Compass Podcast: Finding the spirituality in the day-to-day
United Methodist Communications
Two nice guys go on the frustrating journey of finding evidence of divine presence and spirituality in midst of the ups and downs of day-to-day life.
Who is at your table?
Who is at your table?
It’s easy to exist in an echo chamber these days. But the holidays, and Jesus’ story, remind us that beloved community neither begins nor exists in spaces where everyone else is just like us. Beloved community begins when we are intentional about participating in settings where we may not have much in common with some … Continue reading "Who is at your table?"
Bonus: Fierce Love with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis
Jacqui Lewis shares how a fierce love that starts with loving ourselves well will change the world. We are fully who we are–fully human–when we realize that we belong to each other. Everyone’s success depends on everyone’s success. So we are called to love one another as we love ourselves. Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis is … Continue reading "Bonus: Fierce Love with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis"
Nov 11 2021
Reconstructing burned out faith with Brian Zahnd
We all have questions about faith. Sometimes those questions are so burning that they start a proverbial fire that threatens to burn our whole system of belief down. Brian Zahnd joins the podcast to share about the ways God is revealed through both the fire and the daily workings of life. Brian Zahnd is the … Continue reading "Reconstructing burned out faith with Brian Zahnd"
Nov 10 2021
Hope when life gets messy with Jake Owensby
What is God doing when bad things happen? In this episode, we discuss this question and the place of hope in the midst of our messy lives with Bishop Jake Owensby. Hope is not merely wishful thinking. Hope digs deeper and moves us in a way that wishful thinking cannot. There is hope because we … Continue reading "Hope when life gets messy with Jake Owensby"
Oct 27 2021
Encountering the Divine through reading
Feeling a bit disconnected? Utilizing a reading plan helps us connect in community and feel connected to the Divine. In this episode, Pierce and Ryan outline simple plans, note the benefits of investing in reading scripture, and offer a special invitation!
Oct 13 2021
Simple life rhythms for balance and peace with Joan Chittister
One of the marks of monastic communities is that they establish a rhythm of life that calls attention to the holy. Sister Joan Chittister, who is herself part of a Benedictine monastic community, has translated a number of these practices into everyday life for us. You may have heard of Sister Joan–she’s a well-known activist … Continue reading "Simple life rhythms for balance and peace with Joan Chittister"
Sep 29 2021
Wrestling with the tough sayings alongside Amy-Jill Levine
Why did Jesus say some of the things he said? What do we make of these tough teachings today? Amy-Jill Levine provides some tools for processing. Do we need to sell everything we own? Must we hate our mothers and fathers? At different points in his ministry, Jesus suggested to some people they do those … Continue reading "Wrestling with the tough sayings alongside Amy-Jill Levine"
Sep 15 2021
How gaming inspires a spiritual connection
That video game you’ve sunk the last 7 nights into might be teaching you something about faith and connection. Rev. David Petty joins the Compass Podcast to share the story of the digital outreach community, CrossFire: Faith+Gaming. Rev. Petty points to the intersection of faith, gaming and community. Visit the community at CrossFireCast.com
Sep 1 2021
Making any moment a holy moment
Douglas McKelvey details his motivation and process for crafting liturgical prayers for everyday events. Making coffee, changing a diaper, mourning the loss of a dog… these are prompts for prayer. Liturgical prayer offers words for the mundane and emotional moments when our own words fail us. Doug McKelvey is the author of the Every Moment … Continue reading "Making any moment a holy moment"
Aug 18 2021
Holy mischief and disruptions of kindness
Reverend Shannon Karafanda shares #HolyMischief, a movement inspiring acts of disruption based in love. It seems that the more kindness we show towards others, the more connected we feel towards them. So when we get stuck in cycles of negativity, or feeling like the world is against us, or feeling like everyone around us is … Continue reading "Holy mischief and disruptions of kindness"
Jul 21 2021
Breath, justice and the name of God (with Rev. Brian Tillman)
Your breathing reflects the very name of God. Rev. Brian Tillman reminds us that God is present in the very breath we take. And then reminds us that injustice is mistreating all those who speak the name of God. Imagine what happens when people breathe the name of God while standing for justice. To see … Continue reading "Breath, justice and the name of God (with Rev. Brian Tillman)"
Jul 8 2021
Remembering Steve Austin
Steve is one of the few people we’ve talked with multiple times on the Compass Podcast. He just had so many great things to say. Steve also contributed to our Rethink Church blog, offering an important voice at the intersection of mental health, self care and spirituality. We were shocked to learn of Steve’s passing. … Continue reading "Remembering Steve Austin"
Jun 23 2021
A prayerful reflection for mid-day disruption
Pierce Drake offers a brief prayer exercise for contemplating the truth of who we are–even in the midst of our days. Interested in the book he shares from? Find Every Moment Holy here: https://www.cokesbury.com/9781951872021-Every-Moment-Holy
Jun 9 2021
Meditative practice for daily disruptions
In this episode, we’re creating our own stories of disruption through a contemplative prayer practice. The Welcoming Prayer helps us recognize what we’re feeling and where God is in the midst of our experiences.
May 26 2021
How spiritual practices disrupt our world with Tyler Sit
Worship, prayer and meditation interrupt the world’s cycles of brokenness. Tyler Sit, the author of “Staying Awake” and pastor of New City Church, describes how these practices brought disruption to Minneapolis in the wake of the uprising and Derek Chauvin trial. Rev. Tyler Sit is the church planter of New City Church, a church that … Continue reading "How spiritual practices disrupt our world with Tyler Sit"
May 12 2021
Leaving no one at the margins with Father Gregory Boyle
Humanity’s great error is that we’ve forgotten we belong to one another. When Father Gregory Boyle was sent to minister amongst the forgotten of Los Angeles, he responded by starting a movement to disrupt the cycles that suggest that one person’s life is worth more than another’s. In this episode of the Compass Podcast, Father … Continue reading "Leaving no one at the margins with Father Gregory Boyle"
Apr 28 2021
Disrupting trends of loneliness with Luke Edwards
Luke Edwards talks with us about fresh expressions of church that are disrupting the cycles of loneliness in our culture.
Apr 14 2021
Hopelessness and decolonizing faith with Miguel De La Torre
Dr. Miguel De La Torre, the author of “Decolonizing Christianity”, talks about living in hopelessness while being a person of faith. What does it mean for us to seek out the Jesus of the margins? How will that impact our understanding of faith and our world? Find out more about Dr. De La Torre at … Continue reading "Hopelessness and decolonizing faith with Miguel De La Torre"
Mar 30 2021
Friendships and faith community for digital natives
Are virtual friendships real friendships? Matt Franks and Zach Bechtold of the Bearded Theologians podcast reveal the ways in which a digitally-native culture does faith and spirituality online.
Mar 17 2021
Doubt and deconstruction with AJ Swoboda
Deconstruction and doubts are natural to having faith. AJ Swoboda reminds us that we are not alone in our deconstruction and that reconstruction can be a beautiful, hopeful process. AJ Swoboda is assistant professor of Bible, theology, and world Christianity at Bushnell University. He is the author of a number of books, including the award-winning … Continue reading "Doubt and deconstruction with AJ Swoboda"
Mar 3 2021