Listening for God Word's through prayer, scripture, and reflection

Following Jesus involves maintaining a posture of openness towards the presence and activity of God. To do this, Christians align themselves to God through prayer, patiently look for God’s healing presence in the world, and engage with scripture. These practices acknowledge that God works today and has throughout human history. When engaging with Christian scriptures, it is helpful to recognize how particular cultural and historical contexts shaped them, while also recognizing that they were informed by the divine presence. There is a tendency to mishandle scripture, either by ascribing to it infallibility or by letting its fallibility dissuade us from engaging with it. Recognizing that God’s presence inhabits forms that are less than perfect frees us to find God woven throughout all of life
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Pulpit Fiction Podcast

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Convergence Network

Pulpit Fiction Podcast: Lectionary Podcast for Preachers, Seekers and Bible Geeks

Robb and Eric met in class at Eden Theological Seminary, got to know each other while playing volleyball on Eden's church league team, and became friends after the games over pizza, wings, beer, and Police Trainer at Smugala's.  

Robb and Sarah and Eric and Nina spent almost every weekend together while they were in seminary, and are still able to get together every once in awhile.  This picture was taken over Thanksgiving weekend, 2013.  They share a common passion for justice, mercy, and an abiding love for Jesus.  They also a share a love for good scotch, the Bears (we won't talk about baseball), Anchorman, The Office, and Star Wars.
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Matthew 19:26 Artwork

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Franklin Fong

Matthew 19:26

Beautiful artwork by Father Franklin Fong and the Franciscan Friars of Santa Barbara illustrating Matthew 19:26 — "With God all things are possible."...

Parker Palmer: FIVE HABITS OF THE HEART

COMMENTARY  |  Parker Palmer

Parker Palmer Five Habits of the Heart
http://www.couragerenewal.org/habitsoftheheart/
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CELTIC CROSS

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Philosophy and Worship by James K. A. Smith

WORSHIP  |  This We Affirm

Litanies and Prayers- Ken Sehested

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Ezekiel 37:1-14

The Worst Resurrection Story

SERMONS  |  Sam Altis

John 21:1-14

http://www.crosswalknapa.org/blog/2017/4/28/the-worst-resurrection-story

The Resurrection Story can be told in many ways. ...

Breathed to Breathe

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

John 20:19-25

http://www.crosswalknapa.org/blog/2017/4/23/breathed-to-breathe

You are loved by God, animated by the very breath of God to carry you through, so that you may breathe life into people and situations where death threatens in myriad forms. 
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Jesus and HomoSexuality

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Gen 2:20-25, Romans 1:18-27, 1 Timothy 1:10, Leviticus 18:22 20:13

http://www.crosswalknapa.org/blog/2017/3/11/jesus-and-homosexuality

Think about this statement: Loving, covenanted, same-gender sexual expression can be compatible with being a committed follower of Christ....

The Woman Behind Textweek

WORSHIP  |  This We Affirm

https://www.faithandleadership.com/woman-behind-textweekcom

Faith of a women that made a difference when her son had Autism

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans

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Interdependence Day Independence Day

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Deuteronomy 10:17-21; Psalm 145; Hebrews 11:8-16; Matthew 5:43-48

http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/stw/2013/06/13/independence-day-2013/

Interdependence Day and Independence Day

Independence Day, let’s also think of it as “Interdependence Day”; a day when we celebrate not only being free from unjust rule but also a day when we commit ourselves anew to extending liberty and justice to everyone who seeks it, without partiality.
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Sustaining Hope in the Face of Climate Change

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/sustaining-hope-face-climate-change

Climate Change Video with three different Protestant Churches...

Blessing When the World is Ending

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

http://paintedprayerbook.com/2016/07/18/blessing-when-the-world-is-ending/

Artwork By Painted Prayers Jan Richardson
Beautiful artwork and creative ideas for ministry...

