Our world runs on fear. The loudest voices tell you to be afraid of anyone who’s different. But there’s another way. And it starts with each of us. Love Anyway is an immersive storytelling podcast pushing beyond the simple narrative of “us vs them.” Join us as we explore how ordinary people in places like Iraq, Syria, the US, and on the frontlines of conflict where you live are making the extraordinary choice to love in the face of fear. Love Anyway is produced by Preemptive Love.
Preemptive Love team members just returned from northern Syria and give a firsthand account of the ongoing crisis caused by the Turkish offensive. They share how the violence against vulnerable communities, particularly the Kurds, is continuing, despite a so-called ceasefire along the Syria-Turkey border. In this breaking episode, our team unpacks what displaced people are facing weeks after the US troop withdrawal in northeastern Syria.
Preemptive Love is on the ground in Northeastern Syria. This is the biggest crisis we’ve seen at one time...and it’s getting worse. In this breaking episode, hear from our colleagues in the Middle East, who share what they’re seeing unfold.
What are mirrors and windows? And why are they important in our lives and the lives of our families? In our season two finale, we talk with Saira Siddiqui of Confessions of a Muslim Mom, along with Shawn Smucker, author of When We Were Strangers.
Join us for a candid conversation about talking to kids about race. Rapper and Preemptive Love's artist-in-residence Propaganda, and his wife, university professor Dr. Alma Zaragoza-Petty, share their experiences growing up as people of color, explore how they've talked about racism with their children, and speak into what they want white parents to know about humility and allyship.
How do we talk with children about very real, very scary topics like violence and war? Jessica and Jeremy Courtney talk about raising children in the midst of hard questions; clinical therapist Alyson Schafer talks about how essential it is to broach conversations around violence with openness and curiosity; and Preemptive Love staff Wendy Russ, walks us through what it was like to run for public office (and love her community well) as a parent in a small town.
Should kids be involved in shaping our communities? Should we shield children from news about violence and war? In this episode, we attend a vigil with the Oestreich family, who believes community involvement is a core family value.
Immigration is a complicated topic, even for adults. Some of us are afraid to say the wrong thing. Others of us fear those who are different. How do we talk about immigration with family members? With kids? On this episode, we start by listening.
Can kids be peacemakers? Preemptive Love founders Jeremy and Jessica Courtney share how living in Iraq has influenced how they raise their kids. With host Erin Wilson, they explore the ways culture, technology, and war changed their perception of parenting—and invite us all to enter into difficult conversations with the young people in our lives.
In the trailer for season two of the Love Anyway podcast, host Erin Wilson and Preemptive Love founder Jeremy Courtney share why it’s important to enter into hard conversations with all kinds of people—including kids.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the people and stories behind the Love Anyway podcast. Host Erin Wilson joins Ben Irwin, director of communications, for a casual conversation recapping season one with producer Kayla Craig.
This special bonus episode of Love Anyway features behind-the-scenes staff calls with Preemptive Love’s programs manager Jennifer Meyerson and donor relations coordinator Matt Malcom, discussing Preemptive Love’s time-sensitive response to what’s happening at the border between Mexico and the US.
They fled some of the world’s worst violence. Their future is uncertain. How can you stand in the gap for asylum seekers at the border?
How do you imagine life in Iraq? Meet four Iraqi millennials who are forging their own paths and busting stereotypes along the way. Laugh, cry, and discover what life looks like for young people in Iraq. And if your idea of Iraq is what you’ve seen on TV, you might be in for a surprise.
We travel with Matt Malcom to Tijuana to hear the stories of men, women, and children seeking safety at the US/Mexico border. Join us as we discuss the borders we build around our own hearts—and how we can dismantle them.
How do we move past fear? Travel with producer Kayla Craig and her pastor husband Jonny as they visit a mosque in the middle of Iowa. Hear from Saadia Qureshi about visiting a mosque as a non-Muslim. Join us as we explore how to open our lives and hearts to others in intentional ways.
Is love worth the risk? Join us as we follow Sadiq’s journey on another aid mission, one that brought food and water to a detention center holding captured ISIS fighters—yes, ISIS. Hear, in Sadiq’s own words, why, even when he came face-to-face with the man who gave orders that resulted in the murder of his friend, he chose to love anyway.
Experience one of the darkest, most-terrifying nights in Preemptive Love's history: The night our entire aid team was nearly killed. The night we were caught between an ISIS convoy and US air strikes that mistook us for the enemy.