Melvin Bray: Better-Waking Up to Who We Could Be

Melvin Bray is an Emmy® award-winning storyteller, writer, educator and social entrepreneur embedded with his wife and three kids in the West End neighborhood of Southwest Atlanta. He is an active member of several vanguard networks working to cultivate more sustainable approaches to faith and civic engagement. His book Better: Waking Up to Who We Could Be invites us to consider how we might change the world by telling better stories.  Join Carol as she interviews Melvin to hear the stories he has to share.

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Meredith Gould: Desperately Seeking Spirituality

Didn’t get everything you wanted for Christmas?  How about this special GCR podcast with Meredith Gould?  Join Derrick and Carol as they chat with Meredith about her book “Desperately Seeking Spirituality” about spirituality through the lenses of sociology, theology, psychology, and social media.  They also spend some time talking about the spiritual stressors of our current culture and recent political events. Learn more about Meredith at meredithgould.com.

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Norman Wirzba: Way of Love

Carol is joined by Norman Wirzba, Duke University professor of Theology and Ecology and author of “Way of Love: Recovering the Heart of Christianity.”  The pioneering scholar and author of Food and Faith and Living the Sabbath asserts that Christianity has slid off its rightful foundation, arguing that the faith only makes sense and can only be expressed in a healthy way if it seen as based on love, with a mission of training others in the way of love.

It’s often said that God is love, yet his message of compassion and caring for others is often overshadowed by the battles dividing us politically, culturally, and religiously. Why does Christianity matter if it isn’t about love?

The Way of Love invites readers to experience Christianity that is centered on love. Extensive theological training cannot replace the way of love that transforms and connects each of us to God and the faith, Wirzba contends. Interweaving illuminating testimonials, historical references, and Scripture, he reveals how love allows us to move into the fullness of life; when we do not love we lose our faith. “To fail to love,” he reminds us, “is to lose God.”

 

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C Christopher Smith: Reading for the Common Good

We have been created to live and work in community. But all too often we see ourselves primarily as individuals and run the risk of working at cross-purposes with the organizations we serve. Living faithfully in a neighborhood involves two interwoven threads: learning and action. In Reading for the Common Good, C. Christopher Smith, coauthor of Slow Church, looks at the local church as an organization in which both learning and action lie at the heart of its identity. He explores the practice of reading and, in his words, “how we can read together in ways that drive us deeper into action.” Beyond this interview with Carol, you can find out more about his activities and events at www.slowchurch.com.

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Bruce Reyes-Chow: Dont Be An Asshat

Join us as we chat with GCR co-founder and eternal-friend-of-the-show Bruce Reyes-Chow about the new book on parenting he has written with his wife, Robin Pugh. After a friend’s impassioned Facebook plea to the parents of the world, Robin and Bruce were inspired. Agreeing with their friend that parents have one job—not raising their children to be a$$h@!=$ —they decided to write this book in the pursuit of that goal. They believe that most children are not being raised to be a$$h@!=$, but they also believe that all parents and guardians could use a little help in their endeavors.

This book is not a guaranteed how-to manual, nor is it the end-all, be-all of parenting advice. It is a playful guide highlighting the importance of community, parenting the whole child—body, mind, and soul—helping children explore their world, and laughing at the word “balls.” It includes words of wisdom for the expectant parent, and even letters to the authors’ former, childless selves. While this book is written to help those raising children, it also contains 101 lessons directed at children, always reminding both groups of their one goal: don’t be an asshat.

Check out their book on Amazon HERE!

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Teresa Pasquale Mateus: Sacred Wounds

Teresa B Pasquale, LCSW, E-RYT 200 wears many hats including: author, trauma specialist, educator, trainer, yoga teacher, “crooked mystic,” contemplative-actioner bringing mindfulness and healing into action and activist contexts, and a meditation & retreat facilitator.  Teresa believes strongly in the potential in everyone to overcome hardship, be stronger than they ever thought possible, and the capacity for people to not just survive life but thrive in the process of living.

In this episode, Derrick speaks with Teresa about her new book Sacred Wounds about healing from the spiritual traumas of our lives.

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Drew Hart: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism

Derrick interviews Drew Hart on the church’s view of racism followed by Carol and Derrick reflecting together.  Drew Hart is a writer, speaker, and PhD candidate in theology and ethics with ten years of pastoral ministry experience. Regularly speaking at churches, conferences, and colleges, Drew brings together his pastoral experience with his academic training to challenge the Church on a variety of topics. Most recently he has been especially invested in conversations on white supremacy and racism and Christianity, but also routinely speaks on Christian discipleship to Jesus, western Christendom, Christian history, peacemaking and nonviolence, urban ministry, social media, etc.

Drew has a Christian Century hosted blog entitled ‘Taking Jesus Seriously’, while also writing occasionally for The Mennonite’s and Biblical Seminary’s blog as well. His own personal site is http://www.drewgihart.com. He sneaks in tweets with the handle @DruHart and can also be found on Facebook.  He is the author of Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism.

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Franklyn Schaefer: Defrocked

Rev. Frank Schaefer is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church where he ministered for 20 years (in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference) when, in 2013, he was tried by a highly publicized United Methodist church court for officiating at his son’s same-sex marriage. He was defrocked on December 19th, 2013 when he refused to uphold the Book of Discipline in its entirety, which would have meant to denounce gay marriage rights. With the stripping of his credentials, he lost his parish, career and security. Subsequently, Frank became a nation-wide speaker and activist. Though his credentials were reinstated by the Church’s highest court in the fall of 2014, Pastor Frank continues to advocate for human rights while also working in a new United Methodist parish in Isla Vista California.

Carol and Derrick reflect after the interview on the various things that divide our churches.

 

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Kate Foster Connors: The Center

God Complex Radio is back with Rev. Kate Foster Connors, Director of The Center in Baltimore.  The Center envisions neighborhoods transformed by congregations engaged in the justice-seeking, compassionate, and reconciling work of Jesus Christ. Through education, service, partnership, and advocacy, their mission is to equip congregations in Baltimore and beyond to transform neighborhoods by engaging in the justice and reconciliation of Jesus Christ. They partner with local churches to transform neighborhoods by workng for justice in their communities. Local congregations also collaborate with visiting adult or youth groups for mission work projects.

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Andrew Taylor-Troutman: Parables of Parenthood

Producer Rob Dyer unleashes this special 2015 season preview episode.  Derrick interviews author, pastor, and parent Andrew Taylor-Troutman about his book “Parables of Parenthood: Interpreting the Gospels with Family.”  Andrew invites us to bring our experiences of parenting into our experience with God’s Word.

 

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