Blessings For Getting The News ArtWork

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

http://paintedprayerbook.com/2016/07/27/blessing-for-getting-the-news/

Artwork and Poetry "Grace In The Dark"
When we get news from someone, death or other, this artwork touches a sweet place for the heart. Jan Richardson- poem as well. ...

TEACHING GUIDE TO VIOLENCE- FRANCE

SMALL GROUPS  |  This We Affirm

Psalm 10

https://faithelement.net/nice-france-teaching-guide/

A teaching guide and Resource on violence that had happened in France
Great Questions and How to discuss the Violence. ...

Not Like Me: A one person monologue to use in worship

WORSHIP  |  This We Affirm

http://sacredise.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/NotLikeMe.pdf

Creative ways to Worship with a Monologue

Not Like Me: A one person dialogue ...

You Are What You Eat: The Body of Christ

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

John 6:51-52, Ezekiel 3:1-4

http://sacredise.com/articles/articles-title/you-are-what-you-eat/

John van de Laar writes about mindful eating, communion and Ezekiel 3....

Podcast: Interfaith: Jesus, Buddha, Mohammad, Christopher Columbus

COMMENTARY  |  Brian McLaren

http://mcconline.org/series/brian-mclaren/

A Podcast on Interfaith dialogue...

Comparalized: How You Feel About Others

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

John 21: 18-22, I Peter 4: 12-16,

http://www.crosswalknapa.org/blog/2017/5/14/comparalyzed

Pete Shaw of Crosswalk Church in Napa looks at how easy, and unhelpful, it is to compare ourselves to others....

Finding Prayer Again

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

From sojourngrace.com:

"For many of us, it is tempting to leave behind ideas, words, and concepts associated with our past religious traditions and experiences. In this powerful message, Kate dares us to consider building a new life of prayer out of the reclaimed parts of our old lives. If you've struggled to find prayer again, you're not alone. And, you should listen to this. "...

Bruce Epperly: God, Freedom, and the Fourth of July

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

An Open Letter From Millenial

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

Prayer to End Violence

WORSHIP  |  This We Affirm

http://rev-o-lution.org/2015/10/01/prayer-to-end-violence/

Prayer in a time of turmoil to End Violence...

Retreats and Consulting

SMALL GROUPS  |  This We Affirm

Gen 1:26-27

http://rev-o-lution.org/retreats-and-consulting/

Women’s Retreats, but is also known for Church Vision retreats as well as past Youth retreats....

Pregnancy and Loss

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

http://rev-o-lution.org/resources/pregnancy-and-infant-loss-remembrance-day-october-15th/

Pregnancy and Loss
Prayers and suggestions for those that have lost babies.......

Standing Against Islamophobia

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

http://bjconline.org/standing-against-islamophobia/

Standing for justice and against violence against Muslims...

Justice Training

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

http://www.ucc.org/justice_justice-training

UCC Justice Training and Ways to Support Justice in Your Community...

Voices in Wartime

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

http://voicesinwartime.org

Video about Poems for Peace and War...

Prayer as Surrender

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Richard Rohr

Adapted from Richard Rohr, Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi

A daily meditation on letting go.
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Praying and Acting for Peace

WORSHIP  |  This We Affirm

John 20:19, Mathew 5:3-10

God Weeps

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Luke 19: 41-44

http://sacredise.com/blog/living-on-a-prayer-weeps-luke-1941-44/

Living on Prayer and How Peace makes a difference...

Beautiful Gospel: Wheat not Tulip, Daisy, Roses

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

John 12:23-24

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/hippieheretic/2017/05/beautiful-gospel-wheat-not-tulip-daisy-roses.html

The Explanation of Acronyms: Theological Flowers and New Ideas


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Welcoming Children Into God's Creation

CHILDREN  |  This We Affirm

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/ecopreacher/2017/04/welcoming-children-gods-creation/

Ideas on how to engage children in God's Creation: 4 ideas...

