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The Mystic Cave
19 minutes | Jul 25, 2021
How the Light Gets In: Chicken Soup
There is no funeral service for chickens. But what we think we're grieving is not always what we're actually grieving. Funerals, inevitably, are about more than whoever’s lying in the box. They’re about all our losses.
21 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
How the Light Gets In: Sweet Regret
Have you ever thought about the road not taken, the path we chose not to follow? Might it have had a life, a trajectory even, of its own, as if in some parallel universe? And what if that path crosses the path we did take? Would we feel the connection?
20 minutes | Jul 18, 2021
How the Light Gets In: The Return of William Trelawny
All of us have a "there" back there, someplace we've left behind to get to where we are now. What would happen if we tried to go back, even for a visit? Would it still be there? Would we find ourselves, waiting?
21 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
How the Light Gets In: Pulling Up Tares
Be careful if you're going to start weeding. You don't know where it might end up. That's why Jesus said, "Live, and let live" ... sort of.
17 minutes | Jul 11, 2021
How the Light Gets In: Bud Blakelock's Bequest
Unity is hard to achieve in any human endeavour, especially in the realms of religion and politics. But sometimes the alternative is unthinkable.
20 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
How the Light Gets In: Mr. Briggs Goes to Church
Open mindedness has its risks. But open minds can lead to open doors, where any God-created thing can enter in.
20 minutes | Jul 4, 2021
How the Light Gets In: The Rise and Fall of Arthur Pitfield
An insignificant man, humble and unassuming, is elevated to the church's highest position. He eschews ecclesiastical power for simple presence. But is that what the church wants?
21 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
How the Light Gets In: Gravity
The sign of ashes may be about our repentance. But dirt, or 'humus,' is the sign of our humanity, which is sometimes born of humiliation.
20 minutes | Jun 27, 2021
How the Light Gets In: Country Kitchens
A new young minister who likes to eat, an old farming community that likes to feed. What could go wrong?
35 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
John Pentland, part 2: A Spirituality for All
John Pentland talks about how Christian belief has changed: from a distant to a present God; from Jesus the answer to Jesus the question; and from a church set apart to a church engaged in the world, even online. It's a hopeful vision that leaves no one out, and promises exciting new discoveries for those willing to travel the Unknown Path.Contacts:firstname.lastname@example.org
30 minutes | Jun 13, 2021
John Pentland, part 1: A New Kind of Church
John Pentland invites us to imagine a church, not for dyed-in-the-wool believers, but for never-been-to-church seekers. All are welcome. Hillhurst United Church, where John's been the minister for over sixteen years, has seen its congregation grow, not only in its pews but also online. Its burgeoning membership now includes people from around the world, many of whom have never even set foot in the building. And its appeal? It asks the right questions. Contacts:email@example.com
33 minutes | Jun 6, 2021
Derwyn Costinak, part 2: A Mysterious God
Many think of religion as a matter of the heart--loving God, loving your neighbour as yourself. But wars have been fought over the words we use to describe that love, and the ideas behind those words. For Christianity in particular, the words matter. Derwyn Costinak is an Anglican priest whose beliefs were formed growing up in the Pentecostal Church. The evolution of his beliefs from those evangelical roots has brought him to a place of openness to the mysterious ways of God, and to the limits of our certainty. Now, he's trying to hold it all together--a faith that encompasses the full range of Christian belief, and that even extends outward to those outside of the church. It's a stretch. Derwyn can be reached through his church's web site: www.anglicangoodshepherd.ca.
34 minutes | May 30, 2021
Derwyn Costinak, part 1: Long Way from Home
Many think of religion as a matter of the heart--loving God, loving your neighbour as yourself. But wars have been fought over the words we use to describe that love, and the ideas behind those words. For Christianity in particular, the words matter. Derwyn Costinak is an Anglican priest whose beliefs were formed growing up in the Pentecostal Church. The evolution of his beliefs from those evangelical roots has brought him to a place of openness to the mysterious ways of God, and to the limits of our certainty. Now, he's trying to hold it all together--a faith that encompasses the full range of Christian belief, and that even extends outward to those outside of the church. It's a stretch.Derwyn can be reached through his church's web site: www.anglicangoodshepherd.ca.
35 minutes | May 23, 2021
Tara Livingston, part 2: A New Community
Having shared with us her spiritual journey, from the inclusion and support of her early years in the church to the hurt and frustration that led her to leave her ministry as an Anglican priest, Tara now joins me to consider the needs of the seeker--on the other side of church land. And what do we discover? It's all about community. Not about biblical authority and clergy role-playing and the need to have all the answers. But simply seekers supporting seekers along the Unknown Path. Tara can be reached through her professional web site: www.TRLConsulting.ca.
35 minutes | May 16, 2021
Tara Livingston, part 1: It Takes a Village
Tara's journey looks a lot like my own: a church-going childhood, a sense of call, an ordained ministry; then hurt and disillusionment, leading her to leave the church, but with her faith intact, even if it expresses itself differently now. In this, the first part of our conversation, Tara tells us her story. In the second, we'll unpack it. You can contact Tara directly through her web site at: www.TRLConsulting.ca
31 minutes | May 9, 2021
Lost Rites: Special Feature
In this episode, the first of the interview sessions, I talk with the author of Lost Rites: Leaving Church Land. That would be ... me. I just want to say, talking to oneself is highly underrated. Your personality begins to disintegrate as different parts step forward for their moment on the stage, in this case, my uptight control freak and my defiant rebel. But that's not the point. The point is that this is a look behind the writing of the memoir that has been the centrepiece of this podcast for the past almost four months. Why did I write it? What does it mean that I've left the church? What are my plans now? And when are we going to hear a voice other than mine? All important questions as we transition to The Mystic Cave: the Interviews.
20 minutes | May 2, 2021
Lost Rites: Epilogue
All the church's failings began with faithfulness. Someone was trying to do the right thing. But then they clung to that thing, afraid of having to make difficult decisions, or to have faith, ever again. So the scriptures, the creeds, the sacraments, the ordered ministries--they all hardened into stone, like the mighty cathedrals they inspired, and ceased to have life or breath. I choose life. And miraculously, I have found that life still flows ... on the other side of church land. Credits:2nd Interlude: babbling_brook by electronixtech / License: Attribution Non-Commercial
22 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Lost Rites, Chapter 15, part 3
We did the deed, performing an "irregular" wedding. We received the censure we were expecting. Everyone went back to their jobs. But for me, it was over. I would devote my time to my people at St. Stephen's and to our many engaging ministries, but also to my plans to leave. Something deep inside was telling me it was time. When I left, I'd be done. Credits:Interlude: Feels Like Home to Me by Randy Newman, performed by Bonnie Raitt (from the soundtrack for the motion picture Michael) / License: SOCAN2021
22 minutes | Apr 25, 2021
Lost Rites, Chapter 15, part 2
The people of God, according to the Prophet Micah, already know what God requires of them: "to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God." But what if those are the very people who are unjust, unkind, and proud? What if someone has to step outside the bounds of their faith community in order to be God's people? Is that not a kind of heresy, or pride, in the guise of righteousness? Or is it the way the New Jerusalem is born on the earth? Credit:Interlude: One More Day, from Les Miserables (the motion picture soundtrack) / License: SOCAN2021
22 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Lost Rites,Chapter 15, part 1
What a difference a day makes. With the election of a new bishop for the Diocese of Calgary, the church was about take a turn to the past, leaving progressive parishes like mine feeling more like islands than parts of the mystical Body of Christ. And things would only get worse. Credit:Interlude: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by Ton Koopman / License: SOCAN2021
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