Thinking about Podcasting

Anyone out there do podcasting as part of your teaching? Let me know how you’ve used it and if it has worked for you.

Here it is: podcast-1

Help with a Course on World Religions

I received a grant from Xavier’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching to enhance my course: Comparative Religion. My plan is to include a service learning component. I’m thinking about contacting local churches and places of worship and ask if they’d like my students to teach a session or sessions about other religions to them so that the members might better understand other religions.

I am also thinking about creating a service learning project that can reach out to the community and in some way promote understanding and tolerance about various religious traditions. Any suggestions?

It’s Snowing in New Orleans!

Here’s Michael Homan on his way home.

Homan Headed Home

Here’s the Xavier sign:

Snow at Xavier

Here’s Baby Jesus:

Black Baby Jesus at Xavier

Update

I’ve listed previous posts below. I’ll try to update the site more faithfully.

Fall of 2007

My return to Xavier…finally!

LATEST NEWS!

I’m coming home, I’ve done my time!

I received my contract from Xavier last week so I’ll be back full-time in the Fall of 2007!

Reflections on the Dark Waters” A lecture I’m presenting at Concordia College on September 18th. More information is available here.
Mark Gstohl launches NoLaGrants.com!

I know that “MarkGstohl.com” seems a bit egotistical, but I’m using this site to help my friends and family keep up with what’s going on in my life. Since hurricane Katrina, my situation changes almost daily. I appreciate your prayers and concern.

July 24th 2006

Another update in July of 2006:

July 24th Update

Wow! I’ve got a lot going on right now. I finished the grant for United Way and sent it in on Monday, July 17th. I’m still under contract with them to write additional proposals until October 1, 2006. I started a new job at Odyssey House last week. I am a case manager for Katrina Aid Today, “helping Hurricane Katrina survivors identify sources of support, develop personal recovery plans, acquire access to services and take appropriate actions to become self-sufficient once again.” I’ll be teaching a course at Xavier this fall and a course at Tulane’s School of Continuing Education.

And…I got a scooter!


scoot

March 2006

Another March update:

March 8th Update Just a bit more on my job and this past weekend. I am working for the next few months at United Way writing a $5 million grant to establish an IDA program.┬áIndividual Development Accounts (IDAs) are matched savings accounts designed to assist low-income individuals and families with the acquisition of a first home, set up a business, or pay for college. It’s an exciting adventure that makes me feel like I will be making a significant contribution to the rebuilding of New Orleans.

This past weekend at the SWCRS meeting, I was elected vice-president of the American Academy of Religion Southwest Region. It’s a great honor. I’ll serve two years as VP and then two years as President. I’d like to thank Stacy Patty and my colleagues for entrusting the privilege of serving in this office to me.

March 2006

I wrote a grant for United Way. It kept me busy for a few months.

I’m Going to Work On Monday!

I’m looking forward to going to work on Monday, March 6th. I’ll be writing a grant for United Way of Greater New Orleans. ┬áI’m really excited about the project. The grant is due on June 15th so I’m still concerned about my employment after May, but I’ve been very busy so far and am looking forward to what will come next.

January 2006

This post was after spending four months in Nashville. It was a very difficult time for me.

I’m Heading Home, I’ve Done My Time!

I’ll be headed home for good on Friday January 27th! Although the time in Nashville has been very difficult, there are many folks who’ve made it more bearable for me. I’d like to thank Ellen Fanning of Vanderbilt who has been very helpful in providing resources for my research. John Thatamanil and his wife Lyn Fulton-John have helped me in so many ways that I cannot begin to thank them. I can’t wait to bring my wife and family to Nashville to meet them.

Crescent CafeThe group from the Crescent Cafe and Oyster Bar has been unbelievable! It’s really been a second home for me. T.C., Scott, and Scotty have listened to me whine and complain for four months. I honestly don’t think I would have made it here without you guys. Seriously. Y’all have been one of my life’s richest blessings. You have truly ministered to me. Jessie, Max, Adam thanks for the great food. You’ve always made me feel at home. Albert, who are you picking for the Superbowl?

Brad and Cole…I’ll really miss your music. When y’all get rich and famous you can by me drinks!

My First Update after Katrina

I’ve recently updated my website, but here is past information. This was my first update after Katrina:

The First Post

I am currently in Nashville working on a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Since October, I’ve been spending about three weeks here and then going home to New Orleans for a week or so. At the end of this month, I plan to head back to New Orleans for good. Please pray for us!

A Recap

Family: The family is doing ok. Logan is really enjoying Archbishop Shaw. He is doing very well academically and enjoys spending time with his friends. Bailey will go back to Lusher on Jan 17. That’s the school she has attended since first grade. It’s a great school and she’s really looking forward to it. She’s attended three schools this year! Carol is really making an impact at work, but she’s getting very tired of being a single mom. This has been a very tough time for her, but she’s done really well. I’m so proud of her and the kids! Matt is back at the University ofFlorida and like me, really misses home. I’m praying for him. I’m also very proud of how he’s handled this tough couple of years. Being with him was great at Christmas. I really miss him.

Extended Family: My mom and dad took us in during the storm. My mother-in-law and sister-in-law and her family in Tennessee really took care of us during the early days of Katrina. They kept us going as we watched our beautiful city being destroyed. My oldest brother and his wife have been one of my greatest blessings! My big brother calls and checks on me all the time. I have drawn much strength from our conversations. I have also been reunited with my other brother as he has also faced difficult times. I thank God for this.

Friends: My friends are dealing with many of the same issues that I am. It’s been such a difficult time for all of us. I’m very blessed to have good friends. Friends outside the New Orleans area have been so supportive! I cannot thank them enough for the phone calls, emails, and prayers.

Job: It seems that many of Xaviers students will return. I’m hoping that they will need me for the second semester that begins in June. If not, were going to have to make some very difficult decisions. Please pray for us. (Have I said that already?)

The House: It suffered very little damage. We hope to get a new roof soon because the FEMA blue roof is showing signs of wear.