Liturgy: Intergenerational Ministry for Families/Pastors

WORSHIP  |  This We Affirm

https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/liturgy-ritual-intergenerational-ministry

Family Ministry and Liturgy for Intergenerational Ministry...

A Return to Heart of Christ Consciousness | Video Curriculum

SMALL GROUPS  |  This We Affirm

Luke 17:21

If you are concerned about how you are to practice as a Christian given the ethical, moral and financial scandals that some Christian churches are currently experiencing, it can be perplexing. If this dilemma is what has brought you here today, you are not alone. Many of us faced with the prospect of abandoning Christianity all together are looking to a more positive path that is currently emerging. If Christianity or the church seems to be failing you at the moment, try Jesus instead. This video series offers insights into integral Christianity and the religion of tomorrow. ...

The Enduring Relevance, Astonishing Power, and Unexpected Brilliance of the Bible

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Rob Bell

Rob Bell discusses what the Bible is for us in today's world....

Contemplative Prayer and Christian Meditation

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

An in depth look at prayer and meditation, including many ways to practice both....

Finding God in Silence: Centering Prayer in 5 Easy Steps

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Tom Rapsas gives some background on centering or contemplative prayer.  He also gives five simple steps to getting started....

Practicing Prayer

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

From sojourngrace.com:

"As long as humans have existed we have sought to connect with our Creator. All faith traditions engage in some sort of practice of prayer, and so this sermon seeks to breathe a fresh word in to this potentially stale Christian Practice. (Featuring a special time of meditative prayer with Mathew B Mitchell)"...

Rob Bell and the Bible

OTHER RESOURCES  |  The Liturgists

Rob Bell talks with The Liturgists hosts, Michael Gungor and Science Mike, about his book "What is the Bible."  They discusses the Bible's relevancy today and what it means to them personally....

The Healing Power of Meditation

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Richard Rohr

The Center for Action and Contemplation gives a daily meditation on the importance of healing through prayer and meditation with less of a focus on transactional encounters....

Meditation: The Liturgists

OTHER RESOURCES  |  The Liturgists

What is meditation and how does it effect our faith? What does it do to our brains? Michael Gungor and Science Mike discuss their experiences with meditation through the lenses of science, art, and faith.
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Do It Yourself

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Rev. Beth Birkholz preaches on The Lord's Prayer....

Listen: Episode 1—Finding Your Cave

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

The first episode of Darkwood Brew's Listen series looks at many ways that the voice of God speaks to us, and explores things we can do to strengthen that connection. From meditation and music to study and social action, Listen looks for the voice of the spirit… and finds it active in surprising places....

Darkwood Brew Subscriber Discount

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Darkwood Brew

Download this resource to access special Darkwood Brew content exclusively for This We Affirm subscribers....

Problematizing Biblical Inerrancy

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Matthew Distefano discusses the problematic nature of assuming biblical inerrancy; including Scripture being put ahead of Jesus, problems with sociology and subjectivity, and the multiple versions of the Bible....

A Bird's Eye Look at Rene Girard's Mimetic Theory

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Matthew Distefano discusses the Bible and how it shows cultural growth in not scapegoating, but giving the perspective of the victim....

Gospels

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Nadia Bolz-Weber

Nadia Bolz-Weber discusses what the Gospel actually is and our need for it today....

Washing Hearts, Not Hands

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

From sojourngrace.org:

"The surprising ways in which stories from the Gospels can still offer wisdom and insight today—especially as it relates to the events during/after #Charlottesville. Join Co-Pastors Colby and Kate Martin as they lead us through a service of Biblical interpretation, prayerful reflection, and a challenge to embody greater love."...

A Skeptic's Guide to Prayer

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Sam Altis

Prayer can seem kind of ridiculous. If we pester God enough, will we make a difference? When we look at history's best known prayer, we discover that prayer has a lot less to do with trying to getting God's attention, and more to do with where ours is. 
To dive deeper into the science-y stuff, check out Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli and Buddha's Brain: Neuroplasticity and Meditation by Richard J. Davidson....

