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A bi-monthly podcast supporting congregations as they emerge from the pandemic; inspiring leaders in discernment and experimentation; and encouraging creative collaboration.

Vital and Thriving: Where the Church meets the World Center for Church Innovation

    • Religion & Spirituality
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A bi-monthly podcast supporting congregations as they emerge from the pandemic; inspiring leaders in discernment and experimentation; and encouraging creative collaboration.

    Letting Go and Letting God: A Conversation with the Rev. Rachel Stout

    Letting Go and Letting God: A Conversation with the Rev. Rachel Stout

    Our fall season of the Vital+Thriving podcast kicks off with a thrilling conversation with the Rev. Rachel Stout, who serves not only as a clergy coach for leaders in Vital+Thriving Congregations but also as a reflective practitioner at the Center for Church Innovation and a Lutheran pastor in Minnesota. As a parish leader who has guided congregations through the Partnership for the Missional Church process before, she is able to speak about the journey we've all embarked upon out of her own experience. Don't miss this inspiring discussion of the surprising movements of the Spirit, the energy and excitement to be discovered along the way, and, naturally, the merits (or lack thereof) of the jello mold desserts that show up at Church potlucks.

    • 39 min
    In Celebration of Liberation: A Conversation with the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers

    In Celebration of Liberation: A Conversation with the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers

    In the final episode of our first season, Scot and Claire speak with one of the Episcopal Church’s leading thinkers around 21st-century ministry and mission, the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers. The author of several books, including most recently The Church Cracked Open: Disruption, Decline, and New Hope for Beloved Community, Canon Stephanie speaks about our Church's history around race, justice, and invitation with devastating clarity, courageous honesty, and prophetic hope. Join us for this timely and timeless conversation, full of a fierce and grounded trust in God's movements in our midst (but, unfortunately for Scot, not full of the background noise of New York City). We'll be back in August with new episodes of the V+T Podcast!

    • 52 min
    Learning to Listen for God: A Conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Liebert, SNJM

    Learning to Listen for God: A Conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Liebert, SNJM

    Scot and Claire speak with Catholic Sister, former seminary professor, and author Dr. Elizabeth Liebert about discernment and the spiritual practices that help us to listen deeply for God's call in and for our lives. Sister Beth reflects on both individual and collective discernment, pointing us toward forms of prayer and disciplines of life that can allow us not only to recognize when God is speaking but actually understand what God is saying. We also explore some important common ground between Catholic and Protestant spirituality (spoiler alert: the venn diagram includes homemade lasagna and apple pie). Don't miss this thoughtful conversation, full of practical guidance and timeless wisdom alike.

    • 53 min
    The Beloved Community Has Come Near: A Conversation with Bishop Marc Handley Andrus

    The Beloved Community Has Come Near: A Conversation with Bishop Marc Handley Andrus

    Up next, Scot and Claire speak with their Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Marc Handley Andrus, about the vitality practices that make building - or repairing - Beloved Community in each of our particular contexts possible: invitation, community embeddedness, diversity, collaboration, and sustainability. This inspiring conversation moves organically in many directions, and may or may not involve Scot almost singing a song from Frozen. This second episode deepens our introduction to Vital+Thriving Congregations and is full of both theoretical and practical insight for everyone interested in building a Church that, in the words of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, "looks and acts like Jesus."

    • 46 min
    Imagining The Thriving Church: A Conversation with Patrick Keifert

    Imagining The Thriving Church: A Conversation with Patrick Keifert

    In our first episode, Scot and Claire introduce Vital and Thriving in conversation with the Rev. Dr. Patrick Keifert. Together, they discuss everything from what it means to be Church in a "missional era" to the unique challenges posed by the pandemic to the joys of eating hotdish. Don't miss this imminently hopeful invitation to notice what God is already doing in our communities and our world.

    • 42 min

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