Welcome to the Shipwreck Over Safety Podcast. Where we'd rather risk the dangers of a shipwreck than settle for the safety of shore. Conversations on faith, doubt and justice.
The Cost Of Being A Non-Affirming Church: Part 2 (w/ Pastor Carla Blakley, Jay, Jasper and Nancy Shadlock)
To wrap up this series, we've invited several guests on to share their stories, theology and resources with us. We wanted to offer some hope in the midst of all the harm that's been done to the LGBTQ2S+ community by the church. Things don't have to be this way and there is light at the tunnel. If you're at the end of your proverbial rope, our guests today can maybe offer a glimpse into a hopeful future. A future where churches don't reject LGBTQ2S+ community and everyone belongs and is fully affirmed and supported. If Christians continue to reject queer people, they are rejecting the image of God. It's not the queer community that's missing out on the church. It's the church that's missing out on the queer community.
We invited Pastor Carla Blakley, her son Jay, and friend Jasper on to talk about how the church should respond, and Jay and Jasper generously share their thoughts on what the church is missing out on by rejecting them. Life Coach Nancy Shadlock helps us close out the episode with a discussion around the impact of non-affirming theology in Christian education, and she shares more details about her work and how to support individuals during their coming out process.
The Cost Of Being A Non-Affirming Church: Part 1 (w/ Cassie)
This episode includes discussions around homophobia, transphobia, mental health and suicide. If any of these topics might cause you harm, we ask you to consider skipping this episode. Please reach out for support if you need it. You are not alone.
In our hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan, a toxic sermon was preached by Pastor Terry Murphy at Regina Victory Church and uploaded to social media. Word spread quickly, with many people disgusted by his comparison of the LGBTQ2S+ community to pedophiles and his blaming of high suicide rates in Trans kids on societal acceptance, rather than the rejection of christians like himself. And as much as lots were disgusted with his comments, we recognize that it's an all too common sentiment within church walls.
Dallas and I have long been passionate about LGBTQ2S+ inclusion. We knew we couldn't stay silent about this, especially with it happening in our own backyard. These words spoken so flippantly are evil and have no place in someone claiming to preach the love of God. There is no love in these words, much as Pastors like Terry claim otherwise while trying to manipulate God into their own hateful image. We recognized that as allies, our role wasn't to lead the charge, but to offer support and join alongside. So we wondered how best to use our Shipwreck Over Safety platform to best challenge this toxic theology.
Then we met Cassie. Cassie shared with us about coming to terms with being a lesbian in a conservative Baptist church, and how her parents were removed from leadership simply because her dad wore a Pride shirt one Sunday morning in support of her. The same church that Cassie and her family grew up in and dedicated their lives to rejected them. All because they could not see past a fathers show of support for his daughter. But we all know it runs much deeper than just that. Cassie graciously offered to share her story with us. It paints a tragic picture of what happens when churches reject the image of God in the LGBTQ2S+ community, but also a beautiful picture of a families love for their child. A true representation of God's love.
What would you do if you had to choose between your child and your church?
Stick To Sports? (w/ Ian McLaren)
We invited one of our favourite hockey people on the pod to talk hockey and faith, and now he's now simply one of our favourite people!
"Stick to sports" is thrown any time people don't want to talk politics or justice in sports. We discuss the reasons why and why it's important not to follow that advice. We talked about inclusivity in hockey and whether hockey really is for everyone. Ian also shares about his evolving faith, and the challenges faced while dealing with his wife's cancer diagnosis. Join us as we discuss all things hockey, sports, faith and justice. This was an awesome conversation, and we're excited to share it with you!
Create In The Image Of God (w/ Stacey Chomiak)
Today we talk art, faith and sexual identity with Stacey Chomiak. Stacey's a gifted author, artist and animator by trade. She's also a passionate LGBTQ2S+ Christian committed to seeing the church become more inclusive. We talk about the intersection of art, faith and sexuality.
We also dive into how non-affirming churches quite often respond to LGBTQ2S+ Christians with mixed messages and a lack of clarity at best, and downright disdain and hatred at worst. Stacey shares about being booted from her workshop presentation at a non-affirming conference because the powers that be got nervous. It's a 101 class on how faith groups should NOT handle these situations. We also talk being allies, and what that should look like when it comes to joining or staying in non-affirming churches.
Join us for an amazingly heartfelt conversation with Stacey Chomiak. You won't want to miss it.
To Christian, Or Not To Christian? That Is The Question... (w/ Dallas and Blair)
Are we a Christian podcast? Maybe one of you can tell us. Because we aren’t always sure! This episode discusses what it means to be a Christian, and whether or not we claim that word for ourselves.
We also discuss how we relate to the Bible and church, two key pieces in the Christian puzzle. SPOILER ALERT🚨! It’s complicated.
When Christians don’t look like little Christ’s anymore, the word loses its meaning. Dallas and Blair dive into all this and more. Join us!
Christmas w/ The Chip Chomp Boys (Featuring Bobby Moore)
Are you ready for your annual dose of Christmas nonsense? Dallas and Blair are back with a very special guest, the one and only Mr. Bobby Moore, to update the war on Christmas, share a slightly intoxicated re-telling of the birth of Jesus, and other general weirdness.
We didn't say it was worth your time, so you've been warned. But it sure was fun. Stay tuned for a full episode with Bobby down the road.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, Happy Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Festivus or whatever you are celebrating. We wish you all the best in 2020. Thanks for hanging with us through our weirdness.