Wayfarer

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Sinopsis

Wayfarer is our journey to find a way to incorporate spiritual practices into our lives in an age of digital distractions.

Episodios

  • A Shared Story - Episode 64

    A Shared Story - Episode 64

    07/04/2017 Duración: 23min

    Today as we think about liberation, we’re talking with our Senior Pastor, Mark Johnson. Mark shares an excerpt from Carlyle Marney's Faith in Conflict. As we think about this new birth and liberation from old ways and shames, we find hope and sustenance in the stories we share. Thank you for helping make this podcast by being willing to join in. Your voices are essential. From folks who called in prayers and beatitudes, to those who came in for interviews and shared their stories, from to the musicians who played and and sang, to Raleigh, Mark, and the Choir, thank you so much. Thanks also to Charles, Crystal, and Mark who shared with us each week, and to Trisha for organizing things and getting people to call in prayers. And thanks to all of you for listening. This podcast is just a natural outgrowth of Central’s DNA. This place is filled with stories of folks caring for each other and standing with each other in hard times. Next week, the podcasts will be a little different. Since it’s Holy Week,

  • A Better Way - Episode 63

    A Better Way - Episode 63

    06/04/2017 Duración: 18min

    Today we’re thinking about generosity as we pray for the powerful and the powerless in our community and our world. We'll talk with our Associate Pastor, Charles Conkin as we join in prayers of the people. We'll also hear music from Jane Howell. Don't forget to call in your beatitudes for our podcast. We still need several for Monday's episode. Just leave a message at (859) 813-0150.

  • Unlearning Power - Episode 62

    Unlearning Power - Episode 62

    05/04/2017 Duración: 31min

    Today as we think about unlearning power, we're talking with Dr. Laura Levens. Laura is a professor at Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, in Georgetown, Kentucky and is also as a member at Central. Unlearning power invites us to actually look more deeply at our own unconscious motivations, to understand the power that we possess and how we can use that power for life. Laura shares examples from history that show how we can find alternative forms of power to work for justice for everyone. We'll also hear music from Jane Tatum. Don't forget to call in your beatitudes for our podcast. We still need several for Monday's episode. Just leave a message at (859) 813-0150.

  • Grassroots Kingdom - Episode 61

    Grassroots Kingdom - Episode 61

    04/04/2017 Duración: 19min

    This week as we continue thinking about unlearning power, we’re preparing for Palm Sunday and Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. With familiar passages like this one, it's sometimes easy to forget just how much they turn our expectations upside down. Jesus enters Jerusalem not as an imposing king, but riding on a donkey--truly a prince of peace. He doesn’t come in force to topple heads of state, but he comes humbly, a power willing to sacrifice and infuse the grassroots. “My Kingdom is not of this world,” can make it easy to see the ways of Jesus as guidelines for spiritual exercise and divorce these actions from their real-world consequences. But Jesus doesn’t seem to have this disconnect. True, his kingdom is not bound to terrestrial borders, but his kingdom is not resigned to the mystical either. Jesus is bringing the kingdom of heaven to earth. Jesus is fusing divinity and humanity. Jesus is bringing the ways of God to the dusty roads of Jerusalem and to our roads as well.Today, we'll also en

  • Being a Beatitude - Episode 60

    Being a Beatitude - Episode 60

    03/04/2017 Duración: 20min

    This week we're thinking about unlearning power. As we look at the beatitudes again, it seems that they are talking about a paradoxical power that lives in weakness. Jesus invites us to think beyond the dualistic, black and white options that seem to be the default for our culture. We are welcomed into a divine collaboration to find creative solutions to human suffering. So maybe the Beatitudes are things that we become. Bill Campbell joins us today, to share a story that may some light on our becoming a beatitude and embodying blessing to others. We'll also hear music by Aaron Austin.Don't forget to call in your beatitudes for our podcast. We still need several for Monday's episode. Just leave a message at (859) 813-0150.

  • The Way of Forgiveness - Episode 59

    The Way of Forgiveness - Episode 59

    31/03/2017 Duración: 27min

    Today we'll think about Confession and how Jesus calls us to a life of forgiveness as we talk with our Senior Pastor Mark Johnson. Our psalm for this week (Psalm 130) speaks to God’s forgiveness for us personally and for humanity. So for our practice today, we'll take time to accept the forgiveness that Jesus offers to us and then offer forgiveness to others. We'll also hear Love Will Win, a song by Aaron Austin.Don't forget to call in your beatitudes for our podcast. We still need several for Monday's episode. Just leave a message at (859) 813-0150.

  • Wholeness - Episode 58

    Wholeness - Episode 58

    30/03/2017 Duración: 17min

    As we continue to reflect on this week's scripture, we're talking with our associate pastor, Charles Conkin.  This week we've been hearing stories of death and new life.  We see the work of God bringing healing and wholeness to places that were once dry.  As we consider those places in our lives where we have experienced grief and loss, we remember those in our community and our world who have also experienced loss. We'll also hear a song performed by Greg Hancock. Don't forget to call in your beatitudes for our podcast. We still need several for Monday's episode. Just leave a message at (859) 813-0150.

