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Mark Yaconelli and the HearthWe are excited to announce the inaugural broadcast of the Hearth Radio Hour on Christmas Day, December 25 at 1 pm.

Founded by Mark Yaconelli on Valentine’s Day, 2010, the Hearth Community is a new model of community building based on personal storytelling, reflective listening, and community service. Once a quarter, a handful of local folks gather to tell a true story, first person, based on a theme.  Past themes have included: “Love Hurts,” “Tales from Childhood,” “Letting Go,” and “Wilderness Tales.” Each event includes live music (from bluegrass, to folk, to Celtic, to jazz) coordinated by Ashland fiddler Duane Whitcomb. The entrance fee is $5, and all proceeds go to charities based in Southern Oregon like the Ashland Emergency Foodbank, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Dunn House, Rogue Valley Farm to School, Ashland Hospital Hospice, and others.

The December 15 event at Temple Emek Shalom was a special fundraiser to expand the reach of the the Hearth Community to places beyond the Rogue Valley. If you miss the broadcast you can listen to the podcast below. For reasons of copyright and permissions, not all music and stories are included in the podcast. But you'll still get the feel of what it was to be in the room.


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