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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 • 18 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.

    Episodio 34: La Violencia de Género

    Episodio 34: La Violencia de Género

    Pregunta de la semana:
    En el pasado año, hemos leído noticias alarmantes sobre el aumento de la violencia contra las mujeres, especialmente durante la pandemia. Al leer las noticias sobre dos feminicidios ocurridos en Puerto Rico en el mes de mayo y las noticias que salieron en la prensa sobre las protestas de organizaciones que pedían acciones concretas del gobierno, no se escuchó mucho en los Estados Unidos continentales sobre esto.

    Anfitriones invitados:
    Rvdo. Edwin González-Castillo, Associate for Disaster Response in Latin America & the Caribbean, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
    Rvda. Rosa Miranda, Associate for Hispanic/Latino-a Intercultural Congregational Support, Office of Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries

    Invitada:
    Rvda. Dra. Marielis Barreto, Pastor at Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana en Aguada, Puerto Rico

    Edwin Gonzalez-Castillo, Asociado para Respuesta en Desastres para Latinoamérica y el Caribe; Rev. Rosa Miranda, Asociada para el Apoyo Congregacional Intercultural Hispano/Latino & Rev. Dr. Marielis Barreto, Pastora de la Primera Iglesia en Aguada, Puerto Rico

    Recursos:
    Señales de Alerta de Abuso
    National Domestic Violence Hotline (Español): 1-800-787-3224
    Oficina de La Procura de Las Mujeres
    Paz para la mujer

    • 57 min
    Episode 33: GENDER BASED VIOLENCE.

    Episode 33: GENDER BASED VIOLENCE.

    Question for the Week:
    In the past year, we’ve read alarming news on the rise of violence against women, especially during the pandemic. Reading the news about two particular femicides that occurred in Puerto Rico in the spring and news reports shared about protests happening and organizations asking for concrete actions from the government, not much was heard in the continental US about this. In fact, one could argue not much is said in general about the topic and about the response of the church to these evils. Being that this is Domestic Violence Awareness month, could you share what we, as a church, are doing to raise awareness about gender-based violence and violence against women to bring about, support or engage in long-standing change?

    Special Guest Co-Host:
    Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri, Educator, Ruling Elder & Past Co-Moderator of the 223rd General Assembly

    Special Guests:
    Rev. Medeline Alvarez, Presbiterio del Noroeste in Puerto Rico

    Courtney Hoekstra, Associate for Advocacy Committee Support in the Presbyterian Mission Agency | Gender-based violence in Puerto Rico |

    Resource Roundup:
    PC(USA) Statements:
    Statement on Gender-Based Violence in Puerto Rico (English)
    Statement on Gender-Based Violence in Puerto Rico (Español)
    Report on Gender & Leadership in the PC(USA) version 1
    Report on Gender & Leadership in the PC(USA) version 2

    PC(USA) News Stories:
    Presbyterians in Puerto Rico seek an end to domestic violence (English)
    Violencia Domestica en Puerto Rico
    Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) stands with churches in Puerto Rico speaking out against femicide
    La Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE. UU.) apoya a las iglesias de Puerto Rico que protestan contra el feminicidio

    PC(USA) Reports & Resources:
    Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations
    Office of Public Witness
    Advocacy Committee for Women's Concerns

    Domestic Violence Resources:
    National Domestic Violence Hotline (English): 1-800-787-3224
    National Domestic Violence Hotline (Español): 1-800-787-3224
    PC(USA) helpline for cases of abuse involving church leaders: 866-607-7233

    • 49 min
    Episode 32: Guilt and Shame, LENGTH OF SERVICE & Latinx VOICES and Education

    Episode 32: Guilt and Shame, LENGTH OF SERVICE & Latinx VOICES and Education

    Questions for the Week:
    Language is used to shame and guilt people in modern culture. Whether it’s an app or a message, people are shamed for doing one thing or not doing enough of another. This happens in church too. How could this be changed?What do you think is the ideal length of a worship service? Personally, I like shorter services. But that's just me. Further, do you think there is an ideal length for any of the parts of a church service (ie. sermon length)?
    Special Guest:
    Rev. Ruth-Aimée Belonni-Rosario Govens, Executive Vice President of the Presbyterian Pan American School, Kingsville, TX

    Guest Question:
    How can we better acknowledge and incorporate Latinx voices in theological education? Further, as people of faith, how do we better advocate for better inclusion of Latinx voices in secular education?

    Resource Roundup:
    Presbyterian Pan American School

    • 1 hr
    Episode 31: #EmmysSoWhite, College Sexual Assault & Church Worship Planning (Music means a lot)

    Episode 31: #EmmysSoWhite, College Sexual Assault & Church Worship Planning (Music means a lot)

    **Content Warning: Contains discussion about sexual abuse & violence**

    Questions for the Week:
    So the Emmy Awards were presented this past weekend, and a record number of people of color being nominated for awards, white actors swept all 12 major acting awards. I remember a few years ago the Oscars were given flack for not having diverse nominees or winners (remember #OscarsSoWhite?). It seems the Emmys has not quite gotten there. What are your thoughts?A recent opinion piece in the Washington Post was released titled "Here’s why college guys commit sexual assaults they don’t realize are assaults". It describes how we are entering the hot zone or "the period between the start of the college semester and Thanksgiving break, during which more than 50 percent of campus sexual assaults occur." The author discusses how our culture creates conditions where good guys can commit assault and not realize it. What do you think about this?

    Special Guest:
    Rev. Chris Shelton, Pastor, Broadway Presbyterian Church

    Guest Question:
    Who decides the music that is used for church each week? Is it the pastor, worship leader, or choir director? How does that get planned so that everything connects to the themes for each week's scripture readings and sermons?

    Resource Roundup:
    Sing No Empty Alleluias

    • 55 min
    Episode 30: Spiritual Food, Expensive Olympics & PEACE IS HARD WORK

    Episode 30: Spiritual Food, Expensive Olympics & PEACE IS HARD WORK

    Questions for the Week:
    Can food, whether it be cooking or eating, be a spiritual experience?Every time the Olympic Games roll around, there is discussion about how expensive it is to host the Olympics and the toll it takes on the hosting city and country. Is it worth it? When does something become too costly to be worth the pride of hosting such an event? Further, have you seen faith communities have similar discussions about their own events and how to manage the cost?Special Guest:
    Rev. Shelvis Smith-Mather, Mission Co-worker, South Sudan

    Guest Question:
    How can we as Christians work for peace in communities we are not a part of? How do we walk the delicate line between trying to support peace and reconciliation amongst communities we are not from or that we are not directly connected with, but without imposing our own ideas and values on their peace process?

    Resource Roundup:
    Office of Public Witness Action Alert: Anti-Abortion Policies
    Reproductive Health Policy of the PC(USA)

    • 1 hr 3 min
    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

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