David Masland – Creating Space for Spiritual Pioneers



Join us for a conversation with David Masland, Director of New Faith Communities for the Upper New York Conference, as he shares about creating space for spiritual pioneers within stressed institutions. Hear him share about the discipline of dying and waiting for institutions wanting to do new things, the adventurous hope of the church planters he works with, how to deal with the “institutional monster that always wants to be fed”, and the mistakes he’s made and what he’s continuing to learn.

Hear more conversations with spiritual pioneers from the Upper New York Annual Conference and other people across the country by subscribing to us wherever you get your podcasts or by visiting us at www.facebook.com/reportsfromthespiritualfrontier.

 

 


Nancy Raca B-Side: Church Buildings Make Life Complicated



Join us for a little more of our conversation with Nancy Raca of Sophia Community as she shares with us how church buildings are not the magic pill that many church planters think they are. To hear the rest of our conversation with Nancy and other spiritual pioneers like her, make sure to subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts or check out www.facebook.com/reportsfromthespiritualfrontier


Nancy Raca – Finding Sophia in Suburbia



Join us for a conversation with Nancy Raca, pastor of Sophia Community in Brighton, NY . Hear her describe her journey of cultivating community with women in suburban settings, the spiritual pressures that uniquely impact suburban women, why having a single-gender community is important, and how Nancy’s understandings of success have changed since she began her work as a spiritual pioneer.

Special thanks to Path1 for sponsoring our podcast and the Upper New York Annual Conference for supporting the work of Nancy and all the other people we’ve heard from over the last couple months.

You can hear conversations with more people like Nancy by subscribing to us wherever you get your podcasts or by going to www.facebook.com/reportsfromthespiritualfrontier.

 


Carlos R-L B-Side: We Don’t Need Help, We Need Brothers and Sisters



Hear a little bit more of our conversation with Carlos Rosa-Liguer, as he shares about what it means to build cross-cultural relationships. You can hear the rest of our conversation with Carlos and with other spiritual pioneers like him by subscribing to us wherever you get your podcasts or by visiting us at www.facebook.com/reportsfromthespiritualfrontier.


Carlos Rosa-Laguer – Building a Church, One Hot Dog at a Time



Join us for a conversation with Carlos Rosa-Laguer, most recently pastor of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Rochester, NY, as he shares about their fanatically relationship-focused approach to spiritual community. Hear him tell the story about running a hot dog stand in the most dangerous streets in Rochester, the importance of patience when engaging in ministry, how personal relationships come before everything else in building community, and what it means to live in a way that we both expect and need the miraculous to happen.

Before our interview, hear a brief conversation with guest (and guest host) Justin Hancock about his new book, The Julian Way: A Theology of Wholeness for All of God’s People.

This series of conversations with spiritual pioneers from the Upper New York Annual Conference is sponsored by Path1, the church planting initiative of the United Methodist Church. To hear conversations with more people like Carlos, subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts or visit www.facebook.com/reportsfromthespiritualfrontier.


Erin Patrick B-Side: Spiritual Formation and Worship At the Road



Join us for a little bit more of our conversation with Erin Patrick of the Road, as she talks to us about spiritual formation and worship at the Road.

To hear the rest of our conversation with Erin, or with other spiritual pioneers like her, make sure to subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

 


Erin Patrick – Love the People In Front Of You



Join us for a conversation with Erin Patrick of the Road in Syracuse, NY as she shares her journey from staffing a fast-food drive thru to gathering three unlikely groups of people together into one powerful spiritual community. Hear her describe how she befriended those who are homeless, those who are elderly, and those who are differently abled, and how she taught them to befriend each other; why education and certification don’t matter as much as you might think they should, and why following Jesus is as simple as loving the people that God puts in front of you.

You can hear more conversations with spiritual pioneers in the Upper New York Annual Conference and across the country by subscribing to us on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, TunedIn, and Stitcher, or by following us at www.facebook.com/reportsfromthespiritualfrontier.

 

 


Rebecca Priest and Chris Jewell – Mobile Meditation



Join us for a conversation with Rebecca Priest and Chris Jewell of Into Silence, a mobile meditation space that partners with businesses, non-profits, and churches to provide an on-site way for their members to learn how to enter into silence as part of their everyday practice. Hear them share about Rebecca’s first experience of centering prayer, how silence forms community, the mechanics of trailer renovation, the importance of trust when trying something new, and how providing people with a space to practice mindfulness can prove transformational for them and the organizations they are connected with.

Into Silence is sponsored by the Upper New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church; and we’ll be talking to their spiritual pioneers throughout this next month.

To hear conversations with other pioneers like Chris and Rebecca, make sure to subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts, or by checking out Facebook page.


Darlene Hutto – Vocation Unbound



Join us for a conversation with Darlene Hutto, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Leadership Networks for the Forum for Theological Exploration, as she talks about discovering vocation on the margins. Hear her talk about her work sparking young people’s spiritual imagination as they consider vocation and the factors that influence how young people receive and respond to call.

In particular, listen to Darlene share about how race, class, and age are all bound up in the experience of vocation, how call itself is an expression of privilege, how mainline religious institutions center whiteness as they cultivate vocation, and what cultural shifts organizations need to make in order to help everyone step into their own vocation for their lives.

You can find conversations with other spiritual pioneers like Darlene by visiting www.facebook.com/reportsfromthespiritualfrontier or by subscribing to us on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts!


