101 episodes

A platform for women's voices in theology.

Theosophia Podcast Sarah Elizabeth Smith

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 35 Ratings

A platform for women's voices in theology.

    Leaving Silence: Sexualized Violence, the Bible and Standing with Survivors

    Leaving Silence: Sexualized Violence, the Bible and Standing with Survivors

    I am so excited to share with you a lively conversation with my friend, Dr. Susannah Larry about her new book entitled “Leaving Silence: Sexualized Violence, the Bible and Standing with Survivors.” Dr. Larry is an assistant professor of Biblical Studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana.  She is dedicated to reclaiming the Bible as a liberating Word to the contemporary Christian life and exposing flaws of biblical interpretations that use the text to justify sexualized violence in anyway. 
    Content Warning - we discuss topics that are graphic and violent in nature. But this book ya’ll, is so needed in our world today. Dr. Larry tackles some tough tough passages in the Bible and teaches in such a clear, intentional and pastoral way. We get into issues of power analysis, trauma informed exegesis, gender roles, ancient contexts verses our contemporary contexts, how Jesus experienced sexualized violence and so much more. 

    • 51 min
    Mother God Children's Book with Rev. Teresa Pecinovsky

    Mother God Children's Book with Rev. Teresa Pecinovsky

    Our hundredth episode features the Rev. Teresa Pecinovsky. Reverend Teresa was born in South Korea, raised in Iowa, holds a master of education from the university of Houston and a master of divinity from Vanderbilt university. She’s an ordained disciples of christ minister and currently serves as a hospice chaplain, preacher and children’s minister. 
    We chat about her upcoming children’s picture book called Mother God illustrated by the incredible artist Khoa Le. With lyrical, rhyming text and exquisite illustrations, Mother God introduces readers to a dozen images of God inspired by feminine descriptions from Scripture. Children and adults alike will be in awe of the God who made them as they come to know her as a creative seamstress, generous baker, fierce mother bear, protective mother hen, strong woman in labor, nurturing nursing mother, wise grandmother, and comforting singer of lullabies.

    Pre-order the book at  tkpcreates.com or https://www.beamingbooks.com/store/product/9781506479019/Mother-God. 

    Follow Teresa on instagram and twitter @tkpcreates

    • 39 min
    Church Planting with the Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers

    Church Planting with the Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers

    The Rev. Katie is the Staff Officer for Church Planting at Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s office. She founded The Abbey, a missional worship community based in a coffee shop in Birmingham, Alabama. There she served many folks on the margins including folks experiencing homelessness, mental illness, addiction and many more. 
    In our conversation, the Rev. Katie and I explore the ups and downs of church planting. She explains the difficult balance of creating sustainable community while also being a business enterprise, how covid is breaking down the Church’s idolatry of the Eucharist and how good Church is not fast, easy or cheap! 

    • 52 min
    Stewardship & Parenting

    Stewardship & Parenting

    Sara and Sarah chat about stewardship and parenting during covid-tide.  Sara explains how her family of five are caring for one another and being extra thoughtful about how they are spending their time in their small town Tennessee life.  We are keeping all our friends and family who are navigating these hard times in our prayers.  Parents, teachers, administrators ya’ll are doing the lord’s work out there and we appreciate you.  We hope this episode gives some guidance and framework for thinking about how to create a healthy family dynamic by centering our lives in, on and through God’s Love.

    • 48 min
    Ann Ali: An Agent of Change

    Ann Ali: An Agent of Change

    This week’s podcast features a very inspiring lay leader in Sarah's community of Oklahoma City, Ann Ali or as some folks in her call her in her community, “Rev” Ann Ali.  Ann and Sarah chat about her life and service to her community and country as a police officer, army reservist, pastor and teacher.  They also discuss what god is calling us to during this time of corona virus.  Ann is full of cultural and familial wisdom antidotes and speaks of a faith that moves mountains and restores weary souls to their Maker.  Ann is an agent of change and seeks to share the love of god to all those she meets especially those on the margins she works with in homeless outreach as an Episcopal lay leader in her home church of St. Augustine’s Oklahoma City.

    • 56 min
    Ethical Non-Monogamy

    Ethical Non-Monogamy

    Happy Pride Month! In celebration of the rich, beautiful, diversity God created in LGBTQ folks we wanted to share this episode on ethical non-monogamy! Sara and Sarah chat about their experiences with ethical-non monogamy.  They explore the theological and practical expressions of this relational practice as they de-mystify its use in the world.  They hope you all find this helpful as you navigate your own relationships and relational ethics.  

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

bowsneak ,

Insightful and so needed!

Sarah’s introductions and comments are perfect framing for the interviews/conversations. Her curiosity and true interest are obvious—she may be more excited than the women/womyn she interviews. This podcast is so needed, exploring the praxis of theology from so many perspectives of female-identifying theologians.

Tommie Marshell ,

The voices of women.

Sarah speaks with such confidence and creates a space for women to talk about what their doing, theology, and much more with the same confidence. It’s such an encouragement to hear how women are getting things done in the theology world every week.

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