In this episode Andrew talks about two separate birthday parties and how much he lives for those moments when food, wine, and conversation create a place for wonder and connection. Then, he recounts a conversation at the gym that started as overhearing a strained conversation between a black man and an older white man, and the subsequent conversation he had with the same man about the differing culture’s approach to hospitality. Finally, he gets off his notes and muses on the history and nature of hospitality as a default way of relating to people from Abraham and Homer to St. Benedict to his Southern side of the family.
“The Counter Position” is a new show by Andrew Whaley, founder of the apostolate Calix. Andrew brings his unique take on things from over 20 years of studying philosophy, theology, art, business, and design while processing those ideas daily over the bar in his coffeehouses with people of all walks of life, most of them being the unchurched/dechurched. Feverishly interested in everything, Andrew covers a wide array of topics, spiritual and otherwise, with his hallmark brand of edgy self-deprecating humor, intellectual speculation, and deep wonder. Interviews range from major Catholic figures and intellectuals to interesting characters with good story or an insight to bring. So, if you’re interested in a new form of Catholic radio, buckle up and tune in.