Collective Podcast Sermons for threshold faith communities.

Greed is an incredibly difficult subject to address. It is not a certain amount of money, but rather a posture toward money, wealth, and the thing we perceive to be connected to it. Money is essential. It can be a vehicle for goodness and an used as an expression generosity. It also can be an anchor that plunges us into self-destruction, or an ember that sets us ablaze with obsessive consumption. Join us as we explore the inclinations of our hearts toward money, and offer some practical disciplines that can help form us in ways of healthy relationship toward money. Plus there will be some outstanding music!

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This week we complete our journey in exploring hospitality and the unconditional, ending with among the most difficult forms of welcome, the welcome of self. More than merely the way we think of ourselves, we'll ask questions about the way we live in response t our own value, the conditions we place on our own acceptance, and the ways we project our limited welcome onto the divine. From how to love ourselves, to the ways the church heals or hurts us, we'll need your voice to round out a robust conversation.

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This week, following in our theme of unconditional hospitality, we'll explore how it is that we can continue to be a "multi-generational community", who welcomes a diversity of ages, to view time and "newness" more deeply than fads and trends, and to hopefully begin to reclaim the value of wisdom, experience, and generational integration.

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This week we continue our exploration of unconditional welcome and the risk of hospitality, with a reflection and conversation, between Ben and Lindsey, on pluralism. We'll look at the increasing pluralism of different faith, traditions and religions in our culture, with whom we live, and to whom we might extend generous welcome. We will look as well at the plurality of different beliefs within the family of our own religious tradition. Join us for a very engaging and conversational engagement with this topic, where your voice and thoughts will contribute to our shared experience.

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

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On the heels of the Paris Climate Summit, our final Advent reflection will be one that draws connections between the traditional Christmas stories, and the narratives we tell ourselves about the possibility of unlimited consumption, often believing the lie that there is some magical source of all the things we give and get. Christmas can perpetuate this lie, or it can bathe it in the warm light of truth, and ask us to reconsider unconditional gift-giving, the precious value of limited things, and the way this shapes our life in this world.

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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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We continue this week, exploring the honesty of inner turmoil and raw expression. In Psalm 22 we find a question, central to the human experience, and one that connect the Psalms with the center of the Christian tradition. Not only the "Why?", but all of the assumptions we bring to that question.

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