On a Mission

Molleen Dupree-Dominguez

This is a space where I get real and go deep with my guests. They are all folks who are living out their callings, paying close attention to their lives, and each doing so with special flair. I’m your host Molleen Dupree-Dominguez. I’m a minister, teacher, writer, and general people-enthusiast, and I can’t wait to share some of these thought-provoking people with you- folks who are ready to get real and go deep.

Episode 32: Episode 32: Catholic Climate Covenant with Anna Robertson
Oct 11 2021
Episode 32: Episode 32: Catholic Climate Covenant with Anna Robertson
You know how sometimes you hear someone talk about climate change… global warming, the island of plastic in the ocean, the destruction of forests around the globe, all that stuff and you feel just so weighed down, guilty, and well, hopeless? Get ready for a hope firehose…Anna Robertson is the Director of Youth and Young Adult Mobilization for Catholic Climate Covenant. The Covenant is an arm of the United States Catholic Bishops whose mission is to help Catholics respond to the Church’s call to care for creation and care for the poor. Anna tells us how Catholic Climate Covenant can help you connect to transformative work in your neighborhood and offer resources for your already existing group. She also points out that so often we are told what to say “no” to when it comes to climate change, wait til you hear what she says we need to say ‘yes’ to. Bottom line is this: you are not the only one who has hoped to be more responsive to the climate crisis and has felt like your efforts are not adding up to much. Anna is about to lay down some practical and mystical ways to be present to the pace of nature, be attentive to the movements of God, and find what she calls ‘credible hope’ in the midst of this climate-related mess. Links we talked about in the episode:Catholic Climate CovenantSign up for the Covenant’s newsletterLaudato Si’Seven themes of Catholic Social TeachingCredible hopeLaudato Si’ Action PlatformGodsplanet.usBethlehem FarmSupport the podcast at buymeacoffee.com/molleen
Episode 29: Episode 29: Beauty in Broken Places with Elizabeth Bowler
Sep 20 2021
Episode 29: Episode 29: Beauty in Broken Places with Elizabeth Bowler
** Trigger warning ** the stories in this episode include intimate partner violence, suicidality, and other traumas related to being unhoused. Please take care of yourself as you listen and consider skipping this episode today if these subjects will trigger you.Elizabeth Bowler is a social entrepreneur in Oakland. After being away from the California Bay Area for many years, she was shocked upon her return to see the massive explosion in the homeless population. Volunteering at a youth homeless shelter blossomed into a spiritual journey for her that I can’t wait to share with you. Listen up for Elizabeth’s philosophy on being in relationship with people who have been traditionally excluded from mainstream society. Hers is a story of social entrepreneurship yes - and also a story of being an attentive witness of the divine at work in the world. Listen in. Links we chatted about in the episode:hort.culture on InstagramSupport hort.culture on Venmo @hort_cultureCovenant House CaliforniaPema ChodronFather Greg BoyleRichard RohrEckhart TolleMy conversation with Elizabeth got me thinking about those things that happen to us in life that bring us down to the ground. Elizabeth talks about stories that bring you to the ground. And I’m struck by why we are brought down to the ground- that the ground is an appropriate receptacle for our grief, our outrage at injustice, our astonishment at the tender and vulnerable humanity of one another. The ground holds us up when we can no longer hold ourselves up - or are ready to give up the illusion that we ever held ourselves up. Join me in continuing to ponder this mystery. Thanks for listening to On a Mission. Find all of the details about this episode at molleendupreedominguez.com While you’re there make sure you sign up for my weekly email newsletter, which contains prayer tools, cool stuff to read, and links to other progressive, faith-based stuff around the internet. Try and review this podcast wherever you listen. Today instead of asking you to give money to this podcast, I’m asking you to contribute to the work of hort.culture find them on Venmo @hort_culture or at the link in this episode’s show notes.
Episode 22: Work, Motherhood, and Spirituality with Maureen Dunn Fetscher
Feb 7 2021
Episode 22: Work, Motherhood, and Spirituality with Maureen Dunn Fetscher