Prayer for Your Weary Soul

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

From sojourngrace.com:

Pastor Kate challenges progressive people of faith to think about ways in which their progressive sensibilities have possibly kept them from a thriving faith. Listeners are invited to rethink prayer and encouraged to incorporate prayer into their daily routines.
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Worship Lab: The Body as Text

WORSHIP  |  San Francisco Theological Seminary

Psalm 139

Developed at San Francisco Theological Seminary, this is a sample worship service that leads worshipers to pay attention to their bodies, tuning into them the way we often do with scripture. ...

Lectio Divina: Praying with Scripture

WORSHIP  |  San Francisco Theological Seminary

Psalm 46

This resource outlines a worship service using Lection Divina. Lectio Divina literally means “divine reading,” and is a process of reading the scripture in combination with meditation and prayer. The theme of Phoenix Affirmation #2 is Listening for God?s Voice, and Finding Our Own. In Lectio, we are making the space to quiet ourselves to be receptive to God?s word for us and through our contemplation, begin to find our own voice. The text will be read three times each time from a different translation, as a reminder that while we each hear God?s voice in the scriptures, our voices will be different like the voices of the various translators....

Worship Lab: Build a Poem

WORSHIP  |  San Francisco Theological Seminary

Psalm 46

This resource provides a creative worship service outline. It involves listening for – and responding to – God in poetry. Listening to a poem – and a Psalm (the poetry of the Bible) – and then taking time to write a poem together out of the images that are rising up within us....

3 Free Downloads from the Convergence Music Project

WORSHIP  |  Convergence Music Project

The Convergence Music Project offers great new worship music with language and theology that is totally in sync with This We Affirm. The songs on the site are indexed in many different ways to make it EASY for you to find the exact song you need for any specific moment in worship. 

As a subscriber, you can access 3 free songs and their related sheet music products. Checkout with this resource in your cart and you'll receive a code giving you access to your songs, which can be downloaded 
one song at a time from the Convergence Music Project. The code can be used up 3 times for 3 free downloads.



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Worship Series: Listen

WORSHIP  |  Marcia McFee

This fully-scripted worship series is called "Listen: Hearing that Still Small Voice and Finding Your Own." Take your community on an introspective journey to quiet the soul and attune the ears to hear the voice of God. Originally created for Lent, this series can be modified for any time of year and is compatible with Affirmation #2, Prayer.

Go to www.worshipdesignstudio.com/listen to purchase this item (regularly $99) with a 20% This We Affirm discount. Use promo code TWA20 at checkout on the Worship Design Studio site.

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Listen! Hearing That Still, Small Voice and Finding Your Own - 6 sermon packet

SERMONS  |  Eric Elnes

1 Kings 19 Genesis 2:7 Romans 8:26-27 Psalm 46 Mark 9:14-29 Romans 12:1-2 Matthew 26:36-46

This is a 6-sermon resource packet on focussed on how progressively-oriented Christians may develop a prayerful relationship with God.  Also available (at additional cost) are a complete set of worship resources to accompany this series from Marcia McFee's Worship Design Studio (http://www.worshipdesignstudio.com/) as well as complete small group video resources produced by Darkwood Brew which are available in DVD and internet streaming formats (https://darkwoodbrew.org/product/listen-series-guided-episodes/).

Sermons include: (1) Finding Your Cave: Listening Spaces; (2) Finding Your Breath: Listening to Our Bodies; (3) Finding a Word: Listening to the Texts; (4) Finding Your Power: Listening for Healing; ...

Converging Paths Interview with Brian McLaren on "God Experiences"

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews Brian McLaren regarding his experiences of God and how they continue to shape his personal and vocational path.  The 30-minute interview is followed by a 20 minute guided meditation....

