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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."...

Courage: Philippians 4: 12-14 Artwork

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Franklin Fong

Philippians 4: 12-14

A beautiful hi-resolution illustration of Philippians 4: 12-14, painted by Father Franklin Fong of the Franciscan Friars of Santa Barbara....

Church Health: Butch Odom

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Matthew 4:3-4

Church Health by Butch Odom
Panoramic Views of Faith and Health

Blog on Faith and Health
website now: https://churchhealth.org/church-health-daily-devotionals/
Received original blog from http://www.textweek.com/ ...

CELTIC CROSS

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Litanies and Prayers- Ken Sehested

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Ezekiel 37:1-14

WOMEN GATHER

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

A Daily Pause to Ponder

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Floyd Thompkins

This is a six week daily short devotional series that is intended for use to support a small group going through the second affirmation and/or it could be used as an individual resource for personal spiritual growth ...

Holy Week: Betrayal and Denial

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Occasional Poet

This poem was inspired by the dramatic betrayal by Judas and denial by Peter.

Betrayal and Denial
Rev. Laurie Blonk Sponaugle  

There is no escaping…
The breath-stealing bite
of the dual edged sword.  

Close enough for eyes to lock,
And wills to soundlessly utter longing
And lament to stab through even the strongest of spirits.  

Witness soul deep betrayal
as heartbeats sync with a kiss…
followed doggedly with fear, varnished in denial.  

Before the verdict is cast in stone
Before the sentence is carried out beam over beam
before the cross is weighted down with love.  

One, Two final thrusts
of the razor sharp blade
gutting the soul.  

As one beloved, steals away from the sacred table,
another scurries behind the mob;
both cloaked in the shado...

Nomad: A Spirituality For Traveling Light (Book)

OTHER RESOURCES  |  BrandanRobertson

A copy of Brandan Robertson's book "Nomad: A Spirituality For Traveling Light" ...

Church Planting Workbook

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Cameron Trimble

If you are interested in starting a church, check out this workbook on Church Planting and then take the online course at http://www.progressiverenewal.org....

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....

BRIDGING THE DIVIDE PODCAST

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Luke 18

http://www.storydivine.com/?p=381

A PODCAST on BRIDGING THE DIVIDE...

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. ...

Thoughts from the Prairie Table blog

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Thoughts from the Prairie Table

1 Corinthians 4:1

Thoughts from the Prairie Table blog seeks to provide creative theological understandings of God, and how we live together. There's not much to this...just a simple way to share at the table of our Lord. "Consider us this way,...stewards of God's mysteries." 1 Corinthians 4.1...

On Being — The Equation of Change

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Brian McLaren and Krista Trippett in an On Being conversation on the evolution of Christianity and the meaning of progressive Evangelicalism.

“Let’s go back and look at our faith before it was reduced to a system, before it was reduced to a system of abstractions and beliefs. How can we rediscover our faith as a series of stories and as a series of encounters?” — Brian McLaren
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What An Activist Wishes Pastors Would Do

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Brian McLaren

A list of ways that pastors can support social justice activism in their communities....

Mental Health Is Physical Health

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Monica Coleman

Monica Coleman explains that the brain is a part of the body.  Taking care of our mental health is just as important as taking care of our physical health....

God Needs Women

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Rachel Held Evans

Rachel Held Evans gives a short, compelling argument for the importance of women....

Creativity

OTHER RESOURCES  |  The Liturgists

Where does creativity come from? Is everyone creative? How do people become more creative?What role does creativity play in liturgy and sacred art? Michael GungorScience Mike, and Lissa Paino discuss creativity through the lenses of science, art, and faith....

Genesis and Evolution

OTHER RESOURCES  |  The Liturgists

Genesis 1 Genesis 2

A host of publications, including Ken Ham's Answers In Genesis take issue with Michael's take on Genesis and the Christian social media world explodes with controversy. In this episode, Michael GungorScience Mike, and Lissa Paino discuss how everything came to be through the lenses of art, science, and faith.
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The Bible and Homosexuality: Why I Left College and Spent Two Years Finding Out What the Scriptures Really Say

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Matthew Vines discusses his in depth study of the Bible after he accepts that he is gay.  Accompanied by a video of him speaking at a church in Wichita....

Parker Palmer on Depression

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Parker Palmer

Quaker author and educator Parker Palmer talks with Anne Strainchamps about the two different things we mean by the word depression: a downturn in the economy and an illness of the psyche. Palmer's most recent book is "A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life."...

“Welcome to the Human Race” an Interview with Parker J. Palmer on the topic of depression

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Parker Palmer

A Standing Meditation for Self-Care

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

A guide to standing meditation for self-love....

