Telling the Stories of Those Who Live and Work on the Spiritual Margins
Ben Yosua-Davis – Five Years of Reports From the Spiritual Frontier
Join us for our final episode, as Beth Estock interviews Ben about his experience over five years of hosting Reports From the Spiritual Frontier. Episode Highlights Include: What changes and patterns Ben has seen over his five years hosting Reports Why American Christendom is done COVID-19 as a moment of reckoning for the country and [...]
Imagine a New Planet- Bill McKibben and Rev. Lennox Yearwood
Join us for a recording of Ben’s conversation with Bill Mckibben, founder of 350.org and Rev. Lennox Yearwood, founder of the Hip Hop Caucus as part of the BTS Center’s series, “Unlocking Possibility: Catalyzing Spiritual Imagination in Uncertain Times”. Episode Highlights Include The connection between racial justice and climate justice How climate change is a [...]
Imagine a New Church: Emily Scott and Heber Brown
Join us for a recording of Ben’s conversation with Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III of The Black Church Food Security Network and Pastor Emily Scott of Dream and Visions to imagine a new church, as part of the BTS Center’s series, “Unlocking Possibility: Catalyzing Spiritual Imagination in Uncertain Times”. Episode Highlights Include: Stories of possibilities [...]
Casper ter Kuile and Erica Williams Simon – Imagine a New Democracy
Join us for a recording of Ben’s conversation with Casper ter Kuile and Erica Williams Simon about Imagining a new Democracy, as part of the BTS Center’s series, “Unlocking Possibility: Catalyzing Spiritual Imagination in Uncertain Times”. And, in case you didn’t hear the news in our previous episode, we’ll be wrapping up this podcast at [...]
Rob Hopkins and Dominique Christina – Unlocking Possibility in Uncertain Times
Join us for a recording of Ben’s conversation with Rob Hopkins and Dominique Christina about the art and practice of imagination in uncertain times in the BTS Center’s series, “Unlocking Possibility: Catalyzing Spiritual Imagination in Uncertain Times”. Episode Highlights Include: Why imagination is so important and so hard to access in our current moment Re-imagining [...]
[Bonus] Ciona Rouse: Open Sunday Mornings and Supportive Friends
Join us for a little more of our conversation with Ciona Rouse, as she shares about the gift of open Sunday mornings and supportive friends. If you haven’t heard it yet, check out our full conversation with Ciona, “Resting On A Limb On the Tree of Knowledge”. Support us by: Subscribing to us on Apple [...]
Fascinating Explorations of what church can mean for a non-church generation
With candor and humility, Ben Y-D interviews people who are doing very interesting things in each of their respective spiritual universes. I really appreciate that the podcast is lean and mean, stuffed with insights from people who have poured their lives into their local religious communities. This means that the conversations are often quite practical, and offer some real wisdom for people involved in church planting. Part of the appeal for me is that the perspective is not a traditional conservative evangelical one, though the guests carry a range of beliefs. The conversations avoid mudslinging, favoring a more ecumenical approach. This has been very useful for me as someone who thinks a lot about what form(s) church can and should take, particularly for people who aren't comfortable with attending a traditional church!
As a non-religious listener I appreciate these interviews for their thoughtful, engaging and hopeful aspects on community building. The universal themes of belonging, kinship and shared values are basis for all manner of community enrichment making these interviews accessible and rewarding to anyone.
I’m biased, obviously, since I’ve had the honor of being a friend of Ben’s for many years, and now have had the pleasure of being an interviewee, but honestly, his openness, enthusiasm and the genuineness of his interest in others makes these interviews a pleasure to experience.
a window into a world
The stories and insights that these leaders share are enlightening for all those who are interested in what it looks like to follow Jesus today and into the future which looks radically different than the past. As a church planter who is trying to keep church on the cutting edge it is helpful to have a chance to see how others are doing this. I really enjoyed the view into the daily/weekly routines of fascinating characters. This podcast, as all podcasts I subscribe to and follow, expands my world because of the honest ways that people are willing to share of themselves. Ben asks great questions and creates an environment where people feel comfortable sharing their perspective on the reality of their lives and the lives of those they share life with.