Regular Podcasts from Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries. interviews, teaching, sermons and more from Ched Myers and Elaine Enns.
Bartcast 52: Memorial for Murphy Davis
This Bartcast is a 20 minute section of the memorial to Murphy Davis in early November. It features Ched & Elaine’s reflection on Murphy’s vocation as a “Charon” figure, who traversed back and forth across the Great River over 25 years, teaching us about life and death. The recording ends with a beautiful song by Robin and Linda Williams. We encourage you to read Murphy’s memoir, Surely Goodness and Mercy, and to pray for her husband Eduard and daughter Hannah and family.
Bartcast 51: Ched's family story - All Saints 2020
In honor of the All Saints triduum, Bartcast #51 features Ched’s reflections on his father, who passed away almost 30 years ago. He reads from a piece originally published in the mid-90s titled “Pulpo en su Tinta”; you can find it in the Appendix to his book Our God is Undocumented (https://www.bcm-net.org/resources/books). (20 min).
We encourage you to remember a loved one during this season.
Bartcast 50: Mauricio Tafur Salgado
Mauricio and Ched got together in August 2020 for a CLBSJ Scholar-Activist Encounter and discussed their work to create capacity for movement-building through arts, documentation and scholarship, and the way this work has shaped and been shaped by their faith.
Mauricio is a BCM friend and Partner, former intern and is currently an Assistant Arts Professor of Theatre Studies in the Department of Drama at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Bartcast 49: Mark Pestak - Jeremiah Ch. 19 and 21
Occasionally we feature guest voices on our Bartcast. We are pleased to introduce you to Mark Pestak from Cleveland. Mark is a longtime participant in Bible study at the Catholic Worker there, which along with the Los Angeles house, is exemplary in the Catholic Worker movement for its devotion to scripture study. This is a community Ched has visited many times, and co-founder Mike Fiala has been very supportive of our Bartimaeus Institute since its beginnings, often sponsoring his community members to attend.
Mark Pestak, a physicist, delivered this fine homily on Jeremiah Ch. 19 and 21 on Father’s Day 2020. His Community of St Peter is a Roman Catholic church excommunicated for its refusal to disband during massive closings of Roman Catholic churches in Cleveland by the Bishop over ten years ago. Ched had the pleasure of staying with Mark and his family during a visit to Cleveland in October 2000 to work with the Interreligious Task Force on Central America. Thanks to Mark for his permission to share this reflection, which we hope you’ll enjoy.
Bartcast 48: Harry and Germaine Lafond
On Summer Solstice 2020 Elaine & Ched led an online liturgy for our local Farm Church. As it was also Father’s Day and Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada, we had a conversation with our friends and colleagues Harry and Germaine Lafond from the Muskeg Cree First Nation in Saskatchewan. The Lafonds talked about the importance of the Sundance among Plains peoples, and their own indigenized Catholic faith.
Photo: Germaine and Harry pictured at the 2020 BKI.
Bartcast 47: BKI2020 Thursday Bible Study: Seven more demons came back
On the Thursday morning of the BKI2020, Ched looked 'haunting' as it relates secrecy, lies and 'myths of innocence' plaguing our settler histories, and compares this to Jesus' diagnosis of, and unmasking of 'unclean spirits', both political (Mark 5) and personal (Mark 9). He looks further at Luke 11 (v24-26) and the twin healing stories in Mark (8:22-25 and 10:46-52) which speak to the complex healing and 'strong medicine' required in the journey of decolonization .