Advocacy

OTHER RESOURCES  |  The Liturgists

From theliturgists.com:
"How can we engage in effective advocacy that creates change? And how can we do so without losing hope? We talked to two experts in the world of social justice and advocacy to find out.
Christena Cleveland is a social psychologist, public theologian, author and professor. She is the first Associate Professor of the Practice of Reconciliation at Duke University’s Divinity School and the author of Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart. You can learn more about her at http://www.christenacleveland.com
Micky is a perpetual learner, “justice doula”, consultant, facilitator, mama/sister/friend, nonviolence practitioner and contemplative activist living just south of Nashville, TN. After 10 plus years as a mother-baby specialist, trainer and author, she decided to shift back to earlier interests: theology and community development....

Ableism

OTHER RESOURCES  |  The Liturgists

From theliturgists.com:

"This episode is all about ableism–the conscious and unconcious ways that people tend to discrimnate against disabled people.
Ginny Owens joined us to talk about her experiences as a blind muscian living and working in Nashville. You can learn more about Ginny and her music at ginnyowens.com.
Heather Avis told us about her children with Down syndrome, and how people respond to them. Her book, The Lucky Few: Finding God's Best in the Most Unlikely Places, comes out March 21, 2017.

Michele in NYC shared her perspective as a queer, intersectional, disabled activist. She invites you to learn more about ableism (and...

Repenting of 'Colorblindness'

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Rachel Held Evans

Rachel Held Evans reflects on white privilege and the negative effects of colorblindness in today's culture....

Women

OTHER RESOURCES  |  The Liturgists

From theliturgists.com:

"In this episode, we explore the sexism in the context of culture and the church.
Featuring Austin Channing Brown, Caroline Lee, Christine Chester, Emily Capshaw, Lisa Gungor, and Rev. Sarah Heath."...

The Absurd Legalism of Gender Roles, Exhibit D: 'Biblical' Manipulation

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Rachel Held Evans

Ephesians 5, Colossians 3 1 Peter 3

Rachel Held Evans reflects on traditional gender roles.  She discusses John Piper's new understanding of gender rolls, and offers her insight against female subordination....

Racism Runs Deep, Digging Out Takes Time

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Colby Martin reflects on the history of racism and its place in modern American context....

Remembering the Poor

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Rev. Barber discusses poverty and cultural treatment of the poor....

Does 1 Corinthians 6:9 condemn gay relationships?

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

1 Corinthians 6:9

Justin Lee discusses the use of the word "arsenokoitai" in 1 Corinthians 6:9 and whether the verse actually condemns committed gay relationships....

Black, Trans, and Included

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Sam Altis

Acts 8

From abetterstorypodcast.com:

"A short encounter in the desert can revolutionize how we see God, church and others."

Sam Altis discusses the baptism of the Ethiopian eunuch, by Philip, and how it guides us to include those that many have cast out because of their racial or gender identity markers....

LGBTQ

OTHER RESOURCES  |  The Liturgists

From theliturgists.com:

"Donald Miller and J.J. PetersonMatthew VinesMelissa GreeneStan Mitchell, and Tabitha from GracePointe; Preston Sprinkle; and Ed Gungor join Science Mike and Michael Gungor to share their stories and perspectives on LGBTQ persons and the Church."...

Discover Your God-Given Calling

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

From womenleaders.com:

Find your passion and put it into action.  A framework for understanding your passions and how they connect to your calling.
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But it's not about race...right?

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Rachel Held Evans discusses her reflections on race relations in the wake of Michael Brown's death....

Ask a Womanist Biblical Scholar...

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

From rachelheldevans.com:

"The Reverend Wil Gafney, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas and is an Episcopal priest canonically resident in the Diocese of Pennsylvania and licensed in the Diocese of Fort Worth.  A scholar of prophets, prophecy and prophetic texts in ancient Israel and surrounding cultures specializing in women prophets, she also specializes in womanist and feminist ways of reading scripture. A particular love is the Hebrew language - reading, teaching, studying - and classical rabbinic (Jewish) biblical scholarship. Dr. Gafney is the author of Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel, and the Peoples’ Bible, which she co-edited, available through Fortress Press."...

4 Steps to Finding Your Calling

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

From relevant.com:

"The Church is full of people who are anxious to hear from God—but hearing God and following through on what He says are two different things. We often pray for God to speak and lead us into the life He has designed for us before we are willing to take those steps forward when He gives the word.

