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“The Long Road to Freedom” by Jacqui Lewis

SERMONS  |  Convergence Network

Dr. Jacqui Lewis is Senior Minister Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village of Manhattan. Middle Church is a dynamic 900-member multiracial, multicultural, inclusive congregation in which everyone is welcome just as they are as they come through the door. Lewis is also the Executive Director of The Middle Project, an institute that prepares ethical leaders for a more just society....

The Spirituality of Popular Music

SERMONS  |  Dwight Lee Wolter

In an era when fewer and fewer people go to church, it is often the song, not the sermon, speech or blog that touches people’s lives in a deep and meaningful way. Houses of faith may embody ethics, morality and good deeds; but the church can learn more of these same things from the street, perhaps as much as the street can learn from the church. This brief essay explores this idea....

Finding True Freedom

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm


This is a transcript of a sermon preached by Robert Cornwall Fourth of July Weekend (2009). Based on a reading from Galatians 5:1-6, 13-14, the message is that true freedom is not found in nationalism or patriotism, but in Christ.  Freedom then is a gift, but freedom involves responsibility. Finally, Freedom leads to community.  That is, true freedom is found not in autonomy (libertarianism), but in commitment to the other.
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The Biblical Roots of Islam

SERMONS  |  Dwight Lee Wolter

Genesis 16:1-12, 15; 17:20; 21:1-3, 8-21

A shared sermon conducted with a Muslim physician about Abram, Sarai, Hagar and Ishmael that includes music and other modalities that embraces commonality in a worshipful context.
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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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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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Salt and Light: Living a Faithful Life Podcast

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Mathew 5: 13-20

https://faithelement.net/9-06-salt-and-light/

Podcast

We take a look at a popular passage that calls for Christians to be “salt and light” in the world. What can we learn about living a faithful life by looking more closely at the nature and use of both salt and light?

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Easter for a New Century: A Sermon for a Christianity Come-of-Age

SERMONS  |  Chris Neufeld-Erdman

Matthew 28.1-10

In this sermon (Easter 2017), I'm trying to honestly make some kind of sense of the Resurrection for real life, here and now.  And I don't want to fall into banal cliches, hackneyed phrases, and worn out dogmas that assume we can just repeat "Christ is Risen" and feel in any real way that we've engaged honestly with the ancient religious truth proclaimed at Easter, the modern world as we've come to know it, and a spirituality that helps us flourish in these challenging times.  The text that day was Matthew 28.1-10, but it addresses the broad witness of the Resurrection.  ...

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III speaks out about Marriage Equality

SERMONS  |  Otis Moss III

Rev. Otis Moss III offers rationale for marriage equality on the grounds of justice....

Liberate Part VI: When She Rises

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Proverbs 31

From sojourngrace.com:

"In this compelling message, Kate opens up her heart, mind, and life, to show all of us how the Good News can only be good when all women are lifted up, honored, and seen as full bearers of the image of God. Plus, an incredible moment of declaring "Eshet Chayil, Woman of Valor" over the women of Sojourn."
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Liberate Part IV: Black Liberation Theology

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

The myth of a post-racial society runs strong. In the fourth installment of our series on Liberation Theology, Colby unpacks what the poets, artists, activists, and theologians of Black Liberation Theology have taught us about the cross. Definitely restoring the “good” in Good News....

Sermon:

SERMONS  |  Rev. Adam J Bradley

Luke 20: 27-38

This sermon addresses the text in Luke when the Sadducees engage Jesus in a philosophical argument about the existence of an afterlife, using the case study of the childless widow of seven brothers. It addresses what it means for our understanding of heaven in light of what Jesus has to say. This sermon asks the question, "What does it mean to pray 'On Earth as it is in Heaven'?  ...

Liberate Part IX: Calling

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

From sojourngrace.com:

"Wrapping up our series about how Liberation Theology makes the Good News "good," Kate invites us all to consider the ways in which we are Called to be a part of Liberation. Both collectively AND individually. Also featuring spoken word by Catherine Hanna Schrock, and a Faith Formation Story by Wendy Kim. "
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Liberate Part VIII: LGBTQ Liberation

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

From sojourngrace.com:

"Joined by author and national activist, Brandan Robertson, this week we dive in to how LGBTQ Liberation Theology adds more goodness to the Good News."...

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. "...

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...

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...

A Sermon on No Time to Rest and Also No Jetpacks

SERMONS  |  Nadia Bolz-Weber

Matthew 11:28 Matthew 11:29 Matthew 11:30

Nadia Bolz-Weber preaches on the importance of rest....

