Join us for our year-end conversation, where Beth Estock interviews Ben Yosua-Davis about his experience hosting Reports. Hear about what he learned from the 2018 season of Reports, the importance of discernment when starting new faith communities, why “just because I love them” may be the only real reason for engaging in ministry, and the beautifully surprising outcome of his campaign to continue Reports in 2019.
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Join us for a conversation with Neighborhood Animator and Iconographer Ryan Klinck, of the Missional Wisdom Foundation and SOCE Life, as he shares what it means to encounter unlikely saints in the people around us. Hear him share about how a dream sent him to Mexico when he was a young adult, the hard practice of living in intentional community, how our neighbors and enemies can serve as mirrors, and about his collaborative art projects with his friends who are homeless, called “The Saints of Bonhoeffer House”.
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Join us for a conversation with United Methodist church planter Michael Whitaker, as he shares about his experience going on pilgrimage to twenty new churches in two months. Hear him share about the generosity of the people he met, the fear and excitement of the church planting journey, the importance of the Wesleyan Covenant prayer, and why it’s important to hold onto the church planting experience lightly.
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Join us for a conversation with Wendy Hudson-Jacoby, pastor of Two Rivers Church in Charleston, South Carolina, as she shares with us about the freedom of being a truth-telling church. Hear her talk about what drew her to this ministry, the ghosts of Charlestown, what it means to be a visibly anti-racist and inclusive church, and her vision for a series of neighborhood-based churches that can become homes for those with no spiritual home.
Join us for a conversation with Andrea Lingle of the Missional Wisdom Foundation, as she shares about how conflict can be a means of grace. Hear her share about how true community can be exhausting, what it means to thirst for righteousness rather than thirst for rightness, and first steps that communities can take to have conversations that convey both moral clarity and grace. Hear her also share about Missional Wisdom’s new book: Rooted in Grace, which is a practical primer for communities looking to have these type of difficult, grace-filled conversations.
Join us for a little more of our conversation with David Masland, when he talks about Into Silence from his perspective. We’re also celebrating that David and the folks in the Upper New York Annual Conference are joining us as sponsors for our 2019 season of Reports!
Join us for a conversation with Sam Yun of Embrace Church of San Fransico. Hear him tell about his surprising journey from reluctantly leading a small group of people who had left the church to planting a church that reaches out to those with no Christian background in the East Bay area of California, including what it means to embrace the surprises that God places in your path along the way.
You can hear more conversations with spiritual pioneers like Sam by visiting our Facebook page or subscribing to us wherever you get your podcasts.
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Join us for a conversation with United Methodist pastor Chrisie Reeves-Pendergrass, co-host of Instructions For Living a Life, as she shares her story of being sexually abused, the most common techniques used by abusers and the powers-that-be to minimize and silence abuse victims, what it means to be a good ally to someone who has experienced sexual assault, and what survivors most need to hear from their religious leaders.
You can hear from other spiritual pioneers like Chrissie by subscribing to us wherever you get your podcasts or at our Facebook page.
Join us for a conversation with Tyler Sitt, pastor of New City Church, as he talks about cultivating a new church formed by and re-forming a neighborhood. Hear him share about the painful experience of hearing “Yes, but…” to his original vision and the necessity of being obedient to your community, about creating genuinely multicultural spaces and addressing white-bodied supremacy, why his Christian identity is so important and what it means to fearlessly embrace our particular religious identities.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.