Many of us truly believe God has good plans and purposes for our lives. But how do we discern His purpose? How do we know if where we’re headed is out of selfish ambition, or Kingdom calling? And when we do see the vision He has for our lives, how do we get started?

Stepping into God’s calling for your life is quite a journey, and it all starts with discovering God right where you are."
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Black and White: Racism in America

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Michael Gungor and Science Mike talk with Propaganda and William Matthews about race, racism, white supremacy in America....

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

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

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...

Singing the Refuge: Worship and the Interreligious Family

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Margaret Ellsworth discusses her interreligious family (Christian and Buddhist) and the complexity of navigating both faiths....

The False Gospel of Gender Binaries

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Rachel Held Evans

Rachel Held Evans discusses the evolving understanding of gender and sexuality and what it means for the Gospel....

The Slaveowners and Me: On Nurturing Empathy for Opressors

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Rachel Held Evans

Rachel Held Evans discusses the church's (specifically the Southern Baptist Church) complicity in oppression throughout history and today....

Practicing Pluralism and Protecting Religious Freedom

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

This Patheos article discusses Rev. Dana Trent and Alicia Chandler's work on pluralism in their lives, and also the affects of pluralism in mission work....

Humility and Honesty

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Richard Rohr

Matthew 13:44

Adapted from Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer

A daily meditation on the connection between humility and honesty.  
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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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The Eternal Way

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Richard Rohr

The Center for Action and Contemplation discusses Christianity and Hinduism....

Sodom, Gomorrah, and those Transgender People

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Candice Czubernat

Exodus 23:9 Genesis 19

Candice Czubernat discusses gender identity and how Sodom and Gomorrah isn't actually about sexual or gender identity, but about radical hospitality....

Compassion: Karen Armstrong and The Middle Way Podcast

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

https://www.charterforcompassion.org/charter/karen-armstrong-2008-ted-prize

Compassion Podcast on Interfaith Dialogue: Karen Armstrong...

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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Public Faith in Action: Miroslav Volf

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Miroslav Volf

https://www.pulpitfiction.com/notes/tns4-2

Podcasts: Pulpit Fiction sat down with Miroslav Volf over Skype to talk about Public Faith, Politics, Kingdom of God and his book, Public Faith in Action....

Mental Health: A Guide for Faith Leaders

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

http://www.pathways2promise.org/mental-health-a-guide-for-faith-leaders/

A Guide to Faith Leaders for Mental Health issues that may arise. ...

Harm & Healing; the church & the LGBTQ community

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Candice Czubernat

From candiceczubernat.com:

"We cannot ignore the impact the church has had on those in the LGBTQ community; the harm done has been grievous.  In this newest episode of The CanCast I talk about my personal experience of unsuccessfully trying to find a church to attend with my wife and our kids on Easter.  But we don’t end there, I then talk with Colby Martin who’s working to make church safe for everyone.  He co-pastors a progressive faith community in San Diego (Sojourn Grace Collective) with his wife.  They practice a relentless love for the spiritual seeker; and his newest book (UnClobber: Rethinking Our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality) invites the LGBTQ community to their rightful place at the Table of God. You can follow him online at www.colby...

4 Things to Ask a Therapist

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Candice Czubernat

Candice Czubernat discusses preparing to begin therapy, including finding the right therapist and how what questions to ask early on....

4 Black Church Resources That Can Help People Living With Depression

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Monica Coleman

Monica Coleman discusses how Spirituals, Charismatic Worship, Getting Happy, and Liberation Emphasis can help those with Depression....

10 Ways You Can Pray for Mental Illness

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Monica Coleman

Monica Coleman lists 10 tangible ways to support those with mental illness....

Transgender Christians

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Rachel Held Evans

Rachel Held Evans spotlights 5 transgender Christian leaders....

Gay & Christian, No Contradiction

OTHER RESOURCES  |  BrandanRobertson

Acts 10

A concise guide on reconciling Christian faith and LGBT+ sexuality and gender identity from leading queer activist and theologian Brandan Robertson....

Trump And A Post- Truth World by Ken Wilber

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

The election of Donald Trump is an evolutionary self-correction that has been decades in the making — a backlash against the failure of the leading edge of consciousness (postmodernism and pluralism) to acknowledge the lie underlying the progress they’ve pursued: it’s not equal, it’s not consistent, and it doesn’t make room for everyone. But a new integral force is emerging that can move beyond the narcissism and nihilism of political correctness to offer genuine leadership and move towards a developmental-based wisdom of greater wholeness....