The Authority of Apology

SERMONS  |  Nadia Bolz-Weber

Nadia Bolz-Weber gives the Honors Convocation Address at Iliff School of Theology....

Sermon on Eternal Life and Living Like Liberace with Your Mom and Her Friends Forever

SERMONS  |  Nadia Bolz-Weber

John 6:47 John 6:48

Nadia Bolz-Weber preached on eternity and how it's just as much about your life before death, as it is about your life after death....

Your Calling is You

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

From trinitywallstreet.org:

"We’ve all known them — teachers, lawyers, athletes, community organizers, artists,
who knew what they wanted to do from a very young age, and did just that. What about
those of us who struggle to hear a vocation’s call? In this excerpt from
 Ray of Darkness: Sermons and Reflections, the Most Rev. Rowan Williams , the archbishop of Canterbury, suggests we retreat from the fray to recharge with a new perspective. Part 1 of 2."...

Wrestling with God and Depression

SERMONS  |  Monica Coleman

From monicacoleman.com:

"On November 18, 2012, I spoke at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, CA in the Rector’s Forum on “Wrestling with God and Depression.”  I referenced the story in the gospel of Mark where Jesus meets the man named Legion and casts out the and casts demons out of him.  I talk about what I think that has to do with depression, mental health and living whole lives."...

The Practice of Creativity

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

From sojourngrace.org:

"Join Catherine and Peter as they creatively and playfully explore the Spiritual Practice of Creativity. Inspiring us to become co-creators in this messy and beautiful life we live."...

The Practice of Forgiveness

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

From sojourngrace.com:

"Anne Lamott says that not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and waiting for the rat to die. It’s hurting someone, just not the rat. In a week like this, what does forgiveness have to offer us? Isn’t forgiveness just another way of letting the aggressor off the hook, and holding the victim responsible for their own pain? Join Jessica Mitchell as she asks the question, Could your soul be asking you to process something so you can let it go?"...

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)"...

A Sermon in Forgiving

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Brian Rossbert at House For All Sinners and Saints preaches on forgiveness, using the example of the Amish response to a schoolhouse shooting....

Baptism and Inclusion

SERMONS  |  Ben Daniel

Matthew 3:13-17

"Baptism and Inclusion" is a reflection on the story of Jesus' baptism and upon the sacrament of baptism. The sermon envisions the possibility that baptism can be understood as a commitment by the church to care for people of every religious tradition. ...

Is Jesus the Only Way?

SERMONS  |  Ben Daniel

John 14:1-14

"Is Jesus the Only Way" explores the possibility that Christians historically have misused Jesus words John 14:7 ("I am the way the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father buy my me") to answer a question not being asked in the text. The sermon suggests John 14:7 need not stand in the way of the practice of an inclusive faith that honors and respects other religious traditions. ...

The Paganism of St. Paul

SERMONS  |  Ben Daniel

Acts 17:16-34

The Bible is full of surprises. Among the unexpected bits of scripture is a story from Acts in which Paul quotes prayers to Zeus as while introducing Jesus to the the people of Athens. "The Paganism of St. Paul" reflects on what Paul's use of paganism might mean for Christians today....

Ending the Teaching of Contempt against the Church's Sexual Minorities

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Jeremiah 1

Dr. David Gushee preaches about loving and including LGBT people in the Kingdom of God....

Romans 1:24-27

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Romans 1:24 Romans 1:25 Romans 1:26 Romans 1:27

Dr. James Brownson, professor of New Testament and author of "Bible, Gender, Sexuality," delivers a guest lecture on Romans 1:24-27. From The Reformation Project's inaugural leadership training conference at Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village, Kansas on September 20, 2013.

Part two found here: https://youtu.be/9kONByDAXko...

Do It Yourself

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

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

A Sermon About Cynicism and Listening for God

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Joshua Smith preaches on missing prophets because of our cynicism....

Wednesday Night Dome Speaker: Nadia Bolz Weber

SERMONS  |  Nadia Bolz-Weber

Nadia Bolz Weber preaches on grace and being Lutheran....

What Love Looks Like (Relaxing)

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

From sojourngrace.com:

"If you could reverse engineer some of your most healthy relationships, one of the things you might find is the existence of a non-anxious presence. In this sermon, Colby suggests that Love Looks Like Relaxing. Which is to say, having an open handed and open hearted posture toward the people in your life is one way to help your relationships thrive."...

