Collective Podcast Sermons for threshold faith communities.

This week, we pick up where we left off in our study of a letter that promises life beneath the chaos. Last week got just to the edge of how we actually step into this experience. This week we'll begin our exploration of how to practice this grounded life, starting with our illusions.

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Are we a wake? Wikipedia describes a wake as "a social rite which highlights the idea that the loss is one of a social group and affects that group as a whole.” Is that not who we are as we acknowledge the death of Christ in Communion? But are we really acknowledging that death? If we do, then do we have to face the deaths in our own lives? Whether its loved ones, or careers, or hopes and dreams, are we awake to our own pain? How might it connect us to Christ to be fully awake to our suffering, and fully a wake to our Christ. Living into the hope, the promise, that death doesn’t have the final word.

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This week we explore a lesser told story in the Christmas narrative, and make a connection between welcoming the stranger, and welcoming the new year. When we encounter the unknown, we must chose how to interact. when these interactions become reactions, we risk compromising hospitality and justice. Join us to engage and discuss.

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This week we get to enjoy one of the most powerful evenings together at Collective. On Dia De Los Muertos, we pull together three of the most important disciplines of spirituality, of the Christian tradition, and of sacramental practice: Eat. Drink. Remember. We'll connect the center of our faith with the intuitive human connections between food and the dead, memory and celebration, facing loss and living fully. We'll do this most fully by practicing the communal meal together. A brief service will be followed by a potluck, featuring the foods you connect with passed loved ones, family, memory, and values. Bring a dish and beverage to share.

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This week we'll travel familiar territory, but will do so by an unfamiliar path. We'll ask some questions about the revival of the soul, spoken of in Psalm 23, getting behind some the specific words and phrases that bring that understanding to life. We'll also engage in some very practical, tactile engagement with how we might experience this.

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This week we'll explore a psalm that expresses not only the value of refuge and stillness, but advocates the practice of stillness as an avenue into the experience of refuge. Join us to think about and to be... still.

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This week we begin a season of plundering the treasure of the biblical songbook. The Psalms invite us, by song and prayer, poetry, ecstasy, and tragedy - to feel, to think and re-think, to touch the depths of our inner light and darkness, and to listen as our inner songs harmonize with the songs of light and darkness among our community. It draws not on intellectual theology, but the experience of life held in the suspension of a dynamic faith. Psalm 88 invites us, maybe more than any other Psalm, to apologetically unfiltered, and even offensively honest, expression.

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This week we'll explore an unfamiliar story. Far from Primary in the biblical narrative, this will be an experience in a foreign tale from a foreign source. We will, however, encounter a familiar character. We'll finish our time with Daniel in one of the most thrilling and intriguing adventures to date. It will offer us opportunity for critique and reflection, thoughtful conversation and introspection.

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This week we bring together our month-long focus on water, the theme of birth (in honor of mother's day), and the tension in the relationship between the practice we control, and the elements of the spiritual experience we can't control. Through the inspiration and challenge of our liturgy - exciting new music, words and silence, readings, Baptism, Eucharist and more. Come as you are. 5PM.

YOUTUBE LINK:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlHVtmarCaM

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This week we begin our water emphasis month, connecting water and spirituality, elevating our awareness of the water crisis in the world, and preparing to raise funds to drill wells in the most water-impoverished places on the planet. We'll begin this week by surveying the world's faith traditions, and finding the imagery and reality of water as the uniting essence. We are one in our composition of and dependence upon water. If water is life, then it must speak to more than our biology. It must speak to our soul. Come as you are. 5PM.

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