Pale Blue Dot

OTHER RESOURCES  |  The Liturgists

From theluturgists.com:

"In this episode Science Mike and Michael Gungor talk about the psychological shift that comes with seeing the Earth from space with Guy Reid and Jacob Marshall. We also spoke with climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe about the science behind climate change, and what we can do to protect life on this planet."...

Spirituality of Letting Go: Week 1 Summary

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Richard Rohr

The Center for Action and Contemplation offers a meditation on forgiveness....

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....

Religious Art

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

from theliturgists.com:

"What is religious art? Can all art be religious? Science Mike and Michael Gungor talk with a host of creators about the nature of art and how we relate to God."...

Great Grief

OTHER RESOURCES  | 

1 John 4:18

ustin Channing Brown discusses the the relationship of fear and punishment....

On Forgiveness and Abuse

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Rachel Held Evans

Rachel Held Evans discusses what forgiveness and grace mean for those that have suffered abuse....

Homosexuality and Christianity: Justin's View

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Justin Lee

Justin Lee, from the Gay Christian Network, gives an essay on why he believes committed same-gendered relationships are not sinful....

The Church is Responsible for This

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Candice Czubernat discusses the repercussions of the lack of affirming church institutions on the LGBTQ community....

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....

Arinna Weismann: Privilege and the Practice of Buddhism

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Sam Altis

Sam Altis interviews Arinna Weisman.  She discusses her family history and what practicing Buddhism means for her....

A Christmas Story of Sorts

OTHER RESOURCES  |  The Liturgists

Lang tells his story.  A story of family, acceptance, and forgiveness....

Philosophy and Radical Theology

OTHER RESOURCES  |  The Liturgists

From theliturgists.com:

"Science Mike and Michael Gungor chat with Peter Rollins about the tension between science and philosophy and what that means for our beliefs about God."...

Solidarity

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Richard Rohr

Richard Rohr discusses what solidarity meant for St. Francis, an early example of working with those in poverty....

Forgiving Victim

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Richard Rohr

Richard Rohr discusses how Jesus is the ultimate forgiving victim.  While he is a victim, he forgives and makes sure that no one else becomes a victim in response to his death....

Jesus and Borders

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Sam Altis

Luke 17

From abetterstorypodcast.com:

"We love to construct borders, stand on one side of them, and generalize about the people on the other side. Jesus? Not so much. One short story can realign the way we see borders."...

Calvin's Refugees: Remembering Christ as Fugitive

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

The influx of refugees today is both threat and opportunity, but for Christians in North America in particular, the greater threat is that we forget the context from which we came....

Get Off the Fence: Why "We Welcome Everyone" Isn't Enough

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

In the wake of the 2016 Orlando Pulse shooting, Erin Wathen discusses the importance of quiet affirming churches to fully embrace an open and affirming position....

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....

God Made Adam, Eve, and Steve

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Leviticus 20:13 1 Corinthians 6:9 1 Timothy 1:10 Romans 1:27

Matthew Distefano, from Unfundamentalist Christians, discusses the importance of reading the Bible in context, to really understand what it says, and doesn't say, about homosexual relationships....

The Ideology of Jesus

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Rich A. Rosendahl calls for us to follow the Christ's example, to love, and not follow the ideologies of those around us....

Christians Must Take Climate Change Seriously

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Shane Pruitt, for Relevant Magazine, discusses how our care for the environment is a pro-life issue and mandates our attention as Christians....

8 Conversation Deflections and Responses

OTHER RESOURCES  | 

From austinchanning.com:

"Leading conversations about race is not for the faint of heart. After years of facilitating discussions with intimate groups and large classrooms, I have learned a great deal. In this printable you will find common verbiage used by folks who are feeling uncomfortable, and ways you can respond to keep the conversation on track."...

5 Opportunities to Deepen Cross-Racial Friendships

OTHER RESOURCES  | 

From austinchanning.com:

"Friendship is beautiful. Cross-racial friendships can be complicated. If you are just beginning to intentionally seek out friendships that expand your understanding of the world, here are a few tips."...

Same Sex Love and the Bible

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Sam Altis

Genesis 19 1 Corinthians 6:9 1 Corinthians 6:10 Romans 1:26 Romans 1:27 1 Timothy 1:10

Sam Altis looks at Scripture and explains that it doesn't call for the exclusion of same sex relationships.

From abetterstorypodcast.com:

"When we look at the stories in scripture, and the way they move, we realize our LGBTQ friends have always belonged. Have questions or comments? Send them to abetterstorypodcast@gmail.com or via Twitter or Facebook...

