23 episodes

How do we transform and transcend our biases? From judgments made unconsciously to complacency in systemic evil, we must learn how to see if we are to learn how to transform. Center for Action and Contemplation faculty member Brian McLaren hosts the podcast series Learning How to See. Listen and discover how seeing is social, political, and contemplative.

Learning How to See with Brian McLaren CAC

    • Religion & Spirituality
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How do we transform and transcend our biases? From judgments made unconsciously to complacency in systemic evil, we must learn how to see if we are to learn how to transform. Center for Action and Contemplation faculty member Brian McLaren hosts the podcast series Learning How to See. Listen and discover how seeing is social, political, and contemplative.

    Christianity as a Road We Make By Walking

    Christianity as a Road We Make By Walking

    Could technology be key to deepening our faith experience? From the printing press to podcasts, the newest technology has been inviting people into faith conversations for centuries.
    On this episode, Brian is joined by theologian and podcaster Tripp Fuller as we embrace walking towards a fresh and vibrant theology that is accessible to everyone. Tripp is a self-described “theology nerd,” and brings his deep knowledge of Biblical history and a commitment to creating space for everyone to cultivate a more authentic relationship with their faith.
    Resources:

    The transcript for this episode can be found here


    Brian's new book, Do I Stay Christian? can be found here


    Tripp's podcast, Homebrewed Christianity is available wherever you like to download podcasts.

    Brian and Tripp will be leading an online class on the book starting in September. Details here: https://homebrewedchristianity.lpages.co/doistaychristian/



    Everyone who purchases a copy of Brian's new book Do I Stay Christian? from our online bookstore will be invited to participate in an exclusive Community Read-Along on Facebook! There will be discussion questions, prompts, and shared practices as we move through the book each week.
    The Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen compassionate engagement in the world. When you purchase this or any other book from our online bookstore you help us to introduce seekers from around the world to the contemplative Christian path of transformation. (Everyone who purchases a copy of Do I Stay Christian? will receive a URL to join the discussion group via email.)
    Connect with us:

    We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. Send us an email at podcasts@cac.org

    Center for Action and Contemplation: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


    Brian McLaren: Website| Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


    Tripp Fuller: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter



    This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    • 55 min
    Christianity as a Set of Insistent Questions

    Christianity as a Set of Insistent Questions

    What if questions are God’s way of communicating? Could we learn to embrace asking questions as a spiritual practice?
    For this episode, Brian McLaren invites two great wisdom teachers of our time, Dr. James Finley and Dr. Barbara Holmes into a conversation about the simple steps we can take to celebrate the sacredness of each moment. This conversation journeys into the heart of embracing mystery and all that is unsolved in your heart. 
    Resources:

    The transcript for this episode can be found here


    Brian's new book, Do I Stay Christian? can be found here


    Dr. Barbara Holme's podcast, The Cosmic We can be found on: CAC | Apple or wherever you like to download podcasts.

    Dr. James Finley's podcast, Turning to the Mystics can be found on: CAC | Apple or wherever you like to download podcasts.


    Everyone who purchases a copy of Brian's new book Do I Stay Christian? from our online bookstore will be invited to participate in an exclusive Community Read-Along on Facebook! There will be discussion questions, prompts, and shared practices as we move through the book each week.
    The Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen compassionate engagement in the world. When you purchase this or any other book from our online bookstore you help us to introduce seekers from around the world to the contemplative Christian path of transformation. (Everyone who purchases a copy of Do I Stay Christian? will receive a URL to join the discussion group via email.)
    Connect with us:

    We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. Send us an email at podcasts@cac.org

    Center for Action and Contemplation: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


    Brian McLaren: Website| Facebook | Instagram | Twitter



    This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    • 57 min
    Christianity and the Cult of Innocence

    Christianity and the Cult of Innocence

    What is the Christian Cult of Innocence and how does it limit our view of ourselves, God, and Christian wisdom? In this episode, Brian McLaren continues his journey of discovering wisdom and perspectives that can break Christianity open. In this conversation, Fr. Richard Rohr and Paul Swanson explore how embracing our flawed human nature can free us from limiting judgements that keep us and everyone else limited, small, and feeling unworthy of Divine Love. Learn to liberate yourself and everyone else you know to be unapologetically human! 
    Resources:

    The transcript for this episode can be found here


    Brian's new book, Do I Stay Christian? can be found here



    Everyone who purchases a copy of Brian's new book Do I Stay Christian? from our online bookstore will be invited to participate in an exclusive Community Read-Along on Facebook! There will be discussion questions, prompts, and shared practices as we move through the book each week.
    The Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen compassionate engagement in the world. When you purchase this or any other book from our online bookstore you help us to introduce seekers from around the world to the contemplative Christian path of transformation. (Everyone who purchases a copy of Do I Stay Christian? will receive a URL to join the discussion group via email.)
    Connect with us:

    We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. Send us an email at podcasts@cac.org

    Center for Action and Contemplation: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


    Brian McLaren: Website| Facebook | Instagram | Twitter



    This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    • 55 min
    Christianity as Neighbor (Part 2)

    Christianity as Neighbor (Part 2)

    Renowned civil rights leader and best-selling author Valarie Kaur joins Brian for this episode of Learning How to See. In this conversation, they help us see how learning about another faith tradition can help us see our own tradition in a different way.
    Valarie Kaur is a renowned civil rights leader and celebrated prophetic voice "at the forefront of progressive change" (Center for American Progress). Valarie burst into American consciousness in the wake of the 2016 election when her Watch Night Service address went viral with 40 million views worldwide. Her question "Is this the darkness of the tomb – or the darkness of the womb?" reframed the political moment and became a mantra for people fighting for change. Valarie now leads the Revolutionary Love Project to reclaim love as a force for justice in America. 
    Resources:

    The transcript for this episode can be found here


    Brian's new book, Do I Stay Christian? can be found here


    Valarie Kaur's work with Revolutionary Love can be found here.


