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Friends church is a community of people who are on a spiritual journey together. We believe that each person is on their own spiritual journey and we strive to partner with people to help them no matter where they are in life. We are a Christian church who gathers weekly to explore the significance of the God and the Bible on our spiritual journeys and on our lives.

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Friends church is a community of people who are on a spiritual journey together. We believe that each person is on their own spiritual journey and we strive to partner with people to help them no matter where they are in life. We are a Christian church who gathers weekly to explore the significance of the God and the Bible on our spiritual journeys and on our lives.

    Homosexual “Clobber” Passages Reinterpreted

    Homosexual “Clobber” Passages Reinterpreted

    Speaker: Vince KlassenIn the Bible, there are six sections that speak about homosexuality — they are referred to as the “Clobber Passages”. And that’s how they are often used, to clobber people of same-sex sexuality into submission. Or in line with a tradition. Or into a lifetime of pain and self-hatred.







    These biblical Clobber Passages are still thrown around at dinner tables, on social media, and from the front of many churches. And they continue to cause much pain and suffering to our homosexual community.







    But how do we respond to these passages? Are they just true and we have to live with them? Or are there other ways to see these passages? Ways that can support a much broader view of homosexuality in the Bible?







    Join us this week as we finish our exploration of homosexuality in the Bible. You are welcome regardless of your views on this (as long as you are loving to everyone!:). But know, if you identify as homosexual, and if these verses have been used to make you feel less than in any way, we will give you a valid interpretation of all these passages that will allow you to stand with your head held high, as loved and as cherished as anyone else in the church.







    To donate to this podcast and support the making of more of these please visit www.friendschurch.ca/podcast

    • 41 min
    Homosexual: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

    Homosexual: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

    Speaker: Vince Klassen







    I went to a grad from someone from our community recently named Shaun Pulsifer. He graduated from the Los Angeles Film School. And as part of his grad ceremony, they showed a bunch of his films he made for school.







    But there was one short film that hit me hard – really hard.







    You see, we told you last week that in the last few months we’ve been on a journey. We thought the gay debate was finished. Gay people were as welcome and loved as anyone else, could hold their heads up high in every church they went to.







    We were wrong. Really wrong.







    And it really hit me when I was watching one of Shaun’s films called Nobody’s Prayer. It’s an autobiographical look at a time in his life where he was very influenced by a traditional reading of the bible, and a traditional conception of God that, as you might have guessed, was against gay people.







    Here’s the problem, Shaun is gay







    He’s been out for years. But in his late teens, early 20’s he was just realizing that he’s gay and that love and the church didn’t seem to go together for him. And its heartbreaking. He’s crying out to the creator, “Why? Why did you make me like this?”







    What hit me watching his movie was this:







    The issue of gay people being accepted into the church wasn’t an interpretation issue. It wasn’t something academic, kind of “What does the Bible say?” thing.







    The issue of gay people in the Christian tradition is, for many, a life and death issue. The character who represents gay people in Shaun’s film, at one point, pulls out a bottle of pills and a knife to end their suffering. To end this feeling of being torn apart by the church and who they are.







    This is life and death for many.







    And so before we look at the Bible and see how all the “clobber” verses are interpreted, I wanted us to see the people who this issue touches. Deeply touches. And I want all of us, queer or straight, to realize this conversation matters. For many, its life and death.







    So join us this week, as we explore the Christian tradition through the eyes of 2 gay men (Shaun and his partner Ken). It will be at the same time heart wrenching, inspiring, hilarious and give us a glimpse into hard won love – something that we all want.







    Invite a friend, it will be safe for anyone with any views. And plan a coffee or a walk in the park to talk about together after the service.







    To donate to this podcast and support the making of more of these please visit www.friendschurch.ca/podcast

    • 50 min
    Homosexual: Locked In

    Homosexual: Locked In

    Speaker: Vince Klassen







    Recently we learned that there was a church that voted to exclude people from their membership because of their sexual orientation. We didn’t agree with them, but they have religious freedom in Canada so it’s their right to do this. But, we thought, “this is probably an isolated incident.”







    Then we checked our podcast stats and realized that our message from 2017 on Homosexuality is our highest downloaded message… of all times. Strange we thought. I thought sexual orientation isn’t an issue anymore in the vast majority of our world.