Dr. Ghazala Anwar: Understanding Islam

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Sam Altis

From abetterstorypodcast.com:

"In a time where misinformation about Islam is running wild, Dr. Ghazala Anwar (Graduate Theological Union) talks about the heart of Muslim faith and what it's like to be Muslim in America today. As always, if you're digging the intro and outro music, give Light Theory's music a listen."...

Finding God's Will

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Father Pablo explains that for us to understand and find the will of God, we have to understand and align our own will....

Studying Islam as a Christian Historian

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Amy Poppinga discusses what it is like to be one the first people to study Islam from a historical perspective and not from missions perspective.  She also discusses how studying Islam has affected her own Christian faith....

Refugee Distress: Do We Think We're Immune to Suffering

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Victor Carmona discusses the experience of Hispanic refugees in detainment centers.  He explains the Christ-like presence within refugee centers....

The Multiverse

OTHER RESOURCES  |  The Liturgists

From theliturgists.com:

"What is the multiverse? And what can it tell us about God? Michael Gungor and Science Mike talk about the science, faith, and art of multiverse theories."...

Faith and Music with David Bazan

OTHER RESOURCES  |  The Liturgists

From theliturgists.com:

"Michael Gungor sits down with David Bazan to talk about faith and music."...

Worship

OTHER RESOURCES  |  The Liturgists

From theliturgists.com:

"David Gungor (of The Brilliance) joins Science Mike and Michael Gungor to talk about the faith, art, and science of worship."

Find part two here:
http://www.theliturgists.com/podcast/2015/4/20/episode-18-worship-part-2
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s advice for Graduates who are Trying to Discern the Will of God

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Tim Suttle from Paperback Theology explains how Bonheoffer tried to understand the will of God.  That discerning God's will is an ongoing process that requires a deep and ongoing relationship....

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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Why Don't You Believe Us?

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Grace Sandra shares some thoughts about fear and intersectionality and the validity of both....

A Dissipating Rage Against the Machine

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Andy Gill talks about Anger and what allows him to move past it....

Q & A: Enabling or ???

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Brian McLaren

Brian McLaren discusses compassion and justice....

An Interview with Composer Mark Miller

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

The Convergence Music Project interviews Mark Miller.  They discuss creating new songs and the inclusion of current events in warship music....

A Beloved Former Pastor Retracted His Support of Same-Sex Marriage. It Will Harm LGBTQ People More Than He May Know.

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Matthew Vines discusses the pain that LGBT people may feel in light of a prominent pastor retracting his affirmation of LGBT people....

A Brief Biblical Case for LGBT Inclusion

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

The Reformation Project gives a ten point guide for the inclusion of LGBT people in the Kingdom of God....

Nicole Garcia Keynote Address at The Reformation Project

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Nicole Garcia discusses her worthiness of baptism, as a transgender woman of color....

Hate Crimes Vs. America

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Otis Moss III

Rev. Otis Moss III discusses the importance of speaking up against hate crimes....

You're Hurting Me with Your Bible

OTHER RESOURCES  |  David Gushee

Dr. David Gushee explains his new understanding on the inclusion of LGBT people in the Kingdom of God....

Relational Entanglement

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Genesis 16 Genesis 21

From sojourngrace.com:

"Genesis 16 and 21 record two stories of how the Ishmaelites came to be. But what’s interesting in these stories is how the characters relate to one another. In this message, Pastor Colby draws on insights from Quantum Physics, the Cross, and Wonder Woman to show how we can better learn to love ourselves and love one another."
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A Conversation with Rachel Held Evans

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Rachel Held Evans

In this video, Rachel Held Evans, author of "Evolving in Monkey Town", discusses her own journey of harmonizing her faith with evolution....

Darkwood Brew Subscriber Discount

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Darkwood Brew

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

Why Christians Shouldn't Point Fingers

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Justin Lee

Justin Lee discusses the importance of loving as Christ loves.  In the wake of the Pulse shooting, not sympathizing with LGBTQ people and blaming Muslim people at the same time....

God does not change, but our understanding does

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Church leaders discuss the evolution of human understanding of Scripture, particularly around the topic of LGBTQ people and slavery....

Too Many Churches, Not Enough Christians

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Buzz Dixon discusses the need for Christians to return to the Church (capital C) and leave church behind....

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

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

For the Invisible People

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John 4

Darrell Lackey discusses how some traditional/evangelical Christians can harm those they disagree with by making them feel invisible....

Middle Ground Racism

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Sheri Faye Rosendahl

Sheri Faye Rosendahl discusses racism in American Christianity and the danger of staying quiet for fear of speaking out....

