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Communion & Shalom David Frank and TJ Espinoza

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Building a space for honest, subversive Christian conversations on sexuality, ethnicity, and what it means to live in community.

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    #43 - Common Life, Common Good: Jake Meador

    #43 - Common Life, Common Good: Jake Meador

    How do we build communities of collaboration and care? Are our communities in the West in crisis? What are the “common objects of love” that we share, and how do we—average Christians who care—seek those out and build on them?
    We were delighted to talk with Jake Meador on some of these questions, which he touches on in his first book, In Search of the Common Good. Join us as we consider different angles on the practices we engage with that can change the imagination of our time.
    Jake Meador (jakemeador.com) is a writer, speaker, and editor from Lincoln, Nebraska. He writes about place, politics, culture, and the ways that Christian faith speaks to all of the various questions that those topics raise. He also wrote a thesis on Kwame Nkrumah, a mid-20th century Ghanaian politician. He’s the author of two books, In Search of the Common Good: Christian Fidelity in a Fractured World and What Are Christians For?: Life Together at the End of the World. He serves as the editor-in-chief at Mere Orthodoxy (mereorthodoxy.com), a contributing editor with Plough magazine, and a board member with the Davenant Institute.
    Timestamps
    (02:23) A crisis of common life(10:21) Example: Declining birth rates as a social problem(19:07) Practical recs: asking for help, offering home(29:04) The historical church on property rights(34:16) Practices for communities: caught, not taught(38:22) Roots we don't choose(44:23) Identity is particular; Christianity is still bigger(47:31) Who's on the land, who's good for the land?(01:03:48) OK but we gotta talk about Kwame Nkrumah. Wild.
    Links and References in This Episode
    Ya’ll. Jake is a well-read man. We got a long list of books for your perusing pleasure (and easier searching).
    * Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput (2017)
    * The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation, Rod Dreher (2017)
    * Resurrecting the Idea of Christian Society, R. R. Reno (2016)
    * The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, George Packer (2014)
    * Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, Anthony Esolen (2017)
    * Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, Robert Putnam (2000)
    * Nancy Pearcey (author)
    * Kirkpatrick Sale (author)
    * Remaking the World: How 1776 Created the Post-Christian West, Andrew Wilson (2023)
    * Wendell Berry (author)—I don’t even know what to tell you, he’s written a lot.
    * Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution, Carl Trueman (2020)
    * Why Marx Was Right, Terry Eagleton (2018)
    * An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (2015)
    * Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, Robin Wall Kimmerer (2015
    * Pope Francis on a “throwaway” society (article link)
    * John Paul II on a “culture of death” (Evangelium Vitae (1995))
    * The Cold War and the Color Line: American Race Relations in the Global Arena, Thomas Borstelmann (2003)

    And here are some additional resources or terms mentioned in this episode, not a resource, exactly, but it might make this conversation searchable/accessible to global listeners:L’Abri is a “Christian residential study center ministry”Several theologians, church fathers, and theorists talked about property rights: John Calvin, St. Basil of Caesarea in Cappadocia, John Locke, and Emil Brunner on “the inner infinity of God’s law”.
    If you like this podcast, please consider…
    → Sharing feedback or questions! www.podpage.com/communion-shalom/contact→ Supporting us on Patreon! patreon.com/communionandshalom→ Following us on Instagram! @communionandshalom

    CreditsCreators and Hosts: David Frank, TJ EspinozaAudio Engineer: Carl Swenson (www.carlswensonmusic.com)Podcast Manager: Elena



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    • 1 hr 15 min
    #42 - Our Food Is Your Food: An Ode to Common Pantry, with Hannah Hiler

    #42 - Our Food Is Your Food: An Ode to Common Pantry, with Hannah Hiler

    Let’s talk about common pantry, ya’ll. Today we’re taking on the nitty gritty details of sharing food with people, usually those you live with. Why on earth does this even need to be talked about?
    Well, those of you in a “traditional” couple-with-children household probably already share food (often whether or not you want to). But any of you living alone or with other single roommates may find sharing food with others appalling, unappealing, or just plain impossible.
    Friend of the podcast Hannah Hiler is here to tell you differently! David talks with Hannah about why she advocates for sharing a common pantry with others—why it follows God’s call for sacrificial community, how it creates generous hospitality, and some details that can make it work or fail.
    Hannah is a graphic designer who is passionate about community and hospitality. She currently lives in a community house in South Minneapolis.

