Collective Podcast Sermons for threshold faith communities.

This week we discuss the feelings of thankfulness and gratitude after Hurrican Irma and how the community comes together to support one another.

We continue our series on Lent with a sermon by Caitlin White.

This week, we finally come to the passage that drew us to this letter in the first place, the often quoted phrase, "God Is Love". As we enter the Advent Season, we begin our preparation for, and anticipation of, the promise of God born in the world, in our lives. This passage is full of tension, hope, questions and inspiration for our journey.

As our letter holds onto familiar themes of spirit in us, a life that is being revealed, what and how it is we are becoming, we'll consider the uncertainty of what we will be, but trust in the process and family with whom we are coming to be.

Last week we spoke of believing vs knowing, or belief vs experience. This week we'll take this even further with challenging and liberating idea, "You don't need anyone to teach you." We'll also take a crack at the age-old question, "where is God?" Ambitious to be sure. Come lend your voice to this good work.

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.

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.

With our Advent focus on the pure gift, and unconditional acts of mercy, we'll move this week into the tension of Mary and Martha, of being and doing. We'll explore this story which poses a question about the better way, turn the standard reading in on itself, and refuse to choose one or the other, instead, embracing the unresolved third way.

This week we continue our Advent exploration of the unconditional. From last week's look at unconditional gifts, we look this week at unconditional acts of mercy. We'll enter into the tension of all of the good done in the name of religion, and the propensity religion has to get in its own way, drawing acts of mercy into systems of mercenary economic rewards. Don't miss Mic The Prophet sitting in for the house band, and a shorter service followed immediately by the Christmas party!


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