The Truth about what I Think about Individual Conservative Christians

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Sheri Faye Rosendahl

Sheri Faye Rosendahl discusses how she engages with American Conservative Christians, despite their polarizing differences in theology....

I Don't Want to be an American Christian, I Just Want to Follow Jesus

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Sheri Faye Rosendahl

Sheri Faye Rosendahl discusses her difficulty identifying with Christianity, while also wanting to follow the ways of Jesus....

Gospels

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Nadia Bolz-Weber

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

No, We Should Not Stop Speaking Out against the Ideology of Our Brothers and Sisters in Christ

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Sheri Faye Rosendahl

Sheri Faye Rosendahl discusses the need for Christians to stand up to injustice and oppression....

Why Christians Must Love Muslims

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Jack Wellman discusses how hate is unacceptable for Christians, even towards Muslims....

Franklin Graham is Right, There is Sin in the Homosexual Lifestyle

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Kimberley Knight discusses the definition of sin as what "separates us from God."...

No Offense: Hating Black History Month

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Maria Dixon Hall discusses the American church and their inability to fully engage in the conversation around race....

Dear Resistance

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Sheri Faye Rosendahl

Sheri Faye Rosendahl discusses the importance of speaking for and living out Red Letter Love....

Dismantling Toxic Masculinity in Our Boys

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Cindy Brandt discusses the importance of raising boys to not accept damaging power dynamics....

Can You Be Gay and Christian

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Matthew Vines, author of God and The Gay Christian, and Dr. Michael Brown, leading evangelical apologist, debate the topic of being gay and a Christian....

The Power of Vulnerability

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Brene Brown

Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share....

Listening to Shame

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Brene Brown

Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word....

Self-care as a Spiritual Discipline

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Jes Kast discusses the Scriptural call to take self-care seriously....

Equality Isn't Fair

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Natalie Ringsmuth discusses the differences between fairness and equality, and calls us to stand up and speak out against injustice....

God's Calling to Take Care of Yourself

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Elizabeth Hagan discusses God's call for us to practice self-care according to Scripture....

Yolanda Norton: Reading the Bible as a Black Woman

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Sam Altis

From abetterstorypodcast.com:

"Yolanda Norton (San Francisco Theological Seminary) explains Womanism and shows how reading Ruth as a black woman illuminates the story in unexpected and much needed ways. "...

Turning Cheeks and Punching Nazis

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Sam Altis

From abetterstorypodcast.com:

"Turn the other cheek" has been used to perpetuate oppression for years, but when we look at what Jesus was trying to do, we find a radically empowering statement. "
...

Why I Stopped Talking About Racial Reconciliation And Started Talking About White Supremacy

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Erna discusses theology, history, comfort, and privilege and how they all relate to white supremacy....

Blessed are the Peacemakers - a Message for the Resistance

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Matthew 5:5 Matthew 5:9 Matthew 5:44

Shane Phipps discusses the Beatitudes and how they apply to our current social climate....

How to Preach When You Are Afraid

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Leah Schade discusses why pastors choose not to preach about controversial topics, and gives ways to move past that fear....

Love and Mercy

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Richard Rohr

Fr. Richard Rohr discusses the importance of God's mercy and love when, not if, we fail....

Being True to Yourself

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Richard Rohr

Fr. Richard Rohr discusses God's love as the thing that creates our morality, not that we experience God's love because of our own morality....

If We Don't Want to See Another Charlottesville - Silence is Not an Option

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Sheri Faye Rosendahl

Sheri Faye Rosendahl responds to the Charlottesville tragedy and how our responsibility as Christians is to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters that are marginalized....

Christians United In Support of LGBT+ Inclusion in the Church: The Statement

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

A response to the Nashville Statement from pastors and lay people all over the country....

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....

The Denver Statement

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Nadia Bolz-Weber

House For All Sinners and Saints pens a response to The Nashville Statement....

How Vulnerability Holds the Key to Emotional Intimacy

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Brene Brown

In and interview, Brene Brown discusses shame and it's relationship with vulnerability, and their affects on us....

11 Hymns for a City Devastated by Water

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

A Houstonian shares 11 hymns that speak their situation after Hurricane Harvey....

Hear Our Prayer

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From The Brilliance: 

"This week on The Brilliance Podcast we go behind the song Hear Our Prayer, track 6 on our upcoming album All Is Not Lost.  Special guests Science Mike and Michael Rudzena discuss systems theory, Walter Wink's concept of the powers, calling out and naming systems of fear and oppression, and moving towards love."
...

