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If you’ve ever felt on the fringes of Christian faith this is a safe space for you. Your questions, doubts and hopes are all welcome here. We’re creating conversations, affirmations, meditations and other resources to support you on your spiritual journey and let you know that even if you feel like a misfit, you don’t have to feel alone.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

If you’ve ever felt on the fringes of Christian faith this is a safe space for you. Your questions, doubts and hopes are all welcome here. We’re creating conversations, affirmations, meditations and other resources to support you on your spiritual journey and let you know that even if you feel like a misfit, you don’t have to feel alone.

    Emily Hayes (& Mitch Forbes) on learning to listen

    Emily Hayes (& Mitch Forbes) on learning to listen

    Emily Hayes is the minister at Alice Springs Uniting Church. Mitch and Will met Emily towards the end of 2023 at a gathering and began a fascinating conversation which they pick up in this episode, exploring things like calling, discernment, and a spirituality of place and deep listening. 
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Sarah McCammon on 'The Exvangelicals'

    Sarah McCammon on 'The Exvangelicals'

    Sarah McCammon is an award-winning National Political Respodent for NPR and the author of the upcoming book: 'The Exvangelicals: Loving, Living and Leaving the White Evangelical Church'.

    ‘The Exvangelicals’ is part-memoir and part-journalism, providing a guided tour through the significant religious and political social shifts happening in our current historical moment, interwoven with Sarah’s own story growing up evangelical.

    As I said to Sarah multiple times throughout our conversation, I  deeply appreciated this book. But don't just take my word for it! It’s endorsed by people like Brian McLaren, Nadia Bolz Weber, Jemar Tisby and Kristen Kobes Du Mez.

    I don’t want to overstate the influence of American evangelicalism here in Australia….but I also don’t want to understate it.  What America exports in faith, politics and culture show up in so many ways we would do well to critically ponder.

    Listen to this chat and then go and pre-order Sarah's book from the link below!

    Pre-order the book here: https://static.macmillan.com/static/smp/the-exvangelicals/

    Subscribe to Sarah’s Substack here: https://sarahmccammon.substack.com/


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    • 58 min
    Peter Espevoll & Jon Reichardt: death metal, deconstruction & mental health

    Peter Espevoll & Jon Reichardt: death metal, deconstruction & mental health

    If you listened to our advent episode you got to hear some beautiful Christmas music from Peter Espevoll with some production from Jon Reinhardt (who you may remember if you listened to the ‘experience of David Bentley Hart’ episode).
    What you may be surprised to hear is that despite putting out a Christmas album recently Peter’s musical background is primarily in the death metal scene - some of you may have even heard of the band Extol. Formed in the 90s they were a Norwegian Christian death metal band, who actually managed the rare achievement of having a decent amount of cross-over success beyond the Christian music industry.


    But there came a point when Peter couldn’t even step into the studio or onto a stage anymore. Initially it was for health reasons…but that led to a major questions in Peter’s once confident faith.


    This episode explores that story…and is a powerful listen, whether or not you’re a fan of death metal!

    Listen to Extol on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3A6RBkFY3kND3Z5kXM3Cz3?si=wx4X1bG3S9a6HTnhEMxfrA

    Listen to Peter’s current project, Hrada:

    On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4phufaK8eMLEMSnd36h4Yf?si=L-bYznObQ4qXMjvA_kanig

    On Bandcamp: https://hrada.bandcamp.com/


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    Kristen LaValley on faith after the formulas fail

    Kristen LaValley on faith after the formulas fail

    Kristen LaValley is a writer whose works  offers “insights that intersect doubt and belief, hope and suffering, beauty and heartache, complexity and simplicity.” Questioning and curiosity have always been a natural part of Kristen’s faith from her childhood through to now.

    Kristen’s upcoming book, ‘Even if He Doesn’t’ opens up some of Kristen’s own experiences of suffering, confusion and heartache, alongside an exploration of theology that doesn’t reduce faith to simplistic formulas.

    See the ‘cultural history of deconstruction post’ we discuss from Kristen’s Instagram account here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cwz5TSwriDm/?igsh=MTVxc3p4bjFoZXoxbw==
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    • 53 min
    Nils von Kalm on lifting people’s dignity

    Nils von Kalm on lifting people’s dignity

    Nils von Kalm is an award-winning freelance writer, whose work seeks to lift people's dignity. Nils explores the intersections between faith and the complexities of life.

    In this conversation Nils shares vulnerably about formational moments in his own life, including his experience of the 'Men's Rites of Passage' (founded by Fr. Richard Rohr) and his visits to Gaza and Israel when working for an international aid and development organisation. Throughout the conversation Nils articulates what it means for him to live and express a faith that focuses on the margins, rather than the centre. 

    I really enjoyed this conversation and hope you do too. 
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    • 59 min
    Liz Cooledge Jenkins on 'Nice Churchy Patriarchy'

    Liz Cooledge Jenkins on 'Nice Churchy Patriarchy'

    Liz Cooledge Jenkins joins Hannah and Will for a conversation about her new book 'Nice Churchy Patriarchy', unpacking all the subtle but damaging ways patriarchy can operate in 'nice' Christian spaces and inviting us to imagine and participate in more equitable and just ways of creating faith communities.

    Connect with Liz's work here: https://lizcooledgejenkins.com/

    About 'Nice Churchy Patriarchy': https://lizcooledgejenkins.com/nice-churchy-patriarchy/
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    • 52 min

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