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Christopher Eaker and Maggie Schlosser are spiritual directors that like talking about spiritual things. Spiritual direction is a listening ministry that creates a sacred space for you to listen to God, see where God is at work in your life, and grow in awareness of who you were created to be. Check out their ministries: Christopher: SteppingStonesLife.com and Maggie: RavachMinistries.org.

Spiritual Directors Talking About Stuff Christopher Eaker & Maggie Schlosser

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Christopher Eaker and Maggie Schlosser are spiritual directors that like talking about spiritual things. Spiritual direction is a listening ministry that creates a sacred space for you to listen to God, see where God is at work in your life, and grow in awareness of who you were created to be. Check out their ministries: Christopher: SteppingStonesLife.com and Maggie: RavachMinistries.org.

    S2:E31 Escaping from Religious Trauma and Purity Culture with Ashley Robbins

    S2:E31 Escaping from Religious Trauma and Purity Culture with Ashley Robbins

    In this episode, Christopher and Maggie sit down with Ashley Robbins and hear about her fundamentalist upbringing and how she broke free from that. We discuss religious trauma, purity culture, and Ashley's more expansive view of God. Warning: we get into some heavy stuff, so we just wanted to let you know if you have little ears around.


    Christopher Eaker and Maggie Schlosser are spiritual directors that like talking about spiritual things. Spiritual direction is a listening ministry that creates a sacred space for you to listen to God, see where God is at work in your life, and grow in awareness of who you were created to be. We would love to hear from you! Email Christopher and Maggie at SDTASinfo@gmail.com. 


    Resources mentioned in this episode: 


    Ashley's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spellboundshears_ (underscore included)
    The Shack - William Paul Young
    The Universal Christ - Richard Rohr
    Joshua Harris: Why I regret writing ‘I Kissed Dating Goodbye’ - https://www.premierchristianity.com/home/joshua-harris-why-i-regret-writing-i-kissed-dating-goodbye/275.article 
     


    Our ministries:


    Christopher: Steppingstoneslife.com 


    Maggie: Ravachministries.org 

    • 57 min
    S2:E30 Deconstructing Dads with Derek Myers and Jason Elam

    S2:E30 Deconstructing Dads with Derek Myers and Jason Elam

    In this episode, Christopher sits down with two of his friends, Jason Elam and Derek Myers, to talk parenting, specifically being a dad, through deconstruction. How do we teach our children about our faith while our own beliefs are constanting changing? How do our discipline techniques change? We talk about these questions and many others in this episode.


     


    Christopher Eaker and Maggie Schlosser are spiritual directors that like talking about spiritual things. Spiritual direction is a listening ministry that creates a sacred space for you to listen to God, see where God is at work in your life, and grow in awareness of who you were created to be. We would love to hear from you! Email Christopher and Maggie at SDTASinfo@gmail.com. 


     


    Resources mentioned in this episode: 


    Jason's podcast, Messy Spirituality: https://messyspirituality.podbean.com/


    Derek's Instagram, Your Favorite Heretics: https://www.instagram.com/yourfavoriteheretics/ 


     


    Our ministries:


    Christopher: Steppingstoneslife.com 


    Maggie: Ravachministries.org

    • 1 hr 4 min
    S2:E29 Segregation, Race, and Equity in the Church, Part 2

    S2:E29 Segregation, Race, and Equity in the Church, Part 2

    This is a continuation of the conversation from Episode 28. In this episode, Christopher and Maggie sit down with Chrystal Brown, Chris Battle, and Mary Terry. Their bios are below. We discuss Chrystal's and Chris's experiences being Black in America and in the church, in particular. This is the second part of a two-part conversation. We also recorded this video, so you can watch that here: https://youtu.be/jYHFjikPkx4.


    Christopher Eaker and Maggie Schlosser are spiritual directors that like talking about spiritual things. Spiritual direction is a listening ministry that creates a sacred space for you to listen to God, see where God is at work in your life, and grow in awareness of who you were created to be. We would love to hear from you! Email Christopher and Maggie at SDTASinfo@gmail.com. 


    Resources Mentioned:


    Racial Diversity in U.S. Congregations, 1998–2019 (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jssr.12681)


    Chris Battle: 

    Chris Battle is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. He did his undergraduate studies at Morehouuse College in Atlanta, GA. He furthered his education with a Masters of Divinity at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, he would later do a Masters of Arts in Hebrew Bible at Cincinnati Bible College. He has pastored congregations in Bowling Green, KY, Hackensack, NJ, Cincinnati, OH and Knoxville, TN. In 2018 his life trajectory changed when he began a community garden and started understanding the effect of food disparity in his community. This led to the creation of multiple community gardens, The Eastside Sunday Market and Battlefield Farm and Gardens. He presently is the Lead Pastor of the Underground Collective and he his wife Tomma are the parents of 20 children. 

     
    Chrystal Armstrong Brown: 
    Passionate about equity, justice, and inspiring the next generation of kingdom thinkers, Chrystal Armstrong Brown has served in nonprofits, ministries, and educational institutions across the country for fifteen years. She is a writer and consultant, currently completing her MBA in Leadership while working as the VP of Program Development for Emerald Youth Foundation in Knoxville, TN. She spends her weekends in urban ministry, cheering on the UT Vols, and creating adventures and memories with her three year old daughter, Keris.
     
