Today’s morning news delivered a story about athletes and the stresses of the pandemic. Without races to run and games to play, how do we set goals and stay fit? The same is true with the spiritual life. As Advent and Christmas approach, how will this be a season that build communities, connects people, and helps us grow in faith when getting together will be challenging? I have some ideas.
Rev. Kate Dalton is the lead pastor of First Parish in Yarmouth, Maine, where she leads a team that has worked overtime to ensure members of the congregation remained connected. I joked with her about the number of great ideas she was sharing, but seriously, this one is full of good information. https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/kummn7/Kate_Dalton7eytr.mp3Podcast: Play in…
REPLAY: Perhaps that’s an overstatement, but Dylan Wilson of Bearden United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, shares some of the challenges of doing online ministry with youth and young adults in this time of social distancing. His creative work with video is bringing people into a place of participation in worship that he finds compelling. …
I’m not a big fan of doing difficult things. If I have to, I usually can, but I like to know how long I’ll have to do them. https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/dki424/Tuesday_9-159boat.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
In this inaugural episode, I’ll interview Tom Cox, interim pastor of Hot Metal Bridge, a faith community in downtown Pittsburgh. Tom describes this amazing ministry and its move toward holding worship services via Zoom. Creativity and flexibility are the keys. https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/rw2qnn/Mastermind_1_-_Stereo_Mix9znct.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
Doug Miller is the media director at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church in Johnson City, Tennessee. The church had been streaming its services for years prior to the pandemic, but still decided to retool for a different kind of experience. This podcast is full of ideas. https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/fcbdtk/Doug_Miller_01842y5.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
The publishing world can be confusing and shrouded in mystery. For one, I always believed that with the arrival of the internet, the Kindle, and the demise of Borders bookstores, that it was not a good time to write a book. Apparently, I’m wrong, and happy to be told so. Today’s guest is David R….