You Are Loved

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

From sojourngrace.com:

"When questions arise about your sense of belonging, or when you're flooded with feelings of emptiness, in this sermon Jessica Mitchell invites us to always come back to this truth: You are Loved, and you have all the Love you need."...

Thursday Night Dome Speaker: Shane Claiborne

SERMONS  |  Shane Claiborne

Shane Claiborne speaks about discipleship at the ELCA Youth Gathering....

Friday Dome Speaker: Leymah Gbowee

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Leymah Gbowee speaks at the ELCA Youth Gathering about hope in all the pain in the world....

Wounds and Wells: A Sermon on the Samaritan Woman

SERMONS  |  Nadia Bolz-Weber

Nadia Bolz Weber discusses our wounds, and healing through the Living Water of Christ....

Waging the War Within

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Genesis 32:22

Pastor Colby Martin discusses the story of Jacob and who it might have been he wrestled with in the night....

A Liturgical Drama of Praise for Pentecost: Gods Gift of Life

CHILDREN  |  This We Affirm

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

Pentecost: God's Gift of Life

Liturgical Scripts to use for Children - a wonderful creative script for a service with kids! ...

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...

Philosophy and Worship by James K. A. Smith

WORSHIP  |  This We Affirm

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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A Hymn After Gun Violence

WORSHIP  |  This We Affirm

Isaiah 4:2; 1 John 4:18; James 3:1-12; Micah 6:8; Matthew 25:35

A hymn written after the Orlando mass killings, plus other hymns for reflection on gun violence:


To see the complete resource, click here: http://www.carolynshymns.com/to_a_place_of_celebration.html

To a Place of Celebration
EBENEZER 8.7.8.7 D ("Why Do Nations Rage Together")

To a place of celebration filled with laughter, dancing, joy,
Came such violent devastation — one man's efforts to destroy.
God, we grieve for loved ones taken; we lament, "What can we do?"
Now, we're feeling lost and shaken; heal our nation! Make us new!
Weapons kill — and so does silence; hear our prayer as we confess:
We have given in to violence, we have bowed to hopelessness.
God, we've lost our sense of vision of a world where there will be
Plowshares made from violent weapons, justice in society.
Give our leade...

At Least As Many Ways (to God): A Poem

WORSHIP  |  Chris Neufeld-Erdman

John 10.16 Acts 10.34-35

Here's a poetic vision for a faith open to a God who is not contained by any particular religious tradition.  It's a lyrical, playful, inventive dialog and teases the reader open to the many ways into the heart of the Divine.  

Useful as a meditation in worship or a guided meditation in a small group with conversation to follow.  ...

An Easter Acclamation: Cosmic and Evolutionary

WORSHIP  |  Chris Neufeld-Erdman

After searching for an opening Easter Acclamation that's progressive and cosmic in nature, and finding nothing that went where I'd like to take the congregation on Easter, I decided I'd just have to write one.  

So, here's an acclamation/invocation that draws on themes found in the high Christology of Saint Paul (Colossians) and well as the apocryphal Gospel of Thomas; it's also drawn from the medieval mystics Meister Eckhart and Hildegard von Bingen, and the modern evolutionary theologians, Teilhard de Chardin and Thomas Berry.  I also hope it has some of the poetic flare of that great earth mystic, Saint John (Muir) of the Mountains.  
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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 ...

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...

Praying and Acting for Peace

WORSHIP  |  This We Affirm

John 20:19, Mathew 5:3-10

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...

God and Guns

COMMENTARY  |  Convergence Network

Riverside Church in the City of New York, in partnership with Everytown for Gun Safety, hosts "God and Guns: Faith Leaders Address Gun Violence", an intensive training on gun violence for faith leaders. Interview segments include Rev. Rachel Johnson, Rev. Rob Schenck, Lucy McBath, and Abigail Disney (director of the documentary film "Armor Of Light"). Filmed & edited for Manhattan Neighborhood Network....

Commentary on John 4:5-42

COMMENTARY  |  Brian McLaren

John 4 represents the founding narrative for the presence of a considerable number of Samaritans in the Johannine community....

A City Called Heaven by Paul Bellan-Boyer

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

Mark 1:1-15 Psalm 57 Timothy 4: 6-11,18 Isaiah 52:7-10

City Called Heaven Blog Post
By Paul Bellan-Boyer
The Beginning of the Good News- a message from Mark! ...

