Aaron Niequist hosts a podcast through his book--The Eternal Current--one episode per chapter. Each episode will 1) Reflect on the key idea of that chapter, 2) Have a conversation with someone who is living it out in the world, and 3) Learn a concrete practice that helps us flesh this theme into our hearts, bodies, and relationships. Not merely about ideas...but learning how to swim.
The Church Cracked Open (w Rev Stephanie Spellers)
Rev Canon Dr Stephanie Spellers names the searing truth about the state of the American church, AND offers a clear-eyed and contagious hope for what might still be possible. Based on her brilliant new book The Church Cracked Open, Rev Stephanie offers a story of disruption, decline, and new hope for Beloved Community.
The Holy Week Story (w Brian Zahnd)
Pastor and author Brian Zahnd helps us enter into Holy Week by retelling the big Story of Christ's journey to the cross. Rather than perpetuating the myth of redemptive violence, Brian invites us to join this subversive, self-giving, radical Way. A non-partisan, beautifully provocative invitation into the vision, politics, and revolution of Jesus.
The Universal Moan - Part Two (w David Bailey, Ashlee Eiland, and Drew Jackson)
David Bailey, Ashlee Eiland, and Drew Jackson reflect on the previous episode with Dr Barbara A Holmes. From their experience in the black church—and moving through life in black bodies—they explored Dr Holmes’ vision of the universal moan and invited us all to participate in appropriate ways. A beautiful and stretching conversation with three incredible guides.
The Universal Moan - Part One (w Dr Barbara A Holmes)
Spiritual teacher, activist, and scholar Dr Barbara A. Holmes unpacks her game-changing book Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church. She gently and brilliantly invites us to move beyond a Eurocentric imagination and into the deeper Christian stream that connect us all.
The Deeply Formed Life (w Rich Villodas)
Pastor Rich Villodas returns to explore the five themes of his wonderful book, The Deeply Formed Life. Through teaching and stories, he helps us consider the formative practices of contemplative rhythms, racial reconciliation, interior examination, sexual wholeness, and missional presence. May we learn to live deeply in a shallow world.
Contemplative Activism (w Fr Michael Sparough, SJ)
Fr Michael Sparough, SJ, returns to share his story and struggle to hold the contemplative life together with bold and courageous action. Must we choose to be an exhausted activist or an isolated contemplative? Or can we learn to hold the inward and outward journeys together in constructive tension? Please join this insightful conversation and guided practice.