015: On the Front Line of the Coronavirus

In this episode, we explore the potential impact of the coronavirus on religious communities and ask what the responsibility of religious practitioners is. Nate speaks with Matthew David Morris a transitional deacon in the Episcopal Church who lives and works in Portland Oregon.

Resources:

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Updates from the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon 

https://sojo.net/articles/first-rule-pastoring-during-outbreak-tell-truth

Follow Matthew David Morris:

Website

Twitter

 

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014: Call Me a Spiritual Rebel with Sarah Bowen

In this episode, Nate speaks with Sarah Bowen, a multi-faith spiritual educator and speaker. Sarah is a faculty member of One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in NYC where Sarah helps others explore the the depths of inter spirituality. Most recently she authored the book Spiritual Rebel, in which she brings together insights from a wide range of traditions―from Taoism to Jediism to Yoga to Science and more. Throughout her book, Sarah encourages readers to explore their own personal spiritual style and life purpose.

Sarah also divulges juicy tidbits from her own spiritually rebellious journey. Including her child as the offspring of a presbyterian minister, and about how Star Wars and the universality of the force lead her to take up the mantel of the rebellion and challenge the religious paradigms of her youth. 

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013: Better Than Brunch? | Gracepointe Church

After months of choosing brunch over Church, Colby finally decides to give Gracepointe, a progressive faith community in Nashville, TN, a try. Is it enough to make this former pastor turned breakfast burrito connoisseur into a regular church goer? Find out in this episode of “Pass the Plate.”

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012: How to Start a Revolution with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

In this episode, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove recounts his upbringing as a Southern Baptist in North Carolina and the events that led him to be one of the most formidable critics of the religious right and Christian nationalism. Jonathan is hopeful that Christians can band together to overcome the noise of the religious right and achieve a more just and equitable society. 

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011: Live at Q Christian Conference

Kipp Nelson is one of the few openly gay ministers in the United Methodist Church. Nate and Colby had the privilege of sitting down with Kipp at Q Christian’s 2020 conference.

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010: Resolutions and Questions

In the final episode of 2019, Nate and Colby look back on the previous year and share their resolutions for 2020. They also take a few listener questions.

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009: The Advocate with CeCe Jones-Davis

In this episode, we share the story of Cece Jones-Davis, a pastor, songwriter, and social advocate who is leveraging her voice to stand up for inclusion and justice.

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008: The Bridge Builder with Brandan Robertson

In this episode, we share the story of Brandan Robertson, a pastor, activist, and author who is working to build bridges between progressive and conservative faith communities. Brandan is hopeful that dialogue will create more inclusive and just churches.

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007: Queer and Catholic

In this episode, we share the story of Maria Michonski, a queer woman who identifies as Catholic. Even though Maria has, in the past, taken time away from the Church because of its unaffirming stance, she continuously feels a draw to Catholicism and its rituals. Ultimately, by separating her Catholic identity from the institutional Church, Maria is able to reconcile her sexuality with her Catholicism. 

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006: Preach

We’ve been thinking a lot about sermons lately. They’re a vital part of the Christian tradition. Chances are if you go to a church, no matter the denomination, you will hear a sermon. 

But of course, hearing a sermon, or a homily, requires going to church, and we know that many of our listeners have been hurt by church and might be taking a break, or might have left entirely. So, we thought we would try an experiment: homilies for the openly deconstructing. 

We’ll be doing these once a week for the folks in our Patreon community, which you can join by going to www.patreon.com/thanksbetopod