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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The Relational Body

COMMENTARY  |  Søren Lorenzen

Isaiah 40 - 66

This resource is a short analysis on the concept of name in Isa 40-66. It reveals how human beings universally are called by name, given an ultimate narrative and is deemed honorable by sheer existence. Further, it illuminates how human beings are intersubjectively connected and are responsible for each other in our differing proximate contexts....

It Has Been Accomplished

COMMENTARY  |  Herman Waetjen

John 19:27-30

In this short article, Herman Waetjen explores the last moments of Jesus' life on the cross, reflecting on how the cross brings the new creation that is longed for throughout scripture....

The Secret Question: Who is the Enemy?

COMMENTARY  |  Herman Waetjen

John 11:1-44

In this article, Herman Waetjen explores the connections between resurrection and love of enemy, showing how resurrection, experienced here and now, liberates us from eye for an eye thinking....

We Are the People of the Eighth Day

COMMENTARY  |  Herman Waetjen

Mark 1:1-11

In this article, Herman Waetjen looks at the baptism of Jesus, and how it urges us to see ourselves in the same light: “You are my beloved daughter, you are my beloved son, in you I am well pleased.”   ...

No, We Don't Worship The Same God (Do We?)

COMMENTARY  |  BrandanRobertson

A brief article about the unique conceptions of God that each person creates and how we must learn to live in theological humility. ...

Just Don’t Do It! Or Twice the Sons of Hell

COMMENTARY  |  Floyd Thompkins

Matthew 23:15 Romans 8:1

Any sentence that starts with “If I were them” will end in a self-righteous and conceited place. The plain facts are that we are not they; we don’t know what we would do! We just boost about pretend courage without paying the price of real world circumstances. The only thing that is real, relevant and therefore important is our reaction to people or persons who made decisions that they now know were bad, ill advised or destructive. This will tell them who we are! 
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Called For a Purpose: podcast

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

Isaiah 42:1-9

https://faithelement.net/9-03-called-for-a-purpose/

We feel acceptable or unacceptable in God's Eyes... A podcast on perspective regarding who God loves. ...

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...

Ascension: Why are you Gazing at the Sky

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

Acts 1:9-11, Daniel 7:13-14

https://joshuaadamscott.com/2017/05/25/why-are-you-gazing-at-the-sky/

Ascension: Gazing at the Sky and finding Jesus...

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....

An Open Letter From Millenial

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

Faith and Aging

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

Voices in Wartime

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

http://voicesinwartime.org

Video about Poems for Peace and War...

What the Bible Says About How to Treat Refugees

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

12 passages that discuss how Christians should treat immigrants, refugees and those in need of help, compiled by Jesse Carey, editor at RELEVANT...

From Diversity to Pluralism

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

"All of America’s diversity, old and new, does not add up to pluralism." 

This article, presented by The Pluralism Project at Harvard University, explores the concept of pluralism and why it is important in the United States today....

How White People Gather to Undermine White Supremacy

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

Rebecca Todd Peters on the To Do Justice blog discusses the importance of white people understanding their racial privilege and what our responsibility is because of it....

Pluralism Episode 1: The Faith of Jesus In a Pluralistic World

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

Increasingly, people are recognizing that the survival of the human race depends upon adherents of the major world religions coexisting peacefully with one another. Yet many Christians wonder how peace is possible apart from conversion to Christianity, particularly in light of Jesus’ statement, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Is it possible to take these words seriously without denying the existence of other paths God may create for humanity? The very future of Christianity and civilization may depend upon our answer. In this series, we will discover how this question is being answered and lived in surprising and hopeful ways.

Episode one of this series is available free to This We Affirm subscribers.
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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....

Creation Episode 1: On Earth as it is in Heaven

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

Are we blessing the Earth or destroying it? Modern science and ancient Celtic Christianity both suggest a better way of being – exercising an ethic of stewardship, not dominion. Watch the first episode of “On Earth As it Is In Heaven,” a provocative seven-week Darkwood Brew series, produced in conjunction with the United Church of Christ’s Mission 4/1 Earth....

Creativity Episode 1: Drawn In

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

Brian McLaren calls Troy Bronsink’s book, Drawn In: A Creative Process for Artists, Activists and Jesus Followers, a “fresh vision of God that draws us into a new way of being.” The first episode of the Creativity series features in-depth conversations between Troy Bronsink and Rev. Eric Elnes, Ph.D.. We explore how God’s rhythms are manifest in creative life that is as sincere, vibrant, and artful as it is faithful to the scriptures, and we present concrete ways to find connection with the Holy. ...