    This is part of an ongoing series on The Commons. For more, check out a couple other episodes:
    Our first episode on Imagining the Commons, with Brendan Johnson (#30): https://open.substack.com/pub/communionshalom/p/30-imagining-the-commons-with-brendan-7ee
    A Workshop with David and Elena on Building Households and Communities Together (#39): https://open.substack.com/pub/communionshalom/p/39-building-households-and-communities-c53
    Joseph Pearce on Transformative Economics (#38): https://communionshalom.substack.com/p/38-economics-for-local-community-e78
    Timestamps
    (00:37) Introducing Hannah
    (03:28) Christian community=Living with others
    (8:14) “Common Pantry: Everything in the fridge is yours
    (25:18) Free beans and rice for everyone?
    (31:53) When you SHOULDN'T do Common Pantry
    (40:56) Single human seeking independence
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    Credits
    Creators and Hosts: David Frank, TJ Espinoza
    Audio Engineer: Carl Swenson (www.carlswensonmusic.com)
    Podcast Manager: Elena


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    • 57 min
    #41 - Unexpected Shifts: Josh’s Story of Prayer, Healing, and Attraction

    #41 - Unexpected Shifts: Josh’s Story of Prayer, Healing, and Attraction

    David’s friend Josh had a pretty radical experience of “healing”…

    Supernatural healing is always a complex topic, and with sexual attraction this continues to prove true. Does orientation change? Should we pray for it to change? Josh used to experience same-sex sexual attraction, and through some unusual events, he is also increasingly attracted to women. We offer his story as a provoking thought piece as we try to make sense of how God may work in each of our lives.

    Note: This episode briefly includes content suitable for adult audiences; listener discretion is advised.

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    Timestamps

    (1:22) "An overwhelmingly positive church upbringing”

    (10:33) God makes a ... joke

    (18:42) Experiencing (bi?) attraction after healing

    (29:13) I don't prescribe theology, but don't write off healing

    (43:41) Has progressive theology ever been persuasive to you?

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    Links and References

    Something They Will Not Forget by Joshua Gibbs

    “A History of Romance in the West—Part 2 with Kathryn Mogk Wagner” - episode #19, published 12/8/2022

    Note: This episode uses the terms “Side A” and “Side B” (and X, Y) as shorthand quite a bit. If you’re new to the conversation, you might find it helpful to check out Communion & Shalom episode #3, where we talk through the four “sides”: ⁠#3 - A-B-Y-X | 4 Sides on SSA/Gay Sexuality⁠

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    Credits

    Creators and Hosts: David Frank, TJ Espinoza

    Audio Engineer: Carl Swenson (www.carlswensonmusic.com)

    Voice Actor (Josh overdub): Carl Swenson

    Podcast Manager: Elena


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    • 54 min
    #40 - 3 Friends’ Journeys | Advocating for Christian LGBTQ Conversations

    #40 - 3 Friends’ Journeys | Advocating for Christian LGBTQ Conversations

    Schelli Cronk, Becky Hestness, and Kim Klayum work together at Transform MN, equipping Christian leaders across Minnesota to engage complex issues from a biblical perspective. They are also good friends who have personally and professionally been challenged over time to grow their love and care for LGBTQ friends and family. We are inspired by their deep convictions and equally deep support for LGBTQ folks. We got to hear a bit of their stories and how God’s been working through them in their communities.

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    Timestamps

    (01:17) Introducing Transform MN

    (06:36) Personally/professionally, how do you arrive at this conversation?

