Matt Brough welcomes Terence Lester to the podcast for a hopeful and inspiring conversation about justice. Terence is the founder of Love Beyond Walls, a nonprofit organization focused on poverty awareness and community mobilization and is the author of When We Stand: The Power of Seeking Justice Together.
This episode features reflections and a conversation with Rev. Mary Fontaine. Executive director of Hummingbird Ministries, ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in Canada, and Indigenous Leader, Mary brings such wisdom as she reflect on her own work, the need for healing and listening, the power of music, dance, and the arts, and the the important of advocacy for indigenous youth.
As Jesus indwells the world so we too indwell the world. This might be an apt description of what is called "incarnational ministry." How might the incarnation be important for us as we reflect on being together in-person, and how might technology continue to play a vital role? (Maybe it always has!)
Based on a message that Matt Brough gave at an outdoor in-person gathering.
Referenced in this episode...
Finding an alternative to “incarnational ministry” - The Presbyterian Outlook
Incarnation: Theology in the Body - Reformed Journal
We made it to episode 100!! Whoohoo! And what better way to mark this milestone, and all the work that went into it, than with a conversation about resting.
Matt Brough and Kate Rademacher talk about her latest book Reclaiming Rest: The Promise of Sabbath, Solitude, and Stillness in a Restless World
This interview is so wide-ranging covering topics like:
- why truly resting is so hard
- why Sabbath on a Sunday can be difficult and how a practice of Friday night through Sunday afternoon might be a better pattern for many people.
- The importance of community in resting.
- The role of benedictions and liturgy in sabbath keeping.
- The deep connections between social justice and the sabbath.
Hope you will give this 100th episode a listen!!
A lively conversation between Matt Brough and Steph O'Brien about how to "Make a Move." Often we have trouble making decisions and then even more trouble acting on them. Steph's latest book deals directly with this. On the big things and the small things, Steph provides sage wisdom for taking steps, even when they might be a bit stumbling or winding, along the path of your life. This episode focussed in on the importance of actually moving, experimenting, and just trying things, in the midst of discernment.
Often we might think we are supposed to listen for God's leading and then make a move. Steph and Matt both talk about how hearing from God, seeing where God might be leading is more usually done in the midst of the journey, so the key ingredient is to start!
Check out Steph O'Brien's book Make a Move:How to Stop Wavering and Make Decisions in a Disorienting World
And Matt Brough's book Let God Send: Crossing Boundaries and Serving in Christ's Name
In this Episode, Matt Brough and children's author, Laura Alary, have a conversation about the long season of "ordinary time" and how it can be understood as a time of growth. This interview is wide ranging, including how to talk to kids about the ascension of Jesus, and also how do adults contend with the bizarre nature of the Pentecost narrative.
Laura reads from her latest book, Breathe: a Child's Guide to Ascension, Pentecost, and the Growing Time.
Has anyone else been having a hard time with joy? Maybe joy is something to fight for, something to learn to spot and well... enjoy. In this episode we discuss becoming a student of joy and talk about Disneyland, holding newborns, baptisms, the resurrection appearances of Jesus, and the unexpected delight of a fire hydrant in the middle of a forest.
Matt Brough and Jen Ostash-Gooch reflect on their experience walking through the practices for the fifth and final week of the "Liturgy for Life" resource. This week the focus is on the Others, especially those different from yourself.
Matt Brough and Jen Ostash-Gooch reflect on their experience walking through the practices for the third week of the "A Liturgy for Life" resource. This week the focus is on Neighbourhood and Nation.