Inclusion Episode 1: Hookers, Looters and Cheats

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

Episode one of a series that looks at the most extreme outcasts in the Gospels in order to explore the question: If Jesus treated “X,Y, and Z persons” this way, then how can we treat “A, B, and C persons” with less respect than Jesus did these others?
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Justice Episode 1: For the Love of God

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

What does the Bible say about God’s love? Who does God love? What is God’s love? How can we love each other because “God first loved us?” This is the first episode in a series that explores the story of God’s love in the Bible, how it relates to how we love each other, especially talking about homosexuality. Darkwood Brew probes this important topic, and this provocative six-session series focuses on God’s love, the Bible, and homosexuality....

Prophetic Voice Episode 1: Prophetically Incorrect

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

Pop quiz: What does an 8th Century Jewish shepherd have to say about the modern economy, the 1%, and politics as usual? Join Darkwood Brew’s Rev. Eric Elnes, Ph.D. for the first episode of an in-depth conversation with Frank Schaeffer as they explore the precarious art of prophecy in Amos’ day, and in our own....

Humility Episode 1: The Great Convergence

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

In the past few decades, a new historical trend has been quietly playing out. Refugees from Christian liberalism and conservatism have been finding each other in a powerful Great Convergence. This convergence isn’t a watered-down attempt to find “middle ground” for the sake of getting along. Instead, it is a dynamic and sometimes chaotic journey through a new wilderness, where those alienated or estranged from their native traditions on the Left and the Right are drawn to find ancient Biblical faith that works in the modern world. The first episode of this eight-part series, lead by Rev. Eric Elnes, Ph.D., finds deep meaning and hope in what this unlikely group of fellow travelers is learning along the way....

Eternity Episode 1: Failing, Falling, and Flying

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

Put away your flannel-graphs because this study of Genesis is anything but one-dimensional. This in the first episode in a series that will challenge what you think you know about seemingly familiar stories and includes guests Kevin Miller, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Reinhilde Ruprecht, Terence Fretheim, Chip Bouzard, and Beth Johnson. Spoiler alert: There’s way more grace there than you think....

Science Episode 1: Evolving Universe, Evolving Faith

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

In partnership with the Adler Planetarium in Chicago as well as with the Clergy Letter Project, this is the first episode in a series that explores how recent scientific theories about the creation and evolution of the universe can help us re-imagine the universe and our place within it....

Self-Care Episode 1: Busy—Restoring Connection to an Unhurried God

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

Mahatma Gandhi said, “There is more to life than increasing its speed.” If it seems like the world keeps moving faster, and you along with it, there is another way. This is the first episode in a six-part series lead by Rev. Eric Elnes Ph.D. that explores the personal and spiritual benefits that come with slowing things down and aligning ourselves to God’s time. You’ll feel better, connect more fully, realize what’s important and maybe even get more done.
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Purpose Episode 1: Vocatio—Finding and Doing What Brings You Fully Alive

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

“Vocatio” refers to a calling into our life’s work. This is the first episode of an eight-part series that features people from a variety of professions reflecting on their sense of “call,” how they responded to it, and what it means both for them and those they interact with and influence. Explore the ways that finding your “sweet spot” – the work in your life that brings you most fully alive – is a deep spiritual practice with ancient Christian roots, and possibly even an accelerant for the work of the Spirit in our world today. Because this series explores vocatio through the lens of each of the seven “Dark Wood gifts” identified in Dr. Elnes’ book, Gifts of the Dark Wood: Seven Blessings for Soulful Skeptics (and Other Wanderers), it is a great follow-up to our” Gifts of the Dark Wood” series, or accompaniment to those reading the book. This series stands great on its own, too....

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. ...

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....

The Earth As The Temple of God | Workbook

SMALL GROUPS  |  This We Affirm

Genesis 1, Genesis 2

Every great play has a prologue, a scene that foreshadows what the audience can expect. So, too, with the Bible. "The Earth is God's Temple: a Study of Genesis 1-2" is less about exegesis and word study and other traditional Bible study tools, and more about looking at the big-picture narrative of Scripture foreshadowed in its first two chapters. The study draws heavily from the work of Dr. John Walton, author of The Lost World of Genesis One, who describes the creation stories as ancient temple-building narratives. "The Earth is God's Temple" explores not only the temple/priest theme, but also touches on how we humans can find life by eating of the tree of life, and not from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.


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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. ...

Climate Change and Faith Curriculum

SMALL GROUPS  |  This We Affirm

Genesis 1:1

A curriculum to help people grow in their communities to care for the earth both personally and socially. These resources are for small group formation. 