Converging Paths Interview with Bud Heckman, Exec. Dir. of the Tri-Faith Initiative

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews Bud Heckman, the Executive Director of Omaha, NE's Tri-Faith Initiative (www.trifaith.org), where a Jewish synagogue, an Islamic mosque, and a Christian church are co-locating to a 35-acre Commons in order to move from interfaith dialog to interfaith community.  Bud talks about the project and his experiences of God that have shaped his personal and vocational life.  30 min. interview....

Converging Paths Interview with Bishop John Selders

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews Bishop John Selders, founder of Amistad United Church of Christ and Asst. Dean of Trinity College on his experiences of God and how they continue to shape is personal and vocational path....

Converging Paths Interview with Rachel Hackenberg

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews author, speaker, ordained minister, and soccer mom, Rachel Hackenberg, on "God experiences" and how they continue to guide her life and vocation. Rachel's book, Denial Is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith) with co-author Martha Spong, explores faith’s failure to provide answers through experiences of illness and divorce, abuse and death. Rachel’s popular devotional Writing to God introduces the spiritual discipline of prayer-writing, and her book, Writing to God: Kids’ Edition offers simple prayer ideas to encourage kids to talk with God about everyday life in everyday language.  ...

Converging Paths Interview with Donna Knutson

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews author, interfaith minister, spiritual director, Donna Knutson about "God experiences" and how they continue to shape her personal and vocational path.  Donna is the author of Finding God on Mayberry Street: Seasons of Spirituality In Poems and Reflections....

Converging Paths Interview with Jana Riess

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews author, Jana Riess, about "God experiences" and how they continue to shape her personal and vocational path.  Jana is the author of a number of books including, The Prayer Wheel: A Daily Guide to Renewing Your Faith with a Rediscovered Spiritual Practice; Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor; What Would Buffy Do? The Vampire Slayer as Spiritual Guide; and The Twible: All the Chapters of the Bible in 140 Characters  or Less … Now with 68% More Humor. ...

Converging Paths Interview with Melvin Bray

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews speaker/storyteller, Melvin Bray, on "God experiences" and how they continue to shape his personal and professional path.  Melvin describes himself as a Curator, who designs space for beauty, courage, and genius to show up; a Connector of people and resources; and a Collaborator whose passion is creating intersectional space where not only people of different races, but of various historically marginalized identities, are willing to enter into relationship, trying on new scripts and levels of risk to both transcend and celebrate differences.   
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Converging Paths Interview with Tony Jones

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews author/speaker, provocateur, Tony Jones about "God experiences" that continue to shape is personal and professional life.  Tony is the author of a number of books including, Did God Kill Jesus?  Searching for Love in History’s Most Famous Execution, and The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life.   Tony is also Theologian-In-Residence at Solomon’s Porch in Minneapolis and teaches Theology at both Fuller and United Theological seminaries. In his “free time” Tony serves as  the senior acquisitions editor at Fortress Press, curating the Theology for the People line of books.  
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Converging Paths Interview with Frank Schaeffer and Scott Griessel

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews Frank Schaeffer and Scott Griessel, about "God experiences" and how they continue to shape their personal and professional lives. 

Frank is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and artist who describes himself as a survivor of both polio and an evangelical/fundamentalist childhood. Frank has been a frequent guest on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, has appeared on Oprah, and been interviewed by Terri Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air. 

Scott Griessel is a photographer and filmmaker who served as the Producer for the Darkwood Brew video broadcast.  Scott has produced several documentaries, including one on Frank Schaeffer's life called "Let Me Be Frank," and “The Asphalt Gospel” – covering the 2006 walk of Christians from Phoenix, Arizona to Washington, DC, to raise awareness of the Phoenix Affirmations.

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Converging Paths Interview with Rita Otis

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews spiritual director, Rita Otis about "God experiences" and how they continue to shape her personal and professional path.  Rita is also a Tai Chi instructor as well as a facilitator for Interplay, a national organization whose goal is to create active creative ways to unlock the wisdom of your body....

