Collective Podcast Sermons for threshold faith communities.

Continuing through our newest series with guest speaker Christy Correll-Hughes. Come as you are. All are welcome.

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The beginning of our Lent series.

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This week we'll push into the fourth chapter of the letter, and one of the most significant themes of the Christian faith. Typically referred to as incarnation, we'll explore the integration of spirit and matter, the goodness of this life and universe. Then we'll ask questions about how we discern the many forces that push and pull us in life.

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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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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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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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What a mess! How do we begin to make sense of such a complex story, full of superstitious tasks, angelic directions, dubious questions and ridiculous outcomes. Should we seek signs? What if we get them? Do things actually turn out for the better? We'll wade into a mess of a story and try to make some sense and make some meaning. Bring your coloring hands, your creative ideas and contributing voices. Come as you are. 5PM

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