Ramsey Patton B-Side: Music Making in the FEAST



Here’s a little bit more of our conversation with Ramsey Patton, where she describes how the FEAST does communal worship and music making with people of different abilities. To hear the rest of our conversation with Ramsey and other spiritual pioneers like her, check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/reportsfromthespiritualfrontier or subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts!

 


Dan Wolpert – the Spiritual Life of the Every-Pastor



Join us for a conversation with Dan Wolpert, co-founder of the Minnesota Institution for Contemplation and Healing (MICAH), and writer of “Creating a Life with God” about the spiritual life of the Every-Pastor. Hear Dan describe his own journey from contemplative practice into Christianity, the common spiritual contours of a typical pastor’s life, the stories that almost every religious leader tells themselves, the functional atheism of the typical mainline church, and what it means to live as if God is actually present and active in the world.

You can hear more conversations with spiritual pioneers like Dan by visiting www.facebook.com/reportsfromthespiritualfrontier or by subscribing to us wherever you get your podcasts!


Ramsey Patton – Cultivating Spiritual Community With the Differently Abled



Join us for a guest-hosted conversation with Rev. Ramsey Patton of Highland Park UMC, as she shares with us her experience of cultivating spiritual community with the differently abled through FEAST, a worship experience specifically designed for those disabilities and special needs. Hosted by Justin and Lisa Hancock, she explores the nuts and bolts of what worship looks like for those of different ability levels, the beautiful moments of grace, the challenges and opportunities of inviting people into spiritual formation and leadership, and the gifts of struggling, failing, and learning together.

You can hear conversations with other spiritual pioneers like Ramsey by subscribing to us wherever you get your podcasts or by visiting us at www.facebook.com/reportsfromthespiritualfrontier.

 

 


Lisa and Justin Hancock [Updated] – The Spiritual Lives of a Differently Abled Couple



In our full re-release of our most-talked about episode of 2017, hear Justin and Lisa give us an update on their lives, a new book coming out in a few months, and their plans for guest hosting on Reports in a couple of weeks. After that, join us for a beautiful conversation with Lisa and Justin Hancock of the Julian Way, an intentional community for people of all abilities and physical embodiment. Listen to Lisa and Justin tell their story of what it’s like to live as a differently abled family, the spiritual pressure of “passing” as normal, and how communities can fully integrate people of different abilities into their life together.

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Erin Martin B-Side: The Spiritual Lives of District Superintendents



Hear a little bit more of our conversation with Erin Martin, as she talks about the spiritual lives of district superintendents and Ben gets a sudden case of neo-monastic envy.

You can hear the rest of our conversation with Erin and spiritual pioneers like her by checking out our Facebook page or by subscribing to us wherever you get your podcasts.


Erin Martin – The Life of a Methodist Monastic Superintendent



Join us for a conversation with Rev. Erin Martin, District Superintendent of the Columbia District of the Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church, as she shares about her life as a monastic Methodist leader. Hear her share her diagnosis of the spiritual dynamics of mainline institutional Christianity, the spiritual pressures of being a judicatory official, why she decided to move into intentional community when she became a district superintendent, and her advice to those who supervise and equip spiritual pioneers.

You can find conversations with other pioneers like Erin by visiting our www.facebook.com/reportsfromthespiritualfrontier or subscribing to us wherever you get your podcasts.

 

 


Eilidh Lowery- Church in Table, In Neighborhood, In Place



Join us for a conversation with Eilidh Lowery, co-pastor of Sellwood Faith Community and Southeast Portland Parish, as she shares her experience of growing spiritual community in the Sellwood Neighborhood. Hear her describe how her dinner worship gathering has changed, what it’s like to share ministry with her husband, how their community tells stories to measure their success, and what it takes to stay present, responsive, and adaptable in a rapidly changing context.

You can hear more conversations with spiritual pioneers like Eilidh by subscribing to us wherever you get your podcasts or by visiting www.facebook.com/reportsfromthespiritualfrontier.

 


Rabbi David Markus: The Common Theographic Frontiers of Christianity and Judaism



Join us for a conversation with Rabbi David Markus of Temple Beth-El of City Island, NY, co-founder of Bayit, and judicial referee in New York Supreme Court, Ninth Judicial District, as we talk about the shared theographic frontiers in Christianity and Judaism. Hear David share about his call into to be both a rabbi and a lawyer, majoritarianism versus minoritiarianism, celebrating Shabbat in the New York Bottanical Gardens, and the common ground between Christian and Jewish spiritual pioneers. You can hear conversations with other pioneers like David by subscribing to us wherever you get your podcasts or by visiting us at www.facebook.com/reportsfromthespiritualfrontier.


Sean Peters B-Side – Theater of the Oppressed



Join us for a little more of our conversation with Sean Peters of Mosaic Palm Bay, where he talks about his dream to use Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed as way to cultivate spiritual community. Hear the rest of our conversation with Sean and other spiritual pioneers by visiting us at www.facebook.com/reportsfromthespiritualfrontier or by subscribing to us wherever you get your podcasts!


Sean Peters – Embracing God’s Surprises



Join us for a conversation with Sean Peters of Mosaic Palm Bay, a diverse community that lives at the intersection of community, art, and justice. Sean shares about his surprising journey from the world of theater to the world of church planting, what it means to embrace the people that God sends to you, and his story of healing from closing one church to planting a new one.

You can find more conversations with people like Sean by following us at www.facebook.com/reportsfromthespiritualfrontier or by subscribing to us wherever you get your podcasts.