Converging Paths Interview with Susan Smith

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews Dr. Susan Smith about "God experiences" that continue to shape her personal and professional life.  Dr. Smith is founder and director of Crazy Faith Ministries in Columbus, Ohio -  an organization committed to working with and for the downtrodden.  She is also a widely published blogger, and author of the book Crazy Faith: Ordinary People; Extraordinary Lives. She has also been interviewed by Bill Moyers on the subject of Violence, Racism, and Democracy in America....

Converging Paths Interview with Eric Elnes

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews ... himself!  In this podcast he speaks about two significant "Road to Damascus" experiences he had that continue to shape is personal and professional life.  Elnes is the author of a number of books, including Gifts of the Dark Wood: Seven Blessings for Spiritual Wanderers (and Other Skeptics), and The Phoenix Affirmations: A New Vision for the Future of Christianity - the first commentary on the 12 Phoenix Affirmations that are used as an organizing structure for ThisWeAffirm.org's website.  A 2007 documentary, The Asphalt Gospel, film was made about his walk across the U.S. with CrossWalk America to raise awareness of the twelve Phoenix Affirmations....

Converging Paths Interview with Maryanne Stevens, RSM

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews Dr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM, about "God experiences" that continue to shape her personal and professional life.  Dr. Stevens is President of the College of St. Mary in Omaha, NE, as well as the Board Chair for Omaha's renowned Tri-Faith Initiative (www.trifaith.org) where a Jewish synagogue, a Christian church, and an Islamic mosque have co-located to a 35-acre Commons to move beyond interfaith dialog to interfaith community....

Converging Paths Interview with Imam Jamal Daoudi

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews Imam Jamal Daoudi about "God experiences" that continue to shape is personal and professional life.  Imam Daoudi is the spiritual leader of of the American Muslim Institute – the Muslim partner in Omaha, Nebraska's Tri-Faith Initiative (www.trifaith.org).  Imam Jamal was born in Damascus, Syria where, from the age of 12, he attended Abu Nour Islamic Center, under the direction of the eminent scholars of that center. Imam Jamal holds a B.A in English Literature from Damascus University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH.  He came to the U.S. in 1995 and became a U.S. citizen in 2005 – the same year he received the Martin Luther King “Living the Dream” award for peace advocacy.
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Converging Paths Interview with Nuzhat Mahmood

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews Nuzhat Mahmood on "God experiences" that continue to shape her personal and professional life.  Ms. Nuzhat is a founding member of the American Muslim Institute – the Muslim partner in Omaha, Nebraska's Tri-Faith Initiative (www.trifaith.org), where a synagogue, a mosque, and a church have co-located to a 35-acre Commons in order to move from interfaith dialog into interfaith community.  She currently serves on its Board of Directors as well as the Tri-Faith Board of Directors. ...

Converging Paths Interview with Wendy Goldberg

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews Wendy Goldberg about "God experiences" that continue to shape her personal and professional life.  Ms. Goldberg is a founding member of Omaha, Nebraska's Tri-Faith Initiative (www.trifaith.org), where a synagogue, a mosque, and a church are co-locating to a 35-acre Commons in order to move from interfaith dialog to interfaith relationship.  She is also member of Temple Israel (the Tri-Faith’s Jewish partner) and has served on its Board of Trustees, as President of the synagogue, and as Temple Israel’s Program Director.  Wendy currently serves as a project manager for Project Harmony, an organization dedicated to protecting and supporting children and ending child neglect and abuse....

Converging Paths Interview with Ashley Swartz

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews Ashley Schwartz, a farmer, grandmother, volunteer firefighter, a Christian, and transgender activist who made her gender transition twenty years ago while continuing to live and farm in her hometown of Malmo, Nebraska. Ashley credits her transition as instrumental in bringing her into closer relationship with God and her community.  In this interview, Ashley shares intimately about her path and the "God experiences" that continue to shape it....