Well, I did something different this week. See, I reached out to my old friend, Maureen Dunn Fetscher, to talk about her business, Mata Traders. We were best pals in middle school and then went separate ways for a long time. We’ve been in very loose touch, but we circle back about every 10 years… and this is our 10-year circle back. Maureen went on to become this impressive fair trade entrepreneur. She established her company, Mata Traders, almost 14 years ago in Chicago. The company has partnerships with women’s cooperatives in India and Nepal and sells their clothing and jewelry here in the U.S. It’s such a cool story. She spent her 20s and 30s building this business, which is thriving and doing so much good in the world. Simultaneously, she has evolved now into the role of managing partner and has hired a new managing director to run the day-to-day operations of the business. So, hers is actually a story of what happens after you’ve worked your tail off in your 20s and 30s and are ready to evolve. Also, p.s. she now has three kids - an 8 year old and twin 15-month-olds.And Maureen reached back to me to suggest that we have a different kind of podcast - instead of me just interviewing her, she wanted to record our conversation. That is, a back-and-forth of me asking her questions but also her asking *me* questions. So that’s what we did. What you’re about to hear is really an unscripted conversation between two women who were middle school friends about 30 years ago catching up on work, motherhood, and spirituality. I hope you enjoy listening! Find complete show notes at www.molleendupreedominguez.com
Episode 20: Episode 20: Owning Your Value with Neha Sampat
Jan 24 2021
Episode 20: Episode 20: Owning Your Value with Neha Sampat
Today we’re talking to Neha Sampat. She is the Chief Executive Officer , founder, coach, and consultant at GenLead|BelongLab, where she focuses on building belonging and true inclusion. She is an expert on Imposter Syndrome and internalized bias, generational diversity, and BELONGING. “Cool, Molleen. How do you know her?” The short answer is that we were introduced by a neighbor - we live in the same city… now. And it turns out - we lived in the same city 30 years ago when we were both growing up in Naperville, a large suburb of Chicago. We didn’t know each other then, but connecting about our “Naperville experiences” is an illustration of the impact of belonging. Spoiler alert: her experience as a brown-skinned child of recent immigrants from India and *my* experience as a white-skinned Irish-looking girl with two U.S.-born parents were a LOT different. It’s all about belonging and not-belonging - a subject upon which Neha is now a professional expert. She is a belonging strategist and offers her skills to companies about how to foster cultures of belonging in their workplaces AND she works with individuals to coach them in finding belonging at work, at home, and - most importantly, she says - within themselves. You are going to love her practical advice for unearthing your own power, her encouragement to go deep with your emotional courage, and how to foster communities of inclusion wherever you find yourself. Listen in. Find complete show notes at www.molleendupreedominguez.com
Episode 19: Episode 19: Getting Real with Gabrielle Blair
Jan 17 2021
Episode 19: Episode 19: Getting Real with Gabrielle Blair
Today we are talking with Gabrielle Blair. You might know her from blogging and social media as Design Mom. She is a powerhouse in the world of blogging and design. She has six (!) children and currently lives in Normandy, France where she’s renovating a couple of properties, blogging many times a week, and basically killing it as an entrepreneur. In our conversation, we talk about Mormonism 101, her personal spirituality, and her take on divisive political issues. Listen along as Gabrielle takes us on a basic sex ed class emphasizing how to prevent unwanted pregnancies (and she’s the mother of 6 - we best listen). We go behind the scenes of the writing and publication of her pieces about gun violence, dealing with Trump supporters, plus - don’t miss why she says men have zero interest in lowering the number of abortions in the United States. Trigger warning: we talk about suicide within the LGBTQ+ community and gun violence in the U.S. and also the impact of guns in suicide Also - a warning - this podcast talks about adult topics like abortion and gun violence. Parents, I encourage you to exercise caution when deciding whether to listen within earshot of the young ones. Learn more about MormonismRead about the Mormon Patriarchal BlessingMy Twitter Thread on abortionTwitter thread on guns not being the answer to protecting your familyDefund the policeHey Trump Supporters: I Don’t Make Content For YouForgiveness post What Are Your Thoughts on a Female God? Follow Gabrielle @designmom on Instagram and Twitter.  Find complete show notes at www.molleendupreedominguez.com