  • Unlearning Hate - Episode 57

    Unlearning Hate - Episode 57

    29/03/2017 Duración: 26min

    Today, as we think about generosity and unlearning hate, we’re talking with Ashley and Sharon Holonia. We'll hear a story that Ashley and Sharon shared in the aftermath of the election about a terrible note that was left on their car. They'll also share another story of an interaction they had with a neighbor about a welcome sign in their yard expressing solidarity with immigrants. While these are things that we wish they didn’t have to deal with and that nobody should have to endure, their graceful response inspires us to be the love and acceptance that we hope to see in the world around us—to trust what God says about who we are so that we can respond with dignity and kindness even when we encounter hate.Don't forget to call in your beatitudes for our podcast. We still need several for Monday's episode. Just leave a message at (859) 813-0150.

  • Dry Places - Episode 56

    Dry Places - Episode 56

    28/03/2017 Duración: 18min

    As we continue our theme of unlearning, this week we're talking about unlearning hate.  Today, we're talking with our Associate Pastor Charles Conkin as we focus on openness.  We'll be listening to Ezekiel's vision of the dry bones from Ezekiel 37, taking time to contemplate the arid places in our own lives and ask God for nourishment.  We'll also enjoy a song from Raleigh Kincaid, written by Daniel Bailey.  Don't forget to call in your beatitudes for our podcast. We still need several for Monday's episode. Just leave a message at (859) 813-0150. 

  • A Diverse Community - Episode 55

    A Diverse Community - Episode 55

    27/03/2017 Duración: 20min

    Today as we think about Gratitude, we’re focusing on the beatitudes again and wondering who Jesus would call blessed today. Later, we'll hear some of the beatitudes you've written. Perhaps we don’t find the Beatitudes surprising because they’re so familiar. We expect Jesus to say things that are counter to the culture of ancient roman-controlled Palestine, so it’s easy to limit their scope to that time and place. While Jesus is certainly speaking to his contemporary context, we would be remiss to not extrapolate these words for our context today. Jesus is painting a picture of God’s community. In this community, it’s okay to be at the end of your rope. It’s okay to grieve. It’s okay to be humble. It’s okay to know you’re a spiritual beginner. It’s okay to give second and third and fourth chances...and more. It’s okay to not demand your way. It’s okay if people don’t like you when you’re working for justice. In fact, these are good things. In fact, you may be happy in the end. Don't forget to ca

  • The Joy of Letting Go - Episode 54

    The Joy of Letting Go - Episode 54

    24/03/2017 Duración: 24min

    Today, as we focus on liberation and continue thinking about unlearning death, we’re talking with our Senior Pastor, Mark Johnson. Mark shares how the lenten practice of self-denial is not an attempt to gain God's approval or forgiveness, but rather a joyful letting go. Our time and effort can easily be consumed with activities and things that are not life-giving. Self-denial can be a practice of letting go and making room for the life-giving work and presence of God in our lives. Today, we'll also enjoy music from Laura and Justin Levens. Don't forget to call in your beatitudes for our podcast. We still need several for Monday's episode. Just leave a message at (859) 813-0150.

  • Persistent Faith - Episode 53

    Persistent Faith - Episode 53

    23/03/2017 Duración: 19min

    Today we’re focusing on generosity as we think about caring for our community and our world. We'll talk with our Associate Pastor, Charles Conkin, as we continue thinking about our Gospel lesson John chapter 9. For our practice today, we'll spend some time praying for our community with a guided prayer. We'll also hear a song from Aaron Austin. Don't forget to call in your beatitudes for our podcast. We still need several for Monday's episode. Just leave a message at (859) 813-0150.

  • Hope and Fragility - Episode 52

    Hope and Fragility - Episode 52

    22/03/2017 Duración: 27min

    Even though we’re talking about death metaphorically in many ways this week, we’re actually going to talk about death literally as well today. Logan Lloyd is a chaplain at UK hospital. He’s also a deacon and a member at Central. So Logan knows first hand what it’s like to walk with folks through the shadow of death and grief--to minister to people at crucial transitions in life. He stopped by to share some stories of his experiences as a chaplain. So, we’ll be talking about end of life issues as well as substance abuse and domestic violence. Logan handles this with great care, but be aware if you’re listening with children or if some of these situations could be a trigger for you. Well also hear a piece by Central's sanctuary choir and a poem by Bill Campbell. Logan mentioned a few resources for dealing with grief and dying. Here are his suggestions: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, Dying Well by Ira Byock, The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America by Ann Neumann. Please know that

  • Little Resurrections - Episode 51

    Little Resurrections - Episode 51

    21/03/2017 Duración: 22min

    This week, we’re talking about unlearning death--not just the cessation of physical life, but the many deaths, big and small that we encounter along the way. Today we’ll talk with our Associate Pastor of Congregational care, Crystal Shepherd, as we look at the story of Jesus healing a blind man in John chapter 9. Crystal shares about how in the continual process of dying and being resurrected to new ways of life, we find hope and transformation. Don't forget to call in your beatitudes for our podcast. We still need several for Monday's episode. Just leave a message at (859) 813-0150.

