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