    Everyone who purchases a copy of Brian's new book Do I Stay Christian? from our online bookstore will be invited to participate in an exclusive Community Read-Along on Facebook! There will be discussion questions, prompts, and shared practices as we move through the book each week.
    The Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen compassionate engagement in the world. When you purchase this or any other book from our online bookstore you help us to introduce seekers from around the world to the contemplative Christian path of transformation. (Everyone who purchases a copy of Do I Stay Christian? will receive a URL to join the discussion group via email.)
    Connect with us:

    We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. Send us an email at podcasts@cac.org

    Center for Action and Contemplation: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


    Brian McLaren: Website| Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


    Valarie Kaur: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter



    This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    • 55 min
    Christianity as Neighbor (Part 1)

    Christianity as Neighbor (Part 1)

    Antisemitism, theology, empire—this week’s episode invites us to examine our histories and faith traditions with an honest lens. Explore a different perspective of Christianity with Rabbi Jill Jacobs, who discuss what is means to have Christianity as a neighbor. 
    Rabbi Jill Jacobs (she/her) is the CEO of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, an organization that trains and mobilizes more than 2,300 rabbis and cantors and their communities to bring a moral voice to protecting and advancing human rights in North America, Israel, and the occupied Palestinian territories. She is the author of Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community and There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition, both published by Jewish Lights.
    Resources:

    The transcript for this episode can be found here


    Brian's new book, Do I Stay Christian? can be found here


    Rabbi Jill Jacob's work with T'ruah can be found here.


    Everyone who purchases a copy of Brian's new book Do I Stay Christian? from our online bookstore will be invited to participate in an exclusive Community Read-Along on Facebook! There will be discussion questions, prompts, and shared practices as we move through the book each week.
    The Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen compassionate engagement in the world. When you purchase this or any other book from our online bookstore you help us to introduce seekers from around the world to the contemplative Christian path of transformation. (Everyone who purchases a copy of Do I Stay Christian? will receive a URL to join the discussion group via email.)
    Connect with us:

    We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. Send us an email at podcasts@cac.org

    Center for Action and Contemplation: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


    Brian McLaren: Website| Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


    Rabbi Jill Jacobs: Website | Twitter



    This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Christianity, Race, and Politics

    Christianity, Race, and Politics

    On the second episode of this season, Brian is joined by Lisa Sharon Harper and Gigi Ross exploring the many ways colonialism has injected racism into Christianity, politics, and the culture we live in. Utilizing theology, research, and drawing heavily from Lisa's work in her latest book Fortune, this episode offers a gripping examination of slavery’s lingering impact on the shadow of Christianity. Please be advised this episode discusses topics around sexual violence that may elicit difficult emotions and memories for some. 
    Note: This episode was recorded on March 10th, 2022, before the Supreme Court draft opinion potentially overturning Roe vs. Wade was leaked. Some elements of the conversation will reflect this.
    Resources:

    The transcript for this episode can be found here


    Brian's new book, Do I Stay Christian? can be found here


    Lisa's book, Fortune: How Race Broke My Family and The World and How to Repair It All can be found here.


    Everyone who purchases a copy of Brian's new book Do I Stay Christian? from our online bookstore will be invited to participate in an exclusive Community Read-Along on Facebook! There will be discussion questions, prompts, and shared practices as we move through the book each week.
    The Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen compassionate engagement in the world. When you purchase this or any other book from our online bookstore you help us to introduce seekers from around the world to the contemplative Christian path of transformation. (Everyone who purchases a copy of Do I Stay Christian? will receive a URL to join the discussion group via email.)

    Connect with us:

    We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments or feedback. Send us an email at podcasts@cac.org

    Center for Action and Contemplation: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


    Brian McLaren: Website| Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


    Lisa Sharon Harper: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter



    This podcast is made possible, thanks to the generosity of our donors. If you would love to support the ongoing work of the Center for Action and Contemplation and the continued work of our podcasts, you can donate at cac.org/podcastsupport Thank you!

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
522 Ratings

522 Ratings

Mari-Val ,

A gift

I really appreciate your conversation, this is a gift . Thank you .

Rob Giannamore ,

great content but

As always, great content and what our world needs right now. But cut out the annoying music pauses, you are trying too hard, just talk.

Desert Duolos ,

An important tool for civil discourse

Brian and his guest hosts provide insights from their own experiences to help us not only understand how our biases affect how we interact with others, but also how biases shape what’s happening in our communities, churches, and civic arenas. Most important, listeners are given ways to break out of our bias thinking bubbles to help us see ourselves and others the way God sees. Heart-opening.

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