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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Praying for Puerto Rico, Exoneration, Funerals, & Spiritual Care for the Climate Crisis w/ Talitha Amadea Aho
This week we send our prayers for our siblings in Puerto Rico and we talk about the exoneration of Adnan Syed.
Question for the Week:
What are different ways that you have seen funerals, or ceremonies to remember people that have died, carried out?
Rev. Talitha Amadea Aho, pastor and chaplain, San Franciso Bay area and author of In Deep Waters: Spiritual Care for Young People in a Climate Crisis
How should we try to offer spiritual care for young people around issues of climate change? How is the way we offer spiritual care on this issue to young people different from the spiritual care provided to other age demographics or on other justice issues?
In Deep Waters: Spiritual Care for Young People in a Climate Crisis
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Puerto Rico
The Queen, Understanding Traditions, & Diversity vs. Inclusion w/ Samuel Son
The death of Queen Elizabeth II, and all that comes with it, takes over the podcast this week.
Question of the Week:
How do we respect cultural traditions that we don't understand?
Rev. Samuel Son, Manager of Diversity and Reconciliation, Presbyterian Mission Agency
How does diversity differ from inclusion?
Advocacy Watch 1: Introductions to the Crew
This first Advocacy Watch introduces the crew of the PC(USA)'s advocacy podcast team, Rev. Jimmie Hawkins and Sue Rheem.
PCUSA Washington Office (Office of Public Witness):
Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations:
Swimwear, WCC, ACCENTS, & Disability Inclusion in Faith Communities w/ Hannah Millson and Bill Gaventa
This week we catch up on the news, talking about the World Council of Churches' 11th Assembly and the recent news of the inclusion of swim wear made for Black hair. All that and more on the pod!
Question of the Week:
Having people speak in church and preach who have accents can be controversial or difficult for some churches because of concerns about native speakers not understanding what the person is saying. What do you think about this?
Hannah Millson, Project Coordinator for Employment and Business Services at AHRC NYC; Bill Gaventa, Founder and Director Emeritus, Institute on Theology and Disability
What progress has been made with regards to disability inclusion in faith communities? What progress remains to be done?
Institute on Theology and Disability
National Collaborative on Faith and Disability
¿Qué es la pastoral para personas con impedimentos?
¿Qué es la pastoral para personas con impedimentos? ¿Por qué es importante el tema para nuestras iglesias? ¿Cuáles son algunos de los retos?
Rda. Wilma Quiñonez Cubero, Pastora de la Iglesia Presbiteriana en County Club, Carolina, Puerto Rico.
Catchin' Up, AP Classes, HEAVEN, & Disability and the Family w/ Hannah Millson, Nancy Wilson, and Danny Miller
This week, we just had to catch up b/c one of us is in Germany!! Find out who! And we talk about a new AP course for students interested in African-American studies.
Question of the Week:
What do you think heaven looks like?
Hannah Millson, Project Coordinator for Employment and Business Services at AHRC NYC; Nancy Wilson & Danny Miller
What is the experience of people with disabilities and their families in the church?
Podcast with Rev. Dr. Letiah Fraser
WHAT WE NEED
The show is always hammering out fresh & relevant perspectives - and it’s one of the richest resources coming out of the PCUSA right now. And you don’t have to be Presbyterian or even Christian to relate. I am always learning something & am amazed by how much ground Lee and Simon cover on issues of faith, culture, and social justice. Add to your rotation!
An excellent resource and refreshing take
I appreciate the work Lee, Simon and their wonderful guest hosts are doing with this podcast. The episodes are filled with valuable insights for people of all faith backgrounds, not just Presbys, and I encourage anyone who has ever had questions about how social justice and faith are connected to give it a listen! They tackle difficult issues with thoughtful, well-researched responses and provide a voice to questions all people of faith should be considering!
A refreshing podcast
Lee and Simon tackle the important and mundane topics of church life in a fun, conversational and relevant way. From worship styles to social justice concerns, they cover a lot of ground with really wonderful guests and resources. Hooray for this new and fresh podcast. I look forward to it every week.