Converging Paths Interview with Floyd Thompkins

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interview's San Francisco Theological Seminary's  Director of the Center for Innovation in Ministry, Rev. Floyd Thompkins, about "God experiences" that have shaped his personal and professional life.   Floyd has served as a dean and chaplain at two world-class institutions, Stanford and Princeton universities. There he developed unique, highly effective programs to empower underserved teenage youth and young adults in urban and rural areas. He also led Antioch Baptist Church, the oldest African American Church in San Jose, CA, and was the Education and Administrative Pastor of Covenant Christian Church in Douglas, GA....

Converging Paths Interview with Rabbi Aryeh Azriel

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Rev. Dr. Chris Alexander interviews Rabbi Aryeh Azriel, one of the founders of Omaha, Nebraska's Tri-Faith Initiative (www.trifaith.org) about human nature, Judaism, the Tri-Faith Initiative, and the future of interfaith cooperation. Rabbi Azriel is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Israel and serves as Scholar-In-Residence at Countryside Community Church (UCC), both in Omaha, NE....

Converging Paths Interview with Chris Alexander

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews Rev. Dr. Chris Alexander about spiritual discernment, and "God experiences" that have shaped her personal and professional life and continue to do so.  Chris is the Associate Minister at Countryside Community Church (UCC), the Christian partner in Omaha, Nebraska's Tri-Faith Initiative (www.trifaith.org).  She is the author of a Doctor of Ministry thesis, Opening to Revelation: Building Discernment Processes from Practices that Best Inform Communal Decision-Making....

Converging Paths Interview with Rev. Bruce Van Blair

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews Bruce Van Blair on "God experiences" that have shaped his personal and professional life, and continue to do so.  Bruce has served as a United Church of Christ minister for over 40 years. The interview also features an extended conversation on the nature of evil as it impacts spiritual discernment. ...

Converging Paths Interview with Dr. Marcia McFee

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews Dr. Marcia McFee, of the Worship Design Studio (http://worshipdesignstudio.com/) about "God experiences" that have shaped her personal and professional life, as well as the relationship between creativity, the arts, and spiritual formation/expression.  Drs. Elnes and McFee have frequently collaborated on worship series design and preaching, including a series based on Elnes' book, Gifts of the Dark Wood....

Converging Paths Interview with Chuck Marohnic

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews jazz pianist, Chuck Marohnic, on "God experiences" that have shaped his personal and professional life, as well as the relationship between music, creativity, and the spiritual path.  Chuck was the Director of Jazz Studies at Arizona State University for 25 years and currently resides in Louisville, KY. Chuck's music may be found at www.chuckmarohnic.com...

On Earth As It Is In Heaven - a six sermon packet on faith and God's Creation

SERMONS  |  Eric Elnes

Genesis 1:1-5; Genesis 1:6-8; Genesis 1:9-13; Genesis 1:14-19; Genesis 1:20-23; Genesis 1:24-28

Drawing inspiration from John Philip Newell's, The Book of Creation: An Introduction to Celtic Spirituality, this 6-sermon resource packet by pastor/biblical scholar, Rev. Eric Elnes, Ph.D., explores faith and Creation through a Celtic lens informed by Dr. Elnes' biblical scholarship on the book of Genesis.  These sermons celebrate "the God whose Spirit pervades and whose glory is reflected in all of God’s Creation, including the earth and its ecosystems, the sacred and secular, the Christian and non-Christian, the human and non-human" (Phoenix Affirmation 3).  Also available (at additional cost) is a complete small group video resource keyed to these sermons produced by Darkwood Brew which is available in DVD and internet streaming formats (https://darkwoodbrew.org/product/on-earth-series-guided-episodes/). 

Sermons include: (1) The Generosity of God; (2...

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