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Compass Podcast: Finding the spirituality in the day-to-day
35 minutes | 11 days ago
Leaving no one at the margins with Father Gregory Boyle
Humanity’s great error is that we’ve forgotten we belong to one another. When Father Gregory Boyle was sent to minister amongst the forgotten of Los Angeles, he responded by starting a movement to disrupt the cycles that suggest that one person’s life is worth more than another’s. In this episode of the Compass Podcast, Father Greg shares some of the story behind the ministry he helped to found, Homeboy Industries. He also provides some insight on how we can all be disruptors to the cycles of marginalization.
34 minutes | 25 days ago
Disrupting trends of loneliness with Luke Edwards
Luke Edwards talks with us about fresh expressions of church that are disrupting the cycles of loneliness in our culture.
29 minutes | a month ago
Hopelessness and decolonizing faith with Miguel De La Torre
Dr. Miguel De La Torre, the author of “Decolonizing Christianity”, talks about living in hopelessness while being a person of faith. What does it mean for us to seek out the Jesus of the margins? How will that impact our understanding of faith and our world? Find out more about Dr. De La Torre at drmigueldelatorre.com/
34 minutes | 2 months ago
Friendships and faith community for digital natives
Are virtual friendships real friendships? Matt Franks and Zach Bechtold of the Bearded Theologians podcast reveal the ways in which a digitally-native culture does faith and spirituality online.
34 minutes | 2 months ago
Doubt and deconstruction with AJ Swoboda
Deconstruction and doubts are natural to having faith. AJ Swoboda reminds us that we are not alone in our deconstruction and that reconstruction can be a beautiful, hopeful process. AJ Swoboda is assistant professor of Bible, theology, and world Christianity at Bushnell University. He is the author of a number of books, including the award-winning Subversive Sabbath and of the recently released After Doubt.
39 minutes | 3 months ago
Intersection of faith and mental health
Chrisie Reeves-Pendergrass and Adam Baker speak on where the faith community has harmed in the realm of mental health, where the faith community has had positive impact, and what still needs to be said regarding mental health and faith. See more from Chrisie and Adam through their podcast page: https://instructionsforlivingalife.com/
39 minutes | 3 months ago
Becoming spiritually free with AD Thomason
AD Thomason joined the Compass Podcast to share his experience encountering freedom through the Spirit. AD is an adjunct professor at Kilns College where he teaches on the History of Human rights and justice, De-colonizing your faith, filmmaking and more. He has spoken in over 15 countries. Native of Detroit, Michigan, AD made it through adverse circumstances, be it violence, broken homes, racial discrimination and more. With over seventeen years of experience as it pertains to lecturing and human rights advocacy in ethnically divided countries, cultures, sub-cultures and relationships, he gives you a glimpse of God’s heart with the hope of healing and peace. AD wrote Permission to be Black: My Journey with Jay-Z and Jesus. Find out more at IAmRedRev.com. Find out more about the Compass Podcast at umc.org/compass
37 minutes | 4 months ago
Creating change when stuck in the same
Tony Caldwell joined Pierce and Ryan to talk about resilience. What are ways we can move forward in hope when so many of our circumstances feel stuck in sameness? Tony Caldwell is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. He also hosts the Voices of Wisdom podcast and is a featured speaker and writer for Red Letter Christians.org. He has written for many publications and newspapers and his work has been featured on CNN.
