Church is Changing

Church is Changing

Church is Changing is a podcast in search of a more hopeful future for the church in a rapidly changing world. Every week, we explore how the church is innovating in light of the rich wisdom and tradition of our past.... Show More

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May 27, 2020 26 min

Today’s episode is a conversation with Rev. Dr. Jason Byassee, Butler Chair in Homiletics & Biblical Interpretation at Vancouver School of Theology. We talk about how the church can stay deeply rooted in church history and tradition, and adapt to the world today The interview was recorded in October, and  much has changed since then, but I’m confident you will find Jason’s insights to be quite relevant as we continue to adapt o...

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In today’s episode we talk with Rev. Wendy Hudson, Pastor of Two Rivers Church in Charleston, SC. Wendy is a church planter in the United Methodist Church. We talk about how her congregation quickly adapted the essential elements of church to the realities of social distancing. The interview was recorded on March 24th and much has changed since then, but I’m confident you will find Wendy’s insights to be helpful as we continue to a...

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In today’s episode we talk with Rev. LeDayne McLeese Polaski, Executive Director of MeckMIN, an interfaith collaboration of nearly 100 member congregations representing more than a dozen faith traditions that works to foster understanding, compassion and justice in Charlotte, NC. She is an ordained Baptist minister and the grant coordinator at QC Family Tree. We talk about how congregations can support marginalized populations duri...

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In today’s episode we talk with Melanie Childers, Clinical Chaplain at the Watauga Medical Center in Boone, NC. In our interview today she offers some invaluable advice for clergy and other church leaders seeking to offer pastoral care in the midst of this pandemic. She is ordained in the United Church of Christ and is a board certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. She has over 20 years of experience in ...

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In today’s episode we talk with Lauren Boyd, Pastor of Be3 Dinner Church and the Director of Programming and Culture at the Newport Street Retreat in Denver, Colorado. In our conversation we discuss what dinner church is, what it has looked like at Be3, and how her church has repurposed their building for this new form of worship and for alternative funding models for ministry.

 

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In today’s episode we talk with Angelica Regalado Cieza, the Founding Pastor & Mission Developer of Estamos Unidos Moravian Ministry in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Estamos Unidos provides Christian community and educational opportunities for first-generation Hispanic immigrants in the Winston Salem Area. In our conversation we discuss how this ministry came about, how Angelica’s experience as an immigrant herself has informe...

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In this episode we talk with Elaine Heath, a United Methodist Minister and Author, serving as the Abbess of  Spring Forest, an intentional Christian Community and farm in rural North Carolina.

We talk about her book God Unbound, missional ecclesiology, the importance of lay leadership, and how she developed a passion for church history that inspires her innovative work today.

Books mentioned: Elaine’s Book on Post-Christendom : Go...

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In this episode we talk with Brandon Wrencher, minister, organizer, and facilitator working across the US within faith, education, and non-profit sectors at the intersection of decolonizing church, contemplative activism, and local presence to build beloved communities.

We talk about the The Good Neighbor Movement, the church he leads as well as the Liberating Church Project, a network seeking to decolonize new and established expr...

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In this episode we talk to Kenda Creasy Dean, Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary.

We talk about how her 2010 research on moral therapeutic deism relates to what we are seeing in the faith of young adults today. We look at innovation in church history, and how the church can reclaim social innovation as a part of our identity. 

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Kenda's Book: Almost Christian: What the Fa...

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