Collective Podcast Sermons for threshold faith communities.

April 19, 2016  

Though culture and traditional education seem obsessed with how it is that we can rightly teach children - best prepare them for the world of what they need to know - last week we began a conversation about what it is we might learn from children. This is the question of much of Eastern spirituality, and one of the most provocative images presented by Jesus. We started last week with humility and the beginner's mind. This week we go deeper into the posture and wonder of faith like a child.

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February 21, 2016  

The desires that motivate and call us into the fullness of life, can also be hooks and anchors by which we are drawn into self destruction. The same embers which glow with warmth and save us from the cold, can quickly burn us to the ground. This week we begin our Lenten journey of introspection and self examination. Rather than looking out, remaining in the abstraction of intellect, philosophy and theology, we'll turn these disciplines inward. We'll use the lenses of vice and virtue to explore our habits and inclinations, and examine our form of life. Are our impulses and their expressions leading us into more vital ways of being, or robbing us of the thriving life that is, deep down, behind our desires?

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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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We have a special treat this week! Our friend and partner in justice work, Rajni Shankar-Brown, will join us for some engagement and education surrounding the issues of hunger, encouraging us with simple ways to help, and challenging us to self-examine, especially as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving. Rajni will be sharing a sung selection from her sacred tradition, on this topic, reminding us that hunger is a human issue that transcends religious divides. We'll consider the story of Jesus feeding the multitudes, and ask some pointed questions about what this story does to us, rather than what we would rather it do for 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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