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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.
...

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
...

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

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....

For the Invisible People

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

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....

Building the Beloved Community

SERMONS  |  Otis Moss III

Rev. Otis Moss III preaches on race and Christianity and the revolution of creating a community that loves those on the margins....

The Storm of White Supremacy

SERMONS  |  Nadia Bolz-Weber

Pastor Nadia Bolz Weber preaches about the violence in Charlottesville, VA, white supremacy, and the history of racism in our nation, as well as the role of Christianity....

A Response to Charlottesville

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Pastor Kate reflects on recent events in Charlottesville and asks us to consider becoming more hospitable people....

March Gladness 2016

SERMONS  |  Otis Moss III

Psalm 139:1 Psalm 139:2 Psalm 139:3 Psalm 139:4 Psalm 139:5 Psalm 139:6 Psalm 139:7 Psalm 139:8 Psalm 139:9 Psalm 139:10 Psalm 139:11 Psalm 139:12 Psalm 139:13 Psalm 139:14

Rev. Otis Moss III preaches about the love that God has for Black people, His very own beautiful creation. ...

When the Verdict Hurts

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Mark 15:21

Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley preaches in the wake of learning about the lack of conviction for George Zimmerman's....

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."...

Heart Transplant: A Sermon About Compassion When We Least Deserve It

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Matthew 14

Rev. Reagan Humber preaches about compassion and what it was to Jesus and is to us.  ...

A Letter to the Rock

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Rev. Reagan Humber writes a letter to Peter and discusses the church built on imperfection....

Living By Faith

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

From sojourngrace.com:

For Jesus to walk the path that he did, faced with abandonment and suffering, meant that he lived a life of deep faith. He trusted that great Love was holding him and guiding him. We, too, are invited to lean into a faith that sustains us, when our circumstances and the world around us can seem so broken and bruised. Jessica reminds us that faith is not the absence of fear, or doubt, or pain, but that the love of God is the river that carries us through all of it.
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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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Do I Believe I Can Be Well?

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Continuing our series "Bloom: Reflections on the Cycle of Life", Pastor Stan explores the question "do I believe I can be well?" and works through what it even means to be "well" in this context. This is the archive recording of the message portion of our service from Sunday, March 20, 2017.


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The Truth about Sheep

SERMONS  |  Nadia Bolz-Weber

Nadia Bolz Weber preaches on what it means to be a sheep and a shepherd....

A Numbers Game or the Deep Economy of God

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Cindy Pincus, at House For All Sinners and Saints, preaches on God's love for us and setting our expectations....

Important Lessons are Learned in a Boat

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Sojourn warmly welcomes special guest speaker Rev. Dr. Paula Stone Williams. You won’t want to miss her message as she challenges us to answer God’s call in our lives, despite the risks....

Make Sure You are In Need of Forgiveness

SERMONS  |  Richard Rohr

Matthew 18:21 Matthew 18:22 Matthew 18:23 Matthew 18:24 Matthew 18:25 Matthew 18:26 Matthew 18:27 Matthew 18:28 Matthew 18:29 Matthew 18:30 Matthew 18:31 Matthew 18:32 Matthew 18:33

Father Richard Rohr gives a homily on forgiveness and mercy....

How Latin American Liberations Theologians Restore the "Good" in the Good News

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

From sojourngrace.com:

"Drawing from the work of Latin American Liberation Theologians, we explore how suffering (as a result of oppression) is the result of poverty, and therefore poverty is an evil force to be opposed."

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Jesus for Muslims

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

From the Muslimah Next Door:

"Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post submitted to me by my friend, Maha Elgenaidi, the CEO of Islamic Network Groups. It is the repost of a sermon given by Pastor Rebecca Irelan in support of Wheaton College Prof. Larycia Hawkins and about what Christians can learn from the Muslim view of the Prophet Jesus. 
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/muslimahnextdoor/2016/01/jesus-for-muslims-a-sermon-by-rev-dr-rebecca-i..."
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A Rabbi speaks to a Christian Church about the Three Pillars of Judaism

SERMONS  |  Eric Elnes

Deuteronomy 15:11

Rabbi Brian Stoller, Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel in Omaha, Nebraska, whose congregation is the Jewish partner in Omaha's Tri-Faith Initiative (www.trifaith.org), addresses Countryside Community Church (UCC) - the Christian Tri-Faith Partner - concerning three distinctive gifts that Judaism contributes to the Tri-Faith conversation.  His address, entitled "Torah, Prayer, and Acts of Kindness: The Three Pillars of Judaism is divided into three sections on this video....

