GCR 2.3 – Not Your Mama’s Church: Women, Creativity, & Emergence

Join Carol Howard Merritt and Bruce Reyes-Chow as they welcome Nadia Bolz-Weber, pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints. Also joining the GCR team is Meredith White-Zeager, pastor of The Phoenix Project.

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Some highlights from this episode:

0:10: Meredith White-Zeager shares her experience of “church” and why she started The Phoenix Project.
6:15: Bruce introduces the theme of the episode and Nadia Bolz-Weber, pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints
7:35: Bruce’s conversation with Nadia Bolz-Weber
34:27: Carol and Bruce reflect
1:13:18: Promo of next episode

Items mentioned in this episode:
Covenant Community Church
Greenbelt Festival
Emerging Women

6/1 update from Carol Howard Merritt: So… I had a major lack of sleep when recording this show, and when it came out, I felt frustrated that my critiques were geared toward Nadia personally. I have great respect for Nadia and I felt awkward because it seemed like I was critiquing her when she was out of the room and could not defend herself. I meant my comments to be geared toward all of us who are trying to leave Evangelicalism, and create something else, but my wording sucked. I apologized to Nadia, and she graciously accepted my apology. We will have a follow-up on this show… where Nadia can get the last word!

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Season 2, Episode 2 – Illegal immigration: from Jesus to Arizona

Join Carol Howard Merritt and Bruce Reyes-Chow as they welcome Robert P. Jones, CEO and Founder of Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI Facebook and Twitter)*. Also joining the GCR team is Delle McCormick, Executive Director of BorderLinks.

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Some highlights from this episode:

0:10: Rev. Delle McCormick tells a story of an illegal immigrant and her baby
6:00: Carol introduces the theme of the episode and Robert P. Jones, CEO and Founder of Public Religion Research Institute
8:25: Part 1 of Carol’s conversation with Robert P. Jones
20:28: Carol and Bruce reflect on Part 1
38:44: Part 2 of Carol’s conversation with Robert P. Jones
55:08: Carol and Bruce reflect on Part 2
1:09:18: Promo of next week’s episode with Nadia Bolz-Weber about the emergent church

Items mentioned in this episode:
PRR Poll: “Religion, Values, and Immigration Reform”
PC(USA) Letter regarding Arizona immigration law

*Bruce Reyes-Chow currently serves on the board of PRRI.

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Season 2, Episode 1 – Diana Butler Bass on “Civility & Graciousness”


Join Carol Howard Merritt and Bruce Reyes-Chow as they welcome Diana Butler Bass, author of A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story.  Also joining the GCR team is pastor Toby Brown.

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Some highlights from this episode:

0:10: Rev. Toby Brown shares about his experiences with civility and graciousness in online debate and dialogue.
6:13: Bruce introduces the theme of the episode and Diana Butler Bass, author of A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story
7:42: Part 1 of Bruce’s conversation with Diana Butler Bass: Agreeing with Glen Beck; Is civility really a good thing?; confronting anonymus criticism
24:41: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 1
40:47: Part 2 of Bruce’s conversation with Diana Butler Bass: Bass punching a man in a fight over pacifism; the difference between graciousness and civility; this is our nastiness
58:24: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 2
1:12:18: Promo of next weeks episode with Robert P. Jones to talk about immigration

Items mentioned in this episode:
Is Western Christianity Suffering From Spiritual Amnesia?
Sojourners’ “A Covenant for Civility”
Sojourner/Emergent “kerfuffle

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