What Friends Are For - Cultivating Community in the Age of Anxiety - 116


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By Jeff Manildi, Rev. Allen O'Brien, Rev. Bonnie Rambob, Pastor Casey Tinnin and Rev. Rajeev Rambob, Jeff Manildi, Rev. Allen O'Brien, Rev. Bonnie Rambob, and Pastor Casey Tinnin a. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

They say “that’s what friends are for,” but who are they and what is it? Finding and maintaining friendships seems like frustrating business for many of us: Jeff and Allen included. This episode asks whether it’s better to have a small group of close friends or a large group of ones further away, the possible limitations of our social brains, and more, before capping off with another “Top Three” segment about iconic duos.

Conversation on What Friends are For (01:02)

Top 3 Duos Segment (40:02)


From Our Conversation on What Friends Are For

From Our Top 3 Duos Segment

  • Allen’s Top 3 Duos:
  1. The Boy and the Giving Tree (from the book, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein - Amazon Affiliate Link)
  2. Frodo & Sam (from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien - Amazon Affiliate Link… also the films by Peter Jackson)
  3. Turk and JD (from Scrubs)

  • Jeff’s Top 3 Duos:
  1. Shawn and Gus (from Psych)
  2. Amy Poehler & Tina Fey
  3. Rob Dyrdek and Christopher "Big Black" Boykin (from Rob & Big)
  4. Honorable Mentions


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Jeff “Social Vampire” Manildi | co-host and producer | jeff@irenicast.com

Jeff is the husband to an incredibly strong woman and father of two captivating young ladies. He is currently the Director of Discipleship at a United Methodist church on the central coast of California. In addition to getting his B.A. in Theology, he also received his ordination through the prestigious online organization of The Universal Life Church whose alumni include the likes of Conan O’Brien and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Jeff loves all things that tell a story: people, movies, tv, music, comics, etc.

You can follow Jeff (@JeffManildi) on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter. Also check out Jeff’s other podcast Divine Cinema.

Allen “Meme Lord” O’Brien | co-host | allen@irenicast.com

Allen received his B.A. in Biblical Studies from The Master's College and an M.A. in Theology and Biblical Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, making him the illegitimate child of both conservative and moderately progressive evangelicalism. He has worked in church ministry since 2006 and is currently solo-pastoring at his local UCC congregation. When not ministering, Allen throws things to his border collie Sonata and writes for multiple platforms.

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