Second Table

Second Table

If spirituality, philosophy and psychology could have a baby, it would be this podcast. Hosted by Winston Janusz.

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May 1, 2021 53 min

In this episode I speak with Anatta Campbell who is the author of The Ordinary Buddha: Stories of Awakening. In her book she interviews individuals who have had spiritual awakening or enlightenment experiences, including the spiritual teachers Bryon Katie and Adyashanti. In our conversation we discuss what spiritual awakening is, her own spiritual experience of awakening, and discovering who we really are. Anatta also talks about h...

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Dan Koch is the host of the You Have Permission Podcast, and has been the host of a number of other podcasts. He is a doctoral student in counseling psychology at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. Dan is also the co-creator of the website soyouredeconstructing.com. In this episode we covered a range of topics related to the state of Christianity in America today, including what it means to love our enemies, the politica...

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In this episode I talk with Kendall Vanderslice who is the author of We Will Feast: Rethinking dinner, worship, and the community of God. Kendall has traveled all across the country visiting a new kind of church: the dinner church. These communities gather around the table for sacred meals. In our discussion we talk about why this model is church is gaining popularity today, the loneliness we experience in our culture, the sacredne...

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March 15, 2021 66 min

Matthew Korpman is a PhD student at the University of Birmingham, graduate of Yale Divinity School, and author of the book Saying No to God: A Radical Approach to Reading the Bible Faithfully. In this episode we discuss how wrestling with God is part of the Biblical tradition, and the role our struggle plays in our growth and development. Matthew argues that God doesn't want our blind obedience. Instead, it is the character of ...

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February 15, 2021 73 min

In this episode, I talk with Jory Pryor who is the host of the podcast Methods, which is an excellent resource that provides listeners with a variety of guided meditation and prayer practices. Our conversation covered a lot of ground, including deconstruction, perennial philosophy, finding our identity in God, and what spiritual practice is really all about. You can find about more about Jory and the Methods podcast by following th...

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February 1, 2021 62 min

In this episode, Peter Rollins returns to discuss a wide range of topics, including the role of the church and ministers, the connection between atheism and Christianity, Peter’s upcoming program called Atheism for Lent, and how we can bring what is real and true to the surface.
If you'd like to learn more about Atheism for Lent follow the link below:

https://peterrollins.com/atheism-for-lent-welcome-2021





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January 23, 2021 69 min

We are back in business! In this episode Morgan Caraway returns to discuss the political divide in America and how we can find hope in the midst of turmoil. 

You can find out more about the work Morgan does at his website:
https://sustainablelifeschool.com/media/

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June 3, 2020 11 min

In this episode Winston has an announcement to share and offers some final thoughts at the close of season 1 of the podcast. 

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May 29, 2020 82 min

In this episode, Winston meets with Daniel L. Prechtel, John R. Mabry, and Katrina Leathers, who collaborated to write the book Soul Journeys: Christian Spirituality and Shamanism as Pathways for Wholeness and Understanding. In this conversation they discuss the ancient practices of Shamanism that can help us to experience spiritual reality in deeper ways.

You can find the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Soul-Journeys-Christian-S...

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In this episode Winston talks with theologian, philosopher and scholar Thomas Jay Oord about the problem of how God could allow evil and suffering in the world. Oord proposes a radically new way of conceptualizing God. His most recent book is entitled God Can’t: How to believe in God and Love after Tragedy, Abuse, and Evil.

You can find out more about Thomas Jay Oord on his website: http://thomasjayoord.com/


 

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In this episode, Winston talks with author, speaker, activist and public theologian Brian McLaren about his book The Great Spiritual Migration, the future of church, and how our religious institutions have the potential to help transform the world.

You can find out more about Brian McLaren on his website: https://brianmclaren.net/


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In this episode, Morgan Caraway and Winston meet again to discuss spiritual life, having a relationship with God, how the deal with our egos, and the nature of suffering.

Here is a link to the Douglas Harding exercise that Morgan referenced in the episode:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nDNhdtVO80


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Barbara Brown Taylor is a best-selling author, teacher, and Episcopal priest. In 2014 TIME included her on its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the world. In this episode, she and Winston talk about her most recent book, Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others, and how exploring other religions can enrich our own faith. 


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In this episode, Winston talks with positive speaker and holistic life coach David Roper. They discuss spiritual transformation, learning to trust God, and how to see Christ in everyone.


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April 8, 2020 29 min

With Easter just around the corner, Winston reflects on the the meaning and symbolism of the cross, and calls into question the way that the crucifixion is commonly interpreted.

Note: The book that is referenced in this episode is Myth and Ritual in Christianity by Alan Watts.

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April 1, 2020 32 min

In this episode, Winston discusses some of the problems with common understandings of the Bible, and offers ways that we can still gain value and meaning from the ancient texts of the Bible, even if we don't take them literally.

Additional note: The textbook that is referenced in this episode is A Brief Introduction to the New Testament, 3rd Edition by Bart D. Ehrman. 
Correction: In the episode Winston mentions that the Gospel ...

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In this episode, Winston talks with Paul Knitter, who is the Emeritus Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions, and Culture at Union Theological Seminary, and the author of Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian. Paul and Winston discuss reconciling Christianity with Buddhism, the nature of God, suffering, prayer, meditation, and many other things.

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March 19, 2020 45 min

In this episode Winston and his wife Jessica Janusz discuss the COVID-19 pandemic from their apartment. They discuss the importance of processing our emotions, finding the collateral beauty in the midst of this catastrophe, and remind listeners that we are all in this together. 

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In this episode Winston talks with Matt Carriker, an ordained UCC pastor at Agape Spiritual Community in Waltham, MA and Protestant Chaplain at Brandeis University. Matt and Winston have both been impacted by the Buddhist tradition in significant ways, and in this conversation they explore why they think Buddhism and Christianity can be harmonized, and what the future of church might look like. You can learn more about Matt and Aga...

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March 5, 2020 96 min

In this episode, Peter Rollins and Winston enter even deeper into the issues discussed in part one. Once again they explore how Hegelian philosophy compares with the thought of Alan Watts. They also discuss how understanding the crack at the heart of the universe can help us to love our neighbors, and why the church is needed now more than ever. 

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