100 episodes

Ben Katt is a coach, community developer, social entrepreneur and activist. He is an On Being Fellow 2017-2018. The RePlacing Church Podcast explores local spirituality, innovative community and social change through interviews, stories and ideas to help people imagine new expressions of church and and foster renewal in their lives, neighborhoods and the world. Popular topics include: justice, leadership, community, innovation, parish, spiritual formation and many more. Stay connected at www.replacingchurch.org and at facebook.com/replacingchurch.

RePlacing Church: Local Spirituality, Innovative Community & Social Change with Ben Katt Ben Katt - Pastor, Community Developer & Social Entrepreneur

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Ben Katt is a coach, community developer, social entrepreneur and activist. He is an On Being Fellow 2017-2018. The RePlacing Church Podcast explores local spirituality, innovative community and social change through interviews, stories and ideas to help people imagine new expressions of church and and foster renewal in their lives, neighborhoods and the world. Popular topics include: justice, leadership, community, innovation, parish, spiritual formation and many more. Stay connected at www.replacingchurch.org and at facebook.com/replacingchurch.

    Coda: Closing Reflections & Thanksgiving

    Coda: Closing Reflections & Thanksgiving

    Creator & Host Ben Katt offers some closing reflections and thanksgiving at the conclusion of RePlacing Church.
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    • 16 min
    #99 Krista Tippett on Being

    #99 Krista Tippett on Being

    Krista Tippett is the Founder and CEO of The On Being Project and host of the Peabody Award winning conversation, On Being, which she began 15 years ago as a weekly national public radio show originally called Speaking of Faith. On Being explores the big questions of meaning - What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? Who will we be to each other? - and pursues deep thinking and social courage, moral imagination and joy, to renew inner life, outer life, and life together. Krista is also the author of multiple books including Speaking of Faith, Einstein’s God, and, most recently, the 2016 New York Times best-selling Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, which opens into the questions and challenges of this century. She is currently working on her next book, Letters to A Young Citizen. Through On Being, Krista has had over 450 conversation partners over the years and each week On Being goes out to over one million listeners. In this episode of RePlacing Church, Krista Tippett joins me to discuss:
    Making space for solitude and rest
    Her background in journalism and evolution into her present work
    Her journey of faith and public theology
    The lifegiving power of friendship and community
    Lessons learned and future ambitions
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    Subscribe, rate, and review the RePlacing Church Podcast on iTunes, or listen on Stitcher, Google Play, or Podbean.
    Support RePlacing Church on Patreon. I need your support to offset production costs so that I can continue to offer quality content and insightful interviews that will help you grow in your faith and practice. Visit www.patreon.com/benkatt, become a RePlacing Church Patron for as little as a $1/month and receive access to bonus podcast episodes, additional blog posts and more exclusive content! More information here.
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    Episode Song Credits: "Another Wrong to Right" by Mercir. "Feels Like Home" by Immersive Music. "Full Humanity" by Cymatix. Used with Permission.
    Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.

    • 55 min
    #98 Jonathan Brooks on Exile and Englewood

    #98 Jonathan Brooks on Exile and Englewood

    Jonathan Brooks is the pastor of Canaan Community Church in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood and the author of the forthcoming book, Church Forsaken: Practicing Presence in Neglected Neighborhoods. He is a community developer, hip hop artist and Chicago city director for Mission Year. Jonathan grew up in Englewood on Chicago’s south side, moved away, and eventually returned to build community. Together with his wife Miche’al and community members, Jonathan created the 5 Loaves Food co-op, providing healthy food options for the neighborhood. In this episode of RePlacing Church, Jonathan joins me to discuss:
    The history and challenges of his urban community
    White flight, disinvestment, and neglected neighborhoods
    The narrative of escaping forsaken places, and why he returned
    How a 'bifocal' perspective helps us to see brokenness and beauty at the same time
    Why there are no God-forsaken places, only church-forsaken ones
    The power of ownership and collaboration in a place
    Get your free RePlacing Church Resource List, a guide to being and becoming the church in the neighborhood.
    Subscribe, rate, and review the RePlacing Church Podcast on iTunes, or listen on Stitcher, Google Play, or Podbean.
    Support RePlacing Church on Patreon. I need your support to offset production costs so that I can continue to offer quality content and insightful interviews that will help you grow in your faith and practice. Visit www.patreon.com/benkatt, become a RePlacing Church Patron for as little as a $1/month and receive access to bonus podcast episodes, additional blog posts and more exclusive content! More information here.
    Sign up for RePlacing Church updates at www.replacingchurch.org. Like on Facebook, Follow on Instagram.
    Episode Song Credits: "Another Wrong to Right" by Mercir. "Feels Like Home" by Immersive Music. "Full Humanity" by Cymatix. Used with Permission.
    Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.

