A place to connect with Jesus beyond the doors of the church....
Sometimes in life we are called to let go of structures and forms that have been part of our lives up until this point. Like a lobster that leaves a shell that has become too constrictive. It's risky and vulnerable to take this journey, but you know you must. Maybe the church, as you have experienced it, is one of those forms or structures that you have had to leave. You have questions that are not safe to ask. You have found the community too conforming and unable to cope with differences of opinion or identity. Maybe you have had to hide your true self. Or struggled with how church related to the outside world. It might be that you have been wounded or violated by those in leadership. At Dchurched we want to provide a safe context to keep doing life with Jesus outside the church walls.
Getting rid of Evangelism?
If I'm a Christian, do I have to be evangelistic? Is there an alternative to the words-based approach that people perceive as ramming religion down their throats? What might it look like to hold our truth lightly and join in with God's mission to God's world?
A frequent (and often fair) criticism of the church is that it seems to see the gospel as a way of forcing people to join 'the club'. Jesus modelled a different way of wooing people with love.
The Climate Crisis: A Time for both Hope and Lament.
In this episode I interview climate scientist and theologian, Mick Pope. We explore the connections between God's justice, climate change and our roles as people of faith. If you've been burned by the 'other-worldliness' of church life, Mick has some fresh things to say.
Dechurched: Spirituality outside the walls
Discovering the divine presence outside the walls of the church comes in many forms. In this reflection, Sue Holdsworth opens up about her journey.
For those outside Australia, her reference to the Twelve Apostles is a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia.
Discovery: New Ways of Being Alive to the Spirit
In this conversation with PHD candidate, Sue Holdsworth, Jools asks whether there are other ways of being alert to the spiritual dimensions of life that might be more helpful than our limited denominational experiences. If you've struggled with the definitions of spirituality that you've experienced, perhaps it's time to discover fresh ways of being alive to the divine presence.
The one doubt we all have
Have you ever played Jenga*? That moment when a number of floors of bricks are balanced precariously on just one brick? For many that one brick is like the unresolved question that all of us have that threatens to collapse our faith. In this episode Jools provides reflections on whether to walk away from the faith because of that particular question.
Exclusion and Embrace
In this conversation with Dr John Capper, Jools and John talk about ways of becoming embracing and inclusive of those 'not like us' and of ways to deal with the rejection of being branded an outsider.