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The VergeNow Podcast is designed to give encouragement, inspiration and guidance to creative and innovative ministry leaders. Over the last Fourteen years as an experimental “arts church,” Convergence: A Creative Community of Faith has come to believe that a vibrant spiritual imagination and skillful, disciplined creativity are the keys to faithfully meeting the challenges facing our churches, our communities and our world.

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November 28, 2021 13 min

Join Rev. Lisa Cole Smith from Convergence for a four-part study exploring the spectacular effort of God’s chosen people in an art project of magnificent scope. It takes the entire community of makers, craftspeople, leaders, administrators, teachers and patrons all working together under the leadership of artists to fulfill God’s command: Build a dwelling place for the Spirit of God. Neither Moses nor priests, warriors nor politici...

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Join Rev. Lisa Cole Smith from Convergence for a four-part study exploring the spectacular effort of God’s chosen people in an art project of magnificent scope. It takes the entire community of makers, craftspeople, leaders, administrators, teachers and patrons all working together under the leadership of artists to fulfill God’s command: Build a dwelling place for the Spirit of God. Neither Moses nor priests, warriors nor politici...

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Join Rev. Lisa Cole Smith from Convergence for a four-part study exploring the spectacular effort of God’s chosen people in an art project of magnificent scope. It takes the entire community of makers, craftspeople, leaders, administrators, teachers and patrons all working together under the leadership of artists to fulfill God’s command: Build a dwelling place for the Spirit of God. Neither Moses nor priests, warriors nor politici...

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October 29, 2021 30 min

Join Rev. Lisa Cole Smith from Convergence for a four-part study exploring the spectacular effort of God’s chosen people in an art project of magnificent scope. It takes the entire community of makers, craftspeople, leaders, administrators, teachers and patrons all working together under the leadership of artists to fulfill God’s command: Build a dwelling place for the Spirit of God. Neither Moses nor priests, warriors nor politici...

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July 20, 2020 5 min

If we live in a constant state of wishing for "do-overs" we are unlikely to turn in any kind of audience-worthy performance at all.

 

In this original video series from Convergence: Created to Create, we are invited to consider our responsibility to curate and create culture not only in our churches but in our world.

 

Production/Editing: Dan ABH

Script/Narration: Lisa Smith

Music: Hayden Arp, www.haydenarp.com

Jay ...

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July 3, 2020 3 min

The mystery of God requires us to experience and trust something that needs more than intellectual understanding. Art is not luxury. Art is order.

In this series, Created to Create, we are invited to consider our responsibility to curate and create culture not only in our churches but in our world.

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Production/Editing: Dan ABH

Script/Narration: Lisa Smith Original Score:

Jay Smith - www.jmusic.us 

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Created to Create: Giving Up and Giving In.

Could giving up and giving in be the key to success and happiness?

In the lectionary text for this Sunday (Genesis 21:8-21 and Matthew 10:24-29) two stories are told about giving up and giving in.

In the Old Testament, Hagar is at the end of herself. Having been mistreated so badly she is hopeless and ready to give up her life and that of her son when God comes to rescue them both and...

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June 8, 2020 8 min

The Cultural Mandate of Genesis 1 insists that we are to form a culture, not simply allow it to happen to us. Yet, without conscious attention, we are left with a serious deficit of artistic and creative practitioners in our faith communities leaving us ill equipped to take on the task of culture making. How and why must we prepare those who would take on the vocation of artist?

In this series we are invited to consider our respon...

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June 1, 2020 10 min

What if we believed Jesus as much as we believe in Jesus?

Learning to See: Fermentation

In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Jesus describes a process of complete transformation akin to fermentation; a process by which old ideas, habits and patterns are overturned and new insights are introduced to strengthen and ensure our flourishing.

In this meditation series from Convergence on learning to see through the eyes of God, ...

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Right now, we are all left "looking up to into the sky" just like the disciples; watching and waiting. "Drowning Process" is an invitation to go with it. (Acts 1:6-14) Why not accept this forced break as a time to catch your breath? Why not observe (perhaps for the first time ever) this holy week in the church calendar to wait and pray with the disciples for that breath to arrive?