47 minutes | 4 months ago
Living with doubt
Does being faithful mean being doubtless? Brian McLaren is back on the Compass Podcast to talk about living with faith and doubt. Brian’s new book, Faith After Doubt, is out now. He provides a glimpse into both the stories behind the book and how he lives with doubt–even while being a faith leader. See more about Faith After Doubt: https://bookshop.org/books/faith-after-doubt-why-your-beliefs-stopped-working-and-what-to-do-about-it/9781250262776 And Brian McLaren: https://brianmclaren.net/
36 minutes | 5 months ago
Believing you can make a difference
Lindsey Krinks is a street chaplain and difference-maker. On the Compass Podcast, she shares how you will be a difference-maker, too. Lindsey Krinks is astreet chaplain, activist, and cofounder of Open Table Nashville. Check out Lindsey’s book, Praying with Our Feet, at http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/praying-with-our-feet/402180
38 minutes | 5 months ago
Keeping it simple this Christmas
Consume less, relate more. Ryan and Pierce felt a strong sense of mourning entering this holiday season. Where is the light shining this holiday time? Rev. Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping gave Pierce and Ryan some ideas for a unique holiday season. For more Compass episodes visit umc.org/compass. Check out more from Rev. Billy Talen at RevBilly.com
38 minutes | 6 months ago
Gratitude is good for our bodies, minds and spirits. But we don’t always feel a sense of gratitude, do we? Knowing that gratitude is good, are there ways to cultivate a sense of gratitude? Pierce and Ryan dig into some practices that inspire internal thankfulness. The trick is not simply being thankful for all things. But to be thankful in all things. The Compass Podcast connects the spiritual and Divine with our everyday lives. Never miss an episode and find out more by visiting www.umc.org/compass
42 minutes | 7 months ago
Communicating and bias with Brian McLaren
We all have our own well-reasoned opinions and points-of-view. Why can’t other people see things as clearly as we do? Brian McLaren joined the Compass Podcast noting that all of us carry certain biases, and when we recognize them we are far better capable of communicating our points of view. Brian McLaren is a well-known and prolific author. His book A New Kind of Christian influenced a number of today’s Christian leaders. He also wrote The Secret Message of Jesus, relating the words of Jesus to 21st-century circumstances. Naked Spirituality offers “simple, doable, and durable” practices to help people deepen their life with God. One of his perhaps lesser-known books is a little one called Why Don’t They Get It? It’s a little less about faith than many of his other books… and is more about communication. Specifically, it’s about how we communicate important and sometimes conflictual ideas. In this short book, Brian addresses 13 biases that are present in everybody–even me and you. And he gives practical insight into how these biases keep us and others from hearing new information.
40 minutes | 7 months ago
Games, anime, comics and church
Self-proclaimed “Nerd Pastor” Nathan Webb, founder of Checkpoint Church, joined the Compass Podcast to discuss gaming, anime, comics, and connecting on a spiritual level. We’re all geeks for something, and Nathan details how our geek-y interests can foster something deeper.
44 minutes | 8 months ago
All life is hope with Shane Claiborne
Maybe you’re a bit tense right now. We’re in a tense season–the pandemic, the coming of Fall, the election in the U.S. likely have us a little more on edge than normal. But there’s a lot to hope for in this season, too. Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Prior to writing books, Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia. He now heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living “as if Jesus meant the things he said.” Shane is a champion for grace which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. Now grace fuels his passion to end the death penalty and help stop gun violence. Shane talked about hope during this tense season, about how faith informs our politics, about how we get involved in justice work, and how we can maintain some spiritual momentum when things feel like they’re going backwards. Such good stuff…
30 minutes | 8 months ago
Tyler Smith–sportswriter, coach and pastor–joined Pierce and Ryan to share about his mission to foster holy moments in everyday living .
48 minutes | 9 months ago
What is your identity?
Who are you? If you struggle for an answer to that question, this might be the episode for you. Pierce and Ryan take a deep dive into their own identities, what they’re discovering now, and what they still struggle to articulate.
47 minutes | 9 months ago
Guide to contemplative action
Rev. Brandon Wrencher provided a glimpse of the Good Neighbor Movement and how to take action contemplatively–including a walk-though of lectio liberatio. Find the Compass Podcast on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/compass-podcast-finding-the-spirituality-in-the-day-to-day/id1301518618 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7B0wIRlzaC0OxWdsNNJL5j?si=VgjKC_0pQTelr1sa5EJHMg Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/compass-podcast-finding-the-spirituality-in-the-daytoday Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/m/Iabectkpszmwlchjsin7gb5rr3i?t=Compass_Podcast_Finding_the_spirituality_in_the_day-to-day
30 minutes | 10 months ago
Let’s end world hunger
Barry Mattson of Rise Against Hunger shares a vision for ending world hunger–and how he came to be part of the movement. At the Compass Podcast, we identify the Divine in the everyday. For more episodes, visit: www.umc.org/podcasts
18 minutes | 10 months ago
Practice of breath and renewal
There’s a lot of work before us and the days are anxious. This simple breathing practice offers refreshment and renewal.
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