Joy Clarkson

is creating Podcasts about art, theology, and everything else that matters.

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A Cup of Tea

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Join this tier to receive you monthly instalment of the Joynal, On My Bedside Table, and Seasonal Playlists


In the Joynal share a little of myself with you, each month. Just thoughts and stories, dumb jokes I think are funny, books I’ve read that are filling my soul, ideas I’ve encountered that are changing my life. Those sorts of things.


In On My Bedside Table I share my monthly read-for-pleasure booklist, and what I liked, loved, learned, and hated. Be prepared to share yours with me too!

Pot of Tea

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$10
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Join this tier for all the prior benefits, in addition to monthly playlists, access to my discussion group, and secret podcasts!

You will also be a member of the Inklets, a weekly reading club where you'll receive weekly readings, access to secret podcasts, a space to discuss poetry, essays, and stories each week. Between Jan-March we'll be reading Sensing God: Experience the Divine in Nature, Food, Music, and Beauty.

In addition to receiving The Joynal and my monthly book list, you can subject yourself to my peculiar (dare I say, excellent?) taste in music with my occasional Seasonal Playlists.

You'll also have the benefit of the Patreon community at your fingertips; kindred spirits to share and discuss with.

The Tea Shoppe!

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$25
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This tier includes all of the other monthly benefits, but no additional benefits. I created it as an option for the few of you who have expressed a desire to be more generous in your monthly support. 

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About Joy Clarkson


Hello, friend,

If you've found this page, I assume you are a kindred spirit, hunting for beauty and goodness in this weary old world.
I'll guess you've already listened to the podcast, that we share a love of good, true, and beautiful things, that we're in the trenches of life together, seeking to "rejoice though we've considered all the facts" (Wendell Berry). I have a hunch that you care about cultivating your interior life, enriching your soul, becoming a source of wisdom and kindness for others. I also have a hunch you may know that I (Joy) am in the throes of finishing a Phd in Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Andrews University on the sparkling coast of Scotland.

If so, welcome to my Patreon. 

Patreon provides a platform for you to support my work and share in my journey toward completing a Phd.
You can find out more about each tier of Patreon through the tabs on the right, but first, let me tell you the story of how Patreon came to be, what I do on Patreon, and what you can expect from this community.

In 2017, passionate about the power of story and beauty to help shape us into well-rounded people who think with complexity and compassion about the world, I started Speaking with Joy. A brand new doctoral student in theology at the cusp of an academic career, I could never have imagined what a life giving force this podcast would become in my own life, deepening my convictions, strengthening my voice, and connecting me with kindred spirits all over the world.

But I also couldn't have imagined how much completing a doctorate would require of me: intellectually, emotionally, socially, financially. Completing a Phd can be a profoundly isolating experience. Conflicting forces pull you in two directions at once, toward the hurricane's eye of a research vortex on the one hand, and into the storm of training, presenting, and speaking to make sure you (and your CV) are ready to get a job when you're done. And while this storm rages you also have to work enough to eat, go to church, and sometimes even hang out with friends (lol it's 2020... who are we kidding?!).

It is no wonder Phd students are three times more likely than others to be anxious or depressed.

At the end of my first year, I realised that I needed financial support on this journey if I was going to be able to finish the Phd on time and maintain a modicum of sanity.

I knew I wanted to continue producing the podcast, but that I couldn't do that unless it became a source of income. I could not sustain producing the podcast, attending to my academic duties, and working to provide for my day to day needs. I trusted that if the podcast really were worth my time, a part of my calling, God would provide, and people would come alongside me; God did, and you have. Through the financial support of Patreon, I am able to continue my doctoral studies and the podcast.

I also had an inkling that I needed a network of support, encouragement, and prayers, something to anchor me, and keep the vision clear for why I do what I do, both in research and in the podcast. This was the support I didn't know to ask for, the gift I was surprised and delighted to be given. Over the past year, Patreon has become a source of immense encouragement to me, given me a place to more privately (than the internet, writ large) to recount the victories and challenges of my studies, a community of people who have cheered me on and given me ideas. 

In thanks for the financial and verbal generosity of my patrons on this site, I enjoy sharing fun bits of extra "content" (I really despise this vacuous word): a monthly newsletter (the Joynal!), playlists, secret podcasts, recipes, pictures, and short essays. And this year (2020), I've started a new endeavour: a reading and discussion club! Each week, I'll post a reading, a podcast on that reading, a short essay about it, and discussion questions. The readings will always be small, and available somewhere for free online. I started this after the wonderful success of this year's summer book club on Julian of Norwich. (you can retroactively read the posts if you join).

Generally speaking, the $2 tier involves playlists, Joynals, and booklists. And the $10 tier involves that AND the weekly secret podcasts.

My patrons are my podcast inner circle. The first people I'll tell when things are on the move. The people I'll ask for prayers. The people upon whom I'll premier writing ideas.

The patreon is not a "product" I produce for your purchase, it's a community of support, inspiration, and shared delight. I lean on my patrons, but I hope they enjoy stories and songs and ponderings I share in the leaning... and I love learning from you as well.

Well, I'm rambling (a very realistic depiction of my patreon posts), but I hope that has given you a sense of what this space is for. If it sounds like something something you'd enjoy, join in! I'd love to have you along for the journey.

Oh, and you're all going in the acknowledgements of my Phd.

Much love, friends.
Peace,
Joy
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I'll do an interactive Facebook live where I'll do a live episode, and let you all ask me questions. 
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 262 exclusive posts
64
Audio releases
40
Images
45
Links
2
Polls
74
Writings
70
Videos

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