30 episodes

Welcome to A Matter of Faith: A Presby Podcast, the podcast where we respond to your questions and comments on issues of faith, social justice and church life. Don't be afraid to write in and ask your question because if it matters to you, it matters to us and it just might be a matter of faith. Whether it be faith in God, faith in others or faith in yourself. We are brought to you by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and Unbound: An Interactive Journal on Christian Social Justice for the Presbyterian Church (USA). Submit questions to faithpodcast@pcusa.org.

A Matter of Faith: A Presby Podcast Simon Doong and Lee Catoe

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 15 Ratings

Welcome to A Matter of Faith: A Presby Podcast, the podcast where we respond to your questions and comments on issues of faith, social justice and church life. Don't be afraid to write in and ask your question because if it matters to you, it matters to us and it just might be a matter of faith. Whether it be faith in God, faith in others or faith in yourself. We are brought to you by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and Unbound: An Interactive Journal on Christian Social Justice for the Presbyterian Church (USA). Submit questions to faithpodcast@pcusa.org.

    Episode 29: Texas Anti-Abortion, September 11th & Student Loan Debt (It's a Faith Issue Y'all!)

    Episode 29: Texas Anti-Abortion, September 11th & Student Loan Debt (It's a Faith Issue Y'all!)

    Questions for the Week:
    Recently, a law was passed in Texas banning most abortions as early as six weeks of pregnancy. I know abortion is a politically divisive subject. What are your thoughts on how to understand this law and why it is (or is not) troubling? This past weekend, we remembered the events of 9/11. Each of us has our own memories and experiences with regards to this tragedy. What are some of yours? | Special Guest:
    Melonee Tubb, Associate, Financial Aid for Service, Theology, Formation & Evangelism, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

    Guest Question:
    Why is it important for the church to address issues of educational and student debt? How is it a faith issue? Further, what opportunities are there to seek debt assistance through the PC(USA)?

    Resource Roundup:
     Application for Loan Assistance for Pastors from Mission AgencyApplication for Season of Service Loan Assistance from the Mission AgencyUp to date information on the Department of Education’s Covid policiesNational Student Loan Data System- Go here to find all your federal loan information in one place. Application for Income Based RepaymentInformation on Public Service Loan Forgiveness

    • 1 hr
    Episode 28: Fortnite and MLK?, Bible Movies & Best Media Practices

    Episode 28: Fortnite and MLK?, Bible Movies & Best Media Practices

    Questions for the Week:
    Recently, it was announced that the popular video game Fortnite would provide an opportunity for players to relive Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic "I Have a Dream" speech. I don't know how to feel about this. There is a lot of skepticism and questions surrounding this decision. What are your thoughts? Is this honoring Dr. King's work and legacy? Or is it appropriation?There are multiple film and Hollywood adaptations of Biblical stories. Do you have any that you recommend and why?Special Guest:
    Rich Copley, Communications Strategist, Presbyterian Mission Agency

    Guest Question:
    In a time of polarization and heavy digital/social media use, there is a lot of "fake news" and "clickbait" headlines. How do we, as people of faith, who are called to seek truth, distinguish real news from fake news, fact from opinion, and good journalism from bad? I think good reporting/journalism will report facts accurately but is allowed to provide discussion to encourage readers to walk away with a lesson from the story or consider the story from a new perspective. But some reporting doesn't even seem to establish facts before forcing an opinion down the reader's throat. What are your thoughts? How do we be informed readers/consumers of news and journalism? |

    Resource Roundup:
    Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Relief Efforts in Haiti
    Rev. Edwin González-Castillo, Associate for Disaster Response in Latin America & the Caribbean, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 27: Marriage, "One True Love" & Organizational Reorientation

    Episode 27: Marriage, "One True Love" & Organizational Reorientation

    Questions for the Week:
    What are different ways that you've seen faith incorporated into a wedding service? / Do you believe in "the one true love"?

    Special Guests:
    Rev. Dr. Wanda M. Lundy, Assistant Professor of World Christianity, Director of Mentoring for Thriving in Ministry in the City (MTMC) and Director of the Eleanor Moody-Shepherd Resource Center for Women of Faith at New York Theological Seminary, & Pastor at Siloam-Hope First Presbyterian Church

    Rev. Edwin González-Castillo, Associate for Disaster Response in Latin America & the Caribbean, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

    Guest Question:
    I am a leader of a faith-based organization and looking to re-orient our organization’s practices and policies (internally and externally) to better align with our progressive Christian values and recent events such as the #MeToo Movement, Black Lives Matter protests, and an increasing sense of global connectedness. Are there others who have tried to plan and implement similar changes in their organization? What guidance do you have?

