Rebekah Gordon is an Ernest C. Hynds intern at Good Faith Media. She currently works with youth, college students and young adults at a church in Raleigh, North Carolina.

  1. What story, verse or passage from your faith tradition’s sacred texts has significantly influenced / shaped your life?

My favorite passage of Christian Scripture is from Philippians 4:8-9.

It says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

There is always something to be joyful about. There are always good things to be done.

  1. Who are three people (other than your family) who have shaped your life and worldview? And why?

Barbara Brown Taylor – For helping me fall in love with faith-filled literature and reminding me that darkness is not dark to God.

My youth minister, Danny Steis – For helping me understand the power of my voice, compassion and inclusion of others and for encouraging me to use all of those things in my life.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg – For standing up for women and being an alla-round boss.

  1. List three of your “desert island” books, movies or TV shows.

All the Harry Potter books and movies (that counts as one, right?), a lovely little book of prayers called Wonder, Fear and Longing by Mark Yaconelli and either Jurassic Park or A Walk to Remember; it would have to be a last-minute decision.

  1. What is one of the most critical issues people are facing today?

I think people are lonely. Technology and culture have made it difficult to authentically connect to others and to vulnerably spend time with God.

  1. What are a few of your hobbies?

I like yoga, hiking and kayaking, but I also like eating, craft beer and watching Netflix. I like to think they even each other out!

  1. If you could freeze your life into an already-lived 10 seconds, what would they be?

Watching my mom play with my nephew in Toronto on the last vacation we got to take with her. She was always smiling her biggest when she was with him.

  1. Our tagline at Good Faith Media is, “There’s more to tell.” What’s your “more to tell”?

There’s also always “more” to a person. Give people a chance, hear more of their stories and be kind.

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