    Mary McMillan Terry: 

    Mary McMillan Terry’s desire to follow Christ in fighting racism led her and her family to the multiethnic Knoxville community where they live. She teaches on justice and racism. Her passion for equity in education has led her to volunteer and serve on the board at Shora Foundation (an after-school and summer program for children) and to serve in her children’s school system. She also loves hiking with her spouse and two sons and writing. Her poetry, nonfiction, and fiction have appeared in small-press journals and books.
     

    Our ministries:


    Christopher: Steppingstoneslife.com 


    Maggie: Ravachministries.org
     
     

    • 1 hr 5 min
    S2:E28 Segregation, Race, and Equity in the Church, Part 1

    S2:E28 Segregation, Race, and Equity in the Church, Part 1

    In this episode, Christopher and Maggie sit down with Chrystal Brown, Chris Battle, and Mary Terry. Their bios are below. We discuss Chrystal's and Chris's experiences being Black in America and in the church, in particular. We cover alot of ground in this episode, so this is the first part of a two-part conversation. We also recorded this video, so you can watch that here: https://youtu.be/jYHFjikPkx4.


    Christopher Eaker and Maggie Schlosser are spiritual directors that like talking about spiritual things. Spiritual direction is a listening ministry that creates a sacred space for you to listen to God, see where God is at work in your life, and grow in awareness of who you were created to be. We would love to hear from you! Email Christopher and Maggie at SDTASinfo@gmail.com. 


    Resources Mentioned:


    Racial Diversity in U.S. Congregations, 1998–2019 (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jssr.12681)


    Chris Battle: 

    Chris Battle is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. He did his undergraduate studies at Morehouuse College in Atlanta, GA. He furthered his education with a Masters of Divinity at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, he would later do a Masters of Arts in Hebrew Bible at Cincinnati Bible College. He has pastored congregations in Bowling Green, KY, Hackensack, NJ, Cincinnati, OH and Knoxville, TN. In 2018 his life trajectory changed when he began a community garden and started understanding the effect of food disparity in his community. This led to the creation of multiple community gardens, The Eastside Sunday Market and Battlefield Farm and Gardens. He presently is the Lead Pastor of the Underground Collective and he his wife Tomma are the parents of 20 children. 

     
    Chrystal Armstrong Brown: 
    Passionate about equity, justice, and inspiring the next generation of kingdom thinkers, Chrystal Armstrong Brown has served in nonprofits, ministries, and educational institutions across the country for fifteen years. She is a writer and consultant, currently completing her MBA in Leadership while working as the VP of Program Development for Emerald Youth Foundation in Knoxville, TN. She spends her weekends in urban ministry, cheering on the UT Vols, and creating adventures and memories with her three year old daughter, Keris.
     
    Mary McMillan Terry: 

    Mary McMillan Terry’s desire to follow Christ in fighting racism led her and her family to the multiethnic Knoxville community where they live. She teaches on justice and racism. Her passion for equity in education has led her to volunteer and serve on the board at Shora Foundation (an after-school and summer program for children) and to serve in her children’s school system. She also loves hiking with her spouse and two sons and writing. Her poetry, nonfiction, and fiction have appeared in small-press journals and books.
     

    Our ministries:


    Christopher: Steppingstoneslife.com 


    Maggie: Ravachministries.org
     
     

    • 58 min
    S2:E27 Deconstructing to Freedom with Jason Elam

    S2:E27 Deconstructing to Freedom with Jason Elam

    Christopher Eaker and Maggie Schlosser are spiritual directors that like talking about spiritual things. Spiritual direction is a listening ministry that creates a sacred space for you to listen to God, see where God is at work in your life, and grow in awareness of who you were created to be. We would love to hear from you! Email Christopher and Maggie at SDTASinfo@gmail.com. 


    In this episode, Christopher and Maggie talk to Jason Elam, who hosts a podcast called Messy Spirituality, and is an author and good friend of Christopher's. We discuss Jason's faith journey, deconstruction, why the church is so opposed to (actually afraid of) deconstruction, and what is faith? We hope you enjoy the episode. 


    Resources mentioned in this episode:


    Jason's Podcast https://messyspirituality.podbean.com/


    Before Your Lose Your Mind, with a chapter by Jason, edited by Keith Giles 


    Core vs Periphery: https://groupleaders.org/curriculum-feed/core-vs-periphery


    Our ministries:


    Christopher: Steppingstoneslife.com 


    Maggie: Ravachministries.org

    • 1 hr 1 min
    S2:E26 El Camino de Santiago with Jan & Ernest Taylor

    S2:E26 El Camino de Santiago with Jan & Ernest Taylor

    Christopher Eaker and Maggie Schlosser are spiritual directors that like talking about spiritual things. Spiritual direction is a listening ministry that creates a sacred space for you to listen to God, see where God is at work in your life, and grow in awareness of who you were created to be. We would love to hear from you! Email Christopher and Maggie at SDTASinfo@gmail.com. 


    In this episode, Christopher and Maggie talked with two of Christopher's long-time friends, Jan and Ernest Taylor, about their experience walking the Camino de Santiago across Spain. 


    Resources mentioned in this episode: 


    A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago by John Brierley.


    Jan & Ernest's blog, Taylors on Camino


    Americans Pilgrims on the Camino 


    Our ministries:


    Christopher: Steppingstoneslife.com 


    Maggie: Ravachministries.org

    • 1 hr 4 min

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