Spirituality Matters with Rev Karla is a podcast for the spiritual but not religious. Rev Karla is an ordained interfaith minister, a writer, a wife, a mom, a grandmother and a spiritual sojourner. She explores topics from sin and religious trauma to empathy and self-care through stories of her own experiences and spiritual practices to help you find your path to God. God is big enough to share and there is room for you at this table. You can find more of Rev Karla's spiritual teachings on her website revkarla.com.
E29 Falling in Love with Jesus Again
In this episode, Rev Karla invites you to explore mysticism and understand that there are many different ways to look at Jesus and Christianity. This episode is for the unchurched, the spiritual but not religious, the seeker, the spiritual nomad, the one who knows that spirituality is larger than what can be held inside of organized religion. We will discuss how we can recognize and unlearn some of the biases we learned through religion and how mysticism can heal our hearts and expand our souls. You can read more on this topic from Rev Karla in her blog post.
Additional resources for this episode include: What is God?, Crusades, Inquisition, Reformation, The mystical Jesus and non-dualism, Reclaiming the mystical interpretation of the Resurrection, Part I: The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic, Part II Introducing The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic, The Battle For Eucharist, The Mystical Christ, What Buddha Didn't Say About God, The Inside Story of a Controversial New Text About Jesus, Is the Apocrypha canonical? Does it carry the weight of 'Scripture'?, What did Jesus mean when He said, “The kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21, KJV)?
E28 Return of the Warmth
In this episode, Rev Karla discusses the spring equinox and the spiritual wisdom we can learn from it. Cultures and communities have been recognizing or celebrating the spring or vernal equinox dating back to ancient civilizations. Religions around the world have added their own religious holidays around the spring equinox, creating many different ways to celebrate. This is a time to welcome new beginnings, and plant seeds for success for the coming year. There is symbolism and wisdom in this season of warmth returning, Rev Karla offers some contemplative questions to spend time answering in your journaling practice, or you could talk a walk to connect with the earth, or create an altar of gratitude for things in your life. For more on this topic from Rev Karla, read her blog post.
Additional resources for this episode include: What is the Spring Equinox?, Vernal Equinox, Simple Ways to Celebrate the Spring Equinox, Stonehenge, Solstice Tours, Timeless Spring
E27 The Types of Christians You'll Meet Along the Way and Why it Matters
In this episode, Rev Karla discusses the different types of Christians you will meet and how understanding the differences can help you on your spiritual journey. With hundreds of Christian denominations, if you want to be a part of one, it is important that you understand the theology they stand for. Rev Karla discusses the difference between Protestants, Evangelicals, Fundamentalists, Conservatives, and Progressive Christians to help you understand which theology you might agree with most. It's important to not let any of these labels limit your spiritual journey. Your spirituality can ebb and flow through these as you explore what works for you. And for some, the expectations and obligations of the church are not for them at all. To read more on this topic from Rev Karla, check out her blog post.
Additional recourses for this episode include: Religious Composition of Conservatives, The 3 Types of Christians We See Today, Classification of Protestant Denominations, Conservatives Who Are Christian, Defining 'Evangelical', Evangelical Christians Must Take Action to Love Thy Neighbor, Evangelicals Vs. Fundamentalists, White Christian Radicalization is a Violent Threat, Why Faith Voters Should Stick with Trump, Religious Group Voting and the 2020 Election, White Evangelical Christians Stick by Trump Again, The Changing Religious Composition of the U.S., Religious Composition of U.S. Adults, Why Are Christians Such Bad Tippers?, Hello Flat Earth, Flat Earth Vs. Round Earth
E26 The Spiritual Wilderness
In this episode, Rev Karla talks about what it's like to be in the spiritual wilderness after leaving church. People leave church for a number of reasons, but one of them may actually be spiritual maturity. You may have realized, your spirituality is a sacred connection between you and the Divine and can exist outside of organized religion. Rev Karla helps you find your next steps in deconstructing your religious beliefs and exploring what religious practices work for you. You are not alone on this journey, Rev Karla reads from religious leaders throughout history and their interpretation of the spiritual wilderness.
To read more on this topic from Rev Karla, check out her blog post. You can watch the video version of this episode on Rev Karla's YouTube Channel.
Additional Resources for this episode include: Wilderness Spirituality, The Dark Night of the Soul, John of the Cross, The Christological Controversies, Why Most People Leave Religion, Why America's 'nones' Left Religion Behind, Why Millennials Are Really Leaving Religion, What is Christian Mysticism?, The Mystics, What is a Christian Mystic?, Centering Prayer, Sufi Islam, 5 Lessons We Should Learn from Christ's Time in the Wilderness, Part III Mathew: The Shadow of Moses Continues, What is Mysticism?, Christian Mysticism, and The Stages of Spiritual Growth.
E25 The Dark Side of Kindness
In this episode, Rev Karla discusses what it really means to be kind by going back to the dictionary definition as well as the Bible's definition. She deconstructs why kindness is sometimes viewed as a weakness based on how you were raised and how you can break those cycles to be kind and brave at the same time. It is important to first be kind to yourself so that you know how to better show kindness to others. Rev Karla also explains the difference between being actively generous and kind versus passive or harmless generosity and which one you can practice in order to grow spiritually.
To read more from Rev Karla on this topic, check out her blog post: https://www.revkarla.com/post/the-dark-side-of-kindness
Additional resources for this episode include: Are Fears Of Self-Compassion Holding Us Back?, Are You Hiding Yourself in Fear of Being Fully Seen?, Deconstructing the Fear of Rejection, Why Is Kindness Sometimes Associated with Weakness?, Why Kindness Is A Strength, Not A Weakness, Being Kind When It’s Seen as a Weakness, Is Your Kindness Viewed as Weakness?
E24 Love Always Wins— Or Does It?
In this episode, Rev Karla discusses the story of St. Valentine, the different definitions of love mentioned in the Bible, and some emotional triggers around love which can include the phrase, "Love always wins." Prince Harry and Megan Markle received some backlash when they said it in their new podcast, but what they said holds true. Love can win. We are each responsible for how we give love and how love shows up in our life. Rev Karla leaves you with the reminder that love starts within and you must truly love yourself and heal yourself for your spiritual growth.
To read more on this topic, read Rev Karla's blog post.
Resources for this episode include: Love Wins by Rob Bell, Does Love Always Win?, When Love Doesn't Win, 4 Types of Love in the Bible, What Does the Bible Really Say About Love?, How the British Press Treats Meghan Markle Differently from Kate Middleton, UK Media’s Coverage of Meghan Markle Really is Racist, What it Really Means to be in Love
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Rev. Karla speaks a message of love and peace. She speaks truth and holds space for anyone on their journey, even if it’s not where she is. I’m so comforted by this show.