My name is Nathan Forster, and I am asking big questions of Authors & Activists, Scholars & Survivors, Poets & Priests, Therapists & Theologians, And Everyone In Between. This will be a resource for people who- deep in their bones- think that, surely, God’s Kingdom is deeper and wider than the box we have sometimes put it in… And what better way to discover this than by learning people’s stories & their specialities- in order that we deepen & widen our perspective on faith, community, society, and life. So, journey with me, as we go deeper & wider….
Shane Claiborne - Intentional Community living
In this weeks episode we talk with Shane Claiborne on intentional community living, especially in light of the Simple Way, which is a non-profit intentional community in Philadelphia. Current activities of The Simple Way include planting gardens, running a store, and working for food security in the neighbourhood as they seek to emulate Jesus.
Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia. He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living "as if Jesus meant the things he said." Shane is a champion for grace which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. Now grace fuels his passion to end the death penalty and help stop gun violence. Shane's books include Jesus for President, Red Letter Revolution, Common Prayer, Follow Me to Freedom, Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, Executing Grace, his classic The Irresistible Revolution, and his newest book, Beating Guns. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Shane speaks over one hundred times a year, nationally and internationally. His work has appeared in Esquire, SPIN, Christianity Today, TIME, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been on everything from Fox News and Al Jazeera to CNN and NPR. He's given academic lectures at Harvard, Princeton, Liberty, Duke, and Notre Dame.
To find out more about Shane and his work, check out his website at http://www.shaneclaiborne.com/ or follow him on either Facebook or Twitter @ShaneClaiborne. Follow the work of The Simple Way on either Facebook or Twitter @TheSimpleWay or on Instagram at @the_simple_way. Check out their website at www.thesimpleway.org
Ched Myers- Sabbath Economics (An Economics of the Kingdom of God)
In this weeks episode we speak with Ched Myers on Sabbath economics. Not sure what Sabbath economics is? This is what this episode is about, as we seek to figure out an economics of the Kingdom of God.
Ched Myers is an activist theologian who has worked in social change movements for more than 40 years. With a degree in New Testament from the Graduate Theological Union, he is a popular educator, animating scripture and building literacy in and engagement with historic and current movements for peace and justice. His books include Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark's Story of Jesus (Orbis, 1988/2008); Watershed Discipleship: Reinhabiting Bioregional Faith and Practice (Cascade, 2016); and the forthcoming Healing Haunted Histories: A Settler Discipleship of Decolonization (with Enns, Elaine, Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2021). Ched's publications can be found at http://www.ChedMyers.org. He and his partner Elaine Enns, a restorative justice practitioner, live in the Ventura River watershed in southern California, where they co-direct Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries http://www.bcm-net.org.
Ellen Davis- Scripture and our Relationship to the Land
In this weeks episode we speak with Professor Ellen Davis on how scripture speaks of the connection between our relationship with God and our relationship with the land, and the implications that has for today- especially in light of our current ecological crisis.
Professor Ellen Davis is Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School. She's the author of 11 books and many articles. Her books include Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible, Biblical Prophecy: Perspectives for Christian Theology, Discipleship, and Ministry, and Wondrous Depth: Old Testament Preaching.
If you want to listen to her talk more on this topic then I encourage you to search her name on YouTube and watch her lectures. Also, her book Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible speaks a lot into today's topic.
Aaron Niequist- A Practiced Based Faith
In this weeks episode we will be speaking with Aaron Niequist on having A Practiced Based Faith.
Aaron is a liturgist, writer, and pastor currently living in NYC. After leading worship at Mars Hill Church and Willow Creek Church, he created A New Liturgy- a collection of modern liturgical worship recordings. Shortly after, Aaron started a discipleship-focused, formational, ecumenical, practice-based community at Willow Creek called The Practice. In 2018, he released a book about a practice-based faith called The Eternal Current: How a Practice-Based Faith Can Save Us from Drowning, and he continues to create resources to help us all flesh it out, including his podcast The Eternal Current Podcast.
To find out more about his work, follow Aaron on Facebook or on Twitter or Instagram @aaronieq. Also, check out his podcast The Eternal Current Podcast, as well as his liturgies at https://www.anewliturgy.com/
Lisa Sharon Harper- Decolonising the Gospel to make it The Very Good Gospel
In this week episode we are speaking with Lisa Sharon Harper on decolonising the gospel in order to get back to the true gospel proclamation message, or what Lisa calls- and is also the name of her bestselling book- "The Very Good Gospel". For some of our listeners, words such as "decolonising" might be new to you, or might even be something that sounds worrisome- and for other listeners this might sound like liberation. Regardless of your reaction, may I ask you to breathe deeply and trust me as we go into this episode and talk about The Very Good Gospel with Lisa Sharon Harper.
Lisa Sharon Harper is the founder and president of Freedom Road, a ground breaking consulting group that crafts experiences that bring common understanding and common commitments that lead to common action toward a more just world. Lisa is a public theologian whose writing, speaking, activism and training has sparked and fed the fires of re-formation in the church from Ferguson and Charlottesville to South Africa, Brazil, Australia and Ireland. Lisa's book, The Very Good Gospel was named 2016 "Book of the Year" and the Huffington Post identified Lisa as one of 50 Women Religious Leaders to Celebrate on International Women's Day.
, or Instagram and Twitter @lisasharper. Also find her at her website at www.lisasharonharper.com. Also, check out the work of freedom road at https://freedomroad.us/.To find out more about Lisa, follow her on either Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/lisasharonharper.page
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Erica Hamence- Domestic Family Violence and the Church
In this weeks episode we are going to be talking about a sensitive topic: we are talking about Domestic family violence. Within this topic, we will address how the church has sometimes got their response wrong, and also where the church has done the right thing, and also how the church can do better. We will also be exploring how to navigate domestic family violence in light of faith in God. I do also talk about how things like forgiveness and verses like "turn the other cheek" have been weaponised, and how we might understand such topics and verses in light of Domestic Family Violence. In exploring these questions, I had this conversation with Erica Hamence.
Erica initially trained to be a human rights lawyer, with a BA/LLB from The University of Melbourne. But she found herself drawn to express the same desire for justice within the church. This eventually led her to ministry in Sydney. She is a senior assistant minister at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Broadway (Barneys to everyone), where she mostly works to support and raise up leaders. She is also the spokesperson for Common Grace's Domestic and Family Violence Justice Team. The team works to highlight and address the problem of domestic and family violence within the church and within Australian society, and to provide resources and support to people who have experienced domestic and family violence, and those who love them. Common Grace is a movement of about 47,000 who love Jesus and justice.
To learn more about what Common Grace does in relation to seeking domestic and family violence justice, visit https://www.commongrace.org.au/domestic_violence. Also, check out https://www.saferresource.org.au/, which is a resource to help Australian churches understand, identify, and respond to domestic and family violence.
If today's episode has prompted you to seek help in response todays episode topic, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or call the National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800 737 732.
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