Collective Podcast Sermons for threshold faith communities.


This week, our own Lindsey Graves helps us to trace the roots of feminism and patriarchy to the creation myths in Genesis. She'll help us to think through our conceptions of gender, the status women in the bible, and how it is that we might practice a Christian Feminism.

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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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This week, we begin a month of celebrating, honoring, and learning from the leadership of women in our tradition, in communities of faith, and in the life of Collective, specifically. From naming the patriarchy that has shaped religion and excluded women, to the motherhood of God, to the heroic women, storied in our faith tradition, to the faiths of women of diverse traditions, Join us as we emphasize women in leadership, honor the radical equality and inclusion of the Christian faith, even as we transcend traditional gender binaries.

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As the season of lent comes to a conclusion, we are held on Palm Sunday in the tension of ascent and descent. We know we are headed toward the death of Jesus, but Palm Sunday swells with pride as Jesus processes into Jerusalem. This week we tie together the the themes of vice and virtue, with the historical-political realities surrounding Jesus' last week; But we ultimately allow these themes and narratives to turn on us, to ask of us, questions about our allegiances, our commitments, and the roles in which we imagine ourselves in our own stories.

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This week we'll explore sloth on the continuum of work and rest, both of which can be overdone and underdone; both of which, when engaged in healthy rhythms, can be virtuous; and both of which, when taken to extremes, can be vices. At some point saying "Just work harder", fails to address the desires and hangups that lie behind our expressions of sloth. It's whats going on behind it that we're interested in.

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Food is amazing, delicious, and life giving. Gluttony is neither easy, nor fun to unravel. But, it's Lent, and we're committed to examining ourselves, our relationships to and behaviors surrounding even our good desires, like hunger. Join us as we look honestly at the complicated way we relate to food, and the way food relates to our internal complexities. We'll also work through the ways gluttony is thought to show up in the Christian tradition. Inspiring music, reflection, meditation, Eucharist, and more. Come as you are. All are welcome.

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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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