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The Episcopal Podcast is an initiative of intellectual formation by Bishop Richard Umbers, auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Sydney.
In the context of a fortnightly informal discussion with co-hosts and guests, the podcast aims to bring awareness to the riches that make up the Christian intellectual tradition, which includes philosophy, theology, history, the sciences, languages and the arts. Conversations will last between 30 and 45 minutes and be organised around discussions on specific topics, both historical and contemporary.

The podcast will do more than visit academic museum pieces, but also bring that tradition to bear on the lives of Christians and all of good will. This flows from the basic commitment that genuine intellectual endeavour is not meant to be an opportunity to display the individual prowess of a select class, but works for the common good of all. Because of this, the podcast will make the content of the intellectual tradition as relatable as possible to as many people as possible, without losing sight of the intellectual heart of the program. Because the podcast is aimed for the common good, it also seeks to have an international focus, bringing together guests from Australia and also overseas.

The podcast also aims to partner up with established intellectual formation event providers, including but not exclusive to Scholarship in the Cathedral and the QndA series by the Institute for Ethics and Society at the University of Notre Dame Australia. This partnership could involve interviews with presenters, as well as the distribution of audio recordings arising from these events.

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The Episcopal Podcast is an initiative of intellectual formation by Bishop Richard Umbers, auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Sydney.
In the context of a fortnightly informal discussion with co-hosts and guests, the podcast aims to bring awareness to the riches that make up the Christian intellectual tradition, which includes philosophy, theology, history, the sciences, languages and the arts. Conversations will last between 30 and 45 minutes and be organised around discussions on specific topics, both historical and contemporary.

The podcast will do more than visit academic museum pieces, but also bring that tradition to bear on the lives of Christians and all of good will. This flows from the basic commitment that genuine intellectual endeavour is not meant to be an opportunity to display the individual prowess of a select class, but works for the common good of all. Because of this, the podcast will make the content of the intellectual tradition as relatable as possible to as many people as possible, without losing sight of the intellectual heart of the program. Because the podcast is aimed for the common good, it also seeks to have an international focus, bringing together guests from Australia and also overseas.

The podcast also aims to partner up with established intellectual formation event providers, including but not exclusive to Scholarship in the Cathedral and the QndA series by the Institute for Ethics and Society at the University of Notre Dame Australia. This partnership could involve interviews with presenters, as well as the distribution of audio recordings arising from these events.

    S1EP15 - Buddhism

    S1EP15 - Buddhism

    In our final episode for the season, Bishop Richard and Matthew discuss Buddhism with Ben Moretti, a data scientist who has been involved in Buddhism for 30 years and was President of the Buddhist Society of SA.
    Who was the Buddha? What do some of the Buddhist catchphrases actually mean? Are there things that Catholics and Buddhists can learn from one another?

    • 40 min
    S1EP14 - Joseph Ratzinger

    S1EP14 - Joseph Ratzinger

    In this episode, Bishop Richard and Matthew Tan interview Fr https://twitter.com/FrHarrison?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor (Harrison Ayre), half of the famous http://www.clericallyspeaking.com/ (Clerically Speaking) podcast, to discuss the thought of Joseph Ratzinger or Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
    We find out the influence of Augustine, the importance of bureaucracy and the centrality of the heart.
    Resources
    Harrison Ayre and Michael Heinlen's new book on the pandemic, https://www.amazon.com/Finding-Christ-Crisis-Pandemic-Teach-ebook/dp/B08LZVV6D1 (Finding Christ in the Crisis: What the Pandemic can Teach Us).

    • 1 hr 22 min
    S1EP13 - Meme What You Say

    S1EP13 - Meme What You Say

    In this episode, Matthew Tan and Silvana Scarfe put Bishop Richard's reputation as the "memeing bishop" under the spotlight.
    Together, they try to undertake an exegesis on his memeing, what some of his memes mean, what evangelical freight do they carry, and whether this is a good use of episcopal time.
    Resources
    Bishop Richard's https://www.instagram.com/bishopumbers/?hl=en (Instagram)
    Bishop Richard's https://twitter.com/BishopUmbers?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor (Twitter)
    The scholarship behind Matt's sassy questions (https://oaktrust.library.tamu.edu/bitstream/handle/1969.1/188698/DigitalEcclesiology2020.pdf?sequence=4andisAllowed=y (p. 58) onwards)
    The https://ascensionpress.com/products/the-great-adventure-catholic-bible?fbclid=IwAR0q01PAJs_inXOen8kPxZBNuDndd-Q_gRyKEY9Wa17yn-4H5-3QW0AtdRU (Great Adventure Catholic Bible) by Ascension Press

    • 37 min
    S1EP12 - Bonaventure

    S1EP12 - Bonaventure

    In this episode, Bishop Richard and Matthew Tan interview Dr. David Wilmington of https://petraacademy.com/ (Petra Academy) on the life and thought of St. Bonaventure, the Franciscan classmate of the Dominican Thomas Aquinas.
    We look at some similarities to Thomas, as well as important differences. We also look at how knowing Bonaventure can make a difference to Christian living, whether you are Catholic or not.
    Resources
    Dr Wilmington's Profile on http://independent.academia.edu/DavidWilmington/CurriculumVitae (Academia)
    Overview of Bonaventure's https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/bonaventure/#LifeWork (life and works)

    • 43 min
    S1EP11 - Personalism

    S1EP11 - Personalism

    In this episode, Bishop Richard, Silvana and Matthew discuss personalism and why Catholics should care.
    What is the Christian account of the human person, and where can some of the philosophies of the human person lead us in the spiritual life?
    We also discuss why having belly buttons matters...
    Resources
    https://www.movement.org.uk/blog/putting-doubt-faith-introduction-christian-existentialism (Christian Existentialism)
    https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=8105 (John Paul II and Phenomenology)
    John Paul II: http://www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_04031979_redemptor-hominis.html (Redemptor Hominis)
    Benedict XVI: http://www.vatican.va/content/benedict-xvi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_ben-xvi_enc_20051225_deus-caritas-est.html (Deus Caritas Est)

    • 31 min
    S1EP10 - Shakespeare and Why Catholics Should Care

    S1EP10 - Shakespeare and Why Catholics Should Care

    In this episode, Bishop Richard and Silvana speak to https://twitter.com/angela_schumann?lang=en (Angela Schumann), teacher and doctoral student in literature at Monash University, on the work of William Shakespeare.
    What separates Shakespeare from other writers in the English language? What does the work of William Shakespeare have to do with the life of faith? What can Catholics learn about themselves through a growing familiarity with the life and works of the Bard?
    Resources
    Angela Schumann - https://vimeo.com/433337318 (Confessing Shakespeare)
    Diego Valezquez - https://images.app.goo.gl/ibvNLZy8RRZxunDz7 (Las Meninas)
    Grahame Greene - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Power_and_the_Glory (The Power and the Glory)

    • 29 min

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