    • 51 min
    #97 Austin Channing Brown Is Still Here

    #97 Austin Channing Brown Is Still Here

    Austin Channing Brown is the author of I’M STILL HERE: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. She is a writer and speaker with a focus on black womanhood and faith. Her work has appeared in Sojourners, Relevant, Mutuality and on her blog austinchanning.com. Austin has been committed to advancing racial justice and reconciliation in her work with nonprofits, churches, parachurch ministries, and universities in both the urban and suburban context. Most recently, she served as a Resident Director and Multicultural Liaison at Calvin College. In this episode of RePlacing Church, she joins me to discuss:
    Black dignity in the midst of white dominant culture
    Why we are at a loss without the voices of Black women
    Turning anger into action for the good of others
    The necessary relationship between reconciliation and justice
    How speaking out and challenging systems is costly
    Get your free RePlacing Church Resource List, a guide to being and becoming the church in the neighborhood.
    Subscribe, rate, and review the RePlacing Church Podcast on iTunes, or listen on Stitcher, Google Play, or Podbean.
    Support RePlacing Church on Patreon. I need your support to offset production costs so that I can continue to offer quality content and insightful interviews that will help you grow in your faith and practice. Visit www.patreon.com/benkatt, become a RePlacing Church Patron for as little as a $1/month and receive access to bonus podcast episodes, additional blog posts and more exclusive content! More information here.
    Sign up for RePlacing Church updates at www.replacingchurch.org. Like on Facebook, Follow on Instagram.
    Episode Song Credits: "Another Wrong to Right" by Mercir. "Feels Like Home" by Immersive Music. "Full Humanity" by Cymatix. Used with Permission.
    Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.

    • 51 min
    #96 AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez on Identity & Decolonization

    #96 AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez on Identity & Decolonization

    AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez is an IndoLatinx mujerista working to create and agitate her way through the latin diaspora. She is a writer and speaker, visual artist, and faith-based community organizer. She blogs at Patheos Progressive Christian and shares other resources at browneyedamazon.com. Born in Venezuela, she came to the United States at a young age where she was adopted and given the name Ashley. When she was 15, she stood before a judge and declared, “I want my name back.” This reclamation of her name and identity has marked her work in the areas of decolonization in the church and beyond, intersectionality, and LGBT inclusion ever since. In this episode, AnaYelsi joins me to discuss:
    Identity and name reclamation
    Being displaced and living as part of a cultural diaspora
    Language and intentional use of terms like "Latinx"
    Finding refuge and healing in community
    Why decolonization must go beyond the personal level and address unjust systems
    The power of art to capture and speak to complex issues
    Get your free RePlacing Church Resource List, a guide to being and becoming the church in the neighborhood.
    Subscribe, rate, and review the RePlacing Church Podcast on iTunes, or listen on Stitcher, Google Play, or Podbean.
    Support RePlacing Church on Patreon. I need your support to offset production costs so that I can continue to offer quality content and insightful interviews that will help you grow in your faith and practice. Visit www.patreon.com/benkatt, become a RePlacing Church Patron for as little as a $1/month and receive access to bonus podcast episodes, additional blog posts and more exclusive content! More information here.
    Sign up for RePlacing Church updates at www.replacingchurch.org. Like on Facebook, Follow on Instagram.
    Episode Song Credits: "Another Wrong to Right" by Mercir. "Feels Like Home" by Immersive Music. "Full Humanity" by Cymatix. Used with Permission.
    Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.

    • 44 min
    #95 Mark Mulder on Urbanism, Congregations & White Flight

    #95 Mark Mulder on Urbanism, Congregations & White Flight

    Dr. Mark Mulder is professor of sociology, adjunct professor of congregational and ministry studies, and director of the urban studies minor and at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He teaches classes on church and society, diversity and inequality, and urban sociology. Mark is the author of Congregations, Neighborhoods, Places, Shades of White Flight: Evangelical Congregations and Urban Departure, and co-author of Latino Protestants in America: Diverse and Growing. His research centers on the intersection of cities and congregations. In this episode of RePlacing Church, Mark joins me to discuss:
    The shift in church culture and theology towards place
    Historic and present-day barriers that perpetuate systemic inequity
    Why churches should take inventory of their assets and explore how they can be utilized for their neighborhood
    The "halo effect" of church impact on communities
    The importance of ethnography, being attuned to your context, and a posture of humility
    Historical example of white flight on Chicago's South side
    Church adaptation in the tide of changing demographics
    Get your free RePlacing Church Resource List, a guide to being and becoming the church in the neighborhood.
    Subscribe, rate, and review the RePlacing Church Podcast on iTunes, or listen on Stitcher, Google Play, or Podbean.
    Support RePlacing Church on Patreon. I need your support to offset production costs so that I can continue to offer quality content and insightful interviews that will help you grow in your faith and practice. Visit www.patreon.com/benkatt, become a RePlacing Church Patron for as little as a $1/month and receive access to bonus podcast episodes, additional blog posts and more exclusive content! More information here.
    Sign up for RePlacing Church updates at www.replacingchurch.org. Like on Facebook, Follow on Instagram.
    Episode Song Credits: "Another Wrong to Right" by Mercir. "Feels Like Home" by Immersive Music. "Full Humanity" by Cymatix. Used with Permission.
    Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.

    • 47 min

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Thoughtful and thought-provoking

I love this podcast and Ben’s calming, honest way of being on the show. He interviews people who introduce new ways of thinking about community, what church is, and how other people experience the world. I’m always better for having listened!

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RePlacing Church has become one of my most favorite podcasts. I love that Ben chooses to dive into sensitive and important topics with a posture of humility and curiosity. If you care about loving your neighbor well you will love RePlacing Church.

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