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If you’ve ever felt on the fringes of Christian faith this is a safe space for you. Your questions, doubts and hopes are all welcome here. We’re creating conversations, affirmations, meditations and other resources to support you on your spiritual journey and let you know that even if you feel like a misfit, you don’t have to feel alone. Learn more at spiritualmisfits.com.au

Spiritual Misfits Podcast Meeting Ground

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

If you’ve ever felt on the fringes of Christian faith this is a safe space for you. Your questions, doubts and hopes are all welcome here. We’re creating conversations, affirmations, meditations and other resources to support you on your spiritual journey and let you know that even if you feel like a misfit, you don’t have to feel alone. Learn more at spiritualmisfits.com.au

    An Advent Liturgy

    An Advent Liturgy

    It has always been our intention to create resources to support spiritual practice, as well as hosting honest conversations and interviews.

    This episode is a little different to any of our previous ones, but it is intended to help you experience and enter the Advent season, with your mind, body and heart.

    We've created an advent liturgy of sorts.

    A collection of poetry, music and scripture, with space to pause, to breathe, to be.

    At this time of year, many of us may feel like we particularly struggle to do these things.

    And yet, one way to understand the Christmas narrative, is to see divinity, entering human spaces exactly as they are. Messy. Uncertain. Under the shadow of empire. On an ordinary night. Amidst the feeding troughs of animals.

    God comes in vulnerability.

    And so, as you listen to this short liturgical experience....

    ...whether you are cleaning up around your house, preparing dinner, driving laps around a shopping centre carpark or whatever the case may be, it is our hope that your awareness of divinity and love might sneak in to whatever cracks it can, in your life.

    Almost all of the stunning music in this episode is used with grateful permission from  Bjear. His two Christmas albums ‘a Christmas with Bjear and friends volumes 1 and 2’ are available now. You can go and grab them on Bandcamp here and support an independent Australian artist this Christmas.

    Are you ready? Let's begin...

    (special thanks to Erin, Leksi, Ellaina, Caro, Emily, Becca, Hannah, Mel, Kerry and Sam for reading on this one, as well as Noah and Leo who had brief cameos).

    Scripture:
    Luke 1:46-55

    Poetry:
    Advent: Mary, Will Small
    Sometimes I Wonder, Kaitlin Shetler

    Songs:
    Have Yourself a Merry Christmas, performed by Bjear & friends
    The First Noel, performed by Bjear & friends
    Christmas Eve, 1818, performed by Bjear & friends
    Midnight, Christians, is the Solemn Hour, performed by Bjear & friends
    O Holy Night, performed by Bjear & friends

    • 26 min
    Carolyn Meers on pastoring through deconstruction

    Carolyn Meers on pastoring through deconstruction

    This is a conversation about what it’s like to go through faith crises, deconstruction, dark nights of the soul. etc etc. while pastoring a church. 

    This is not an easy road. And I have not heard many people talk about it from the perspective of being a pastor. But I don’t think it’s uncommon. 

    I hope that this conversation gives people a little more empathy for some of the tensions that many pastors deal with, trying to love a group of people with a diversity of opinions and perspectives, while going through their own process. 

    If you are a pastor, I hope this makes you feel like your process is ok. And you too are not alone. 

    Out of her own journey of change, Caro has shifted the way she leads and shapes church community. And in my opinion, what she describes sounds exactly like what I crave when I think of the church of tomorrow (which we’ve spoken a little bit about lately). It is well worth listening to this conversation just to hear how Caro approaches things like teaching the bible and nurturing community nowadays. 

    So, my friends, enjoy this conversation. And if you happen to know a pastor like Caro. Send them a text. Or buy them a drink. 

    • 1 hr
    Tash Holmes on the centrality of creativity to community

    Tash Holmes on the centrality of creativity to community

    This week on the podcast I am joined by Tash Holmes to chat about creativity, spirituality, faith communities….and just so much good stuff. Tash is a singer, musician & writer based in Sydney, and just another wonderful human I am grateful to have become friends with in recent months. 

    Tash shares their story of coming out while at Hillsong and maintaining faith even through some really horrible experiences. 

    We speak about the place of creatives in the church and faith spaces generally, and talk about some of the tensions around how the arts can be viewed kind of like a ‘cherry on top’ when really, they are foundational in so many ways to what it means to be human.

    After hanging out with Tash my heart felt full. I hope yours does also. 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Leaving loud (emergency pub theology w. Mitch, Hannah & Will)

    Leaving loud (emergency pub theology w. Mitch, Hannah & Will)

    Hello friends.

    Most of you probably know about the recent vote by the Baptist Association of NSW & ACT to kick out pastors and churches with theology that affirms same-sex marriage (and LGBTQI+ people more broadly).

    If you want to get a little more context, here are two articles worth your time:

    Here are Will's reflections the day after.

    And here is an excellent article from Erin Sessions  that gets into a little more of the nitty gritty if you want more details.

    This episode is a debrief chat the day after the vote with Mitch Forbes (who will lose his ordination), Hannah Gierhart (representing the perspective of someone watching this unfold from the 'outside') and Will (who was basically born into a Baptist church).

    Listen and join us in the Facebook group after to share your thoughts. 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Dave Tomlinson on how to be a bad Christian (and a better human being)

    Dave Tomlinson on how to be a bad Christian (and a better human being)

    Terms like post-evangelical and exvangelical have become increasingly prominent in recent years. I spoke about this in detail with David Gushee a few episodes back. 
    But todays guest actually wrote a book called ‘the post evangelical’…almost 30 years ago, in 1995.

    So Dave Tomlinson is not new to this conversation and in many ways he is a wonderful guide to those of us seeking a renewed and renovated faith that takes the modern world seriously and stands the test of time.

    Dave is a vicar from London, a wonderful storyteller and truth seeker and has written many books including ‘how to be a bad Christian and a better human being’ which we discuss in this conversation.

    Simon Buckingham Shum who is a part of meeting ground church joined me to co-host this one - as a Brit who has been following Dave’s work for a long time.

    Simon and Dave make reference a few times to Greenbelt, which is an annual festival in the UK bringing together faith, justice, philosophy, art and a shared space for people from all walks of life. There’s a link in the shownotes if you want to learn more.

    At the end of the conversation Dave gives one of the best definitions of hope I’ve ever heard.

    This was a delightful conversation to have and I hope it encourages you.


    Listen to Dave's talks at  Greenbelt here:
    https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/talks-archive/#~tomlinson

    Check out Dave's YouTube channel here:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpGqunuXebtPE1SaSlVjsdA

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Pub Theology: Mitch and Will discuss Rob Bell (after seeing him live)

    Pub Theology: Mitch and Will discuss Rob Bell (after seeing him live)

    Mitch Forbes returns to crack a beer with Will and debrief on their experience of seeing Rob Bell live in Sydney a couple weeks ago. 

    • 1 hr

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