In this series from Convergence on...

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For Mature Audiences Only from VergeNow, suggests that sometimes we may be asking the right questions but, are unwilling or unable to listen for the right answers.

Are we trained well enough in our sensitivity to the symbolic to really see where God is at work in our world? (Acts 22:17-31)

In this series from Convergence on learning to see through the eyes of God, you are invited to consider the ever present mystery and symbol ...

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May 11, 2020 5 min

A Surveyor's Map considers the well worn paths of our daily lives as an opportunity for reflection on memory as a composite of all that has been, is now, and that is still to come.

In this series on learning to see through the eyes of God, you are invited to consider the ever present mystery and symbol that points to something bigger than immediate circumstances.

Meditation/Narration: Lisa Smith; Music: Jay Smith; Production:...

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"Imagine the world and all that is in it as enchanted, haunted by the Holy Spirit and the presence of grace.” Andrew Greely. Explore the idea of "God's Word" as an invitation to seeing the presence of God in every aspect of life and nature.

Meditation: Lisa Smith; Music: Jay Smith; Production: Dan ABH. www.ourconvergence.org  www.vergenow.org

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April 22, 2020 14 min

This week, Pastor and artistic director Lisa Cole Smith at Convergence leads with a mediative exercise and thoughts based upon a song written by musician/artist Sufjan Stevens.

"We Christians believe that God is worthy of worship, but I wonder how many of us are secretly uncomfortable with this idea that it is our sole reason for existence. I often find myself preferring to believe that God exists in order to help me with my l...

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Our "Gather" series continues this week with a LIVE conversation from our Gather 2019 conference with our good friend Dr. Elise Edwards on the topics of ethics, architecture, and convening difficult conversations in Church.

Dr. Elise Edwards teaches courses in Christian ethics and theology at Baylor University.  She earned her Ph.D. in Religion at Claremont Graduate University in California, where she studied Theology, Eth...

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October 6, 2019 50 min

The "Gather" series continues this week with Brian Kirby and our conversation about Taize and contemplative service gatherings. 

Dr. Brian Kirby graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry in Theology and the Arts. He has pastored in Europe, Asia, and the US. Dr. Kirby is a musician and snowboarder who minsters in the Washington D.C. area as the Senior Director for Community Life at Community Churc...

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September 29, 2019 57 min

Our "Gather" series continues this week with Erik Martinez Resly of The Sanctuaries DC. https://www.thesanctuaries.org

Rev. Erik is a visual artist, community organizer, and ordained Unitarian Universalist minister from a mixed religious family, who grew up in Frankfurt, Germany. He brings experience as a hospital chaplain, public speaker, and panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. He served as a Creative Commun...

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September 23, 2019 66 min

"Gather" continues this week as Lisa Smith is joined by Josh Hayden and Tom Lynch of Mission Possible and First Baptist Ashland, VA 

Josh Hayden, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Ashland and Tom Lynch, Minister to Students and Families, First Baptist Ashland; Co-Founders of Mission Possible, a one-day conference that allows young people to explore faith and calling through art, justice, and mission.

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September 16, 2019 51 min

Lisa Smith interviews Sam Bodkin, CEO of Groupmuse on the way intimate gatherings around classical music are meeting the need for soulful community among Millennials.

Sam Bodkin is the founder and CEO of Groupmuse - bringing us together to nourish and harmonize our inner lives and our social, “outer” lives. By deepening our interior worlds with timeless, contemplative music and enriching our social lives with inclusive, joyous com...

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Lisa Smith of Convergence continues our series on "Gather", a current case study on re-imagining worship and gathering well in soulful community.

This week we sit down with Lindsay Hayes, a Ph.D student in Learning, Design and Technology from Penn State University as she outlines how the "flipped classroom" education model might translate to churches. "The humans in the building are the biggest resource we have...

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