Collective Podcast Sermons for threshold faith communities.

This week we'll explore the connection between unconditional hospitality and the risk of the unexpected arrival of the other. We'll navigate this primarily through our perspective as a congregation, welcoming of the LGBTQ+ community. Join us as we ask questions about the surrender of social initiative for the sake of true welcome.

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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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Welcome to Collective's Sunday after Christmas, Online Exclusive Liturgy.

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This week we continue our exploration of the connections between food and faith, with a classic passage. When Jesus speaks of Salt and Light, we do well to pay attention to means and ends, things of primary and secondary importance. Join us to reflect and taste, imagine and be inspired for a life of flavor and illumination.

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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 wrap up our season in the Psalms. We'll end with a bit of a double reading, examining both the literal final Psalm in the collection, as well as a Psalm that serves as a benediction, or a sort of sending blessing of closure. We'll make some connections with last weeks look at breath, as well as raise some questions about praise, God, blessing, and who all of this is ultimately for and about. Join us!

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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 the cry for justice. We'll join the Psalmist in lamenting the reality that justice does not exist... even as we celebrate the fact that we know what justice is. Even without existence, we know the unconditional call of justice in our gut and in our bones. So, how can it not be a thing, and yet so powerfully move us and shape us?

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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 sing with the Psalmist in celebration of God's good world. Not only for celebration itself, nor merely for gratitude that the earth supplies resources, but because this expression shapes our relationship with the earth. How can we care for that which we do not love, a planet over which we do not marvel, and for which we offer no celebration and gratitude. Psalm 104 aims to shape our relatedness to the soil.

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