All month long, Father Kevin Goodrich and his team at St. John's Episcopal Church have encouraged others to spread kindness in and around their community. Kindness comes in all shapes and sizes, and doesn't have to be a grandiose act of generosity. It could be something as simple as holding a door, or letting someone go ahead of you at the grocery store. There are an infinite number of ways to be kind.

Father Kevin and his church will be at the Dubuque Farmers Market on Saturday, July 29th behind their "Kindness Booth," which they hope will get the ball rolling on folks in Dubuque and the Tri-State area being even kinder to one another. They will be set up from 7am-12pm. St. John's is asking people to take the "Kindness Challenge" at the farmers market.

Father Kevin stopped by the studio this week to talk about what exactly comes with the "Kindness Challenge." It's quick, easy, and there's no pressure whatsoever:

So, it's pretty simple, we don't follow you up or ask 'did you do it?,' but you put your hand in a box, you take out a little slip of paper, and it has idea of how you can practice kindness within the next week or so.

I'll be broadcasting live from St. John's Kindness Booth at the Dubuque Farmers Market Saturday, July 29th from 8-11am on Y105. I pledged not only to take the Kindness Challenge, but take it live during the broadcast. Father Kevin joked that while he won't hold anyone accountable for the act they choose at random, in contrast, I'll be held accountable since people will have heard it over the air.

For St. John's, the Kindness Movement itself goes beyond the month of July. They've made the movement an indispensable part of their church and their practice:

St. John’s challenges everyone in the Dubuque area to practice intentional acts of kindness throughout your daily lives. We promote kindness, as a church, during our Kindness Weekends held throughout the year. - per St. John's Episcopal Church's website

Join Father Kevin Goodrich and St. John's Episcopal Church at the Dubuque Farmers Market this Saturday from 7am-12pm and commit yourself to taking their simple "Kindness Challenge." For more information on the event, listen to my interview with Father Kevin below.

St. John's Episcopal Church is located at 1410 Main Street in Dubuque.

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