Typically, it’s said there are two sides to every story. But often a middle or third side of the storyteller or an issue is revealed, providing another perspective to consider.
Three Sides is a monthly podcast featuring stories from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). As a church that believes God is calling us into the world – together, Three Sides will present diverse voices from across the ELCA. Listen as we share unique stories from the many expressions of this church.
•From our members whose lives are grounded in faith, love of God and neighbor.
•From our congregations that work every day to share the love of Christ with all God’s people.
•From our global companions and partners that join us as we work to build up Christ’s church throughout the world.
Join the conversation at LivingLutheran.org/podcast.
Re-Imagining Prison Ministry
Pastor Fred Nelson from Redeemer Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, Ill., is founder and executive director of The Inside Out Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping connect people both inside prisons and those beyond the walls in more meaningful, effective ways. Pastor Nelson is joined by Aneel Travetti, Associate Director of Inside Out, to share with us about this prison ministry that has now expanded to impact churches and incarcerated persons around the nation.
African descent Lutheran history
Learning the history of the Lutheran church is not complete without exploring the rich history of the African descent Lutheran movement. The black Lutheran church began as early as 1620 by most accounts. In this episode of Three Sides, we spoke with Lutheran historian Dr. Richard Stewart, Pastor Lucille Mills and Pastor Albert Starr about the early years of African descent Lutherans, what’s happening in the church today and what the future holds.
Walking Together Bonus Episode with Rafael Malpica Padilla
Listen to Andrew Steele’s full interview with Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla, executive director of ELCA Global Mission. Rafael talks to Andrew about the church’s mission theology of “accompaniment,” which defines how ELCA missionaries carry out their work with more than 80 companion churches around the world.
In the ELCA there is no mission “to,” only mission “with” and “among” as its missionaries walk together with those they serve.
In this episode of the Three Sides podcast, we hear from ELCA missionaries and ELCA Global Mission staff who talk about what it means to “bear one another’s burdens” by walking together and sharing God’s love in communities throughout the world.
Little Steps, Big Faith
In this episode of the Three Sides podcast, we speak with Dawn Rundman, author of "Little Steps, Big Faith: How the Science of Early Childhood Development Can Help You Grow Your Child’s Faith."
Rundman discusses the science behind child brain development in early life and how to use this insight in faith formation with daily practices. She also provides insight into how congregations can create an inviting environment for children to experience God. Rundman’s book is available from Beaming Books.
Church in Community
In this episode of Three Sides we focus on partnerships among three congregations in Rockford, Ill., including Rev. Brent Dahlseng, senior pastor of Grace Lutheran Church; Rev. Rob James, pastor of GPS Faith Community; and Rev. Maurice West, pastor of West Side Church of God in Christ.
The three pastors share the motivation of their ministry together, along with the joys and challenges. Each discusses how their congregations have adapted over time to respond to community needs.
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Great historical content of African American Lutherans and insights for shaping our church’s path forward in our current and future cultural changes.
Encouraging and inspiring!
I’ve really enjoyed this podcast, and wish there were more episodes! It’s wonderful to spend time with our ELCA family, learning about different areas that we don’t necessarily get to spend time with each Sunday. It’s so great and inspiring to learn about all that we can do with the ELCA and hear the words of wisdom and experience from others.
This is an amazing podcast. After longing for a podcast from a progress, liberal, forward thinking church for many years, I was thrilled to hear that the ELCA has begun a podcast out of the Churchwide office.
My only hope is that this podcast continues to be more conversational and less question and answer, but I think this podcast is filling a niche that is so needed.