Turning Over Tables

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From The Brilliance:

"This week on The Brilliance Podcast we debut the song Turning Over Tables featuring Charles Jones. We speak with Jon Huckins about peacemaking, immigrants, Islamophobia, Jihad, Pope Francis and engaging with people that we adamantly disagree with."
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Whose Feet?

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

John 2 Matthew 14

Darrell Lackey discusses those that Jesus loved and what that means for who we are to love as followers of Christ....

Orlando

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Rob Bell

Rob Bell responds to the Pulse nightclub shooting.  He tackles loving our LGBTQ+ brothers and sister, gun control, and grief....

What if the Great Command of Jesus - Love Others - was Actually the Point

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Sheri Faye Rosendahl

Sheri Faye Rosendahl discusses the need for love without motive....

Gays, Christians, and Therapy

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Candice Czubernat

Candice Czubernat discusses the purpose and beauty of therapy, and specifically what therapy for a gay person might look like....

Grief, Loss and Joy with David Kessler

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Rob Bell

Rob Bell invites David Kessler to talk about grief and death, for both those that have died and those that are surviving....

Beyonce, LEMONADE, and Womanist Theology

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

A post discussing early Womanist theology and what is present in Beyonce's LEMONADE....

Belovedness

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Candice Czubernat

Candice Czubernat discusses God's love for us, as complete and without qualifications....

Shouting at Jesus: The Canaanite Woman

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Maria Gwynn McDowell discusses the Canaanite woman's example of a persistent faith.  One that understands that God is for EVERYONE, and how we can learn from her....

Reflections in the Wake of the Nashville Statement

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Romans 8:38 Romans 8:39

David Archuleta, of the Gay Christian Network, discusses trusting God, and not our own understandings....

How Our Theology Keeps Us Racist

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

We are asked to dive into the parts of our theology, current and historically, to understand where systemic oppression is present and where we allow it to continue....

Cultivating Change

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

A case study following Tom Spencer, the CEO of an interfaith organization in Austin.

Part 2: http://pluralism.org/case-study/cultivating-change-b/...

Why Some Christians Are Calling White Supremacy ‘Satanic’

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

An article featuring leading evangelical church leaders' thoughts on white supremacy, following the events in Charlottesville in August 2017....

A Statement from Christian Ethicists Without Borders on White Supremacy and Racism August 14, 2017

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

A document created by more than 400 Christian ethicists condemning white supremacy and racism....

Gradual Overcoming of Racism, Even in Jesus

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Richard Rohr

Isaiah 56:1 Isaiah 56:6 Isaiah 56:7 Romans 11:13 Romans 11:14 Romans 11:15 Romans 11:29 Romans 11:30 Romans 11:31 Romans 11:32 Matthew 15:21 Matthew 15:22 Matthew 15:23 Matthew 15:24 Matthew 15:25 Matthew 15:26 Matthew 15:27 Matthew 15:28

A homily by Fr. Richard Rohr.
He speaks of the growth of a person moving from self-care, to group care, to universal care....

A Matter of Interpretation

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Candice Czubernat

Matthew 19:24 Mark 10:25 Luke 18:25

Candice Czubernat discusses different interpretations of three verses.
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. – Matt. 19:24
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. – Mark 10:25
Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. – Luke 18:25...

3 Examples of Self-Care in the Bible

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Matthew 11:26 Matthew 11:27 Matthew 11:28 Matthew 11:29 Matthew 11:30 1 Kings 19:3 1 Kings 19:4 1 Kings 19:5 1 Kings 19:6 1 Kings 19:7 1 Kings 19:8 1 Kings 19:9 Luke 5:16

Steve Austin discusses three stories in the Bible that deal with self-care.  One, when Jesus says to come to Him when we are tired.  The second when God took care of Elijah when he fled to Beersheba.  The third when Jesus, himself, would retreat for prayer....

Age of Understanding

OTHER RESOURCES  | 

Austin Brown reflects after the death of Alton Sterling....

The Twisted Cross: The Deadly Theology of White Supremacy

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Shane Claiborne discusses the dangers of bad theology and the misuse of the imagery of the Cross....

To My Conservative Christian Friends

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Sheri Faye Rosendahl

Sheri Faye Rosendahl discusses what it means to be "pro-life."...

11 Recurring Mistake Evangelicals Make in the Evolution Debate

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Pete Enns gives 11 common misunderstandings about the Creation story....

Learning to Lament: The Culture of Denial

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Rob Bell

Rob Bell talks about God's heart and the danger and courage of lament....

A Blog Post, in which I ask myself 4 questions about Christianity and evolution

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Pete Enns answers questions that are often asks of him and his beliefs about evolution....

