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Telling the Stories of Those Who Live and Work on the Spiritual Margins

Reports from the Spiritual Frontier Reports from the Spiritual Frontier

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Telling the Stories of Those Who Live and Work on the Spiritual Margins

    Ben Yosua-Davis – Sitting Until You Find Space

    Ben Yosua-Davis – Sitting Until You Find Space

    Join us for our holiday-delayed end-of-the-year conversation, where Beth Estock interviews Ben Yosua-Davis (the host!) about his experience hosting Reports From the Spiritual Frontier in 2019, his plans for 2020, and what it’s like to live on an island. Episode Highlights Include: The Joys of Backbreaking Manual Labor What Islands Teach Us About God Why [...]

    • 45 min
    Rabbi Mike Moskowtiz – Why An Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi Advocates For Transgender Inclusion

    Rabbi Mike Moskowtiz – Why An Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi Advocates For Transgender Inclusion

    Join us for a conversation with Rabbi Mike Moskowitz of Congregation Beith Simchat Torah as he shares his experience as an ultra-Orthodox rabbi advocating for transgender inclusion. Episode Highlights Include: (Or better yet, just look at Steve Silbert’s amazing sketchnote!) Why Mike is a self-identified religious fundamentalist and religiously non-cforming Why G-D is an all [...]

    • 48 min
    [Guest Episode] Neighbor Next Door Podcast: Mike Mather

    [Guest Episode] Neighbor Next Door Podcast: Mike Mather

    Join us for a guest episode from one of our favorite podcasts, Neighbor Next Door, as hosts Adam Barlow-Thompson and Matthew Johnson of the Neighboring Movement interview Mike Mather of Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. You’ll also hear about our campaign to fund a fifth season of Reports. Short version is that we’ve [...]

    • 32 min
    Sarah Heath – Being A Pastor and Your Fully Authentic Self

    Sarah Heath – Being A Pastor and Your Fully Authentic Self

    Join us for a conversation with Sarah Heath of Costa Mesa United Methodist Church. Episode Highlights Include: What it means to say “This is who I am.” Rob Bell and Fifty People In A Room Being a pastor without being a type Making space to be yourself and for your community to be itself Creating [...]

    • 50 min
    Dr. Alex Gee – What White Christian Progressives Need To Know About Race

    Dr. Alex Gee – What White Christian Progressives Need To Know About Race

    Join us for a conversation with Dr. Alex Gee, of the Justified Anger Coalition in Madison, WI; and the Black Like Me podcast.  Episode Highlights Include: Why we can’t know American Christianity apart from the impact of slavery Woke white supremacy Why white Christians need to stop rescuing and start listening Why the sky isn’t [...]

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Dani Watkins – Pathways Out of Poverty at Citylink Center

    Dani Watkins – Pathways Out of Poverty at Citylink Center

    Join us for a conversation with Dani Watkins, Director of Programming for Citylink Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Episode Highlights Include: Ubuntu and the Wisdom of the Poor What it means when clients say, “I can’t ask for help because it hurts too much” Why the founding churches chose collaboration over building their own programs The [...]

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

David Bruggink ,

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!

Lynne Favreau ,

Community Building

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.

allenEwMe ,

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.

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