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God Is A Black Woman: A Conversation With Christena Cleveland

God Is A Black Woman: A Conversation With Christena Cleveland

June 6, 2022

In this episode we chat with Christena Cleveland.

Christena Cleveland Ph.D. is a social psychologist, public theologian, author, and activist. She is the founder and director of the Center for Justice + Renewal as well as its sister organization, Sacred Folk, which creates resources to stimulate people’s spiritual imaginations and support their journeys toward liberation.

A weaver of Black liberation and the sacred feminine, Dr. Cleveland integrates psychology, theology, storytelling, and art to stimulate our spiritual imaginations. She recently completed her third full-length book, God is a Black Woman (HarperOne), which details her 400-mile walking pilgrimage across central France in search of ancient Black Madonna statues, and examines the relationship among race, gender, and cultural perceptions of the Divine.

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Do I Stay Christian: A Conversation With Brian McLaren

Do I Stay Christian: A Conversation With Brian McLaren

May 30, 2022

In this episode we chat with Brian McLaren.

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” – just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. He is a faculty member of  The Living School and podcaster with Learning How to See, which are part of the Center for Action and Contemplation. He is also an Auburn Senior Fellow and is a co-host of Southern Lights. His newest book is Do I Stay Christian which was released May 24, 2022 by Macmillan.

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Chasing Lakes: A Conversation with Katey Walter Anthony

Chasing Lakes: A Conversation with Katey Walter Anthony

May 23, 2022

In this episode we chat with Katey Walter Anthony.

Katey Walter Anthony PhD is a professor of aquatic ecology, biogeochemistry, and permafrost science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her research focuses on methane emissions from Arctic lakes, the degradation of permafrost, and their associated feedbacks to global climate through the carbon cycle. She and her work have been featured in National GeographicWashington Post60 Minutes, Vice, The Guardian, the New York Times newsletter, NewsweekNature Magazine, and Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary Ice on Fire. Katey's book Chasing Lakes: Love, Science and the Secrets of the Arctic was released on May 17, 2022 by HarperOne books.

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Seeing Past Our Limiting Belief: A Conversation with Meg Calvin

Seeing Past Our Limiting Belief: A Conversation with Meg Calvin

May 16, 2022

In this episode we chat with Meg Calvin.

Meggie Lee Calvin (Meg) is an Amazon Bestselling Author of the book, I Am My Own Sanctuary: How A Recovering Holy-Roller Found Healing And Power. Meg is a wife, mom, speaker, podcaster, and coach who helps her fellow Spiritually-Attuned Go-Getters find confidence and certainty in who they were meant to be. 

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Becoming Home: A Conversation with Ben DeLong

Becoming Home: A Conversation with Ben DeLong

May 9, 2022

In this episode we chat with Ben DeLong.

Here is his bio in his own words:  I was born in Iowa, grew up as a pastor’s kid, and eventually became a pastor myself. What I later learned was that becoming a pastor was my way of coping with wounds and trauma that had built up within me since childhood. I have since given up being a pastor and turned my focus to becoming an author. My lovely wife has been a steady presence in my life. We were married in 2005 and adopted our son in 2019. They have been the greatest teachers in my life as I’ve journeyed toward a greater sense of wholeness. I love writing, and I love exploring the inner journey. I combine these two passions in my books to help give people hope to make the next step in their own story. I invite you to explore my work and see what you are inspired to move toward in life.

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Render Unto Caesar: A Conversation with John Dominic Crossan

Render Unto Caesar: A Conversation with John Dominic Crossan

May 2, 2022

In this episode we chat with John Dominic Crossan.

John Dominic Crossan is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, DePaul University, Chicago. He has written twenty books on the historical Jesus in the last thirty years, four of which have become national religious bestsellers: The Historical Jesus (1991), Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography (1994), Who Killed Jesus (1995), and The Birth of Christianity (1998). His latest book Render Unto Caesar was released in March of this year. He is a former co-chair of the Jesus Seminar, and a former chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature, an international scholarly association for biblical study based in the United States.

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After Jesus Before Christianity: A Conversation with Erin Vearncombe, Brandon Scott, & Hal Taussig

After Jesus Before Christianity: A Conversation with Erin Vearncombe, Brandon Scott, & Hal Taussig

April 25, 2022

In this episode we chat with the authors of the book - After Jesus Before Christianity.