    Resource Roundup:
    Path of Peace Reflections
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    Translations:
    54:33: Rev. Lee, Hun-sam (Pastor, Junim Presbyterian Church, Seongnam, Korea)
    “Because of the Joint South-North (North-South) Prayer for Peace & Reunification on the Korean Peninsula, representatives of the South Korean and the North Korean churches meet in person, transcending their disconnection [through division].”
     55:15: Jeong Seon-nyeo (Leader, Gangjeong Mission Station of the Catholic Church & Peace Activist in Gangjeong Village, South Korea)
    “But because consistency is very important for our peaceful protest in Gangjeong Village, we try to exercise patience, and make sure the dances and other protest activities continue, even when it is hard.”

    • 59 min
    Episode 26: Loneliness, Life Transitions & What's Urban Ministry?

    Episode 26: Loneliness, Life Transitions & What's Urban Ministry?

    Questions for the Week:
    A recent Washington Post article describes how teens around the world are lonelier than a decade ago and the reason may be smartphones. What are your thoughts on this? Regardless of whether smartphones are part of the problem or not, how do we provide spaces that help people not feel lonely?Let's talk about life transitions. What are some transitions that you have experienced in your life and what helped you through them?Special Guest:
    Rev. Dr. Wanda M. Lundy, Assistant Professor of World Christianity, Director of Mentoring for Thriving in Ministry in the City (MTMC) and Director of the Eleanor Moody-Shepherd Resource Center for Women of Faith at New York Theological Seminary, & Pastor at Siloam-Hope First Presbyterian Church

    Guest Question:
    What are the unique challenges of urban/city ministry compared to suburban/rural ministry? What are the unique opportunities/blessings of urban ministry?

    Resource Roundup:
    Mentoring for Thriving in the City (MTMC) at New York Theological Seminary

    • 43 min
    Episode 25: COVID Blame Game, Church Membership & Advice for First Call!

    Episode 25: COVID Blame Game, Church Membership & Advice for First Call!

    Questions for the Week:
    The CDC has recently recommended that people resume wearing masks indoors again, even if you are vaccinated. How do we help folks process this change? Further, as COVID cases surge, it can be easy to blame the unvaccinated. As people of faith, how do we help people avoid "blame" but still push for change?I've been wondering about the significance and meaning of church membership for our denomination. People keep talking about declining membership in our congregations. Maybe it’s our definition and understanding of membership that needs to change. What do you think?Special Guest:
    Timothy Wotring, Pastor, Memorial Presbyterian Church of Fox Chase

    Guest Question:
    I am about to start my first call as pastor to a congregation. My question is for folks who are about a year or so into their first call: Looking back on your first year as an ordained pastor serving a congregation, what guidance or advice would you give to someone who is just about to start their first call?

    Resource Roundup:
    Presbyterian Week of Action with Rev. Shanea Leonard, Associate for Gender, Race, and Intercultural Justice for the PC(USA)

    • 51 min
    Episode 24: Olympic Gymnastics, Billionaires in Space & Leaders of Color

    Episode 24: Olympic Gymnastics, Billionaires in Space & Leaders of Color

    Questions for the Week:
    In the women's Olympics gymnastics competition, Simone Biles withdrew from the team competition after struggling on a vault. But the reason was not due to physical injury. Biles stated it was for her own mental health. You have talked about both sports and mental health before on the podcast. What do you think we, as people of faith, can learn from Simone Biles' example?I don't know how to feel about Jeff Bezos' (the CEO of Amazon) trip to space in late July. On the one hand, it is kind of cool. On the other, there are better ways that the money used to pay for this short space trip could hve been spent. Thoughts?Special Guest:
    Bong Bringas, Commissioned Lay Pastor, San Marino Community Church

    Guest Question:
    I am a person of color and about to begin a leadership role in a majority white congregation. For other people who have been in this position, what has your experience been like as a person of color and a leader in a church that is majority white? Do you have any guidance for working in these contexts?

    Resource Roundup:
    Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence

    • 44 min

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