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Galileo Church – a congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – is a progressive Christian faith community in Mansfield, Texas. Our pastor – Rev. Dr. Katie Hays – likes to talk. She really loves to talk about the difficult, messy, and confusing questions that arise from trying to understand Jesus. These are some of the things she (and occasionally other friends of ours) shares with us in her sermons.

That's What She Said Galileo Church (Disciples of Christ)

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Galileo Church – a congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – is a progressive Christian faith community in Mansfield, Texas. Our pastor – Rev. Dr. Katie Hays – likes to talk. She really loves to talk about the difficult, messy, and confusing questions that arise from trying to understand Jesus. These are some of the things she (and occasionally other friends of ours) shares with us in her sermons.

    Jesus Remodels the World 2/7

    Jesus Remodels the World 2/7

    It’s important to be woke, yes, but rest is just as important. And not enough of us get (or are able to get) the rest we need.
    To tell us your thoughts on this sermon, click through to the web posting and leave us a comment. Or, find us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or, email us the old-fashioned way: info@galileochurch.org. To contribute financially to the ongoing ministry of Galileo Church, find us on Venmo, Patreon, or PayPal, or just send a check to 6563 Teague Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76140.

    Jesus Remodels the World 1/7

    Jesus Remodels the World 1/7

    Parables. Some seeds flourish, some don’t. What kind of soil are they planted in? How does Jesus invite us to grow and become useful? What conditions are necessary for our growth? We’re gonna play with this till we get tired. 
    To tell us your thoughts on this sermon, click through to the web posting and leave us a comment. Or, find us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or, email us the old-fashioned way: info@galileochurch.org. To contribute financially to the ongoing ministry of Galileo Church, find us on Venmo, Patreon, or PayPal, or just send a check to 6563 Teague Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76140.

    Pride, Protest, and the Language of Lament 5/5

    Pride, Protest, and the Language of Lament 5/5

    Confession as relief. A conspiracy of white silence around race and racism makes it damn near impossible for the white church, white LGBTQ+ persons, and white people generally to own our part in the chronic systemic oppression that breaks out in acute episodes of insult, injury, and even death. Ultimately, racism is hurting all of us, denying all of us our full humanity. “[Our] strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah.” This episode of the podcast closes with a litany of confession written by Remi Shores.
    To tell us your thoughts on this sermon, click through to the web posting and leave us a comment. Or, find us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or, email us the old-fashioned way: info@galileochurch.org. To contribute financially to the ongoing ministry of Galileo Church, find us on Venmo, Patreon, or PayPal, or just send a check to 6563 Teague Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76140.

    Pride, Protest, and the Language of Lament 4/5

    Pride, Protest, and the Language of Lament 4/5

    The hate u give. The “imprecatory” (“cursing”) psalms give us permission to confess the hate that builds up in our hearts, poisoning us if we keep it in. When we ask God to hurt people who have hurt us, and/or people who are hurting others, we are demonstrating a kind of humility, submitting ourselves to God’s own judgment about who/when/whether to punish. We release the hate and its consequences from our hands, placing the enemy in God’s hands. We are not the judge, jury, executioner – as much as would like to be. It is safe to admit that here.
    To tell us your thoughts on this sermon, click through to the web posting and leave us a comment. Or, find us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or, email us the old-fashioned way: info@galileochurch.org. To contribute financially to the ongoing ministry of Galileo Church, find us on Venmo, Patreon, or PayPal, or just send a check to 6563 Teague Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76140.

    Pride, Protest, and the Language of Lament 3/5

    Pride, Protest, and the Language of Lament 3/5

    They set your sanctuary on fire. When religion is weaponized against God’s own interests (i.e. against the dignity of the whole human family), how do the faithful remain worshipful and hopeful? This psalm tells of the infiltration and desecration of the Jerusalem temple by foreign troops. We have seen the Bible, the church, and Christian faith itself desecrated by those who claim its power for the exclusion and denigration of queer people, of black people, of women, and more. What does it mean to be Christian against the tide of evangelical (majority) support for inhumane policies and practices?
    To tell us your thoughts on this sermon, click through to the web posting and leave us a comment. Or, find us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or, email us the old-fashioned way: info@galileochurch.org. To contribute financially to the ongoing ministry of Galileo Church, find us on Venmo, Patreon, or PayPal, or just send a check to 6563 Teague Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76140.

    Pride, Protest, and the Language of Lament 2/5

    Pride, Protest, and the Language of Lament 2/5

    In the haunt of jackals. Originally a prayer after losing in military battle, this psalm speaks to the sense that God has abandoned innocent people in their struggle. “Taunters” and “revilers” scorn the pray-ers, filling them with “disgrace” and “shame.” Their “bodies cling to the ground.” They declare their innocence – i.e. they are persecuted for the “crime” of their identity, rather than punished for any actual wrongdoing. Here we notice that this prayer could be on the lips of queer protesters at Stonewall, or black protesters at BLM riots across the country. It ends with a challenge to God: “Wake up!”
    To tell us your thoughts on this sermon, click through to the web posting and leave us a comment. Or, find us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or, email us the old-fashioned way: info@galileochurch.org. To contribute financially to the ongoing ministry of Galileo Church, find us on Venmo, Patreon, or PayPal, or just send a check to 6563 Teague Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76140.

Customer Reviews

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26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Go to hell booyah ,

A new look at old words

After spending my entire lifetime in fundamental evangelical churches, I’ve developed a gut reaction of dread when I discover another sermon has been preached, based on certain biblical passages. That knot of anxiety is loosening with the mental rewriting being done through Rev. Katie Hays sermons and podcasts. Cultural context, language of origin, and acknowledgement that the writers of the Bible are, in fact, NOT infallible are all key components of the restructuring going on in my faith-life. Being able to listen, pause, and replay key passages in the podcasts gives me a welcome midweek reminder that the God of judgement I grew up with can be replaced with the God of Love.

Kathany ,

Scripture Redeemed

The sermons at Galileo show me a perspective on scripture I've never seen before. Every time, there's a point at which I go "Ohhhhhhh!!!" and the way I think about the passage being preached on is forever changed. I grew up in a conservative fundamentalist church, and I knew my bible pretty well, so most every passage has some kind of baggage for me, something I used to believe because of the way I used to read it. Studying the bible at Galileo is like redeeming the sacred text, one passage at a time.

United Faith Leaders ,

Looking for Something Good

A good work was begun in Rev. Katie Hays a while ago and now Katie Hays has begun a good work with the next generation of faithful. Don't miss what's being done here. Drink in the traditions new and old. Find Jesus here.

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