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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After last week's thorough introduction to the community that produced it, this week we launch our proper dive into this letter. We'll explore the content of the "message of life", through image, metaphor, poetry, and perspective. We'll allow ourselves to live in the flow between the dance partners, gravity and grace.

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This week we begin to read the letter of 1 John; a letter of love from and for a community of love. The opening draws us into the ecstatic invitation to experience the fullness and density of life that the writers have experienced. But before we can understand this invitation and this life, we have to understand the community it comes from, and is intended for. In this community, we meet a mystical group with a dynamic and universal vision for life and faith.

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This parable is offered to the self-righteous who look down on others - certainly none of us can relate. This Sunday we wrap up our summer of parables with a really fun reading with some fascinating twists. It invites some significant personal and social reflection, and has us considering the deceptions and illusions with which we unknowingly live.

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This week we'll experience a sort of sampler of sermons on this well worn parable. Often called "The Good Samaritan", this story offers several levels for engagement and interpretation. Ultimately, we want to peel back each layer, get a bit deeper, and attempt to reveal the deepest goodness this story holds. In a world rocked by suffering and fear, this week presents a unique opportunity to receive some truly GOOD news.

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This Sunday we continue our engagement with parables, coloring them with our own experience. In addition to coloring sheets in the service, we’ll hear from the voice of the kids from their first reading. This week we’ll lean into the mysterious nature of parables, and the way they offer a sort of revelation through concealment. If you come looking for answers, they leave you with more questions, if you come desiring satisfaction, they seem only to further kindle your desire.

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This week we begin our water emphasis month for the 4th year, exploring water imagery and metaphor with spirituality, as well as celebrating and adding to the 18 clean water wells we've drilled over the past four years to address water poverty globally. This week we'll look at water from these two angles: the physical need for literal water, and the existential need for spiritual "water". We'll highlight the way water tends to make equal the human pursuit of both.

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Four times in the Scroll of Esther, Queen Esther is asked what she desires. Three times she is promised power and riches. Esther's answers not only move the story along, but are revealing of the wishes of all women - to live peaceful, fearless lives where justice prevails.

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Join us this week as we hear from our friend Christy Correll-Hughes, continuing our exploration of the value and contribution of women. We'll move through her story, her personal experience, and her imagery of God as mother, helping us to reimagine God through feminine imagery.

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This week we begin a three week exploration surrounding the theme of children. We often think of children as hard drives which download data, and call this learning; Or sponges, which simply soak things up. What if, instead of viewing children as data receptacles, we looked at children as the ones from who we have so much to learn. What if we could not only recall, but relive our childhood postures of genuine curiosity, wonder, joy, and trust? Join us as we look to children to guide our formation.

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