The Gift of Hope - A Rabbi offers a Christian congregation a Jewish perspective on hope in a Messiah

SERMONS  |  Eric Elnes

Micah 4:1-4

Rabbi Aryeh Azriel, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Israel in Omaha, Nebraska - the Jewish congregational partner in Omaha's Tri-Faith Initiative (www.trifaith.org)  shares with Countryside Community Church (UCC) why Jews do not believe that Jesus is the Messiah, and offers his understanding of Jewish hope. While this sermon may be challenging for some Christians, its delivery is respectful and deeply felt.  It also illuminates much common ground that Judaism and Christianity share despite their differing opinions of Jesus' identity....

Bless to Me, Part 1: Holy Days

SERMONS  |  Eric Elnes

Psalm 113 Matthew 6

What if you could experience the holy each day, such that each day became a holiday ("holy day")?  This is Part 1 of a 4-part series on blessings that may be found in everyday life....

Bless to Me, Part 2: Holy Moments

SERMONS  |  Eric Elnes

Genesis 1 Luke 12 Colossians 1 Gospel of Thomas 77

What if you could find holiness in each moment, such that the experience of time itself became a living Gospel?  This is Part 2 of a 4-part series on blessings that may be found in everyday life. Sermons in this series may be integrated with Marcia McFee's Worship Design Studio series of the same name. (http://www.worshipdesignstudio.com/)...

Bless to Me, Part 3: Holy You

SERMONS  |  Eric Elnes

Psalm 104 Luke 12:13-23

This is Part 3 of a 4-part series, Bless to Me.  By making gratitude your life's essential pursuit, you become, as Jesus says, "rich toward God." Your mindfulness and discipline, like drops of water falling on a stalagmite, slowly build something within you that can never be taken away.  In this day and age, things that can never be taken away from us are increasingly rare.  This series is integrated with Marcia McFee's Worship Design Studio series of the same name. http://www.worshipdesignstudio.com/...

Bless to Me, Part 4: Blessings That Endure

SERMONS  |  Eric Elnes

Isaiah 41:27-31 2 Corinthians 4:8-10

This is Part 4 of a 4-part series called Bless to Me.  In our day, despite the struggles we face in our country - be they catastrophic flooding or catastrophic political polarization - neither faith, nor loving community, nor hope have been entirely stripped away. In fact, you can still find a lot of these resources if you have "eyes to see." This reflection integrates scripture with Celtic Christian spirituality to develop these very eyes so that we make fuller use of overlooked resources around us. This series is integrated with Marcia McFee's Worship Design Studio series of the same name.  (http://www.worshipdesignstudio.com/)...

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; ...

The Faith of Jesus in a Pluralistic World - six sermon packet

SERMONS  |  Eric Elnes

John 14:1-6; Deuteronomy 32:7-12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; John 10:11-18; Acts 178:22-31; Colossians 1:13-20

This 6-sermon resource packet by pastor/biblical scholar, Rev. Eric Elnes, Ph.D., is focussed on how Christians may "claim fully the path of Jesus without denying the legitimacy of other paths God may create for humanity" (Phoenix Affirmation 1). The series specifically and sensitively addresses Jesus' statement in John 14:6 that "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."  The series helps people understand the historical and literary context of this statement, and a number of translational and interpretive possibilities that suggest that the most common interpretation (that Christianity is the only way) is the least likely one that Jesus would affirm.  Also available (at additional cost) is a complete small group video resource produced by Darkwood Brew which is available in DVD and internet streaming formats (https://darkwoodbrew....

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...

A Confession for Our Callousness

WORSHIP  |  Floyd Thompkins

Rev. Floyd Thompkins offers a prayer of confession for when we've become callous to the needs around us....

Arise: A Call to Worship for Activist Congregations

WORSHIP  |  Floyd Thompkins

John 4:23

A Call to worship for congregations who have a social justice profile!...

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....

Worship Series: Holy Vessels

WORSHIP  |  Marcia McFee

This non-lectionary series originally designed for Lent focuses on the journey of brokenness, healing and wholeness utilizing the anchor image of beach glass. The worship resources included here contain ideas for each of the worship arts areas and can be adapted to fit any community's context. Compatible with Affirmation #11, Self-Care....

