GCR 4.6 – Meredith Gould on Jewish-Christian Identity and Wisecracks

Meredith Gould on God Complex Radio

In the fourth episode of our 6th season, we invited Meredith Gould, to join Carol Howard Merritt and Landon Whitsitt to discuss Jewish-Christian identity and got loads of wisecracks for free. Meredith has a Ph.D. in Sociology and is a professional writer, a published author, and the Abbess of Virtual Abbey (here or on Twitter ). FYI, Meredith is a semi-pro smart-ass. You have been warned.

She begins the conversation by discussing her views on her Jewish-Catholic spirituality and practice, talks about liturgy, virtual-abess-ing, what drew her to the Roman Catholic church, and even answers the profound question of she would do for Klondike bar.

Play – Meredith Gould – God Complex Radio – S4E6

Interesting points in the conversation:
(4:35) Issues with people who say Christianity is the LOVE faith. Christianity is not permissiveness…
(6:00) How do you deal with the verses in John that discuss “the Jews”
(12:00) Where do these two traditions, Judaism and Christianity, clash or connect during the liturgical year?
(15:00)  Do you celebrate Jewish traditions at the same time as Christian ones?
(16:40) What would you say to someone who wanted to know how Jewish a Christian should be?
(21:49) Christians are crazy people. Why did I make the jump to Catholicism? Because of Mystery…
(25:42) Where does joy come from?
(27:11) What would you do for a Klondike bar?
(34:58) Obligatory Rob Bell + Hell comment
(35:30) CHURCH CHAT TIME with Carol and Landon – WHAT WHAT?

Mentioned on this episode:
Virtual Abbey homepage and twitter account
Meredith’s page
Meredith’s twitter account

Meredith’s recent books:
Why Is There a Menorah on the Altar? Jewish Roots of Christian Worship
Come to the Table: A Passover Seder for Parish Use
The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day
The Word Made Fresh: Communicating Church and Faith Today

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3 Responses to “GCR 4.6 – Meredith Gould on Jewish-Christian Identity and Wisecracks”
  1. Bless youse (that’s the plural form of “you” in New Jersey) and I would absolutely not characterize youse as Jackasses! Love your follow up convo about love and commitment in the virtual world. I’ve seen that within the @virtual_abbey community.

    • Sarah says:

      LOVE this interview – LOVE semi-professional smart-ass, as I am a hobby smart-ass myself – LOVE the connections. My friends who are Jewish will really appreciate these thoughts! Sarah PJ

  2. Matt Frease says:

    This was a very interesting conversation about the Jewish/Christian relations and language. Meredith brought up a lot of good points and ideas about how Christians and Jews relate to one another. The topic of teaching the Gospel of John is a good challenge for pastoral leaders to think and wrestle with.

    Carol and Landon, I think you touched on a very interesting point towards the end of the podcast about asking questions and being willing to be in conversation/argue. I think one of the major issues facing the church and our society today is that of always wanting to be “right” or on the “correct side” of an argument. We are becoming so unwilling to listen and discuss and wrestle together; we want to quickly move to winning and being right. Being called into community is about choosing to be together first and foremost, but being willing to look someone you disagree with in the eyes and see their humanity not seeing their, what we may call, incorrectness or ignorance or etc…

    While in seminary, an Ethics Professor shared with us what he called Balaam’s Law. The law is “If God is able to speak through and ass, then God can speak through someone you disagree with.” For me this was a helpful reminder when I was immersed in an argument or disagreements with friends on any number of issues. It always reminded me to spot and listen, and hear what they had to say, and not rush to pick-apart their argument in attempts to “win.”

    Thanks for this thoughtful and challenging podcast that I was finally able to listen to! I’m only a few months late but hey, better late then never!

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