18 episodes

Thin Places is a new podcast experiment from Zion Episcopal Church in Douglaston, Queens NY: it's a way for the Zion community to share the new ways we’re meeting God in this time of COVID-19—to tell each other about the “thin places” we’ve found. Places where God feels close, where we can feel the breath of the Holy Spirit passing over us, even if just for a moment in the midst of our uncertainty and stress, our frustrations and our griefs. Join us as we explore!

Thin Places Zion Episcopal Church

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Thin Places is a new podcast experiment from Zion Episcopal Church in Douglaston, Queens NY: it's a way for the Zion community to share the new ways we’re meeting God in this time of COVID-19—to tell each other about the “thin places” we’ve found. Places where God feels close, where we can feel the breath of the Holy Spirit passing over us, even if just for a moment in the midst of our uncertainty and stress, our frustrations and our griefs. Join us as we explore!

    Guidance for Zion, across the threshold

    Guidance for Zion, across the threshold

    In this season of the podcast, we’ve sharing stories about how our past looks different when we cross some kind of threshold in our lives. In this last episode, Mo. Lindsay and Fr. Carl talk about how we, as a community, might see our past differently as the Zion History Project brings us across a threshold in our identity—and how we can be guided by the wisdom shared by parishioners in our early episodes. 
    Follow our ongoing work at zionepiscopal.org. 

    • 13 min
    Donna, knocking down their stories

    Donna, knocking down their stories

    In this episode, we are joined by Donna Gentle Spirit Barron: the family historian of the Matinecock people. We only scratch the surface of Native history in this episode, but It’s a privilege for us to hear some of that story today—and to hear some of Donna’s own experiences as a Matinecock Indian, and as a Black woman. And it’s also a necessary challenge for us to hear about Zion as it appears in the history and stories and experiences of Matinecock people, and people of color. Because Zion looks different from this angle. We can see new facets of our history—gifts of our legacy that we have forgotten and are called to reclaim, wounds in our history that we have pushed out of mind, but are now called to heal.
    Healing begins by telling the truth: by listening to Donna as she knocks down the stories that leave her and her family out, and then, by telling a new story of Zion that keeps the call of justice at the center.
    Want to read more? You can find Donna's books here: https://bookshop.org/search?keywords=donna+barron

    • 27 min
    Zion, on the threshold

    Zion, on the threshold

    As you know, on this season of the podcast we’ve been sharing stories about thin places in time: stories of people who step across a threshold into a new chapter of their lives.
    Today we’re talking about a threshold that Zion is crossing. For the last 2 years, the Zion leadership has been grappling with the difficult discovery that our founding families enslaved people. We’ve been asking what it means that the Zion community was founded with wealth created by the forced labor of enslaved people, and that those children of God have been left out of Zion’s history for almost 200 years. 
    Mo. Lindsay and Fr. Carl talk about how the shape of Zion's history looks different with enslavement in view, and how we might be called to tell a different story about ourselves going forward—a story that centers Jesus and his call to join him in realizing the Kingdom of God. 

    • 19 min
    Peter and Cornelius, opening

    Peter and Cornelius, opening

    In this episode, we’re going to do something a little different: Fr. Carl tells a story—a story from the Bible; one of his favorites. It’s a story which is very much about being called across a threshold, and about how our ancestors in the faith had to reimagine their past, and their future, once they’d crossed it.

    • 15 min
    Michael, repenting and rebuilding

    Michael, repenting and rebuilding

    On this episode of the podcast, we’re going to hear from Michael—a newer member of Zion. In the early months of the pandemic, Michael stepped across a threshold: he realized that his strategies for dealing with conflict were not working—for him, or for those he loved. And he had to make a change.
    There's a churchy word for making a change: repentance. And that word just means "turning"—turning off the track that got us to where we are now, and striking out on a new course, seeking to live the life that really is life. It's a privilege to hear Michael reflect so vulnerably on the turns that he is making, and how that is reshaping him, and his family.

    • 15 min
    Katie, drawn forward by love

    Katie, drawn forward by love

    On this season of the podcast we’re sharing stories about thin places in time: stories of people who step across a threshold into a new chapter of their lives. And when they look back through that doorway, their past has a different shape than they’d thought. 
    For Katie Dean, the threshold was…falling in love. Falling in love with a man named Ed just as Katie’s marriage of 43 years was collapsing. That marriage couldn’t survive Katie getting sober; it couldn’t be sustained after Katie got in touch with the God of her own understanding. There was Ed, with his sparkling blue eyes, and the grounded wisdom he’d gained in his own journey. And Katie was drawn forward by that love, into who she really is.

    • 14 min

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