Christian faith and religious pluralism

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Ted Grimsrud discusses living out shalom and what pluralism for Christians means....

What is Inclusive Christianity and Interfaith Ministry?

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

An informative resource detailing pluralism and Inclusive Christianity....

Christianity and Other Religions

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Wikipedia article containing multiple resources on Christianity and it's relationship with many other religions....

Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

A resource including letters from the Vatican to those celebrating non-Christian holidays....

Christ and Other Religions

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Information about how Christ is viewed in some non-Christian religions....

Jesus and Muhammad are Brothers

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

A message from CAIR on how Muhammad viewed Jesus....

John Inazu: Confident Pluralism

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

America wasn’t meant to be homogeneous. A bedrock princi- ple of our nation is its ability to accommodate diverse beliefs and practices, but this is challenging and citizens of the U.S. are more polarized than ever. Professor and author John In- azu thinks that we can live together peacefully and honor our differences. He’ll talk about how we can practice tolerance rather than protest, humility rather than defensiveness, and patience rather than coercion....

Michelle Higgins, John Inazu, Greg Thompson: Race and Pluralism

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

This is the Q&A talkback featuring Michelle Higgins, John Inazu, and Greg Thompson on Race and Pluralism. This was recorded at Q Denver, April 21-23, 2016....

Religious Pluralism: Seeing Religions Again with Marcus Borg

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Best-selling author Marcus Borg, Professor in Religion and Culture, uses a interdisciplinary approach to examine the role and importance of religions and religious pluralism in contemporary life in this presentation at UCSD. [3/2002] [Humanities] [Show ID: 5968]...

Fremont, U.S.A.

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

U.S.A offers a glimpse of religious diversity on the local level: Fremont, California is a city transformed by new immigration. A rajagopuram rises in a tidy suburban neighborhood, announcing the vital presence of the Hindu community. The diversity of the global Buddhist community is also in evidence, as Thai, Chinese, and Burmese temples—and a women’s monastic retreat center—dot the landscape. Fremont is home to Peace Terrace, where Muslims and Christians have built side by side, and Gurdwara Road, where a large Sikh community engages in creative forms of outreach. Through civic engagement and interfaith action, strangers have become neighbors in this American city. Yet Fremont has also faced real challenges, especially after 9/11. When Alia Ansari, a Muslim woman, is murdered, some wonder if it was a hate crime: Was she killed because of her headscarf? How will the wider community respond? Produced and directed by Rachel Antell and Elinor Pierce. Narrated by Dr. Diana L. ...

The Pluralism Project

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Harvard University's The Pluralism Project is a website dedicated to knowledge of pluralism.  It includes articles, case studies, and interviews....

The Tri-Faith Initiative

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Fostering authentic relationships of trust and respect is a challenging and urgent task in our increasingly complex and global society....

Side By Side Comparison Lens

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

The Side by Side Lens allows you to create an easy to read comparison chart for up to three differing religious traditions. Select your traditions from the drop down menus. You can click on the major sections on each chart you build, in order to see more detailed comparisons.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/library/lenses/side-by-side#qzt4prEFCUJ1sTL7.99
...

Library of World Religions and Faith Traditions

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Written by the world's leading authorities on religion and spirituality, the Patheos Library offers the most accurate and balanced information available on the web.In this section, you’ll find a list of the top 50 Major Religious traditions, arranged by origin. For each, Patheos offers thorough, peer-reviewed, encyclopedic information that helps readers understand its origins, history, beliefs, rituals, ethics, and community structures.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/library#dPxQcfBuuQcmqX5S.99
...

Islam Origins, Islam History, Islam Beliefs

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

An informative page on the faith of Islam....

Teachers

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

A teacher's portal for researching different faiths....

Global Centre for Pluralism

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

One of our key aims is to encourage people to talk about pluralism. To help spur discussion, we make key texts from our Annual Pluralism Lectures and Partnership Events available here.


...

Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

Resources to help uphold American values and stand besides brothers and sisters of Islamic faith....

David and Constantino Khalaf: Modern Kinship

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

David and Constantine Khalaf are in a loving, Jesus-following, same-sex relationship, which unfortunately means they’re not welcome in every church. As writers and journalists, they’ve begun documenting their relationship as a resource for faith communities and LGBTQ Christians. We talked about their lives, faith, church experiences and, of course, the infamous Nashville Statement, all in hopes that their story helps ground our beliefs in the actual experiences of actual people. You can read their blog at https://daveandtino.com and find them on Patheos at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/modernkinshipAs always, don't forget to check out Light Theory’s music at https://joehamgeri.bandcamp.com/...

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.   
...

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...

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