23 episodes

How do we transform and transcend our biases? From judgments made unconsciously to complacency in systemic evil, we must learn how to see if we are to learn how to transform. Center for Action and Contemplation faculty member Brian McLaren hosts the podcast series Learning How to See. Listen and discover how seeing is social, political, and contemplative.

Learning How to See with Brian McLaren CAC

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 38 Ratings

How do we transform and transcend our biases? From judgments made unconsciously to complacency in systemic evil, we must learn how to see if we are to learn how to transform. Center for Action and Contemplation faculty member Brian McLaren hosts the podcast series Learning How to See. Listen and discover how seeing is social, political, and contemplative.

    Learning How to See: Christianity

    Learning How to See: Christianity

    On the third season of Learning How to See, Brian McLaren invites us to see and experience Christianity in new ways. Exploring sections from his new book Do I Stay Christian? Brian helps listeners at a spiritual crossroads to honestly examine their evolving faith.  
    Joined by guests Diana Butler Bass, Lisa Sharon Harper, Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Valerie Kaur, Richard Rohr, James Finley, Barbara Holmes, and Tripp Fuller, Learning How to See season 3 reveals how a contemplative mind can help us see, understand, and engage with the Christian faith.
    Everyone who purchases a copy of Brian's new book Do I Stay Christian? from our online bookstore will be invited to participate in an exclusive Community Read-Along on Facebook! There will be discussion questions, prompts, and shared practices as we move through the book each week.

    The Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen compassionate engagement in the world. When you purchase this or any other book from our online bookstore you help us to introduce seekers from around the world to the contemplative Christian path of transformation. (Everyone who purchases a copy of Do I Stay Christian? will receive a URL to join the discussion group via email.)

    • 4 min
    Christianity is Many Things

    Christianity is Many Things

    What does “Christianity” mean to you? Do you see it as a force for good in the world? How much harm has it caused? Do you want to stay Christian? And if so, what kind—and how?
    In this first episode from season three of Learning How to See, host Brian McLaren goes straight to the heart of these questions and more. Joined by scholar and historian of Christianity Diana Butler Bass, Ph.D., and CAC staff member Mike Petrow, Ph.D., these theologians discuss the diverse experiences they have with Christianity.
    Informed by Brian’s new book Do I Stay Christian?, season three of Learning How to See will challenge listeners to relearn how they see Christianity by embracing exploration over explanation and dialogue over dogma.
    From transcending toxic theology embedded in childhood to applying ancient wisdom to modern life, this first episode sets the trajectory for an enlightening and transformative season. 
    Resources:

    The transcript for this episode can be found here.


    Brian's new book, Do I Stay Christian? can be found here


    Diana's book, Freeing Jesus can be found here.


    Everyone who purchases a copy of Brian's new book Do I Stay Christian? from our online bookstore will be invited to participate in an exclusive Community Read-Along on Facebook! There will be discussion questions, prompts, and shared practices as we move through the book each week.

    The Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen compassionate engagement in the world. When you purchase this or any other book from our online bookstore you help us to introduce seekers from around the world to the contemplative Christian path of transformation. (Everyone who purchases a copy of Do I Stay Christian? will receive a URL to join the discussion group via email.)

    Connect with us:

    We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. Send us an email at podcasts@cac.org

    Center for Action and Contemplation: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


    Brian McLaren: Website| Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


    Diana Butler Bass: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter



    This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    • 56 min
    Christianity, Race, and Politics

    Christianity, Race, and Politics

    On the second episode of this season, Brian is joined by Lisa Sharon Harper and Gigi Ross exploring the many ways colonialism has injected racism into Christianity, politics, and the culture we live in. Utilizing theology, research, and drawing heavily from Lisa's work in her latest book Fortune, this episode offers a gripping examination of slavery’s lingering impact on the shadow of Christianity. Please be advised this episode discusses topics around sexual violence that may elicit difficult emotions and memories for some. 
    Note: This episode was recorded on March 10th, 2022, before the Supreme Court draft opinion potentially overturning Roe vs. Wade was leaked. Some elements of the conversation will reflect this.
    Resources:

    The transcript for this episode can be found here


    Brian's new book, Do I Stay Christian? can be found here


    Lisa's book, Fortune: How Race Broke My Family and The World and How to Repair It All can be found here.


    Everyone who purchases a copy of Brian's new book Do I Stay Christian? from our online bookstore will be invited to participate in an exclusive Community Read-Along on Facebook! There will be discussion questions, prompts, and shared practices as we move through the book each week.
    The Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen compassionate engagement in the world. When you purchase this or any other book from our online bookstore you help us to introduce seekers from around the world to the contemplative Christian path of transformation. (Everyone who purchases a copy of Do I Stay Christian? will receive a URL to join the discussion group via email.)