    (26:29) Being good allies, good friends

    (37:29) Sharing truth, grace, and applying it equitably

    (44:27) Encouragement and caution: be in relationship with people

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    Links and References

    Transform MN: https://transformmn.org/

    Grace/Truth videos from the Center for Faith, Gender, and Sexuality (Preston Sprinkle): https://ondemand.centerforfaith.com/courses/grace-truth

    Revoice conference: https://www.revoice.org/

    Laurie Krieg: https://lauriekrieg.com/

    TJ’s episode on covenant brotherhood: https://www.podpage.com/communion-shalom/on-covenant-brotherhood-with-special-reference-to-tjs-covenant/



    This episode uses the terms “Side A” and “Side B” (and X, Y) as shorthand quite a bit. If you’re new to the conversation, you might find it helpful to check out Communion & Shalom episode #3, where we talk through the four “sides”: ⁠#3 - A-B-Y-X | 4 Sides on SSA/Gay Sexuality⁠

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    If you like this podcast, please consider…

    →Sharing feedback or questions! www.podpage.com/communion-shalom/contact

    →Supporting us on Patreon! patreon.com/communionandshalom

    →Following us on Instagram! @communionandshalom



    Credits

    Creators and Hosts: David Frank, TJ Espinoza

    Audio Engineer: Carl Swenson (www.carlswensonmusic.com)

    Podcast Manager: Elena


    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit communionshalom.substack.com

    • 50 min
    #39 - Building Households and Communities Together: A Workshop with David and Elena (Recorded Live at Revoice 2023)

    #39 - Building Households and Communities Together: A Workshop with David and Elena (Recorded Live at Revoice 2023)

    David Frank (you know him) and Elena (podcast manager) gave a workshop talk at Revoice 2023. It was pretty great, and also, predictably, hit-or-miss with sound quality. Enjoy!

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    Links and References

    The Life We’re Looking For: Reclaiming Relationship in a Technological World by Andy Crouch (publisher’s link)

    Our workshop presentation: [Link to Google presentation]

    Our worksheet and resources handout: [Link to Google doc]

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    Credits

    Creators and Hosts: David Frank, TJ Espinoza

    Audio Engineer: Carl Swenson (www.carlswensonmusic.com)

    Podcast Manager: Elena


    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit communionshalom.substack.com

    • 51 min
    #38 - Economics for Local Community with Joseph Pierce: Why Small Is Still Beautiful

    #38 - Economics for Local Community with Joseph Pierce: Why Small Is Still Beautiful

    Joseph Pearce’s book Small Is Still Beautiful is a compelling spotlight on the "well-kept secret" of economist E. F. Schumacher. David Frank and Brendan Johnson (from episode 30) talked with Joseph about small localism versus globalism, cooperatives and sharing versus capitalist individualism, and the like. Join us for a delightful conversation around the commons, community, and collaborative flourishing.

    About Our Guest

    A native of England, Joseph Pearce is the internationally acclaimed author of many books, which include bestsellers such as The Quest for Shakespeare, Tolkien: Man and Myth, The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde, C. S. Lewis and The Catholic Church, Literary Converts, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc. He is an author, publisher, editor, lecturer, and professor. His personal website is www.jpearce.co.

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    Timestamps

    (0:26) Introducing Joseph Pearce

    (2:51) Encountering E. F. Schumacher's Small Is Beautiful

    (5:38) Modern economics that don't lead to flourishing

    (7:45) Distributing wealth, local solidarity

    (15:13) Mondragon Corporation: Solidarity in practice

    (18:03) The world since 20 years ago: what's changed?

    (22:01) Advice for voting with your dollars

    (27:45) Is there a risk in things being too small?

    (32:47) Reading recommendations

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    Links and References

    Small Is Still Beautiful: Economics as if Families Mattered by Joseph Pearce (2006)- link to publisher

    Joseph Pearce - Facebook, Instagram

    Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered by E. F. Schumacher (1973) - link to publisher

    Thomas Storck

    Wilhelm Röpke

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    If you like this podcast, please consider…

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    Credits

    Creators and Hosts: David Frank, TJ Espinoza

    Audio Engineer: Carl Swenson (www.carlswensonmusic.com)

    Podcast Manager: Elena


    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit communionshalom.substack.com

    • 36 min

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