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Compass Podcast: Finding the spirituality in the day-to-day
33 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Encountering the Divine through reading
Feeling a bit disconnected? Utilizing a reading plan helps us connect in community and feel connected to the Divine. In this episode, Pierce and Ryan outline simple plans, note the benefits of investing in reading scripture, and offer a special invitation!
37 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Simple life rhythms for balance and peace with Joan Chittister
One of the marks of monastic communities is that they establish a rhythm of life that calls attention to the holy. Sister Joan Chittister, who is herself part of a Benedictine monastic community, has translated a number of these practices into everyday life for us. You may have heard of Sister Joan–she’s a well-known activist and has made a couple of appearances alongside Oprah Winfrey. She’s also authored 60 books and has won numerous awards. We’re talking with her about her recent release: The Monastic Heart: 50 Simple Practices for a Contemplative and Fulfilling Life.
41 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Wrestling with the tough sayings alongside Amy-Jill Levine
Why did Jesus say some of the things he said? What do we make of these tough teachings today? Amy-Jill Levine provides some tools for processing. Do we need to sell everything we own? Must we hate our mothers and fathers? At different points in his ministry, Jesus suggested to some people they do those very things. What tools can employ to make sense of those teachings today?
43 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
How gaming inspires a spiritual connection
That video game you’ve sunk the last 7 nights into might be teaching you something about faith and connection. Rev. David Petty joins the Compass Podcast to share the story of the digital outreach community, CrossFire: Faith+Gaming. Rev. Petty points to the intersection of faith, gaming and community. Visit the community at CrossFireCast.com
53 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Making any moment a holy moment
Douglas McKelvey details his motivation and process for crafting liturgical prayers for everyday events. Making coffee, changing a diaper, mourning the loss of a dog… these are prompts for prayer. Liturgical prayer offers words for the mundane and emotional moments when our own words fail us. Doug McKelvey is the author of the Every Moment Holy series, collections of liturgical prayers for everyday life. Find out more about Doug at www.dougmckelvey.com Check out books and downloadable liturgies at www.everymomentholy.com
28 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Holy mischief and disruptions of kindness
Reverend Shannon Karafanda shares #HolyMischief, a movement inspiring acts of disruption based in love. It seems that the more kindness we show towards others, the more connected we feel towards them. So when we get stuck in cycles of negativity, or feeling like the world is against us, or feeling like everyone around us is getting on our last nerve, we’re well served by serving somebody else through an act of kindness. Shannon is a professional Holy Mischief Maker helping others to engage in the mysterious disruption of love in action. She is an Executive Pastor at Peachtree United Methodist Church in Georgia and has a doctoral degree in transformational leadership.
20 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Breath, justice and the name of God (with Rev. Brian Tillman)
Your breathing reflects the very name of God. Rev. Brian Tillman reminds us that God is present in the very breath we take. And then reminds us that injustice is mistreating all those who speak the name of God. Imagine what happens when people breathe the name of God while standing for justice. To see the video upon which this episode is based: https://youtu.be/iCRg5a8DJBE
35 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Remembering Steve Austin
Steve is one of the few people we’ve talked with multiple times on the Compass Podcast. He just had so many great things to say. Steve also contributed to our Rethink Church blog, offering an important voice at the intersection of mental health, self care and spirituality. We were shocked to learn of Steve’s passing. If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts, please talk with someone. One of the places Steve recommended was National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 800.273. (TALK). Those of us who care for Steve don’t want the nature of his death to be what he’s remembered for. He needs to be remembered for all the good he did, for all the help and laughter he brought. So we’re going to let Steve have the last word on this.
10 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
A prayerful reflection for mid-day disruption
Pierce Drake offers a brief prayer exercise for contemplating the truth of who we are–even in the midst of our days. Interested in the book he shares from? Find Every Moment Holy here: https://www.cokesbury.com/9781951872021-Every-Moment-Holy
7 minutes | May 26, 2021
Meditative practice for daily disruptions
In this episode, we’re creating our own stories of disruption through a contemplative prayer practice. The Welcoming Prayer helps us recognize what we’re feeling and where God is in the midst of our experiences.
35 minutes | May 12, 2021
How spiritual practices disrupt our world with Tyler Sit
Worship, prayer and meditation interrupt the world’s cycles of brokenness. Tyler Sit, the author of “Staying Awake” and pastor of New City Church, describes how these practices brought disruption to Minneapolis in the wake of the uprising and Derek Chauvin trial. Rev. Tyler Sit is the church planter of New City Church, a church that focuses on environmental justice. He is a lover of Minnesota (when you live in Tennessee you don’t hear that often), a United Methodist pastor, and the son of a Chinese immigrant. Tyler has lived on four continents. He has formal training as a prison chaplain, community organizer, and social entrepreneur. When he is not at New City, you’ll find Tyler wandering around the Mississippi River. The church he is a part of, New City, has been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Minnesota Public Radio, and more. AND, Rev Tyler has a new book out: it’s called Staying Awake: The Gospel for Changemakers. It’s packed full of practices for people who want to make a difference for good in the world.
35 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
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 | Apr 14, 2021
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 | Mar 30, 2021
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 | Mar 17, 2021
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 | Mar 3, 2021
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. geaSAxS3ry3eYBHaJFWu
39 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
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 | Feb 3, 2021
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 | Jan 21, 2021
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 | Jan 4, 2021
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/
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