Worship Series: Angels Among Us

WORSHIP  |  Marcia McFee

This fully-scripted Advent/Christmas series from the Worship Design Studio features the stories of the winged messengers who visited Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, and the Shepherds. What messages we can offer that will counteract a culture of fear and bring #morehope, #morepeace, #morejoy, and #morelove to the world? This series is compatible with Affirmation #7, Prophetic Voice. Read the synopses here, and learn more about the full package including worship scripts for the season, suggestions for children in worship from Guest Expert Mark Burrows, original music by Chuck Bell and Marcia McFee, and more at www.worshipdesignstudio.com/angels....

Worship Series: Imagine the People of God

WORSHIP  |  Marcia McFee

This non-lectionary series was inspired by a beautiful song called "Imagine the People of God," a song which crosses the boundaries of traditional/contemporary worship labels. Each Sunday is based on an aspect of what we can imagine the "kin-dom" of God to look like. Originally created for Ordinary Time, this series can be adapted for anytime of year for Affirmation #12, Purpose....

Worship Series: Risky Business

WORSHIP  |  Marcia McFee

This series, originally designed for Epiphany Plus (Narrative Lectionary), can be used anytime you want to emphasize how Jesus calls us to take risks on behalf of love and justice. Scriptures show Jesus rubbing rulers the wrong way, eating with "sinners," and putting himself amidst the sick and unclean. Compatible with Affirmation #7, Prophetic Voice....

Worship Series: The Outsiders

WORSHIP  |  Marcia McFee

This series explores scriptures that tell the story of Jesus' relationship with those on the so-called "outside." What can we learn and how can we respond to Jesus' call to turn the inside out and the outside in? This series can be adapted for anytime of year and is compatible with Affirmation #5, Inclusion....

Worship Series: Roll Down Justice

WORSHIP  |  Marcia McFee

This non-lectionary Lenten series is inspired by Amos, a prophet whose message is that God calls us to let "justice roll down like waters." Worship without justice is not acceptable, rather our songs must move us to action on behalf of the oppressed. This fully-scripted series utilizes the music of WDS Guest Expert, Mark Miller, and is compatible with Affirmation #6, Justice....

Think Like a Filmmaker 9-Week Webinar Series

WORSHIP  |  Marcia McFee

The Worship Design Studio is proud to be partnering with thisweaffirm.org to provide worship series materials for each affirmation over the next three years. Want to know more about the techniques taught by Dr. Marcia McFee for creating "sensory-rich" worship? Sign up for the FREE 9-session webinar curriculum based on her latest book, Think Like a Filmmaker: Sensory-Rich Worship Design for Unforgettable Messages. The teachings in this series will help you create a strong process for planning together as a team and a plan-ahead strategy to lessen the stress of creating worship week after week. Let's proclaim the liberating messages of these Affirmations through vital and memorable worship!...

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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A Post-Modern Reading of Paul's Letter to the Romans

COMMENTARY  |  Herman Waetjen

Romans

An essay that summarizes a subjective and objective reading of Paul's Letter to the Romans.  It combines a hermeneutics of disclosure with the hermeneutics of the correspondence theory of truth....

Gathering Those Driven Away: A Theology of Incarnation (Book Excerpt)

COMMENTARY  |  San Francisco Theological Seminary

Micah 4:6

This book is a powerful expression of Jesus Christ given in the midst of the brokenness and hostilities of this world, as experienced by those who are marginalized and persecuted in contemporary society. Drawing on broader sources in the Christian tradition, Farley maintains the power of Jesus of Nazareth as the expression of the Divine Eros in Wisdom, to break powers of sin, and provide a vision of life, which is an alternative Empire to present ways and where love reigns as norm.

Considered a leading theologian, Wendy Farley has written extensively on women theologians and mystics, religious dialogue, classical texts, contemporary ethical issues, and contemplative practices.P Farley received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and now teaches at San Francisco Theological Seminary....

Tragic Vision and Divine Compassion: A Contemporary Theodicy (Book Excerpt)

COMMENTARY  |  San Francisco Theological Seminary

Offering an alternative to classic Christian theodicies (justification of God's goodness and omnipotence in view of the existence of evil), Wendy Farley interprets the problem of evil and suffering within a tragic context, advocating compassion to describe the power of God in the struggle against evil. In chapter five, included here, Dr. Farley discusses Divine Compassion and the Problem of Evil.

Considered a leading theologian, Wendy Farley has written extensively on women theologians and mystics, religious dialogue, classical texts, contemporary ethical issues, and contemplative practices.Professor Farley received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and now teaches at San Francisco Theological Seminary. ...

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. "
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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

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

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."
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