Spirituality for Ordinary People
Indigenous Wisdom, Stories, and Justice with Mary Fontaine of Hummingbird Ministries - Episode 102

Indigenous Wisdom, Stories, and Justice with Mary Fontaine of Hummingbird Ministries - Episode 102

October 7, 2021

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. 

Incarnation, In-Person, and Technology When Necessary - Episode 101

Incarnation, In-Person, and Technology When Necessary - Episode 101

July 27, 2021

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

 

Reclaiming Rest with Kate Rademacher - Episode 100

Reclaiming Rest with Kate Rademacher - Episode 100

June 24, 2021

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!!

Make a Move with Steph O’Brien - Episode 99

Make a Move with Steph O’Brien - Episode 99

June 17, 2021

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

Ascension, Pentecost, and the Growing Time with Laura Alary - Episode 98

Ascension, Pentecost, and the Growing Time with Laura Alary - Episode 98

May 14, 2021

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.

 

Becoming a Student of Joy - Episode 97

Becoming a Student of Joy - Episode 97

April 21, 2021

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.

Relating to Others Who Are Different from You - A Liturgy for Life - Episode 96

Relating to Others Who Are Different from You - A Liturgy for Life - Episode 96

March 27, 2021

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.

The Self - A Liturgy for Life - Episode 95

The Self - A Liturgy for Life - Episode 95

March 19, 2021

Matt Brough and Jen Ostash-Gooch reflect on their experience walking through the practices for the fourth week of the "A Liturgy for Life" resource. This week the focus is on the Self.

Neighbourhood and Nation - A Liturgy for Life - Episode 94

Neighbourhood and Nation - A Liturgy for Life - Episode 94

March 12, 2021

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.

Family, Ancestors, Descendants - A Liturgy for Life - Episode 93

Family, Ancestors, Descendants - A Liturgy for Life - Episode 93

March 4, 2021

Matt Brough and Jen Ostash-Gooch reflect on their experience walking through the practices for the second week of the "A Liturgy for Life" resource. This week the focus is on Family, Ancestors, and Descendants.

 

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