    Then we sent emails to members of Friends Church who are in same-sex relationships and asked if, in their experience, “was their sexual orientation an issue in religious groups in their lives?” And the responses came back in heartbreaking detail of hurts and ostracization, and horrible things being said to them in the name of the Christian tradition.







    And so we decided we needed to take a few weeks and explore the issue of same-sex relationships through the lens of the Friends Church’s conception of the Christian Tradition. Talk about Friends Church’s completely open arms to anyone of any sexual orientation in all facets of Friends Church. Show that there are valid interpretations of the Bible that say people who are actively in same-sex relationships are as spiritual and good as people in opposite-sex relationships.







    But before we deal with this, before we show you how to stand tall in supporting same-sex relationships in the Christian tradition, we need to address the elephant in the room:







    * Many people are coming to this conversation with their minds already made up.







    Family members who already have their minds made up, people in the news, or people in the media who are saying their views are right and anyone who disagrees is a sinner. We first have to deal with this.







    We call this Locked In.







    And we are going to explore how we deal with this with the people in our lives, and if we are honest, how we ourselves can also be Locked in.







    Come on out. The “mini-series” is going to be fun and engaging, but also thoughtful, spiritual, and chances are it will touch many of the interactions you have and interactions you see in the world around you. 







    No matter where you may be Sunday morning, carve out an hour and plan to join us at the gym.







    To donate to this podcast and support the making of more of these please visit www.friendschurch.ca/podcast

    • 45 min
    Lonely

    Lonely

    Speaker: Jeff Jarvis







    For years research has been waving red flags about the growing level of loneliness in our culture. Did you know that the number of people who have no one to talk to about difficult things has tripled in the last decade? That the average social circle has shrunk by 1/3rd in the same time? That more people don’t have a confidante than those who do?  In fact, before the pandemic, we were lonelier and more disconnected than we’ve ever been.  Can you imagine what the stats would say now? 







    Chances are very good that if you’re not struggling with loneliness, you know someone who is. But the solution, we’re learning, isn’t intuitive. Sometimes we can find ourselves doing things that make matters worse without even realizing it. This Sunday we’re going to explain how/why that happens and talk about what can be done to chip away at the loneliness we’re experiencing.    







    No matter where you may be Sunday morning, carve out an hour and plan to join us at the gym.







    To donate to this podcast and support the making of more of these please visit www.friendschurch.ca/podcast

    • 37 min
    When Music + Crowds = Magic

    When Music + Crowds = Magic

    Speaker: Jeff Jarvis







    I was talking to someone this week about her experience at the Garth Brooks concert(s) that just took place in Edmonton last weekend. As she described it, she just shook her head in disbelief. “It was mind-blowing. Tens of 1000’s of people in a stadium all singing and moving together to songs that have resonated so deeply for many of us for years”. She said, “It’s hard to describe what happens in moments like that”. What moments come to your mind when you reflect on past concerts or musical experiences that moved you deeply? For thousands of years, music has played a large role in people’s spiritual journeys. What exactly it’s done or is doing has been largely a mystery. But recent research is suggesting that these experiences are vital to human flourishing. We’re going to talk about this on Sunday while experiencing some beautiful music together. If you’re not out camping or vacationing, carve out some time to join us in the spiritual gym. We’ll see you then.







    To donate to this podcast and support the making of more of these please visit www.friendschurch.ca/podcast

    • 38 min
    Transcendence through Love

    Transcendence through Love

    Speaker: Vince Klassen







    Throughout our lives we hear stories, or maybe if we are really lucky we get to be part of these stories of people doing incredible things for each other:  







    * risking life and limb for strangers* giving something valuable to us to another person just to make them smile* love between two people that overcomes adversity and time







    There is something about these acts that always feel special to me. The kind of special that makes me feel like something amazing just happened, even something divine.As we close off this series, we are going to explore the final pathway to Transcending the Physical. We’ve looked at supernatural entities. We’ve seen how stories (beliefs we hold) can create a connection to something More. This week we are going to explore connecting to Transcendence through the ways we interact with the people around us, and the way they interact with us.  In a word, through Love.This is a great jumping off point for your summer months so invite someone who might need to hear this, and join us at the Spiritual Gym.







    To donate to this podcast and support the making of more of these please visit www.friendschurch.ca/podcast

    • 38 min

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