  • Ever-Present - Episode 50

    Ever-Present - Episode 50

    20/03/2017 Duración: 18min

    Last week we talked about how writing these beatitudes may be less about creation and more about discovery. We may find beatitudes each day in our own experiences or we may find beatitudes as we reflect on our histories. Today we'll hear some beatitudes that you've called in and a beautiful song from Jane Tatum.Carol Boston Weatherford uses the Beatitudes as fertile soil to begin her beautiful picture book titled The Beatitudes: From Slavery to Civil Rights. This book starts with the Beatitudes and moves through the history of African Americans, and how they found hope and inspiration throughout a continuing struggle for equality and justice. Though this diverges from the format of the Beatitudes, it reveals the deeper connections of God’s presence and blessing in the midst of suffering and struggle. These words represent important voices in our faith that we need to listen to and learn from. As we look back over our histories and the histories of our brothers and sisters in the light of Jesus, can we see how

  • A Call to Community - Episode 49

    A Call to Community - Episode 49

    17/03/2017 Duración: 21min

    Today we’re talking with our our senior pastor, Mark Johnson, as we think about Liberation and how our spiritual practice involves community. We'll also enjoy music by Central's Sanctuary Choir. Our spiritual practice often focuses on the inward journey to communion with God, but that is not the only trajectory of our faith. We also make the journey outward to connect with others in the community of faith. As we walk together in life experiences and in the worship of the faith community, we find not only encouragement, but challenge and growth. Jesus invites us all into community with him and thus, we must learn to find community with one another. Don't forget to call in your beatitudes for our podcast. We still need several for Monday's episode. Just leave a message at (859) 813-0150.

  • Beyond the Walls - Episode 48

    Beyond the Walls - Episode 48

    16/03/2017 Duración: 19min

    Today we'll continue thinking about unlearning shame as we consider the woman at the well. Our associate pastor Charles Conkin will guide us as we think about generosity and how Jesus removes the walls we often place between people. We'll share together in a guided prayer for those in our community and our world who find themselves separated by walls of prejudice and shame.Don't forget to call in your beatitudes for our podcast. We still need several for Monday's episode. Just leave a message at (859) 813-0150.

  • Mercy - Episode 47

    Mercy - Episode 47

    15/03/2017 Duración: 17min

    Today, Mary Showalter tells a story about a lady who lived next door when she was a child growing up in eastern Kentucky. In Mary's story, we see compassionate relationships that go beyond boundaries of race and culture. We'll also hear a song from Raleigh Kincaid.As we look at this story alongside John's account of the woman at the well, we see how Jesus continues to venture out beyond the walls and boundaries that society and politics place between us. We find grace and blessing, wisdom and sustenance in the company of the other. Jesus greets us with welcome, casts off our shame, and calls us to move out into the world--to go to places where we are not in control--to be in spaces where we are the other and to stand beside those who have been marginalized and oppressed.Don't forget to call in your beatitudes for our podcast. We still need several for Monday's episode. Just leave a message at (859) 813-0150.

  • A New Identity - Episode 46

    A New Identity - Episode 46

    14/03/2017 Duración: 22min

    This week in our Lenten series of unlearning, we’re thinking about unlearning shame. Today, we'll consider John’s account of the woman at the well. Jesus goes straight to the heart of the marginalized and cast aside and offers hope. We’ll talk with our Associate Pastor of Congregational Care, Crystal Shepherd who’ll lead us in the practice of lectio divina. At the beginning, Crystal will mention the struggles of dealing with shame associated with sexual assault, and while there are no descriptions or details, you may want to preview this part if you’re listening with children or skip ahead if this could be a trigger for you. Crystal handles this difficult subject with grace and sensitivity, and no matter the severity of our personal experiences, we all have dealt with the burden of shame.Don't forget to call in your beatitudes for our podcast. We still need several for Monday's episode. Just leave a message at (859) 813-0150.

  • Uncovering Grace - Episode 45

    Uncovering Grace - Episode 45

    13/03/2017 Duración: 18min

    Today, we hear some of your beatitudes and we talk with Bill Campbell, a member at Central and a retired English professor at UK. He tells about a beatitude he discovered in his bird bath in the early morning. Really.  As we write our own beatitudes, we’re just improvising on a theme that Jesus began long ago--things aren’t always what they seem; underneath there is a current of grace that often goes unnoticed. So maybe beatitudes aren’t things we can write or create. Maybe they are discoveries--like electricity or gravity or the Higgs Boson or like the healing powers of penicillin found in a moldy dish. Maybe just by being present right now in this moment we can uncover those streams of grace that are flowing unnoticed. Maybe just by knowing that God values those things that seem weak and insignificant, those people who are pushed to the edges and silenced, that will give us an idea of where to look.

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