Dr. Erin K. Vearncombe is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, appointed to the Office of the Dean. She received her Ph.D. in a collaborative program at the University of Toronto between the Department for the Study of Religion and the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies. A specialist in writing instruction, Erin worked for five years as a faculty member of the Princeton Writing Program at Princeton University, and is currently designing a program for the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto that will ease the transition to university-level writing for incoming undergraduate students. Her research specialty is the social origins and histories of Jesus movements in the first centuries of the common era, with a particular focus on practices of dress.

Bernard Brandon Scott is the author and editor of many books, including The Real Paul: Recovering His Radical Challenge and The Trouble with Resurrection. A charter member of the Jesus Seminar, he is chair of Westar’s Christianity Seminar. He served as chair of the Bible in Ancient and Modern Media Section of the Society of Biblical Literature, as well as a member of several SBL Seminars including the Parable Seminar and Historical Jesus Seminar. He holds an A.B. from St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, an M.A. from Miami University, and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.

Hal Taussig recently retired as Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary in New York. He lectures around the country and world.  The editor of the award-winning A New New Testament (2013), United Methodist minister, and author of fourteen books, his mediography includes The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Daily Show, People Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, National Public Radio, the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, the Bob Edwards Show on Sirius Radio, The History Channel, and the Washington Post.

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TikTok-ing the time away. A Conversation with Paul Swearengin

TikTok-ing the time away. A Conversation with Paul Swearengin

April 18, 2022

In this episode we chat with Paul Swearengin.

Paul Swearengin is a licensed minister, author, podcast host and emotional and spiritual well-being coach dedicated to affirming those searching for personal transformation and renewal in today’s often confusing culture. Known as the TikTok Pastor, and a survivor of the emotional abuse of an evangelical upbringing, Paul brings in this season an important, if not, unconventional voice to the world of religion, politics and spirituality.

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Sledding Toward the Bumps: A Conversation with Amy Courts

Sledding Toward the Bumps: A Conversation with Amy Courts

April 11, 2022

In this episode we chat with Amy Courts.

     Amy Courts is a singer-songwriter, musician, writer, activist, and Seminarian based in Minneapolis, MN where she lives with her husband and son. Amy grew up in Denver, CO the youngest of four preacher's daughters and, after graduating in 2003 with her B.A. in Biblical Studies, moved to Nashville, TN where she independently produced and released two albums and toured with Jennifer Knapp and Derek Webb. After a near-death childbirth experience in 2011, she and her family moved to Minneapolis where she spent the next five years as a stay-home mom, worship leader, and singer-for-hire. 
     In 2017, after a six year hiatus from creating and performing original music, she and her husband fulfilled a decade-long dream of co-creating and -producing a collaborative album as the duo Fireworks on Ferris Wheels for which they enjoyed critical acclaim and indie radio success. Amy also performs in a number of Twin Cities based bands, including with world-renowned guitarist Billy McLaughlin as part of Simple Gifts and Young and the Rest.
     In the fall of 2018, Amy was offered a full-ride scholarship to Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN where she is currently earning her Master of Divinity in Justice & Reconciliation while working with numerous local arts-based, humanitarian, religious, and para-church organizations to address systemic injustices against marginalized communities through musical, theological, and political activism centered on economic, environmental, healthcare, and education justice.

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Understanding the Enneagram: A Conversation with Ellen Compton

Understanding the Enneagram: A Conversation with Ellen Compton

April 4, 2022

In this episode we chat with Ellen Compton.

 I will let Ellen introduce herself. Allow me to introduce myself with a few miscellaneous thoughts:

I am a family-prioritizing, coffee-drinking, truth-telling, authenticity-seeking, list-making, God-following, world-loving, ambiverted, former closet writer. The words laid back have never been used to describe me. I am an unabashed over-user of hashtags and emojis. The message written on my heart is one of identity; I am passionate about living authentically as the person I was created to be and helping others to do likewise…even in the midst of this gauntlet that is life.

I live on the east coast of Canada with my family. My teenagers are occasionally mind-boggling, and entirely magnificent. In addition to writing, I teach French to High School students…and all remaining hours are, quite literally, spent in my vehicle, driving the teenagers to hockey practices, rehearsals, horseback riding, and to visit friends. It’s a full, imperfect and wonderful life.

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Her new book Good Things Happen In The Dark can be purchased on Amazon.com

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