    Connect with us:

    We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. Send us an email at podcasts@cac.org

    Center for Action and Contemplation: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


    Brian McLaren: Website| Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


    Lisa Sharon Harper: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter



    This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    • 53 min
    Christianity as Neighbor (Part 1)

    Christianity as Neighbor (Part 1)

    Antisemitism, theology, empire—this week’s episode invites us to examine our histories and faith traditions with an honest lens. Explore a different perspective of Christianity with Rabbi Jill Jacobs, who discuss what is means to have Christianity as a neighbor. 
    Rabbi Jill Jacobs (she/her) is the CEO of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, an organization that trains and mobilizes more than 2,300 rabbis and cantors and their communities to bring a moral voice to protecting and advancing human rights in North America, Israel, and the occupied Palestinian territories. She is the author of Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community and There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition, both published by Jewish Lights.
    Resources:

    The transcript for this episode can be found here


    Brian's new book, Do I Stay Christian? can be found here


    Rabbi Jill Jacob's work with T'ruah can be found here.


    Everyone who purchases a copy of Brian's new book Do I Stay Christian? from our online bookstore will be invited to participate in an exclusive Community Read-Along on Facebook! There will be discussion questions, prompts, and shared practices as we move through the book each week.
    The Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen compassionate engagement in the world. When you purchase this or any other book from our online bookstore you help us to introduce seekers from around the world to the contemplative Christian path of transformation. (Everyone who purchases a copy of Do I Stay Christian? will receive a URL to join the discussion group via email.)
    Connect with us:

    We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. Send us an email at podcasts@cac.org

    Center for Action and Contemplation: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


    Brian McLaren: Website| Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


    Rabbi Jill Jacobs: Website | Twitter



    This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Christianity as Neighbor (Part 2)

    Christianity as Neighbor (Part 2)

    Renowned civil rights leader and best-selling author Valarie Kaur joins Brian for this episode of Learning How to See. In this conversation, they help us see how learning about another faith tradition can help us see our own tradition in a different way.
    Valarie Kaur is a renowned civil rights leader and celebrated prophetic voice "at the forefront of progressive change" (Center for American Progress). Valarie burst into American consciousness in the wake of the 2016 election when her Watch Night Service address went viral with 40 million views worldwide. Her question "Is this the darkness of the tomb – or the darkness of the womb?" reframed the political moment and became a mantra for people fighting for change. Valarie now leads the Revolutionary Love Project to reclaim love as a force for justice in America. 
    Resources:

    The transcript for this episode can be found here


    Brian's new book, Do I Stay Christian? can be found here


    Valarie Kaur's work with Revolutionary Love can be found here.


    Everyone who purchases a copy of Brian's new book Do I Stay Christian? from our online bookstore will be invited to participate in an exclusive Community Read-Along on Facebook! There will be discussion questions, prompts, and shared practices as we move through the book each week.
    The Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen compassionate engagement in the world. When you purchase this or any other book from our online bookstore you help us to introduce seekers from around the world to the contemplative Christian path of transformation. (Everyone who purchases a copy of Do I Stay Christian? will receive a URL to join the discussion group via email.)
    Connect with us:

    We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. Send us an email at podcasts@cac.org

    Center for Action and Contemplation: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


    Brian McLaren: Website| Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


    Valarie Kaur: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter



    This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    • 55 min
    Christianity and the Cult of Innocence

    Christianity and the Cult of Innocence

    What is the Christian Cult of Innocence and how does it limit our view of ourselves, God, and Christian wisdom? In this episode, Brian McLaren continues his journey of discovering wisdom and perspectives that can break Christianity open. In this conversation, Fr. Richard Rohr and Paul Swanson explore how embracing our flawed human nature can free us from limiting judgements that keep us and everyone else limited, small, and feeling unworthy of Divine Love. Learn to liberate yourself and everyone else you know to be unapologetically human! 
    Resources:

    The transcript for this episode can be found here


    Brian's new book, Do I Stay Christian? can be found here



    Everyone who purchases a copy of Brian's new book Do I Stay Christian? from our online bookstore will be invited to participate in an exclusive Community Read-Along on Facebook! There will be discussion questions, prompts, and shared practices as we move through the book each week.
    The Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen compassionate engagement in the world. When you purchase this or any other book from our online bookstore you help us to introduce seekers from around the world to the contemplative Christian path of transformation. (Everyone who purchases a copy of Do I Stay Christian? will receive a URL to join the discussion group via email.)
    Connect with us:

    We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. Send us an email at podcasts@cac.org

    Center for Action and Contemplation: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


    Brian McLaren: Website| Facebook | Instagram | Twitter



    This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

GingerEWilliams ,

Foundational

This podcast series has been so fundamental in developing my understanding of biases and how they work to keep us blindly plodding along in a world that values achievement and works over community and experience. It is a message that reaches outside of the faith community and is applicable within the secular aspects of life as well - how do these buses show up in the workplace; how do they keep us from connecting with people different from myself at school, etc. Thank you to the CAC team and Brian McLaren for this critical series!

Brad Toews ,

Dis-entanglement from our Biases

Excited to see another season of this podcast. Enjoyed the new cast of voices, along with the formidable anchor of Brian McLaren. Thank you CAC for the continuation of this conversation.

What struck me is that even as we become aware of these biases, we come to the table with our own biases which effects the way we think about biases. This isn’t meant to sound deeply philosophical, but rather just how complex and complicated our perspectives are.

I loved the inclusion of prayers and intentions sprinkled throughout. It helped to create a more expansion place of humility and unknowing, dis-entangling ourselves from our biases as we talk about biases.

sandyhipps ,

Thank you

Such wise and intelligent congratulations! Thank you all for putting this together in a podcast

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