Mira Conklin – The Spiritual LIfe of a Community Organizer



Join us for a conversation with ELCA organizer and Missional Wisdom Foundation convenor Mira Conklin, about her work with immigrants in Portland, OR. Hear her share about the spiritual life of a community organizer, including the story of her journey from her Midwest home to working for immigrant rights, to the messiness of living into the contemplative stance, to how community organizing is like mutual footwashing.

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Allen and Sara Ewing-Merrill – Community Building With Immigrants



In our b-side this week, Allen and Sara shares their top pieces of advice for churches looking to build spiritual community with refugees in their community.

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Sara and Allen Ewing-Merrill – Meeting God in the Refugee



Join us for a conversation with Allen and Sara Ewing-Merrill, co-pastors of Hope GateWay, a United Methodist faith community in Portland,ME. Learn about their journey to becoming a multi-cultural community, the blessings and challenges of inviting immigrants into their midst, and what they’ve learned about God from those who come from other countries of origin.


Adam Barlow-Thompson and Matt Johnson – Finding God In Your Neighborhood



Join us as Daryn DeZengotita of Table Co-Working & Social Impact Spaces interviews Adam Barlow-Thompson and Matt Johnson about their experience cultivating spiritual community in their neighborhood by helping connect people with their strengths and with each other. Learn about how their community is unfolding, what our neighbors can teach us about God, and hear a selection from their folk band, Brutal Bear.


Larry Duggins – Leading Missional Pioneers



Join us for a conversation with Larry Duggins, prolific author and leader of the Missional Wisdom Foundation. Listen to Larry talk about his journey from corporate jetsetter to leader of a group of spiritual pioneers, the unusually holistic method of formation they use with their leaders, and the exciting new projects that are on their horizon.


Haw Creek Commons – The Nuts and Bolts of Community-Creating Spaces



Join us for a conversation with Luke Lingle, Katey Rudd, and Karen Doucette, a bold venture in reclaiming church space for community use in Asheville, North Carolina. Hear them share about the day to day experience of bringing a project like this off the ground, the ways that the non-religious are partnering to help make their dream a reality, and the day to day reality of being a team together.


Lisa and Justin Hancock – The Spiritual Life of A Differently Abled Family



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.


Bret Wells – Stretching Our Spiritual Imagination



Join us for a conversation with the quintessential man of many hats, Bret Wells, of the Missional Wisdom Foundation. He tells us the story of how God has stretched his spiritual horizons, the gifts and challenge of a life lived as a spiritual frontier, and the resources that the monastic movement has to offer spiritual pioneers of all types.


[UPDATED] Daryn DeZengotita – Co-Working As Spiritual Community



Join us for an updated conversation with Daryn DeZengotita of Scatter-brain.biz. . Hear one of the most complete stories we’ve ever told about a new ministry, from Daryn’s dream of working in intentional community, to her Advent time sitting alone in a church basement full of pianos, to the ups and downs of starting the Mix in partnership with White Rock UMC, to the beautiful “accelerated serendipity” that is the co-working space today.


Hannah Terry – Refugees, Apartment Buildings, and the Work of God



Join us for a conversation with Hannah Terry, pastor of Westbury UMC and the FAM Ministry, which builds bridges between refugees, immigrants, and other people in a cluster of apartment buildings in Houston, TX. Hannah provides us with a unique look into the day-to-day life of a spiritual pioneer, as she shares openly about her failures, her joys, how she experiences community, and how she finds spiritual resources to stay in the work for the long-term.


Zach Kerzee – What Is Church Was Just a Dinner Party? [UPDATED]



[Updated to include a 10 minute check-in to see what he’s been up to since our conversation in February!]

Highlights Include: Zach’s Esca-la-de – Worship as Bread – Cheap Church – Pastor as Professional Dinner Party Thrower – The Prosperity Gospel of Church Statistics -Is Our Treasure in Buildings? – Shaking the Shoulders of the Church – Soulless Big Tent Methodism –


Carol Howard Merritt



Join us for a conversation with author, blogger, and podcaster, Carol Howard Merritt, who’s senior consultant at the Center for Progressive Renewal. We talk about the day to day grind of the creative life, the spiritual resources and pitfalls of progressive Christianity, planting new faith communities, and hope for the future of the mainline church.