18 episodes

We explore all kinds of faith questions here: big ones, small ones, weird ones, and hard-to-talk-about-in-church ones. Hosted by Faith Formation, Open to Wonder is a podcast that helps us imagine together what faith looks like in our day-to-day lives.

In each episode, we’ll ask our guest to share insights from where their experience intersects our shared wonderings. Join us for a communal conversation about where we are struggling, growing, and wondering as we live out our faith together.

Faith Formation is a ministry of the Christian Reformed Church of North America.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.6 • 5 Ratings

We explore all kinds of faith questions here: big ones, small ones, weird ones, and hard-to-talk-about-in-church ones. Hosted by Faith Formation, Open to Wonder is a podcast that helps us imagine together what faith looks like in our day-to-day lives.

In each episode, we’ll ask our guest to share insights from where their experience intersects our shared wonderings. Join us for a communal conversation about where we are struggling, growing, and wondering as we live out our faith together.

Faith Formation is a ministry of the Christian Reformed Church of North America.

    Making Room for Connection… Kitty Litter and All | Faith Practices: Hospitality

    Making Room for Connection… Kitty Litter and All | Faith Practices: Hospitality

    Amy Peterson’s understanding of hospitality—a practice she believes is at the heart of Christian identity—was formed during an experience she had as a 22 year old living in Southeast Asia. More recently it’s been shaped by the details she discovered while researching the Biblical story of Lydia, the university students with whom she shared a weekly dinner, and in the hands of the unhoused man who offers her candy over breakfast. Amy Peterson is a writer, teacher, and priest in the Episcopal church. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, two children, and three cats.

    Open Hearts, Open Homes: The Call for Christian Hospitality

    Where Goodness Still Grows: Reclaiming Virtue in an Age of Hypocrisy

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie


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    Marking Milestones of God’s Goodness | Faith Practices: Remembering

    Marking Milestones of God’s Goodness | Faith Practices: Remembering

    Heidi De Jonge began keeping a diary when she was 9 years old—and regularly reads excerpts of her diaries to her three daughters. Heidi has been an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church for 17 years. She is currently working as a chaplain in long term care and as a restorative practitioner with FaithCARE. She and her husband, Tim, have three daughters and a beloved husky-lab mix.

    Overstoried Reformed Journal

    How to Inhabit Time by James K. A. Smith

    Celebration of Baptism Litany


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    Introducing Season 3: Even More Faith Practices

    Introducing Season 3: Even More Faith Practices

    Hi everyone! During Season 2 our guests shared wonderful stories of how weaving a faith practice into their daily life has grown their faith and then provided simple ideas for ways we could all try that practice at home.  

    This season we’re exploring even more faith practices and we cannot wait for you to hear the conversations we’ve been having with each of our guests. So pull up a seat, and wonder with us.


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    The Only Wrong Way to Pray Is Not Pray | Faith Practices: Prayer

    The Only Wrong Way to Pray Is Not Pray | Faith Practices: Prayer

    Jill Weber, Global Convenor of the Order of the Mustard Seed, lives near the ruins of a 12th century monastery on the Waverley Abbey Estate, in the United Kingdom. Her response to the question “does prayer really work?” is just as lovely. (Plus: find out the five words from the Order of the Mustard Seed that Karen wants to see on a t-shirt.)

    Order of the Mustard Seed

    The Seed Community

    24/7 Prayer

    Lectio 365 

    Even the Sparrow: A Pilgrim’s Guide to Prayer, Trust and Following the Leader

    Emmaus Road Church

    Jill’s free, short courses on crafting a rule of life, discernment, and biblical praying

    Faith Practices Project

    Faith Practices: Holy Habits that Help Us Love God and Our Neighbor, Listen to the Spirit, and Become More Like Jesus


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    What 3-Year-Olds Already Know (and We Can Learn) | Faith Practices: Wonder

    What 3-Year-Olds Already Know (and We Can Learn) | Faith Practices: Wonder

    As a child, ‘Lib’ Caldwell was introduced to the spiritual practice of wonder by her mother: a woman who loved earthworms in the garden, set up art easels in the kitchen, and embraced spontaneous prayer. Now an author, teacher, gardener and quilter, Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Caldwell shares what the practice of wonder looks like in her life today as well as a do-able suggestion for the practice that anyone can try.

    I Wonder: Engaging a Child’s Curiosity About the Bible

    Growing in God’s Love, A Story Bible

    Faith Practices Project

    Faith Practices: Holy Habits that Help Us Love God and Our Neighbor, Listen to the Spirit, and Become More Like Jesus


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    • 35 min
    When the Corporate Ladder Is On the Wrong Wall | Faith Practices: Service

    When the Corporate Ladder Is On the Wrong Wall | Faith Practices: Service

    In the midst of a tense corporate merger, more than 50 staff members joined a spontaneous prayer meeting in the company auditorium because Colin Watson told his CEO, “we need to pray about this.” Years later, retired CRCNA Executive Director Colin Watson shares how being attentive to God at work shapes his faith and guides the ways he serves in leadership.

    Following the podcast, Colin shared some of his favorite gospel artists with Chris and Karen. We thought you’d enjoy them too.

    ***Colin’s Playlist***

    Brian Courtney Wilson, ‘A Great Work’’ 

    Charles Jenkins, ‘This Means War’ 

    Jonathon McReynolds, ‘Movin On’

    Jonathon McReynolds, ‘Not Lucky, I’m Loved’ 

    Tori Kelly with Jonathon McReynolds, ‘Just As Sure’

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    Faith Practices Project

    Faith Practices: Holy Habits that Help Us Love God and Our Neighbor, Listen to the Spirit, and Become More Like Jesus


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    • 33 min

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