hosted by Pepper Sweeney and psychiatrist Curt Thompson, this podcast takes listeners on a journey of awakening to being fully known.

Curt Thompson has worked in the field of Christian psychiatry for many years. The author of two books dealing with relationships and shame, Thompson and his close friend Sweeney deliver an engaging podcast on a serious topic but filled with beautifully inspiring - and often humorous - stories. 

Being Known

"[I]t is through the telling of stories that both Thompson and Sweeney are convinced that we will best transform into our true selves and develop the courage to be known more by the people in our lives."

In fact, it is through the telling of stories that both Thompson and Sweeney are convinced that we will best transform into our true selves and develop the courage to be known more by the people in our lives.

In their conversations, the hosts delve into deep issues of the mind, such as longing and beauty, vulnerability, anthropology, the importance of emotions, and the fascinating field of neuroplasticity, the idea that the brain can actually physically change itself in order to heal our relationships.

Both Thompson and Sweeney come across as deeply caring people, and their deep friendship with each other is plain to hear as they both sometimes openly shed tears as they relay stories of their lives, often being extremely vulnerable about their own flaws. This only adds to the depth and authenticity of the show as one worth listening to by two people who know their craft and are deeply humble about it at the same time.

This podcast ultimately looks at what it means to be human from a Christian point-of-view (which is really the fullest point of view there is for the believer). As they delve into the issues, both Thompson and Sweeney educate, encourage, and occasionally challenge as they talk about their own deep desire to know and be known, and in the process be loved and connected.

Being Known is a podcast about finding meaning. The hosts realise that this is a lifelong journey and one that is to be taken with the utmost seriousness. The beauty of this podcast is seen in the fact that both hosts clearly try to live this out, and they do so with joyful humour in the process.

For those readers familiar with the work of Brene Brown, this podcast will occasionally resonate with some of her work. Brown spends much of her time looking at shame and vulnerability, and this is what Thompson and Sweeney do too, albeit from a specifically Christian point of view.

The difference with this podcast too is that Thompson in particular looks at how the brain impacts the way we relate to each other, and the fact that in the brain, the “neurons that fire together wire together”, meaning that, as mentioned above, the brain can physically change as we adapt the way we relate in our everyday lives.

If the goal of our individual lives is to become more conformed to the image of Christ, then this podcast goes a long way to helping the listener achieve that. Through their conversations, Thompson and Sweeney delve into the pleasant and unpleasant aspects of what it means to be human, and in the process lead us on a path to wholeness, healing and healthier relationships. Their desire is for the listener to be equipped to go out and, in their own words, “create and curate beauty and goodness in the world - together with our friends and, in our best moments, even our enemies - in every domain of life that we occupy”.

"If the goal of our individual lives is to become more conformed to the image of Christ, then this podcast goes a long way to helping the listener achieve that. Through their conversations, Thompson and Sweeney delve into the pleasant and unpleasant aspects of what it means to be human, and in the process lead us on a path to wholeness, healing and healthier relationships."

In the end, Thompson and Sweeney believe that “we are a people made for joy, for whom repairing ruptures is healing for our souls and our brains, and who are destined to create and become outposts of beauty and goodness, outposts of hope and healing for a world in which we experience fracture and disintegration far too often.” 

The Being Known podcast is a deep, reflective and insightful listen for people who want to go deeper into what it means to be formed into more Christlike character. It is for people who want to take the step of being vulnerable and know themselves more and in the process allow themselves to experience the fullness of life that Jesus offers.